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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Creating with the Unexpected

Jun 10, 2013

Most people don’t look at horseshoe nails and think to make a cross but this is exactly what someone did. Years ago dad stumbled upon this idea and when I saw the cross he made for one of his woodcarvings I had him bend a few nails for me.  I find it so intriguing when people take an unexpected item and turn it into something so unique. I can promise you the thought of bending horseshoe nails into a cross would have never ever come to my mind. If you want to make a horseshoe nail cross similar to mine you will need 4 horseshoe nails, 2 pairs of pliers, 20 gauge gold wire, wire cutters and small cream colored beads. Hold each end of a horseshoe nail with a pair of pliers. Bend...

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50 Years

Jun 4, 2013

Today, my mom and dad celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Please join me in wishing them all the best on this very special day. June 4, 1963 ~ June 4, 2013 Happy Anniversary, mom and dad. We love...

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Imperfect is Perfect to me….

Mar 29, 2013

When I found this beat up old utility cart at Frisco Mercantile I could not get my hands on it fast enough. I had been walking up and down each and every aisle looking for something to put in this very spot. I knew I needed it to be a certain width and height, wanted it to be an open piece so it would not close off the room too much, look nice and it had to be large enough to hold all the items seen. Well when I stumbled onto this cart and saw that the price was $18.00 it was sold. Yes it is scratched, yes it leans a bit to one side (but it’s still level) and yes it squeaks when the wheels roll but I think it’s imperfections are what makes it...

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Studio Makeover ~ Part 2

Mar 27, 2013

I am so close to being finished with my studio makeover. I just need to hang the curtains over the shelving unit to the left, find a small piece for additional storage to put up on the shelves along the wall on the far left then hang some vintage photos I have and bam… it’s done. I’m really loving the mix of all the things I love with my supplies. To me, personal touches are what make a room warm and inviting.  So let me give you a close up tour and show you how I combined personal treasures and vintage finds among my crafty products. This is what I see when sitting at my work table. I’m using a berry basket to hold my adhesives, a mini pie tin works perfectly for my...

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Take Your Dog to Work Day

Mar 15, 2013

This morning started out with a Starbucks stop and while Kristy and I were waiting for our coffee I noticed Starbucks had a new coffee called Tribute Blend. After getting the low down on this new blend from the very informative coffee guy, which of course I cannot even remember now due to the fact that I had zero caffeine running through my veins. But I am happy I was aware enough to snap a photo because after reading the little tag line underneath the name of this new coffee blend I thought hey, this pretty much describes me with one simple little word change… “Full-Bodied with Complex Disposition”  Gosh, I could really have fun with this tag line. When we arrived at the photography studio “Lars” the cutest, sweetest little dog was standing...

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Queen Bee EnviroTex Resin Charms

Jan 7, 2013

This year, Aunt Brenda spent Christmas with our family. This is the first Christmas I can remember having her with us at Christmas since I was a very little girl, somewhere around the age of 3 or 4 years old. It was fun and she made my mom and dad the best heirloom ever, which I will share on another blog post. It’s amazing! I decided to create two different styled charms for her this Christmas. Aunt Brenda sews a lot and has created some beautiful quilts and remember, she is the one who made my “Traveling Apron“. You can read about it in my “Everything Has A Story” blog post. So I thought I would create her a textile style charm using a Maya Road mini canvas tag for the base and hand...

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I’m Home…

Aug 27, 2012

I had a wonderful 10 day creative break and now it’s back to deadlines, workshops and traveling. I love doing what I do but must admit this short break was nice and just what I needed. I pretty much work 7 days a week and sometimes feel like my head will explode. Driving with mom and dad to West Virginia was as fun as driving 21 hours can be, we had lots of laughs and enjoyed a little antique shopping along the way. I found some true vintage treasures for sure and cannot wait to share photos my finds. One thing I was really happy about getting to do on our way home was stop and visit “The Scrapbook Page” in Barboursville, WV. Maxine Hodges has a wonderful store. If you are near or...

