Monthly Archives: April 2011

The (not so) Royal Collage


I’m not one to get wrapped up in the “Royals” but when I saw this piece of Dusty Attic chipboard…it reminded me of a crown. Hmmmm. What to do with a crown???

The base was a page from a chipboard book. The lovely lady image came from Graphic Fairy. There is a collage of bits and pieces from Crate and Pink Paislee. The Dusty Attic pieces were grunged up. A few buttons on string to finish it off.

A Year of Vintage


This little book is actually a calendar! Sweet little vintage vignettes with each month.

Beautiful old bird image donated by my dear friend Jane.  A little of my favorite stripe. Parisien clipart from Graphics Fairy.  I added a little strip of sheet music and some Dusty Attic chipboard. The crown and lace are the finishing touch. It occurs to me that I need to do a little somethin somethin to the chipboard to make it even more special. I will post an update.

I really did try…..


To get my project done!

But this little thing is a big distraction!!!

This is the newest member of the family.

Her name is Lily. She is very cute. She is very tiny. She is also very loud!!! : ) We like her anyway.

After a good prowl around and meowing at everything she settled in for a little catnap.

Behind her is evidence that I was at least attempting to get something done.

Post Cards to Paris


Some projects come together so easily you just know they were meant to be 🙂I started with me favorite stripe pattern. The lovely french post card image is from Graphics Fairy. This frame is deep so I was able to add some dimensional embellishments under the glass. The pretty flower is from Petaloo. Lace was a kind donation from my dear friend Jane ( thank you ) Chipboard elements from Dusty Attic ( Yay Dusty Attic ) The final piece was a metal crown charm that finishes off the corner beautifully. The paper pattern on the mat is from Pink Paislee! This turned out just right : )

Just a quick note….

Finally went to get a new haircut. Thanks to everyone who supported me during my time of need! Here is the first 2 steps in the 12 step program I have entered  into to overcome my Post Traumatic Haircut Syndrome. Or P.T.H.S for short

                                         1. Call Trilogy Hair Salon

                                         2. Make appointment with


Lovely French Chalkboard


What a nice place to write a little love note to your sweetie! Or make a grocery list a little more attractive. LOL

I tried to write a nice little note before I got the picture….but it turns out that I just can’t write with chalk. Who knew? The pretty lavender paper is from Crate. The French images are from Graphic Fairy of course…love it!!! A little lace and a few buttons with string. The fancy edge stickers are from Craft Secrets. A  small element from Dusty attic and a metal book plate. I think I might like to hang this in my kitchen : )

I Love This Hutch!!!

I’ve been busy filling it up with all the new pretties! Thank you DH for getting this picture for me!!! : ) It’s the first thing I see when I walk into the shop! What a nice way to start the workday right?

Happy Easter to All!!!!


Here is wishing everyone a happy, healthy and blessed holiday : )

This is just a fun little framed project I whipped up Friday. I started with a paper mache frame. I base coated it…then inked it with Old Paper Distress Ink. Then a layer of chrome chalk ink. There is a very subtle stamped image too for a shabby appeal. I imagined this little lady would have a very bedazzled crown so I had to embellish with some great chunky glitter! The vintage trim and button were already the right shade of antiqued so I was able to use them just as they were! The flourish image on top was from Pink Paislee. Artisan Elements are super fun accents that you can paint or ink or finish any way that fits your project.  Last but not least a very important rule to live by…BE yourself!!! We should all practice that : )

Signs of Spring

 We are so lucky to live in the country.  Here are a few views from my yard. We are welcoming all the signs of spring and enjoying a bit of warmer weather!

Pretty magnolia DH got for me. : ) Lovely white blooms. To help us remember Polly.

View to the left of the front yard.  As you can imagine we have a lot of wildlife : )

        View to the right of the front yard. Look how green the grass is getting : )

                                                 Lilacs are blooming! Yay!!!

View of the backyard. Looks nice in the pic but when I walked around a bit I noticed that the cranes have really done a lot of damage! Yikes.Last week Jon was greeted by wild turkeys in the yard on the way to the bus. Glad they don’t like to chase little kids : )

The very best sign of Spring…

Shadow Box Collage (2)


I just couldn’t resist making another one of these shadow boxes! It was really so much fun! This one I was able to complete using only bits and pieces from the salvage and scrap box.

This one is a more feminine version with much softer colors. I painted the box..then I inked it using a paintbrush and tobacco colored chalk ink. I made that sweet little flower the other day with my friend Pat. The sewing machine? Dusty Attic. The sweet vintage background images are from Graphics Fairy. I encourage you all to click on that link on the right and check it out for yourself! A few pieces from Graphic 45. Lace and buttons of course! The patterned paper is from Graphic 45. Yay salvage and scrap box!!!!! Oh and before I forget…the lace in the top corner is from my friend Jane : ) I have such generous friends : ) All in all I think the whole thing turned out just lovely!

A Word Or Two About Puttering

It’s a rare treat to have a day off on Saturday. I’m usually up early to get the posts managed…a little facebook…see what there is to see on Etsy before going into the shop to make something pretty…something useful…give something a new life as “something else.”

This Saturday I am home.

Still up before 6. I am an early bird even on my day off.

The day will be busy. Lot’s to prepare before tomorrow’s festivities begin. Spring Cleaning is a must! Grocery shopping too…don’t forget the (fill in the blank)!

Instead I find myself puttering. A truly underrated activity in my opinion. A little of this and that…a whole lot of nothing. You can even drink a lovely cup of coffee while you do it. Make mine strong please! I’ve managed all the computer work now and I should get going….but there’s just one last blog to check…might be important…don’t want to miss anything! I’m sure the rest of the world will still be there when I get back. : )

Fun New Feature


DH has added a fun new feature to the blog. If you scroll down and keep your eyes on the right side of the screen you will see a little box that says flag counter. It’s under the flickr section. If you click on it you can see an update of all the countries that have visited our blog. He added it Tuesday and so far we are up to 40 countries. Woot Woot! How fun!!!! I hope we can collect them all : )

A New Life….


This little prize has had many lives with us. It started as a fancy shampoo holder that was a gift from DH. Then it held some pretty dried flowers. For several years it served in Halloween duty holding purple and black lights! I think we’ve saved the best for last.

There are lot’s of pics since there is lot’s of sides : )

Okay…so there were more pics but I wanted to get to the details : ) This started as silver metal and glass. I painted the metal parts white…then inked them with Honey then Walnut Distress ink. The paper is from Pink Paislee. I covered the inside as well since you could see it. The awesome french images were from Graphics Fairy. The chipboard of course from Dusty Attic. I did paint it…then used Old Paper…then Honey distress ink on it…then gold pen.  A few vintage buttons tied with string : )

Thank you DH for taking so many pics to get all the sides!