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!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Oh So Vintage, Oh So Pretty Snippet Roll

This was the theme for our most recent swap.. 

I'll be back soon to share the
beautiful snippet roll
I received!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Easter!

Wishing all my dear blog friends
a most blessed Easter...

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentines Day

Sharing a few of my favorite vintage Valentine images
 and a new swap announcement...

And signups are now open for
This gorgeous snippet roll was made by

Enjoy your Valentines weekend!

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!