A Birthday Luncheon Surprise

Jun 28, 2012

Made­lyn had a super spe­cial day, yes­ter­day. In this pho­to she had no clue what fun was head­ed her way. Before com­ing to see us this week, she dis­cov­ered there was an Amer­i­can Girl store in Dal­las. Made­lyn LOVES her Amer­i­can Girl My Twin and want­ed so bad­ly to go and get her dolls ears pierced. So me being me could not just set­tle for that know­ing her 9th birth­day was so close… July 2nd. Before she arrived I called and made reser­va­tions for a sur­prise birth­day lun­cheon in her hon­or. Ans­ley and Ter­ri were able to come cel­e­brate with us and my mom and dad and her mom and Mal­colm made sure to send her mon­ey (unknow­ing­ly to her it was tucked inside her suit­case) so Made­lyn could pur­chase her beloved McKen­na doll. The...

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My Mom’s Birthday…

Jun 25, 2012

Today, marks my mom’s 70th birth­day!!! Or maybe I should say, today marks the 35th anniver­sary of her 35th birth­day? If you have my book “Delight in the Sea­son Craft­ing a Year of Mem­o­rable Hol­i­days and Cel­e­bra­tions” you know she and I have cre­at­ed all my life. So in hon­or of mom’s birthday/anniversary cel­e­bra­tion, how about a book give­away? All you have to do is leave mom a birth­day wish in this blog post, then when we hit 70 wish­es I’ll have her pick a win­ner for a signed copy of “Delight In The Sea­sons.” This is one of my favorite lay­outs in “Delight In The Sea­sons” of my mom and her moth­er. It real­ly cap­tures both of them so well. Vin­tage inspired pat­terned papers, fab­ric cab­bage ros­es, leaf pins, but­ter­fly and lots of...

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They did it!!!

Jun 5, 2012

Yes THEY, as my nephew Brit­tain grad­u­at­ed high school the night before Ans­ley. So my mom and dad get the grand­par­en­t’s award for sure. They went to Brit­tain’s grad­u­a­tion in Kountze, Texas Fri­day evening, then drove straight to Frisco to attend Ans­ley’s grad­u­a­tion, Sat­ur­day morn­ing. They arrived at our place at 2:00 a.m. Sat­ur­day morn­ing, slept a few hours and then bam it was grad­u­a­tion time all over again. Ans­ley and Brit­tain have wor­ried about Mom Mom and Paw Paw attend­ing their grad­u­a­tions since they were in the 6th grade. My mom and dad always told them they would get there one way or anoth­er and they stayed true to their promise. Brit­tain’s Grad­u­a­tion ~ Kountze High School ~ Kountze, Texas June 1, 2012 ~ 7:00 o’clock in the evening Ans­ley’s Grad­u­a­tion ~ Cen­ten­ni­al High...

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Maya Road Mid-Release — Hexagons

May 15, 2012

Yes, I’m in love with the new Maya Road Hexa­gons. They come in three sizes, basi­cal­ly small, medi­um and large and some are die cut which allows you to cre­ate a nice frame on top of anoth­er as I did with the hexa­gon that has the vin­tage sheet music inside. This can­vas is cov­ered with cir­cles punched from old ledger paper and sheet music and a few doilies here and there. Each item is attached with nat­ur­al beeswax, then sealed entire­ly with beeswax. Each hexa­gon is coat­ed with beeswax and accent­ed with a vin­tage but­ton, bin­go but­ter­fly motif and altered key. The key is inked with Adiron­dack Pig­ment Snow Cap, cov­ered with Glossy Accents and accent­ed with a 5mm cream col­ored pearl. The cro­cheted doily is one my mom made… I have her cre­at­ing...

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 13, 2012

I’m so blessed to have these two for daugh­ters. Ter­ri and Ans­ley you make me the hap­pi­est mom, ever! Love you, bunch­es. And here is a Moth­er’s Day lay­out I cre­at­ed of my mom and her mom for my book Delight In The Sea­sons. Hap­py Moth­er’s Day, Mom. I love...

