Deerfield Fair

Oct 14, 2013

While on the epic road trip with my mom and dad, one day we, along with other family members attended the Deerfield Fair. This was the fair my dad, his siblings and parents went to every year. Even though it has grown quite a bit since dad was a kid the feel and events were still the same. I truly enjoyed the entire experience as it still had that old fashioned non-commercialized feel and dad got to relive a part of his childhood all over again. As we entered you could feel all the excitement from people young and old. They had vintage tractor displays, log splitting machines from the very early 1900’s that were running and making music for the old timers, Fried Dough was the first thing Mom purchased and mine was...

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Milk Glass

Sep 17, 2013

I have a serious love for milk glass. When I spot pieces of it when I’m out looking for trinkets to use in projects I think of every way possible I can use it in my studio. So today, I thought I would share with you some of the ways I use the pieces I’ve found. This little sherbet dish holds some of my favorite glass buttons. I placed the little bird on top of the buttons just because it looked cute. This is a small ashtray. I place beads in it when I’m accenting embroidery pieces or sewing them into flower centers. This is a great way to keep lose beads in one spot when stitching. These items… candy dish, cups and saucers, bowl and sugar and creamer are perfect to use as...

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Saying Goodbye

Sep 5, 2013

My last day with Maya Road was Aug. 31st, and I guess now that I’m posting this to my blog it really is official. I’m no longer a part of Maya Road but as I see it, once a Roadie always a Roadie. I’ve worked for Caroline, Deb, and the two Davids since November 2006. It’s been an amazing journey watching Maya Road grow, learning some of the ins and outs of the industry, making wonderful friends and traveling to awesome places sharing the joy I have for creating. But I have dreams and goals I want to achieve, the biggest being a product line I’ve had swirling around in my head for a long time. So now I feel it’s time I put 100% towards achieving my own goals. I’ve been in contact with a...

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Chicken Spaghetti

Sep 3, 2013

Here is an awesome chicken spaghetti recipe I got from my niece, Amanda. It’s amazing and was gone before I knew it… seriously, Ansley and Brittain ate an entire 9″ x 13″ pan of it in less than 24 hours! This recipe is super simple with nearly no clean up needed. Talk about my kind of cooking. It is a bit spicy with the can of Rotel, if you don’t like real spicy food make sure you use the Mild...

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Outside My Window…

Aug 28, 2013

It always amazes me at all the wildlife we have around our house. Mind you we sit in the middle of the burbs. But at any given moment I can see Canadian Geese strutting down our neighborhood street looking as though they are protesting against all the mallards taking over the waterway. Or are getting ready for a West Side meets Easy Side scuffle. All day long I have birds visiting this birdbath I made from a large piece of terra cotta. Throughout the day birds come for a little drink on hot summer afternoons or take a quick bath to cool themselves off. And not a day goes by that I don’t have a mockingbird and bluejay spatting with one another outside. I tell ya, it’s a busy little spot outside my...

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Chicken and Rice

Aug 26, 2013

This Chicken and Rice recipe is so good I have to share it with you. My family loves it so much I’m going to need to start doubling the recipe. Ansley, Brittain and Alan are always sad there are never any leftovers.  ...

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Allie Creates

Aug 21, 2013

Look at all the awesome projects Kids Crafts Art Box Winner ~Allie has created with her grandmother Sue Adams. Sue nominated Allie for a chance to win the Kids Crafts Art Box I gave away several weeks ago and it’s awesome seeing all the fun things they’ve made together from the items in the Art Box. They altered an apron, made a bead buddy, created a set of adorable altered jean pockets, a set of altered clothes pins and pencils and even had time for a manicure using some pink glittered flocking. Talk about some serious crafting. Those two have been busy! I love seeing Allie’s projects so much that I’m going to do another Kids Crafts Art Box giveaway, in the near future. It’s just a little way I can pay it forward...

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Just carving, he said…

Aug 15, 2013

Several weeks ago while working in my studio, my nephew Brittain, who is now living with us while  attending college came in to chat. Well all of a sudden he started working away on something that involved a knife from my work table and a chopstick. While we were chatting he was intensely busy cutting small pieces from the chopstick and using some Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I asked him what he was doing and he said, just carving. Oh if you are wondering why I keep chopsticks on my work table… well, I keep one on hand when soldering. FYI… Using chopsticks to steady pieces when soldering is an awesome tip my soldering instructor Trisha Conlon-Perkins shared during a class. She has saved my fingertips on more than one occasion with this wonderful tip. After a...

