What was I thinking?

Feb 11, 2010

Seri­ous­ly, I had no idea I would have such a won­der­ful response over my book. I hon­est­ly put my heart and soul into each project and wrote in the hopes that you would feel like we were sit­ting at the kitchen table chat­ting. You all have been so incred­i­bly won­der­ful and I thank you so much. This being said I had NO idea I would be so busy after I came home from CHA. My feet hit the floor run­ning. Every­one that pur­chased a book from me… it is on the way so start stalk­ing the mail­man now. I have been answer­ing email like crazy so if you sent me one and I have not respond­ed as of yet please know I am answer­ing them as quick­ly as I can. I am also design­ing...

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Washing, Packing and a little Panicking…

Jan 20, 2010

Tomor­row I leave bright and ear­ly for CHA and I can’t wait to get on that plane as then all the prepa­ra­tions are out of my hands. It will be time to just roll with the flow and accept what comes my way. Oh I hope I can do this grace­ful­ly. So today is filled with wash­ing and pack­ing and pray­ing every­thing fits in my suit­case. I always won­der what the xray guys think when they see my suit­case… hmm what in the world is this thing? I’m sure my “Crop-a-dile” real­ly blows their minds. Then I have my big honkin Fiskar scal­lop and pink­ing scis­sors. Can you imag­ine being the guy xray­ing the suit­cas­es and hav­ing no clue about all the dif­fer­ent tools in the craft indus­try. I bet they real­ly don’t like...

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Home Sweet Home…

Jan 18, 2010

Sneak Peeks for Day 4 are ya ready? Look at this sweet new stamp set. It is called Our Town. This stamp set includes 12 hous­es in var­i­ous sizes and the words Home and Sweet. I mist­ed the new Deb­o­rah mini alphas with Bronze Maya Mist and out­lined them using a Black Jel­ly Roll Pen. You get 65 let­ters that range in size from 0.6″ to 1.2″. The base of this tag is a page from the new Mod­ern Label Chip­board Coast­er. You get six pages on a chain and the first page is embossed. I accent­ed the tag using a new Crys­tal Pin (60 per pack) and a Dan­gling Chan­de­lier Bead (3 dif­fer­ent sizes and over 70 per pack). These flow­ers are the new Brown & Cream Ruf­fle Blos­soms. You get 8 blos­soms...

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Let the sneak peeks begin…

Jan 13, 2010

Oh how I love being on the Maya Road design team espe­cial­ly this time of year when I get to play with all their new release prod­ucts. Here is a project I cre­at­ed using lots of new Maya Road prod­ucts. This sweet ban­ner will be dis­played in my scrap­room and cer­tain­ly in a spot so that I can see it all the time. I just love it. I col­ored the Maya Road Hang­ing Chan­de­lier Beads using a Cop­ic Mark­er (Sand E33) and I embossed the Chip­board But­tons using my Cut­tle­bug and the French Script Emboss­ing Fold­er. New Release Prod­ucts Skin­ny House But­ton Mini Set But­ter­flies Mini Set Hearts Trin­ket Pins Leaf (Brown) Trin­ket Pins Mini Wave Mauve Trim Char­coal Ink Pad Pink Ink Pad And I am so in love with the new But­ter­flies...

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I have wonderful blog readers…

Dec 23, 2009

First I must say WOW… thank you all so much for all the won­der­ful com­ments and emails you have sent me regard­ing this post. I have decid­ed to keep it real on my blog this year. I cer­tain­ly do not want to give the false impres­sion that every­day is a hol­i­day for me. Most days are real­ly great don’t get me wrong. But I think we woman some­times get caught in a trap and feel it sets us up for unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions on our­selves when we read that every­thing is always peachy or things always seem so per­fect at all times on oth­er blogs. Real­ly life is not that way and I cer­tain­ly do not want to por­tray that mine is. Yes I do have so many things to be thank­ful for and I...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #8

