Archive for November, 2009

thanksgiving part 2
mashed potatoes anyone?

Julian’s plate, before…

…and after.

Gwen, cute as a cranberry!

mmm, chocolate.

ah, summer
A little late here but I loved the July/August/September issue of Somerset Life. My favorites were: the embellished vintage cookie cutters by Becky Shander – so sweet! The repurposed wooden clothespins-as-magnets by Molly Quoyser were cute, with their nautical theme. The artist used her mother’s old nautical charts which I thought was a wonderful way to incorporate something meaningful into an everyday object. The dolled-up martini glasses by various artists – I would love to make some myself. A beautiful birthday book by Kristen Robinson. Oh-so-lovely & unique “placecards” by Heather Bullard. The beautiful vintage compacts turned into messages of love by Linda Warlyn. Gorgeous gift tags by Angela Harris.

I could simply jump into the pages and live happily ever after. What a gorgeous and inspiring magazine!

~vintage sparkles in my dreams~

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an attitude of gratitude

I am thankful for:
my family – husband, children, parents, sister, grandmother, niece, step-parents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins.
our house – it’s not much to look at (yet!), but it’s cozy and safe.
my health.
dependable, nice cars.
good, nutritious & delicious food to eat, and the money to buy it.
a good job with good benefits.
indoor plumbing & hot water.
nice clothes & shoes.
Lindt chocolate.
toothpaste & toothbrush.
the numerous lotions and potions I use on my skin.
beautiful music.
internet access.
rainy days.
wegman’s dark chocolate ice cream.
lay’s potato chips.
somerset studio.
a decent daycare for Lily.
clean water.
the wizard of oz.
our dvr.

~happy thanksgiving~

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I found this quote on Lynn Davis’ blog (I condensed it a bit). This is how I feel about making stuff. I think I am happiest when I am creating.

I used a digital tag from one of my Artella kits. Isn’t it pretty? I would love to know how to make something like that.

I was thinking the other night about a common thread that runs through the art magazines I read. When the artists (mostly female) discuss their childhoods/backgrounds, inevitably they mention another family member who was artistic or creative in some way. And usually it is a female family member, particularly a mother or grandmother, and usually they created using a needle and thread, whether it was the grandmother who was a seamstress or the mother who made Halloween costumes.

These unknown artists, creating perhaps more out of necessity than purely as a form of self-expression, imbued in their daughters/granddaughters the love of creating. Female artists seem always to have another female artist in their family, and it made me think about the importance of sharing what you love to do.

My own family is filled with creative women. My Mom has been a baker for decades – baking all sorts of goodies, and making beautifully decorated cakes. She also quilts, has made clothes, and does needlework. My one grandmother used to make clothes, and my other grandmother also made clothes and did needlework. My sister does needlework too.

I hope that Lily will be interested in art and creating – I dream of spending afternoons together, creating, sharing, and enjoying being together.

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don’t mess with the t.
Tabatha is back. I love Tabatha. She is one tough cookie. I admire her integrity and her high standards of salon excellence. And I like her clothes too!

off for an affaire
Tomorrow (of course at the last possible minute. Here I go paying a fortune for overnight shipping yet again! I don’t know why I can’t get it together to get this stuff mailed earlier.) I am sending off my pieces to Jewelry Affaire. Here is the last set I made, called Sea Dreams.

Sea Dreams Necklace

Sea Dreams Earrings

I think these two pieces turned out really well – very elegant, but not complicated to make.

I’m still not sure if this is what the editors are looking for, but the idea of the magazine is elegant jewelry that a beginner can make. All the pieces I am sending are, I think, simple for a beginner. The wrapped loops do take a bit of practice, but I made certain in the instructions to say that you could make simple loops instead. I hope the editors like at least something!

Artbeads discount
I have a coupon code to share for Artbeads – SCF10P-ARTBEADS-0424. This is good for 10% off and expires 12/31/09. Artbeads carries some unique jewlery-making supplies, as well as the more typical ones. Enjoy!

cookies for a cause
I found a great website dedicated to providing a bit of comfort to those serving in the military – bakinggals. These baking gals bake cookies and other treats and send them off to a designated military personnel. If you want to do some good with your baking skills check it out.


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