Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Out the door again....

This will be the fastest post ever.....we're leaving this afternoon for Florida and will be back on Monday. I have so much to post and haven't had time since coming home from Chicago. I just couldn't leave with out this though...a sneak peek for sweet Susie. Can you guess???? Know that I'm thinking about you right now and sending mental hugs!

And also take a look at the first Bellaween project. The link is on my sidebar to the left...just click on the picture. This was so much fun and know what? It's a battery fires and no burning down. I took the picture in the scariest room of our studio! It's a disaster right now!

OK kiddos, that 's all I have time for. Talk to you next week.

Kisses & Hugs!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Just a few things today....

Hello my friends~

September has been a very busy month already and I can't believe it's almost half-way over. Last week, David & I went to see this! It was my second time but his first. If you ever have the chance-GO! It is so much fun! The music is wonderful and the sets and costumes are awesome!

I am getting ready to fly away again this week. I leave on Thursday to fly to Chicago and meet up with this beautiful woman, my daughter Michelle. (Here with her favorite nephew, Charlie) She will be coming from NYC and I from Pittsburgh and we'll meet in Chicago. Michelle has some business to conduct on Friday morning but the rest of the weekend is ours! Love the chance for some Mother/Daughter time!

Anyhoo, I wanted to show you a few things before I took off.

I don't know about you but I can never go to Target without stopping at the $1 you think they know that? Do you think it's an intentional ploy to get us to load up on things we would never think about if they were at the back of the store on the aisle over from car polishes?

Last week when I glided in to buy some hair color....for a uh, friend, yeah that's right....I stopped to see what was new. This is what I found.......a tiny little paper shredder for $2.50. Why would anyone need a paper shredder so small? To shred newspaper to fill birds' nests and use as filler for little gift packages. It is so cute and it works great!

Now that I know that Viv has received her package from my drawing, I can show you a little something I made to send to her with her prizes. By the way, take a moment to visit Viv here. She was recently selected to be on the Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage Design Team. Her cards are delightful and she is a sweet lady! These are so much fun to make. I used paper from Graphic45 available here, and the little fairy image is from Patty at Lisa's Altered Art here. The French page behind the fairy was downloaded from The Feathered Nest's blog here and the ribbon is vintage seam binding. Added some Stickles for sparkle and she's finished. I couldn't stop there, I made the other little notebook as well.

She's a little girl with a big sparkly pink heart that she would wear on her sleeve but her sleeves are too small so she has it smack in the middle of her chest!

Another thing that I finally finished for my very special grand-niece Fiona is this....

When your name is Fiona, you can't find many cute personalized items with your name on them, so I decided to make her a name banner. The letters are from Joann's....$1 in the check-out aisle. (Do you sense a $1 theme going on here?) I strung them together with sheer ribbon and then made little tags for each letter with a descriptive word about Fi. Fun, Intelligent, Outstanding, Athletic.......N......ever since Fiona was a little tiny person she has always professed to being "Not a doll girl but a dog girl" so there you have it! Her favorite color is purple (could you tell that?) and she loves a Boston Terrier named Chet Baker. (her own dog is a golden retriever) I was so happy to find this purple gift tote with a "Chet Baker" in the pocket!!! Made for Fi! Hope you like it sweetie.
Have a wonderful week. We have finally had a bit of rain here in Pittsburgh. The leaves are falling already because it's been so dry. I'm ready for some cooler sweater weather!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Antique shopping and a great mail day...

On Labor Day, four of us piled in my car and headed to a local antique store, The Wexford General Store. We spent several hours poking around, looking for treasures and this is what I came away with.

One of my favorite blogs to read first thing in the morning is The Feathered Nest. Dawn repurposes some of the most interesting vintage items into beautiful art pieces. One of things she has featured many times is worn baby shoes repurposed into pin cushions. She trims them with vintage buttons and makes a sweet tag to hang from the laces. Darling! So I've been keeping my eyes open for the "right" (meaning suitably aged) shoes. Well, on Sunday I found them. I keep looking at them and wondering about the little feet that wore these shoes. The toes are scuffed so I'm assuming that some climbing was done in them. When I think that babies now don't wear those high-topped walkers like my children did....will we be making pin cushions 25-30 years from now out of Crocs? or Baby Nikes? I'm glad I found this pair of soft leather walkers. When I get to repurposing them, I'll show them to you again.

I also found these sweet little buttons and some cabinet cards. I love looking at old pictures and wondering about the people pictured. (I really need to stop spending so much time thinking about the former owners of shoes and pictures and get some crafting done!)

My daughter always talks about it being a good "mag & cat day" if she gets her magazines or new catalogs in the mail. Well, today was a good mag & cat day PLUS some other wonderful goodies!

I have been lucky recently and have had my name pulled in two different blog drawings. I wrote previously about my book prize and yesterday in the mail came two beautiful ACEO/ATC cards from Marie of Spun By Me. After reading Marie's blog for a while, we discovered that we have a lot of things in common...adorable grandchildren/child for one. Her blog is filled with wonderful stories and recollections and is a witness to Marie's strong faith. I opened the envelope with the 2 cards in it and there's a nice hand-written note from Marie. The card she wrote the note on has a drawing by Patience Brewster on the front. She's one of my favorite artists. One more thing I guess we have in common, Marie! LOL!

This beautiful fairy arrived on my doorstep (well, actually in my mailbox) today. I won her on ebay...I've been watching several sellers offering these fairies and I finally won one! She's a beauty, don't you think?

Now on to the magazines and catalogs......a bounty today! Country Living, Somerset Holidays, Lang and Gooseberry Patch. I'm in heaven! Now all I need is Romantic Homes & Country Home. I have a "thing" for's almost as much fun as traveling, you know, wandering around in other people's homes or visiting other cities. (Oh my, more day dreaming!!!)

The last package I received was from Rocky Mountain Hobbies. I had pre-ordered some My Mind's Eye Christmas paper and it came in. Oh my stars! Talk about cute!!!! I ordered papers from 2 different lines. (I have a "thing" for scrapbook paper too-maybe I should think about talking to somebody about this!)

That's all for my great mail day. Except for this little face that came to me in an email today.
See Charlie's new tooth? I have a "thing" for this sweet boy, too! I miss you sweetie!

Until next time friends...


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