Friday, April 3, 2015

Shabby Chic Heart Wall Hanging

Lately I get so excited when I get a chance to finish a craft project. Like most artists and crafters, I have heaps of projects to complete. And the pile just keeps on growing!

I think I have figured out why it takes me so long to finish one creation. I usually make all my own little embellishments for my projects. So there's designing time, painting time, drying time, gluing time...and on and on.

Anyway, on to the shabby chic heart wall hanging.

I dyed some seam binding for the bow. Wrapped white floral tape around some wire and made little curly ques and adhered crystal beads to the ends. I made all the little pearl flower embellies, as well as, the paper rose. You really can't see the bling spray in the pictures, but I took thick fishing line and strung crystal and pearl beads along it, gluing them in place so they wouldn't slide. I even made the string of pearls....ok...not really...LOL!

I also made the stick pin and pearl dangle. I had so much fun making every thing for this heart.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Where does time go?

Oh my gosh, time has flown by this last year!  Not to mention, I hit a mile stone last month. I turned 50. OMG 50!!! How did that happen?

Let's see, where to start to do a fast update of the past year. Not a lot has happened, as we are very boring home

This past summer we almost lost my hubby. He was taken in for emergency surgery for a herniated bowl blockage and during surgery he aspirated. The inside of his lungs got burned up from all the stomach acids and he was placed in an induced medical coma and placed on a ventilator for 4 loooong scary days. He spent another 11 days in the hospital recouping. We were really blessed! The doctors told us that only 1 out of 4 survive what happened to him.

The next big event was buying a house. We sold our last house and moved to the coast saying we were going to enjoy apartment living where we didn't have to do any maintenance and spend a lot of our free time on the beach. Here we are 5 years later buying a handyman fixer upper....ugh! Talk about time consuming...this is it!  lol.  Really, it is a great house with awesome potential. It looks like a small little cottage from the front, but it is huge. Almost 2000 square feet.


With no curb appeal! That will take a little bit of time. I invision a country cottage garden, a porch swing on one side of the porch and a sitting area on the other side. I need to focus on the inside first.

The first thing I've tackled so far is the outdated kitchen cabinets. As we can't afford to rip them out at this time, I decided to give them a good sanding and do a very labor intensive distressing technique. Never did I think it would take as long as it did! Hubby removed the built in ovens and stove top. We installed all new stainless appliances...yay! So far we just have the cabinets done. 

Cabinets before

Cabinets after
Can you tell I'm just a bit of a shabby country gal? lol. These look so much better in person.

Next to tackle is installing the butcher block counter tops and back splash tiles.

Now on to a couple crafty projects I've completed. First is a twine star. I'm sorry I don't remember who I got the idea from to give them credit.
I glued craft sticks together in the shape of a star. Once dried, I glue some twine to create a hanging hoop then began wrapping the start shape.
I continued wrapping and wrapping adding glue to hold it every few wraps until it was done. Then hung it up.
It measures approximately 16 inches.

Next, I made two rag garland banners to drape over the windows in the craft room. Each measures just over 3 feet long. I cut my fabric in 2 x 22 inch strips. I absolutely LOVE them!
A reveal of my crafty space will come once I have it all put together.

If you are still following along after my year long break....THANKS! hopefully I will start keeping up better.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014


Hey my bloggy friends....I have not fallen off the face of the earth...yet anyways...LOL. I can't believe I have not done any posting since November...where has the time gone again?

I haven't been doing any scrapbooking, I lost my scrappy mojo for the time being, which I thought would never happen. So, what have I been doing? painting. I have always done the fun whimsical paintings, though I have always wanted to try a more realistic look, so I began doing research looking for techniques. I came across 3 good instructors that I have learned a lot from, who all say "anyone can paint". Brandon Schaefer, Darrell Crow, and Wilson Bickford. I am no where near their level of artistry, as I have A LOT to learn, however, I am happy with my paintings. 

These are painted with acrylics on stretched canvas or canvas boards.

Thanks for sticking with me during my bloggy drought, and thanks for stopping by!
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

And The Winner is...

What an awesome hop by Sketch~N~Scrap!  I want to thank everyone for stopping by and checking out my project. Are y'all wondering who the winner is of my prize, Freshly Picked Cricut Cartridge?  Well I won't keep you waiting any longer. The winner is...

Golden Goddess Designs said...
very, very nice work! i have submitted a project to SNS this month. I am #7! thanks
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Let's Go To The Hop!

The Holiday Hop at Sketch~N~Scrap. Have you been following along each day? Today is my turn to feature my project that I created for the hop. I chose Halloween as my holiday to represent. I love Halloween. Which is surprising since I'm a big scardy cat of all things creepy and crawly.

I decided on a mixed media canvas. (see the video link below)

I really had a good time creating this. I actually have a good time creating anything that includes getting my hands dirty...LOL. To see step by step on how I created this, be sure to check out my video HERE.

Now, on to the prize. I am giving away a Freshly Picked Cricut cartridge. 

However, there is a certain requirement to be eligible to win. You must play along with any of the October sketches from Sketch~N~Scrap. Then come back here and post what number your entry is under in this posts comment section. I will be picking and announcing a winner November 1st.  Good Luck!

Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, October 21, 2013


Come join us at Sketch~N~ Scrap as we celebrate the holidays of the year. Each day from October 21st through November 8th, one of the design team members will post a project based on one of their favorite holidays. Make sure to check each day, as there will be goodies offered.

Up first is the ever so talented HEATHER

Just a heads up, on my day, October 28th, I will be offering the Freshly Picked Cricut Cartridge. 

However, to be eligible, you must complete one of the October sketches at Sketch~N~Scrap.  I will pick a winner November 1, 2013 from those who leave a comment on my project day informing me that you have entered.

 Here is the daily line-up
  • October 21 - Heather - Easter
  • October 22 - Kelly - Valentine's Day
  • October 23 - Hillary - Mother's day/Father's day
  • October 24 - Tamika - Sweetest day
  • October 25 -Debbie - Thanksgiving
  • October 26 - Ria - Christmas
  • October 27 - Lisa-Independence Day
  • October 28 - Theresa - Halloween - YOU ARE HERE
  • October 29 - Rachelle - Friendship Day
  • October 30 - Kerry - New Years Day
  • October 31- Jennifer - Halloween 
  • November 4 - Brandi- New Year's Day
  • November 7 - Stephanie - Remembrance Day
  • November 8-Stephanie E.-Christmas

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Yep, it's that time again. Time for another sketch reveal from Sketch~N~ Scrap.

the sketch

 my take

 Of course if you play along, you do not have to make it Halloween themed to qualify for the prize.

Dax made the cutest spooky skeleton last Halloween. He looked like he was a decoration when he leaned back against the tree.

The pumpkin is an svg cutting file from BirdsCards. The skeleton was a freebie from I can't remember where. I cut him and the spider web out of white vinyl. I aslo cut the title from vinyl using a dripping marker font. For the journaling bones, in SCAL I took a rectangle and heart shapes and union'ed them together, then stretched them to the size I wanted.

I hope you get a chance to play along. Also, be sure to check out the card sketches on the 5th and 20th of every month.

Thanks for stopping by!

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