Showing posts from January, 2016

Waiting on the storm

It seems like all weekend I've been just waiting on the huge storm that is forecast to hit us here in Colorado. It did start to snow overnight last night; here's what my patio looked like early this morning.  I love how the snow bunched up on all the crevasses in the stones!  Snoopy was playing in the snow this morning; look at his snowy nose! I hope that, if it does snow, it snows A LOT as is predicted.  Because if it snows a bunch but not enough to keep me home from work -- my commute will be pretty awful tomorrow! The photo above is me in my Happy Bunny pajama pants, with a heating pad wrapped around my right foot.  Because  apparently, I have no shame  I spent all weekend inside and off my feet -- not due to the snow, but the fall I took in the parking lot of the gym Thursday night.   That's what I get for exercising, huh?   I sprained my ankle pretty good and couldn't drive, or hardly walk.  Dennis drove me to work Friday and I limped around, so that by

Mid-January and dreaming of Valentines!

How is it possible that it is mid-January already?! Things are so busy I don't seem to have time for creating, but I am dreaming of getting out the fluffy pinks and flowers and laces, and planning for Valentine crafting.  Above -- some of the lovely printables I'm assembling. And, while I typically only use vintage items in most of my projects, I've been drawn to the current crop of new embellishments, fabrics and other goodies out in the craft stores right now. This is a gal I printed out on fabric, and I am completely smitten with, and inspired by, her! She will become part of a special creation as soon as I can get to it. I haven't been doing much thrift shopping lately -- lots of looking, but not a lot of bringing-things-home.  Still, these linens called out to me -- a lovely, masculine linen guest towel with our initial monogram, and the little drawn work napkin on the left, which I think will make a lovely focal point on a future fabric journa

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Frosted days, surprise gifts -- and it's all over too soon, isn't it?

 It's never easy to capture the beauty of our white winters here in Colorado, but I gave it a try the other morning.  We haven't had a lot of snow piling up, but I'm sure that will come soon enough. I like the way it looks when everything is covered with ice crystals. I was surprised this holiday season with gifts from far-away friends.  This beautiful box covered with vintage wrapping paper came from Terri . Among the delights inside:  fabulous lace,   vintage trims,  and mother-of-pearl beads.  Terri always packages things so beautifully! Tammy sent me this delightful package of holiday cheer!  She's recently begun to make pocket letters, and, seeing my fascination with them, too, she made one for me!  Here is Tammy's, row by row...  Tammy has an artistic style and eye for color.  I can assure you that I ate that candy bar as soon as I finished photographing this! And here is what the pocket letter looks like

Peace on earth

I got so much enjoyment out of creating this altered globe; it was a project I'd been planning to do for years, and the globe I'd bought at a thrift store for it almost didn't survive my great craft room clean-out this summer!   At the last minute I grabbed it back from the discard pile, and now I'm happy I did. As I told you in my last post, I started by covering the entire globe with vintage dictionary pages.  Over those, I glued strips of sheet music here and there; then I added pieces of vintage French ledger pages and some of my favorite wallpapers. I worked on this over several evenings, after dinner.  In between, I searched my craft room for ephemera to add; I didn't want to use clip art or pictures that would become a focal point on the globe, but instead bits and pieces to create one collaged background -- neutral, but with pops of color. I made a point to put on some inspiring words. And I used some of my favorite scraps -- some of wh