Sunday, November 3, 2013

Art Journal Fall Page

Well, well...It has been way too long to not be creative. I have to laugh that I've been working on one (1) art journal page for a week. I wanted to use something from my Silhouette portrait for the fall but I am not really into Halloween. I like the fall colors and I miss living in the Midwest where you can experience the change of seasons, hear the leaves crunching, and see the fall colors coming into bloom, the smell of fall air. But I would not trade sunny FL for it.

I added the stickers as an after thought. They have been sitting for so long and weren't sticking to well so I put a bit of Elmer's on the back of them. The background stencil is a crafter's workshop branches stencil.
I luv the way it all came together, even after the stickers. I luv that the colors are muted like fall, there's a bit of darkness in the sky, the pumpkins for a bountiful harvest and the worn paint on the bench. I used a both distress and cheapo acrylic paint. Oh and if you look close enough you see graffiti on the bench and I luv that I have someone special to enjoy this fall with.
Well all, just wanted to share my bit of fall inspiration. Pull out your Silhouette, Cricut, or your choice of cutter and easily pull together a journal page.
Hope you all enjoyed the extra hour of sleep.
Be Well.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Days of Yesteryear & Two Great Women

This post is inspired by a Dyson bladeless fan ad that I saw in a magazine. I wish I had saved the ad to give you better visual, but i'll do my best to explain it.

A baby is sitting on the floor in front of one of these bladeless fans and i believe the caption assures the mother (who is standing behind) that the child is safe (if he were to stick his hand in it) The ad goes on to say that this fan removes the buffering sound.

Also, i recently read a blog post over at Happy at Home about a clothes line that made me remember being a young girl and the things we grew up with that have [some] unfortunately passed by the wayside (that will be a later post).

I had two wonderful grandmothers who were amazing; Stel (short for Estelle)& Malinda. I love them both so much and remember quite a lot about them. Both of them were women that er'body knew and knew their kids.

My Grandma Malinda, oh my goodness, I remember homemade biscuits...and when i say homemade i mean homemade...a bucket of flower...a bucket of lard...rolling them on the table with your hand, cutting them with a glass, a beat up (now vintage) baking sheet...that's the homemade I'm talking about. This was always a treat for us grands; Granny's biscuits with her homemade syrup. She'd always have on an apron when cooking (that's what ladies did then). When I was child I never knew 'that' syrup was made out of "using what you have" but I tell you, it was the best syrup I have ever tasted; and I'm now 4---.never mind, but you'd be lickin your fingers and the plate.

I remember sitting on the front porch with granny, while she talked with the neighbor ladies and telling the chil'ren to behave or get out the street. I remember granny singing the Lord songs, telling us about Him. Granny, thank you!. Now back to this fan...although i can see the safety of having a bladeless fan, my granny had a square fan that either sat in the window or on the floor. I remember sitting in front of the fan going ahhhhhhhhhhhh with your mouth open and the fan breaks up; buffets the sound. That was plain fun back then yall. I don't recall ever sticking my finger in the fan; probably becasue someone told me not to so I grew up knowing it's danger. I also remember younger cousins coming after me and that same fan; you'd either move the child out of the way of the fan, tell them no...and I know a few spankins' were endowed from touching the fan when you were told not to (makes it sound like a gift huh...hehe).
Imagine the constant and on beat sound of the blades spinning in the fan....Mr. Dyson, i'll keep the fan my Granny had. It is comforting. Like sitting next to Granny on the couch, which I can't recall her doing too many times, instead she'd be sitting at the kitchen table looking out the back door. But something about the sound of a fan (with blades) I don't want to let it go.

I remember listening to R&B [or trying to in Granny’s house] and Granny said we can't play that devil music in her house. I remember my Aunt Rose's room. She'd tell us not to go in there messing with stuff, but you know kids don’t listen.

I remember Granny poppin us with the belt or fly swatter or a shoe if we got out of hand. and trust me it was only a pop because she'd tell our mom and dad and then they'd really get you.

I remember always one of my aunts would press my Granny's hair, guess they took turns. I can see her kitchen clear as day, i can actually see the entire house. I'm thankful to have that memory; mom driving us over to Granny's and we'd run up the sidewalk and open the screen door. Her home may not have had the best of things but what it did have was the best of Love; as it should. I could go on and on but my Grandma Malinda, but I want to tell you about my other.

