February 22, 2014

Yes, it has been four months…

since I last posted!  Well, I’m not going to dwell on that.  I have been busy of course, and now I’m busier than ever.  A friend of mine, Kathy, has opened a stamp/scrapbook store near me and I have been helping her out and having a ball.  I’m giving some workshops using tags and ATC’s and generally just helping around the store.


Here are some of the tags we have made in the last couple months:

Our first tag workshop in December

Our first tag workshop in December

December #2

December #2

January 1

January #1

January 2

January #2

It has been a lot of fun helping out at Kathy’s.  More pictures to come – but first, we’re heading out to  Sun Valley, Idaho tomorrow to ski!  Can’t wait, should be a great time with our best friends and mid-week Matt and Adam are joining us!






October 15, 2013

Sweet Sweet Peas

I found a tutorial for making cute little sweet peas on Judy’s Craft Room and decided to try it on some ATC’s.  I had all the “ingredients” which consisted of two Stampin’ Up punches, the “old” butterfly punch and the five-petal flower punch.  I think they turned out really cute!  Thanks Judy!

sweet pea 3

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October 14, 2013

Some projects finished this summer. . .

I worked on several projects this summer.   I repainted our wooden Adirondack chairs which were a dingy white from when I originally painted them about 5 years ago and now they are a lovely forest green.




Years ago I inherited a sewing cabinet from Jay’s grandmother.  It was painted dark brown and was actually quite ugly but I loved the shape of it and hung onto it.  Recently I had it stripped and then I antiqued it white and it is now a side table in one of the bedrooms here in the mountains.  I thought it came out quite well!

sewing cabinet


A smaller project was one I had seen online and pinned it, hoping to do it one of these days.  It is a picture frame backed with chicken wire and it makes a cute “bulletin board” in my kitchen.  I couldn’t staple the wire on like the instructions said as it was too thin so I used heavy-duty duck tape to tape the wire on.  Below are a few photos of the frame:

project 1board 2


board 4

I decorated the clothes pins with patterned paper and ModPodge!

More tomorrow, hopefully, on some smaller projects I’ve been working on!

September 22, 2013


Yes, it’s fall already!  I can’t believe the last time I posted it was spring.  Summer whizzed by here in the mountains of North Carolina!  One of the reasons we love being here is the produce – the best corn, peaches, tomatoes…and now great apples!  We have several apple trees on our property, none of which are cultivated but we do get some good-tasting apples.  Not very pretty…but the insides are delish!

Here’s a basketful that Jay picked. . .


And here’s what I made with them – apple butter!

apple butter

Jay brought some home for friends and everyone loved it – we do too!  Peeling was tedious of course but Jay helped and the recipe is so easy, you let it cook in the crock pot all night.  For some reason I feel very domestic when I’m here!

I also had some time to make some baby cards for friends – one boy and one girl.

Baby boy card for Ryan and Heather Doster 8-13

Baby girl card for Emerson and Ashley 8-13

















I’m working on my Christmas cards and some gifts, none of which I can post here yet! I’ll be working on a lot of other projects so I hope to be back soon!

March 25, 2013


Today really felt like spring here!  After a few days of muggy, warm weather and a big thunderstormy day yesterday, today was cool and sunny.  Jay and I went to an Orioles/Red Sox game and it was a beautiful day to watch a spring training game.


I’ve seen lots of spring wreaths and spring decor online and saw one that was easy to do.  Here it is:




I took two grapevine wreaths and set them on top of one another.  In the middle I placed some moss that I had on hand, set the bunny in the middle and cut up a couple artificial flower stems I had.  Then I added a few speckled eggs from my Easter things.  I think he’s cute!  

And here’s a banner I made to hang on the mantle in our family room:




This is a closeup of one of the letters.


The chipboard shapes were covered in dictionary pages and edged with ink.  Then I painted the letters, stamped lightly with a sanded look stamp, and painted the scalloped circle.  I got some little wooden half eggs from Michael’s and painted them, then stamped a flourish in gold on them.  I glued them on top of a bit of moss.  The little scalloped circles at the ends are stamped with a bird and a nest.  



March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My New Year’s resolution of posting to my blog on a regular basis has fallen by the wayside. . . Oh well, I am just going to post when I feel inspired!

Today I am inspired by the eighteen25 blog post about the American Crafts Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic + Giveaway!  Visit eighteen25 and see what adorable projects you can make with these great products from American Crafts ‘ Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic line.  While you’re there you’re going to want to enter the great giveaway!  These products are available at Jo-ann stores beginning TODAY – but why not try to get them for free?  Good luck to me – and you!

While I’m here I’m going to show you some tags I made for a swap for the Creative Block – Stamper’s Anonymous Yahoo group.   The requirements were to use the Tye-Die technique and only Stamper’s Anonymous stamps.  Fun tags to make!

Stamper's Anonymous tag swap 3-13 1

Stamper's Anonymous Tag swap 3-13 2



















I’ll have another project to post tomorrow.   I’ve made cards for Matt and Jen’s anniversary (April 9), Jen’s birthday (April 19) and Jackie’s wedding (April 20 -Jen’s sister) but I can’t post them until I present them!


