Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fourth of July with Character Constructions

Thank you for stopping by. I finally finished this doll after working on it in bits every evening for the last little while. Who knew that a cheap plastic trophy cup would turn into this??? The stamps are from Character Constructions Cirque and Bee Keeper's Tea collections. 

What about you? Do you craft or decorate for Independence Day?


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fourth of July Decor with Character Constructions

Thanks for stopping by. I took time out of my crazy schedule to honor my design team commitment for Character Constructions stamps. And I must say that, oh, I just LOVE Character Constructions Stamps!!! I start with a slight idea, and the stamps seem to just morph into a project. They take me on a journey more than I plan how to use them. For the debutante below, I used a plate from the Cirque Collection and mounted her on a box that I covered with a Revolutionary War letter I found and modified from Google image search.

 The rhinestone embellishments are bits of vintage Czech glass that I purchased in Port Costa (near San Francisco) last weekend at Wendy Addison's Theatre of Dreams.

  This next piece was inspired by a turn of the century award medal and ribbon that
 I admired in an antiques mall in the quaint old town of Petaluma.
I used Character Constructions Bird and 
Bee Paperie Plate #2 for the image:

I am delighted that these pieces have such an authentic vintage look. 
I can't wait to see what other stamps I can use for Fourth of July!

I'm joining these fine blog parties:

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Feeling Like the Queen Bee!

Wowwee!!! We have had the craziest bout of illness around my office since January!!! Every other week we were passing around some new virus, ugh! The recycled air must be like working in an airplane. I was just about to buy a diffuser and some essential oils, which I probably still will do, but I think the round of illnesses has ceased. I feel fantastic--better than I've felt in months!!!!! HURRAY!!! I am feeling like the Queen Bee!!! :-)

                  Another project made with the new "Bee Happy" stamps from Oxford Impressions.

I hope you are having a wonderful and healthy weekend and feeling like the Queen Bee yourself!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Bee Happy!

Just in time for Spring is the wonderful new collection of Bee Happy stamps from 

I just love them all.  Between work, my student, getting sick, and having to study, 
I managed to put together this card.  I can't wait to make more. 

Here's another little piece I made using a tin can. I love upcycling cans this way. Perhaps I will give a gift in it. Hmm....

Oxford Impressions stamps come as a solid sheet of red rubber that you cut and 
assemble. You get so many stamps at a great price when you do it yourself. 
For my tutorial to mount the stamps, click here.

I am linking up with parties from these great blogs:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washi-Covered Easter Eggs

I wanted to "color" eggs this year in a nontraditional way, so I pulled out 
my favorite washi from Tim Holtz, tore it into small strips, and covered some 
wooden eggs. I also painted a few with blush-colored acrylic paint and flecked 
dots on them. I plan to do a tutorial on the weekend for this quick "decoupage" project.
Do you have a favorite technique for "coloring" Easter eggs?


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tin Can Crafting

It seems that as I create more, I become more creative.
Some days, everything I see morphs into something else. That makes it really
 hard to get rid of anything that can become something useful or pretty--
which is pretty much everything...
Does this happen to you????

Since last Thanksgiving, when I made a lot of Southern casseroles with
 canned things, like creamed soups, I have been saving tin cans.
Now this was driving my husband absolutely nuts, and it pretty much got down to, 
"If you don't get these out of the kitchen, I'm throwing them ALL away!"

Well since I had found this holder at Goodwill, which was the perfect size for my cans, 

I couldn't part with them.  So I picked a few of the most special ones to store, and humored him by throwing some away. (I also had to prove to myself that I wasn't a hoarder!)

My plan was to spray paint and then decoupage flowers on them, but that was more mess than I really wanted to deal with, so I just kept storing the cans. Then a couple of days ago, I 
found these paper-covered cans on Pinterest that I adored. I knew they would be quick to make and no mess! So I set to work with decorative paper and washi. I did spray one lid and glued a knob on. 

Wow! I am so happy with how they look in my holder:

This was SO quick, simple, and SO rewarding! Amy, of Four Corners Design, the originator of this craft made covered ones as gift containers. She added a little bit of shredded paper and nestled the gift inside. A little washi on either side would secure the lid. 

If you try this yourself, be sure to open the cans with a Pampered Chef can opener, which does not leave a sharp edge - pretty amazing actually.
Now off to make more!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pin Money

It's hard to imagine that there was a time when woman didn't have money of their own. Some resorted to selling eggs or taking in sewing or laundry, but often that money went for shoes for the children or other necessities of life that couldn't be afforded otherwise. More fortunate women might be given small amounts of money on a regular basis, sort of like an allowance, that they could use for non-essentials, like hair ribbons, barrettes, gloves, and trinkets. Many called this money, "Pin Money." 

I first heard of this term from my mother-in-law, Katie, who kept pin money, and I have heard a few older women speak of it as well. The term is believed to have originated in the time of Henry the VIII:

      Catherine Howard, wife of Henry VIII., introduced pins into England from France. As they         were expensive at first, a separate sum for this luxury was granted to the ladies by their           husbands. Hence the expression "pin-money."

In the 1940s and 50s, special banks were made for pin money. The one below is pretty typical for that period:
I love the idea of keeping a little money tucked away just for little treats, so I decided to make my own bank for pin money from a Trader Joe's cookie tin. I have been obsessed with the "Cocoa Baton" packaging for a while (yeah, it's true). When they came out with this tin, it was a LOVE fest! (Did you ever buy cookies for the packaging???)
 I coated over most of the print with a coat of gesso and then pulled out 
my Character Constructions Cirque stamps and went to work.
 I just love making doll skirts from cupcake papers:


This will hold a lot of change from hubby's pockets!
What will I buy with my pin money?
Maybe some new perfume, or new pair of earrings...
I really enjoy just having it around.
What about you, do you save pin money?