Monday, July 28, 2014

Have You Been Creating Lately?

This past Saturday I hosted another craft day.  
For this gathering everyone brought their own art projects to work.
We shared a potluck lunch and snuck away to a nearby estate sale that went 50% off at 1 pm.
Score, we found some vintage treasures!

To these friends, YOU brighten my life, YOU lift my soul... thank you for your friendships!  
I am so BLESSED with many dear friends near and far... thank YOU ALL for your friendships! 

One project was Karla from Karla's Cottage preparing items for her
Nature's Blessings journal book swap.
Click here if you are interested to learn more about her swap.  

I have no craft day photos to share as once again I forgot about snapping photos until everyone was hugging good-bye.

Since I haven't shared my recent creations and I do not have any photos of our Saturday projects, here's a peek of what I've been creating lately.  

 Here are three of my four projects from Bird Song 2014

 back side

These are other items I've recently created:

Altered Bottles Gifts
(Sorry for these blurry photos, they are taken with my old flip phone camera)



Altered Altoid Tin Gift

Getting Ready for Christmas 

Flora & Fauna Art Canvas
(This is a beginners class I will be teaching the end of October 2014)

What have you been creating lately?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Belle's One Year Anniversary & 2nd Birthday

Today marks our one year anniversary of when we rescued Belle.

Belle getting ready to come home with us

Belle had just turned 1 year old when we adopted her.
Here she is after arriving home with us - taking a break from running and playing ball

Belle age 13 months
We found out she is a power chewer.  This rope toy only lasted a short time.   

Age 14 months
She loves to be a lap dog - all 76 pounds of her!
(she is now 80 lbs.)

Age 14 months
One of her favorite spots

Age 15 months
Belle lounging with Cody

Age 17 months
Napping with Jordan

19 months

20 months
(I love this photo toned in sepia)

20 months

23 months
Hanging out with Jordan & Cody

Happy 2nd Birthday Belle!

On our way to the dog park Belle got an eye injury.  She was so excited to get into the car she did not wait for the tailgate to fully open.  She received a small cut by her right eye and it swelled.  It did not stop her from enjoying her trip to Heritage dog park. 

Above photo of Belle after she enjoyed her Birthday...

It had been four years since our beloved Lady had passed away.  It is a hard decision whether to get another pet.  The time came we knew we were ready to adopt and rescue another dog.
In truth a pet rescues us.

Happy 2nd Birthday Belle!
Happy 1st Anniversary Belle!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Amazing Swaps and Beth's Apron!

It's hard to believe Birdsong 4 ended nearly a month ago.
We eagerly anticipated its arrival and then all too soon it was over... that is until next year!

The Birdsong swaps are always amazing!  Here are the GORGEOUS swaps I received...

My BIRDSONG banner swap from Terri
I totally love & adore my banner!
I hung it directly over my work table in my studio where it inspires me daily.
Its serene colors and design speak peace & calmness to me.  
Thank you Terri!

Gail gifted me with her BEAUTIFULLY altered Altoid tin

filled with lovelies including this necklace she made

For my birthday she also tucked in this gorgeous altered mini Altoid tin she created into
a locket necklace  
Thank you Gail for all my beauties - I cherish them!
The last day of Birdsong the coveted door prize of Beth's apron was announced... Karla pulled the name from the drawing, walked silently over to our side of the room, came slowly down the aisle towards me.  I thought to myself how lucky for Heather or Nora as one of them must be the winner.  As Karla got near to me she gave me 'the look' and I screamed did I win it?  Yes I had!

My heart immediately filled with joy, tears welled in my eyes as you see I also won Beth's apron from last year too.  Not to be greedy, but I am sure hoping I win the 2015 apron as it will give me three of her aprons and as we know, three = a collection!  



  Beth, thank you for your beautiful apron donation!
I am thrilled to have two thus far in my collection!