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Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

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 offering 25% off any purchase of $10.00 or more in my Etsy shop. I have several different holiday ornament and home decor kits as well as original mixed media art pieces and handmade ornaments available for purchase. Since I ship Flat Rate please contact me if you wish to purchase more than one item so I can create a Reserve Listing for you with the correct shipping...

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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Danielle Donaldson

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Delightful Arty Crushes | 0 comments

Delightful Arty Crush ~ Danielle Donaldson

“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” featured artist is Danielle Donaldson. I first discovered Danielle’s amazing art on Instagram. I kept seeing these little snippets of her art off and on and fell in love, so much so that I had to start following her. The girls Danielle draws and paints using watercolors, ink and doodles are fabulous. Each piece is whimsical and delightful. I think you will develop a “Delightful Arty Crush” on her too after seeing some of her creations. Danielle Creates ~ Watercolor Illustrations Danielle Creates ~ Mixed Media Art Danielle Sells Her Art ~ Etsy Shop Danielle Teaches ~ Studying Under The Masters Danielle Sells Creative Kits ~ Clovers and Bingo Seriously, isn’t Danielle just incredible?! I hope you now have a Danielle Arty Crush too, if so and you want to follow her each and every creative move, you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Insta­gram, and Pin­ter­est just like...

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Merry and Bright

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Delight in Plaster | 2 comments

Merry and Bright

This shadow box is created from plaster then painted and glazed with an antique wash to give it that perfect aged look. It measures approximately 5.5″ W x 7″ H x 1″ D. The outside edge of the shadow box is wrapped with vintage lace, red seam binding and accented with two vintage Christmas picks. The background of the shadow box showcases hand cut words “Merry and Bright” from vintage sheet music from the early 1920’s and a glittery snowflake with an iridescent rhinestone center. I created the doll from plaster using a mold from a vintage doll in my collection. She is hand painted with acrylic paint and given an antique wash. The dolls dress is created from antique doilies and she wears a crown made from a vintage book page sprinkled with glitter and Platinum Stickles. In her hands, she holds two small bottle brush trees accented with cream seed beads and red and white twine. This one-of-a-kind handmade shadow box is ready for display among your holiday decorations while resting on an easel. Please note the easel is not included. If you are interested in purchasing this piece or viewing other items I have for sale please visit my Etsy...

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Delight In Everyday Life | 3 comments

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie Recipe

This is the sugar cookie my mom has used for years and everyone in the family loves them. I thought since lots of you will be starting your holiday baking I would share the recipe. My family can devour a batch of these in minutes. They are...

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New Handmade Holiday Ornaments

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Delight in Plaster, Delight in The Seasons | 1 comment

New Handmade Holiday Ornaments

These are the latest handmade ornaments I created over the weekend. I love cold rainy days when I can just sit, listen to music and create. These cute characters are created from antique ornaments that were made in Japan. I created a mold of each one then filled them with plaster, let them dry and started painting. I think each one is adorable. And since they are all hand painted no two of the same character will ever be alike. Each ornament base is painted, has vintage sheet music from the early 1920’s and is sprinkled with glitter. Glitter and Christmas just go together and I feel makes everything so magical.  Santa’s Helper  Santa Claus  Christmas Caroler  Christmas Angel...

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3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio ~ Class 2

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Delight In Everyday Life | 1 comment

3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio ~ Class 2

I shared a sneak peek of my “Textile Collage Sampler” a few days ago and today I’m sharing a sneak peek of my second class “Charmed Memento”. In this class I’ll show you how to take a simple wooden spool and turn it into a beautiful piece of wearable art. You’ll use pieces of linen burlap and scallop trim to cover the spool then add accents of iridescent rhinestone trim and vintage buttons. You will create a unique charm holder from copper wire that will attach to the base of the spool to display charms like a miniature handmade crocheted doily lovingly created by my mom, a vintage button, a glass bottle you fill with a bit of sand from Lake Como and a chandelier bead ready for you to add words to from a vintage book page. Your unique piece of wearable art will hang from a necklace made from seam binding and a strand of pearl chain which is perfect since Bellagio is known as the “Pearl of the Lake”. If you wish, you can continue to enjoy creating and adding unique charms to make a wonderful memento. You’ll have fun getting creative while filling your charm holder with little mementos from this amazing creative retreat. I have a few charms I created from small pieces of washed up lake glass and terra cotta that Laura, Victoria and Caroline and I picked up along the shore in 2012. These charms bring back such lovely memories. Laura has TWO SPOTS OPEN for her 3rd Annual Cre­ative Retreat May 17th — 24th. It was sold out but sadly two ladies had to back out If you want to experience a fan­tas­tic cre­ative retreat AND make some amaz­ing new friends you need to jump on this oppor­tu­nity....