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Antiquated Collection ~ Spring Release Debut

May 11, 2012

Here they are and I’m so hap­py to show you the new addi­tions to my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp Sets. This Spring Release includes three 4″ x 6″ stamp sets and two 3″ x 4″ stamp sets. You can pur­chase these stamp sets along with my oth­er Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets at Pink Per­sim­mon. First up is this adorable 4″ x 6″  “Mini Sil­hou­ette” stamp set. You will find mini sil­hou­ettes for Grand­ma, Grand­pa, Mom, Dad, Daugh­ter, Son and Baby. You can fill in the oval area of the frame with a sol­id col­or using the sol­id oval stamp then stamp the sil­hou­ette or mono­gram image in the cen­ter. Or you can leave the cen­ter of the frame blank and let the pat­terned paper peek through. There is also a sep­a­rate bor­der that can be...

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Flea Market Finds

Mar 30, 2012

I’ve been doing a lot of flea mar­ket and antique shop­ping with my mom and dad over the past few months. We all have the “Thrill of The Hunt” gene deep with­in our DNA. It is so fun just head­ing out to dig hav­ing no idea what you will find that day. This past week­end when Ter­ri and I went down to sur­prise them I found a few things that I can­not wait to incor­po­rate into projects. Every­thing I found was minia­ture which I LOVE so much. The two tart tins are going to be turned into a two tiered piece to store tiny baubles on my work table. It will be the per­fect size and look so cute. These adorable birth­day cake can­dle hold­ers will work per­fect­ly in a shad­ow box project. I...

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Surprises are so FUN!

Mar 26, 2012

Ter­ri and I head­ed down to Beau­mont, Wednes­day to sur­prise my mom and dad. This sur­prise has been in the mak­ing for over a month and if you know me well, you know it is a mir­a­cle that I kept the sur­prise. The pho­to above was tak­en on our way home because on the way down it was pitch black. We decid­ed to leave at 8 o’clock in the evening instead of bright and ear­ly, Thurs­day morn­ing. This means we arrived at mom and dad’s at 1:30 in the morn­ing. There is noth­ing more fun than sur­pris­ing your par­ents with an unex­pect­ed vis­it and of course hear­ing your moth­er come out of a sound sleep say­ing, “What in the hell is going on” (still makes me gig­gle) as Ter­ri, Aman­da (my niece) and I...

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Felted Bunnies and a Winner!

Mar 12, 2012

  I just had to show you the two bun­nies I made for Made­lyn and Bel­lie, this week­end. I felt­ed the bun­nies and car­rots and Mom made their tutus. You can see I’ve cer­tain­ly been bit­ten by the felt­ing bug. This week­end, I also went to a flea mar­ket and some antique shops to find items to incor­po­rate with my felt­ing projects. It was a very suc­cess­ful week­end for sure. I found lots of cute vin­tage items and I can­not wait to start cre­at­ing with them. I plan on cre­at­ing altered projects dur­ing the day and felt­ing at night then fill­ing up my online shop with all the felt­ing items I obses­sive­ly cre­ate. It’s a win win for every­one… I get to cre­ate like a made woman and you get cute hand­made items to...

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She is 18

Feb 28, 2012

Ans­ley   “Wish­ing YOU every­thing HAPPY for YOUR birth­day”. I love you,...

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Olivia Dylan Pace

Jan 27, 2012

I’m so hap­py to share the newest addi­tion to the Pace fam­i­ly. My niece, Olivia Dylan Pace was born Jan­u­ary 25th. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 2 oz. and is doing great. Olivia is the first child born to my broth­er-in-law Dou­glas and his wife Karen. They live out of state so it is pure tor­ture not being able to snug­gle on her. Noth­ing sweet­er than a new born baby. First Fam­i­ly Pho­to Jan­u­ary 25, 2012 Olivia Dylan Pace Olivia and her dad­dy. As you can see by his expres­sion… Olivia already has her dad­dy wrapped around her fin­ger. This pho­to of Karen and Olivia looks like the Nor­man Rock­well of all mom­my and baby pho­tos, there is such sweet hon­est emo­tion between a mom and her new­born baby. You can see the...

