Friday, February 28, 2014

My First Timmy Tags!

Okay..  I'm not entirely sure Mr. Holtz would appreciate my calling him Timmy to his face, but I certainly hope he wouldn't mind me referring to my tags as I do!  In previous years, I've been reluctant to follow along with the 12 Tags of the Year events, which he holds each year on his website,, only because I NEVER had ALL of the supplies he suggested.

But most recently, I was inspired by a very talented YouTube friend, HERE, who shared that she could make these tags, whether she had all the materials or not!  She proved she could adapt, improvise, and substitute her way around while still following the basic gist of the theme/techniques for the month!  So impressed, I said to myself, "Why not me, then?!  I guess I can still join in, make some tags, and learn what I can from the master, right?!"  Being the end of February already, I figured I'd better get moving then! So, here are my Timmy Tags for January and February 2014...

January's tag called for a good number of supplies I didn't have; the biggest being the pocket watch and circle dies.  But you may recall how I've made my own pocket watch before, HERE in THIS POST.  I recycled old foil seals from frosting tubs, peanut butter jars, etc., etc...   This one is a little smaller, and this time I used the "Gears" embossing folder, made by The Paper Studio, for the front of my pocket watch.

At the top is a safety pin with an old key I don't use anymore.  "Let's get this party started" is just a phrase I clipped out of a magazine.  The stamping is done with Close To My Heart "Capture the Date" stamps.  The background and edging of my tags were done with Tim Holtz distress inks, in vintage photo, and black soot. I'm really happy with how this turned out!!

Now, here is my Timmy Tag for February..

Again, I did not have all the suggested supplies.  I did use my Tim Holtz distress inks, but for the hearts background, I also used the leftover cardboard I had after punching all the hearts for the beads I made in my previous post!

It worked well, and I think I'll be saving it, to use for other projects too!  I love the quote I used..  ha! ha!.. from the movie, Gone With The Wind!  I thought it was perfect for two reasons; one, for Valentines Day, and two, because the Oscar Awards will be taking place soon.  Gone With The Wind is one of my all time FAVORITE movies, so I hand-wrote Rhett Butler's famous line with a white Stabilo pencil for that chalkboard look.  The heart is made from chipboard and glitter wrapping paper.  I added silver paint and stickles, and a silver ribbon at the top..  And I was done!

So that's all for now folks!..  Thank God it's Friday, and the weekend is almost here!  I plan to take down the Valentines Day decor all 'round the house, and I'll be replacin' it with all "me" St. Patrick's Day finest!

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Friday, February 14, 2014

Follow Your Heart

Well, long time, no see!..  I've been fine, but the schedule 'round here has been a combination of complicated, crazy, and just plain never stops; so, by the time evening rolls around, where I find some time for myself, I'm afraid I just haven't been drawn to the computer so much.  But following my heart on this day, here I am, hoping to at least say "Hi!" to everyone, and here's what I've been up to creatively...

By January 31st, I was STILL taking down my Christmas decoration.  I was definitely running a little late with that, but just as soon as that was done, I was putting the Valentine's day stuff up in it's place!  Here are a few new ornaments I crocheted for my Valentine's Day tree...  The first set was made following this pattern HERE...

The next set of hearts I crocheted had wings!  You can find the pattern to make these right HERE...

Here's just a glimpse of my tree altogether!  See my Valentine Snoopy up at the top?  I still think it needs some garland, but I'm very happy with my little tree nevertheless.

Standing at only about 3 feet tall, it's a perfect size for me to decorate year-round.  It always lifts my spirits!  It does my heart good every time I look at it!

Actually, we've been getting hit with a great accumulation of snowfall, these last couple of days; about a foot of it!  Schools are closed everywhere, and we're just staying indoors, till plows and salt trucks can clear things up a bit..  In the meantime, doesn't this little bunny just warm your heart some?!  I quick painted him one night, following a fun tutorial I found right HERE...

