Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Toast to all my Blogger Friends

May you have a happy, healthy, prosperous 2009, and may your creativity never run dry

Happy New Year Everyone!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

One Lovely Blog Award

I am so touched to receive the One Lovely Blog award for this blog. Many thanks to June, who is a special lady who makes lovely things and you can see her art at June's Arty Retreat, or at June's Crafty Tips - a site that I just LOVE for tips and tricks and trying new things! Thank you so much again June!

I will pass this on to 7 other blogs that in turn deserve this award for their hard work, beautiful art and the generosity of sharing themselves and their work in blogland. My nominees are:

The Kathryn Wheel
Paper Mischief
Magpie's Nest
Vintage Wil
Patties Art
Bits and Pieces
Rosie's ATC Exchange and other Arty Stuff

Because I'm "new around here" some of these bloggers will have never heard of me, but I visit their sites often and love looking at their work.

The rules are:
1. Add the logo to your blog.
2. Link to the person from whom you received this award.
3. Nominate 7 or more blogs.
4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are “One Lovely Blog”!

Thanks again June! Look forward to sharing our art in 2009!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Just a bit of homespun

So I'm not one who sews often but I saw this ornament in a magazine a couple years ago and wanted to do some "relax" time on the couch - perfect opportunity to try something a bit different. It's two pieces of felt, cut into star shape (obviously) then a snowflake looking pattern on the front and blanket stitching around the sides. Two of these will go to friends this holiday.. one has already reached it's destination and I'm not sure the other will make it before the 25th but she'll know that my heart is in it :-)
Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

An adopted doll!

Oh I'm so excited to post this doll! My friend Benjji who has recently taken up the art of creating Dotee dolls sent it to me. Although it's a bit larger than the average Dotee, it's a beauty, along with the others she's recently made. I'll post a photo of them all together - with her permission of course. Benjji - Thanks so much for letting your dolls visit my home and allowing me to adopt this one, I just love her!

If you're interested in making Dotee dolls, you should visit Dot's blog - she made the original "Dotee". I also understand that there is a template or pattern for making "Dotee like" dolls here. If you really like what you see, stop on over to YahooGroups and see the new group started recently by my friend Vicki from ATC_Connection. It's called Dotee_World - link here This is a members only group for trading ideas and swapping what else??? Dotee Dolls!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Goofy Yes, but fun at the time....

On a previous post I mentioned a 29 days of Giveaways going on at Art By Christi - lovies you must check it out! Anyway, one of the recent questions for our comments was "What is the most odd item within your reach right now". As I mentioned in my comment on her blog, my table is completely covered right now with mostly research papers and such BUT, if I looked around..... well, I found this. Yes, they're pin cushions that were made quite a few years ago, with the thought that we would sell them at a dinky little store near my mother's home. They were, at the time, the little whimsicle thing that someone who lives near the water (the area we were in) and loves to sew would just love to receive in their Christmas stocking..
Now I look at these things and think about the ton of fun we had making these, sitting at her kitchen table stiching away, making different creatures bodies and legs, and the 1.5 hour trip to the store and back to get the material. The shells we readily found in her front yard and the netting we also had on hand. We actually did sell some of them (and some at various yard sales and such we've had since) but as you can see, not everyone who sews enjoys a bit of whimsy in their world - we've got about a dozen left. There were green turtles also, but all of those sold.

I just wanted to share this strange but memory filled find with you.

Not Much Creation Lately

Ah the holidays! Busy days filled with shopping, cooking, decorating, oh and the usual housework that happens all year long... no time for creating right now! Not that my mind isn't swimming with ideas and overflowing with desire to come to my room and create something. But, alas this is all I've got to show for the last week, the blur of Christmas lights and ornaments and decorations that only come out for a month or so every year... I hope everyone is busily making their home merry & bright!!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"29 Days of Giveaways"

In the true spirit of the season Art By Chrysti is having a 29 days of Giveaways at her blog. It's a wonderful read so please don't just skip to the comments. We can all gain something by looking at the world through the eyes of a child - all goodness and hope and love in one little being.

Click on the "29 Days of Giveaways" link above to visit her site.

Have a great day!