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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Something Fun to Entertain the Kids

Dec 4, 2013

When I was a lit­tle girl around the age of 3 or 4 my mom would go to an elder­ly lady’s house to do her hair. This lady had an awe­some album filled with greet­ing cards she put togeth­er for lit­tle ones to flip through. I remem­ber sit­ting on the floor look­ing at page after page in this album. I LOVED it so I thought of a fun idea for young kids dur­ing hol­i­day gath­er­ings. Find some old Christ­mas cards and if you are like me you have lots. I found this one that works per­fect­ly for this type of project. You will want one that you can cut the face out of (snow­man, gin­ger­bread man, San­ta, Elf, Rein­deer even ani­mals will work great). Using a craft knife cut out the face on your...

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50 Years

Jun 4, 2013

Today, my mom and dad cel­e­brate their 50th Wed­ding Anniver­sary. Please join me in wish­ing them all the best on this very spe­cial day. June 4, 1963 ~ June 4, 2013 Hap­py Anniver­sary, mom and dad. We love...

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Winnipeg Here I Come

Apr 3, 2013

Today is all about laun­dry, pack­ing and check­ing my “To Do List” mak­ing sure every­thing I need for Crop & Cre­ate is done and packed in my super stuffed suit­case. As I’ve said before, teach­ing at a Crop & Cre­ate event is one of the items on my arty buck­et list. I’ve heard so many won­der­ful things about Cather­ine’s events and I’m super appre­cia­tive for this oppor­tu­ni­ty to teach. I have goody bags made up to hand to some lucky win­ners dur­ing my class­es. They are filled with lots of great Maya Road prod­ucts. I also have stamp sets and a mini album to give away. Below is a peek at some of the items all packed a ready to go. Each per­son that takes one or both of my class­es gets their name...

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Inspiration for a Crafty Weekend

Nov 30, 2012

Since I am clean­ing out and reor­ga­niz­ing my craft room, this week, which is total tor­ture but thank­ful­ly I have an awe­some neigh­bor, Jen­nifer who is help­ing me and keep­ing me on task. I just keep telling myself once I’m fin­ished it’s going to be so awe­some work­ing in it once again. These are just a por­tion of the emp­ty box­es I had to go through, emp­ty out and put stuff away. Car­o­line Lau is to blame for LOTS of these box­es. Any­way, I thought I would take a break and go through my blog post Archives and find some week­end inspi­ra­tion for you. I plan on mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts this year and if you are as well, well there might be a few things to inspire you. Some­times it good to...

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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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Kitting and a Contract

Aug 8, 2012

I’m so hap­py to show you this pho­to… the offi­cial con­tract for book 3 arrived. I’m so super excit­ed about the con­cept for this book I can hard­ly stand it. I’m also very for­tu­nate to get to con­tin­ue work­ing with such loy­al spon­sors. I have a few new spon­sors that I’m real­ly hap­py to have that will be added to this LIST soon! Thank you all so much for your sup­port and ongo­ing spon­sor­ship. I real­ly appre­ci­ate both tremen­dous­ly. This week it’s been all about get­ting kits ready and shipped to Lake Como, Italy for “A Kiss On The Chic’s Cre­ative Retreat in Italy” Lau­ra’s put togeth­er a fab­u­lous event and Sept. 15th can­not get here soon enough. I’ve nev­er in my life wished I had a Sizzix Vagabond Machine so bad­ly as I...

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Happy Birthday, to you!

Apr 23, 2011

Today, my sweet daugh­ter Ter­ri turns 23. Wish­ing you all the best life has to offer and more, Sweet Pea! Enjoy your day and see you tonight. I love...

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Birthday Box

Feb 18, 2011

This is a small gift box for a spe­cial birth­day some­one. I think my favorite part is the vial with the can­dle inside and the make a wish jour­nal­ing strip wrapped around it. My hus­band Alan was look­ing at me a tad bit strange­ly as I was burn­ing down the can­dle so it would fit inside. He is not a visu­al per­son so he could not fig­ure out what in the world I was doing. But once he saw the fin­ished project it all made sense to him and he loved it. I real­ly like the tis­sue tape bow too… it is cov­ered in crys­tal coarse glit­ter and out­lined with Plat­inum Stick­les. Any­thing birth­day themed has to have glit­ter. Ha who am I kid­ding, it’s more like any­thing I cre­ate has to have glit­ter....

