Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Summer sun...

My new summer beach book bag...tutorial coming soon.    
We are heading to Amelia Island, Florida tomorrow in the wee hours (well 7:25 but we have to leave our home around 5)... But it will be well worth the early sun rise to see the Ocean, Sand, and Sun.  I've packed magazines, my traveling jewelry making kit, my traveling art journaling/stamping kit and my needlework and crochet traveling kit....of course there are some clothes in there somewhere.  In the words of my sweet Savannah, all we need is a swimsuit, a good book and a cover-up.  Presleigh, my extraordinary shell finder is ready to add to her collection of shells (me,too)... the guys will be golfing.  There will be deep sea fishing, shopping, eating, swimming and seashore sitting-- but most of all, there will be togetherness!!!

So before I go, I wanted to share good news..Sew Somerset (publication) hits newsstands on June 1st. This is by far one of the best sewing mixed media publications that I have ever seen...I was so excited.  humbled and honored to be a part of this issue.   My sewing notions technique article are featured on page 30-34.  I hope you enjoy the following photos - This is one of my all time favorite pieces that I created...

They even kept my pins the exact way I had them:)

Love my crochet holder!!!

Until next time,


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Time for Teacher Thank you's...

Today was our last day of school- YEAH!!!!!  Since we homeschool and participate in a Co-Op  with fantastic teachers who love teaching as they also homeschool.  It was that time of year for teacher thank you's - So I thought I would share an idea for a thank you card that they will hopefully set out and remember not only Presleigh but also that teachers touch lives.  

But before I do I wanted to give y'all a little tip---NEVER pass up and old cookbook/notebook ($5) filled with paper that has browned over the years.  I almost did because there wasn't any recipes...but I'm so glad I didn't.  I love the feel of paper that has been around- the texture and the color are amazing...But please do not run the paper through an adhesive machine or use tape adhesive directly on the paper--IT WILL TEAR!! ( I'm really not shouting, I'm trying to save you from shouting something like this #?*! later).  I have now used this paper for tons of gift tags (graduation time of year), cards and I've only just begun! 

So onto the "Thank you's"....I made 4 identical cards - a great idea is worth repeating and chain work is great!! Here's what you need...

*Index card (vintage or new) with initial of first or last name
*papers in a variety of styles - I used 3 - vintage, dotted,  lettered
*ribbons, flowers, embellishments
*stamps with sentiments ( Here is a great source for stamps) 
*Inks- stazon (jet black), color box (chestnut roan- my favorite)   
*tag punch for "merci"
*ATC sizzix die 
*Ultimate adhesive 
*little easel (from Dollar Tree - 2 per pkg.)

Layer papers varying size and edgings, ink edges if desired.
The dotted paper was cut with the sizzix ATC die.

Stamp sentiments on vintage plain paper that has browned over time.
Adhere large sentiment to paper.

Using ribbons, tie around card. Separate each color and tie a series of bows. Adhere
heart charm, flowers and small tag.

Here is one of the cards with a different color index card.
I like it, too!  It matched the colorful personality of the teacher.

On the back of the card (oops, no pic, sorry), I cut out a piece of the vintage paper (just love this stuff), stamped "gratitude" on the top and then wrote our heartfelt thanks.  For an envelope, I used the wonderful clear bags with the strip of adhesive at the top.  I wrapped their gift card in tissue and place the card at the front and the easel in the back with the tissue in between!  I loved making these cards, the teachers loved receiving and the thanks has been given!!

Hope this gives you a little inspiration to take a few minutes and make a heartfelt thank you - you will be glad you did! Until next time,


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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

In the Merry Month of May

We have been on a whirlwind since Easter.  To catch up on a few thing.. Spring is definitely as busy as the holidays when there is a Senior in the house.  We had the privilege of working with Vickie Cunningham and her amazing photography skills as we created a day to remember for Savannah's senior photo shoot.  After Easter, I held an artful workshop here at the studio - what a wonderful time with those who attended. Then, we began to get ready for Prom and the After Prom party to be held here.  It was a wonderful night that extended in to the wee hours of Sunday morning, then it was off to Abilene for a "finding"mission- a new place for Morgan that can hold all of us (when we come to visit) next year as we will have Morgan (his last year) and Savannah (her first year)  attending ACU, a new barn for Beau as he will be going with Savannah in August. We had great success- a great place and a great barn all within minutes from ACU!!   Not to be out done, Presleigh had several field trips and an incredible project we did for her Medieval History Class - Scarborough Faire was incredible and Woad has gotten a hold of us!   Graduation Teas and Receptions have begun and we have felt the love from our friends and family. We did manage a trip to Canton as the summer heat is not quite upon us. As to time in the studio,  I have had several custom orders in the midst of the celebrating.  I have also managed to get snippets of time to keep creativity and inspiration flowing.   In June, Sew Somerset will feature sewing notions that I created- be on the look out for the issue to hit newsstands June 1st.  And then of course, there are the daily details of life  (home)school, laundry, chores, running here and there, Church, taking care of the animals, sharing time with friends, - all in all, Life is good!!! Here are a few photos that you might enjoy.

Woad dying  
 Some of the fabrics hanging on the line

 Scarborough Faire
 Savannah, Presleigh with a good friend
 Senior girls and their moms
 Pretty in Pink!
 Good friends, good times
 my Beautiful Savannah 

Capturing her Spirit
 Love the vintage tub and her smile
 Sisters AND friends!
Nothing rides like a Deere!

Until next time- Blessings!!