Dec 10, 2009

Well we did it… all 12 pock­ets are com­plet­ed. Now to arrange them and onto my can­vas and alter that up a bit. Will get to work on it and show you the fin­ished project soon. This is going to be a fun thing to do with Ans­ley dur­ing her Christ­mas break. There’s noth­ing like hav­ing a lit­tle some­thing fun to do each day. Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #7

Dec 8, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of white seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #6

Dec 7, 2009

We are so close to fin­ish­ing up this 12 Day Advent Pock­et Cal­en­dar. I find this a fun way to keep the hol­i­days going dur­ing Ans­ley’s win­ter break and it helps with the sting of hav­ing to go back to school… just a lit­tle some­thing to look for­ward to each day after Christ­mas.  And I decid­ed to give you a peek at how I am arrang­ing the pock­ets. This is far from being fin­ished as I need to add some trim and oth­er embell­ish­ments but at least this way you can see the method to my mad­ness. Just two emp­ty spots left to fill. I love how today’s pock­et worked out… the lit­tle jester doll looks as though he is throw­ing a snow­ball.. too cute! Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on...

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Let it Snow…

Dec 4, 2009

I got­ta say I am impressed with myself today… two big blog posts in one day.… As promised here are the instruc­tions for this sweet snow­man orna­ment that was part of Deb­by’s 12 Days of Home for the Hol­i­days. You want to make sure to keep check­ing Deb­by’s blog because she has a new design­er fea­tured each day. I love read­ing how oth­ers pre­serve their hol­i­day tra­di­tions. How do you pre­serve yours? Instruc­tions: Using a paint­brush apply Mani­la paint all along the sides of your paper mache orna­ment, let dry. Cov­er the top of your orna­ment with vin­tage sheet music. Using Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, ink the edges of the paper mache orna­ment. Using a paint­brush apply Col­lage Pauge Decoupage — Glossy all over the top of the vin­tage sheet music...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #4

Dec 4, 2009

We are get­ting so close to fin­ish­ing up our cal­en­dar. I might share a peak of how mine looks with all the tags togeth­er… still try­ing to decide… I might just make you wait. And make sure you check back tomor­row as I am going to have the instruc­tions on how I cre­at­ed this cute orna­ment. That snow­man makes me so hap­py. Thanks Deb­by for ask­ing me to par­tic­i­pate in your 12 Days of Home for the Hol­i­days. Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #2

Dec 2, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of green seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #9

Nov 27, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of green seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar #3

Nov 18, 2009

Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of green seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with pat­terned paper, stitch around...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar Pocket #12

Nov 17, 2009

Instruc­tions: Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les and Dia­mond Stick­les, let dry. Once the Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of red seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a Size 5 — 4 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar Pocket #1

Nov 16, 2009

Instruc­tions: Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of white seam bind­ing on top then attach gold paper wings to the back of the Frag­ments Charm. Cov­er the front top half of a 1 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar Pocket #10

Nov 15, 2009

Instruc­tions: Stamp image onto heavy weight white card­stock, ink on top of stamped image using Dis­tress Ink, light­ly col­or image using jew­el tone chalks. Place glossy accents onto the back of a Frag­ments Charm and attach to stamped image. Using Alco­hol Ink, ink the top of the Frag­ments Charm, accent the Frag­ments Charm with Dis­tress Stick­les, let dry. Once the Dis­tress Stick­les is dry apply a clear dry­ing adhe­sive to the edge of the Frag­ments Charm and apply Gold Ger­man Glass Glit­ter to the edge, let dry. Once dry tie a piece of green seam bind­ing on top. Cov­er the front top half of a Size 5 — 4 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ office tag with pat­terned paper, fold the end up to cre­ate a pock­et, cov­er the fold­ed part of the pock­et with...

