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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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