Monday, December 21, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I took on a new monthly job deal also. As if I didn't have enough to do right? The company that makes House Mouse rubber stamps ask me to make cards for their 2010 stamp of the month club for stores. Well that is 95 cards a month. At least I can color copy the mouse part after I color it. I just have to assemble 95 cards. That in itself is a job! Last month I cut 95 little mouse hands to hold a punched heart. This month was a little easier, just layering more. It is fun though to color the little guys and then come up with a card. I need to ask if I can post the finished cards here on the blog.
Another exciting thing happening around our house is my son is going to college early! Richland Junior College has a program where kids can attend their Collegiate High School their Junior and Senior years. This program gets them a High School Diploma and an Associates Degree in Science. So he will be attending there after the holidays.
I have to say it was a hard decision for him and for us as parents to let him decide. He will be leaving his friends and the same school district he has been in since kindergarten. He is sacrificing being on the Varsity Golf team and of course his classes will be harder than the AP ones he is taking now.
I am more sentimental than he is so it's been tough for me to want him to do it. As a Mom I want those Senior pictures and Prom ones too! They have that at Richland but still it will not be the same as being at his old school and with his friends. I just paid for his Senior ring and annual too. LOL But I have to think about the money it's going to save me (two years of junior college) because it is free for him to do this. Plus he will have a degree at the end of his Senior year and have a better chance at a good 4 year college. So I try to dwell on those two things.
He will have two or three friends there with him. They started in the Fall. He is very good at making friends anyway. He is very outgoing and can talk to anyone. So I feel he will be fine in that department. I just hope he is not growing up to fast and takes everything in and makes the best of the situation. That's all I can hope for and that he makes good grades! LOL
I thought I would post some of the Christmas decorations I have around the house. Below is the tree I have in my bedroom. It looks like a vintage tinsel tree but came from Hobby Lobby several years back. I soldered little word ornaments for it. I also made some chocolate brown metal circle ornaments and then bought a few silver snowflake ball ones from Smitten in McKinney. I bought them last year so I do not know if they have any this year but they are really pretty.
This is piece I got from another store in McKinney but they are closed now. It is a Bethany Lowe I believe.
The lights and ornaments on the main Christmas tree in the den.
This candy wreath my husband got as a gift this year from one of his customers. I think it's a cutie!
These red and green ornaments are on the tinsel tree on the kitchen table.
This is a new tree for us this year. It's a fir tree in an urn. I found these silver and gray ornaments at Target and thought they would be perfect. This tree works for any holiday. I have used it for Valentines and for Easter but not for Christmas before.
Grinch and his dog sitting under the Christmas tree.
This is another Bethany Lowe piece I acquired after Christmas last year. Glad to be able to put him out this year.
Monday, November 16, 2009
This glass house is a Christmas theme one. It lights up with battery operated tea lights so there is not a fire hazard. Done in pink and green colors for a fun and whimsical style. The other end has a transparency in it of a girl sitting on Santa's lap. I do happen to know the little girl and she is not little anymore, but just as sweet. On one side of the roof I applied punched out reindeer. You only see them when the light is on though. Kind of a neat effect. There are more photos of the other sides on my site so go check it out.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
We started in May of this year and just finished a few weeks ago. In conclusion we had a soiree at my home on Nov. 1st. November 2nd is Marie's birthday. We had lunch and then looked at all our fabulous creations. What is a Marie party without cake? You know she really didn't say "Let them eat cake." but it's fun to say she did. My wonderful friend Mary made these cupcakes
and the cute stamped and colored Marie picks. She also made some great candy coated pretzels that are to die for! Plus a crown shaped cake! She is wonderful and helped me make the soiree run smoothly.
This is April's bodice. We each bought a wire bodice from Stampington and Company but she cut hers up and attached it to a tomatoe cage. What an out of the box idea that was! Her shoe, cake and crown are below. Speaking of out of the box...look at her crown. Base is made from wire then wrapped with fabric. Wire was them spireled on one end and a beaded charm added. Then stuck into the base. Very different but ingenious.
Below is Mary's contributions. Love her crown and the head it's displayed on! Her cake was a masterpiece. Three tiers of paper and glitter topped with a shoe! Her bodice was covered with stamped and collaged tags. She spent a lot of time on it. Lovely little shoe made of paper.
Pink was Melody's color choice for her pieces. Her crown is a metal one covered with fibers then topped with a flower. Fibers were included on all her pieces and it helped tie her pieces together. Her cake is topped with a bird on a nest of fibers! Very cute! She also was generous with her time in making things
run smoothly at the party.
Here are my pieces. My bodice was covered with tied on strips of fabric, soldered charms and there is a bird inside the hoop skirt to be like a cage. I think Marie was sorta like a caged bird not getting to fly and be set free to have fun without being critazized. The cake is covered with paper, curled pipe cleaners, glitter and a copy of Kirsten Dunst as Marie from the Sophia Coppella movie. My shoe was paper and the crown was a tiera embellished with pipe cleaners and leaves.
Here you can see the bird inside the cage.
These are all the journals. All done in lucious colors and fabrics.
These are favors for three guests we had come and I made digital collages for the fronts of the bags. I received some wonderful gifts for favors as host and each of us made some type of favor for each other. There were rhinestone frames with a Marie collage inside, faux postage of Marie, ceramic shoes and several other great ones.
I made a fabric wall hanging as a door prize. I forgot to photograph it by itself and only got a photo of April who won, holding it. I need to ask her permission to put the photo on here so you will have to wait to see it later. It turned out great though.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Above are the toppers, bookmarks and cupcake picks.
Here is the invite. The words are printed on vellum then below is a picture of Bella, Edward and Jacob. It was fun to make all the items and I got lots of compliments on the invites.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Stampers Anonymous, Ranger, or Advantus lines of product. It was fun and my projects did make up part of the cover artwork. The doll, cabinet and dress form are mine.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This is my Butterfly Box. Using real butterfly wings makes the piece elegant and colorful. Speaking of colorful...the wings were so hard to choose from because they are all so pretty and rich in color. If you get a chance to take a class from Stephanie you will be in for a treat! Visit her blog at http://www.soigathered.typepad.com/ She has posted all of the Butterfly Boxes we made this weekend.
Monday, September 14, 2009
In this workshop you will create a piece of wall art using a variety of paints and papers while learning a technique to add texture to your backgrounds – not only in this piece but in other you create later. Once the texture is complete, you will add imagery, draw your cage, accent it with charcoal and seal for a finished 12" x 7" piece ready to hand. To create a similar palette as the sample, you will need dabbers in the following colors: Aqua, Citrus, Cool Peri and Juniper. Optional: Pool, Lake and Pink Sherbet dabbers. If you have a different palette preference, bring the dabbers for your palette. Also bring your tool kit that includes paint brushes to paint and to glue. Donna Joy [$45]
Monday, August 17, 2009
In this class we will explore the basics of solder for those who have never attempted it. You will assemble collages for pins, pendants and a necklace. Once you learn this technique, you can make ornaments, wall art, and boxes. Your imagination will run wild with other gift ideas. Bring to class scissors, glue stick, small vice, bone folder, solder iron with 1/8” screwdriver type tip, safety glasses and jewelry pliers. ($65)
Glass House without lights onGlass House with lights on
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
I have several styles of this vintage art pendant.
If your an Alfred Hitchcock fan here is a soldered pendant for you. I love The Birds movie. It's my favorite of his.
Isn't she the cutest little thing you've ever seen? Her quote is "really do i have to?" I got this cutey from Lisa's Altered Art on Etsy www.lisasalteredart.etsy.com .