Pre-Teen Jewelry

Dec 27, 2012

For Christ­mas I made my niece Made­lyn charms for each day of the week and a match­ing bracelet. This is a super easy project to cre­ate and one kids Made­lyn’s age love. All I did was cut the brads off the back of some Basic Grey brads I’ve had in my stash for­ev­er using wire cut­ters. Then using E‑6000 I attached each brad to a sil­ver bail that is slight­ly small­er than the brad for each of the 7 days a week charms. To make the bracelet I just attached one brad to each blank of the pre-made bracelet. The bails and bracelet can be found at Hob­by Lob­by in the jew­el­ry sec­tion. It’s as sim­ple as that and Made­lyn LOVES being able to pick which charm she is going to wear each day....

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Family is Everything

Dec 26, 2012

This is the can­vas I cre­at­ed for Mom. I made her a fam­i­ly tree sor­ta can­vas. You will see me at the top as I’m the old­est, then I placed my two daugh­ters Ter­ri and Ans­ley under­neath me. Next is my broth­er Richard, then my sis­ter Belin­da and her kids Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and Isabel­la (Bel­lie). I cre­at­ed this can­vas using the Maya Road Por­trait Chip­board pieces, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Acrylic Paint Char­coal Black, Tra­di­tion­al Tan and Blank Can­vas. I accent­ed the sides using the Heart sten­cil by Dina Wak­ley as the hearts were the per­fect size for this piece. I traced mine onto the sides using a pen­cil then using a paint brush filled them in with black paint and white accents. I paint­ed each por­trait chip­board piece using black paint. Once dry...

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So much countdown fun

Dec 14, 2012

I’ve real­ly enjoyed get­ting night­ly pho­tos of my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie enjoy­ing their 25 Day Count­down to Christ­mas activ­i­ty. They are lov­ing every­thing I’ve includ­ed so far. Each night is a sur­prise for all me and them as I don’t know the order in which Belin­da has them doing their activ­i­ty. Warn­ing… this is a very heavy pho­to blog post but I real­ly want to share their fun with far away fam­i­ly so I hope you don’t mind it not being crafty today. Made­lyn and Bel­lie were mak­ing their Christ­mas cards, this night. I can only imag­ine how they dec­o­rat­ed them because both love any­thing that has to do with art. Here they had a blast mak­ing paper chain gar­lands. This is such a fun, sim­ple old fash­ioned dec­o­ra­tion to make that brings...

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Ornamental Christmas

Dec 5, 2012

Orna­men­tal Christ­mas is a PDF com­pi­la­tion of my 5 very pop­u­lar orna­ment projects: Joyeux Noel Star Joyeux Noel Snowflake Hap­py Christ­mas Gift Card Hold­er Santa’s Angel Baby Season’s Greet­ings Bird Orna­ments The com­plete sup­ply list is includ­ed, which lists all the items need­ed to recre­ate each orna­ment. You may also use sim­i­lar items you already have on hand in your craft­ing sup­plies. This way you can recre­ate these orna­ments to fit your hol­i­day theme and style. Step-by-step instruc­tions for each project are includ­ed, with col­or pho­tos of each orna­ment as well as PDF’s of scanned vin­tage papers I’ve col­lect­ed dur­ing my antique and thrift store shop­ping. You can fol­low this link to pur­chase an option­al Orna­men­tal Christ­mas Kit, which includes some of the sup­plies need­ed to recre­ate these orna­ments. Please Note: This tem­plate and...

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Reindeer Ornament

Dec 4, 2012

Isn’t this orna­ment cute. I love the whim­sy style and think my nieces will too. So let me tell you how this orna­ment came about because this is NO WHERE close to being my vin­tage style. While clean­ing and orga­niz­ing my craft room I found a set of cook­ie sten­cils that I bought LAST year to do what with I have no idea but they were in the dol­lar bin so I grabbed them main­ly for the snowflake and rein­deer. Well the oth­er day, while I was doing some seri­ous pro­cras­ti­nat­ing in the clean­ing depart­ment I was look­ing on Pin­ter­est and came across these real­ly cute rein­deer cook­ies click HERE and HERE. Inspi­ra­tion hit right then and there. I thought how cute would it to be to make an orna­ment using the Gin­ger­bread Man cook­ie...

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas ~ Recap

Nov 27, 2012

I had so much fun help­ing my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie cre­ate their 25 Day Count­down to Christ­mas project over the Thanks­giv­ing week­end. They were so excit­ed and worked so hard on each and every enve­lope. We had a flur­ry of cre­ativ­i­ty going on as you can see by all the blur­ry pho­tos. They were peel­ing, stick­ing, punch­ing, stamp­ing and Stick­ling like crazy. It was real­ly cute to watch their cre­ative minds at work. Made­lyn loved accent­ing each of her envelopes with the rhine­stone gems and snowflakes. She is all about sparkle and bling. But what lit­tle girl isn’t? And GASP, a niece of mine that does NOT like sparkle and bling… well that would be so wrong. Bel­lie LOVED these 3D stick­ers I found at the last minute in the $1 sec­tion at...

