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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My Mom’s Birthday…

Jun 25, 2012

Today, marks my mom’s 70th birthday!!! Or maybe I should say, today marks the 35th anniversary of her 35th birthday? If you have my book “Delight in the Season Crafting a Year of Memorable Holidays and Celebrations” you know she and I have created all my life. So in honor of mom’s birthday/anniversary celebration, how about a book giveaway? All you have to do is leave mom a birthday wish in this blog post, then when we hit 70 wishes I’ll have her pick a winner for a signed copy of “Delight In The Seasons.” This is one of my favorite layouts in “Delight In The Seasons” of my mom and her mother. It really captures both of them so well. Vintage inspired patterned papers, fabric cabbage roses, leaf pins, butterfly and lots of...

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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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Maya Road Mid-Release – Hexagons

May 15, 2012

Yes, I’m in love with the new Maya Road Hexagons. They come in three sizes, basically small, medium and large and some are die cut which allows you to create a nice frame on top of another as I did with the hexagon that has the vintage sheet music inside. This canvas is covered with circles punched from old ledger paper and sheet music and a few doilies here and there. Each item is attached with natural beeswax, then sealed entirely with beeswax. Each hexagon is coated with beeswax and accented with a vintage button, bingo butterfly motif and altered key. The key is inked with Adirondack Pigment Snow Cap, covered with Glossy Accents and accented with a 5mm cream colored pearl. The crocheted doily is one my mom made… I have her creating...

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 13, 2012

I’m so blessed to have these two for daughters. Terri and Ansley you make me the happiest mom, ever! Love you, bunches. And here is a Mother’s Day layout I created of my mom and her mom for my book Delight In The Seasons. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I love...

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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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Surprises are so FUN!

Mar 26, 2012

Terri and I headed down to Beaumont, Wednesday to surprise my mom and dad. This surprise has been in the making for over a month and if you know me well, you know it is a miracle that I kept the surprise. The photo above was taken on our way home because on the way down it was pitch black. We decided to leave at 8 o’clock in the evening instead of bright and early, Thursday morning. This means we arrived at mom and dad’s at 1:30 in the morning. There is nothing more fun than surprising your parents with an unexpected visit and of course hearing your mother come out of a sound sleep saying, “What in the hell is going on” (still makes me giggle) as Terri, Amanda (my niece) and I...

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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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She is 18

Feb 28, 2012

Ansley   “Wishing YOU everything HAPPY for YOUR birthday”. I love you,...

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Olivia Dylan Pace

Jan 27, 2012

I’m so happy to share the newest addition to the Pace family. My niece, Olivia Dylan Pace was born January 25th. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 2 oz. and is doing great. Olivia is the first child born to my brother-in-law Douglas and his wife Karen. They live out of state so it is pure torture not being able to snuggle on her. Nothing sweeter than a new born baby. First Family Photo January 25, 2012 Olivia Dylan Pace Olivia and her daddy. As you can see by his expression… Olivia already has her daddy wrapped around her finger. This photo of Karen and Olivia looks like the Norman Rockwell of all mommy and baby photos, there is such sweet honest emotion between a mom and her newborn baby. You can see the...

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The Art of Felting

Jan 11, 2012

I’ve been playing around with several new mediums lately and felting has been the latest one. It has always intrigued me and I find taking wool roving and shaping it into something is quite relaxing, that is unless your my dad. Then, well… it’s not so relaxing. I taught him and mom how to do it during their Christmas visit and he was not too impressed. He’s decided to stick to woodcarving. But I do have a star and a bird that they both completed that I’ll show you tomorrow. They did a great job. I decided to take this felted heart and cover it with small scraps of stamped muslin, linen and burlap then accent them with vintage buttons, pearls and charms. I attached two jump rings at the top of the heart...

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Not a creature is safe in our house

Dec 22, 2011

I thought I would share with you some photos of  the sweet dogs we have had through the years. I volunteered for a golden retriever rescue organization for several years and if there was an old golden needing a home Alan and I were the ones that took them in. We had such a soft spot for a needy, homeless, white faced old golden. Since most of the oldies came into rescue with serious health issues we only had them for 6 months to two years. But before they passed away they were spoiled like crazy and loved tremendously. I admit I have slightly tortured these sweet pups with a seasonal headband or two but I did reward them greatly with loads of treats. So to them it was worth it because hot dog...

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Keeping it simple

Dec 20, 2011

Yesterday, I received a gift from a friend that had the cutest stamped tag attached. Her tag was so adorable, simple and sweet that I just have to share it. I tend to get lost in the details when I’m creating and then end up stressing myself out thinking if I have to make 10 or 15 of these all sewn, glittered, altered, etc I will snap. Well, I’m going to do my best to try and keep some things simple, especially things during the holidays… because simple is adorable and sweet and appreciated and cherished immensely. Thank you sweet friend. And here is a Santa story for you… it makes me giggle and wish I could have seen this little boy’s face… nothing like being busted face to face by all people… Santa!...

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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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Vintage Finds for Classes…

Sep 13, 2011

While Alan and I were down surprising my nephew this past weekend, I did some junking and antiquing with mom and dad. I found some awesome items to incorporate in my classes such as aluminum jello molds, milk bottle caps, sheet music, milk glass, vintage trims, lace, doilies and the best find of the day were these adorable vintage ceramic angels. They were made in Japan and are numbered. I cannot wait to get home from ScrapFest next week and begin working on some class samples to teach at The Crafty Scrapper. I was able to purchase 24 of these little cuties in pink and blue so the class will be limited. If you are interested you best sign up as soon as sign ups are available because there will not be another class...

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Friday Night Lights

Sep 12, 2011

Thursday afternoon, Alan and I headed down to Beaumont to surprise my nephew Brittain at his Homecoming game, Friday night. I love trying to surprise my niece’s and nephew although the older they get the harder it gets. But I did it this time and it was so fun. Seeing a surprised smiling face looking back at you while you hold a sign saying, I♥ #22, is the best feeling in the world. Warning: This post is heavy on Friday Night Lights photos. Brittain was part of the Homecoming Court and before the game they performed all the Homecoming festivities. Mom and Bellie waiting for the game to start. As you can see Bellie was ready to see some action. She had not warmed up to me quite yet. But once she did she...

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Thrift Store Storage Containers…

Aug 31, 2011

It is certainly no secret how much I love going to thrift stores and antique shops. I have shared my love of this many a time on my blog. I love the thrill of the hunt and never knowing what you will find around each corner. I thought it would be nice to show you what I do with some of the finds as they make me very happy in my scraproom. There is just something so calming looking at and using items from days gone by. This little planter was my grandmother’s. I just stuck some batting in the opening, covered it with material I found in the remnant section of my favorite resale shop and now use it as a pin cushion. It’s perfect for my Maya Road pins and sewing needles....

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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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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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