Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hey You!

"Yes, you!...
the one reading this.
You are beautiful, talented,
amazing, and simply 
the best at being you.
Never forget that."
(quote found on Pinterest; author unknown)

Collage Obsession set a challenge with
the theme being, "swapping heads".
So I decided to play along for this round...

I took the head of an owl from an owl post-it kind of note pad, then added it to the body of a Julie Nutting Prima Doll Stamp.  Then I looked up owl quotes, HERE, and narrowed it down to one that I thought was cutest for this particular tag...  Next, I decided to make two.  I then added miniature crochet doilies, silk fabric yo-yos for flowers..  some beads, lace trim, and a stick pin made from one of the heart beads I've been making. I inked the edges of the tags, and of all the words, and then I was done.  One is to keep for myself, and one is for a friend.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hippity-Hop, Don't Stop

Oh, but I've just GOT to stop, to say I hope you all had a blessed and very Happy Easter!..  Then, quick, like a bunny, I also want to share a few things I've worked on in the past couple of months!

First I made a rectangular sort of crocheted doily, 
with St. Patrick's Day in mind...

This was inspired by the crochet pattern, found HERE, where the motifs just looked like shamrocks to me!

Very easy this was to whip up, I put some of my scrap yarns to good use, and I'm very happy with how it came out.

As the Spring season sets in, and the weather's been warming up, we've been very appreciative of that, spending time outdoors, and walking our dog again, nearly every day! I couldn't believe my eyes, when one day I saw a bald eagle! Never have I seen one before!..  other than by pictures, of course.  Here it was, our country's national symbol of strength, and the spirit of freedom, was soaring so gracefully and beautifully, just overhead!  Thinking this must be a once in a lifetime deal; much to my surprise, it was only a few days or so later when we saw TWO eagles flying together!  I wish I had the quality kind of camera needed to capture such a sight; but alas, I work with what I have. So-ooo...

I just had to paint something 
in my art journal pages to remember it by!

Speaking of art, I suppose it should be no surprise that my collection of art supplies keeps growing as I grow (I like to think) artistically. Oftentimes, I'm fumbling through my markers to art journal with, or for when I'm making my own greeting cards. I've been very happy with the Letraset Promarkers I've been using, but I find myself seeking additional colors to achieve that well-done, quality look I hope to achieve..  So, as much as I try to keep unnecessary expenses down, I find that a small investment may have to be made for at least a few Copic Markers as well....  But where to put them all?  I could see this would be an issue, so here's what I put together!

Simply, from two Capri Sun boxes, and inspired by Julie Walters' video, HERE, I now have a pretty place to organize the collection of markers that I have, with room to add more in time!

It looks great in my craft room, which I hope to show again sometime, in another post, as it's changed a bit since I last shared it with you!

Recently, I needed a special place to put one of my journals, along with some personal treasures and souvenirs of sorts, so I altered an old shipping box...

(actual size: about 13" x 11" x 4 1/2" deep)

I had a vintage, shabby-chic image in mind, but wanted to keep it colorful..   Nothing in shades of dingy-old browns!  By way of decoupage, collage, inks, laces, and various embellishments, I am very happy with how this came out!  I made ALL the flowers myself, and you'll find that there are a total of 8 doilies; two being paper, and the other six, I crocheted myself!

The black heart stick pin, was made with one of the heart beads I've shown before, inspired by the tutorial shared HERE. (I'm SO addicted..  I'll definitely be making more beads!)

Well, as Easter began to roll around, it seems inevitable that I would find myself making another bunny or two, in spirit of the holiday!  Here's one, made with a clear glass bowl of sorts. 

You can find the pattern HERE.

Then, I made these two...

which are suggested to hold pencils, but later, I thought it would be cuter to use them for holding forks and spoons on the coffee and desserts table, for Easter! The pattern can be found HERE, but I used the containers I had on hand, and had to alter it only in height; meaning I simply added rows to the body, be it in pink or blue.

