Archive for April, 2011

birthday jewelry
I finally got around to taking photos of the other two pieces of jewelry that I bought myself for my fortieth birthday.

This is my “garden” ring, by For the Cross Jewelry

glitter garden!

Isn’t it so gorgeous? Of course the photo doesn’t do it justice. I love all the details. I chose this ring because to me it represents new life and new beginnings. And it’s really sparkly.

And this is Paris Perfection, by Jealous Cat….

ooh la la!

Lovely as well. There is a ribbon too that ties the ends together. I chose this necklace to represent my dreams of going to Paris (and the rest of France) one day, but also to represent dreams in general. And possibilities.

The necklace came in this beautiful box:


I love when items are presented beautifully. And I just adore polka dots!

creatively speaking
So what have I been working on lately? I have a new Artbeads project going, which I pray I finish this weekend! Hopefully it will turn out pretty cool.

I am also working on something for Somerset Life’s challenge, “the magic of paper bags” – what can you do to make an ordinary brown paper lunch bag into something spectacular? I was intrigued when I first saw the challenge, but decided not to do it because I didn’t have time (the due date is May 15th). Or an idea. Then I got an idea, and am making the time.

And of course there is my poor Polyshrink projects, which constantly get pushed aside for other projects. I simply must get those finished. I am tired of them taking up space on my work table, taunting me, “when are you going to finish us, when are you going to finish us? it’s been a year!” Poor things!


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too busy.
The first two weeks of April are very busy for me at work – I have to put in a lot of overtime, with the result that I get very little accomplished at home. I’m still trying to get back on track! I’ll try to get caught up here…

chocolate beyond belief.
Marc and I celebrated our 6th anniversary a few weeks ago. He bought me a box of John & Kira chocolates. Or, I should say, a box of heavenly deliciousness.

heavenly chocolates

Have you ever had John & Kira chocolates? If not, I highly recommend them. They are utterly divine. On the surface they appear ordinary – squares of chocolate filled with flavored ganache. Raspberry, mint, anise, bergamot, coffee, strawberry – simple flavors. But – oh my! Words fail to describe the experience of eating one. The flavors are delicate yet intense; the chocolates are light, yet creamy and decadent.

The garden mint is to die for. I think it is the most delicious chocolate I’ve ever eaten.

And lucky for me, because the chocolates are freshly made with no preservatives, it is recommended to eat them within a few days. And that, my friends, is a recommendation I am most happy to oblige.

marie paper!
I was in Michael’s the other day searching for some antique silver jump rings to finish my Polyshrink jewelry (my never-ending Polyshrink jewelry project!) and of course I had to look around a bit. And guess what I found?

Marie Antoinette paper!
marie antoinette paper!

I know it’s hard to see in this photo – Lily was assisting me with my photo shoot – but the papers are gorgeous! It’s called the Mademoiselle stack, by DCWV. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. At first I wasn’t going to buy it because it was $20 and I didn’t have a coupon and I refuse to buy something at a craft store that’s more than $10 without a coupon. But then, I noticed the sale sign – all paper stacks 40% off! yay!

And this one was the last one they had. Obviously it was meant to be mine.

a plethora of supplies
I realized the other day that I have purchased quite a few art supplies so far this year. What I am going to do with them all, I am not yet sure.

Aside from the Marie paper, here are a few other items I’ve purchased recently.


From lower left we have Tim Holtz keyhole thingies (that’s the technical term), the Tim Holtz mini attacher, Liquitex paints, and Tim Holtz typewriter letter charm kit. ok, I can explain all the Tim Holtz stuff. See, AC Moore just recently got in all this cool TH stuff. How could I resist? umm, I couldn’t.

Some other items I’ve purchased – TH sanding block, charcoal pencils, canvases, and a couple other TH products.

Now if I could just find the time to use all of these wonderful things….

Thanks for stopping by!


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we have a winner!

and the earrings go to…
The winner of my LaLa earrings is Miss Pope – congratulations!

I hope that you will like them!


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