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25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m mak­ing a 25 day Count­down to Christ­mas project with my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie. As you can see from the pho­to they are lov­ing their new match­ing jam­mies. New flan­nel jam­mies are the best espe­cial­ly when you find match­ing ones like my mom did with a mon­key print design. Ok sor­ry, back to the project. Both lit­tle sweet peas will dec­o­rate 12 stan­dard sized card envelopes using stick­ers, self adhe­sive gems, then stamp the num­bers need­ed on each of their bags. Made­lyn will stamp the odd num­bers and Bel­lie the even num­bers. I will dec­o­rate enve­lope 25 for them to either use as a sam­ple or for inspi­ra­tion. Once all the envelopes are dec­o­rat­ed I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of can­dy and a print­ed strip of paper that has one...

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Homemade Hand & Body Scrubs

Jun 29, 2012

Each day while Made­lyn is vis­it­ing I’m doing some kind of fun craft or project with her. Yes­ter­day, she made some awe­some yum­my body and hand scrubs with prod­ucts I already had at home. Made­lyn had lots of fun and made 4 batch­es of each scrub. The pho­tos above show how she made her “Vanil­la Body Scrub”. Sup­plies Need­ed: Brown Sug­ar, Sug­ar in the Raw, Vanil­la Extract and Canola Oil, 1/2 mea­sur­ing cup, table­spoon, mix­ing bowl, mix­ing spoon, con­tain­er you will use for your body scrub Instruc­tions for ONE batch: Pour 1/2 cup brown sug­ar and 1/2 cup sug­ar in the raw into your mix­ing bowl and mix togeth­er. Place sug­ar mix­ture into the con­tain­er you will use to store your body scrub in then add 2 table­spoons of vanil­la extract. Mix the sug­ar...

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Rose Shaped Crayons

Jun 27, 2012

Made­lyn had such a fun time cre­at­ing these rose shaped crayons. All you need is crayons and gosh do I ever have a stash of crayons (I always saved those left over from Ter­ri and Ans­ley’s school days) and a sil­i­cone rose muf­fin pan. I found mine at Hob­by Lob­by in the cake sec­tion. I have seen sil­i­cone ice cube trays in the $1 sec­tion at Tar­get in dif­fer­ent themes so look there too. I saw hearts, stars and luau themes, just yes­ter­day. All you need to do is take the paper off of each cray­on, break each cray­on into 4 pieces, place into molds until the crayons fill each mold, place into pre­heat­ed oven and bake at 350 degrees for 10 — 13 min., remove from oven and let cool com­plete­ly. Once the...

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Felted Bunnies and a Winner!

Mar 12, 2012

  I just had to show you the two bun­nies I made for Made­lyn and Bel­lie, this week­end. I felt­ed the bun­nies and car­rots and Mom made their tutus. You can see I’ve cer­tain­ly been bit­ten by the felt­ing bug. This week­end, I also went to a flea mar­ket and some antique shops to find items to incor­po­rate with my felt­ing projects. It was a very suc­cess­ful week­end for sure. I found lots of cute vin­tage items and I can­not wait to start cre­at­ing with them. I plan on cre­at­ing altered projects dur­ing the day and felt­ing at night then fill­ing up my online shop with all the felt­ing items I obses­sive­ly cre­ate. It’s a win win for every­one… I get to cre­ate like a made woman and you get cute hand­made items to...

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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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The Garden Fairy

Oct 13, 2011

This lit­tle album is one that can be found in my book Delight In The Details. The inside of the album was not able to be shown so I thought I would share it with you. The pho­tos used are ones I took of my niece Made­lyn when she and her fam­i­ly were stay­ing with me and Alan dur­ing hur­ri­cane Rita, sev­er­al years ago. Made­lyn was hav­ing so much fun run­ning around the back­yard dressed up as a fairy. I just let her play while I snapped away catch­ing her each and every move. I print­ed each of the pho­tos in black and white onto a trans­paren­cy then used a sewing machine set to a straight stitch to attach each pho­to to the pat­terned paper. You need to real­ly pay atten­tion to where you...

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Peep Houses

Mar 25, 2011

While on Pin­ter­est I came across this fun tuto­r­i­al and saved it to make with my niece Made­lyn while she was sup­posed to vis­it this week for Spring Break. Well she decid­ed she was­n’t ready just yet to stay a week so far away from home. So I sent the tuto­r­i­al to my mom and she made them with Mad and Bel­lie. They were a hit so thanks a bunch Kasey Buick for this real­ly fun project. Here are the pho­tos dad emailed me. Mom made a batch of roy­al icing as it was a bit eas­i­er for the girls to keep their hous­es togeth­er when they start­ed dec­o­rat­ing. Not sure if lit­tle Bel­lie is still dec­o­rat­ing or snag­ging a jel­ly bean. Mad and Bel­lie loved dec­o­rat­ing their hous­es. You can see Bel­lie con­cen­trat­ing...