Grandma Stel, I just called her Grandma, was the sweetest grandma. I love her and remember the ways her hands look, her smile, her love, and fussing with my uncles who thought they were [as old folks say] growner than them. I loved spending the weekend at my grandma's. My cousins lived across the street from my grandma and I remember going over their house sometimes to play (Tan, Deb, Lando). This side of my family calls me Peaches. It would have been my birth name but thank God my mom did not let that fly. I love the name as a nickname, but not to have to put it on a resume.

I remember there was a store behind Grandma's house and I remember my aunt or someone bigger having to walk me back there. I also remember being big enough to finally walk by myself. Back then, everybody knew who you were and there were so many kids outside playing, you were always accounted for.

I remember spending the night at Grandma's and getting to sleep with her. I remember one weekend, my Dad and I went over and I decided I wanted to spend the night but had not brought clothes. I played outside and before going to bed I had to take a bath. I remember Grandma making me sleep in a pair of her white cotton underwear. I remember lying in bed next to her and feeling like I was the best day I'd ever have.

I remember Grandma's caramel cake, a 3-layer cake with homemade caramel sauce; can you say sugar high. I'm sure when I was a child I could not entire an entire piece; even to this day I cannot. Thank God, long before my grandmother passed I asked her for the recipe. It's written on a piece of yellow legal-pad paper with stains and a few tears, but I will be sure to pass it down just as is to my daughter. I remember being in Grandma’s bed and the headboard faced the window; I’d stand on the pillows and look out the window.

I remember Granny fishing, which is why I don’t like fishing to this day. This fishing woman would be up before the chickens. It had to be 4 or 5 and we headed to or at a fishing place. She’d put the worm on my hook. I remember the last time I fished; it was with Grandma and a hook got caught in my finger. That was it yall. I DO NOT FISH!

One day sticks out in particular about visiting my Grandma. My dad and I had gone over to my Grandma's and they were sitting at the dining room table talking. I'm sure I had done something because my dad spanked me. I can remember to this day, it was a half-hearted spank because it didn't hurt physically me but hurt my feelings. My grandmother looked over to my dad and told him, "don't spank that girl." That was the last spanking I've ever gotten from my dad. Good thing, because my mom does not, never did, and won't ever agree to that. My dad even remembers it.

I remember the powder my grandmother wore. Sometimes I smell it when someone walks past and it reminds me of her. I remember the smell of her house; I remember my dad saying something funny and she'd go, "Oh, Sonny" and laugh. It's amazing the things that get etched into our minds, the sayings and feelings of love that have been imparted to us by our family. I want my grandkids and great grandkids to know that they come from a tree filled with women who through adversity, hard times, setbacks, celebrations, joyful reunions, and "life" have given so much to their families and when it's all said and done, have truly made a difference in the lives of us who loved them.

Wow God, I know you fore knew me, even before any of these people knew knew me, but you must have loved me terribly to surround me and grow me up with two God fearing women who loved and worshipped you, who called you the Great God, Savior, Master and I know they bombareded you with prayer; mostly for us. They showed us how to be strong, be kind, treat people right, praise you, to persevere...God, they set the bar high. My mind wants to tell me that I could never match their faith....constant prayer...unfailing love, but the Holy Spirit reminds me that You've used because they wanted to be used, to remind me that all things are possible with God, and that they've shown us grands how it's done. It's our time to walk in the God Blessed Legacy of these two women. I truly thank God for having two loving grandmothers.
With much love....because it was freely given to me.



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WOYWW #220

Hi WOYWWers..

i'm so glad to be crafting in the midst of preparing to move in a month or so. I know it won't last long; I should be packing instead of crafting.  I'd luv to be adding maybe 2 more projects to the table but I won' least not today [hahahah] tomorrow may be a different story.

right now I'm completed a swap for YPP. Since I knew I'd be busy I only chose one swap. I'd luv to have participated in the journal swap or the mail art swap or altered Altoids swap or maybe even the die cuts.

i should have mine done by today. Unfortunately, my ink pad is either used up or drying out. Trying to stamp without smearing is tough; especially on the larger stamps. See the girl with Halloween to the left; i stamped her 3 times and each time a tiny smear was somewhere on the paper.  i'll keep it and use it for my art journal or do something with her. no need in wasting her/them.. there is a pile of misstamps under her that will be used in my journal.

i need that thingy that you push down and you can see through it for the larger stamps.
i also need to be completing a card for my niece who is turning 5. I will get it done tomorrow...nothing too fancy.

