Her “Happily Ever After”

Mar 9, 2015

Ear­ly Sat­ur­day, morn­ing we all piled into the car and drove to Hous­ton for my niece Aman­da’s wed­ding. Sat­ur­day, was cer­tain­ly a day filled with lots of love, hap­pi­ness and a few tears. It’s amaz­ing how fast time does fly. Aman­da was a beau­ti­ful bride and mar­ried the best guy. We are all so hap­py to have Steve join our fam­i­ly. He and Aman­da are a won­der­ful cou­ple and we all wish them the very best. The Chapel of the Church of Saint John the Divine ~ Hous­ton, Texas Mr. & Mrs. Steven King New­ton Con­grat­u­la­tions, Aman­da and Steve. I love you....

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Now Selling At The Crafty Scrapper

Dec 18, 2014

I’m so hap­py to tell you that I am now sell­ing my hand­made vin­tage tin neck­laces at The Crafty Scrap­per in Wax­a­hachie, Texas. Car­olyn Ross moved her amaz­ing store to a new build­ing and she now has a bou­tique that offers unique hand­craft­ed items. So, if you are look­ing for a lit­tle some­thing spe­cial for a friend, co-work­er or fam­i­ly mem­ber please go check out her store. All my neck­lace pen­dants are cre­at­ed from vin­tage tins and jew­el­ry pieces and each piece is one of a kind. No two will ever be alike. Also, I still have a few Mys­tery Goody Box­es avail­able. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing one, each box is a Medi­um Sized Flat Rate box filled with new and very gen­tly used prod­ucts from major man­u­fac­tures like Ranger, Maya Road, Fiskars,...

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Charm Bracelets and Bangles

Aug 13, 2014

I love the sweet sound of charm bracelets and I’m so lucky to have my grand­moth­er’s charm bracelet. I still remem­ber the sound her bracelet made as she wore it. I LOVED being able to find the engraved charm with my name and birth­date, it hung nes­tled among all her grand­chil­dren and oth­er spe­cial charms she had been giv­en. These two charm bracelets are craft­ed from hand cut vin­tage tin, that I cut, sand­ed and turned into charms. Each charm cre­ates a soft sweet sound that reminds me of a wind chime far off in the dis­tance on a Texas farm. I accent­ed each charm bracelet with a strand of pearl like beads and the bot­tom charm bracelet has vin­tage clear glass beads wire wrapped and attach between the tin charms. Each bracelet is a one of a...

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A Look at What’s New

Aug 1, 2014

While Bel­lie was busy paint­ing or watch­ing movies I was busy cre­at­ing new one of a kind jew­el­ry designs for my Etsy shop. As you can see, this week I was able to add sev­er­al pieces. I must admit my favorite this week is the owl pen­dant. These new pen­dants will look gor­geous with any Autumn attire. Yes, I’m wish­ing this Texas sum­mer away, although I must admit it has been one of the coolest in 7 years. You’ll find some new resin charms too. These charms have vin­tage embossed papers or tin encased in resin with wire wrapped fresh­wa­ter pearls or vin­tage bead accents. This set reminds me of a beau­ti­ful mosa­ic. I love the warm tones of orange, red and yel­low. All my pen­dants come with either an 18″ or 24″ ball chain...

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Are YOU Going to GASC in Arlington, TX?

Jun 7, 2014

If you are attend­ing the Great Amer­i­can Scrap­book Con­ven­tion June 12th — 14th in Arling­ton, Texas I have a spe­cial offer just for you. Start­ing today through Tues­day, June 10th, you can avoid ship­ping costs on any items pur­chased in my Etsy shop. Your pur­chased items will be avail­able for pick up in the Maya Road booth June 12th, 13th & 14th. If you find some­thing you like con­vo me and I will cre­ate a Reserve List­ing just for you that excludes the ship­ping fee. I have list­ed sev­er­al new ear­ring and ring designs shown below, leather bracelets, neck­laces and have my ever so pop­u­lar Hand­made Frozen Char­lotte Dolls.   I look for­ward to see­ing every­one at the con­ven­tion. It’s always so nice get­ting to chat with cre­ative...

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ Estes Park, Colorado

Apr 30, 2014

All of last week I was in Estes Park, Col­orado with mom and dad. We had a fab­u­lous time explor­ing every inch of Estes Park and Rocky Moun­tain Nation­al Park. I loved being able to com­bine work with play espe­cial­ly with mom and dad. They are a blast to trav­el with and guar­an­tees lot of laugh until you cry moments. Through­out the week, I will be shar­ing loads of pho­tos tak­en dur­ing our adven­ture. First I have to tell you about the fun I had teach­ing class­es at Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries April 25th & 26th. Cheryl Grigs­by is liv­ing my dream. Seri­ous­ly I’m not kid­ding, she has a scrap­book store, an adorable rental cab­in and a home in Estes Park. Oh how this Texas girl wants to move to Estes Park so bad­ly. I tru­ly belong...

