Favorite Blog Posts of 2009

Dec 31, 2009

Well we are all back home safe and sound. It was nice get­ting to see the fam­i­ly over the hol­i­days but it sure does feel good sleep­ing in your own bed. Since it is New Year’s Eve and I can­not help but reflect on all the things that hap­pened in 2009 I thought it would be fun to post all my favorite blog posts over the past year. So below you will find a list of my favorites. I hope they are some of your favorites too. A Lit­tle Valen­tine Tuto­r­i­al Be Mine One Lit­tle Text 100 Com­plet­ed Fab­ric Flower Love You Tag Vin­tage But­ton Bou­quet Pho­to Hold­er using Sewing Pat­tern Flower Book Page Flower Faux Vin­tage Millinery Pin Tis­sue Paper Flower Sewing Pat­tern Flower Scal­lop Paper Lace In Antic­i­pa­tion Sim­ple Leaf Pick Lot­tie’s...

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Merry Christmas…

Dec 25, 2009

It is a white Christ­mas for us this year. I love the snow so get­ting to watch it fall all day yes­ter­day and through the night made it an extra spe­cial Christ­mas for me and my fam­i­ly. Wish­ing you and yours a won­der­ful day filled with hol­i­day cheer. And here’s to a great New...

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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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Acceptance my word for 2010

Dec 18, 2009

I have been think­ing a lot late­ly about what word I plan to real­ly embrace for myself this year. After a lot of thought and read­ing these two blog posts Katie’s and Karen’s I can real­ly relate to some of what they are say­ing. I decid­ed my word needs to be accep­tance. I have a very hard time being hap­py with any­thing I cre­ate or do. I always feel I can or need to be bet­ter. This issue involves my art, fam­i­ly life etc. It car­ries over into every­thing. I have always had a hard time liv­ing just in the moment. I have a very type A per­son­al­i­ty and suf­fer from pan­ic attacks that at times can be par­a­lyz­ing. I wor­ry about every­thing… am I a good mom, wife, artist, daugh­ter, aunt, friend etc....

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Silver Foil Cupcake Liner Flower

Dec 13, 2009

Here is a super sim­ple flower you can cre­ate using sil­ver foil cup­cake lin­ers. I think this would make a won­der­ful flower/bow attached to a gift bag or present, or cre­ate sev­er­al and place them as a dec­o­ra­tion on the branch­es of your Christ­mas tree. You could cre­ate a gar­land buy attach­ing them to string or bak­er’s twine to hang in a win­dow or drape along a man­tel. You could even cre­ate orna­ments to hang on your tree or place them in a wreath… I could go on and on with ideas for this sim­ple flower. To cre­ate one flower all you need are three sil­ver foil cup­cake lin­ers, one gold jin­gle bell, scis­sors and glue dots. Cut three foil cup­cake lin­ers as I did here… just don’t cut the hole in the cen­ter...

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Snow Day Tag

Dec 12, 2009

With all the snow lots of my friends seem to be hav­ing as of late I thought this might be a fun project to doc­u­ment their snow days. This tag can be used as an orna­ment for the tree or for an accent in any room of your house. I have always loved this pho­to of my Mom back in 1957. Salem, West Vir­ginia, where my mom grew up had a snow storm that win­ter that left her lit­tle town look­ing like a win­ter won­der­land. Her dog poochie loved play­ing out­side with her in the snow as you can see from the pho­to. I find it kind of amus­ing that Mom and Dad had the same knick­name grow­ing up of “Dick­ie” and their dogs had the same name of “Poochie”. Sup­plies Used: Maya Road...

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CHA Workshop… hope to see you there!

Dec 11, 2009

I am thrilled to be able to teach a work­shop at CHA this year. F & W Media asked me to cre­ate a project using tech­niques taught in my book “Delight In The Details” which will be released at the show. Of course I was thrilled to have been asked and cer­tain­ly accept­ed the oppor­tu­ni­ty. I will only be teach­ing this work­shop once and I kept it small… only 50 peo­ple as I real­ly like to be able to inter­act with as many peo­ple one on one as pos­si­ble. I will also share a few make n takes that you can eas­i­ly recre­ate in your store. Just a lit­tle added bonus in the class. I will have instruc­tions avail­able via email in PDF form for those stores that are present. Below is a sneak...

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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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Cupcake Liner Holiday Light Reflectors…

Dec 9, 2009

While sit­ting in the Doc­tor’s office this morn­ing with Ans­ley (poor girl has a ter­ri­ble sore throat but a shot and antibi­otics will fix her in no time) I saw this real­ly neat idea in one of the mag­a­zines. I can­not remem­ber which mag­a­zine I saw this in but find it rather amus­ing that I can remem­ber how to make the entire project step for step… does not make sense at all. Any­way, these are super easy to make and will look so pret­ty attached to white lights wrapped around some gar­land. They remind me of the old alu­minum foil reflec­tors used in the 60’s. Sup­plies Used: Foil Cup­cake Lin­ers Tools Used: Scis­sors Instruc­tions: Fold cup­cake lin­er in half four times. Using Scis­sors snip the top por­tion of the cup­cake lin­er as shown in...

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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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Crepe Paper Ornament and Bottle Brush Trees

Dec 5, 2009

Fri­day night I was lucky enough to get to chat online as a guest with a bunch of Fisk-a-teers dur­ing their online crop. I tell ya if you want to chat with a fun group…you want to make sure you attend the next one. Before the chat I cre­at­ed these two projects in their hon­or. So I thought I would share the step by step instruc­tions for the orna­ment with you. (no instruc­tions for the large tree at the bot­tom of this post as I think you can fig­ure it out pret­ty sim­ply) You can make a sim­i­lar orna­ment for your­self by chang­ing the col­or of the crepe paper (Red, Green or Blue), Maya Road Maya Mists (Red) and beads. This is a real­ly fun orna­ment to make and you all know I have...

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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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What a wonderful way to wake up…

Dec 2, 2009

This morn­ing we got snow… not a lot, maybe an inch which was just enough to make the neigh­bor­hood look so pret­ty. By the time I got home from tak­ing Ans­ley to school the snow was turn­ing into rain and it was start­ing to melt quick­ly. We are expect­ed to get more Fri­day. We will see. Since this is Texas you nev­er know what the weath­er will bring each minute. And look­ing at our house it reminds me I have got to wrap some wreaths around the out­side lights… they look so bare. I am work­ing on the next Advent style pock­et and will post it hope­ful­ly tomor­row. I have not been feel­ing too good late­ly which explains my lack of blog post­ing. Should be back on track in a few days. Alan has...

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