Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Ellen, from One Ripe Peach put together this adorable Foofy Photo Album (don't you just love the polka dots and all that glitter?) and she is sharing a tutorial on how to make one for yourself on the Joli Paquet blog. I thought I would make one to hold some of the photos from my daughter's wedding. I have a pile of those $1.00-bin photo albums sitting in my studio right now just waiting to be "dressed up."
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Just thought I would give you all a little teaser as to what's happening on Friday. That's when the Joli Paquet kits go on sale and from the looks of it you are all in for quite a treat! Here are a couple of sneak peeks from the kits that I'll be selling in my Etsy Shop. In addition to the JP kits, I'll be updating the shop with other goodies as well.
Along with all the wonderful artists who participated in Joli Paquet last November, we have 3 fantastic new artists joining us this time around - Ellen, Lilia, and Tiffany. I've admired their work for a while now, and if you don't already know them, you are going to fall in love with their style. And while you are at it, be sure to visit the Joli Paquet Flickr Site, where you can post photos of creations you make from our tutorials and kits.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Hope you are enjoying your weekend. We are trying to keep warm here. Actually we are experiencing a slight heatwave (9 degrees) in comparison to a couple of days ago when it was minus 16 degrees - brrrrrr! Everything is relative when it comes to weather here in the Midwest. When the season first changes and temperatures begin to drop, 45-50 degrees can seem cold. But after a few days you adjust and it doesn't seem so bad. I think it's the same during the bitter cold temps of anything that's below zero degrees. It's amazing how our bodies can acclimate to the weather.
In between crafting and putting together kits for Joli Paquet, we've been doing a little housekeeping at our house. We finally got all the Christmas boxes packed up and put away. It's really scary when I see how many decorations we have for just that one holiday. Many I haven't used in years, but can't bear to part with because they are so beautiful or hold sentimental value. I did give our daughter some things this year to use in her new home, but even by doing that and bringing a load of Christmas decor stuff to Goodwill we still have the same number of boxes to put away. How is that even possible? Oh well, it is packed up and out of sight now, so I don't have to worry about it again until next Christmas!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Friday, January 16, 2009
I just got over the 24 hour flu - yuk! That makes two times I have been sick since the start of 2009. Not a great way to begin a new year! I've decided to load myself up on vitamins and try to get more sleep at night. I have a habit of being a night owl, but then I am up at 6:00 am every morning. Not a good system at all, so something's going to have to give on one of those ends.
I've been having fun making Valentines for Natalea's Valentine ornament swap, which I have to pack up and mail out today. It is sooooooooo verrrrrrrry cold here (minus 16 degrees as I write this) that I am going to hate to have to leave my nice warm and toasty home to venture out to the post office. But since I am out I may just have to stop for a yummy hot cocoa here.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
For Christmas this year, my daughter and two of her cousins published their grandfather's autobiography and presented a copy to each family member. And along with the book, they had calendars printed through the Apple website. Each month of the calendar features a collage of old family photos from my in-laws childhood, to my husband's childhood, to our weddings, and the births of my daughter and her cousins.
These were the first gifts we opened on Christmas and they were such a hit we almost didn't even get to the rest of the presents under the tree.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
I thought I would share my favorite Christmas gift of all with you. Just look at the picture above. . .yessiree, that is my very own antique chandelier for my studio! It's from my DH and it couldn't have been more perfect! He hit all the marks that I was hinting at all year. . .white, old, hanging crystals. . .it even has a little cherub hanging onto the center post. He made me nervous when he told me one day he was going to Menard's and Home Depot to look for a chandelier for me. I know they have some nice ones there, but not any that fit the look I was after. I think that must have been a diversionary tactic, because in the end, this is the one he bought me and I do love it so! And just like my friend Cerri wrote here about one of her Christmas gifts, I think DH finally gets me!
Another favorite gift I received was this little ingenious bit of technology. I've been needing a new phone since my contract expired at the beginning of 2008, but procrastinated and kept putting it off due to not wanting to have to learn how to use a new phone. But so far this one is a cinch to use and I like being able to have access to email and the internet (if needed) wherever I am.