On this 2-page layout, I also played and practiced with borders, and then a little bit of icy-cold lettering, which I learned to do right HERE!  I painted these pages in the new art/junque journal that I made myself for the new year, 2014.

I love the purples on this one, 9 x 12" in size, and the lacy trim is just gorgeous up close!  The hanging clock is a chipboard die cut, and the flower is inspired by Fiona, who has numerous tutorials on flowers and more on YouTube.

(3-page spread, inspired by Terri Sproul)

I belong to a few different art journaling groups now, so I'm constantly inspired with countless prompts and techniques!..

(Index Card A Day, for Mini Album Scraps)

Of course, these days, hearts are popping up all over!!

Here are even some beads I'm making myself, in the shape of hearts, that are coming out beautifully!! They're just a smidgen under an inch in size, and I'm still working on them; but they're very simple to make, and are so much prettier when you see them up close...  I guess that's why I'm up to 44 of them, right?!...

Now guess what they're made from...   the cardboard from cereal boxes!!!  Yup, you read that right!..  That, or from tissue boxes, cracker boxes, etc., etc...  Can you believe it?!  I will definitely be making MORE of these, and if you'd like to try them too, you can find Jennibellie's tutorial right HERE!

One last project, for now, of course, is this Valentine's Day tp mini album I'm working on (made from empty kitchen paper towel rolls, to be precise)...  The size of these little albums can be challenging when decorating, but they're still so much fun to make, and I've always been happy with the results!

Oh!..  I shouldn't forget that this now leads me to altering some of the leftover cardboard tubes I had!  I made a few of these...

I'll be using these for some acrylic paint stamping/printing on my art journal pages!  Cute, huh? Wouldn't this be fun to do with the kids/grandkids?!..  I found this very easy tutorial to make them on Pinterest, right HERE!

So that about wraps things up for now!  
Thanks for stopping by, and remember..

"Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even into
your smallest acts.  This is the secret of success."
(quote: Swami Sivananda)

Kissy, Kissy!
(I got this with my Christmas money!  I just LOVE her!)

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Blank Pages

I picked myself up a spiral-bound set of index cards just recently, so to use as an Index Card A Day type of art journal for my purse.  I've tried toting around other sorts of art journals, but they've all been just too big. I think this one, however, with its pages measuring only 4x6", might just be perfect.

(Top is inside cover; bottom is first page, dated Jan. 1, 2014)

I seriously doubt I'll find time to draw, paint, and/or journal in it every day, but I'm looking forward to filling its pages with memories, adventures, thoughts, hopes, dreams, and as much creativity as I possibly can in the year ahead.

Wishing you and yours 
a blessed and very Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Good To Be Back

So long since I last posted, I will just briefly explain that I had some very minor surgery than ran into some minor complication, which then resulted in a slow recovery.  No sooner was I feeling better, for maybe a day or two, then I came down with a real whopper of a cold; the worst, I'd say, I've had in years!  So, I'm just gonna knock on wood, and thank my lucky stars that, having fully recovered, all seems well again, and I can finally, whole-heartedly enjoy all the joy and magic that only Christmas can bring!

First, I'll begin by joining in on today's Wednesday Hodgepodge, hosted by Joyce, at From This Side of the Pond.  A list of questions are provided, and my own list of answers are as follows...

1)  Do you believe in miracles?

Answer:  Yes.  I couldn't say for sure that I've personally experienced one, but I might classify my two beautiful children as miracles, yes?..   And there was one time, where my mother and I were in the car, crossing through an intersection at the same exact time that another car was crossing that same intersection. We both just held tight, and closed our eyes, not knowing what the next second or two would bring; and yet just a fleeting moment after, we were absolutely puzzled and shocked to realize the two cars never hit.  We had actually made it through that intersection without a dent or a scratch!  We immediately pulled over, while the other car just sped away, and we both just sat there, wondering how it was possible?..  how we survived it?!  It definitely FELT like a miracle to us!

2)  What's a recent fad you admit to trying?