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Super Simple Holiday Gift Tags

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Delight In All Things Paper, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Super Simple Holiday Gift Tags

Here are two holiday gift tags that take just a few minutes to create and during the busy holiday season sometimes all you have are a few minutes. This time of year is filled with family gatherings, company parties, baking, shopping and decorating so if you find yourself in a crunch to create a quick gift tag here are two you can complete super fast. These tags are just ordinary 2.25″ x 4.75″ office tags and are covered with patterned paper scraps I’ve been saving for just this type of project. Apply adhesive to the front of your tag and cover with patterned paper. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 1.5″ x 2.25″, trim the top and bottom edges using scallop decorative scissors, attach to tag as shown. Using a distressing tool or the edge of your scissors, distress all around the outer edges of your tag. Using Archival Coffee ink stamp the holly leaves stamp from my Antiquated Collection Winter Girl Stamp Set onto cream colored cardstock, cut out stamped image and attach to tag using foam squares as shown. To recreate this gift tag, cover the same size office tag with patterned paper and distress the outer edges. Using Archival Coffee ink stamp the Jingle Bell stamp from my Antiquated Collection Winter Girl Stamp Set two times onto cream cardstock. Using scissors cut out both jingle bell images then using a hole punch, punch the hole at the top of each jingle bell. Attach the jingle bells to the tag as shown using foam squares. Thread brown and white twine through each hole of the jingle bells and tie a bow. There you have it… two super quick holiday gift tags ready for gift...

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3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

3rd Annual Creative Retreat ~ Bellagio

In six months I will once again get to enjoy the beauty of Bellagio, Italy. This place is so magical and if you want to see how amazing a trip Caroline and I had all the while teaching, creating and making new friends just check out these past blog posts. It was an amazing adventure. Laura really knows how to put together an amazing event. Every last detail is thought out and filled. AND are you ready for this… she just had TWO SPOTS OPEN for her 3rd Annual Creative Retreat May 17th – 24th. It was sold out but sadly two ladies had to back out so if you want to experience a fantastic creative retreat AND make some amazing new friends you need to jump on this opportunity NOW as they will FILL fast. And I can promise you Caroline and I will be eating this same meal once again. Baba Yaga has the BEST Caprese Salad and Pizza and it’s just a short walk from where you’ll be staying. Here is a little sneak peek of one class project I’ll be teaching at the event. You will create a beautiful textile collage sampler using new and vintage items collected during my travels. The base of the sampler is a piece cut from a vintage quilt which is then accented with a vintage doily, rosary style beads from a long forgotten necklace, a handmade yarn flower and perfectly aged shell buttons. Along with the vintage items you’ll adorn your sampler with rhinestone trim, a hand cut linen burlap heart, velvet scallop trim, daisy lace, coordinating seam binding, rhinestone button and crystal trinket pins. There’s even a little something handmade by me and my mom in each kit. Mom crocheted a little doily to coordinate perfectly with your sampler. And since I have a huge love for Frozen Charlotte dolls I created a mold from one I have in my collection and hand poured a doll for each student’s sampler. I think of this class as the modern day version of a quilting bee as we all come together to assemble, embroider (no worries, it’s all simple stitching and I’ll share my pattern secret) and share in an amazing adventure together. Once completed your textile collage sampler will hang beautifully from a miniature hanger for all to enjoy. I’m looking forward to seeing and creating with everyone during this awesome event. See ya there!      ...

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Silent Night Ornament

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Delight in Plaster, Delight in The Seasons | 3 comments

Silent Night Ornament

I created this heart shaped shadow box from plaster several months ago. I had an idea for it then changed my mind and well it’s been sitting on my worktable since. Well, over the weekend an idea came to me and I’m happy to say, it worked perfectly. I love it when this happens. I decided to turn this lonely little plaster heart into a holiday ornament. The sides of the heart are covered in vintage sheet music from 1920 and the typed sentiment “Silent Night” is typed onto vintage note paper using my awesome antique Underwood typewriter. Then the entire pieces is covered in glitter. There is something so beautiful about the roughness of plaster being covered in glitter, it’s magical. When looking into this ornament I imagine a beautiful snowy winter night, where everything is still and all are at peace. This ornament measures approximately 2.25″ W x 2″ H x 1″ D and is ready to adorn your holiday tree. If you would like this one of a kind ornament for yourself or to give to a friend this holiday season, I have it listed in my Etsy...

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