Tuesday, April 11, 2017

It's in the Bag....Ribbonry and French Knots with Hand Dyed Seam Binding

Today, my sweet little linen bag is featured on Ann Butler Designs Blog.  Creating your own dyed seam binding has never been easier and it's a great way to custom color your projects.  In this tutorial, you will also learn a few other techniques as well as how to manipulate ribbon while stitching with French knots.  It's all in this bag...color, stamping, stitching and filling.  Hop on over and great ready to create your own little goody bag!!!

Until next time,  I hope you will find a few moments to sit and stitch....

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bohemian Embroidered Banner featured on Ann Butler Designs

Bohemian Embroidered Banner 
Happy Wednesday!  Being on a Creative Design team is a joy and privilege.  And one that I am  currently enjoying is that of the Creative Team with Ann Butler and her amazing designs in stamping,   her color palette in her line of inks and more.  This is my first project with this new team of 2017.  My focus will be stitching and embroidery while incorporating her products in my pieces.  In this banner, we take 2 of her faux quilting stamps to create our background.  Then to give it a focal point and share a sentiment I added french knots to one of my labels (these will be available in mid to late April- there are 4 sayings).  To complete the banner, vintage red trim, eyelets and lace create a this Bohemian style wall hanging.  To see the complete step by step tutorial, visit annbutlerdesigns 

I love that I have the opportunity to sit, stitch and share inspiration projects and little pieces of my heart!

Until next time,

Happy Stitching.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mirror Mirror, on the Wall- I love etchall® - A DIY project using a repurposed mirror, stencils and etchall®

Etched Mirror using etchall® etching creme
I am so excited to be part of the DCC blog hop featuring etchall® and their fabulous etching products!! Today, I want to share with you the ease  in using the etchall®etching creme and the amazing results you can have!  There are many etching products available to us and I have used many of them.  But once I started using etchall®, I was hooked!!  It etches deep, leaving a beautiful shade to your surface.  It can work on mirrors, glass, slate and more.  It's reusable - can you believe it?  You just scoop the excess back into the jar!!!  For this project, the supply list is short, the time it takes to etch is short but the enjoyment will last a lifetime!!  Let's get started...

Let's gather...

Thrift store find mirror
Etchall® etching creme
Stencil tape or painters tape
Glass Cleaner and paper towels

Let's get etching...

1.  Lay mirror onto a surface such as a counter top or a table.  Be sure to protect the surface where you will be etching.
Taping the stencil

2.  Position stencil and then with stencil/painter's tape, Tape stencil securely to the mirror,keeping the stencil tight up against the mirror

3.  Pour a little of the etching creme on to the corner of the stencil.  Using the squeegee, begin to spread the creme across the stencil.  Apply this in one direction so as to not disturb the stencil
beginning to spread the creme

Any excess of creme, can go back in the jar!!!

4.  Once stencil is covered with the creme, set the timer to 15 minutes.

5.  When the 15 minutes are finished, begin to rinse with warm water, the stencil areas, trying to get all the creme off before removing the stencil
stencil covered in etchall® etching creme

6.  Remove the stencil and continue rinsing.

7.  Once all of the etching® creme has been rinsed away, use glass cleaner and paper towels to clean up any residue.

the finished piece
I absolutely fell in love with this mirror.  After is was all cleaned, I sanded the edges to reveal 4 layers of paint.  I left the patinas on the mirror to give it that vintage feel.  With the french sentiment stencil and the etchall® etching creme, this mirror could hang in the cafe or in your home!!

Until next time, look for thrift store mirrors, glasses and all those etching possiblities can become reality...all it takes is 15 minutes!!!  I hope you will give it a try!!

Be sure to join me on the blog hop to see what others have done with etchall® products!!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Eessence of Opal - featured on the ICE Resin blog

The Essence Of Opal necklace

Today, I am thrilled to be on the ICE Resin Blog,  sharing how to create this Blue Australian Opal Inspired Trio Necklace (and  lots more pictures).  This necklace incorporates inclusion such as the new ICE Resin © Glass glitter chards, the new IR luminous papers and my go to for lots of color and texture- ICED Enamels.™  All of the supplies can be found on the Ranger © or ICE Resin© websites.  I hope you will be able to find inspiration and a little gemology in this jewelry tutorial.