Answer:  When I think of fads, my minds visualizes two things.  Fashion fads, and then toy/collectible types of fads.  In the way of fashion fads, the first thing that came to mind is really an old fad.  I have long hair, so I often wear it up, depending on whatever task at hand, or environment at the time, and/or any particular special occasion...  While it may now be considered a major fashion faux-pas, you'll still catch me wearing a scrunchie every now and then.  I like them.  I make them..  And I don't live in Manahattan, so I'm still gonna wear them!

Another fad that came to mind was a toy...  Well, a doll.  I collect dolls, so when I first heard about the big Monster High doll craze, I checked them out, and absolutely loved them.  I had to have one!

So I found the one I liked most, I purchased her, and I still think she's just the cutest!  Honestly, I'd like another one, but I forgot to ask Santa!  (wink, wink!)

3)  Peppermint:  Are you a fan?  If so, what's your favorite peppermint food or beverage?

Answer:  I really like both Junior Mints and York Peppermint Patties!  Yum!  I hope Santa fills my Christmas stocking with BOTH!!

4)  Break the ice, on thin ice, or cold as ice (emotionally, not literally)..  Which phrase have you run into most recently?

Answer:  My dog recently broke a milk glass vase of mine, so I would have to say he was walking on very thin ice at the moment!..   Funny thing is, he just sits there like it's no big deal, while the cat goes running in fear of what's next!  (Here you see all is forgiven, and we're out a short walk..  that is, BEFORE all the snow most recently arrived!)

5)  Have you ever broken or spilled something in someone else's home?..  Are you still friends?

Answer:  I'm sure I have, but I can't remember a specific incident.  Guess that means it was no big deal, and forgiveness is divine, because I don't remember losing any friendships over it!

6)  'Tis the week before Christmas!  Are you feeling more like Buddy The Elf, or like The Grinch before his
heart grew?

Answer:  Despite the typical stress that tight schedules and finances bring this time of year, I think I'm definitely feeling more like Buddy The Elf!  "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!"

7)  Share a favorite quote relating to Christmas...

Answer:  "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."...    "God bless us, every one."  ~Charles Dickens

8)  Insert random thought?...

Answer:  Well, the weather 'round here is frightful!  Just over the weekend we recieved a whopping 12" of snow, but we managed to make it to church, after which members of all ages were invited to make gingerbread houses!  This was so much fun, and I took lots of pictures, but here's just one..

We had a dentist appointment to go to yesterday; and as four inches of snow was falling on an already-fallen 12 inches of snow, the roads were a nightmare!!!  But we survived them, and are safely back enjoying the comforts of home again, I'm very happy to say!  In my spare time, I am baking, still decorating, and of course Christmas crafting.  While watching my favorite Christmas movies at night, I set myself up with my newest favorite holiday cup of tea...

And then I work on crocheting several pairs of slippers, intended for Christmas gifts...

I found the pattern for Crocodile Stitch Boots a little difficult at first, but came to understand the pattern better in time.  Above are the pairs I'm working on so far.  I think they're coming out cute, and I hope everyone likes them.  Once they're all finished, I'll add the buttons, wrap them up, and put them under the tree!

Thanks to Joyce for hosting Wednesday Hodgepode!

And thanks to YOU for stopping by today!  
Here's hoping you're bursting with Christmas spirit, 
and that you're truly enjoying this 
most wonderful time of the year!

Friday, November 1, 2013

A November Daily?

Have you ever heard of a December Daily?  It is a sort of scrapbook/journal, where one scraps and records any thoughts, events, and maybe any quotes/verses for the day, each day of December; and then, if possible, one would add at least one photo for that day.  I've seen where every day was done up to either Christmas Day, or to done right to the end of the month, leading to the new year.