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Clayton Sherman Spinney

Aug 27, 2010

June 22, 1923 — August 27, 2010 May you always rest in peace Gramps. Gramps as a young boy with his three sis­ters. Not sure of the date this was tak­en but I am think­ing some­time around 1935. I real­ly love this fam­i­ly pho­to of my Gramps, Gram­my and Dad. It was tak­en in1943 just before he went into the Navy dur­ing WWII. My good­ness Dad was such a cute lit­tle boy. This pho­to was tak­en in Dec. of 2005. It makes me laugh because Made­lyn was real­ly giv­ing him a fit. The lit­tle bug­ger was not want­i­ng to sit down. Which meant she and Gramps were hav­ing one heck of a wrestling match and the lit­tlest one almost won. Thank­ful­ly a toot­sie pop was found and we got a pho­to but this one...

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Feb 14, 2010

Lit­tle Red Wag­on is one of my all time favorite stamp sets by Pink Per­sim­mon. You will find a tag I cre­at­ed using this stamp set on page 66 in my book Delight In The Details. And the above card is a card I cre­at­ed last year (which just hap­pens to be my all time favorite Valen­tine’s Day card) if it looks famil­iar to my long time blog read­ers. If you are new to my blog you can learn how to recre­ate this card here. I have been busy cre­at­ing some adorable vin­tage inspired East­er Orna­ments that can be used as either orna­ments, tags or accents on a spring gar­land. This class will be taught in the morn­ing on March 6th at Crop, Paper, Scis­sors in Waco. And the cool thing is you will...

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I’m not sure who…

Jun 29, 2009

is hav­ing more fun run­ning to the mail­box me or Made­lyn. Here are the two cards she has sent me so far. I think they are so cute. Made­lyn cre­at­ed these all by her­self with scrap­ping sup­plies I gave her. Not too bad for a near­ly six year old (she might be read­ing so if I say 5 well… you know how that goes) I love her but­ter­flies… to me there is noth­ing cuter than kids art. I just love, love, love it. And then of course there are the hilar­i­ous top­ics of dis­cus­sion. Today’s card made me laugh out loud. Buster is our dog and Zeus is her dog. Glad he was just sleep­ing and that she isn’t drink­ing hot choco­late con­sid­er­ing it was over 100 in Beau­mont a few days ago. The...

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Summer Pen Pal…

Jun 24, 2009

Do you have one? I do and it is my 5 year old, no excuse me my almost 6 year old sweet lit­tle niece Made­lyn. While I was down for my sweet niece Aman­da’s High School Grad­u­a­tion (yes, lots of girls in the fam­i­ly… 5 to 1 poor Brit­tain) Made­lyn and I decid­ed we would be sum­mer pen pals. So each week we send each oth­er a hand­made card. At first I kin­da freaked because I feel like I have to make over the top cards com­plete with machine stitch­ing, ink­ing, glit­ter and all the oth­er things I think I have to do but then I came to my sens­es and real­ized all Made­lyn real­ly wants is mail… noth­ing over the top. Just a card from me to her. So here is the sec­ond...

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Back Home…

Jun 16, 2009

We had a great time in Beau­mont vis­it­ing fam­i­ly. It was an action packed week to say the least. So this week will be full of fam­i­ly type blog posts for those fam­i­ly mem­bers that live so far away. A few sneak peeks of some Amer­i­cana Work­shop projects will be thrown in here and there too. I can­not believe we are already into week 3’s projects. But first I must say being 2 and 5 sure is fun when school’s out for the sum­mer. Isabel­la and Made­lyn did a lot of this each day… They each loved it when I would pull their feet to get them swing­ing. Not sure what it is about that but they always want­ed me to start them swing­ing in this man­ner. I guess it is the thrill of...

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Getting back in the groove…

Dec 30, 2008

Today I have about as much ener­gy as a slug. Get­ting back into the groove after all the hus­tle and bus­tle of last minute hol­i­day prepa­ra­tions always seems to be hard for me. We open presents at our house on Christ­mas Eve. I love bak­ing cook­ies all morn­ing and after­noon, cook­ing the din­ner and watch­ing Ans­ley go nuts count­ing down the hours until we open presents.  It is all so much fun and see­ing hap­py faces on our girls is hon­est­ly the best gift ever. We had a won­der­ful vis­it with my mom and dad as well as my sis­ter and her fam­i­ly. Alan, Ans­ley and I left to head down to Beau­mont Christ­mas day. I love going home on Christ­mas day. Hav­ing the car filled with gifts and the excite­ment of see­ing every­one...

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They’re in the mail…

Sep 17, 2008

I will tweak and tweak and tweak until I make myself nuts! I have to make at least two trips around the store before I can focus enough to think about pur­chas­ing items. I tell ya if you have nev­er been to her store because you wor­ry about the dri­ve.

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