 This should be called what craziness do you notice on the desk..See how many you can find.

Now this picture, see I don't like pulling out my camera so I used my daughter's iPhone and tried to use panoramic. My desk is not curved nor was it ever. I don't know why panoramic curves things...or was it me?
Well that's all for now. I have a few projects to get done or shall I say more closer to done today. Thanks for stopping by.
So glad God gives me the desire and ability to craft.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Praying God's manifested blessing over your day.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

...and she said pack your stuff.

Yep, that's what she keeps saying. "Pack your jive, we are moving soon." I am so thankful that we will be moving into our new home by October [weather withholding]. I will finally have a craft room instead of a craft corner. She says all my stuff will not fit in the craft room, but I don't understand her logic.  I'm going from a a room. Oh goody goody gum have no clue what's gonna fit. I even purchased a used 7 drawer dresser from the good will for about $40. I'm deciding what color I want my craft room to be. I'm thinking of painting most pieces washed white and a pop of color on some. I will post pictures of the redone furniture soon.

Sadly though with preparing to move, I have to start packing up stuff so we're not waiting to the last minute. I don't like waiting til the last minute. I know how I want my things packed too. We will be enlisting the help of family and friends for the move. I'm looking forward to buying new storage for my craft room. I've seen a few pieces at ikea and as much as I enjoy vintage furniture, I would not like it in my craft room to work on. Maybe for a display area or just her work desk.

I've signed up for one swap over at YPP and once that's done next week, the only thing I think I'll leave out is my art journal and pour my markers/pencils/crayons into plastic bags to use.

Not creating for that long....I'd be sick.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

More Card Shares

Good Morning Blog Friends,

Since I've finally gotten back to blogging, I wanted to share some cards I've made. I don't know why I did not post them sooner, but here we go.

My next post hopefully will be of a completed journal I'm working on. It's not for me, but I want one for me.:).  There is no way possible I can keep everything I make...where would I store it.

I made the envelope using my new tool... We R Memory Keepers new Envelope maker. super cool tool.

A birthday card a my daughter's bestie. I'm learning to use my copics still. After I colored it, I noticed a few things I'd liked changed but overall...not bad. I forget who the digi image is from.

My first wedding card.

The tag at the top slid behind the veil material..I thought it was cute.

Using my silhouette

Using my silhouette and Martha stewart punch

Another silhouette card.

this is the sleeve that holds this card since I did not have an envelope.

Hope you enjoyed.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Blog Neglect & My first altered box

Hello bloggers. Where do I start? Sometimes I don't know where to start; it can't always be at the beginning. I have so neglected my blog but I have been busy creating. Of course not as busy as I'd like to be. I have not been in my art journal for a while. Art journaling, journaling, just creating is where I go just to unwind, not have to think about anything except that which makes me happy.

Even a mistake...who would know.

Pinterest?!??!!...Oh my goodness. I do so much "pinning" that I have not been crafting. It is so addicting. Being able to see so many beautiful and inspiring works of art all in one place...yayyyyyyyyy.  You can view my Pinterest boards here.

I'm currently working on another project but here are a few of the ones I have completed.

My sister's birthday was a great opportunity to make my 1st alter box. I enjoyed it, but the mirror on top created a bit of a challenge.

Sorry for the background...I'm working on it.

Since the top had a recess in it, I attached this small folder that houses a small mini to either journal or add photos.

I enjoyed making this and will definitely be making more.

Hope you enjoyed viewing and hoping you are having a God Blessed Day.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

RAK My Birthday

Hi All,

My birthday is quickly approaching and I am excited. The latter part of last year I did a random act of kindness (RAK) just because I felt like it. We've heard people say doing kind acts for others makes you feel good and I must say it does. I realize my blessings and am thankful to God for each of them.

So this year I don't want any gifts at all. I want to do kind acts for others as a gift to myself. I'm going to do them in Jesus' name. Jesus tells us to show kindness to one another and what better than to give back.