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Darby Smart

Aug 12, 2013

Have you heard of Darby Smart? If not, well let me just tell you all about it because Darby Smart is a really cool online business with a super cool concept. Darby Smart has approved designers create simple DIY projects from a wide assortment of items they send their designers. The designer then creates a DIY fashion or home decor project from these items. Once the project is approved Darby Smart turns the designers project into a kit. Each kit is then mailed to you packaged in a cool box and includes the materials and instructions needed to create the DIY project. Darby Smart even sells some kits as “Girls Night” kits so you and a group of friends can get together and have a “Girls Night” DIY craft night. How cool is that!...

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Online Store SALE

Aug 1, 2013

Now until August 31st, everything in my online store is on sale. This mean you get 25% off your entire order. You will find Delight In The Art of Collage Kits, Vintage Buttons, Feed Sack Buttons, Handmade Frozen Charlotte Dolls and more. I can combine some multiple purchases, so please email me if you have any questions regarding shipping. Happy Shopping....

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Nominate a Kid ~ Winner

Jul 29, 2013

I tell ya this auntie is one tired auntie. I enjoyed every single minute spent with those two sweet nieces of mine. Bellie went home Saturday, and all day Sunday I was dragging. That is after noon because I slept until NOON! Totally crazy. I had a wonderful time with them doing crafts and making fun snacks and if you have kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, kids of family friends or heck even neighborhood kids you have got to make Rainbow Spaghetti. Both Madelyn and Bellie thought it was the greatest thing ever, every kid should have at least one meal in their life be Rainbow Spaghetti. I also enjoyed sharing with you all the fun things we did during their stay. I have all the fun crafts and food fun snacks we created pinned...

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Kids Week 2 Day 5

Jul 26, 2013

Simple summer fun is what this day was all about. I made Bellie a watering can out of an empty Simply Orange container. This container is the perfect size for young kids to hold when filled with water. I used a drill to drill holes in the lid, filled it with water, put the lid back on and we are talking hours of fun. While I sat under an umbrella she filled and emptied her “Watering Can” over and over again with a garden hose. Bellie loved spraying the water in the air to make rainbows and of course helped keep me cool by spraying my feet. It was a fun afternoon sitting outside eating Nilla Wafers, sipping on lemonade and listening to her laugh.   Once Bellie was finished playing outside in the water...

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Kids Week 2 Day 4

Jul 25, 2013

Here is a really fun snack to make with your kids. Bellie named it her “Graham Cracker Bear Snack”. I got this idea from Pinterest so don’t think I’m that original. To make your very own “Graham Cracker Bear Snack” you will need Honey Graham Crackers, Peanut Butter, Marshmallows, Milk Chocolate Morsels and a knife. Break one graham cracker in half. Spread peanut butter onto each graham cracker half, cut one marshmallow in half and place one half onto each of the peanut butter topped graham crackers. This will be the bear’s muzzle. Place two milk chocolate morsels to make the bear’s eyes and one milk chocolate morsel in the center of the marshmallow to make the bear’s nose. Bellie loved her snack and can’t wait to go home to show Madelyn how to make...

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Kids Week 2 Day 3

Jul 24, 2013

These past few days really have been some of the laziest days of my summer. Bellie loves watching movies and hanging out in her jammies all day. I must say, I have enjoyed watching Coraline, Fox in the Hound and My Little Pony over and over and over again. Now her brother and uncle well not so much but they are being good sports about it. After all this week is all about Bellie. When it comes to creating things Bellie prefers making fun food creations rather than actual crafts. Her favorite thing to do is draw which she will do for hours but crafts, well she likes them but they need to be fast. So since I had some wooden clothes pins left over from Madelyn altering her clothes pins I thought it...

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Kids Week 2 Day 2

Jul 23, 2013

I saw this cute snack idea on Pinterest while looking for fun things to do with my nieces during their visits. “Teddy on the Beach” as Bellie named it, is a really fun snack for kids her age (6 yrs) to make. She loved putting hers together. To make your “Teddy on the Beach” you will need Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding, Nilla Wafers, Teddy Grahams, Fruit by the Foot, a small baggie and a paper drink umbrella. Place 4 Nilla Wafers into a baggie and let your child crush them to fine crumbs. Open a Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding Pack and have the child place all the Nilla Wafer crumbs on top of the pudding. Cut a piece of Fruit by the Foot long enough to make the Teddy Graham a “towel”. Place the “towel” on...

