Thursday, December 11, 2014

"How lucky I am, to have something that makes saying goodbye... so hard." -Winnie the Pooh

Today is a bittersweet kind of day..Today is my last blog post as part of the Paper Whimsy Design Team.I have so enjoyed working with these amazing products for the last two years.I am overjoyed to call the design team members not only friends...but Art Sisters.Wonderful talent coming from the hands of Nancy Maxwell JamesJill McCallTheresa Martin, and Michelle Talley.These ladies are so talented and generous with their art.I am most especially so very thankful that I have had these last two years to get know one very special lady.Gale Blair,the owner of PW. When I first started designing for Gale,I told her it was a "full circle" moment for me working with her.For so many years prior I admired her beautiful images and finally being able to work with her was truly a dream come true for me.I thank you dear friend,for giving this girl the opportunity to design with your stunning treasures.I feel blessed beyond words to have had shared this part of the journey with you.


Stop by the Paper Whimsy Inspire Blog to see my last(sniff sniff) tutorial on how I made "Traditions"

and 

Be on the lookout...fun and exciting plans for the new year.




"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ornament Swap 2014

Last year I participated in my first ever Ornament swap with Art Sisters around the country.I received amazing treasures that I will cherish for years and years...and when it was all finished...I new I was going to have to do it again.

For this year's swap I new I wanted to use casting resin...and this is what I came up with.

When I spotted this candy bark mold I knew it would be perfect for what I had in mind.


I poured two equal parts of casting resin...


added some dots of black dye to part A and mixed it thoroughly...then I mixed together part A and B...


and poured it into the mold...



about 10 minutes later...these beauties popped out...


but they needed some color so I added Versa mark to the top and melted some embossing powder on the top...



To protect the surface I sealed the top with modge podge...


then added dots of white paint...


and next melted embossing powder to wood components,added the year and covered them in Clear Cast...


Lastly I added some wire and hung the green wood circles and ribbon.


I hope my Art Sisters like my 2014 Ornaments!!




"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Art Market at Art More Place


This past weekend I worked my first local art event at Art More Place in Melbourne Fl.We set up the booths on Friday and after hours of fiddling with the layout I was finally happy with the table display. I give so much credit to you guys that do craft/art shows regularly. 


It turned out to be a wonderful day!! I made some sales,which was great,plus, I met new local creatives and loved chatting with friends I don't get to see on a regular basis...

Here's Barbara from Second Surf



and Jaci 



plus I had some delicious food from Happy Belly...and loved chatting with table neighbor Jane from https://www.facebook.com/JaneJuliaStudios 



and I met some online Art Sisters for the first time...So wonderful to meet these ladies!! I have a feeling that now that we've connected...we're going to see much more of each other!!

 Here's Midge and Tracy 




 Here I am soaking it all in...I'm such a goober!


And after I left the market... I picked up baby girl and she had an open mike event at a local coffee shop...here she is giving it her all...such a proud Momma.


Turned out to be a wonderful WONDERFUL day!

Thank you Sherri...for hosting such an amazing event! 


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, November 17, 2014

Paper Whimsy Terrarium Ornaments


Starting to get that Holiday feeling...just click on over to the Paper Whimsy Blog and check out my latest tutorial on making these fun new Ornies!!



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Where did the time go.


 For every birthday since moving to Florida we've taken the kids to an Amusement Park of their choice for their Birthday's(their both in November). For me it has always been a day of spending time with those that matter most.These are memories that I will cherish forever and keep tucked away deep inside my heart.

Here are the kiddos having a special birthday cake at Seaworld in 2006.



and here we are in 2009 getting ready for a show...



and in  2012 having the best pretzel ever at DisneyWorld...



and getting ready for the scary Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios...

But this year they decided on Seaworld...and well,it was just one of those perfect kind of days..with selfies and silly faces and hand holding...









and now that my kiddos are getting big...and my Hannah now looking into colleges,well...it makes these days all the more special.



"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Full of Gratitude

Years ago when hubby and I first split the extra bedroom in half(half for me and half for him) I was thrilled at the idea of NOT creating from the dining room table.We had never painted the spare room so I was stuck with this Hunter green color on the walls,but I was ok with it. Years later,my stuff had gradually taken over the entire room and my generous Hubby was ok with that because he works outside of the home but also teaches online so he only needed a desk and a spot for his books. But as the years continued to follow, my stuff was everywhere and when I started having issues with space and not being able to solder in the space due to the carpet on the floor. You can see more photos of my old room here




So a couple of months ago we decide it would be best to switch out the "play room" with the room next door...my daughters room..it's a little bit larger and the idea of starting from from scratch and setting up all the stations I needed made me jump for joy. My daughter was totally ok with the idea because she would get a new room with a makeover(walls and floor).

This is her room before we started.We had painted her room a light tan color which I already loved so there was no need to repaint.


For months we searched for cabinets on Craigs list and finally found a great selection for a good price.The best part is a functional floor, so while I was away at Art is You,hubby installed the new floor.


We installed my old Jewelry table and this would be new soldering spot...woohoo...



In the meantime,my house was a mess...having to remove all of my daughters belongings and all of my stuff from the playroom.....phew...I had no idea how much stuff I had collected...


But we were sure to recycle what we could.We re-used my wire shelving in the new space and it was perfect.


and we found the perfect corner cabinet for the room on Craigs list.It's not white,but it's all good...more storage...yea....


Filling the space back up with all my stuff was fun...



and it's starting to feel like home...


Here's the early stages of what Hubby created for his space...he created a built in and transformed the closet for his space..it still needs moldings and trim. I am so thankful for his helping heart and handy hands...


 I'm super happy with the space.I'm still adding little bits,but once my new quote on the wall was up...it felt like home. It reads " Tell me,what are you going to do with your one wild and precious life?"- Mary Oliver... 


and yesterday....I soldered in the room...yea....


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,