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Needle Felted Acorn Necklace

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Delight In Needle Felting, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Needle Felted Acorn Necklace

Here are a few items I cre­ated yes­ter­day using some of the acorn caps from all those dried acorns I’ve been show­ing you. I love nee­dle felt­ing in the fall so I decided to nee­dle felt some acorns. Once I had the acorn felted I decided to accent each acorn cap with a slight amount of metal­lic gold paint. It’s just enough to give the cap a slight shim­mer. To make the hanger so it can hang from a neck­lace I first drilled a small hole in the top of the dried acorn cap, then wire wrapped a hanger and attached the cap to the nee­dle felted...

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Drying Acorns

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Drying Acorns

Dry­ing acorns is a sim­ple process and allows you to bring a lit­tle bit of nature inside your home. If you don’t dry them you can end up with some unwanted creepy crawlies and I to this I say, no thank you. First you need to wash the acorns in water and give them a light scrub­bing with a soft bris­tle brush, wash­ing removes the dirt and any tiny bugs. Once the acorns are washed, place them on a dou­ble layer of paper tow­els and allow them to air dry for an hour. Pre­heat your oven to 250 degrees. Place the acorns (sin­gle layer) on a...

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Happy Fall Y’all

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Happy Fall Y’all

To cel­e­brate the first day of autumn I picked at least a bushel of acorns from our red oak tree. I’m now in the process of remov­ing lots of lit­tle acorn caps to add to the tops of some hand­made felted acorns. I love mak­ing felted any­thing and find my felt­ing inspi­ra­tion seems to come more in autumn and win­ter. I’ll have a few sets of felted acorns in my Etsy shop soon. I plan on dry­ing the remain­ing acorns and plac­ing them around the house. It’s great being able to bring a lit­tle bit of nature inside our home and from the looks...

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Ron Hinkle Glass ~ Buckhannon, WV

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Ron Hinkle Glass ~ Buckhannon, WV

Going to see Ron Hinkle’s glass shop is one of Mom’s favorite things to do when vis­it­ing, Buck­han­non. She has made a visit to see Ron’s work every year I’ve been dri­ving them to West Vir­ginia. She’s also left with a bag full of gor­geous glass to bring home too. If you are lucky, when you visit, Ron might be in town cre­at­ing some of his amaz­ing glass pieces. If he is out on the road sell­ing his glass items his assis­tant Richard is just as nice and loves show­ing how he cre­ates glass items of all kinds and answer­ing any and all...

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Create Mixed Media Art Retreat ~ Artists Faire

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Create Mixed Media Art Retreat ~ Artists Faire

Tomor­row, Fri­day night, from 6:00–9:00 p.m. I’ll be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2014 Cre­ate Mixed Media Artists Faire at the Wyn­d­ham Gar­den North Hotel Dal­las. The address to the hotel is 2645 LBJ Free­way, Dal­las, Texas. I’ll be in the Cou­ture Ball­room shar­ing a table with Car­o­line Lau/Maya Road and will be sell­ing hand­made jew­elry and fab­u­lous vin­tage packs of assorted greet­ing cards, cab­i­net card pho­tos, jello molds and more. These items are per­fect for col­lage, embed­ding into resin jew­elry and assem­blage...

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Tamarack ~ Beckley, WV

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Tamarack ~ Beckley, WV

If you ever find your­self close to Beck­ley, WV you should really take the time to look around Tama­rack. This retail shop is filled with won­der­ful West Vir­ginia arti­sans of all kinds. We always stop on our way home and each time we visit they have new artists. You will see some gor­geous hand­made quilts and tucked among arti­sans work are lots of jars filled with local honey, bbq sauces and for those with a sweet tooth, hand­made candies. Mom and I instantly grav­i­tate to the molded and hand blown glass. You will find glass...

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I’m a Nature Girl Living in The Burbs

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

I’m a Nature Girl Living in The Burbs

I have always loved and appre­ci­ated nature. One of my favorite things we did as a fam­ily grow­ing up was to go sail­ing near Plea­sure Island hop­ping from island to island or spend­ing the day at Crys­tal Beach or Sea Rim State Park. I was always look­ing on the ground for fid­dler crabs and shells, in the trees for nests and birds or pick­ing flow­ers along the sand dunes. I’m still like that and find natures beauty in the small­est of things. Even though I live in the sub­urbs I still try to find and enjoy all the nature around me. I...

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Home and Missing the Old Family Homestead

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 1 comment

Home and Missing the Old Family Homestead

I just returned from my yearly visit to Buck­han­non, WV with mom and dad. I always love dri­ving them up to see fam­ily. We have the best time together sit­ting in the car for 19 plus hours and lit­er­ally laugh until we cry. It’s always a won­der­ful adven­ture with these two. But once home I miss see­ing them every day and miss enjoy­ing the quiet­ness of sit­ting on my aunt and uncle’s porch lis­ten­ing to birds as they fly by, lis­ten­ing to a turkey or two and watch­ing the deer eat pears and apples from trees planted by my great great...

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Altered Art Journal Tag 1

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Delight In All Things Paper, Delight In The Art of Collage | 0 comments

Altered Art Journal Tag 1

When you find your arty style art flows like a leaf float­ing down­stream but gosh when you try to force it, it’s all upstream and darn near impos­si­ble to cre­ate some­thing you love. I’m so happy with the style I’ve finally dis­cov­ered as it has taken me a long time. But in the end all the trial and error paid off. This art jour­nal tag mea­sures 4″ x 8.5″ and is cov­ered in lay­ers and lay­ers of paint. I still can­not get over that I’m using paint and get­ting my hands messy. On my Art Jour­nal Page 2 blog post I shared with you a quick...

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Altered Art Journal Page 2

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Delight In All Things Paper, Delight In The Art of Collage, Delight In Thrift Store Finds, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Altered Art Journal Page 2

Oh boy did I have fun cre­at­ing this art jour­nal page. I believe I finally dis­cov­ered the art jour­nal­ing style for me. I even got messy hands in the process. This my friends is some­thing because I can­not stand to have messy hands. I began my page with a sim­ple image trans­fer using two pho­tos I took while in Bel­la­gio sev­eral years ago teach­ing at Laura McCullough’s awe­some A Kiss On The Chic Cre­ative Art Retreat. Laura hosts some amaz­ing art retreats and if you can you really should join her for at least one. She is an...

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