Monday, November 25

I don't think I seen anything I love more than these women and their fabulous attitudes!

I've been fortunate to have fabulous women in my life. Women that are strong, admirable, loving, kind and unique. This video features just such women, and I am completely inspired by their perspective on life. May I grow to be more like them!

Saturday, November 9

Inspired to create...

So far today I've cut out a quilt, painted, and now I'm inspired to these beautiful crochet snowflake ornaments for our tree.
I hope I'm not biting off more than I can chew. Come on girls, who's with me? Let's try these!

Tuesday, November 5

the Art of...

I just happened onto a great new series, the Art of... by Ovation. Here's a link so you can find it in your area. This is my kind of TV!

Friday, October 11

Fall fun with Martha & Pinterest!

I'm having a few friends over for a creative play day this weekend, and I still haven't pulled out my Halloween decorations. I'm not sure I will, it's time to sort through that box tossing what's seen better days and of course keep the things I love. I'm not sure that's going to happen just yet, so this morning I went to MarthaStewart.com to see her Halloween goods. She loves Halloween and always has great recipes and decor. Here's what I found...
And I'll be wishing I had this costume!
I'm putting our lunch together from recipes I found on Pinterest. I know, I know; not everything there is what it seems. So I'll be cooking it all ahead of time to be sure it's just what I'm hoping for. I'll try and remember to take photos and let you know how it all turns out. I hope you have a great weekend as well!

Friday, October 4

Welcoming the Holiday Season...

I recently entered and won a giveaway on Carol Spinski's beautiful blog. She is one of several women who are part of Jeanne Oliver's newest e-course, Home for the Holidays. As anyone who knows me personally can attest, I am no slave to fashion. I have always been far more interested in our home, and homemaking. It's my sanctuary, my happy little corner of the world, and where I am most comfortable. For me 
there really is no place like home!
 The wonderful women that are a part of the course... 
I'm looking forward to this e-course and the holiday season ahead of us. This is such a fun time of year, I just wish it wouldn't pass by so quickly! Thanks again Carol for hosting the giveaway, I was so surprised to win. I can't wait to see what you all have in store for us.

Thursday, September 26

Start your day the right way...

Happy Thursday everyone!

Monday, September 23

Elevator Joy Bomb!

Enjoy!

Friday, September 20

creativity in action

loving this today

Tuesday, August 6

How I've Spent My Summer

 If it's true that time flies when you're having fun, then I've been having a ball! I can hardly believe it's August and that summer will be over before I know it. This is my favorite season and I'm hanging onto it with all my might. 
I've been home a lot this summer which is just fine with me. I love our little house and it really is my favorite place to be...
 besides that, I haven't been alone.
 I've spent most of the past couple of months with these two and while it was a bit overwhelming in the beginning, it really is like riding a bike. I've found my balance and am able to get around fairly easily with two of my favorite little people. I'm sure once school and child care starts again, I'll miss them like crazy!
 I've indulged in a bit of this little treat made by friends...
which somedays makes me look and feel like this. 
All and all it's been a great summer filled with camping at the lake, a trip to Colorado, days at Disneyland, days spent at the beach, frozen banana's, a bit of crafting, and lots of memories being made, life being lived, and good times being had. 

I hope it's been great summefor you as well!

Sunday, May 5

Flea Market finds....

One of my favorite ways to spend a grey Sunday morning is at the flea market. This morning was just such a morning... one hour, $60, a few finds, and I was back home to make breakfast for my guys. Another Sunday morning fav.
Go make it a great day happy people!

