Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Grateful for this day

Hello friends!  Can you believe it's November?  The leaves are beginning to blanket the ground here and there has been a bit of frost in the morning lately.  Soon it will be a time of family gatherings with good food, great company, and laughter.  I look forward to seeing everyone again...

I'm pleased to say that I am a guest designer this month over at The Polka Dot Door!  I am incredibly honored to be included with such fabulous artist.  Their work is amazing and I'm sure you'll agree.  Sarah and Rebecca are wonderful hosts with photos that both challenge and inspire us.  Their generosity is unbounded with multiple prizes available ...everyone has a chance to win!

If you'd like to play along - please do!  A prize will be given to the November Challenge winner, just create your project from the inspiration photo and link it up.

Plus, one Guest Designer Blog Hop participant will be named the "Featured Designer" ... the project with the most votes wins!  There's only one way to vote ... simply visit all the blogs on the Hop then finish by leaving a comment on the Polkadot Door Designs blog letting them know your favorite.  Again, be sure you chose a Guest Designer who has earned your vote!

While you hop, leave a little love at each blog for the chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors!

Finally, three to five artists (who have chosen to participate in the challenge) with the most impressive creations will be chosen to join next months Design Team and Blog Hop, and compete for the Feature Designer prize in December.

Sounds like fun?  Let's get started!

This months photo is full of possibilities.  I couldn't ignore the bee motif and the tablescape is a buffet of color!  I tried to captured the delicious red of the strawberries and the stunning blue of the bowls...layered on a background of soft greens, yellows, and neutrals, the colors really "pop" as in the photo.

My papers are scraps from "here and there".  The greeting is from Perfectly Penned and is paired with a few buttons.  The rolled flower is a combination of a neutral woven linen with a wonderful soft suede print from the Spice Cake collection (thank you Geri for the tutorial).  I added some hand dyed seam binding, velvet leaves, decorative pins and some beautiful blue fibers.

This inspiration photo will get you started ...

Here is this month's Blog Roll.  Be sure to leave a little love and don't forget to vote at the Polka Dot Door!

Joanne (that's me!)

Be sure to finish at The Polka Dot Door to vote for your favorite and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Joanne, this is just gorgeous! And it is now making sense why this showed up on my dashboard last night (teasing me!!!) but no matter what I did, I couldn't find it on your blog! It looked so pretty, I knew I wanted to get a closer look and comment, but no matter what I tried, I just couldn't get to it! LOL Your flower turned out just lovely! The colors, pretty pins and lovely sentiment...it all is just beautiful!!

  2. Hi Joanne! You card is absolutely beautiful...Goodness!!! Love the way you've captured the colors. Those little stick pins reflect the pointed ends of the strawberries so well. Great work!!!

  3. Beautiful flower and I love how you've got some some bees in there too.

  4. Congrats on your GD spot .... your card as always is stunning ... just love every detail and colour here ... wonderful!

  5. Congras again on your GD spot. and your card looks gorgeous. Love all those beautiful colors..

    Hugs, Linda

  6. This is gorgeous Joanne! LOVE all of the details!

  7. This is gorgeous! I love the colors and all of the texture!

  8. This is gorgeous.Love the detailing and the colors

  9. gorgeous
    n many more words to say

  10. This is stunning!! I love what you made!

  11. Love your card. Your "bee" is the perfect touch; communal, supportive, and gatherers. thanks for sharing.