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The little cousins

Aug 17, 2012

Mom, dad and I have been staying with mom’s sister “Aunt Wilda” and brother-in-law “Uncle Jim” since we arrived in West Virginia. Yesterday, my cousin “Angie” brought her three boys (Patrick 7 yrs., Michael 5 yrs., Nicholas 3 yrs.) to see us and boy did they keep us entertained.  As you will see by the photos Nicholas was the major source of entertainment. Love that he still calls me his “little skunk” Makes the best jello salad ever! Nicholas blowing bubble after bubble after bubble. While looking around in an antique shop dad found some pieces from an old pipe organ for only $3.00 and had to buy them. Mom thought they were $3.00 to much. Nicholas on the other hand had fun making sound come out and thought it was the best $3.00...

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Stopping to Smell the Flowers

Aug 15, 2012

For the next 10 days I am going to do my best to unwind. Those of you who know me, know I’m wound up tighter than an 8 day clock. Well, for the next 10 days, I’m determined to unwind and not think of my “To-Do List” that is waiting for me when I get home. Although, just typing the words “To-Do List” makes my inner 8 day clock wind up. Yikes! Anyway, back to the unwinding… Yesterday, I started my day looking at this view. As my niece Madelyn calls these days… “It was a Bluebird Kinda Day”. There were hardly a cloud in the sky and it was blue, blue, blue. Yesterday, mom, dad and I drove around and did a little antiquing. I found some really awesome things for classes and...

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Art Abandonment

Aug 14, 2012

As mom, dad and I left the hotel this morning I left a piece of abandoned art in the lobby. This was the third piece I left on our trip to WV and must say it is so super fun. You really need to do this… the gift of receiving an email from a recipient is so worth it. Here is an email I received from a lady who found my dream tag. Just wanted to say thank you. My name is Karen and I serve breakfast at the Holiday Inn express in White House, TN. I hope you enjoyed your stay and I was the one who found your gift and I love it. I went out and hung it from the rear view mirror in my car. I wish I knew who...

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A Birthday Luncheon Surprise

Jun 28, 2012

Madelyn had a super special day, yesterday. In this photo she had no clue what fun was headed her way. Before coming to see us this week, she discovered there was an American Girl store in Dallas. Madelyn LOVES her American Girl My Twin and wanted so badly to go and get her dolls ears pierced. So me being me could not just settle for that knowing her 9th birthday was so close… July 2nd. Before she arrived I called and made reservations for a surprise birthday luncheon in her honor. Ansley and Terri were able to come celebrate with us and my mom and dad and her mom and Malcolm made sure to send her money (unknowingly to her it was tucked inside her suitcase) so Madelyn could purchase her beloved McKenna doll. The...

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They did it!!!

Jun 5, 2012

Yes THEY, as my nephew Brittain graduated high school the night before Ansley. So my mom and dad get the grandparent’s award for sure. They went to Brittain’s graduation in Kountze, Texas Friday evening, then drove straight to Frisco to attend Ansley’s graduation, Saturday morning. They arrived at our place at 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning, slept a few hours and then bam it was graduation time all over again. Ansley and Brittain have worried about Mom Mom and Paw Paw attending their graduations since they were in the 6th grade. My mom and dad always told them they would get there one way or another and they stayed true to their promise. Brittain’s Graduation ~ Kountze High School ~ Kountze, Texas June 1, 2012 ~ 7:00 o’clock in the evening Ansley’s Graduation ~ Centennial High...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Spring Release Debut

May 11, 2012

Here they are and I’m so happy to show you the new additions to my Antiquated Collection Stamp Sets. This Spring Release includes three 4″ x 6″ stamp sets and two 3″ x 4″ stamp sets. You can purchase these stamp sets along with my other Antiquated Collection stamp sets at Pink Persimmon. First up is this adorable 4″ x 6″  “Mini Silhouette” stamp set. You will find mini silhouettes for Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, Daughter, Son and Baby. You can fill in the oval area of the frame with a solid color using the solid oval stamp then stamp the silhouette or monogram image in the center. Or you can leave the center of the frame blank and let the patterned paper peek through. There is also a separate border that can be...

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Flea Market Finds

Mar 30, 2012

I’ve been doing a lot of flea market and antique shopping with my mom and dad over the past few months. We all have the “Thrill of The Hunt” gene deep within our DNA. It is so fun just heading out to dig having no idea what you will find that day. This past weekend when Terri and I went down to surprise them I found a few things that I cannot wait to incorporate into projects. Everything I found was miniature which I LOVE so much. The two tart tins are going to be turned into a two tiered piece to store tiny baubles on my work table. It will be the perfect size and look so cute. These adorable birthday cake candle holders will work perfectly in a shadow box project. I...