But in this case, for THIS month, I will be joining Robyn, at Injoy Stampin' with Robyn, in making a Thirty Days of Thankfulness Journal.  (See related video HERE.)  Robyn's idea is to make her own in a style much like Project Life; but she encourages you to join her in this endeavor, using whatever style/format and techniques you prefer...   So, I've decided to alter an old, neglected cookbook that never really proved to be helpful to me over a number of years, and I'll be treating it much like a November Daily, rather than a December Daily. I went about prepping my hard-cover book following THIS VIDEO.  (And it's not too late, I might add, to start one yourself if you'd like!)

I'm so inspired by Robyn, to start this project; and now I'm just gathering up some seasonal papers and supplies, so that I can get started for today, November 1st.  I hope to include as many photos as possible, along with journaling, quotes, Bible verses, and an entry of how I'm grateful for each of the thirty days of the month ahead!  By the 30th, I hope to end up with a beautifully finished journal; one that I can find joy in setting out on my coffee table every November, to treasure the memories, and to remember all our blessings!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge, Please!

Hello!  Looks like it's time for another round of Wednesday Hodgepodge, hosted by Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.  Each week a set of questions are posted, and participants post their answers accordingly.   So, here goes...

1)  When it comes to good manners, what two top your list as most important?

Answer:  Well, for one, I wish I'd hear more of two simple words, "Excuse me".  I never liked crowds, and most probably because it's a perfect example of the notion "Every man for himself".  If you cut in front of someone, or you accidentally bump into someone, then say "I'm sorry", or "Excuse me".  It's just a little pet-peeve of mine, I suppose; but I mean...   Is it really that difficult?!..  Really?!!

Second,  I think the polite and very simple act of saying "Hello", with a smile, is becoming almost obsolete!..  While I'm sure most people don't mean to be rude, indifferent, or selfish, and I guess some people consider it as just "minding one's own business", in my opinion, it sure does make one a appear to be just a big ol' grouch..  or shall we even say snob!!..

It's both funny and sad to me, that I find an older person tends to look surprised that anyone thinks to be so courteous anymore, while the younger generation seems to look at you like, "Who the bleep are you?!  Do I know you?"...  These days, I just think that perhaps while parents are teaching their kids self confidence, and "Don't speak to strangers", they should still teach their children good manners.

"The hardest job kids face today
is learning good manners without seeing any."
~Fred Astaire

No, I didn't teach my kids to walk up to a stranger's car if they offered them a piece of candy...  And no, I didn't leave it up to my public education system to teach it FOR me...  Street smarts are still very important, but here's a little something that says it well...

"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.  
If you have that awareness, you have good manners, 
no matter which fork you use."   ~Emily Post

If you see an old man on the street, walking his dog, then just maybe consider the possibility that this dog might be the ONLY friend he HAS!  Say "Hello", and maybe, if you can manage a smile to go with it, even muster up a "How are you today?"  While it might not seem like much to you, it may mean the world to him!..  We all feel lonely once in a while, for one reason or another, and we're all gonna grow old someday.  "Love thy neighbor".  You don't have to send roses...  Just say "Hello"..  Offer to help him rake his leaves..   Make a batch of muffins, and bring him over a few; or if you're making a coffee cake, then make TWO, and send one over to him/her!
 (Country Apple Coffee Cake..  See recipe HERE)

Wouldn't something like that make YOUR day, if someone was to do that for YOU?...  If even something so nice hasn't happened to YOU, then rise above it, and set an EXAMPLE!   I seem to remember something (ahem) somebody once said...

"So whatever you wish that men would do to you, 
do so to them.."   ~The Holy Bible, Matthew 7:12

Well, so there!..  THAT was a long answer!!!  
Are you sorry you asked?!
Onto the next question!

2)  Let's open a proverbial can of worms..  COMMON CORE.  Are you familiar with the term?  (talking education reform in the USA)...   If so, share your thoughts.

Answer:  I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with the term "common core";  but as for my opinion on the education system in general?..   I'm afraid y'all lost me back in 2001, when George Bush, and Congress introduced The (supposed) No Child Left Behind Act.  Call me stupid, or maybe naive, if you like, but I see a LOT of kids getting "left behind".  Someone?..  Anyone of our elected officials want to explain this to me?????  (I think I hear crickets chirping, do you?)

