Favorite Blog Posts of 2009

Dec 31, 2009

Well we are all back home safe and sound. It was nice getting to see the family over the holidays but it sure does feel good sleeping in your own bed. Since it is New Year’s Eve and I cannot help but reflect on all the things that happened in 2009 I thought it would be fun to post all my favorite blog posts over the past year. So below you will find a list of my favorites. I hope they are some of your favorites too. A Little Valentine Tutorial Be Mine One Little Text 100 Completed Fabric Flower Love You Tag Vintage Button Bouquet Photo Holder using Sewing Pattern Flower Book Page Flower Faux Vintage Millinery Pin Tissue Paper Flower Sewing Pattern Flower Scallop Paper Lace In Anticipation Simple Leaf Pick Lottie’s...

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Merry Christmas…

Dec 25, 2009

It is a white Christmas for us this year. I love the snow so getting to watch it fall all day yesterday and through the night made it an extra special Christmas for me and my family. Wishing you and yours a wonderful day filled with holiday cheer. And here’s to a great New...

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I have wonderful blog readers…

Dec 23, 2009

First I must say WOW… thank you all so much for all the wonderful comments and emails you have sent me regarding this post. I have decided to keep it real on my blog this year. I certainly do not want to give the false impression that everyday is a holiday for me. Most days are really great don’t get me wrong. But I think we woman sometimes get caught in a trap and feel it sets us up for unrealistic expectations on ourselves when we read that everything is always peachy or things always seem so perfect at all times on other blogs. Really life is not that way and I certainly do not want to portray that mine is. Yes I do have so many things to be thankful for and I...

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Acceptance my word for 2010

Dec 18, 2009

I have been thinking a lot lately about what word I plan to really embrace for myself this year. After a lot of thought and reading these two blog posts Katie’s and Karen’s I can really relate to some of what they are saying. I decided my word needs to be acceptance. I have a very hard time being happy with anything I create or do. I always feel I can or need to be better. This issue involves my art, family life etc. It carries over into everything. I have always had a hard time living just in the moment. I have a very type A personality and suffer from panic attacks that at times can be paralyzing. I worry about everything… am I a good mom, wife, artist, daughter, aunt, friend etc....

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Silver Foil Cupcake Liner Flower

Dec 13, 2009

Here is a super simple flower you can create using silver foil cupcake liners. I think this would make a wonderful flower/bow attached to a gift bag or present, or create several and place them as a decoration on the branches of your Christmas tree. You could create a garland buy attaching them to string or baker’s twine to hang in a window or drape along a mantel. You could even create ornaments to hang on your tree or place them in a wreath… I could go on and on with ideas for this simple flower. To create one flower all you need are three silver foil cupcake liners, one gold jingle bell, scissors and glue dots. Cut three foil cupcake liners as I did here… just don’t cut the hole in the center...

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Snow Day Tag

Dec 12, 2009

With all the snow lots of my friends seem to be having as of late I thought this might be a fun project to document their snow days. This tag can be used as an ornament for the tree or for an accent in any room of your house. I have always loved this photo of my Mom back in 1957. Salem, West Virginia, where my mom grew up had a snow storm that winter that left her little town looking like a winter wonderland. Her dog poochie loved playing outside with her in the snow as you can see from the photo. I find it kind of amusing that Mom and Dad had the same knickname growing up of “Dickie” and their dogs had the same name of “Poochie”. Supplies Used: Maya Road...

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CHA Workshop… hope to see you there!

Dec 11, 2009

I am thrilled to be able to teach a workshop at CHA this year. F & W Media asked me to create a project using techniques taught in my book “Delight In The Details” which will be released at the show. Of course I was thrilled to have been asked and certainly accepted the opportunity. I will only be teaching this workshop once and I kept it small… only 50 people as I really like to be able to interact with as many people one on one as possible. I will also share a few make n takes that you can easily recreate in your store. Just a little added bonus in the class. I will have instructions available via email in PDF form for those stores that are present. Below is a sneak...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #8

Dec 10, 2009

Well we did it… all 12 pockets are completed. Now to arrange them and onto my canvas and alter that up a bit. Will get to work on it and show you the finished project soon. This is going to be a fun thing to do with Ansley during her Christmas break. There’s nothing like having a little something fun to do each day. Stamp image onto heavy weight white cardstock, ink on top of stamped image using Distress Ink, lightly color image using jewel tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Fragments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alcohol Ink, ink the top of the Fragments Charm, accent the Fragments Charm with Distress Stickles, let dry. Once the Distress Stickles is dry apply a clear drying adhesive to the...

