2013 Year in Review

Dec 31, 2013

Last year, I did several Year In Review blog posts that were pretty popular but this year I decided to do one for 2013. This year, I was all over the place creatively. I pulled one project from each month and the 12 featured in this post were some of my favorites. You will find a photo transfer canvas of my sweet niece Amanda and her boyfriend Steve, creative jewelry using small bottles, vintage buttons and horseshoe nails, a cute little DIY yarn nest, projects created using plaster, a pliable bees wax technique a fun blog feature “My Life In A Dinghy” and a new Antiquated Collection Stamp Set ~ Winter Girl. I hope you enjoy looking back at these past projects. Now that I have recuperated from creating and writing “Delight In The...

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Mom’s Sugar Cookies

Dec 30, 2013

I got a hands on lesson in making mom’s sugar cookies while visiting my parents for Christmas. I did my best to document just how she makes her cookies so you too can enjoy the best sugar cookies ever. Let me know if you try the recipe and send me a photo of your cookies as I would love to see them. Once the dough has chilled for about an hour roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and coat each cookie with sugar. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes. They should be a light golden brown on the bottom and slightly firm to the touch. When pressed with your fingertip, if a dip remains in the cookie cook for another minute. Once baked, place cookies on...

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Home For Christmas

Dec 27, 2013

This year, we seemed to celebrated Christmas a little bit at a time. We had a family get together with Terri and Laren at their loft on the 23rd then a small Christmas celebration at our house Christmas Eve.  Christmas morning, my nephew Brittain and I headed down to Beaumont to see family and celebrate Christmas with my parents. Alan and Ansley both had to work on the 26th so they couldn’t come along but when I return home they’ll have a small Christmas celebration with the gifts I bring back. We arrived at mom and dad’s house in the late afternoon and everyone was ready to exchange gifts. It’s always a flurry of excitement during Christmas at mom and dad’s. I’ve been very blessed to always have an amazing Christmas. Mom and Dad...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2013

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent...

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Awesome Cookie Recipes

Dec 24, 2013

With just the switch of two ingredients you too can bake these two amazing cookies. I love any baked item that contains lemon and these Lemon cookies are AMAZING!!! You have been warned. You will NOT be able to eat JUST ONE!!! Lord help my hips and thighs. Now if you substitute the Lemon Cake Mix and White Chocolate Morsels for a Devils Food Cake Mix and a regular sized bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels you get these AMAZING chocolate cookies. My daughter Ansley and her friends LOVE these and can devour a single batch in no time flat! Happy Baking! I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as me and my...

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DIY Holiday Card

Dec 23, 2013

This card is created using an image Christy Tomlinson shared last week from one of her awesome paintings. Christy has such a beautiful artistic style, which I truly love. I decided to create a few Christmas cards with her beautiful image to share with friends and family. Some I left as is with just a little Diamond Stickles placed here and there and some I added a little dimension by cutting out the wreath, boots, manger and baby Jesus. First to make 3 of the dimensional cards I created, using a laser printer, print  4 – 3.5″ x 5″ images. If you use an inkjet printer and put any liquid medium onto it, the ink will run. This mean NO STICKLES and well you know how I feel about Stickles so I have to...

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Mini Snow Globe Charm

Dec 19, 2013

As soon as I saw the adorable snow globe charm created by Margot Potter I knew I had to make one of these little cuties. Although, I created somewhat of a Texas sized version. I love wearing big chunky charms and thought this would make for an adorable holiday piece to wear on a simple silver or ball chain style necklace. I pretty much created my charm exactly as Margot,  although I didn’t have to trim off the top of a bottle brush tree as I had one that was super small and fit inside my bottle perfectly. All I needed to do was snip off the wooden base of the tree using wire cutters. Supplies Used: 2″ Glass Bottle with Cork (Tim Holtz), .75″ Mini Glass Bottle with Cork (Maya Road), Tinsel Trim,...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Jenny & Aaron

Dec 18, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cases artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of other amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will visit their blogs and other links included in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awesomeness.   Today, my “Delightful Arty Crush” are featured artists Jenny & Aaron of Everyday is a Holiday. I can’t remember when I discovered this amazing duo but I’ve been a fan for a very long time. I love the taffy shades of paint they use in all their creations...