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Mini Snow Globe Charm

Dec 19, 2013

As soon as I saw the adorable snow globe charm cre­at­ed by Mar­got Pot­ter I knew I had to make one of these lit­tle cuties. Although, I cre­at­ed some­what of a Texas sized ver­sion. I love wear­ing big chunky charms and thought this would make for an adorable hol­i­day piece to wear on a sim­ple sil­ver or ball chain style neck­lace. I pret­ty much cre­at­ed my charm exact­ly as Mar­got,  although I did­n’t have to trim off the top of a bot­tle brush tree as I had one that was super small and fit inside my bot­tle per­fect­ly. All I need­ed to do was snip off the wood­en base of the tree using wire cut­ters. Sup­plies Used: 2″ Glass Bot­tle with Cork (Tim Holtz), .75″ Mini Glass Bot­tle with Cork (Maya Road), Tin­sel Trim,...

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Nominate a Kid ~ Winner

Jul 29, 2013

I tell ya this aun­tie is one tired aun­tie. I enjoyed every sin­gle minute spent with those two sweet nieces of mine. Bel­lie went home Sat­ur­day, and all day Sun­day I was drag­ging. That is after noon because I slept until NOON! Total­ly crazy. I had a won­der­ful time with them doing crafts and mak­ing fun snacks and if you have kids, grand­kids, nieces, nephews, kids of fam­i­ly friends or heck even neigh­bor­hood kids you have got to make Rain­bow Spaghet­ti. Both Made­lyn and Bel­lie thought it was the great­est thing ever, every kid should have at least one meal in their life be Rain­bow Spaghet­ti. I also enjoyed shar­ing with you all the fun things we did dur­ing their stay. I have all the fun crafts and food fun snacks we cre­at­ed pinned...

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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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Texas Big + Funky = My Kinda Charm

Oct 31, 2012

Oh good­ness where do I start to tell you about this charm. I had so much fun mak­ing it but darn 4 days to com­plete some­thing is a LONG time for me. Patience is not my best char­ac­ter trait but I did it and it was well worth being patient. I used Envi­ro­Tex Resin, made my round bezel by free form­ing some cop­per met­al , then used lots of Nunn Design Met­al Embell­ish­ments, vin­tage but­tons, an old met­al key, rhine­stones, beads and trims. Day 1 I attached a piece of pat­terned paper to the front and back of the round chip­board piece using Nunn Design Glue. Once the glue was dry I sealed the chip­board cir­cle using Nunn Design Sealant on the front, back and edges of the chip­board piece. I applied the sealant three...

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Artistic Journey 2012 ~ French Couture

Oct 4, 2012

I’m real­ly excit­ed for this week­end. I will be teach­ing at Artis­tic Jour­ney in Wax­a­hachie, Texas along side Dina Wak­ley and Angel­la Pear­don. This week­ends event is held at The Crafty Scrap­per and is filled with loads of fun. It starts off Fri­day evening with three fun make & takes, a tag swap and din­ner. Then Sat­ur­day morn­ing bright and ear­ly all three of us teach­ers begin teach­ing our exclu­sive class­es. I’ll be teach­ing an assem­blage class that has the atten­dees alter­ing a dress form. As you can see they are going to be busy, busy, busy dur­ing class. But once they fin­ish their dress form they’ll each have a beau­ti­ful­ly altered dress form to dis­play in their home or give as a gift. So now I’m off to pack, check my to do...

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Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts Demo ~ Book Signing

Aug 11, 2012

Today, I will be cel­e­brat­ing the Grand Open­ing of the Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts in Sher­man, Texas with a Free Demo & Book Sign­ing. I will be sign­ing my books “Delight In The Sea­sons” & “Delight In The Details” as well as show you how to make the ever so pop­u­lar paper rose as shown above. Sup­plies are lim­it­ed so don’t be late. See ya there!...

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Welcome Home with Maya Road

Jul 11, 2012

Here is a pho­to of the “Wel­come Home with Maya Road” work­shop (#W0701) I’ll be teach­ing for Maya Road at CHA. I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing this sold out class. I also want to give a great big Texas THANK YOU to my awe­some SPONSORS… Clearsnap, Fiskars, Jen­ni Bowl­in Stu­dio and Ranger. They gra­cious­ly donat­ed prod­uct for me to alter the NEW Maya Road House Shad­ow Box. Each class attendee will have a kit filled with awe­some Maya Road prod­ucts and get to cre­ate using prod­uct by these top man­u­fac­tur­ers. And of course a class always needs a give away or two, or three etc., so I’ll be giv­ing away copies of my new book “Delight In The Sea­sons” to sev­er­al lucky win­ners dur­ing the work­shop....