For my kids at church, I had a much more limited amount of time to make baskets, but I managed as best I could.  I took the bottom halves of empty, 2-liter soda bottles, added a clear plastic canvas handle and some Easter grass...

And all I need to do from there, was add the goodies!  Despite my regret that I couldn't find time to make them any fancier, I find the kids really don't look twice at the "vessel", itself, anyway!..  It seems, immediately, that they just want to see what's IN them! So all in all, I was happy that the kids were happy to get them!

Well, in midst of all this crafting, I have been doing a little baking.  I tried a new recipe, HERE, for Banana Split Bread...


Now, the time I most like to have a home-baked bread like this, would be at breakfast time; but as much as I LOVE chocolate, it's really not my favorite thing first thing in the morning.  So, this bread, for my taste, is more of a snack/dessert kind of bread...  But DELICIOUS just the same!!  I would definitely make it again!

Easter plans went this year as follows:  I made the ham dinner, with all the fixins.  Mom made all the pies. And Dear Daughter was in charge of cleaning and setting up her own house, so that we could all get together there!  And family tradition calls for a bunny cake to be setting amongst the desserts, should we actually have room for it after we've eaten dinner!

Running so down to the wire, I was still spreading the frosting and slapping on a face as we were running out the door!..  but still, I think he still came out cute enough!.. (and he was delicious too!)

I'd say God sent us a perfectly beautiful day for Easter Sunday!  First thing, I put the ham into the crock pot. Then, I went to church, came home and once all the food prep was done and in order, Dear Son and I were on our way to Dear Daughter's for some quality family time!  My parents would meet us all there for the festivities as well...   

The sun was shining! We saw neighborhood children running around their houses, looking for eggs that the Easter Bunny hid..  bringing back wonderful memories of my own kids being so little, doing the same, not so long ago!... God's been very good to me!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, February 28, 2014

My First Timmy Tags!

Okay..  I'm not entirely sure Mr. Holtz would appreciate my calling him Timmy to his face, but I certainly hope he wouldn't mind me referring to my tags as I do!  In previous years, I've been reluctant to follow along with the 12 Tags of the Year events, which he holds each year on his website, timholtz.com, only because I NEVER had ALL of the supplies he suggested.

But most recently, I was inspired by a very talented YouTube friend, HERE, who shared that she could make these tags, whether she had all the materials or not!  She proved she could adapt, improvise, and substitute her way around while still following the basic gist of the theme/techniques for the month!  So impressed, I said to myself, "Why not me, then?!  I guess I can still join in, make some tags, and learn what I can from the master, right?!"  Being the end of February already, I figured I'd better get moving then! So, here are my Timmy Tags for January and February 2014...

January's tag called for a good number of supplies I didn't have; the biggest being the pocket watch and circle dies.  But you may recall how I've made my own pocket watch before, HERE in THIS POST.  I recycled old foil seals from frosting tubs, peanut butter jars, etc., etc...   This one is a little smaller, and this time I used the "Gears" embossing folder, made by The Paper Studio, for the front of my pocket watch.

At the top is a safety pin with an old key I don't use anymore.  "Let's get this party started" is just a phrase I clipped out of a magazine.  The stamping is done with Close To My Heart "Capture the Date" stamps.  The background and edging of my tags were done with Tim Holtz distress inks, in vintage photo, and black soot. I'm really happy with how this turned out!!

Now, here is my Timmy Tag for February..

Again, I did not have all the suggested supplies.  I did use my Tim Holtz distress inks, but for the hearts background, I also used the leftover cardboard I had after punching all the hearts for the beads I made in my previous post!

It worked well, and I think I'll be saving it, to use for other projects too!  I love the quote I used..  ha! ha!.. from the movie, Gone With The Wind!  I thought it was perfect for two reasons; one, for Valentines Day, and two, because the Oscar Awards will be taking place soon.  Gone With The Wind is one of my all time FAVORITE movies, so I hand-wrote Rhett Butler's famous line with a white Stabilo pencil for that chalkboard look.  The heart is made from chipboard and glitter wrapping paper.  I added silver paint and stickles, and a silver ribbon at the top..  And I was done!

