Monday, August 21, 2017

I Know It's Been a Long Time...

but is anyone feeling up to a good old fashioned Halloween Matchbox Swap?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Steampunk? Why not?

I don't dislike steampunk
but it's not my favorite style.
However my partner in a recent
altered altoids tin swap
requested steampunk.

So I dug through my stash of "things"
and found old keys
and wings
and gears
and arrows 
and crowns
and other assorted doo dads.
And this is what I came up with.

That's an actual 3 dimensional
copper and glass case
glued in on the left.
Always exciting to step out of the comfort zone
and spread your wings!

I would like to thank all my visitors
who took the time to leave such kind and comforting
words of encouragement.
All of this...
creating, blogging
is a struggle for me right now.
I feel the need to push myself though
to maintain some level of life as I knew it.
Your friendship means the world to me.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Prayer Flags

Hello dear blog friends.
I'm not certain there are any of you left out there
given my infrequent posts but I'm 
hoping some of you are.
I have undergone 2 surgeries to my eye
and the healing process is not going well
so I am out of work
struggling along on disability.
My muse has been hiding during most
of this process.
But when she was present, creating
prayer flags seemed a therapeutic outlet.

Thank you for visiting.
I truly have missed blogland!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Little Book of Whispers

Hello Friends!
It's been a while again!
 I am recovering (struggling)
oh so slowly from eye surgery and starting a little book
inspired by artist, Laly Mille.
Just in the beginning stages but will keep you updated on the progress.

Hope this finds you all
happy, well and still creating!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine Mini Collage ATC's

I love the imagery, softness and of course
sentiment of Valentine's Day.
I came across the image of this little girl 
and the bear
and knew instantly I wanted to use it.
I did a lot with these tiny pallets!
The chipboard base is covered
with a muted pink and green vintage floral pattern.
I then collaged with the sweet image 
as my focal point using
 vintage crochet trim
vintage seam binding
coffee stained paper doily 
lightly distressed hand-torn ribbon
pale pink lace
pink eyelet fabric
frayed chiffon ribbon
All were complete with a tiny
sugared heart
and touches of pink glitter.
Lastly, each tucked into 
lovely envies for swapping. 
a Valentine tag for the hostess!
Happy Valentine's Day
my dear blog friends!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

White Christmas ATC's

 I so love crafting in a vintage style
and even moreso when the theme is
White Christmas!
 A piece of crocheted vintage trim for the background...
 and the sweetest tiny white bottle brush tree.
The frosty icicles are stickles and
German glitter glass.
Hope your holidays are creative & crafty!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sweet Charlotte

A darling little punkin
made for a friend...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween Domino Book

Still LOVE making domino books!!!!
I haven't done one in quite a while
but it was as much fun as I remembered.
I had a very difficult time capturing this one in 
a photograph however.
The sparkly tulle skirt and my lighting did not mix.
But here is what I was able to capture.

Hope you all enjoyed a creative Halloween!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

It Simply Wouldn't Be Halloween Without a Swap!

Just needed to do something different
this time around though. 
I recently discovered loaded envelopes and
fell in love with the idea.

This is the envelope,
and the goodies I loaded it with
for my partner.


Happy Halloween!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Halloween Swap Open for Signups!

It's a loaded envelope swap!
Details are posted

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Was April Really the Last Time I Blogged ??!!??!!

I know I've been busy, distracted, even overwhelmed at times
but April?
I apologize for my absence and I must confess that what helped lure me back
is the waning of summer
and before you know it the arrival of 

So my dear fellow swappers in the flickr group, if you're still out there 
and still interested
I'd like to host a Halloween swap or two.

Our past Halloween swaps have been wonderfully wicked
and diverse.

Matchbox swaps. We've done a few.

The paper bag book swap was one of my favorites.

 We swapped twinchies
and domino books.

 I enjoyed making large tag books
of your beautiful witches.

Altering cartes de visites
spooky style
created amazing books!
 We could repeat a favorite or try something new..
dolls, banners, pocket letters...
the list is endless.
So if you are interested in swapping this season;
what would YOU like to do?

Monday, April 18, 2016

A Little Something for Me

My home is filled with so
many lovely handmade creations. 
If you've swapped with me
the treasure I received is most 
certainly displayed somewhere in my home.
While rearranging and reorganizing
these beautiful art pieces recently I realized
I have kept very little of what I've made for myself.
I LOVE swapping 
but that being said
 I needed to complete something that was a piece of me
to be kept by me.
I finally finished an altered vintage family album
that's been in the making for about a year.
And what better to hold onto
than a piece of my family!
The book "pages" are 
Tim Holtz cabinet cards.
They're sturdy, a good palette for collaging and layering.
 Mom and her best and lifelong friend..
Dad and his WWII army buddy..
 Dad working on our first family home...
Mom & Dad on their wedding day...
A 1958 family photo.
Mom, Dad and brother John are all gone now.
I'm the little one looking at my baby sister
in the bassinet.
The cards were so beautifully made
that I chose to leave the backs as is.

I made removable tags
that slide into the top opening
of the pages.
I'll share a little something else
I did for me..
Nothing brightens a home
or your spirits
more than a $3.99 Trader Joe's bouquet!
Treat yourself!!!
Sometimes we neglect to do that!