2013 Year in Review

Dec 31, 2013

Last year, I did sev­er­al Year In Review blog posts that were pret­ty pop­u­lar but this year I decid­ed to do one for 2013. This year, I was all over the place cre­ative­ly. I pulled one project from each month and the 12 fea­tured in this post were some of my favorites. You will find a pho­to trans­fer can­vas of my sweet niece Aman­da and her boyfriend Steve, cre­ative jew­el­ry using small bot­tles, vin­tage but­tons and horse­shoe nails, a cute lit­tle DIY yarn nest, projects cre­at­ed using plas­ter, a pli­able bees wax tech­nique a fun blog fea­ture “My Life In A Dinghy” and a new Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp Set ~ Win­ter Girl. I hope you enjoy look­ing back at these past projects. Now that I have recu­per­at­ed from cre­at­ing and writ­ing “Delight In The...

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Mom’s Sugar Cookies

Dec 30, 2013

I got a hands on les­son in mak­ing mom’s sug­ar cook­ies while vis­it­ing my par­ents for Christ­mas. I did my best to doc­u­ment just how she makes her cook­ies so you too can enjoy the best sug­ar cook­ies ever. Let me know if you try the recipe and send me a pho­to of your cook­ies as I would love to see them. Once the dough has chilled for about an hour roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cook­ie cut­ters and coat each cook­ie with sug­ar. Bake cook­ies at 375 degrees for 5–6 min­utes. They should be a light gold­en brown on the bot­tom and slight­ly firm to the touch. When pressed with your fin­ger­tip, if a dip remains in the cook­ie cook for anoth­er minute. Once baked, place cook­ies on...

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Home For Christmas

Dec 27, 2013

This year, we seemed to cel­e­brat­ed Christ­mas a lit­tle bit at a time. We had a fam­i­ly get togeth­er with Ter­ri and Laren at their loft on the 23rd then a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion at our house Christ­mas Eve.  Christ­mas morn­ing, my nephew Brit­tain and I head­ed down to Beau­mont to see fam­i­ly and cel­e­brate Christ­mas with my par­ents. Alan and Ans­ley both had to work on the 26th so they could­n’t come along but when I return home they’ll have a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion with the gifts I bring back. We arrived at mom and dad’s house in the late after­noon and every­one was ready to exchange gifts. It’s always a flur­ry of excite­ment dur­ing Christ­mas at mom and dad’s. I’ve been very blessed to always have an amaz­ing Christ­mas. Mom and Dad...

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Merry Christmas

Dec 25, 2013

Christ­mas waves a mag­ic wand over this world, and behold, every­thing is soft­er and more beau­ti­ful. ~Nor­man Vin­cent...

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Awesome Cookie Recipes

Dec 24, 2013

With just the switch of two ingre­di­ents you too can bake these two amaz­ing cook­ies. I love any baked item that con­tains lemon and these Lemon cook­ies are AMAZING!!! You have been warned. You will NOT be able to eat JUST ONE!!! Lord help my hips and thighs. Now if you sub­sti­tute the Lemon Cake Mix and White Choco­late Morsels for a Dev­ils Food Cake Mix and a reg­u­lar sized bag of Semi-Sweet Choco­late Morsels you get these AMAZING choco­late cook­ies. My daugh­ter Ans­ley and her friends LOVE these and can devour a sin­gle batch in no time flat! Hap­py Bak­ing! I hope you enjoy these cook­ies as much as me and my...

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DIY Holiday Card

Dec 23, 2013

This card is cre­at­ed using an image Christy Tom­lin­son shared last week from one of her awe­some paint­ings. Christy has such a beau­ti­ful artis­tic style, which I tru­ly love. I decid­ed to cre­ate a few Christ­mas cards with her beau­ti­ful image to share with friends and fam­i­ly. Some I left as is with just a lit­tle Dia­mond Stick­les placed here and there and some I added a lit­tle dimen­sion by cut­ting out the wreath, boots, manger and baby Jesus. First to make 3 of the dimen­sion­al cards I cre­at­ed, using a laser print­er, print  4 — 3.5″ x 5″ images. If you use an inkjet print­er and put any liq­uid medi­um onto it, the ink will run. This mean NO STICKLES and well you know how I feel about Stick­les so I have to...

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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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Delightful Arty Crush ~ Jenny & Aaron

Dec 18, 2013

“Delight­ful Arty Crush” is a fea­ture I have on my blog which show­cases artists who’s work I admire and find inspir­ing. It fea­tures a wide range of artists from col­lage, tex­tile, encaus­tic and lots of oth­er amaz­ing medi­ums. I’m sure you will find each artists work just as inspir­ing as I do and I hope you will vis­it their blogs and oth­er links includ­ed in their fea­ture. The images I share with you are just the tip of the ice­berg in regards to their awe­some­ness.   Today, my “Delight­ful Arty Crush” are fea­tured artists Jen­ny & Aaron of Every­day is a Hol­i­day. I can’t remem­ber when I dis­cov­ered this amaz­ing duo but I’ve been a fan for a very long time. I love the taffy shades of paint they use in all their cre­ations...

