Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

★ Happy Holidays!!! ★ May you all be blessed with good health, food, warmth, love and laughter. Warm hugs and many wishes for a Happy New Year ♥ ♥ ♥

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Around The House

Holiday Decorating!  ♥♥♥

Friday, December 21, 2012

Around The House

Love this glittery vignette!   ♥♥♥

Friday, November 16, 2012

In The Studio

Enjoy!!! ♥

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Found Treasure

I'm always on the lookout for vintage jewelry.  I check antique stores, garage sales, eBay and Etsy, anywhere I can find a good deal.  I wear some of them, attach them to pillows around the house and I use them in art.  If  I happen to find a fish, seashell or starfish I know it will work perfect in my mermaid compacts, I'll use a star burst shape in my beach tins and I can always use flowers and leaves.  But crowns, I know I can use them in art and I have but for some reason I'd rather just look at them, so many different shapes, sizes and stones.  Enjoy your collection of Bling!  ♥♥♥

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Wedding

Let's talk hair!  The Bride has long, straight hair and planned to wear a tiara and veil for the ceremony and just the tiara for the reception.   How did she come up with her hair style for the wedding???  Well she knew she wanted a soft look with some curl and wanted to add rhinestones to the back of her hair for a bit of sparkle when the veil came off .  She/we looked at wedding hair styles on Google but in the end she let her high school friend Leah, a talented hair and make-up stylist work her magic. Leah inserted large and small rhinestone hair pins after she pinned the Brides hair up, we found the rhinestones at Michael's and Nobbies. We added the tiara and veil when we arrived to get dressed, both were purchased at Bridal Connection.  I'm sure you'll agree she's a BEAUTIFUL BRIDE! ♥♥♥

Friday, September 7, 2012

For You...

Feel free to use this photo in your art.  Have a fun, creative weekend!  ♥♥♥

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Found Treasure

From Mom's Kitchen cupboards

I have containers and containers and many more containers filled with "things" from my parents house; maps, pictures, pieces of toys, tons of ephemera for my art along with household items, radios, planters, fabric and so much more.  My mom hung on to everything.  In 2005 Mom had her hip replaced, I came over every day for 2 weeks to look after her while Dad was at work.  I told her I couldn't sit still so I gathered the old clothes from upstairs, we looked at them, we laughed then she said donate, I couldn't believe it, she was letting go!  I was on a roll, we cleaned out clothes, I found and kept a lot of my Dad's old ties, my Grandma's old jewelry, table clothes, pillowcases, aprons and handkerchiefs, and the dress my Mom wore to my wedding.  We recycled tons of magazines and cardboard, took boxes and boxes of VHS tapes to Goodwill and bagged up trash, lots of trash.  I made a dent but the upstairs was filled with many years of  living along with my Grandmothers belongings (her house was filled to the brim when she passed away).  I was exhausted after 2 weeks but would continue to come over for a cleaning out day until Mom became ill the next year, the cleaning was put on hold and my wonderful Mother passed away in 2010.  I cherish the time we spent together reminiscing about childhood things and listening to her stories about my Grandparents and their belongings.  Lucky for my Sister and I our Dad isn't pushing too hard for us to finish cleaning out the upstairs, basement, garage, closets and kitchen cupboards so we're able to cherish the time we've spent finding "treasures" at Mom & Dad's house.  ♥

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Wedding

The Bride wanted her niece the little munchkin or little one as I like to call her to be the flower girl.  Being 2 years old we didn't know what she would do or say, we were picturing Modern Family when Lily was a flower girl and had a "nice" word to say in front of everyone. :)  Here's the pretty basket she carried, I added small hearts around the lace and on each side of the handles. The basket was going to be filled with rose petals but during picture time she kept a little blue stuffed bunny in it.  We found the basket at Hobby Lobby by Studio His & Hers, they had a nice selection of accessories and we happened to be at the store when all wedding items were 50% off (wonderful deal).

I ordered a wreath from David's Bridal for the little one to wear on her head.  I added pewter beads that sparkled to help bring out the color of the sash on her dress.  Unfortunately she has very fine hair and her mama couldn't get it to stay on her head so I slipped the wreath around the basket, it fit perfect and the long ribbon ended up being a cute addition to the basket.  My friend Susie secured it with a safety pin to make sure it wouldn't slip off during the wedding (make sure you bring plenty of safety pins, we used them to adjust dresses too).

The little one did a great job although it was hard for her to wait in line.  As the bridesmaids were walking down the aisle we could hear her fussing but when her time came she walked out holding her mama's hand.  Her mama, the matron of honor, dropped a few rose petals on the floor and as she was walking down the aisle she looked at her basket then back at the petals, dropped the basket and ran back to pick up the petals, ran back to her basket, picked up the rest of the petals on the floor then was passed off to her other grandma for the remainder of the ceremony.  Everyone laughed and enjoyed that special moment. ♥

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Wedding

As I mentioned before we started using hearts/double hearts as part of our decorating theme.  Again we turned to David's Bridal and found these pretty Toasting Flutes with double hearts.  I ordered the Groom and Bride's name along with the wedding date on the first one then switched it and put the Bride's name first then the Groom on the second one (with the wedding date too).  They looked great, a special keepsake they'll always treasure.


