August 30, 2011
This trip was no exception..lots of vintage trims..buttons galore(oh la la..feeding my obsession) millinery flowers and leaves,beads and bling, charms and doilies.I came back home with such a stash.. my mom got the other half. It was so much fun sitting around the table sorting and sharing..ideas turning slowly in my head.. I can't wait to create with all these great finds..
Joanne.. she makes the cutest doilies! Trying to use up my rub-on sentiments. I love that you can showcase them simply. Again I broke out my Waltzing mouse stamps.. I am more than slightly attracted to silhouettes and cameos..Actually made some cameos at my moms.. she has the most awesome molds. Don't worry. You will be seeing them frequently in upcoming posts. You may grow tired of me showing them..
I hope to get in a few posts soon. My brother in laws are going to be visiting.. when I have some down time I'll pop back in.
August 26, 2011
Relaxed.. refreshed..ready to go. It's always a treat visiting family. Does my heart good; makes me realize how blessed I am. It also takes its toll on me somedays-a two sided coin; realizing just how far away I am physically.. although never in spirit.
I left my heart in B.C....
It seems there's never enough time to fit everyone in.. So many friends went unseen.. but not forgotten. There's always next time I say. This visit was all about family. So good for my soul to reconnect.. my mom had a full house. The best kind to have if you ask me. My aunt(my moms sister) was also visiting..staying longer than my guy and I were. So good to see everyone together.. That ever present invisible thread..the ties that bind us together as family.
Just a quick card I made for another little set for a very dear lady.. I will explain more in a future post..I had fun using tea stained goodies, romantic papers..keeping it simple..using little embellies..letting them shine. I do hope she likes it.
As always I appreciate the visit..
Looking forward to more posts soon,
August 22, 2011
Until next time,
August 19, 2011
And I'm goin' huntin' tonight,
I'll run along swinging' it over my head,
And grab for that big ball of light.
So tomorrow just look at the sky,
And if there's no moon you can bet
I've found what I sought and I finally caught
The moon in my moon-catchin' net.
Look close underneath and you'll get
A clear look at me in the sky swingin' free
With a star in my moon-catchin' net.
Sharing another card in the set I made for my friend...Finally got around to using the frame I crackled in this post here. Using my new Waltzing Mouse stamps.. how I love the cameo sets..I can and will use them over and over again. There's something timeless about cameos. Different patterned papers...which fits with the theme over at The Shabby Tea Room this week...*polka dots* I have a 'thing' about polka dots.. love love love them! You can see them poking out in the background..just the right amount of polka dotty goodness.
I'm off to link this up and head to bed.. this night owl is ready to turn in...
August 12, 2011
Watching my garden grow..
Seeing the puppy get bigger and bigger. He acts like he's still tiny .. 45 pounds and still tries to curl up on my lap..it's a fun experience.
My 'baby girl' Keiko..my Siamese kitty..growing like a weed.. only 6 months old and has completely stole my heart.. She's a curious kitty for sure...
Enjoying walks with the pup in the evenings..
Loving the sunshine.. when it makes an appearance..its been a rainy, grey summer this year.
Expanding my crafty horizons(more on that to come in future posts)
Rediscovering a love of exercising..being active..feeling great.
Looking forward to traveling out west to British Columbia, and back east to Ontario..(home for me and my guy)
Anticipating visitors in the form of two brother-in-laws in just a few short weeks...
Counting my blessings and realizing Mother Nature's power and beauty:
Watching the Aurora Borealis(Northern Lights)...so humbling and so beautiful in the night sky...
Experiencing a massive lightning storm..standing on the shore of the lake.. captured by the beauty..frightened, yet awed by the sheer power of it...
Keeping an eye on the ever rising river..hoping the rain will stay away and let the river recede...
Missing those no longer with us every single day..reliving memories ever so sweet..
Growing and learning...
Just sharing with you another card in a four card set I made for a great gal.. Lots of lovely layers. A little crackle technique on the butterfly..tea stained doily..my favourite papers and stamps.. perfectly imperfect stitching poking out..its love all around.
Thanks for letting me share a bit of my summer with you..
Before I go just a little 'hello' and welcome to a few new blog followers.. thanks for joining me on my crafty journey.
I'll be back soon with a few new crafty projects.
August 5, 2011
*ETA Happy Dance!!! this card made the Terrific Top 3 this week at The Shabby Tea Room:) Thanks to the DT for choosing my card. Such an honour*
If you're anything like me, when I am making cards I tend to hoard everything.. and I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Including scraps of paper. I just don't have the heart to throw them away. In my mind I think that they are a) too pretty to throw out and b)I will find a use for them(eventually).. So, I keep them all.. trim them to make straight edges..and they sit... and sit.. and sit. Unused and unloved. Until now...
The Shabby Tea Room is to mix and match patterned papers, using at least 3....this got my wheels turning.
Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by the ole blog tonight. I love reading your comments..such great encouragement.
I'm off to post this to the challenge site..
'Til next time,
August 4, 2011
Quilt square number 1 this time.. yes, I did them in reverse order..I thought I had a card to go with it...but amongst all the 'excitement' that was that week I plum forgot to take a picture of the card that matched this square. But let's start from the beginning....
Our very good, very dear friends Steve and Alexis (the first people I met when I moved to the North) have left us....moving on, as is the way with our guy's careers...one of the downsides if you ask me.. They have moved to their new posting...back home for Alexis; a new adventure for Steve.. It has been such a change in our lives.. I miss them everyday.. they used to live just around the corner for us.. Alexis and I often would walk over to each others houses for some girl time and tea. How I miss our tea dates..among many things I miss about them.
Luck have it, this fits in with the challenge over at the City Crafter Challenge blog. this week. I'm so glad to be able to get back into a couple of challenges again. I'm off to post this and have a peek at the other entries.. be sure to join me over there and play along!