Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year, Happy Pink Saturday, and a Shabby Tea Room Challenge!!

First I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year full of the things in life that make you sing and feed your soul.

Edit: I’m such a goof sometimes, maybe it would be good to read the guidelines for Pink Saturday before I post. Beverly at How Sweet the Sound has asked us to do a Pink New Year post – well, I just buzzed right past that, so please excuse me and just let me say……

Time Enough - Happy New Year

And then move on to the challenge, which just happens to be pink for The Shabby Tea Room Challenge Blog. This is the inspiration photo


and we were challenged to make a baby card using a bit of fabric. For my card I chose to make a fabric rosette

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And then, I have a few more Valentine items – all in pink for my Etsy shop

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CardMaker - January 2011 Call - With Loves Greeting

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Please be sure to visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to spend some pleasure time visiting some very beautiful blogs hosted by some very talented men and women.  Happy New Year and Happy Pink Saturday!!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

….Look at what old man winter brought to us last night….

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Isn’t it beautiful?! However, almost all of South Lake lost its power due to several power poles breaking under the weight. It’s 4:45 p.m. here now and we’ve been without power since 5:30 a.m.  I’ve had candles lit in every room and the hall and truly, it’s been a really nice quiet day just working on a few projects – yes, by candlelight….

I’ve have a few more items almost complete, but I’m only posting 2 tonight. Both are in my Etsy shop.

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CardMaker - January 2011 Call - My Love is Yours

Take Care,


Monday, December 20, 2010

Joy to the world…..

I wish JOY to all of you dear friends. It’s almost Christmas and I hope you have all taken the time to be in the present and truly enjoy this magical time of the year – seems we get so busy sometimes, the holiday passes us by and when we look back – we feel like we’ve missed it. I’m wanting to feel every moment of this holiday. We’re going to have a beautiful White Christmas this year, I’ve got Christmas music going in the house all the time, the decorations are up, the Christmas cards sent and now I’m going to make cookies on this cozy, cuddly, snowy day.  I wish you JOY, PEACE and GOODWILL now and in the  year to come.  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE…

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Monday, December 13, 2010

My Last Magical Monday

Good Morning all – I hope you had a wonderful weekend. And yes, this is my last week as part of the DT for Paper Cupcakes. Let me say that I have enjoyed myself tremendously, Nina and the other DT members have been a delight to work with, and I’ve met so many sweet and talented ladies – I’m going to miss all of you so much. I was given the option to stay on, but I have so much going on in January with our family business and year end, etc. that I would have been overly stretched and stressed and on the other hand it wouldn’t be fair of me to just “bow out” so to speak for the next few weeks and then pop back in. But ladies, it’s been a pleasure and a wonderful experience.

And now on to my card. I am actually the one hosting the challenge this week with one of Nina’s new images “Merry Christmas Snowman” and because everyone is so busy with holiday preparations, I went for a simple and easy traditional red and green Christmas card.

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My paper is a mix – the polka dot (which I love) is from the “Noel” line by Making Memories, the stripe is from a DCWV small mat pack that I have tossed aside by now and cannot find under the piles. It’s one of their new ones – they had really great ones this year. Pop on over to the Paper Cupcakes Challenge Blog and join in the fun – there’s always a great prize!

Take care and Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Little Bit of Whimsy

…is what I was feeling when I made this. I’ve been wanting to put something like this together for such a long time now – but seems there’s always something else in the way, and it isn’t like this goes together really fast.

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Here’s another shot, but seems neither one is all that good – I just could not get my lighting right…

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But, I had great fun working on it. The paper mache house is from Michael’s, the rest is just bits and pieces I had around my studio area, except for the little angel, I believe that is from the Little Pink Studio. I think I’m hooked though and would love to do more – maybe for Valentine’s Day as Christmas is now so close. We’ll see.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Chrismas season.

Take Care,


Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy Magical Monday

Did everyone have a nice relaxing weekend? What am I saying – Christmas is right around the corner – who has time to relax LOL!!?

Anyway, it’s Magical Monday at Paper Cupcakes and this week’s challenge is hosted by Carol. She has challenged us to use any image we have and make an ornament. I have to tell you – my mind went blank. I knew what image I wanted to use – isn’t he cute! His name is “Jingles” – I love penguins and I think he is adorable. So this is what I came up with, it’s nice and chunky and even though it’s all paper, the rosettes back to back make it incredibly sturdy.

