Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Keeping busy

Well, here we are quarantined at home, which is disruptive to many, but it's the norm for us. Staying home and away from crowds is fine with me. I hope you all are well, staying home and keeping your hands washed. This too shall pass.

In the meantime, I've been painting moms interior of her home. It is looking so much brighter and her spirits are lifted. My hubby installed a new kitchen light and what a difference. She said all this time she thought she was going blind...๐Ÿ˜Š. Spring will bring warmer weather soon and she can sit on her porch swing and enjoy the birds and squirrels again.

I'm still playing with pretty papers and making junk journals. I'm telling you, I would have never imagined they would be as addictive as crazy quilting, but they are. I was actually hitting the post button in my etsy shop when I got a request to purchase it. It's going to a wonderful home, so I'm ok with that. There's something about them that make me want to keep them. I thought it might be the hours I put in to them, but I put the same hours into my crazy quilting and have no problem letting go the majority of the time. Anyway, here is the link to the video.  And here are some photos.

This little flip out folder slips into a lace pocket on the back of this journal.

This purple Crazy Quilt Journal below was such fun to create using the kit inspired by my projects by ScreechOwlStudio on etsy. 

Also enjoying the little details added to a junk journal like these tags from MyPorchPrints on etsy.

Time to make dinner so I'll continue my Junk Journey update another time. Stay well!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

New Year....New adventures

I feel like a stranger to my own blog. I've found that I am not alone in deserting my blog for months at a time. It seems several of my blogging friends have stepped back as well. However, that doesn't mean we can't post when we have things to share, so, I'm posting today.

Where do I begin? Lets start with a few beautiful sunrises I've enjoyed...

Each one was beautiful and changed color within seconds, which is how I feel life has been for me. One day has been so different from the next. Instead of a routine, which I thought happened when retirement arrives, it's been quite the opposite. I'm pretty much a "fly by the seat of your pants" gal lately. Life has been crazy, but good, and that is fine with me.

I'm still working puzzles with mom....and sometimes her spoiled cat, Payton.๐Ÿ˜‰ We now receive them for Christmas, which I love. Puzzles are pricey these days, and when you have an addiction of three or more per week, well, it adds up. But then, the enjoyment and time spent together is priceless.

Mom and I celebrated her 89th birthday at her favorite restaurant, Red Lobster......time is moving too quickly.
I've made a few more snippets and forgot to take photos before sending them off, so you have to take my word for it :-)  About a month or so ago, I was influenced by a friend to try my hand at paper junk journals, and I'm addicted. It is much like crazy quilting because anything goes, you get to work with beautiful images and embellishments and your imagination is your guide. Some people ask why make or even own a junk journal. Well, you can jot down happy thoughts, events, poems,photos, etc in the many blank pages and cards tucked away in pockets and envelopes hidden throughout the journal. Here are a few of my first attempts.

After making a few, I realized there weren't any digital journals offered for crazy quilting, and how nice it would be to have one to mix cloth and paper both. So....I contacted one of my favorite digital journal designers from South Africa. Yvonne, from Screech Owl Studio. Her offerings are gorgeous and I urge you to browse her etsy shop even if you aren't into junk journaling. Well, we collaborated to create a CQ journal and you can find it here. Here is a sampling~

I only provided photos of my work, Yvonne worked her magic and I'm happily working on a journal using this kit. Yvonne did a beautiful job and her added embellishments just blew me away. I wish I knew more about digital design, I would have a blast. You can tell Yvonne enjoys her work. Thank you Yvonne if you're reading this.

Aside from celebrating mom's birthday on the 17th of Dec, my son and daughter in law bought their first home and we are currently getting them moved in. It is a pretty home with plenty of natural light, a maintainable sized yard and great location close to work, town and the beach. I am so happy for them.

Also, in Dec, our family welcomed a new addition. My brother married a sweet girl, Wheng, from the Philippines and they arrived on mom's birthday with the news. They will be returning in the spring to purchase a home nearby, and mom will have all of her children close by once again.

Speaking of homes, my hubby discovered this nest in the lilac tree and ran in to get me. I stood on the deck staring at the tree for a few minutes before insisting he tell me what I'm supposed to be seeing. Can you see what he was excited about?

It seems a squirrel filled the nest with black walnuts๐Ÿ˜€ Isn't that crazy?  I had to get a picture. Nature is entertaining for sure.

I guess I'll wrap this post up with a reading suggestion. I've really enjoyed Joanne Demaio's novels, and this was very enjoyable. When you purchase her books, she will send you an autographed bookplate to go with each story. I've collected all of them and am excited that her newest book is soon to be released.

every summer is the title of her new book.

I enjoy the paperbacks versus the digital, so I must wait until March. Argh! It's worth it though. I enjoy every second of reading her stories.

So, that's my update. I hope you all are having a great 2020 and maybe, just maybe I will find time and the desire to blog more this year. I always say that and nothing happens...fingers crossed that this year it will happen. Stay healthy, happy and Happy New Year to all.

Monday, December 02, 2019

2020 Snippet Calendar is now available at Magcloud

I've just published my 2020 13 month Snippet Calendar. I hope it inspires you to create a Snippet Roll of your own. Link is on my sidebar.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Snippet Roll Digest #14 is now available

If you've been enjoying the Snippet Rolls and need simple instructions, I've just released a tutorial digest on Magcloud. See right sidebar for link.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Another Snippet Roll

I told you these were addictive.
When you go searching through your stash, and find bits of lace, trims, small appliques, etc, put them in a box and mark it for Snippet Rolls. It will be easier to pick and choose if they were altogether...trust me.

So this one has a bird theme.

Go through your stash and enjoy!