Archive for February, 2011

off on their way
I finished my literary classics tags and they are off on their way to California! yay! Here are the finished tags:

This is Lily, from The House of Mirth, my favorite book. The line “her bracelets were like manacles, chaining her to her fate” comes early in the book and for me sums up the story and fate of Miss Lily Bart.

miss lily bart

miss lily bart

And this is Undine, from The Custom of the Country. Miss Undine Spragg was a woman who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted and felt she deserved – to be the center of attention, in the highest of New York society, with all the accompanying wealth and prestige – and she didn’t much care what she had to do to get it. “It was the one part she was really made for” is the last line of the book, and serves to illustrate her ravenous appetite for advancement and how, no matter what she got, she ended up being dissatisfied with it.

miss undine spragg

miss undine spragg

I’m happy with how they turned out – since the last photos I posted I added rub-ons, crystals, Distress ink, German scrap, and ribbon.


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giving up.
Last week at this time I had realized that unless I wanted to stay up way late, I was not going to be able to finish my “literary classics” bookmarks in time to get them to Somerset Studio by February 15th. So I said, oh well! Other inspiring themes will come along. Then…

not giving up
Last night I was catching up on some email and saw that the deadline had been extended to February 28th. ah, another chance! I think I can, I think I can….

I hate to give up. I think I can get these in the mail on Wednesday, but Thursday would do as well, at the latest anyway.

I have the bookmarks almost at the point where I thought I would be finished.

poor lily


They’re not bad, but….not quite there, either. They need more. So I looked through my stash – first I thought a button, but didn’t like how that looked. Then I found some rub-ons and some black German scrap – yes! Perfect.

Let’s finish these girls and get them in the mail!


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new jewelry
I received one of the necklaces that I bought for my birthday.

This is Tarnished Past

by talula

by talula

My lovely new necklace is made from an antique rhinestone shoe clip and an antique skeleton key, connected with antiqued brass chain, with a little bit of antique lace tied on one side. I just love it!

I got it from Talula on Etsy – I really love her jewelry. She’s got many other pieces that I wouldn’t mind having!

And the presentation was just gorgeous!

it's all in the presentation

My necklace arrived in this beautifully decorated box. Inside was shredded music paper, and the necklace chain was wrapped around an old miniature playing card. Just darling! I truly felt like I was opening a gift.

The name of this necklace drew my attention during my initial search for birthday jewelry. Tarnished Past – this speaks to me of all the mistakes I’ve made in my life (and there are so many!) – I do feel as if I have a tarnished past. But the key represents redemption – it unlocks the door to a new life. And there is hope!


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happy valentine’s day!
I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Rather a hassle in my opinion. However I will happily accept any chocolate that might be offered to me.

Lily and I did some Valentine’s stuff over the weekend – we made little Valentine’s to give to her classmates, and we made heart-shaped cupcakes.

Here are the Valentine’s….

be mine

I wanted us (meaning me and Lily) to make the Valentine’s for her class…since we had to make one for each child (30 total!) it had to be something quick and simple. I bought a heart-shaped paper punch, glitter glue (you can never go wrong with glitter glue), and Hershey kisses. Lily punched out the hearts and I outlined them in glitter glue. Once dry we used glue dots to attach the kisses. et voila!

And here are the cupcakes…


ok, first of all, I did not do the sprinkles. Lily did the sprinkles. She loves sprinkles!

The cupcakes are devil’s food, with chocolate frosting. I know it seems that I probably chose to do all chocolate, but I swear I let Lily choose the flavors and that’s what she wanted.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!


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four decades

Two things have been in my head as my fortieth birthday has been approaching….

“…years go by will I still be waiting for somebody else to understand
years go by if I’m stripped of my beauty and the orange clouds raining in my head
years go by will I choke on my tears til finally there is nothing left
one more casualty you know we’re too easy
easy easy
….but what if I’m a mermaid
in these jeans of yours with her name still on it here
but I don’t care ’cause sometimes
I said sometimes
I hear my voice
and it’s been here
silent all these years.
I’ve been here –
silent all these years.”