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Taking a little Blog Break…

May 28, 2012

I’ve been swamped with lots of project dead­lines as well as prepar­ing for this sweet girls upcom­ing High School Grad­u­a­tion, Sat­ur­day. So I’m tak­ing a bit of a blog­ging break. Once things calm down I’ll be back but until then, you might want to check out my blog Archives for fun sum­mer projects I’ve cre­at­ed over the years… lots of good tuto­ri­als can be found all the way back to August of 2006. Those of you attend­ing GASC in Arling­ton, Texas this week, I’ll be sign­ing my books “Delight In The Details” and “Delight In The Sea­sons” in The Crafty Scrap­per booth after lunch, Thurs­day, May 31st. Come and see me and Car­olyn’s amaz­ing booth....

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In Honor of Spring

Mar 20, 2012

Since today is the first day of Spring what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate than with a book give­away. All you have to do is leave a com­ment on this post telling me which “Sea­son” is your favorite and why. I will announce the win­ner of my book “Delight In The Sea­sons”, Fri­day. I love all the sea­sons but sum­mer in Texas is my least favorite. The fun hol­i­days and cel­e­bra­tions that come along  like birth­days, vaca­tions, wed­dings, Inde­pen­dence Day etc., cer­tain­ly helps make up for the 100+ degree tem­per­a­tures BUT I still do not like sum­mer. So, leave a com­ment for your chance to win… I can’t wait to read about your favorite sea­son. Good Luck....

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Olivia at 1 Month

Mar 6, 2012

It is hard to believe Olivia is already a month old. A few weeks ago my moth­er and father-in-law went to meet their newest grand­daugh­ter for the first time. Need­less to say they are in love and got in as many snug­gles as pos­si­ble. There is noth­ing cuter, sweet­er or more demand­ing than a new baby. Dou­glas and Karen have sur­vived the first month with­out too much sleep depri­va­tion and are enjoy­ing Olivia tremen­dous­ly. I must admit it seems so odd to me see­ing pho­tos of Dou­glas feed­ing and burp­ing a baby. I first met him when he was 18 and just out of high school prepar­ing to head off to Texas A&M. Once Dou­glas grad­u­at­ed he moved to Dal­las not too far from where we lived. He would come over some week­ends to...

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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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Snow for Christmas

Dec 21, 2011

I LOVE snow and hope we get some this win­ter… so far all we’ve had is rain… which we need ter­ri­bly BUT snow sure would be awe­some. We have a chance for flur­ries Fri­day and Sat­ur­day but most like­ly it will be short lived and turn to rain. We will see and you can bet I will be watch­ing the fore­cast like a lit­tle kid. I have a true love for any­thing with snowflakes so when Maya Road came out with their adorable “Let It Snow” stamp set, I was thrilled. And their Blue 1″ Ink Pad is a gor­geous win­ter blue ink, so keep this in mind for any of your win­ter projects. If you would like to recre­ate this card cut a piece of white card­stock to 8″ x 11″ then fold...

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ScrapFest Recap

Sep 21, 2011

Trav­el­ing to dif­fer­ent places to teach is always so much fun but being home and in your own bed is awe­some. Last night, I slept so hard I don’t think I even moved in my sleep. ScrapFest was awe­some, incred­i­ble, amaz­ing and inspir­ing. I would do it all over again tomor­row, if I could. I had a blast teach­ing all 6 of the Maya Road class­es. Every one who came to class was so upbeat and excit­ed. It was so fun get­ting to chat with so many cre­ative peo­ple from all over the coun­try. I real­ly enjoyed being in MN. The peo­ple are so nice and get­ting away from the Texas heat was awe­some. I have so many pho­tos I want to share that I took dur­ing the event so I decid­ed to cre­ate a col­lage....

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Friendship Tokens

Jun 15, 2011

Dur­ing the meet and greet at Paper Cow­girl we had a super fun friend­ship token exchange. The tokens can be any­thing you wish to cre­ate and give away. This exchange would be some­thing fun to do at crops or any scrap­ping event. I just have to show you how cre­ative every­one was at Paper Cow­girl. I did my best to get a good close up of each one I received. My name badge was full. One of the par­tic­i­pants cro­cheted all her flower tokens. Some altered game pieces. As you can see my name tag was full… col­ored keys tied on with yarn, stick­ers, millinery flow­ers a met­al dress form was cre­at­ed and watch faces were used. I’m not kid­ding when I said peo­ple made them from all sorts of items. Kraft tags were...

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Miniature stand

Apr 29, 2011

Well yes­ter­day was a day of one flight dis­as­ter after anoth­er so I end­ed up not being able to attend Ranger U. I am so sad about it but it was out of my hands. I got to the air­port, bag­gage checked in, through secu­ri­ty and flight delay #1 came up, then not too longer flight delay #2 came up, not too longer after that flight delay #3 came up and then BAM flight can­celed as well as all flights to Newark. I was on the phone, inter­net and tex­ting try­ing to fig­ure out a way to get to Newark but it was just not in the cards for me. So here I sit at home wait­ing for my lug­gage to return to me and let me just say I’m a true Texas girl...

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