Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone -
Just wanted to wish all of you out there in blog land a very happy Christmas. It's been a bit of a different one for me this year, and I'm trying with all my might to regain my Christmas spirit. Hope all of you have it or find some one thing that is just for you this holiday.
Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

All things Christmas

Why am I so fond of Christmas? I am not really sure why I am Christmas obsessed. Why do I feel the need every year at this time to decorate and bake as if I'm nesting? All I know is that I can't help myself! I love everything about this time of year. Here's some ornaments I have been making and a funky Christmas countdown calendar that I made with a cookie sheet and magnets. It turned out a little "busier" than I had imagined, but I still like it.

Here's a pic of my daughter helping me bake sugar cookies. I'm glad I have a partner in crime!
My studio has been a wreck all month with preparations. How are all of you celebrating/decorating for the holidays?

Monday, November 24, 2008

I'm a bad blogger...

So yes - I have been a very bad blogger. A very busy blogger. I love this time of year - but it's also my busiest - most stressed out time of year. So that explains why I haven't posted in a while. We had everyone over early this past weekend for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time. I'm glad all the cooking is done but now what will I do on Thanksgiving? Ha. Isn't this picture cute? It's my two adorable kids outside of this cute new shop called "House Too Home". Full of adorable things I love. Old cupboards, signs and primitive decor. Love it.

And here's something I should have posted about ages ago - it's the beautiful, beautiful box of autumn goodies that I received from Cathy over at Cranberry Cottage. We did an autumn swap and she was my partner. She makes the most beautiful handmade soaps and other products. Go check out her blog (where you can see photos of what I sent her) and her Etsy site: Cranberry Cottage Shop for some great stocking stuffers! Thank you Cathy - still lovin' my stuff!

And these photos are a project I just recently finished - it's a spool wreath kit from Say It With Letters. Isn't it darling? I love the papers - everything's included! And I had enough stuff left over to make a few cards and this little wallhanging. Go check it out and get one for yourself.

I'll try not to be such a bad blogger from now on!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Christmas on Halloween

So, my daughter thinks I'm nuts, working on Christmas cards on the day of Halloween. But I love the holidays so much that I start working/decorating for Halloween in late August, and then I've already moved on to Christmas halfway through October. Yeah, I guess I am a bit strange. But I love it!

Here's some cards I did for a local shop, and just for the sheer joy of creating. Also mixed in here are some designs I did for Say It With Letters , my favorite holiday shop, right now! Go and check out all her cute kits, shapes and letters. I'll have more projects coming soon to show you, including a new cookie sheet advent calendar for Christmas. Happy Halloween! Ha ha...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Been Busy

I have been so busy lately with - life, I guess - that I haven't had as much time for creating. And after a while, I really start to feel bottled up and frustrated, so it's good when I can do any little thing with color and pattern, and then I feel better. :)

I've also been trying to finish up this summer book I made so that I can start working on a fall mini-book. I used my Zutter binder to create this and I love the way you can punch holes in a lot of different things and then bind it all together. Fun stuff.

I've also been trying to do more scrapbooking lately - this summer I made so many cards but not so many layouts. I'm trying to be better about journaling and documenting things in words instead of just pictures!

I tried my hand again at one of these metal cookie-sheet calendars. I did one last year after I was inspired by Teresa McFayden's version, but mine never gets as good as hers. Still, I enjoyed making all the little Halloweeny dates and trying to come up with more clever ideas. My kids love to play endlessly with all the little magnets.

Oh! And I added a few little pincushions to my Trinkets shop if you're interested! Too much fun to make! Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This time of year

I love this time of year. Look at this photo I snapped while driving down the road in my car this morning. It is just so glorious in New England right now and I feel so lucky to live here!

Here's some new products I've been making for our show at the end of October at Talk Paper Scissors. I love these little flowers! I just love looking at them because of the mixed-up colors. They use vintage novels and felt for the backgrounds.
I have also been having fun making these little keychains that use acrylic tiles. So much fun to add to a package, to your keyring or to a backpack!

Also these little tree shapes put me in a fall mood. All you need to do is add your favorite photo.

I am starting to accumulate too much for our show now and may need to move this over to my Etsy shop which has nothing! Once I list some items, I'll edit this post! Hope all of you are well and enjoying fall! :)

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Getting Ready for the Holidays

I can't believe I'm thinking about the holidays already. Wasn't it just summer? But I so love fall. I just finished altering some of these shapes from Say It With Letters. Don't they put you in a fall mood?
I've also been enjoying making these little things - tag tins for the holidays and cute little pincushions. I don't sew a lot, but these make me want to! We're having another Early Bird Open House here at Talk Paper Scissors October 24th. If you're in the NH area, you should check it out! See the site for more information.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Something New

So I have a new project to share today, and it's not a card! :) Isn't this album the cutest? It's called a bracket album and it's a kit from Say It With Letters.
It comes with the album, papers and fun embellishments (which I love!) and there was even a lot left over for other projects. Everything coordinated beautifully - you really should go check it out and get one for yourself.

These next two projects are also from Say It With Letters. The tree is a Maya Road chipboard album that I made into a little wall hanging. This project uses darling Say It With Letters shapes. I altered each one and then made a background and grouped them all together. I love how it looks on my studio wall.
And this last project was something my daughter and I did together. A good friend of mine gave me some fresh lavender from her garden and we sewed it into these cute little pillows. She sleeps with hers under her bed pillow because I'd read somewhere that it helps when you can't sleep. I'll turn my daughter into a crafter yet - and get her to sleep! :) Hope you're all enjoying your week!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The rain finally stopped!

It sure has been rainy here - storm after storm. This August feels more like April or October. But today it is finally sunny - the pick of the week, the weatherman says. I got some new supplies recently and have been having fun making new little things. Have you noticed how everything has a bow? I guess I am going through a bow phase. But it has made me use up some of my ribbon - I have a LOT of ribbon! And I love it almost as much as I love buttons. Ha. And I'd sort of forgotten about it because I have so much and just threw it all into a tangled mess in a bin. So it's good to use it, right???

This is a picture of my two bestest friends. We have lots of pictures like this, and they always make me smile. What would I do without my girl friends? Go insane, I think!
And as you can see - I've been in a fall mood lately. My favorite time of year here in New England. I love making Halloween cards - I always loved Halloween as a kid, and it still continues today. Anyone else out there getting ready for fall?

Monday, August 04, 2008

More Cards!

Wow - what a fun and busy weekend we had. My kids had a yard sale and a lemonade stand. I did lots of moving boxes and hauling our old junk around. The good news is, though, that for once, we actually sold a lot of the stuff and got it out of the house! It was great seeing it go to people who could use it and not having to take it all to the recycling center. Plus my son was very happy to get all that money to save for his next video game system!
Here's some cards I made this week using some new kit supplies as well as some vintage yard sale trim! Anyone else love yard sales as much as I do??