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Kids Week 2 Day 1

Jul 22, 2013

This week it’s Bellie’s turn to visit us for a little fun and spoiling. She and Madelyn’s personalities are so opposite. I can only imagine what Bellie is going to want to make and do. Bellie starts each day drawing as she eats her breakfast. This kid loves to draw. She always has a pencil and sketch pad close by and I love looking at her doodles and drawings. Kids art is the best. Which reminds me don’t forget to nominate a kid for a chance to receive a free “Kids Crafts” art box HERE. While looking for things to make with the girls during their visit I found this cute “Glow Bug” idea on Pinterest. I thought Bellie would love making one and I was right! The only plastic Easter egg I could find around...

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Nominate a Kid

Jul 19, 2013

Tomorrow, Alan and I go to pick up our youngest niece Bellie. It’s her turn to come and visit us for a week of fun and spoiling. This means all next week it will be Kids Week 2, on my blog and I’ll be posting all the fun crafty & arty things Bellie and I do in my studio. I had a blast with Madelyn during Kids Week 1. As I was getting all the arts and crafts supplies ready for Bellie I thought it would be fun for my bloggers to nominate a child for a free “Kids Crafts” art box. If you know of a child between the ages of 6 and 10 that would love to receive a box of arts & crafts goodies in the mail please nominate him or...

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Send Your Kid to Art Camp

Jul 18, 2013

This week my nieces Madelyn and Bellie are attending “Art Camp”, at the Beaumont Art League. Each day is split into two sessions, Paper Mache and Drawing. Madelyn has always loved to color and paint and Bellie has loved drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. I guess you can say my family is certainly of the artistic side. Really we are, if we had to walk into a calculus or physics class we would all look at each other and the professor with the blankest set of eyes he/she has ever seen. But if you are talking painting, carving, crocheting, sewing, papercrafts,mixed media, assemblage, cross stitch, pastel drawing, sketching and so on… we could instruct our own college courses about any of these. This we know well. Mom can draw...

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Kids Week Day 5

Jul 13, 2013

Throughout this week, Madelyn has been very fascinated with some plaster faces I had on my work table so today I decided to pull out some paints and let her use them to create. Once she finished painting the faces she then attached silk flower petals all around the edge creating flower faces. I love watching kids work through their creative process. It’s fun seeing which colors they prefer, their artistic style and the mediums they like. I enjoy it so much that I’m seriously thinking about how to go about teaching art to kids. This is something that is going to be swirling around in the back of my mind for a bit. After Madelyn created her flower faces I thought she needed to learn the art of decoupage and collage. This was...

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Kids Week Day 4

Jul 12, 2013

We are still going strong from dawn to dusk and beyond. Our first craft today was creating a cupcake stand for Madelyn’s faux cupcake she made yesterday. We used Eileen Hull’s Cupcake Stand and Pennant Die she designed for Sizzix, some patterned paper, ink, pink acrylic paint and glitter paint. Once she finished the stand and sat her cupcake on top she realized this would be a cute table for her American Girl Doll. So this is a very multi-purpose stand in Madelyn’s eyes. So cute! While waiting for the paint to dry on her cupcake stand Madelyn decorated a few pencils using washi tape. This is such a simple kids craft. I just gave her a few plain #2 pencils, some DoodleBug Design and Martha Stewart washi tape and let her go. She...

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Kids Week Day 3

Jul 11, 2013

We are still going strong in the Pace household. Each night before falling asleep, Madelyn and I talk about all the things we will do the next day then during the day we talk about all the things we will do tomorrow… can you tell we are always talking about what we are going to do each waking moment of the day. So today, we made Happy Face cookies, made another Bead Buddy for a tutorial, created a Faux Cupcake and drank Fish Bowl Punch. Making these Happy Face sugar cookies is super easy and fun kids food to make. The only clean up is washing the cookie sheet which is awesome for moms or aunts that have a niece wondering what they will be making after they finish making cookies. To make Madelyn’s...

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