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Cupcake Liner Holiday Light Reflectors…

Dec 9, 2009

While sitting in the Doctor’s office this morning with Ansley (poor girl has a terrible sore throat but a shot and antibiotics will fix her in no time) I saw this really neat idea in one of the magazines. I cannot remember which magazine I saw this in but find it rather amusing that I can remember how to make the entire project step for step… does not make sense at all. Anyway, these are super easy to make and will look so pretty attached to white lights wrapped around some garland. They remind me of the old aluminum foil reflectors used in the 60’s. Supplies Used: Foil Cupcake Liners Tools Used: Scissors Instructions: Fold cupcake liner in half four times. Using Scissors snip the top portion of the cupcake liner as shown in...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #7

Dec 8, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white cardstock, ink on top of stamped image using Distress Ink, lightly color image using jewel tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Fragments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alcohol Ink, ink the top of the Fragments Charm, accent the Fragments Charm with Distress Stickles, let dry. Once the Distress Stickles is dry apply a clear drying adhesive to the edge of the Fragments Charm and apply Gold German Glass Glitter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of white seam binding on top. Cover the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with patterned paper, fold the end up to create a pocket, cover the folded part of the pocket with patterned paper, stitch around...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #6

Dec 7, 2009

We are so close to finishing up this 12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar. I find this a fun way to keep the holidays going during Ansley’s winter break and it helps with the sting of having to go back to school… just a little something to look forward to each day after Christmas.  And I decided to give you a peek at how I am arranging the pockets. This is far from being finished as I need to add some trim and other embellishments but at least this way you can see the method to my madness. Just two empty spots left to fill. I love how today’s pocket worked out… the little jester doll looks as though he is throwing a snowball.. too cute! Stamp image onto heavy weight white cardstock, ink on...

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Crepe Paper Ornament and Bottle Brush Trees

Dec 5, 2009

Friday night I was lucky enough to get to chat online as a guest with a bunch of Fisk-a-teers during their online crop. I tell ya if you want to chat with a fun group…you want to make sure you attend the next one. Before the chat I created these two projects in their honor. So I thought I would share the step by step instructions for the ornament with you. (no instructions for the large tree at the bottom of this post as I think you can figure it out pretty simply) You can make a similar ornament for yourself by changing the color of the crepe paper (Red, Green or Blue), Maya Road Maya Mists (Red) and beads. This is a really fun ornament to make and you all know I have...

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Let it Snow…

Dec 4, 2009

I gotta say I am impressed with myself today… two big blog posts in one day…. As promised here are the instructions for this sweet snowman ornament that was part of Debby’s 12 Days of Home for the Holidays. You want to make sure to keep checking Debby’s blog because she has a new designer featured each day. I love reading how others preserve their holiday traditions. How do you preserve yours? Instructions: Using a paintbrush apply Manila paint all along the sides of your paper mache ornament, let dry. Cover the top of your ornament with vintage sheet music. Using ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown, ink the edges of the paper mache ornament. Using a paintbrush apply Collage Pauge Decoupage – Glossy all over the top of the vintage sheet music...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #4

Dec 4, 2009

We are getting so close to finishing up our calendar. I might share a peak of how mine looks with all the tags together… still trying to decide… I might just make you wait. And make sure you check back tomorrow as I am going to have the instructions on how I created this cute ornament. That snowman makes me so happy. Thanks Debby for asking me to participate in your 12 Days of Home for the Holidays. Stamp image onto heavy weight white cardstock, ink on top of stamped image using Distress Ink, lightly color image using jewel tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Fragments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alcohol Ink, ink the top of the Fragments Charm, accent the Fragments Charm with Distress Stickles, let...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #2

Dec 2, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white cardstock, ink on top of stamped image using Distress Ink, lightly color image using jewel tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Fragments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alcohol Ink, ink the top of the Fragments Charm, accent the Fragments Charm with Distress Stickles, let dry. Once the Distress Stickles is dry apply a clear drying adhesive to the edge of the Fragments Charm and apply Gold German Glass Glitter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of green seam binding on top. Cover the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with patterned paper, fold the end up to create a pocket, cover the folded part of the pocket with patterned paper, stitch around...

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What a wonderful way to wake up…

Dec 2, 2009

This morning we got snow… not a lot, maybe an inch which was just enough to make the neighborhood look so pretty. By the time I got home from taking Ansley to school the snow was turning into rain and it was starting to melt quickly. We are expected to get more Friday. We will see. Since this is Texas you never know what the weather will bring each minute. And looking at our house it reminds me I have got to wrap some wreaths around the outside lights… they look so bare. I am working on the next Advent style pocket and will post it hopefully tomorrow. I have not been feeling too good lately which explains my lack of blog posting. Should be back on track in a few days. Alan has...

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