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Snow day..

Feb 4, 2011

It is nice to get a snow day instead of ice days. Frisco is on day 4 of no school due to ice and snow. I do believe we got more than the 1″ they were pre­dict­ing and we should get anoth­er 1″ this morn­ing. I must admit I do love look­ing at it and watch­ing the snow flakes fall but I’m sure all the peo­ple try­ing to arrive today for Super Bowl week­end aren’t too hap­py. This much snow in our area real­ly is not good. I heard Love Field Air­port is closed at the moment… yikes. Not sure about DFW. The left of our neigh­bor­hood look­ing out the front door. The right of our neigh­bor­hood look­ing out the front door. What you see when you open the back door. And our back­yard....

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A Christmas Mouse

Dec 22, 2010

Mom and I love all the lit­tle fig­urines of Christ­mas mice that can be seen dur­ing the hol­i­days. My grand­moth­er on the oth­er hand could not STAND see­ing any­thing which slight­ly resem­bled that of a mouse. I can remem­ber once when I was very, very young being at my grand­par­en­t’s camp in Acton, Maine and gram run­ning out of the camp scream­ing. It was years lat­er I found out my mom had dis­cov­ered a lit­tle mouse nest in one of the kitchen draw­ers that had a baby mouse sleep­ing inside. Well gram did not want any­thing to do with that and left in a dash. Poor gram. So in the spir­it of all the adorable Christ­mas mice mom and I see dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son I thought it would be fun to make one for her...

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What a busy week…

Nov 24, 2010

I hope you all are get­ting ready to enjoy a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day with friends and fam­i­ly. We will be hav­ing a very slow paced day tomor­row. This year we are stay­ing put as we decid­ed to do our trav­el­ing to see fam­i­ly for Christ­mas. I must admit it will be nice to just relax and not wor­ry about enter­tain­ing or trav­el­ing. This Thanks­giv­ing I am get­ting off so easy… all Ans­ley request­ed is “Stove Top” stuff­ing and a pump­kin pie!!! Can you believe that… Ans­ley is not a big turkey eater and Alan does­n’t want me to go to all the trou­ble of cook­ing for just us three. So they got major brown­ie points with me this Thanks­giv­ing. I’m think­ing a big pot of stew or chili will be great to eat while...

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What a fun day…

Nov 20, 2010

Today, I taught my “Home for the Hol­i­days” class at The Crafty Scrap­per to a super sweet group of ladies. That store is my hap­py place with­out a doubt!!! I think it is the best store in the area. Car­olyn has the best cus­tomers and the best prod­uct selec­tion around not to men­tion the sweet­est staff. If you haven’t vis­it­ed her store you need to… it is worth the dri­ve. You will love it. See the lit­tle sweet­ie in yel­low… it was her 14th birth­day. Her grand­moth­er pur­chased my class as a gift for her. Hap­py Birth­day, Gra­cie! I hope it was a won­der­ful day. Wish­ing you all the best and hope to see you again soon. Each kit includ­ed three dif­fer­ent house tem­plates and lots of fun lit­tle good­ies to use to dec­o­rate....

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I have a paper secret…

Sep 29, 2010

But I have to share. I just can­not keep this one a secret. While par­tic­i­pat­ing at the Cocoa Daisy Des­ti­na­tion ~ Mykonos event I stum­bled upon this gor­geous vin­tage paper line. And since I LOVE Christ­mas and any­thing with old San­ta images well… you can only imag­ine my excite­ment. The design­er is Gudrun Loen­neck­en. She lives in Nor­way and is super tal­ent­ed. Gudrun did an adorable make n take with her papers one evening in Mykonos. Every­one loved her designs. The one shown below is Gudrun’s Christ­mas 2010 line and I can­not wait to start my Christ­mas album. Front view… love that lit­tle girl and the San­ta images. Back view… the paper with the post­card images is incred­i­ble. Isn’t this lit­tle girl so cute among all the hearts and hol­ly. Then you can only...