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Documenting My December Album Pt. 3

Dec 17, 2013

Over the week­end, I start­ed adding pho­tos, cre­at­ed a fun snow filled pock­et and attached some baubles to the jump rings of my album. This album is com­ing togeth­er nice­ly and I’m hav­ing so much cre­ative fun, no dead­lines, no spe­cif­ic require­ments just fun! I decid­ed the top jump ring of my album need­ed a lit­tle spruc­ing up so I dug in my Christ­mas stash and added sev­er­al hol­i­day themed items, a vin­tage bell orna­ment, gold & sil­ver jin­gle bells and a white snowflake trans­paren­cy. Each item is attached with hol­i­day trims in col­ors of red and green. And in this fam­i­ly no Christ­mas is com­plete unless you have a pho­to tak­en with San­ta a.k.a. Paw Paw. This is my dad’s 11th year as San­ta at Park­dale Mall in Beau­mont, Texas. He tru­ly is the...

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Season’s Greetings Altered Hoop

Dec 16, 2013

I decid­ed to make a fan­cy hol­i­day altered hoop with this lit­tle embroi­dered piece I stitched using two new stamp sets by Pink Per­sim­mon, Christ­mas House & Hol­i­day Hel­lo. I find great joy in hand stitch­ing a bit each night. It’s a great way for me to relax as I’m usu­al­ly wound up tighter than an eight day clock. This sweet hol­i­day decor piece can either hang or sit on an easel to add a lit­tle hol­i­day cheer to any spot. The wood­en hoop mea­sures approx­i­mate­ly 4″ in diam­e­ter. I used Maya Road Rhine­stone Trim, Fab­ric Tape, and Satin, Mini Ging­ham and Tulle Trims to alter the side and back edge of the hoop. A White Snowflake Trans­paren­cy adorned with a vin­tage ear­ring and a clear glass but­ton accents the front. I hope this...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Holiday Tag

Dec 13, 2013

It makes me so hap­py when oth­ers share projects they’ve cre­at­ed using my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. It’s amaz­ing how so many dif­fer­ent projects can be cre­at­ed while using the same stamp sets. This beau­ti­ful tag was post­ed in my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion by Lisa M. Pace Face­book Page by Wan­da Hent­ges. I was so hap­py she shared her art with every­one and when I saw she post­ed a tuto­r­i­al on her blog I knew I had to share this with my awe­some blog read­ers. Thank you, Wan­da. If you’ve cre­at­ed projects using any of my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets please join my Face­book Page and post your cre­ations as I would love for you to share them with me and the oth­er mem­bers. If you missed out on being able to pur­chase “Win­ter Girl”...

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Documenting My December Album Pt. 2

Dec 12, 2013

Ok so today lets fin­ish up show­ing you the oth­er pages and tags from my “Doc­u­ment­ing Decem­ber” album. This is the back of Tag 3. I made a lit­tle ban­ner and placed a jour­nal­ing stick­er on it for the pho­to I plan to put on Page 7 of Ter­ri and Ans­ley sit­ting on San­ta’s “Paw Paw’s” lap they had tak­en when we went down for Thanks­giv­ing. Page 8 I think I’m just going to let it become either a spot for a pho­to or some quotes. Tag 4 is a fold out tag I made from a large Kraft Tag. This is going to hold cook­ie recipes at least this is what I think right now, I could change my mind in the next few min­utes. Tag 4 is a tri-fold tag, I think...

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Documenting My December Album

Dec 11, 2013

This year, I was super inspired by Car­o­line Lau to make a Decem­ber album. I start­ed to call mine a “Cap­tur­ing Christ­mas” album but then thought I real­ly want­ed to doc­u­ment a few oth­er things as the fam­i­ly and I pre­pared for Christ­mas so I decid­ed on call­ing it my “Doc­u­ment­ing Decem­ber” album. I can­not do the every sin­gle day route, this just does not work for me at all. I over think every­thing and hav­ing to com­mit to every­day makes me instant­ly start to stress out. I love see­ing how every­one doc­u­ments their Decem­ber each day and I applaud them for being able to do it, so I’ve decid­ed high­light­ing the month dec­o­rat­ing, bak­ing, wrap­ping and shop­ping is some­thing I can do with­out any stress. Today, I thought I would share what I’ve...

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Hot Chocolate Recipe

Dec 10, 2013

Dur­ing our iced in long week­end I made sev­er­al pots of this hot choco­late. One batch for the fam­i­ly and a sur­prise batch for the neigh­bor­hood kids so they could warm up as they played out­side. They had so much fun all week­end sled­ding down our dri­ve­way and ice skat­ing in the street. And when you are between the ages of 6 & 10 years old there’s noth­ing bet­ter than hav­ing some­one bring out a crock pot filled with Free Hot Choco­late, a Bag of Marsh­mal­lows and Dix­ie Cups then sit­ting every­thing on the porch telling you to drink all you want. Oh and I got a great laugh as I over­heard one lit­tle boy telling his friend, “This is actu­al­ly real­ly good hot choco­late.” These kids real­ly reaped the rewards of me ter­ri­bly...

