Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentines Amongst Friends

Sometimes I think the romance and beauty
of Valentines
is wasted on romantic couples.
At least when it comes to the crafting
of frilly, soft, Victorian style valentines.
That is best saved for exchanging
with like-minded
artisan friends!

I recently hosted a swap in my flickr group
where we each created a decorative box, 
ribbon doll, tag
and other assorted goodies for our partner.
 I simply adore working with these images and materials!
 The image is a beautifully embossed
German scrap die cut.
 After covering the box with gesso, 
I embellished with all kinds of floral trims,
a battenberg lace heart
more flowers and more hearts.
 I used a German scrap lady for the body of
my ribbon doll.
 The paper lace doily backdrop
is enhanced with copper ink
for a rosy glow.
It's all about the details
and adding a paper flower,
velvet leaf and tiny puffy heart
finished off her ensemble perfectly.
Her dress is made of sari silk, laces, seam binding,
leaf trim and torn fabric.
 I added some extra goodies to the package.
(The heart pincushion 
was a great
last minute find at an estate sale.)
 No Valentine is complete
without a personal message.
I hope all of you
are able to share some Valentines
with friends!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Spirit Moved Me

I've always admired that
bohemian, funky look of Spirit Dolls.
A recent swap motivated me to 
make my first.
I started with a piece of driftwood
I picked this last summer
along the Niagara River,
then adorned her in layers of 
vintage textiles, fibers, laces and embellishments.
I made her face from polymer clay.
She's my first
but certainly not my last!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Swap Announcement!

I just posted a very special swap
for Valentine's Day
in my flickr group.
Details available in the group
and sign ups are open 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all
a 2016 full of 
love, joy, good health, creativity
and much happiness!

I'm sharing some of my favorite
New Year images..
and stay tuned all my swapping friends.
A new swap will be announced this weekend!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Warmest Christmas Wishes....

and a happy and healthy 
New Year
to each of my dear blogging friends!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Holiday Wishes for a Blogging Friend

 I hosted a 
Christmas Pocket Letter Swap
in my flickr group
and this is the pocket letter I 
created for my partner Laurie.
I made it so  Laurie could disassemble
it and use most of the elements 
in her own artwork if she chooses. 
The lovely white and silver edge trim
is adhered with double-sided tape
for easy removal.
In the first pocket I included some
old German scrap St. Nicks that were not attached 
to a vintage script background.
This beautiful frosty flower
in the second pocket
has a thick chipboard vintage postcard
as a backdrop.
 Red and white twine
with some fun Tim Holtz ephemera and
 a mini glittered bottlebrush tree
against a wintry ATC.
Do you like the snowman stickpin I made?
I also included some snowflake brads
on a piece of white burlap trim.
 Another pocket with
thick chipboard pieces, and
 another ATC.
 This is some of my most
favorite wintry trim.
And in the final pocket
this gorgeous blue poinsettia pick
with a pretty sheer snowflake ribbon.

So much better than sending a card!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

I Wish the Season Was Longer

Creating ornaments makes my
day a little brighter!

Maybe I will keep on going
year round?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

There's Nothing Like An Ornament Swap... get me in the holiday spirit!
 I did a light wash of gesso over
Christmas sheet music..
 and added this lovely woman image...
then adhered these gorgeous embellishments
for the finishing touch.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

It's That Time of Year...

when my mind turns to
holiday crafting.
My first ornament of the season..
a Victorian themed
ribbon doll.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

How About a Holiday Swap?

I am thrilled to be hosting
a holiday swap!
I've missed swapping with all of you and hope you'll join me
and breathe some life
back into our

(photos courtesy of Pinterest)

All the details are posted in the group.
Please spread the word
by grabbing the badge to share
 on your blog.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Glimpses of Halloween

I love to decorate
for Halloween.
 My feather tree is
all decked out for the season..
With some sweet autumnal touches
 under the tree.
 I like to add simple little touches
to the existing decor..
 and create vignettes
 and whimsical displays..
and tuck a bit of
in unexpected places.

Happy Halloween Wishes
from my home to yours!