3)Name a celebrity whose fashion sense you admire, and why...

Answer:  Sarah Jessica Parker once said...   "Although I appreciate beautiful clothes, I'm not into fashion as people expect me to be."....   I think Sarah Jessica Parker takes more than a fair share of ribbing, and downright bullying sometimes, as she may not fit everyone's critical, narrow-minded vision/definition of "pretty", or "beautiful"...  But I think she IS beautiful, inside and out, and she rises above it all!..  A wonderful actress (We all loved Carrie, didn't we?!)...   She appears to be a devoted wife, and a loving mother of three..  And as for her sense of fashion? I think, no matter how dressed up or dressed down, she ALWAYS looks great!  Her perfume, Lovely, is one of my favorites..  And I hear she has a new line of shoes...  (not that I can afford them...  Honestly, I really miss when she had her own line of clothing, named Bitten, at Steve and Barry's!  I wish she'd come back with another beautiful and affordable line like that someday.)

4)  How affected are you by the changing seasons?

Answer:  Well, most noticeably,  my allergies will act up...  I'll cough, sneeze, have itchy eyes.  You get the gist!  But I think, considering the heat and humidity of Summer, and then the severe Winter cold of the "Great Northeast", being conditions I tolerate the least, my favorite seasons are now Spring and Fall!

5)  Scariest book I've ever read?

I think that would have to be Gerald's Game, by Stephen King.  I started reading this book, some years ago, and tried to stay with it, into...  oh, I don't know..  maybe 4 or 5 chapters or so?  But I just couldn't stomach the whole story line!  Too creepy..  Too scary..  I put the book down, and soon thereafter, happily sent it on its way, in a bag full of other things, bound for the Salvation Army box!

6)  What time of day are you most hungry?  What's your go-to snack?

Answer:  I sometimes have a tendency to skip either breakfast or lunch..  one or the other.  So, I seem to be most eager for DINNER!..    As for my go-to snack?  That's a tough question, which could be answered in as many words as I used for question #1!!!!  Ha! Ha!..   But o.k..   I'll spare you that...   I guess I could narrow my list of favorite snacks down to cake, baked custard, sliced apples and dip, Oreo cookies, and ice cream!

7)  Do you lean towards being too needy or being too independent?  Which do you find harder to deal with in others?

Answer:  I readily admit how complicated I can be, and I'm sure I'm a little (or a lot?) of BOTH!  But isn't everybody in need, of one thing or another, to some degree?...  As for others?  I think that because I am "needy", shall we say, in one way or another, (I really don't like that word).. that it bothers me that others won't come to me for help to THEM.  I may not be able to help someone in one way, but I can be of help in so many other ways, and I just wish that any friend or family member in need would just remember that I'm here for them, and that I'd like to help in whatever way I can.

8)  Insert random thought...   

I ran across a quote this week, by Reba McEntire; and along with the spirit of Halloween, I was inspired to paint this art-journal page...

I also crocheted a little somethin' "sweet" for my cell phone! 

Well, there you have it, and that's it for today!
While remembering my manners,
I want to thank Joyce for hosting 
Wednesday Hodgepodge!..
And I "THANK YOU" for stopping by today!


Monday, October 14, 2013

Face the Challenge

Inspiration Avenue posted a challenge based on the theme, Faces.  All were invited to present a face in any way or medium one was artistically inclined to...   So here is the face that I painted in my art journal.

I've seen faces done this way with hair done in flowers, but not yet in Autumn leaves, so I was inspired to give it a try!  At first I thought I would use a leaves type of stencil for the hair, but I changed my mind and went with foam stamps instead.  I really had my doubts that this would come out nice at ALL, but actually, I feel pleasantly surprised!  I'm very happy with this!

for the inspiration this week...

and thank YOU for stopping by today!