15 March 2018

Stopping by to say hello to all of you who have been so kind and are still here! I realize I’ve been off the blog for quite some time – moving house required a lot more of my time and energy than I realized! With the unpacking, organizing (ha! Still in process!), painting and general home maintenance, I’ve been busy almost every single day. Those projects are winding down now, thank goodness.

I’ve ordered some new products (Brusho water colour crystals) and I’m slowly teaching myself how to work with them. I’ve had some spectacular failures but that’s okay. I’m still having fun. Must remember to wear gloves when working with this product though. It stains.

So here are a few simple cards I’ve done today; only the blue ones have used Brusho and in a very simplistic way. After my failures, I decided to start simple and move up instead of starting at the top of the ladder!

Pardon the bad lighting.  It’s too windy to try to photograph these outside today!



24 December 2017

It’s been far too long since my last visit here. There’s been so much going on in my life that crafting just wasn’t a priority for a while.

There was the move, being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, the unpacking at the new house (that’s still going on!), getting to know the new area, trying to find new doctors and a new hairdresser (FYI, hairdresser came first 🙂 ), decorating and home maintenance. I really want to paint the entire downstairs and upstairs hall. I can’t hang up any pictures on the walls until that happens! Hopefully with the coming of the New Year, things will settle into a new normal for us and I can get back to regular crafting. I miss it!

Every year I send out handmade Christmas cards to my nearest and dearest. This year, I wasn’t feeling quite myself when I made the list AND a few weeks later when I wrote out all the cards. Apparently I missed quite a few of my closest friends! My apologies, dear ones. I had a migraine both of those days and I don’t know what happened. Forgive me. I’ll make it up to you all next year.

For all of you who didn’t receive a card, here’s what you missed. Love you all!



9 Sept 2017

Have I dropped off the face of the Earth or what? It sure feels that way. We’ve been in free fall for several weeks here – ever since my husband came home and said we had 12 weeks to move! He got a job transfer. So life is a little hectic and my crafting has been put aside for now.

We took two trips to our new state (8 hours from here) to look at the area and find a property. We vacillated between renting and buying but buying won out once we got a good look at the rental market! So that was an adventure. Luckily we have the best real estate agent in the world.

During all this chaos, I’ve actually managed to get sick twice. I’m sure it’s the stress. I even got shingles! Not fun, but just another part of this great adventure!

We are busy going through all our things and sorting out what to keep and what gets donated. I’ve had a good clear out of my craft room! We took THREE loads of donations of used craft supplies and craft books and magazines to the local Boys and Girls Club. My friend, Nikki, told me that they accept  used craft supplies so they have surely benefited from all I gave!

I thought it would be difficult to part with all my stuff but the reality is that it’s been quite a good exercise. I actually have only kept those craft things I KNOW I will do. No more once and done projects that I *think* are cool. No more saving EVERY SINGLE PROJECT from Pinterest because it’s neat. Now, I can admire those projects and let someone else do them!

I’ve kept all my acrylic paints and paint supplies. I’ve kept almost all of my stamps and card making supplies. I culled out a lot of my scrapbook paper (I had enough for several lifetimes and there was no way I could use it all). And now, I’m packing what is left. It’s still a lot.

I’m looking forward to the new place. I’ll have my own craft room! My husband gave me the large, sunny room on the main floor and he will put his study in one of the upstairs spare bedrooms. I feel so lucky and intimidated all at the same time. The new space will be great, but this current room has a walk in closet and the new place does not. That will take some adjusting. I’m sure it will all work out in the end.

This is a picture of the new craft room taken from the real estate listing. That’s not my furniture! I’ll have a lot more stuff in there! 🙂ISiji6i6jugbk71000000000

And this is where I’m at now in my craft room – all my stamps are packed away in boxes! Look at the sad, empty shelves!



So watch this space for upcoming information! I’ll be back in a few weeks!


5 July 2017

I’ve been lax in crafting lately. I had a trip out of town and then played catchup when I got home. My son had a week of camp as soon as I returned. Then the holiday weekend.

My craft fairy is a little out of practice! I made two cards yesterday and this shell today. It’s been a bit of a struggle, to be honest. It’s always this way for me when I have some time off. Getting back into a routine is difficult. I’m a master procrastinator.

I saw a craft on Etsy that inspired me to attempt this painted shell. I’ve been decluttering and reorganizing my house (and craft room – again!) and I just happened to have this shell right at hand.

One thing that occurred to me, after I started painting, is that I should have put a base coat of white. I may not have needed so many coats for good coverage!


Coming along nicely here.


I drew in the little trees by hand to start with. This gave me the ability to have good spacing before I put my brush on the shell.


It was a little harder than I thought to paint those little guys. They are black and green with a bit of dark bronze at the base.

All finished. Added the little stars up at the top. It’s a sunset with trees! I’m pleased for my first attempt at this type of craft.