Saturday, February 25, 2012

Friday Fill-Ins {on Saturday}

Here's some more photos of the big snowfall we had here on Thursday night/Friday morning.
The snow was really quite pretty, but oh was it difficult to shovel! The snow was so wet and heavy that the snow plow kept dying. I finally had to just shovel the snow in layers a little at a time.
On yesterday's post I mentioned that the snowflakes were huge. I never seem to be able to get a good shot of falling snow, but I think you can get the idea with this photo.

Okay, now it is time for Friday Fill-Ins, a little we go!

1. I'm feeling lazy.
2. I want to have a Turtle Latte @ Caribou.
3. I need to shovel the rest of the driveway.
4. I was thinking about starting a new art piece.
5. I wish it was Springtime.
6. I'm reading "Worth Fighting For" by Lisa Swayze.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching "Who Do You Think You Are," tomorrow my plans include cleaning the house (woo-hoo!) and Sunday, I want to bake some cookies - Yum!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Finding the Lovely

We had a bit of a snow storm overnight with gigantic snowflakes....bigger than I have ever seen before! I snapped a couple of photos of the snow outside my door. So much for the mild winter we've been having here in the midwest. I kind of knew it was too good to be true.
You can link up to the other Finding the Lovelies here.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pinterest Wisdom

Love this quote from Cooking Love and Life via Pinterest.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Friday Fill-Ins we go with Friday Fill-ins.. . .
1. Finally, it's starting to get a littler warmer outside.
2. Walking everyday sure takes some getting used to!
3. Dad says: You can never have enough light bulbs stockpiled.
4. Hanky Panky is my favorite nick name for Hank, my grand dog.
5. It took a long time, but I'm starting to create again.
6. I have too many art supplies, though I wouldn't have it any other way.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to possibly going to Barnes & Noble, tomorrow my plans include washing the car, and Sunday, I want to clean my studio!

You can play along with Finding the Lovely here and Friday Fill-Ins here.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

From My Heart

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. . . ."
". . . .they must be felt with the heart." ~ Helen Keller
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Altered Journal Swap - Part Two

In last Monday's post, I told you about the Altered Journal Swap I participated in recently. It really was so much fun and I was grateful to be able to use some of my stash of composition books which I've been hoarding for a while.

The first journal, shown above, is the one I made for Mary. She told me she likes blues and greens, ribbons, as well as bird and vintage themes.
Perfect! Because I like all of those things too!

My inspiration for this journal came from this vintage bird image which I had.

I was taking an online class taught by Jeanne Oliver while I was creating these journals, so I was able to incorporate a lot of the techniques I learned.

This is the back cover of the journal.

The second journal I created was for Patty. She told me she is a "color-loving red girl" who likes vintage ephemera. This too was great, because I love the color red also. Although I don't have any red in this house, my crafting room at our cottage is decorated in reds. I think red is such a happy color.
I grabbed my bin of red papers and proceeded to collage the cover of the composition book. Then I remembered I had this vintage image from a collage sheet I bought from Lisa's Altered Art quite a while ago and decided it would work nicely as a focal point for the cover.
Back cover of journal.

I really had a lot of fun with this swap. I got to use supplies that I already had in my studio. I got to work with colors that I love. And I got to practice new art techniques that I had learned. What could be better that all that?
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Fill-Ins

Starting this week I'm combining two challenges on Fridays. A few weeks ago I began participating in Friday Fill-Ins which has been a lot of fun. Today, I am also joining in on Jeanne Oliver and Kimberly Taylor's brand new photo challenge for February called Finding the Lovely, which you can read about here.

The weather has been so mild here in the midwest that I guess the plants are as puzzled as I am by this winter. This week I noticed the tiniest of green poking through the earth next to my front door. Today there were flower buds showing too. I know that Snow Drops are one of the earliest of bloomers here in Zone 5, but the first week of February seems ridiculously early even for these hardy little guys!

So here we go with my Friday Fill-Ins. . . .

1. When it comes time to make a decision, I have difficulty doing it.
2. Be kind to others - that must be the rule.
3. Ma says, always wear clean underwear.
4. I listen to my iPod at the same time as I walk.
5. I never saw a unicorn.
6. The light bulb is not a new invention.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to eating leftover ravioli, tomorrow my plans include lunch at Panera and Sunday, I want to go to the flea market!

You can join in here.
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Monday, February 06, 2012

Altered Journal Swap - Part One

Heather, from Speckled Egg is well-known for her Inspiration Box Swaps where everyone decorates a large matchbox and fills it with lots of fun goodies. Well, this time around Heather switched things up a bit and instead of altering a matchbox, we altered composition books to create journals for our swap partners. I was paired up with Mary and Patty and after exchanging a list of the things we like, these are the journals they sent me:
Here is the sweet journal Mary created. Mary likes birds just like me. I love the soft colors and all the lace she used.

Pictured above is the inside front cover.

The inside back cover.

And the back cover.

The second journal was created by Patty. She really got my love of aquas and pinks.

Don't you love the pocket she hid in the cover? So clever!

Here is the inside front cover shown above.

And this is the back cover. Both of these altered journals are beautiful and I can't wait to start filling them up. Thanks girls!!! And a BIG hug to Heather for organizing another fun swap!
Next time I'll show you the journals I made for Mary and Patty.
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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Prize Winner!

Can you believe it? Valentine's Day is only 9 days away and I don't have any of my decorations put out yet! Except for this one......
This darling Be Mine ornie was made by my sweet friend Natalea and I was lucky enough to win it in her Have A Heart Giveaway!
Thanks for helping to decorate my house for Valentine's Day Nat~I love it!!!!
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Friday, February 03, 2012

Friday Fill-Ins we go!

1. Go ahead, there's some old poinsettias to throw away.
2. Watching the rest of the online class videos - I'll get that soon!
3. Don't worry, Be Happy!
4. I'm done for the day.
5. Pretty much cozying up with a blanket on the couch tonight.
6. My friends had brunch with me today.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching "Who Do You Think You Are", tomorrow my plans include catching up on my decluttering calendar and Sunday, I want to watch the Super Bowl!
Join in HERE!

P.S. Happy Birthday Aunt Helen!!!!
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