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Year In Review ~ Jewelry

Jan 5, 2012

I had lots of fun creating necklaces and bracelets using broken pieces of jewelry found at flea markets or thrift stores. One of my favorite things to make are bracelets using vintage earrings. The hardest part is finding earrings at a reasonable price. It is always so fun when I stumble upon a pair during my travels and thrifting. For Christmas I made my niece Amanda and me matching bracelets. She purchased three pairs the two blue ones and the rhinestone shell looking one in the center. Then I scoured antique stores from Texas to West Virginia as well as Flea Markets in McKinney and Winnie, Texas to Antique stores in Frisco, Beaumont, Lumberton and Sour Lake, Texas. Finally, I gathered enough for us to have matching bracelets. I stamped XOXO on a small...

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Growing up with Santa

Dec 19, 2011

No matter how old Santa’s grandkids are they’re never too old to have a photo taken with Santa. This year, Laren (SIL) and Terri my oldest daughter went to Beaumont for Thanksgiving. This meant they were able to get their photo taken with Santa. It’s been several years since they’ve been able to make it down for the holidays and Mr. and Mrs. Claus were very happy to see them. This photo is of Santa and my sister Belinda’s kids… from left to right is my adorable nephew Brittain (poor boy he is the ONLY boy out of 6 grandkids), Isabella, Paw Paw Santa, Madelyn holding Grand-Dog Zeus and niece Amanda. Believe it or not this photo was the first one they took! Talk about a Christmas miracle. Even Zeusy was good and looked...

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Water Well Carved by Dad

Oct 24, 2011

Dad is a woodcarver and has carved items for years from sea life, walking sticks, canes, boxes etc. but I think this water well he carved last week is just the cutest. He got the idea from a carving magazine and thought it would be fun to do. The well sits on top of a clear bottle so you can watch the bucket move up and down. This bottle is an old milk bottle from my grandparents. Mom told me grammy and grampa Childers used to sell whole milk to locals in the small town of Salem, WV,  from one of their jersey cows. I had no clue and was certainly happy to learn this tad bit of family history. The tiny bucket dad carved is smaller than a thimble. You can see it near...

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Took a quick trip…

Oct 12, 2011

I decided to go to Beaumont over the weekend for some antique and thrift store shopping as well as hit this wonderful flea market. Mom, dad and I were up and out early Friday, Saturday and Sunday and found some AWESOME items for me to use in upcoming class projects and workshops. I was so happy. I just give mom and dad a list of items I’m looking for and they are off and running. They scored some great finds for me this trip. Those two are keepers I tell ya. I took a few photos of some of the items we found. I have boxes filled with great vintage stuff. But some I’m gonna keep a secret as a girl can’t share all her surprises… can she? We found salt and pepper shakers,...

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Some Family Fun…

Aug 20, 2011

Hi! Hope everyone had a great week! So happy to be back here again to share with you some of the new vintage-inspired, Vintage Street Market products. This collection of fun paper dolls is from our Family Fun line, which includes great paper doll die cuts for embellishing, and coordinating 12×12 cardstock. One thing I especially love about our own products is  how well they coordinate with authentic vintage items, which leads me to the first project I’d like to share today… Remember these ice cream cups from childhood? I remember every day at school during lunch, we would get to choose a flavor of ice cream, and would be given one of these cups and a little wooden spoon. We were all so eager to eat the ice cream the threat of splinters...

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Display Case

Aug 4, 2011

Recently, mom and dad bought a new entertainment center for their den and asked if I wanted this vintage display case because they no longer had room for it… well you can certainly imagine yes could not come out of my mouth fast enough. I drove from Beaumont like a little old lady in fear I would break the glass. Well it got here all safe and sound and now is being filled with thrift store finds, items mom and dad have found for me and even a few from my aunt. I like to use these items for photo props and containers in my classes. It’s great to finally have everything well, most everything in one spot instead of all over the house here and there. I wonder how many people looked through...

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