Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cuffs and Journals

These altered journals are for a swap on If you have not checked them out please take a look they have something for everyone. The cuffs are for a sale I participated in this past weekend as well as for a crafster swap.

 Sorry about the pins on the next pictures but I was in a rush to get them photographed and tagged. Usually I forget to take pictures and regret it later but not this time. Next time I will stage them differently but this works for now.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I WON!!!

I WON!!!!!!  Oh, I am so excited and can't wait to feast my eyes on all the wonderful ideas in this issue. Thanks to  
for the giveaway. If you are not a follower of this blog take a look and you might just become one.  Thanks again!
 NOW... without further Somerset Life Magazine giveaway winner is.....

Tara from "Fabric Friend!" 
Congratulators Tara!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Swap Pictures

Happy Thursday to everyone. Hope you have exciting plans for this weekend. I am looking forward to a nap or two so I can catch up on some much needed rest. I wanted to share the pictures from the 
most recent swap I participated in on The theme was "Jump Start Your Art Journal". Your partner chose from a list of art journal themes and made the journal (first time making for many of us) and embellished no more than half the pages. My partner chose steampunk from my list and the follow is what she created. I really love this journal. The pages are tea dyed watercolor paper.


 Lots of lovely gears.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New Link Party

Check out the new link party at ! I am number 217 with my Pins,Pegs and Spools tutorial. Lots of neat stuff to see.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Look

I love this new header and background for my blog. A wonderful graphic artist creates and shares them so be sure to check out her site- This is the second set that I have downloaded and it went much faster this time. The first time it took forever because I was new at moving stuff around and getting everything in the right place.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Art Journal Swap

I just finished up another swap through this time for an art journal. The idea was to give your partner a head start on a journal by adding your own art work to some of the pages and making the journal. I received from my partner today and am posting pictures of her amazing work. I had three themes listed and she chose steampunk. three themes listed and she chose steampunk.
 Lovely tissue that I saved for another project.
 Some of her favorite items to craft with.
 Opening page with envelopes to hold treasures.
 Amazing art work.
 Love this tree and little bird.
 I am not sure what type of paper this is put I really like it and want some of it for my stash.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

New Goodies

I just finished up another swap with This one was a swap for Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) a favorite holiday of mine. My partner,mezcraft, sent some amazing things and here they are.

First, a lovely marigold pin.

The packages came wrapped in this great fabric.

This artist shrine is amazing. If you look closely you will see two of my paintings hanging inside!

Great bead work on this. Our beloved greyhound.

Great bead work on this. Our beloved greyhound.

And last but not least you can't have Day of the Dead without a skull.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Still Here

Hi everyone. Just wanted to let you all know that I am still alive. We had a graduation this month and lots of stuff going on with the graduate and the time really went by fast. So, I am hoping that things are somewhat back to normal and I can get back to posting on a regular basis.  Thanks to everyone for hanging in there with me and I look forward to catching up with you all soon!

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Head on over to to get in on her fabulous bag giveaway. I am hoping I can win one for my daughters graduation present. She needs a camera bag!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Art Journal Pages and Help

So, I figured out how to change and background of my blog. I saved the code from my original one and then tried to play around with the header and have lost it. I have the code still but can not get it back where it belongs. Can anyone help???? In the mean time here are some new art journal pages.

These three are from Pam Carriker's new book. Love that book.

This is my first attempt at using magazine images.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Art Journal Pages

I have been working on several art journal pages and I think I have the scanner mastered so I am posting a number of pages that I have been working on in the last few weeks.

These two are straight from Pam Carriker's web site. She has a tutorial there and it is easy to follow. Kind of my first steps into art journaling.

This fellow is on one of the prepared background that Pam talkes about in her book. You make up a bunch so that you have them ready when creativity strikes.

 Again,a prepared background with religious cards and items from our trip to Bath,England.
 I really like this one. It started out pretty rough so I kept adding stuff like stamps,oil pastels and I stenciled gesso on using a flower and vine stencil to give it some texture and depth.
 These clowns are a demo for altered artifacts. She puts together different images and has them for sell in her etsy store and I got put on the list to make up a sample of what you could do. I have a second example to finish-hopefully tonight-and get over to her.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ultimate Blog Party!

Found this great blog party
the other day and wanted to get a link going . So,a little about me. Almost 25 years of teaching and I can see retirement ahead! I have been a sewing most of my life but have recently gotten hooked on art journals and they are my new love. I love to try new techniques meeting new people through blogging. Hope you enjoy looking around my blog!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rusty Rooster Giveaway

If you have not visited the Rusty Rooster yet now is the time! A beautiful blog with great ideas and Vicki is very generous and sharing. So head over there and take a look she is starting a huge giveaway in April.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

4.95 Swap

I am a member of crafster and am just finishing up the fill a flat rate box/envelope swap. If you have never swapped before this is the place to start. They have tons of different swaps going at once. You fill out your questionnaire and are assigned a partner(s) and the fun begins. I have two partners that I sent and received from. This is box number one.

This is the entire box. The idea is to find what your partners is interested in and cram as much as you can in a flat rate box or envelope. You can get alot of stuff in a flat rate box!The bundle of floss is from France and my favorite color-white. Cute little folding scissors

Beads in my second favorite color-green.

I am looking forward to my second box!