I've invited all of my Facebook friends to help me celebrate.

I hope everyone participates. Below are a few ideas of kind acts you can perform.

Have a blessed day.

Pray for someone else’s needs
Leave change at a vending machine
Let someone go ahead of you in line
Hold the door for the person behind you
Take cards to an assisted living center/nursing home
Hide $1 bills in between toys at the dollar store.
Pay for lunch for someone
Buy coffee others
Read to a child
Leave an extra tip for your server or a small gift along with your tip
Leave coupons in the grocery store
Pick up trash when you see it.
Be a friendly driver
Help someone for free
Donate books to the library
Give carepacks to the homeless
Spend extra time with your child(ren)
Donate to a charity (time/money/goods)
Pay for someone’s toll
Pay for someone’s bus fare/give a bus card
Send a present to a soldier
Befriend someone
Hold your tongue
Be thoughtful
Hold the door for someone
Compliment someone
Say thank you… a lot
Send a letter to a friend
Give freely
Tell someone you love them
Try to find goodness in the person you don’t like
Ask someone if they’ve lost some weight or tell them that they’re “just glowing”
Do you know that your partner hates doing the dishes but you don’t really mind doing them? Do them.
Don’t nag
Bring donuts or other delicious sweets to work
Tip generously 
Say “Hi” to strangers
Avoid gossip
Leave extra time in the parking meter
Be understanding of traveling parents with the grumpy or noisy kids
Forgive the person you used to hate back in the day
Listen to someone’s life story

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

It Almost Looked Like Christmas

Let me first start off by saying 2 things. I know it's Feb and I'm late posting this. 2nd  - I'm still learning crafting and time lines.

I started too late...making my Christmas cards. I actually started in November and thought I would have had them done. I believe I would have but I went on a deployment for work for a week, came back sick, and was down til mid December. I stayed in bed that weekend I got back...the ENTIRE weekend. I had no strength.

The only person that received a Christmas card from me was my mom. I had to get it done to mail her Christmas gift with it.

I used a Sizzix textures plate that I got from Joann's. I really like it. It don't recall the name of it, but it's clear. I inked the plate with Stampin' Up and ran it through my machine. The green cardstock I used the Cuttlebug Honeycomb folder. This one also has a border folder. The seam binding I purchased on eBay a while ago and I do not recall which online store the fabric flower is from.

I used Lindy's Stamp Gang scintillating silver on the sentiment. BUT...I should have sprayed then stamped. My mom liked the card, which is what matters.

I tried to use a variety of my dies; some had never been used.

I actually got a few more cards done but did not get them mailed. I think next near I will definitely have to start in late summer to complete them.


Stampin' Up Wondrous Wishes

The card with Santa and the children took me the longest. I don't believe I will ever try to stamp a color another image when I have so many cards to do.

This is 4 seperate cards. I think I was getting tired of making cards at this point.

My vintage take.
This is my favorite card.I like that it feels vintage and has the feel of old times; using what you have in the house to make cards...(the raffia, the plastic snowflake, burlap).

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Homemade Vintage Tags

Happy New Year,

Better late than never! :)

I have been neglecting posts and actually have much to post. When I didn't have much to post I wanted to post all the time.

I've been enjoying using my Sizzix Movers and Shapers L Die for tags & bookplates. I especially like that I don't have to buy tags, I can cut them. I cut a few and wanted them to have that vintage look.  I had some coffee that had reached its expiration date so it came in handy.

I boiled some water and added a few tablespoons of the coffee to the pot. At first it wasn't getting dark enough so I added about 5 tablespoons all together. I added the cut tags to the pot and let them sit for a minute or two.

After taking the tags out of the water, i sprinkled them with the cinnamon. Oh yeah, I added a few drops of vanilla extract to the water for smell.  then sprinkled them with cinnamon.

As they were drying, the cinnamon seemed to dry to the card. I used my Tim Holtz sanding block to get most of the cinnamon off.

These are the final tags. I don't mind that the writing is on the other side since they were cut from the file folders. I can cover them or let them show through. I actually enjoyed making these tags. I 've got so many folders to use up.

Hope you enjoyed the post and give this a try if you have not already. If you have the die, it's cheaper to make your own tags than buy them. You can cut them to the size you'd like.

Happy crafting!