Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Happy Blogiversary to Me & My Giveaway Winner!

Thank you dear friends for all your kind words and wishes! has spoken and the winner is....

Michele of Nook & Cranny!
Congratulations Michele! I'll get your blogiversary package out to you later this week.

I can't let the rest of you leave empty-handed so please grab and enjoy some of my favorite Easter images.

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Collaborative Book Swap & More for the Giveaway!

Carte de visites are those wonderful old photos, usually portraits, of the past. They were very popular in the late 1800's and I can understand why. Charming and small, they were mounted on heavy board to last for generations.
Some are so charming I simply collect them and keep them as they are. But others are just fun to play with.

Here's a perfectly lovely lady...

and here she is again, after my transformation.
Imagine a book of these wonderfully transformed ancestors!

That's exactly what we're going to do in my flickr group.

Here's some photos of a past collaborative I participated in.
Cover by Sharon



Hope you'll join in the fun!
Cdvs are due May 11 so as not to interfere with Easter plans and I've listed some packs in my long-neglected etsy shop.

All of this cdv talk makes me want to add a couple to my giveaway! A couple of photos looks skimpy so I'll add some vintage trims and beads too.

The winner will be announced Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Inside a French Easter Egg & the Giveaway Grows

Our most recent matchbox challenge in my flickr group was to create an Easter scene inside a large matchbox, much like the wonderful decorated sugar eggs of Easters past...

A peek at the corner of my box...

A view from above...

Close-up inside..

& the finished piece,
Mademoiselle & The Joyful Lapins.

I covered the matchbox with Warm & Natural, then layered it with vintage lace and seam binding. I added some gorgeous shabby flower trim, tulle, pearls and another delicate vintage lace trim around the opening.
The interior background is a copy of an antique French postcard. I didn't capture the entire picture well but if you look closely you can see the bunnies hanging over the top of the bench. In the foreground I placed some happy dancing bunnies and a teeny, tiny nest and eggs. I finished the piece by giving it "feet"-four tattered vintage pearls.
I made this for my friend Lynn of Trash To Treasure Art.
I hope you like it Lynn!

You know, I really do LOVE altering things so let's add some alterables to my blogiversary giveaway!
(You KNEW there had to be a matchbox in there!)
If you haven't entered already you can throw your hat in the ring HERE.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Join Me in My Blogiversary Celebration

One week from today is my 2 year blogiversary! And what's a blogiversary without a giveaway?
I want to share the things I love.. with you (and truth is we all pretty much love the same things). I'm simply going to keep choosing and adding items up to the anniversary date.

Today I'm in a kind of white, cream, dreamy mood so let's start with this...

Tucked inside this peat pot (that I've painted antique white) is some yummy vintage lace, crinkled seam binding, pearls, a gorgeous fabric flower with a rhinestone center, a really cool large seeded bead type embellishment and an oh so sweet frozen charlotte.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and you'll be entered to win. This giveaway is open to anyone who follows my blog, old or new. If you like you can grab my giveaway button for an extra chance. Feel free to check back to see what else I love to share but you only need to comment ONE time.

I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you. To have such dear friends, though none of us have ever met in person, seems unbelievable.
The inspiration, care and love shared in our blogisphere is very special and I'm so thankful to be a part of it.

I'll choose the winner on my blogiversary, March 28th.
Best of luck!

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Gingersnap Twinchies Are Here!

These are the twinchies I received in the Gingersnap Creations swap...




Love these tiny 2x2 works of art. I have some special little spaces to display them in my old type tray.
Thanks to all for a wonderful swap!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Image Freebies Too!

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Luck O' The Irish..Our Very Own Pot O' Gold!

My friend Kim hosted a Luck O' The Irish ATC book over at my
Vintage Dragonfly Flickr Swap Group.

Initially she commented on what nice women I have in this group. And I do! Every single person is sweet and generous and helpful and inspirational.
As the atc's began rolling in Kim noticed something else....what a great group of artists are in this group!

Kim made the beautiful covers and assembled our books.












What a treasure! Thank you all for a wonderful experience and keepsake.
Stay tuned-there will be another very special book collaborative coming soon. Maybe you'll join us?

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Sweet Bunny & Nest of Eggs = Spring

Celebrating Spring is the theme for Kimberly's current atc swap. I was originally thinking birds and flowers but while scanning my images library, "somebunny" spoke to me.

Totally off topic.... My friend Paul has recently entered the world of blogging. Though not an artsy person per se, he is an eloquent wordsmith and knows more about cinema and celebrities than any person I know.
He has devoted his blog,
Pass the Popcorn Please,
(so far) to insightful and entertaining movie reviews. Please show him some blogger love and stop by to say hello!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Rest of the Kids

Here are the other cards I made for the
Vintage Children Mini Cards
swap at
Tabby's Swaps.


The Other Girl

The Flirt

Thanks to Kim for a fun swap!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Want One of My Kids?

You might get one if you join me in the
Vintage Children Mini Card Swap at
Tabby's Swaps.

These are my first born....
Sweet Music Fairy

Live With A Song In Your Heart

Tickled Pink

They are 1x3", fun to make and a wee bit addictive!