Sunday, April 14

dyeing with friends

 For the past couple of years I've gathered with a few friends for little explorations in arts & crafts of sorts. It's the perfect way to get together regularly and it's fun to share the things we love the most... making stuff! Unfortunately Connie couldn't be with us, and we all missed her. But don't worry Connie, we made four of most everything, so you didn't miss out completely.
We had decided to eco dye fabric, so with a kiss for good luck we got started....
The indigo is amazing. In the pot it's yellow but, as the air hits the fabric once it's removed, it turns a beautiful blue right before your eyes. Such fun to watch happen over and over!
 We rolled onion skins, red cabbage, and eucalyptus bundles to create printed fabric. These are really reliable produces of color, but we had a bit of trouble with the wind trying to carry away our tissue-lite onion skins.
 We also used turmeric which we later over dyed with avocado as it's sunshine yellow was a little too bright for us.
 All in all dyeing is so much fun, and we each created fabrics in shades of blue, green, purple, yellow, grey, and rust. I'm sure we'll do this again as it is really easy and a great way to play. If any of you have thought of doing this, go for it! There's a ton of info online and lots of good books on the subject.
Thanks Cindy for spoiling us rotten with not only your inviting, happy home, and all the prep you did, but also with such yummy, homemade goodness to top it all off with! Oh, and those snappy, little featherweights you sent Pearl and I home with weren't bad either! xoxo

Monday, April 8

Joanna Pierotti comes to teach & play

 I had a great weekend with JoAnna Pierotti, as she came to Gilding the Lily to teach her Olde Soul Dolls and then stayed to play for a few days. For years I have loved JoAnna's dolls and I was so glad she came to share them with a great group of fun, friendly women that gathered on Brookdale to learn from her.







 Thanks to Robin, Kim, Glenda, Tina, Dawn, Josie, Ada & Sylvia for supporting our classes. But an even bigger thanks for being such fun, giving, sharing, genuine souls; it makes for such a nice day! And a special thanks to JoAnna for sharing her dolls and talent with us!

Tuesday, April 2

Finding my balance...

I've been gone far too long to play catch up... and so I won't. Suffice it to say I have been happily busy with this little one for the past 6 weeks. We spent two days a week together and I wouldn't have it any other way. But admittedly... I am still finding my balance. Hopefully we won't be so long between posts. 
You can't imagine how I contemplated bathing her in the sink. One thing I haven't forgotten is how slippery littles ones can be!

Friday, February 15

Let's make something!

Ever since I was in high school I've been making books. I started by turning record album covers into book covers, as well as using my old Pee Chee folders from school. I doodled the covers, collaged magazine clippings, and signed my name over and over again, replacing my last name with that of my high school boyfriend! Memories. I'll have to pull out my old high school box and find those one day.
After all these years, I'm still making books. Let me show you how I've been doing it for almost 10 years... it's super easy, and you can make these in a jiffy!
Pick up books from the discard pile at the library.
Look for books where the signatures pull away from the spine, as shown above.
While holding the book pages as in the 2nd photo, wiggle and pull the pages out as a whole. Trust me, it's super easy as long as the pages aren't glued to the spine. They'll come out like butter!
Sometimes I cover the book ends with decorative paper, sometimes not; it just depends on the condition of the book ends. I use masking tape, or washi to finish the spine. I do this for decorative purposes as well as to add strength to the spine.
I typically make three signatures of three papers each. You can use cardstock, watercolor paper, or anything you like. Measure your papers so that they are about 1/4" shorter on all sides, than your book cover, fold in half and punch two holes through the paper, one at the top and one at the bottom.
Punch corresponding holes through the spine of your book.
You'll have 3 signatures made up of three sheets of paper, folded in half. Above you can see that I've taken seam binding threaded it through one signature, and then threaded the seam binding through the book covers, working from the inside of the book to the outside. The signatures are tied next to each other, as opposed to on top of each other. See them side by side in the photo above?
Here's what the spine will look like... tie each signature separately to the outside of the book. I tend to tie mine at the top of the spine.
Lastly embellish as you like!

Last week I made the books above for my girlfriends for our Valentine's Day exchange, and unfortunately I didn't get full photos of the front covers once I was done. But you guys are talented and smart, I'm sure you know how to decorate a simple book. 
Just a little something from me to you! Happy Friday, and happy creating!

Friday, February 1

Everything old is new again!

I'm not sure if that actually applies to this situation, but I sure feel like it does. Last weeks big floor makeover has my room feeling so much brighter, and that's always a good thing when making art! Basically the only real change is that I decide to float the desk where the suns light would shine in onto my desk. Here's the rest of the room....





Everyone have a fabulous Friday! Go do something fun... make art, call someone dear to you, or get together with fun friends!
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