Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year and Sweet Valentines

Happy New Year to everyone! This year has flown by with many blessings and challenges alike. Change can be difficult, but the reward of change can be gratifying and I am sure there will be many challenges, changes, and blessings in the year to come.

I'm posting my first Valentine today and am working on several others. For you who are waiting for the banner tutorial - it's on it's way - lots of photographs to get through the steps, but I promise soon.I have 2 today and will post 2 more (pink ones for Pink Saturday) on Saturday. I love making these, working with vintage images and seambinding - it truly brings me joy especially the glitter! If anyone is interested these will be in my Etsy shop later today.

 Take care everyone, be safe and have a great New Year's Eve. We're staying at home and having Seafood Pasta - YUM! And hopefully I can stay awake - maybe I should try to get a nap.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

And Another New Year's Card...

My last one. I need to get started on Valentine's Day - NOW!!! However, I'm going to take a few days off to enjoy my family and Christmas.

Have a lovely Christmas and thank you for stopping by.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas is getting closer...

...and we're suppose to get snow today. The winds came in last night and now it's quiet, so we'll see. The weather has a way of changing quickly up here. The kids will be here Wednesday and hopefully we'll have a "whiter" Christmas than we do right now - they love to play in the snow and run with the dogs.

My post today is another New Year's card again made for Lake Tahoe Holidays. I hope you enjoy it.

Have a wonderful week a Happy Holiday Season, and a Merry Merry Christmas!

Take Care

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cards for the New Year

Christmas is almost here - are you all keeping your sanity? I hope so - it's so important to live in the present, the now, the moment. This season is so special and passes so quickly. In the blink of an eye, it's over and we're on to something else. I'm decorating my house little by little. John is leaving tomorrow to go get the "Pool Table" - I opted to stay home and get some painting done and some furniture moved back out of the guest room so my daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren have somewhere to sleep.

I'm posting 2 more New Years cards I've done for Lake Tahoe Holidays. I hope you enjoy them.

Take care and Happy Holidays.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Gift from My Secret Sister...

and it seems everyone knows who she is now, so a special thank you to you Cindy. I DO love everything. Just look at all the wonderful goodies she sent!!

Isn't this the sweetest card, and I can't wait to put the ornament on our tree

And look at this cute purse and little tags - can't wait to use these!

I'm going to get a LOT of use out of this - I'm constantly making notes and looking for paper...

Love these - perfect for spring cards...

There are some beautiful quotes and sentiments here - looking forward to using these...

and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this - I cannot wait to use it!!

She also sent me candy - but it was gone right away - Love chocolate.

Thank you again Cindy - I am so happy you were my secret sister. Happy Holidays to everyone, and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy Pink Saturday....

Once again it's Pink Saturday - Pop on over to Beverly's at How Sweet the Sound and look at all the amazing talent and beauty you'll find there. It is time well spent.

The theme this week is showcasing your favorite Christmas decoration. I have many, however most of them are still packed due to the work we are doing in our long neglected living room. We've lived here a few years, but are just now actually turning our living room into a living room (this is all based around a pool table we have been looking for - long story and not very interesting)and once the baseboard is in and the carpet cleaned - then I will be unpacking more of Christmas. However, these little pink trees are definitely among my favorites and newly acquired - they're not vintage but they sure look like it - and I do love them. They make the perfect setting for a New Year's card made for Lake Tahoe Holidays Gift Shop here in town, and is based on a reproduced vintage image from The Graphics Fairy - isn't she sweet!

Have a wonderful holiday season and a very Merry Christmas to all of you.

Take care,

Friday, December 11, 2009

Snowbirds and Holly...

2 more Christmas cards today. Christmas is coming fast isn't it? There's always so much to do sometimes we overlook the joy in the season. I'm really trying to hold on to that - it's such a wonderful time of the year. I made some gifts yesterday and most of what we have already bought I've wrapped. The baseboard in our living room should be done this weekend (and I hope the windows get trimmed out this weekend too so our kitties can sit in the windows and look out), the carpet cleaners are scheduled for Monday, then the tree comes up and hopefully we'll get all the furniture moved over and the pool table set up in the family room so we can enjoy it with family during the holidays. That's probably really positive thinking. Actually, I'll be happy to just get the carpets cleaned and the tree up before Christmas, and then do all the rest at our leisure. We'll see. My sweet MIL had heart surgery Wednesday (she's doing very well) and we'll be making a quick trip down there to see her probably the weekend before Christmas, take gifts down, and pick up the pool table. Seems like a lot to do yet - and I do not have my Christmas cards ready yet either - oh well, one step at a time and just breathe.....

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

I've always loved that song from the time I was a fairly young child - that, and Courier and Ives for those of you who remember or know what that is. Apparently even as a child I was an old soul - and that's fine with me. I'm so looking forward to having my daughter, son-in-law, and 4 beautiful grandchildren here for Christmas. We have lots of snow on the ground and more expected beginning tomorrow. You can truly understand "Silent Night" when the snow is falling - it is so very quiet and the sparkling beauty in the morning is just breathtaking.

Today I'm posting Christmas cards with a snowy vintage feel

Lots to do - I know everyone is so busy right now. Have a wonderful holiday season, enjoy your family, and try to take a little time out for yourself to just breathe.

Take care,

P.S. For those of you waiting for the banner tutorial. I will begin banners for Valentines Day as soon as possible and that is when I will put the tutorial together. Realistically, I think we're looking at the first week of January.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Warmest Wishes...

The last 2 of my secret sister challenges. Winter Greeting Card again uses the Cuttlebug Flourished Frame I bought at 7 Kids College Fund - the link is in the sidebar.

The challenge for the 2nd one was to use 2 lollipop flowers. Lots of glitter on this one. Papers are from Seneca Pond and the text paper is from The Vintage Workshop, the image is from Crafty Secrets "Birds and Blossoms" Creative Scraps, brads are by K & Co., gem is from Michaels, sentiment is the Winter Song set from S.E.I., ribbon is wired and I believe from Michael's.

Have a great day.