Flea Market Finds

Mar 30, 2012

I’ve been doing a lot of flea mar­ket and antique shop­ping with my mom and dad over the past few months. We all have the “Thrill of The Hunt” gene deep with­in our DNA. It is so fun just head­ing out to dig hav­ing no idea what you will find that day. This past week­end when Ter­ri and I went down to sur­prise them I found a few things that I can­not wait to incor­po­rate into projects. Every­thing I found was minia­ture which I LOVE so much. The two tart tins are going to be turned into a two tiered piece to store tiny baubles on my work table. It will be the per­fect size and look so cute. These adorable birth­day cake can­dle hold­ers will work per­fect­ly in a shad­ow box project. I...

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Altered Vintage Jell‑O Mold Kits

Mar 29, 2012

While I’ve been rid­ding my scrap­room of book projects from Delight In The Details & Delight In The Sea­sons, design team projects and CHA projects for my upcom­ing “Trunk Show” this week­end dur­ing The Crafty Scrap­per’s March Make-n-Take Mad­ness event, I’ve also been putting togeth­er kits. This kit will include near­ly all the items need­ed to recre­ate the two altered vin­tage Jell‑O molds shown above. This Altered Vin­tage Jell‑O Mold Kit will include every­thing except Jen­ni Bowl­in No. 10 Malt­ed Milk Acrylic Paint Dab­ber, Dia­mond Stick­les, Tim Holtz Dis­tress Clear Rock Can­dy Crack­le Paint, Col­lage Pauge Instant Decoupage and Creamy Brown Ink. These items can be pur­chased at Car­olyn’s store. Each kit costs $45 and is filled with LOTS of Maya Road prod­uct, nat­ur­al muslin I hand stamped using my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Per­fumery stamps, vin­tage items...

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Peeps Cake and Cupcakes

Mar 28, 2012

As soon as I dis­cov­ered this “Peeps Sun­flower Cake” on Pin­ter­est I knew I was going to make it with or with­out a kid. I’m so glad I have two lit­tle nieces that are ready and wait­ing to make any­thing with me. I had a blast watch­ing them cre­ate their Peeps Sun­flower Cake and Peeps Bun­ny Cup­cakes. And by the looks of these pho­tos, they had lots of fun too. To make this a bit sim­pler I pur­chased both the choco­late cake and cup­cakes from the bak­ery already iced. This way all Made­lyn and Bel­lie had to do was dec­o­rate and I did not have to bake both a cake and an entire batch of cup­cakes. Made­lyn cre­at­ed her Peeps Sun­flower Cake by fol­low­ing the instruc­tions on the taste of home web­site. Click on the...

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Featured Artist ~ Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Mar 27, 2012

Be still my heart… Sev­er­al months ago I par­tic­i­pat­ed in a blog hop for Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er the girl behind Balz­er Designs and the awe­some catchy phrase “I’m a Dirty Girl” . After the blog hop I asked Julie if she would be a “Fea­tured Artist” show­cas­ing my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp line. I was over the moon excit­ed when she said yes. I find her funky art jour­nal­ing sim­ply amaz­ing. I have no clue how she does what she does… all I know is, is I LOVE IT! For her “Fea­tured Artist” piece Julie used the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets “Soci­ety Lady and Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able”. I think her use of col­or is awe­some and wish I could have watched her cre­ate this piece from start to fin­ish. I like the con­trast of bold col­ors with the...

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Surprises are so FUN!

Mar 26, 2012

Ter­ri and I head­ed down to Beau­mont, Wednes­day to sur­prise my mom and dad. This sur­prise has been in the mak­ing for over a month and if you know me well, you know it is a mir­a­cle that I kept the sur­prise. The pho­to above was tak­en on our way home because on the way down it was pitch black. We decid­ed to leave at 8 o’clock in the evening instead of bright and ear­ly, Thurs­day morn­ing. This means we arrived at mom and dad’s at 1:30 in the morn­ing. There is noth­ing more fun than sur­pris­ing your par­ents with an unex­pect­ed vis­it and of course hear­ing your moth­er come out of a sound sleep say­ing, “What in the hell is going on” (still makes me gig­gle) as Ter­ri, Aman­da (my niece) and I...

