Saturday, November 24, 2012

Snowmen and a stocking ...

Thanksgiving is over and everyone has gone on their way home.  We had 14 for dinner this year and the fridge is full of leftovers (much to the joy of my husband and kids).  It was wonderful to sit at the table with some of my husbands family ... catching up on things happening in their lives and marveling on how much the children have grown.  The rest of the weekend has been spent preparing for Christmas.  The tree is up and decorated while the first of the cookies are in the oven.  The house smells fabulous!  My daughter and I always bake plenty of cookies ... some for the office, for school lunches, and my family Christmas, and more for Christmas Day at Grandma's.  Our time baking together is such a blessing ... every year gets better.

I found the cutest pattern on-line for a crocheted stocking.  Isn't it sweet?  I love it!

Thanks for spending some time with me ... good night.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Crocheted Christmas

Don't you love this crocheted pattern?  It makes such a sweet little tree and the perfect size too.  I was also pretty excited to get my silver glimmer paper order from Stampin' Up this week.  You'll notice I've been playing with it a lot lately.  Paired up with the red glimmer paper ... it's twice as wonderful.  Also in my box of new toys was our mini button stamp set.  I've stamped them and then applied a light coat of spray adhesive and glitter.  Yep, another new love!  I promised a crocheted Christmas tree and here it is (along with a few other goodies) ...

If I don't get back here before Thursday, let me take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I am so blessed to have you all as my creative friends ... thank you for visiting!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Is it Christmas yet?

I just can't seem to get enough of the Christmas spirit this year!  I'm digging through all of my supplies looking for anything that celebrates the season.  Finding stamps I haven't used in ages, a jar full of bells (where did they come from?),  sparkly rhinestones and glittery papers.  I know it's weeks away but my family celebrates early so I am already in the mood for warm fires, Christmas carols, wraps and bows.  Here are a couple of festive projects that I hope put you in the Christmas spirit too!

I'm working on a crocheted Christmas tree that I hope turns out as planned.  If it does, I'll be using it soon and will be sure to point it out in my posting.  "50 Pineapple Crochet Motifs" is a fabulous book full of patterns perfect for small projects such as these!  Enjoy your day and thanks for visiting!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy November!

Hi again ... it's good to be back so soon!  I've enjoyed this past weekend staying lazy at home and playing with my papers.  Tomorrow is a day out with my daughter since she has the day off from school.  A bit of shopping, lunch, a stop at the craft store ... I'm looking forward to some quality time (just us girls).  I treasure these days because I know they pass so quickly.  She's already talking about colleges and I just can't bear to think of her gone.

On to happier thoughts ... I hope these make you smile.

I'm still working on my photography skills.  There is certainly room for improvement.  How do you take your photos?  Do you use a photo tent?  Do you decorate your background?  How about camera settings?  What one do you use?  There are so many I get confused.  How about editing software?  What attributes do you work with .. Contrast, Sharpen, Crop?

Linda R and Cherry are incredible photographers.  I absolutely LOVE how they put together their scenery and capture just the right angle and lighting.  It makes me "feel" the photo rather than just "see" it.  They are both amazing ... stop by their blogs and I'm sure you'll agree.

Good night.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Chill in the Air

We have nothing planned this weekend.  That's right ... NOTHING!  It's glorious!  There are few things better than hanging out at home with the wind whistling outside a fire in the fireplace and you're still in your pajamas at 1 o'clock in the afternoon.  Am I right?

How about another "wintery" card?  Created with scraps of Christmas colors, a stamped image and greeting, and a bit of lace and ribbon.  I'm tempted to make a trip to my local craft store but to be honest ... I have sooo much stuff now!  You know how it is, "just one more die set" or "gosh, I need more beads".  I'm trying hard to resist and still wearing my pajamas helps!  

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Late night posting ...

Hi everyone ... perhaps I should re-introduce myself?  It's been so long since I've stopped by.  It's never intentional ... my absences.  I get busy, distracted, always something to do or somewhere I need to be.  I haven't forgotten about my little blog - many days I've hoped for a moment to spare for a quick post.  It's late today (way past my bedtime) and I'll be brief ... just stopping by to share a few greetings that have come together lately.

Thanks for stopping by today ... good night!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pumpkins, Bats, and Owls

This month has been filled with birth announcements and birthdays ... two wonderful reasons to celebrate!  Another celebration is the upcoming Halloween holiday.  I just love the colors and the spooky chilly feel of Halloween.  I loved getting dressed up (usually in my older brother's band uniform) and trick-or-treating with my Dad.  It was always cold and blustery - at least that's the way I remember it - and we'd walk hand-in-hand from house to house.  It felt both scary and exhilarating to be out after dark.  He'd stand at the curb with his flashlight while I ran up to the door.  I knew he'd always be there ... waiting.  Knowing that I could count on that security was what made the night all the better.

Here's a card created with a sweet crocheted owl and some seasonal colors.  Combining scraps, some hand-dyed seam binding, a couple decorative pins, and other touches made this "spook-tacular" layout.  Sorry - I just had to do that.

I hate to be so short today but it's late.  Thanks for stopping by ... I'll be back soon with a couple Christmas creations!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Home again ...

It's good to be home.  An extended vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains was heavenly.  What a gorgeous area of our country.   I certainly can see us retiring there someday.  Our days were filled with hikes up the mountains and visits to the local waterfalls.  A trip to the Biltmore House (I made them go) and white-water rafting (they made me go) were both fabulous too.  But ... it's good to be home.

Here's a sweet bird inspired card in shades of green made just for you.  I layered some crocheted flowers and topped them with a felt flower ... all stitched together with embroidery floss.  Papers from my scrap drawer coordinated nicely with the felt, dyed seam binding and velvety leaves.

You may recognize the tag sentiment from an earlier post using Tea Shoppe.  My little bird image is from a set called Papaya Collage.  Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me ...

Monday, August 13, 2012


Another weekend behind us.  Thursday and Friday rain showers were a blessing - it's been so dry here and the sprinklers just couldn't keep up.  Saturday a light drizzle ... the perfect day to curl up with a great book.  What are you reading?  Sunday was bright and sunny without the high temperatures.  Is Autumn just around the corner?  My favorite time of year featuring my favorite color combinations.  I'll have to pull out my Autumn stamps and papers for my next posting.

I finally tried to sew on a paper butterfly ... something that's been on my "list of things to try".  It's quite a long list with all the inspiration I see posted on your wonderful blogs.  I try to attempt something new with each project - it's exciting to see the results.  Scraps from the drawer in pretty shades of blue, a touch of warm brown (Four Frames), a sweet teacup (Tea Shoppe) and of course polka dots.  All layered on a crocheted doily - created while enjoying a quiet moment.  It's funny how I enjoy working with blues.  You won't find any blues in my house nor in my closet.  But when it comes to creating something special from the heart ...  I don't know of another color that provides such comfort and softness.

I hope this inspires you to try something new ... and thank you for stopping by!