Tori Amos, Silent All These Years


A scene from the Birthday episode of Absolutely Fabulous, wherein our heroine Eddie turns 40, rather ungraciously. I have to paraphrase a bit as I can’t remember all the words and I’m too lazy to go get the dvd and find out what they are.
Beau: “She’s (Eddie) not taking turning 40 very well, is she? I wish I could tell her it’s really no big deal. When I turned 40 I felt happy and secure. No matter what your age you’re still vibrant and beautiful….”
Eddie’s mom (she’s a little evil): “And when you will be 50 dear?”
At which point Beau has an anxiety attack.
Beau’s husband: “She hasn’t started 50 therapy yet!”

Love that scene!

Today I am 40 years old.

Last night was my party, at one of our favorie restaurants, Fountainside, with my family. It was a wonderful time, the food was delicious, and the company was perfect. It was exactly what I wanted for my birthday – a lovely evening with my family, to celebrate my special birthday.

And today has been a mixed day (in other words, a normal day). I have spent a ridiculous amount of time making a German chocolate cake, from an issue of Food Network Magazine. I knew it was a bit complicated, but…..hours have been spent on this cake!

My Mom gave me a gift certificate for Joggles for my birthday, so of course I had to immediately spend it. I ordered a bunch of stuff from my wishlist – some paints, glitter glues (naturally!), rubber stamps, a book, and some other miscellaneous yet delightful items.

My husband bought me a new laptop – the lid is matte purple! It’s so pretty. I received a beautiful Swarovski dragonfly pin from my in-laws, along with other lovely gifts from my Dad and my sister and brother-in-law.

I wanted to buy something special for myself for my birthday too – so I decided to buy some jewelry. I wanted something unique and handcrafted, so I went to Etsy. I’ve ordered two necklaces so far, and there’s a ring I would like to buy also. All from different artists. And all very different styles.

One necklace is called Paris Perfection, and represents the dreams I have for the rest of my life. The other necklace is called Tarnished Past, and represents a new beginning. The ring does not have a name, but it’s a stunning garden ring, complete with dragonfly, bee, flowers, Swarovski crystals, and a pink opal glass stone. It would represent transformation. To me, anyway!


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bookmark this.
I’ve actually been working on projects! I feel I’ve been so uncreative lately. My printer issues have been resolved, and my bookmarks are finally taking (a little) shape. I’ve worked on the background papers so far and I really like how they’re coming along.



Each bookmark has a front and back and then another piece of cardstock in between, for added strength. I started with pretty scrapbook paper, then ran it through the printer to print some text from the books onto the paper. Then I dry-brushed gesso on top and ran it through the printer again, and applied more gesso. Then I misted each with water and blotted with a paper towel. And to top it off, a generous misting of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (this stuff is great! I need to get some in metallic colors).

I still have quite a bit of work to do, and of course time is not on my side. Is it ever?

and some jewelry.
Also I have been working on this necklace, featuring one of my Polyshrink fragments.


It’s not quite done yet – I have to finish the chain, and I think I will switch around the pearl at the bottom and the garnet just under the Polyshrink fragment. My eye keeps being drawn right to that pearl, so I think it will look better closer to the fragment.

the big one.
In just a few days I will be 40 years old. I am very much looking forward to this birthday. Usually I don’t pay much mind to my birthdays – just another day to me. But this one is special. I feel like this is the beginning of a new (and much-needed) season in my life, and I’m excited about what the future holds. There’s a strong, confident, determined, mature, sophisticated woman in me somewhere, and she’s about ready to make her appearance. This mermaid is ready for a transformation!

I don’t see 40 as the end of my youth; I see it as the beginning of a wonderful, exciting new phase of my life. Many many people in this world do not make it to 40; I am grateful to still be here and am determined to make the most as best I can of all the days I am given.

And quite frankly, you couldn’t pay me to be 21 again!


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