Home and Missing the Old Family Homestead

Sep 15, 2014

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 aunts and uncles many many years ago. I’m tru­ly a nature girl stuck smack dab in the mid­dle of the burbs. Since fam­i­ly his­to­ry is so impor­tant to me I thought I would...

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FREE Shipping In My Etsy Shop

Aug 26, 2014

Next week, I will be on a mini road trip with mom and dad. I’ll be dri­ving them to Evans­ville, ID to see the LST-325 ship which is  sim­i­lar to the ship LST-557 that my grand­fa­ther Clay­ton Spin­ney, (dad’s father) was a mechan­ic on dur­ing WWII. Before gram­pa passed away and the last time I saw him, he shared with me a heart­break­ing sto­ry of see­ing his best friend killed on deck. That was the only time I ever saw my gram­pa have sad­ness on his face but I’m glad he shared the sto­ry. After we tour this ship we will then head over to Buck­han­non, WV to see mom’s side of the fam­i­ly at the old home­stead I love so much. I sure hope my house is still stand­ing when I return home. Alan, Ans­ley...

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Studio Accents

Mar 28, 2013

Some of you emailed me ask­ing to see a few things clos­er up so here ya go. I find it fun to add per­son­al touch­es to my work area and when you are a col­lec­tor of many things like I am it’s easy to do. These are a few lit­tle fig­urines I’ve col­lect­ed from Good­will and oth­er Thrift Stores. I enjoy tuck­ing them (that is until I have to dust them) in among oth­er decor items. I think of them as lit­tle unex­pect­ed sur­pris­es.  The two small­er pho­tos are of fig­urines sit­ting on the pie crust table. I have the squir­rel posi­tioned so it is hid­ing behind the berry bas­ket filled with adhe­sives yet peek­ing out from in front of a chair. This is how my broth­er’s trum­pet, old home­stead Clorox bot­tle and farm­ing...

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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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Studio Makeover

Mar 21, 2013

Oh my good­ness… yes­ter­day, I start­ed the big switch a roo. I’m mov­ing my stu­dio from one room of our house to the front much larg­er room of our house. The front room has the most amaz­ing light and it lasts all day long. But let me tell ya, I can­not wait to have this task com­plet­ed. When I went to bed last night, I was hop­ing my fairy god­moth­er would show up and fin­ish it all but nope… she must have been busy help­ing some­one else. Although, I pret­ty much have as close to a fairy god­moth­er as I’m going to get. My neigh­bor Jen­nifer is so awe­some. She is the best cheer­leader, always pos­i­tive, every­thing is fun and when I’m purg­ing out my stu­dio I just walk a few feet and dump...

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EnviroTex Memento Key Chain

Jan 4, 2013

Here is anoth­er key­chain I cre­at­ed as a gift for Christ­mas. This one was for my mom. I start­ed by cut­ting a piece of wall­pa­per from the old home­stead that mom and I peeled off the wall one sum­mer. I then placed the wall­pa­per piece inside the heart bezel. Using a paint­brush I cov­ered the wall­pa­per with three coats of Nunn Designs Glue allow­ing the glue to dry thor­ough­ly between coats. I then mixed a small batch of Envi­ro­Tex Resin and filled the bezel halfway. I set this aside and let it cure for 12 hours. Remem­ber there is no need to waste any of your resin. If you don’t have anoth­er charm you want to cre­ate, cre­ate resin paper by plac­ing the paper onto wax paper or foil and brush the left­over resin onto the papers...

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Back to Reality…

Aug 22, 2011

Today, sum­mer is over as Ans­ley start­ed back to school as a senior. My good­ness did these years pass by fast. I still can­not believe this is her last year in high school. I best enjoy her as much as pos­si­ble this year as I know she will be ready to fly the coup soon. Which brings me to ask this ques­tion… What in the world will Alan and I do with just the two of us at home? We have always had a child in the house as I mar­ried Alan when Ter­ri was 2 years old. I’m just going to put all this way deep in the back of my mind for now and share with you some pho­to col­lages from my trip to Buck­han­non, WV. It was an awe­some vis­it with...

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