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Documenting My December Album Pt. 3

Dec 17, 2013

Over the weekend, I started adding photos, created a fun snow filled pocket and attached some baubles to the jump rings of my album. This album is coming together nicely and I’m having so much creative fun, no deadlines, no specific requirements just fun! I decided the top jump ring of my album needed a little sprucing up so I dug in my Christmas stash and added several holiday themed items, a vintage bell ornament, gold & silver jingle bells and a white snowflake transparency. Each item is attached with holiday trims in colors of red and green. And in this family no Christmas is complete unless you have a photo taken with Santa a.k.a. Paw Paw. This is my dad’s 11th year as Santa at Parkdale Mall in Beaumont, Texas. He truly is the...

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Season’s Greetings Altered Hoop

Dec 16, 2013

I decided to make a fancy holiday altered hoop with this little embroidered piece I stitched using two new stamp sets by Pink Persimmon, Christmas House & Holiday Hello. I find great joy in hand stitching a bit each night. It’s a great way for me to relax as I’m usually wound up tighter than an eight day clock. This sweet holiday decor piece can either hang or sit on an easel to add a little holiday cheer to any spot. The wooden hoop measures approximately 4″ in diameter. I used Maya Road Rhinestone Trim, Fabric Tape, and Satin, Mini Gingham and Tulle Trims to alter the side and back edge of the hoop. A White Snowflake Transparency adorned with a vintage earring and a clear glass button accents the front. I hope this...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Holiday Tag

Dec 13, 2013

It makes me so happy when others share projects they’ve created using my Antiquated Collection stamp sets. It’s amazing how so many different projects can be created while using the same stamp sets. This beautiful tag was posted in my Antiquated Collection by Lisa M. Pace Facebook Page by Wanda Hentges. I was so happy she shared her art with everyone and when I saw she posted a tutorial on her blog I knew I had to share this with my awesome blog readers. Thank you, Wanda. If you’ve created projects using any of my Antiquated Collection stamp sets please join my Facebook Page and post your creations as I would love for you to share them with me and the other members. If you missed out on being able to purchase “Winter Girl”...

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Documenting My December Album Pt. 2

Dec 12, 2013

Ok so today lets finish up showing you the other pages and tags from my “Documenting December” album. This is the back of Tag 3. I made a little banner and placed a journaling sticker on it for the photo I plan to put on Page 7 of Terri and Ansley sitting on Santa’s “Paw Paw’s” lap they had taken when we went down for Thanksgiving. Page 8 I think I’m just going to let it become either a spot for a photo or some quotes. Tag 4 is a fold out tag I made from a large Kraft Tag. This is going to hold cookie recipes at least this is what I think right now, I could change my mind in the next few minutes. Tag 4 is a tri-fold tag, I think...

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Documenting My December Album

Dec 11, 2013

This year, I was super inspired by Caroline Lau to make a December album. I started to call mine a “Capturing Christmas” album but then thought I really wanted to document a few other things as the family and I prepared for Christmas so I decided on calling it my “Documenting December” album. I cannot do the every single day route, this just does not work for me at all. I over think everything and having to commit to everyday makes me instantly start to stress out. I love seeing how everyone documents their December each day and I applaud them for being able to do it, so I’ve decided highlighting the month decorating, baking, wrapping and shopping is something I can do without any stress. Today, I thought I would share what I’ve...

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Hot Chocolate Recipe

Dec 10, 2013

During our iced in long weekend I made several pots of this hot chocolate. One batch for the family and a surprise batch for the neighborhood kids so they could warm up as they played outside. They had so much fun all weekend sledding down our driveway and ice skating in the street. And when you are between the ages of 6 & 10 years old there’s nothing better than having someone bring out a crock pot filled with Free Hot Chocolate, a Bag of Marshmallows and Dixie Cups then sitting everything on the porch telling you to drink all you want. Oh and I got a great laugh as I overheard one little boy telling his friend, “This is actually really good hot chocolate.” These kids really reaped the rewards of me terribly...