So that's all for now folks!..  Thank God it's Friday, and the weekend is almost here!  I plan to take down the Valentines Day decor all 'round the house, and I'll be replacin' it with all "me" St. Patrick's Day finest!

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Follow Your Heart

Well, long time, no see!..  I've been fine, but the schedule 'round here has been a combination of complicated, crazy, and just plain never stops; so, by the time evening rolls around, where I find some time for myself, I'm afraid I just haven't been drawn to the computer so much.  But following my heart on this day, here I am, hoping to at least say "Hi!" to everyone, and here's what I've been up to creatively...

By January 31st, I was STILL taking down my Christmas decoration.  I was definitely running a little late with that, but just as soon as that was done, I was putting the Valentine's day stuff up in it's place!  Here are a few new ornaments I crocheted for my Valentine's Day tree...  The first set was made following this pattern HERE...

The next set of hearts I crocheted had wings!  You can find the pattern to make these right HERE...

Here's just a glimpse of my tree altogether!  See my Valentine Snoopy up at the top?  I still think it needs some garland, but I'm very happy with my little tree nevertheless.

Standing at only about 3 feet tall, it's a perfect size for me to decorate year-round.  It always lifts my spirits!  It does my heart good every time I look at it!

Actually, we've been getting hit with a great accumulation of snowfall, these last couple of days; about a foot of it!  Schools are closed everywhere, and we're just staying indoors, till plows and salt trucks can clear things up a bit..  In the meantime, doesn't this little bunny just warm your heart some?!  I quick painted him one night, following a fun tutorial I found right HERE...

On this 2-page layout, I also played and practiced with borders, and then a little bit of icy-cold lettering, which I learned to do right HERE!  I painted these pages in the new art/junque journal that I made myself for the new year, 2014.

I love the purples on this one, 9 x 12" in size, and the lacy trim is just gorgeous up close!  The hanging clock is a chipboard die cut, and the flower is inspired by Fiona, who has numerous tutorials on flowers and more on YouTube.

(3-page spread, inspired by Terri Sproul)

I belong to a few different art journaling groups now, so I'm constantly inspired with countless prompts and techniques!..

(Index Card A Day, for Mini Album Scraps)

Of course, these days, hearts are popping up all over!!

Here are even some beads I'm making myself, in the shape of hearts, that are coming out beautifully!! They're just a smidgen under an inch in size, and I'm still working on them; but they're very simple to make, and are so much prettier when you see them up close...  I guess that's why I'm up to 44 of them, right?!...

Now guess what they're made from...   the cardboard from cereal boxes!!!  Yup, you read that right!..  That, or from tissue boxes, cracker boxes, etc., etc...  Can you believe it?!  I will definitely be making MORE of these, and if you'd like to try them too, you can find Jennibellie's tutorial right HERE!

One last project, for now, of course, is this Valentine's Day tp mini album I'm working on (made from empty kitchen paper towel rolls, to be precise)...  The size of these little albums can be challenging when decorating, but they're still so much fun to make, and I've always been happy with the results!

Oh!..  I shouldn't forget that this now leads me to altering some of the leftover cardboard tubes I had!  I made a few of these...

I'll be using these for some acrylic paint stamping/printing on my art journal pages!  Cute, huh? Wouldn't this be fun to do with the kids/grandkids?!..  I found this very easy tutorial to make them on Pinterest, right HERE!

So that about wraps things up for now!  
Thanks for stopping by, and remember..

"Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even into
your smallest acts.  This is the secret of success."
(quote: Swami Sivananda)

Kissy, Kissy!
(I got this with my Christmas money!  I just LOVE her!)

Happy Valentine's Day!!