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The Art of Felting

Jan 11, 2012

I’ve been play­ing around with sev­er­al new medi­ums late­ly and felt­ing has been the lat­est one. It has always intrigued me and I find tak­ing wool rov­ing and shap­ing it into some­thing is quite relax­ing, that is unless your my dad. Then, well… it’s not so relax­ing. I taught him and mom how to do it dur­ing their Christ­mas vis­it and he was not too impressed. He’s decid­ed to stick to wood­carv­ing. But I do have a star and a bird that they both com­plet­ed that I’ll show you tomor­row. They did a great job. I decid­ed to take this felt­ed heart and cov­er it with small scraps of stamped muslin, linen and burlap then accent them with vin­tage but­tons, pearls and charms. I attached two jump rings at the top of the heart...

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Not a creature is safe in our house

Dec 22, 2011

I thought I would share with you some pho­tos of  the sweet dogs we have had through the years. I vol­un­teered for a gold­en retriev­er res­cue orga­ni­za­tion for sev­er­al years and if there was an old gold­en need­ing a home Alan and I were the ones that took them in. We had such a soft spot for a needy, home­less, white faced old gold­en. Since most of the oldies came into res­cue with seri­ous health issues we only had them for 6 months to two years. But before they passed away they were spoiled like crazy and loved tremen­dous­ly. I admit I have slight­ly tor­tured these sweet pups with a sea­son­al head­band or two but I did reward them great­ly with loads of treats. So to them it was worth it because hot dog...

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Keeping it simple

Dec 20, 2011

Yes­ter­day, I received a gift from a friend that had the cutest stamped tag attached. Her tag was so adorable, sim­ple and sweet that I just have to share it. I tend to get lost in the details when I’m cre­at­ing and then end up stress­ing myself out think­ing if I have to make 10 or 15 of these all sewn, glit­tered, altered, etc I will snap. Well, I’m going to do my best to try and keep some things sim­ple, espe­cial­ly things dur­ing the hol­i­days… because sim­ple is adorable and sweet and appre­ci­at­ed and cher­ished immense­ly. Thank you sweet friend. And here is a San­ta sto­ry for you… it makes me gig­gle and wish I could have seen this lit­tle boy’s face… noth­ing like being bust­ed face to face by all peo­ple… San­ta!...

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Growing up with Santa

Dec 19, 2011

No mat­ter how old San­ta’s grand­kids are they’re nev­er too old to have a pho­to tak­en with San­ta. This year, Laren (SIL) and Ter­ri my old­est daugh­ter went to Beau­mont for Thanks­giv­ing. This meant they were able to get their pho­to tak­en with San­ta. It’s been sev­er­al years since they’ve been able to make it down for the hol­i­days and Mr. and Mrs. Claus were very hap­py to see them. This pho­to is of San­ta and my sis­ter Belin­da’s kids… from left to right is my adorable nephew Brit­tain (poor boy he is the ONLY boy out of 6 grand­kids), Isabel­la, Paw Paw San­ta, Made­lyn hold­ing Grand-Dog Zeus and niece Aman­da. Believe it or not this pho­to was the first one they took! Talk about a Christ­mas mir­a­cle. Even Zeusy was good and looked...

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Water Well Carved by Dad

Oct 24, 2011

Dad is a wood­carv­er and has carved items for years from sea life, walk­ing sticks, canes, box­es etc. but I think this water well he carved last week is just the cutest. He got the idea from a carv­ing mag­a­zine and thought it would be fun to do. The well sits on top of a clear bot­tle so you can watch the buck­et move up and down. This bot­tle is an old milk bot­tle from my grand­par­ents. Mom told me gram­my and gram­pa Childers used to sell whole milk to locals in the small town of Salem, WV,  from one of their jer­sey cows. I had no clue and was cer­tain­ly hap­py to learn this tad bit of fam­i­ly his­to­ry. The tiny buck­et dad carved is small­er than a thim­ble. You can see it near...

