About Me

Florence, Arizona
Welcome to my blog. I am newly retired and eager to enjoy it all - decorating, shopping, cooking, travel and most crafts - paper crafts, stained glass, mosaic, mixed media, sketching, painting - you name it, I want to try it.
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Friday, August 12, 2011


And I love it... out shopping with my friend again, and ran into this.  I HAD to have it again - I was going to use it to store embellies and stuff, but when I really looked at it, I saw that it had many of the original shoe laces (10 cents!) and all the paper labels in tact, so just had to dust off and hang it on the wall as is.

GIBBS Happy Mail

I had my good buddy Lisa for my partner on this happy mail swap.  Among her wishes were notecards and a pin cushion.  I made the pincushion by filled a small mason jar with sand and then stuffed a pin cushion into it.  I covered that with a piece of purple butterfly-pattern material - purple and butterflies are her fave - and then added lace a pearls with hot glue.  The decoration glued on the front is an earring costume jewelry earring, pulled apart.  I hope she gets alot of use out of it, and thinks of me as she uses it!

Then I made her some note cards - and used my wonderful new little Janome mini-sew to zig zag stitch on them.  To hold the note cards, I took a cigar box and folded some TH paper to make little compartments to hold the cards, a pen, and some stamps.  I tied it all up with purple butterflies cut with my Silhouette.
Enjoy Lisa!


I was out thrift store shopping with my friend the other day and found a treasure!  I found this old cabinet, and thought it was very cool looking because it was "vintage" and just had to have it.  (YES, it fit far enough into the trunk of a Honda Accord - just barely)

Once I got it home and into place, it suddenly seemed old and not "vintage".  Soooo, I sanded down the rusty spots, cleaned and cleaned, and covered the fronts of the drawers - painstakingly! - with shabby chic contact paper.  I loooove how it turned out.  Enough of the "old" shows through but it's cute to me now.  AND, I can't even begin to tell you how much it holds!  Love it

Sunday, June 19, 2011


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY.... I made a card and an explosion box adorned with Tim goodies and Tim and Graphic 45 paper to hold my husband's Father's Day present. I love this combo - they just seem to go together. I got the G45 when I was back east visting my buddy, Denni. From Cape Cod to California for a card and box!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Card for my BFF

OK, feel like I'm really still sorting out my style. I think some of this card is my "newly found" style - I love the TH mannequin, and the paper, and the flowers. I think I really NEED that little rosette die tho. Yep, that's my next purchase.
This is a card I made for my BFF who had minor surgery yesterday. Just wanted to let her know I'm thinking of her. And who better to send a card to -- she always raves about everything!! Ah, what a good BFF!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Graphic 45

I love Graphic 45's springtime paper, and spent a lot of time just staring at it before using it. I made this card for my DIL and stepson. They just moved into their first house and I wanted something "home-y" and happy. Plus my DIL loves fairies so it worked out well.

ANOTHER Baby Album

I am loving making these baby albums. This is the cutest so far, I think. I made this one with chipboard, covered and then decorated. I bound it with my BIA.
The nursery was decorated in greens and browns and had a big monkey painted by his mom and dad on the wall - with his name "Bodie" across the wall. Was very cute.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


OK, be patient with me!!  This will be lots of pics ... My niece is having a baby girl - TODAY - I got up to a message that she is in labor and about ready to deliver.  And I just finished her book yesterday!  She is the sweetest person in the world and has had such a hard time carrying a pregnancy to full term, so this new little baby girl is sooooo loved already! 
For this album, I took a book of nursery rhymes and altered it.  I left the cover as it was cuz I liked it.  I tore out quite a few pages, then glued some together.  I ran a line of glue with my hot glue gun, then folded the two pages together - this helps the book stay together.  Then I bunched up about 10 pages and put them together by gluing one of the pages that I had torn out back on the pages -- very hard to explain, really easy to do -- hopefully the pics will explain!


This phrase was cut from the Heritage cart, and of course stickled!!

I love tags and use them wherever possible.  I made some of these, and some I received in swaps.

Oval scallop cut with nestability die
Birdhouse cut from SYI, rosette cut with TH rosette die

Both picture mats were edged with MS punches; prima butterflies

The butterfly borders cut from Paper Pups and stickled!

baby prima flowers!