Friday, April 9, 2010

Sweater Bag

Here is a little pouch I made to hold a gift card for a Birthday present.
Super super easy and look down to see why!

Yes, it is a sweater sleeve. I found this wonderful sweater at the Goodwill store.
I was just overcome by the possibilities of making things with this sweater. I have had it for several months, when I was looking around for some holder to make for the gift card.
--Why, of course,--the sleeve!

I just cut it off and sewed it in-side- out and threaded a ribbon in the top to bring it together. So now, what ideas are there for the pockets and other trim, I wonder??

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Easter Bonnets

Easter Parade

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.

I'll be all in clover and when they look you over,

I'll be the proudest fellow in the Easter Parade.

On the avenue, Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us,

And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure.

Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,

And of the girl I'm taking to the Easter Parade.

Irving Berlin

Elizabeth Shea

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New stamped cards

Here are some samples made for the Oxford Impressions gallery for new stamps she had available in February.
The above sample has a border done with a new Martha Stewart edge punch- looks like a trellis. The cups above and below are embossed with metallic embossing powder and then water colored.

This card below is cut out of an original vintage greeting card. I cut out the front of the card, added the stamped girl, a flower made from vintage velvet ribbon, and silver glass glitter.

thanks for looking

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Is it really?

Exactly one month ago, everything (in my front yard) was covered with snow.
Here in Arkansas, that's a big deal.
It was beautiful, we looked at it long and lovingly, and pretty soon, it was gone.

And then.................what's this?

Wait for it................................

Something is coming!!!..............
Oh my gosh..........................................IT'S SPRING.
And today, March 9, 2010, it is as beautiful a day as I have ever seen: the sky is so blue, one could almost hear a bell, the breeze is blowing through the pine trees, and the temperature is 75 degrees. Yes, it is really Spring.
Thanks for this day.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mannequin Cafe

Here are a couple of cards made from new stamps from Character Constructions. These stamps are so versatile and an absolute must for stamp and paper doll lovers. I have been stamping with Character Constructions stamps by Catherine Moore for several years. I still remember exactly when and where I purchased my very first Character Constructions stamp- at the Red Lead store in Saint Louis in 2002, while I was on a business trip. The face on this first card is from Paper Whimsy.

Here are the actual stamps I ordered. Check out her site for many more images in this new line and all of her other wonderful lines.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Carol

So glad you are having a wonderful day filled with sweet friends and lots of Birthday wishes!

Here is an on-line Birthday card made from an image I found at Second Chance when we went together last fall! I added some pink color to her.

Love you,

Monday, January 11, 2010

Oh Dear,

While you are waiting for us to show you something wonderful we have created, ( and we are waiting for that too...) let me show you some pictures I took from inside my house. ( I am not getting out in that stuff!) The deer are not enjoying this any more than we are. In fact, they are quite hungry and can't find much grass or vegetation. They lay down in back of the house a lot, and come right up to the front to try and find grass--but to no avail. My husband says they have to move slowly to conserve energy now too. If we startle them and they run off, it is not good for them. We are due for a warm up this week- that means maybe one day over 33degrees. It will take a lot more than that to melt this - probably will be March.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Saint Elizabeth

For Christmas, Carol made me this "Saint Elizabeth" hanging. It also includes a St Elizabeth medal as well. I really love it and was quite surprised. She picked up the prayer card and medal from a little church she visited during a recent visit with her son and daughter-in-law.

...- Well, here...., I will let her tell you where she found it. I wish I could have also been there. It sounds quite delightful.
During a Thanksgiving visit with my son and his family, we drove to Eureka Spring, Arkansas for a little day trip. My first trip there, and it is a fascinating little town, amazing that people can build such quaint houses, buildings, hotels, and churches just hanging off the hillsides.
An especially beautiful example was the Catholic Church built into the hill behind and under the Hotel Crescent. Very old and tiny--probably only has 5 seating rows on each side--but from the circular dome in the ceiling, marble in the floor, stained glass in the windows to the stations of the Cross all along the walkway, one is surrounded by an old European feeling--something very old and very peaceful.
And then, under the church was a little shop selling the prayer cards and medals, and this is where I found the one perfect for my sister, Elizabeth. She has been there for me when I needed her and truly became my St. Elizabeth of Hungary--patron of widows.