Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Welcome Summer ...

Summer is off to a fast and fun start!  In our first week out of school we've already squeezed in a vacation full of hiking, canoeing, birding, and so much more.  It's wonderful to have the kids home ... it makes for some hectic days but I wouldn't want it any other way.  I'm cherishing every moment because I know it won't last long.  I hope your summer is going great too!

I have some exciting news to share ... you can find my embellished wood houses in the current issue of Simply Handmade Decor Magazine!  I'm over the moon thrilled to be published.  It's a first for me and I feel like I've won a big prize!  This magazine and other Simply Handmade publications are filled with fabulous ideas.  If you want to try this fun project for yourself, there are sets of wood house forms in my ETSY shop.

Here are a couple cards and crocheted projects to share with you today.

The crocheted piece along the bottom of this card is absolutely gorgeous.  It almost hesitated to cover it up but it's just as sweet peeking out from under layers of shabby goodness.  I found the pattern in a book and had to try it. I'm sure you'll see more of these lacy appliqu├ęs on future posts.  The papers are from my scrap drawer, the pear is chipboard as is the frame ... painted and distressed.  You'll find our stamp set Four Frames on both of today's cards.

I ADORE our new polka dot printed papers!  Each package of Polka Dot Parade includes 2 sheets of 6 colors ... Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Rich Razzleberry.  I paired Real Red with a simple check above and layered on a stamped frame image, chipboard butterfly, and other shapes including an old sewing machine.  The flower is created from an old sewing pattern from my dear mom - topped with a crocheted flower and bright red button.  The fringe is white and red crepe paper - LOVE IT!

Before I go I want to point out that our new catalog is available and filled with loads of goodies and inspiration.  Check it out - there's a link on the left.  I hope you enjoyed your visit ... thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 15, 2012

School's out!

I can't tell you how happy I am that school is out for the summer!  While all the activities, performances and celebrations are fabulous and I couldn't be a prouder momma ... I am looking forward to quiet days spent with the kids at home.  We have trips, camps, volleyball, birding, and so much more fun things planned.  Hopefully some hours spent playing with papers and crocheting too.

Here's a little something to share with you - made for a special friend.  I'm having such fun making the crepe paper fringe that you may be seeing it for a while.  The crocheted flower is a new "made-up" pattern that I adore ... then of course I cover it with a stamped postage image.  I don't mind, layering makes the finished product all the more shabby.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits and hope to have more to share soon!