Keeping with our double hearts theme the Bride and Groom picked the following serving set from David's Bridal.  I had the Bride and Groom's names and wedding date engraved on the server blade and on the knife I had "Our Moment to Celebrate" engraved.  Those special words came from their wedding invitation, I'll share those in another post.  It was easy to shop on line, everything arrived quickly and I could check things off my list, and let me tell you I had lots and lots of lists!!!  ♥

Thursday, August 9, 2012

In The Studio

I finally managed to finish a piece last week, hope you enjoy! ♥

The Wedding

The Unity Candle symbolizes the union of two individuals.

It took us a while to find the perfect Unity Candle, we looked at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, so many online sites and finally we stopped at David's Bridal and there it was, although it looked different when we first bought it.  Yes, I made a small change!!!  The candle was very pretty with the lace and bead work but the bride (and mother/wedding planner) didn't care for the bow hanging down so I added double hearts.  Are you starting to see a pattern emerging with the hearts?  The beautiful altar flowers were created by Bella Flora, they did an amazing job on the flowers, linens, centerpieces, etc.  I would definitely recommend them, they were so easy to work with.  For the tapers I used a set of candle holders I'd bought years ago (PartyLite) and after a good washing they sparkled, a truly BEAUTIFUL altar.  The ceremony and reception were held in the same historic building so the guests just walked across the hall for the reception in the Grand Ballroom.  The staff very quickly and efficiently took the Unity Candle/Flowers to the Bridal Table and we were able to use them as reception decorations too! ♥

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Wedding

The Wedding is over and I'm still recovering!!!  :)  Almost everything turned out as we planned, it was a Beautiful, Magical Day.  When we picked out the ring bearer pillow from Hobby Lobby (Studio His & Hers) it had the lace and beads on it but again I couldn't leave it alone.  This time I added little hearts to the pillow and center bow, a small detail but it looked sooo pretty.  The second picture with the wedding rings was taken by my friend Susie, I appreciate all the help she gave that day and love the photos she took!!!♥

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Wedding

The big day is almost here, I can't believe my daughter, my baby is getting married.  I wonder if my mom felt that way, I was 20 and marrying my college sweetheart, so young when I think about it now.  My son was born 3 years later and my daughter 8 years after that, our beautiful family.  My son's been married 8 years now and has a two year old daughter, (aka the little munchkin, the little one or sweetheart) a great big joy in our lives.  And now my baby is getting married....

Since she lives out of town I've been helping plan the wedding, a job that's right up my alley.  I love to organize, decorate, pay bills (not), make lists (many, many lists) and this will be the last wedding I plan!!!!  Boy, what a job, I'm tired!!!  It's going to be beautiful though, I'm so excited to see the loving couple exchange their wedding vows.

Of course I had to add a little embellishment to a few pieces we picked up for the special day.  We bought an ivory colored card box from Michael's, it had tufting and pearls on top.

I added a string of pearls around the edge (just inside the twisted ribbon) and around the card slot.

I found a lace sash at Michael's, I added that to the middle of the box and added some pearlized hearts to it.  I also added a knob from the Tim Holtz collection.

I added a string of pearls to outline the sash on each side.

 I added beaded wire letters to the back.

The final, personalized piece, Emily loves it!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

In The Studio

I haven't had much time in the studio since I've been working on the wedding but I did manage to have fun creating this piece.....enjoy!  ♥

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Found Treasure

I love my house and I love decorating my house (a passion I've had for many, many years)!!!   I'd say the style of my house is eclectic, a mix of  family heirlooms and vintage treasures with a twist of modern furniture thrown in.   I love decorating with vintage items, I usually look for retro, mid century modern, or cottage style pieces.  My kitchen is decorated with a retro/mcm feel, here's a picture of some of my found treasures.....cherry chalkware on the wall, a bird planter with hard plastic flowers and a cute gold base.  Check out the flag, it's attached to an old car antenna, I found that treasure while shopping with a friend at Brass Armadillo, my favorite antique store.  I'll share more of my kitchen treasures soon.  ♥

Monday, May 7, 2012

Dear Diary, Today is Friday, April 27, 2012

Dear Diary,
Up early so I can clean the house before we host our Texas Hold-em group tonight.  How should I arrange the two tables???  I love my house but when we entertain a 4-level split is a big pain (where's my open concept house, we could knock out the LVR wall, hmmmmmm.....the DH about fainted when I mentioned that idea!).  I've got it, we'll move the kitchen table to the garage and the living room chairs to the office......push the couch back in the LVR and now we can set up 2 long tables, men at one table women at the other.  Made dessert and cheese dip, plates out, pizza's here, drinks....we're ready to go!  The women played, talked and had a great time and managed to double the blind once I think.   I can't believe it, the DH came in 3rd, he's usually the first one out, it was a good night.  Everyone's gone by 1:00am, start the clean-up process, we both have our clean-up jobs so it goes quickly.