January 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Jen

Today I want to share a card I made for Jen’s 2012 birthday.  Cupcakes are all the rage now and we had lots of them at Jen’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s wedding shower.  So when I saw this card on the internet I couldn’t resist CASEing it!

Jen's birthday card 4-12

Isn’t it cute?  Lots of fun to make!

January 13, 2013

She Makes – She Sews

I’ve been busy working on some new Red Lead swaps.  The one I just finished is an ATC swap called “She Makes – She Sews”.  Red Lead has some awesome new sewing and stitching stamps and stuff.  Here’s my ATC:


Red Lead She Makes - She Sews ATC Swap 1-13


The requirements were to use any Red Lead stamps and/or collage sheets and their new wood framettes which you can see here.  Aren’t they adorable?  They come with many different words on them, they’re so versatile.   I want them all!

Photos of my creation for the Red Lead “Sweet Friend” Shadowbox ATC swap coming soon!

December 30, 2012

Almost a New Year!

The year is almost over and I haven’t posted as often as I would have liked.  One of my resolutions that I hope to stick to is to post more often.  I certainly make enough stuff to be able to do that!

I know Christmas is over but I didn’t show off a couple things I made because I didn’t want my sisters peeking before they received their gifts!  Every year we choose a name and we have to make that person something hand-made and special.  For the other two sisters we can make something small if we want to.  This year I made an ornament for all three of my sisters:

Xmas ornament 2012


I saw this in the Somerset Holidays & Celebrations and thought it was so cute!  Mine is a little different, but essentially the same.  The little bottlebrush tree is mounted on a small tart tin that has music score in the center and silver tinsel around the inside.  I decorated the tree with little glass beads, then brushed on some glue and sprinkled the tree with coarse glass glitter and mica.  The tree stand is a small wooden knob from Home Depot that I painted and distressed, then put a little bit of lace around it, tied a little red bow (mica on it also) and put it all together with hot glue.  The star is punched cardstock and glittered.  Lots of glitter – which I think makes everything look special!

I made this ornament for Matt and Jen:




Xmas ornament for Matt and Jen 2012



I would like to make them an ornament every year.  I started out thinking that I would use the traditional anniversary gifts as a guideline so last year, their first married Christmas together, I made an ornament out of paper (you can see this in my post from last Christmas.)  This year the traditional gift is cotton.  I had fully intended to, and I did try to, transfer the photograph to a piece of muslin.  However, it was not looking like I had hoped so I gave up and just used the laser photo on the silver coaster.  I punched a hole in the top and the bottom of the coaster with the crop-a-dile, put a ribbon for hanging in the top and hung a Tim Holtz facet from the bottom.  Glitter, of course, was added around the photograph.  This photograph is of Matt and Jen on their first anniversary with a little cake Matt made for Jen.  They are so cute together!

Last project to show today.  The sister whose name I drew for this Christmas was Lesley.  This past summer she and Ernie got two Sheltie puppies, Mischief and Sassy.  Of course, their lives are now all about the dogs!  So I thought I would make her something with some photos she has taken of them:


shadowbox made for Lesley 12-12

I purchased the shadowbox frame this fall when we went to Archiver’s in Buford, GA on the way up to North Carolina.  (Don’t I wish we had one of those here!!)  I’ve had tons of dog stuff for years, fully intending to do some scrapbooking about my dogs, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet!  Anyway, I thought it came out quite cute and Lesley really did like it.

Now – on to a new year, lots of projects, some home organization and a few more resolutions!

Happy New Year!

December 8, 2012

I can’t believe. . .

it’s almost  Christmas!  I apologize for not posting since late September.  I have been busy and will get some photos up but probably not until after the holidays.

Thanks everyone for your kind comments about my 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist!  You can imagine how shocked I was when I realized that Tim mentioned me on his blog! Such an honor!  I too love that reindeer tag – so I decided to do this year’s Christmas card using that reindeer in a similar design:

Christmas card 2012

The reindeer, from Tim’s “Reindeer Flight” die, is cut from brown suede paper.  He is standing on “snow”  (a Martha Stewart border punch) which of course I had to “glitter up” a bit, and the background is Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake embossed with a snowflake Sizzix embossing folder which I swiped with a white craft ink pad.  I cut out the banner manually and stamped Merry Christmas in Stampin’  Up Chocolate Chip.  The holly on the reindeer’s neck is a Martha Stewart punch.  I used Michael’s rhinestones for the eyes and the holly berries are Swarovski coral pearl flatbacks from http://www.artbeads.com.  I don’t usually use the standard red/green theme on my Christmas cards and I liked using the browns and whites for this one because I thought they conveyed a “woodland” theme.  I like the way it turned out and I’m now in the process of addressing them and hopefully will get them in the mail by the middle of next week!

This weekend we are back in NC getting Christmas trees!  No snow this year, in fact it is pretty mild and has been in the low 50’s all day today.  Nine trees are in the truck waiting to go back to Florida.  Here’s a photo of Rylee and Cody before we left on Friday and one of the guys baling the trees.

ready to go

baling the trees

We are so happy we’ve made this a yearly tradition to go back and cut trees.  We never know what kind of weather we’ll be in and we’re glad to be able to get back to the house again.


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