Sunday, December 28

let's make something pretty...

With Christmas over and a new year beginning I'm ready to play! I've been wanting to start a round robin for a few months now. It's been a while since I've hosted one, and I am full of ideas and inspiration. I love sharing art in this way, and here's what I'm thinking... 
I'd like to gather a small group to join me in an art journal round robin (I've already got a few who are committed). I know lots of you are new to collaborative work or round robins, but that's just what I want. I want to share in this art form with those of you who haven't had the chance to do this before, everyone starts somewhere right? Round Robin's are fun, and a great way to not only share your art with others, but also to have the work of others in your own book. The only real "rule" is that you be committed and follow through, if you decide to join us. If you collage, paint, sew, do needlework, rubberstamp, etc... and you want to make something pretty, send me an e-mail at 

Wednesday, December 24

MeRrY ChRiStMaS & HaPPy HoLiDays
from Our Family to Yours!

Sunday, December 14

A Study with Barbara Chapman

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting and studying with the delightful Barbara Chapman. She an artist from southern California that another artist friend introduced me to. Yesterday a few of us went to be with her and make her fun little Santa's. 

Barbara has taught for many years, but doesn't actively promote herself, hence she has no online site. She is simply a gifted, talent who loves sharing her methods in doll making, and fiber arts. This was my first time spent with her, but I can tell you for sure it won't be my last. If any of your would like to join me in a jaunt to study with her as well, I'd love to plan another trip back. 

Thursday, December 11

Playing with paper...

I wasn't able to attend Silver Bella this year, and the one class I hated missing was Teresa's altered book class. As a paper and book lover, and an admirer of Teresa's work, I knew it would be just my style. I was happy to read on her blog last week that she had a few kits available from the class, and I was able to pick one up. Oh happy day!

The kit arrived in the post last evening and wanting to enjoy it this year, I got started on it right away. Teresa included almost everything but the scissors and glue to complete this great project. I was up early this morning and while still dark outside, I finished this darling book.

Tonight is Nancy's last Open Studio and happily it is in her charming 1920's home. She is hosting a paper party, and we are planning to create tags, cards, ornaments and more. Last time she hosted it there, we all stayed a bit last and I didn't get home until close to midnight. That gives you some idea of the welcome, festive time we have there. Alain has promised to cook up something wonderful, and he is just the man to do it! Nancy had vintage vinyl playing in the background, and a roaring fireplace to set the mood. Sadly this will be our last Open Studio until the New Year, but it will be fun to celebrate with the sisterhood of women who have come to be a wonderful part of my life. 
I hope you all take time out to celebrate with those you love. After all, with money a bit tight everywhere, getting together with friends doesn't cost a thing, and it reminds us of what's really important!

Tuesday, December 9

Christmas tags made easy

I told you I've been busy creating lately, and yesterday was no different. I made some Christmas tag that have been on my mind for a while now. Let me show you how easy it was...

I started by having a few old photos photocopied onto cardstock. My printer (Office Max) is able to print 8 images on a sheet for .49 cents, which keeps the cost down.
I cut all the images out, and cornered the edge of some of the photos. I like the mix of some images cut as tags, and others left as photos.
Punch holes for your string to go through, but don't add it yet. Next I gathered my glue stick and glitter.
I ran the glue stick along the edge of the tag at an angle.
Next sprinkle the glitter on. 
Lastly I used bakers twine to tie these quick, easy tags onto our packages.  I love how they turned out... here's a peek at them on a few gifts. Though I went for ultra modern paper this year (picked up at The Dollar Tree), I like the combination of the bright paper and bows with the vintage looking tags.

Give them a try. If you make some, leave a link to your blog in the comments so we can all come see them.

Monday, December 8

a Christmas journal...

I find that I'm often more visually stimulated than motivated to actually sit down and make any of the many ideas swirling around in my head. But of late, my hands have been quite busy. I've finished a few gifts the past couple of weeks, as well as many projects I've thought of making over the past several years. 

Last night I was moved to play Teesha Moore style. She is a great journaling artist, and I love her playful, vibrant style. So I broke out my paints and began a Christmas Journal. I wish I'd have started weeks ago when I'd read this post, but better late than never. Today I hope to finish the book and start an entry for each day, noting memories of Christmas' past, and things that make me smile this year. 

 HaPpy HoLiDaYs!

Wednesday, December 3

Christmas Open House..

Sorry for the short notice, but I want to pass along something I just found out about. Linda Hayward (of House of Hayward) is hosting her Christmas Open House tomorrow December 4 from 4-6 pm. If you can stop by please do, everything is priced to sell. Here's a peek at what I spied when I was there this evening...

Here's what I picked up. These two sweet ornaments below, that immediately caught my eye. Look who's work they are... Charlotte Lyons one of my favorites! I am so happy to have them hanging about our tree. 

Linda Hayward
676 W Glenwood Drive
Fullerton, CA 92852
(714) 920-9198
December 4th, 4 - 6 pm

Monday, December 1

yeah, December is here!

It's the most wonderful time of the year... I couldn't agree more! I'm so glad December is here. I'm not a fall girl, and am glad to see the calendar roll over and bring Christmas along with it.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving in Lake Arrowhead... great cold weather, thunder and lightning storms, hail and wind. Sounds crazy but I loved it, probably because we get so little of it here in southern California.

Over the weekend we were able to visit one of my favorite shoppes Timberline in The Glen. It never fails to inspire me to arrive home from the weekend, and pull out our Christmas treasures. My photos aren't the best, but I think you'll get the idea. This really is a great shoppe, and it was loaded to the rafters with trees, snowmen, angels, and garland. What a wonderland of goodness! 

Did I tell you it's amazing? If you're ever in the area, be sure a stop in, you're gonna love it too! Time to break out the tinsel, be back soon.
Timberline in The Glen
28956 Hook Creek Road
Cedar Glen, CA 92321
(909) 337-4200
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