Still not ready for bed.  I finished collecting money pledges tonight for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, I'm excited to turn in my $$$.  In honor of a special young lady I decided to collect money this year besides making our annual donation to the Andrea's Angels Team.  They're so close to approving a treatment for Andrea I just had to put forth more effort and help raise money to find a CURE.

Goodnight!  ♥

Thursday, April 12, 2012

In The Studio

Finished "Serenity" the other day, love the colors in this piece.  ♥

Thursday, April 5, 2012

In The Studio

I've been so busy with the "royal" wedding it's hard to find time for anything else.  Finally a few free days, it feels so good to be working on art again!!!  ♥♥♥

Sunday, April 1, 2012

For You...

Feel free to use this photo in your art.  Have a fun, creative weekend!  ♥

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In The Studio

It's about time I got back to creating my altered tins!!!!!  ♥♥♥

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Outside My Box

Last year a company in Canada (Gotrick Inc) asked if I could create a couple of collage pieces using their new product.  They wanted to unveil their product at the CHA Winter 2012 show last weekend in Anaheim.  My work is usually small, 4x4, 5x5 etc. so when I received their product I was a bit surprised by the size but who doesn't love a challenge.  Once I started I had so much fun with all the room I had to work with.  Take a look at what I created.....

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Winner Is.......

I want to thank you all for leaving such sweet comments and taking the time to enter my give-away, I truly appreciate it.  And the winner is............#4!!!!  Congratulations Joy, I'll send you a message to verify your address.  I'll continue to have give-aways this year so stop back soon!!!   ♥♥♥

Monday, January 23, 2012

In The Studio

Here's another Valentine piece. ♥♥♥

Don't forget to leave a message on the Give-Away Post, January 31 is fast approaching!!!  Who will receive my mixed media piece???

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

In The Studio

I've been trying to finish some Valentine pieces before that special day.  Enjoy!!!  ♥♥♥

Don't forget to leave a message on the Give-Away Post, January 31 is fast approaching!!!  I can't wait to give away a piece of my art!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Dear Diary, Today is Thursday, January 12

Dear Diary,
I was up early today, watching the little munchkin.  Up and down, up and down.....some days I think Grandma is too old for this!  hahaha (not really)!!!  We've read stories, played with Little People, played in the new Princess tent, I know, I'll never fit through the attached tunnel no matter how many times she wants me to follow her!  Oh no, little munchkin is cranky at lunch, threw her bowl of food on the floor.....off to nap I say!  Cleaning kitchen floor, switching laundry, answered emails, sorted through daughter's wedding information, set up two appointments for cake tasting (yummy).  Ready to visit Pinterest...whattttttt nap time is over, OK, off to play again.  Should run errands tonight but it's sooooooo cold out (I want the warm weather we had a few days ago, it felt like spring). I think I'll grab a soft cover, lay on the couch and watch a movie.  So comfortable and warm, of course I fell asleep but now that I've got my second wind it's too late to do anything except maybe....Pinterest!!!!!!!!   Goodnight. ♥♥♥

PS Diary....I'm trying to think of a way to let everyone know there's still time to sign up for my first ever Give-Away.  I can't wait to see which Lovely Lady will win a piece of my art!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dear Diary, Today is Wednesday, January 4

Dear Diary,
I slept in this morning since I stayed up late browsing websites and ironing (does anybody still iron besides me, I wonder?).  So far I'm ignoring my New Years resolution of getting more sleep and losing weight.  Confession; traveling home from West Branch on Monday I ate 6 cookies to stay awake!  Anyway, once I was up I started checking all my sites on the computer again.  I know, it's usually the first thing I do when I get up in the morning (besides the usual bathroom trip) and the last thing I do at night.  REALLY, is that much going to change between bedtime and morning?  It's getting out of control, I keep adding more sites to take care of; Flickr, Etsy (2 shops now), Facebook (2 accts), 3 email addresses and a new favorite, Pinterest (I could search pictures to pin all night long, OK, I know I stay up way too late!).  Note to self: get computer time under control!  OK, dishwasher is going, laundry is started, I'm dressed (still need to brush hair and put on a bit of make-up to feel alive), bed is made and I'm back on the computer....ugh!!!  Putter, putter, putter around the house, I love this kind of day!  Hubby fixed dinner, steak on the grill....yummy!!!  And now I'm back on the computer.....ugh!!!!    Goodnight. ♥♥♥

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year Give-away

I've been hanging on to this little piece (shown in an older post), saving it for the right moment and here it is...New Year's Day; new beginnings for many, new goals and resolutions, a fresh start to a new year.  I'm having my first Give-away to celebrate, all you have to do is leave a comment (make sure I can contact you) and on January 31 I'll draw a name around 10 pm (CST), the winner of "A Small House".    Happy New Year!!!