Saturday, November 19, 2011

Joyeux Noel

We took vintage art, unique color schemes, lovely ribbons and some vintage inspired stamps to create 8 lovely cards with 8 lovely women. I wanted the cards to look like we scoured a French flea market for beautiful, ephemera and silky ribbons. The cards were gently distressed the cards with a daubber and brown ink pads. Lastly, a few of the cards required just a hint of glitter. The class was a great success and everyone enjoyed there time at class.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Boo to You!

It's really amazing what a little bit of paper can become. Took a little bit of paper, scored, pleated and glued and you have great Halloween rosettes. I bought some  black branches and mini-clothespins from Hobby Lobby and I've got a great bit of Halloween decor. I've got to say I love Halloween.

Monday, October 3, 2011

I'm Watching You . . .

Okay, I'm obsessed with Pinterest. Started in on the site only a month ago and have probably been on it everyday since. Someone like me, who is total visual, it couldn't be a bigger bonanza. Combine with the fact that I will surely tackle any craft under sun, creative combustion will ensue. Sometimes the idea is perfect as is and other times the ideas are just a jumping off point for my creative brain.

The "Eyeball Wreath" is one of those quick little projects inspired by Pinterest. Wood frame from my stash, Dollar Store package of googly eyes, a little black paint, chip board letters, and a scrap of ribbon became the perfect Halloween wreath for my door. So it was really eight packages of googly eyes. Especially because it's not like anyone elses, except maybe the person who posted it on Pinterest.

Watch out Pinterest. Me, and my hundreds of googly eyes, are watching you!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Vintage Fright cards

Last night, I got to teach a fun little class at Simple Pleasures called "Vintage Fright Night". The students and I had a great time creating these vintage inspired cards using scanned art, Tim Holtz dies and stamps and lots of distressed papers. I'm not really sure why this holiday appeals to me so much, but I know it's rubbing off on the boys. So far this year we have made 5 trips to the various Halloween stores that sprout up in empty store fronts. After one such trip, my 3-year old, Lasson, asked me if zombie babies like bunny rabbits and we've called Harrison the "Creepmeister" since he was about 2. My mom swears it's because I let my boys watch "Nightmare Before Christmas" before they even turned three. I guess they have a little Tim Burton in them. I can think of worse Hollywood people to be fascinated with. I personally think he's a creative genius.

And as for zombie babies liking bunny rabbits? I'm not really up on the preferences of the Undead, Lasson.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Today, I think I'll share Lasson's 3rd birthday party. We had a wonderful little safari with all his nursery friends. He's be ordering a cake with animals from "Grammie's Bakery" for over 6 months, including a specific reference to it needing a snake. We'll as you can see Grammie out did herself again. The cake was amazing. I lucked out to find some cute buckets on clearance from Michaels that I jazzed up and we ordered cute pith helmets and binoculars for the great safari. Thanks to big brother/safari guide, Harrison, the kids sought out and found lions, crocodiles, elephants and foraged a racing river/garden hose. Luckily lunch sustained us at the park.

Okay, Okay, I've been promising for over a year that when Lasson started preschool I would update my blog in a timely manner. Well that day is today. We sent that little guy off to school with only a few tears, but those were by Mom! Never have a known a kiddo so independent and ready for school. After we took a few pictures and put on his backpack, he was ready to walk the 5 blocks to school on his own. Needless to say, his Dad and I took him by the hand and walked him down to school.

Love that little guy and his 3-year old gumption. He's overcome a lot in a short amount of time and I look forward to seeing him blossom as he learns. He's smart as a whip and will give his teachers a run for their money.