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Since I am supposed to be resting…

May 22, 2010

my shoul­der which I must admit is mak­ing me cra­zier than ever… I thought I would share with you some of my favorite lay­outs fea­tured in my book “Delight In The Details”. These three are all so dif­fer­ent from each oth­er yet super detailed and as you know I can get lost in the details. The pho­to of the lit­tle girl is me. It is one of my favorite baby pho­tos.  I thought this pho­to was a per­fect match with this paper line by Jen­ni Bowl­in. In this lay­out I used my craft knife a lot. Which is most like­ly one of the rea­sons my shoul­der is killing me… I love to use my craft knife and grip it so tight­ly. I think the light chalk­ing on the bird and flow­ers makes for a...

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Happy Easter from my family to yours…

Apr 4, 2010

I thought I would share with you on this spe­cial day some fam­i­ly pho­tos from East­ers past. Oh how I love old fam­i­ly pho­tos. Here are my mom and cousins Lar­ry and Jim­mie East­er Sun­day. They are stand­ing in front of my Aunt and Uncle’s house on Dog Run in Salem, WV, in 1954 or 55. Love that the girls as well as the ladies wore gloves with their new East­er attire. I’m not sure where Mom is stand­ing for this pho­to but I am assum­ing it is either in the yard at her home or my aun­t’s. They were only 2 hous­es away from each oth­er. Which was so fun when the fam­i­ly would go vis­it in the sum­mers. I’m sure my broth­er and I cre­at­ed a path between their hous­es… we went...

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I found something fun…

Mar 26, 2010

If you like vin­tage look­ing East­er cards here is a tuto­r­i­al I found at a site call Vin­tage Image Craft. I kin­da stum­bled on them via Face­book and oh am I so hap­py I did. Vin­tage Image Crafts has some adorable projects I thought you my super sweet blog­ger read­ers might want to try. This morn­ing cre­at­ed their adorable Victo­ri­an styled East­er Egg card. I love inter­ac­tive cards espe­cial­ly when it involves an adorable vin­tage image of an East­er chick like this one. I hope you give this card a try… it is pret­ty sim­ple and oh so cute. Wish­ing you all a won­der­ful­ly cre­ative week­end. Oh and don’t for­get about this.. or this. Those that par­tic­i­pate have a chance to win a won­der­ful RAK.Hugs!...

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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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New Products I love…

Jan 16, 2010

Since Maya Road sneak peeks will con­tin­ue Mon­day I thought I would show you a few prod­ucts already revealed that I real­ly love. I love how gor­geous this Red Medal­lion Flower accent­ed with a Crys­tal and Vin­tage Black Pearl Pin looks next to an Upper­case Philadel­phia Chip­board let­ter that is altered with fine sil­ver ger­man glass glit­ter. You can bet I will be tint­ing some Crys­tal Pins with my cop­ic mark­ers or alco­hol inks using this Tim’s cool fil­l­able pen in the near future. I love how cute this heart and arrow from the Love Mini Chip­board Set looks altered with vin­tage sheet music and fine sil­ver ger­man glass glit­ter. It is attached to one of the Mixed Scal­lop Tri­an­gle Ban­ners from the Mini Set. And I think this but­ton from the Mini But­ton...

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Wishing you…

Jan 1, 2010

We meet today to thank thee for the era done, and thee for the open­ing one. John Green­leaf...

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Lottie, talk about a cutie…

Jun 17, 2009

I love this time of the year as all the man­u­fac­tur­ers are buzzing with new prod­ucts. I like to check out what new items my book spon­sors are cre­at­ing and when I saw this new doll stamp Lot­tie by Pink Per­sim­mon yes­ter­day, well my jaw dropped. I love that this stamp set is named after their crafty Grand­ma Lot­tie. Such a sweet ges­ture. I think I see a new work­shop in the future. And here is some­thing fun! The girls at Pink Per­sim­mon are host­ing a  Paper Doll Chal­lenge using this very stamp. I say give it a try as the win­ner will receive vin­tage embell­ish­ments and papers. That right there would be enough for me to give it a go. And to get you jump start­ed Dar­cy even cre­at­ed a PDF so you...

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