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Vintage Finds for Classes…

Sep 13, 2011

While Alan and I were down sur­pris­ing my nephew this past week­end, I did some junk­ing and antiquing with mom and dad. I found some awe­some items to incor­po­rate in my class­es such as alu­minum jel­lo molds, milk bot­tle caps, sheet music, milk glass, vin­tage trims, lace, doilies and the best find of the day were these adorable vin­tage ceram­ic angels. They were made in Japan and are num­bered. I can­not wait to get home from ScrapFest next week and begin work­ing on some class sam­ples to teach at The Crafty Scrap­per. I was able to pur­chase 24 of these lit­tle cuties in pink and blue so the class will be lim­it­ed. If you are inter­est­ed you best sign up as soon as sign ups are avail­able because there will not be anoth­er class...

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Friday Night Lights

Sep 12, 2011

Thurs­day after­noon, Alan and I head­ed down to Beau­mont to sur­prise my nephew Brit­tain at his Home­com­ing game, Fri­day night. I love try­ing to sur­prise my niece’s and nephew although the old­er they get the hard­er it gets. But I did it this time and it was so fun. See­ing a sur­prised smil­ing face look­ing back at you while you hold a sign say­ing, I♥ #22, is the best feel­ing in the world. Warn­ing: This post is heavy on Fri­day Night Lights pho­tos. Brit­tain was part of the Home­com­ing Court and before the game they per­formed all the Home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties. Mom and Bel­lie wait­ing for the game to start. As you can see Bel­lie was ready to see some action. She had not warmed up to me quite yet. But once she did she...

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Thrift Store Storage Containers…

Aug 31, 2011

It is cer­tain­ly no secret how much I love going to thrift stores and antique shops. I have shared my love of this many a time on my blog. I love the thrill of the hunt and nev­er know­ing what you will find around each cor­ner. I thought it would be nice to show you what I do with some of the finds as they make me very hap­py in my scrap­room. There is just some­thing so calm­ing look­ing at and using items from days gone by. This lit­tle planter was my grand­moth­er’s. I just stuck some bat­ting in the open­ing, cov­ered it with mate­r­i­al I found in the rem­nant sec­tion of my favorite resale shop and now use it as a pin cush­ion. It’s per­fect for my Maya Road pins and sewing nee­dles....

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Back to Reality…

Aug 22, 2011

Today, sum­mer is over as Ans­ley start­ed back to school as a senior. My good­ness did these years pass by fast. I still can­not believe this is her last year in high school. I best enjoy her as much as pos­si­ble this year as I know she will be ready to fly the coup soon. Which brings me to ask this ques­tion… What in the world will Alan and I do with just the two of us at home? We have always had a child in the house as I mar­ried Alan when Ter­ri was 2 years old. I’m just going to put all this way deep in the back of my mind for now and share with you some pho­to col­lages from my trip to Buck­han­non, WV. It was an awe­some vis­it with...

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Some Family Fun…

Aug 20, 2011

Hi! Hope every­one had a great week! So hap­py to be back here again to share with you some of the new vin­tage-inspired, Vin­tage Street Mar­ket prod­ucts. This col­lec­tion of fun paper dolls is from our Fam­i­ly Fun line, which includes great paper doll die cuts for embell­ish­ing, and coor­di­nat­ing 12x12 card­stock. One thing I espe­cial­ly love about our own prod­ucts is  how well they coor­di­nate with authen­tic vin­tage items, which leads me to the first project I’d like to share today… Remem­ber these ice cream cups from child­hood? I remem­ber every day at school dur­ing lunch, we would get to choose a fla­vor of ice cream, and would be giv­en one of these cups and a lit­tle wood­en spoon. We were all so eager to eat the ice cream the threat of splin­ters...

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