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Winter Ice Storm

Dec 9, 2013

Fri­day, all of Frisco was cov­ered in a blan­ket of ice and sleet. Thank­ful­ly, we were lucky enough to keep our elec­tric­i­ty but lots of oth­ers were not. Since I love win­ter so much I had to step out­side and snap some pho­tos as the land­scap­ing was so gor­geous enveloped in ice. There is some­thing so calm­ing to me being out­side in the win­ter. I love breath­ing the crisp air, feel­ing the cold on my cheeks and my nose run­ning from the chill in the air. Win­ter tru­ly is my favorite sea­son. Dur­ing the day, I enjoyed sit­ting in my stu­dio sip­ping hot choco­late while work­ing and watch­ing a lit­tle girl ice skate up and down our street with her friends run­ning along her side. This is the first time I’ve ever seen any­one...

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Faux Polaroid Ornaments

Dec 6, 2013

This orna­ment is going to do some seri­ous sparkling on the tree as I cov­ered each Maya Road Pho­to Frame Chip­board piece with iri­des­cent glit­ter. It shim­mers and sparkles beau­ti­ful­ly and will look gor­geous when the tree is lit at night. If you want to make an orna­ment like this one or sim­i­lar orna­ments below are the prod­ucts I used. Maya Road Pho­to Frames Chip­board, Maya Road Cloud White 1″ Ink Pad, Iri­des­cent Glit­ter, Dia­mond Glaze, Red & White Twine, Red Mini Ging­ham Trim,1  Hol­ly & Berry Pick, 1 Gold Jin­gle Bell, Black & White Pho­tos, Black Card­stock, Glue Stick, Strong Liq­uid Adhe­sive, Scis­sors, Sand­ing Block Step Out for Mak­ing This Orna­ment: Remove cen­ter square from pho­to frame and set aside. Apply white ink to the pho­to frame, place Dia­mond Glaze over the top...

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Hand Stitched Ornaments

Dec 5, 2013

I love to make hand­made items dur­ing the hol­i­days. I believe it all stems from my child­hood and mak­ing hol­i­day items with my mom. For as long as I can remem­ber she and I have made some­thing for the hol­i­days and these fab­ric orna­ments are fun to cre­ate espe­cial­ly if you like instant grat­i­fi­ca­tion. I did the stitch­ing one night and then stitched the back on the next. The images are Maya Road stamps that I stamped onto nat­ur­al muslin using Archival ink. I stitched a sim­ple out­line stitch all along the images, then using a pen­cil, light­ly wrote the name onto each orna­ment and hand stitched over it. Inside the but­ter­fly I added some Dia­mond Stick­les for a lit­tle sparkle. Once I had the images stitched I decid­ed to use a Maya Road...

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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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Cleaning Out The Studio

Dec 3, 2013

I know I have been bom­bard­ing you all with kits, art and oth­er items in my Etsy shop but seri­ous­ly, I have got to get this stu­dio cleaned  out and under-con­trol. I do not have room for any addi­tion­al prod­uct not one bit more. It’s ter­ri­ble and San­ta will put me on the bad list if he sees this mess. Thank good­ness I don’t have a lit­tle elf on the shelf to rat me out or I would be super wor­ried. So since I’m clean­ing out I am pass­ing on some awe­some prod­uct deals. I just list­ed a Scrap­book Embell­ish­ment Grab Box that comes to you filled with lots of assort­ed Maya Road prod­ucts that’s per­fect for any scrap­book or craft enthu­si­ast and get this, SHIPPING is FREE on this item! Each filled to the brim...

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Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Dec 2, 2013

I hope you and your fam­i­ly had a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing. I know I have a few added pounds from mom’s awe­some turkey, stuff­ing and desserts. After din­ner every­one was stuffed and all us adults need­ed naps except Made­lyn and Bel­lie, they were run­ning around like the ener­giz­er bun­ny and were glued to Ans­ley’s hip. Made­lyn and Bel­lie LOVE Ans­ley. After 50 years, mom and dad final­ly have a table to sit the entire fam­i­ly. This has been one of mom’s wish­es for years and I’m so glad it final­ly came true. Thanks­giv­ing din­ner was a won­der­ful way to break it in too.  From left to right are Mom, Laren (son-in-law), Ter­ri (daugh­ter), Aman­da (niece), Steve (Aman­da’s boyfriend), Dad (San­ta), Brit­tain (nephew), Bel­lie (niece), Ans­ley (daugh­ter), Me and Made­lyn (niece). Today, through Dec. 16th I’m...

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