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Featured Artist ~ Susie Moore

Mar 23, 2012

I’m thrilled to show you the tag and mini hang­ing Susie Moore cre­at­ed using my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. Susie cre­at­ed the tag above using the Per­fumery  stamp set. The altered flow­ers with their bold col­or are per­fect to accent the side of the per­fume bot­tle. And you know I love the glit­tered edges of the tag. Then the pearl accents on the crown com­plete the tag per­fect­ly.  Good­ness, my stamp set, glit­ter and pearls could it real­ly get any more per­fect? Then the mini wall hang­ing shown below fea­tures the ATC Miss­es’ Aprons stamp. Look at all the awe­some­ness Susie has going on here… the flower accents on the apron are adorable. And all the pearls and baubles she added to the wall hang­ing com­plete it per­fect­ly. I tell ya I can­not cre­ate a thing...

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Art of Layers Blog Hop

Mar 21, 2012

Wel­come to the “Art of Lay­ers” Blog Hop… you should have just come from Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er’s blog and hope­ful­ly left a com­ment for a chance to win an auto­graphed copy of Ron­da’s new book “Art of Lay­ers”. To increase your odds of win­ning an auto­graphed copy make sure you leave a com­ment on my blog post before Sun­day, March 25th at 7pm CDT. A win­ner will be picked Sun­day, evening and announced on my blog Mon­day, March 26th. Good Luck! Ron­da’s altered sewing trin­ket box is fea­tured on the cov­er of her book and can be found in Chap­ter 1 ~ Paper. As you can see it is filled with lots of tiny vin­tage finds which I love tremen­dous­ly. To me there is noth­ing more enjoy­able than dig­ging around in thrift stores, antique shops...

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For The Love of Peeps

Mar 21, 2012

Ahhh, it’s spring­time which means flow­ers bloom­ing, birds tweet­ing, the leaves on trees are a beau­ti­ful spring green AND the shelves in Tar­get, Wal­green’s and Tom Thumb are FILLED with PEEPS! I love Peeps fresh from the pack­age, dried out and a bit chewy or warmed in the microwave does not mat­ter how they are giv­en to me I will eat them. I do find it strange though that I pre­fer the yel­low chicks and pink bun­nies over the oth­er col­ors. The taste is the same but for some rea­son the yel­low chicks and pink bun­nies are more appeal­ing to me. Maybe it’s because I always got yel­low chicks and pink bun­ny Peeps as a child every East­er. Since I’m addict­ed to Pin­ter­est, I did a lit­tle search for “Peeps” and look at all the...

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In Honor of Spring

Mar 20, 2012

Since today is the first day of Spring what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate than with a book give­away. All you have to do is leave a com­ment on this post telling me which “Sea­son” is your favorite and why. I will announce the win­ner of my book “Delight In The Sea­sons”, Fri­day. I love all the sea­sons but sum­mer in Texas is my least favorite. The fun hol­i­days and cel­e­bra­tions that come along  like birth­days, vaca­tions, wed­dings, Inde­pen­dence Day etc., cer­tain­ly helps make up for the 100+ degree tem­per­a­tures BUT I still do not like sum­mer. So, leave a com­ment for your chance to win… I can’t wait to read about your favorite sea­son. Good Luck....

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I’m having a Trunk Show

Mar 19, 2012

I’m so excit­ed about this Trunk Show. There will be lots of projects for sale includ­ing those I cre­at­ed for my books, “Delight In The Details” and “Delight In The Sea­sons”. I just can­not hold on to them any longer as I des­per­ate­ly need the space all the box­es are tak­ing up. Not only will I be sell­ing book projects but also projects I cre­at­ed for Maya Road to dis­play at CHA, Online Work­shops, Class Sam­ples and Blog Posts… it all has got to go. So this being said, if you like hand­made cards, tags, ban­ners and oth­er altered projects I hope to see you at The Crafty Scrap­per, March 31st. My Trunk Show will be a fun part of The Crafty Scrap­pers March Make~n~Take Mad­ness. You real­ly need to save this date. Car­olyn has...

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Felted Bunnies and a Winner!

Mar 12, 2012

  I just had to show you the two bun­nies I made for Made­lyn and Bel­lie, this week­end. I felt­ed the bun­nies and car­rots and Mom made their tutus. You can see I’ve cer­tain­ly been bit­ten by the felt­ing bug. This week­end, I also went to a flea mar­ket and some antique shops to find items to incor­po­rate with my felt­ing projects. It was a very suc­cess­ful week­end for sure. I found lots of cute vin­tage items and I can­not wait to start cre­at­ing with them. I plan on cre­at­ing altered projects dur­ing the day and felt­ing at night then fill­ing up my online shop with all the felt­ing items I obses­sive­ly cre­ate. It’s a win win for every­one… I get to cre­ate like a made woman and you get cute hand­made items to...