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Winter Ice Storm

Dec 9, 2013

Friday, all of Frisco was covered in a blanket of ice and sleet. Thankfully, we were lucky enough to keep our electricity but lots of others were not. Since I love winter so much I had to step outside and snap some photos as the landscaping was so gorgeous enveloped in ice. There is something so calming to me being outside in the winter. I love breathing the crisp air, feeling the cold on my cheeks and my nose running from the chill in the air. Winter truly is my favorite season. During the day, I enjoyed sitting in my studio sipping hot chocolate while working and watching a little girl ice skate up and down our street with her friends running along her side. This is the first time I’ve ever seen anyone...

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Faux Polaroid Ornaments

Dec 6, 2013

This ornament is going to do some serious sparkling on the tree as I covered each Maya Road Photo Frame Chipboard piece with iridescent glitter. It shimmers and sparkles beautifully and will look gorgeous when the tree is lit at night. If you want to make an ornament like this one or similar ornaments below are the products I used. Maya Road Photo Frames Chipboard, Maya Road Cloud White 1″ Ink Pad, Iridescent Glitter, Diamond Glaze, Red & White Twine, Red Mini Gingham Trim,1  Holly & Berry Pick, 1 Gold Jingle Bell, Black & White Photos, Black Cardstock, Glue Stick, Strong Liquid Adhesive, Scissors, Sanding Block Step Out for Making This Ornament: Remove center square from photo frame and set aside. Apply white ink to the photo frame, place Diamond Glaze over the top...

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Hand Stitched Ornaments

Dec 5, 2013

I love to make handmade items during the holidays. I believe it all stems from my childhood and making holiday items with my mom. For as long as I can remember she and I have made something for the holidays and these fabric ornaments are fun to create especially if you like instant gratification. I did the stitching one night and then stitched the back on the next. The images are Maya Road stamps that I stamped onto natural muslin using Archival ink. I stitched a simple outline stitch all along the images, then using a pencil, lightly wrote the name onto each ornament and hand stitched over it. Inside the butterfly I added some Diamond Stickles for a little sparkle. Once I had the images stitched I decided to use a Maya Road...

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Something Fun to Entertain the Kids

Dec 4, 2013

When I was a little girl around the age of 3 or 4 my mom would go to an elderly lady’s house to do her hair. This lady had an awesome album filled with greeting cards she put together for little ones to flip through. I remember sitting on the floor looking at page after page in this album. I LOVED it so I thought of a fun idea for young kids during holiday gatherings. Find some old Christmas cards and if you are like me you have lots. I found this one that works perfectly for this type of project. You will want one that you can cut the face out of (snowman, gingerbread man, Santa, Elf, Reindeer even animals will work great). Using a craft knife cut out the face on your...

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Cleaning Out The Studio

Dec 3, 2013

I know I have been bombarding you all with kits, art and other items in my Etsy shop but seriously, I have got to get this studio cleaned  out and under-control. I do not have room for any additional product not one bit more. It’s terrible and Santa will put me on the bad list if he sees this mess. Thank goodness I don’t have a little elf on the shelf to rat me out or I would be super worried. So since I’m cleaning out I am passing on some awesome product deals. I just listed a Scrapbook Embellishment Grab Box that comes to you filled with lots of assorted Maya Road products that’s perfect for any scrapbook or craft enthusiast and get this, SHIPPING is FREE on this item! Each filled to the brim...

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Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Dec 2, 2013

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I have a few added pounds from mom’s awesome turkey, stuffing and desserts. After dinner everyone was stuffed and all us adults needed naps except Madelyn and Bellie, they were running around like the energizer bunny and were glued to Ansley’s hip. Madelyn and Bellie LOVE Ansley. After 50 years, mom and dad finally have a table to sit the entire family. This has been one of mom’s wishes for years and I’m so glad it finally came true. Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful way to break it in too.  From left to right are Mom, Laren (son-in-law), Terri (daughter), Amanda (niece), Steve (Amanda’s boyfriend), Dad (Santa), Brittain (nephew), Bellie (niece), Ansley (daughter), Me and Madelyn (niece). Today, through Dec. 16th I’m...

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