Until next time,  I hope you find joy in each day!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Petticoats on the Prairie- Vintage Market in Coleman, Texas

I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful West Texas Vintage Market that will be in just a few weeks from now!!  It will be a two day show with great vendors, food trucks and of course, great treasures!!! From handmade to antiques, you will be able to find a treasure to take home!!  I will be debuting my own paper and fabric line along with my hand painted Resined jewelry and home decor...along with a few vintage finds...I hope to see y'all here - make plans for a weekend getaway!!  For more information, check it out here

My paper pads!!! 

Until Next Time, I hope you're finding treasures in the everyday!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Joy of Journaling Lists – Two Words

There are many books on lists, making lists,  the top 100 lists, specific lists, a list on how to make lists…all of which are good.  I would like to share with you a simple way to add to your journaling or even to begin journaling.  When I was teaching a Creative writing class, we would do brainstorming in our journals.  It was uncensored, free thinking and I would limit the words to a few, like two.  We didn’t have to think of grammar, the sentence police or write with complete thoughts…they were truly lists of our first thoughts, first instincts, those first ripples in the river that create even more ripples…and then the beauty of fluid thoughts leap off the page into a grandeur picture of what is on our hearts.

Each morning, I take a few moments to write in my gratitude journal.  It is a simple notebook from Target simply titled Notes with the months and the dates listed at the top of each page and you circle the appropriate Month and the corresponding date.  Each day, it starts the same…

“I am grateful for…”

I skip two lines and begin to write to the last line of the page.  Sometimes my entries are filled with sentences; paragraphs-  but more often then not, they are lists.   Limiting words, or areas of my life can help me focus on that which I have to be truly grateful—my lists could be endless but my favorites are the two word lists…it gets me thinking of powerful words, feeling, people and even places. 

Here is my journal from today…

“I am grateful for…”

This morning
Lovely evenings
Hearts changing
Thoughts shared
Tears shed
Feelings explained
Healing words
Hugs given
New days
Unfamiliar routes
Road trips
Safe havens
Fresh starts
Happy endings
Journal writing
Mind’s wandering
Hands recording
Love’s story
God’s story
Unending Mercy
Generous Grace
Jesus’ sacrifice
Perfect redemption
Sharing Lives
Soul restoration
Hope eternal
Unlimited promise....

I could see a pattern in my words, the thoughts that came out of where my heart is and who I am thinking of.  You can do this 2 word lists for almost any area of your life.  From light hearted things like Favorite foods…..my list would begin  like this..

Good Coffee
French bread
Eurpoean butter
Fresh eggs
Dark chocolate....

To the power of friendship…my list would start with...

Share Burdens
Celebrate Victories
Listen intently
Cry together
Laugh together....

The focus of just two little words can become light-hearted, thought- filled, or perhaps, fill your heart's reservoir.  If you  are new to journaling and would like to begin ....or if you have written for years and perhaps seem to be stuck, in a rut or out of words, you only need two little words to get you started… Begin Now.


Until next time,  Sending Love!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Phoenix + Art+Friends+Creativation = A happy He{art}

It's January and for the Craft and Hobby Industry-it's a new year!!! A new year that will begin with  creative inspiration mixed with creative people and creative new products- IT'S Creativation (formerly CHA). Last year, in Los Angeles,  I was able to attend for the first time and it was jaw dropping, eye opening and heart fluttering- when the whole convention center was filled with creativity!!  This  year, it will be in Phoenix and I am sure it will be just as exciting  with new creativity and new inspiration...Also this year, I will be at the ICE Resin® Booth under the big Ranger® sign....I'll be sharing the love of ICE Resin® and all that goes with it....there will be new products that you will just absolutely fall in love with...I already have...I was able to create a few projects for the booth using some of the new products...YOU are going to have so much fun creating your one of kind jewelry pieces, cast embellishments and playing with paper is so fun with ICE Resin®...If you're at the show, please stop by and say Hi and let's create something together.

Susan Lenart Kazmer - What an incredible artist with an
amazing heart!!!

Creativation will also be a wonderful reunion of my art friends...I can't wait to connect with design team members, friends, kindred spirits..and of course, to meet new friends that will become treasured friends through this great experience...
Susan, Susan and Me- Design Teammates and also, friends

We love John Creighton Peterson --Can't wait to see him again!
The incomparable Jen Cushman!! Love her!!!

Classes and Workshops are held during the 4 days - this was
last year's class on Casting with ICE Resin®

I hope you'll follow along this journey with me...I'll be posting on Facebook and hopefully here on the blog as well...Starting the 21st, I'll show pictures of the new projects that I made for this special event that will hang in the ICE Resin® booth....Until next time, I hope your journey is filled with creative, he{art}filled days...