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12 Day Advent Pocket Calendar Pocket #11

Nov 11, 2009

For the next sev­er­al weeks I will be post­ing 12 altered pock­ets that when fin­ished and put togeth­er will cre­ate a 12 Day Advent Pock­et Style Cal­en­dar. I hope you decide to play along as you too will end up with an adorable cal­en­dar. This project is still in the works and is an idea I have so I will not have a com­plete sup­ply list for you a head of time, just sup­plies used for that days pock­et. I like to try to cre­ate some­thing each day and think this will be a fun project to have in the works. I already stamped my images and accent­ed my Frag­ments Charms so which ever charm pock­et I feel like work­ing on and fin­ish­ing that day is the one you will see the next. It...

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19 years and counting…

Nov 10, 2009

Today, Alan and I cel­e­brate our 19th wed­ding anniver­sary. 19 years… how can this be? Time real­ly does fly right on by. Hap­py Anniver­sary, Alan. Love is one long sweet dream, and mar­riage is the alarm clock. ~Author Unknown That quote cracks me up! And this is my favorite pho­to of the entire night… me at the time with my two favorite peo­ple (pre Ans­ley, now I have three just want to make that clear). The pho­to was tak­en right after the I do’s. The sweet adorable 2 year old is my now sweet adorable 21 year old Ter­ri. I asked her why she was­n’t look­ing at Uncle Don when he took the pho­to and she replied in the cutest lit­tle “Roo” voice ever… ” I did­n’t want to step on my dress, Mom­ma.”...

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Holiday Sweet Treats are now for sale…

Nov 4, 2009

Most every­one loves Sweet Treats, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. So I put togeth­er a calo­rie free ver­sion from items I have been stash­ing away or maybe I should say hoard­ing? Hon­est­ly, that is more like it. San­ta told me it’s time to share the goods! The “Hol­i­day Sweet Treats” will be ready for sale some­time this after­noon. My techy elf’s been busy work­ing on my “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas” work­shop as well as his full time job. If I don’t cut him a lit­tle slack I fear a strike may be in the near future and I can­not have that! You can pur­chase your “Hol­i­day Sweet Treats” pack­et here. Each “Hol­i­day Sweet Treats” pack­et sells for $12.95 and includes the fol­low­ing items. 2 Yards Red Seam Bind­ing 2 Yards Green Seam Bind­ing 2...

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Tarnished Ornament, Charm or…

Nov 3, 2009

REALLY cool key­chain… yes, this is what I will be using as a key­chain for a bit. This piece makes me so hap­py! It reminds me of my two sweet daugh­ters Ter­ri and Ans­ley, I love the sound of jin­gle bells (the lit­tle bells jin­gle), I love the look of tar­nished sil­ver, antique jew­el­ry and chan­de­lier pieces (this includes all three) and stamped on the Trin­ket Pin is one of my favorite words “Vin­tage” we all know I LOVE any­thing VINTAGE! So what do you think of my new key­chain? I LOVE IT and think it will make run­ning errands a lot more enjoy­able. And now to the tuto­r­i­al.. you know I LOVE fig­ur­ing out ways to make things look old and yes­ter­day I fig­ured out how to make sil­ver look tar­nished… talk about...

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Vintage Doily Basket…

Oct 30, 2009

I think this doily bas­ket is the per­fect size to hold items for a fun filled vin­tage themed hol­i­day swap. Once filled and wrapped in cel­lo­phane then tied with red and white bak­er’s twine and accent­ed with hol­ly leaves and berries… well you have a per­fect gift. If a vin­tage hol­i­day swap is not in your future this vin­tage doily bas­ket would also look sweet sit­ting on a co-work­ers desk filled with pep­per­mints or oth­er hol­i­day can­dies. Sev­er­al hang­ing on a feath­er tree filled with good­ies would be cute too… as you can see there are lots of pos­si­bil­i­ties for this sweet bas­ket. Instruc­tions: Com­plete­ly sat­u­rate a Cot­ton Cro­cheted Doily using Aleene’s Stiff­en Quick. Place the wet doily over the cap of a 32 oz. Gatorade bot­tle (this is the per­fect size for this...

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