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Cocoa Daisy Blog Hop

Mar 10, 2012

Cocoa Daisy has done some remod­el­ing and updat­ing, mak­ing our home a place you want to be. Drop in and see how our scrap­book home is your scrap­book home too. To help cel­e­brate, we are doing a blog hop and give­away. Just leave a com­ment to be entered to win a $10.00 Cocoa Daisy Coupon. I will pick a win­ner, Sun­day. The cel­e­bra­tion does­n’t end there, we’re also offer­ing a cou­ple of pro­mo­tions for new sub­scribers: 1.Sign up for a 6 month kit sub­scrip­tion and you will receive 20% off your first mon­th’s kit. 2. Sign up for a 6 month kit AND a 6 month stamp sub­scrip­tion and you will get 20% off your first mon­th’s kit and stamps PLUS an exclu­sive Cocoa Daisy Tote bag. If you are com­ing to my blog...

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Olivia at 1 Month

Mar 6, 2012

It is hard to believe Olivia is already a month old. A few weeks ago my moth­er and father-in-law went to meet their newest grand­daugh­ter for the first time. Need­less to say they are in love and got in as many snug­gles as pos­si­ble. There is noth­ing cuter, sweet­er or more demand­ing than a new baby. Dou­glas and Karen have sur­vived the first month with­out too much sleep depri­va­tion and are enjoy­ing Olivia tremen­dous­ly. I must admit it seems so odd to me see­ing pho­tos of Dou­glas feed­ing and burp­ing a baby. I first met him when he was 18 and just out of high school prepar­ing to head off to Texas A&M. Once Dou­glas grad­u­at­ed he moved to Dal­las not too far from where we lived. He would come over some week­ends to...

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Needle Felting

Mar 5, 2012

I have cer­tain­ly been bit­ten by the nee­dle felt­ing bug… this craft is so much fun! Since March is Nation­al Craft Month I say try a craft you have always want­ed to try but just would­n’t break out of your crafty com­fort zone. It is well worth the attempt. You just might fall in love like I have with anoth­er medi­um. Watch for the items I’ve cre­at­ed over the week­end to be list­ed in the “SHOP” on my blog soon. I have big plans for these lit­tle cuties! This tee­ny tiny bun­ny only mea­sures 1.75″ in length. I need to place him or her in a lit­tle vin­tage some­thing. My sis­ter named her Miss Blue­bell. I still need to alter her chair and add some oth­er acces­sories to com­plete her. This mouse is named...

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Featured Artist ~ Kate Yetter

Mar 2, 2012

Today, I’m show­cas­ing an adorable shad­ow box Kate Yet­ter cre­at­ed using stamp sets from my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion ~ Per­fumery, Styl­ish and Fash­ion­able, Fine and Dandy, Soci­ety Lady and Dr. Warn­er’s Corsets stamp sets. Each sec­tion of Kate’s shad­ow box is per­fect­ly accent­ed with stamped images and embell­ish­ments.   Kate also cre­at­ed this adorable tag using Dr. Warn­er’s Corsets ATC stamp and the brooch stamp from Soci­ety Lady. Thanks, Kate for shar­ing your projects with me. I love what you cre­at­ed. If you want to see more of Kate’s work please vis­it her blog The Scrap Yard. To see more Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion inspi­ra­tion please vis­it the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Face­book Page. The gallery is FILLED with lots of amaz­ing projects. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful week­end. I will be clean­ing, doing laun­dry and felt­ing bun­nies and mice....

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Felting Bunnies

Mar 1, 2012

Late­ly, I have real­ly been inter­est­ed in the art of felt­ing. So the oth­er night while I was sit­ting with Alan watch­ing Amer­i­can Idol a few nights ago I  tried mak­ing a bun­ny. I can­not just sit and do noth­ing when watch­ing TV, it makes me a ner­vous wreck, so felt­ing is some­thing that works per­fect­ly for me.  THIS pic­ture TUTORIAL is what I used to make the bun­ny shown above. I thought instead of using yarn to make the head and body and felt to cre­ate the ears I could make them using wool rov­ing. This is an easy way to learn how to make adorable lit­tle bun­nies. Mine stands a lit­tle less than 3″ tall.   Last night, while watch­ing Amer­i­can Idol once again, I start­ed anoth­er bun­ny, but this time I’m going to...

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