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Pop on over to the Paper Cupcakes Challenge Blog, there’s always a freebie image available, or check out the images in the store, color it up, link it up and join in the fun.

Take Care,


Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy Pink Saturday!!!

It’s Pink Saturday again – if you haven’t been to Pink Saturday, you have no idea what you are missing. Some of these blogs are just so amazing. It’s such a fun relaxing time visiting blogs of such talented men and women. Thank you Beverly for hosting this for all of us. Pop on over to Beverly’s at How Sweet the Sound and see for yourself. 

I have been working on Christmas cards and tags for my Etsy shop and I have been wanting to make a card from this sweet image for awhile now – ever since I made the tags. I love her dress with the white fur all along the bottom and the sweet little blue birds. It really is a Christmas image – it has Merry Christmas in another language – that I do not know – underneath my “Christmas Blessings” I’ve used a lot of glitter and my own scrunched vintage seam binding, then topped it off with a cream button and pink rhinestone. I’ll definitely be making more cards with this image!

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Happy Pink Saturday to everyone and take care,


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shabby Little Christmas

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday to all. I have a few little Christmas goodies today – all just entered into my Etsy, along with some photos of Valhalla here in Lake Tahoe I took at the Holiday Fair I took part in.

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This is Valhalla Friday afternoon before it started to snow

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This is the next morning

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And this is a view of the lake through the trees

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This is just a few hours later and it continued to snow and snow and snow….

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We had a wonderful time with children’s choirs caroling, lots of hot cider, and a tree that reached nearly to the top of the lodge. What a wonderful way to begin the Holiday Season.

Take Care,


Monday, November 29, 2010

It’s Magical Monday at Paper Cupcakes…

…and our challenge for this week is hosted by Patti. We can use any image in any way - “Anything Goes”.  I love this image “Cozy and Bright” – it’s just so cute and whimsical.

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Papers are from DCWV Christmas Combo Mat Stack. I used a combination of Prismacolor and Koh I Noor pencils blended with OMS, a mix of snowflake punches and a tiny red button from Papertrey. Drop by the Paper Cupcakes Challenge Blog and join the fun and possibly win a cool prize too!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Pink Saturday

It’s Pink Saturday again and actually I am showing in the Valhalla Chritmas Show I wrote about in the next post down, and yes, it is snowing. If I can remember I will take my camera and take a few shots just so you will know what i mean about how beautiful it is out there – especially when it’s snowing.

Anyway, my pinks for today are…

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This beautiful little trinket box my mother had for many years, and it is one of the many items I have saved. I’m sure it’s not valuable in terms of money, but it is treasured by me.


And a gift from my husband. It doesn’t really look pink in this light, but it is and beautifully etched also – you can just barely see it at the very  bottom.

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And last but not least I’ve decided that if I want to continue to participate in Pink Saturday – I’d better come up with a project to create my own “pinks”. I’m not sure exactly where this is going yet, but here is week one:

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Happy Pink Sarurday everyone and hop on over the Beverly’s Blog at How Sweet the Sound and visit some of the most amazing blogs around.

Take Care


Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Little Bit Thanksgiving, A Little Bit Christmas…

That’s what my post is about today – a little bit of both. I’ve been busy preparing for an Artist Event at our holiday store here in town and also for our once a year Christmas Craft Fair at Valhalla – a beautiful vintage property right on the lake.  This is the area the rich from the Bay Area would come for Summer vacation with their hoards of servants – each servant having their own private little cabin on the estate. All these buildings have been preserved and are open to the public during the summer and once a year the lodge at Valhalla hosts this event. On top of that we’re expecting snow – what a wonderful and magical day this will be. These are a few of the items I will be showing:

A new banner

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A new ornament created specifically for Lake Tahoe Holidays

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A few Thanksgiving cards

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and a few more banners, some for sale and some as samples for special orders

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Take Care, Dru

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gifts and Awards …

…are always welcome and appreciated and I truly believe giver and receiver are blessed.  I have recently received gifts from a few dear blogging friends. Julie from my SCS Blogging Group – The Designing D.I.V.A.S was my Secret Sister and several weeks back now I received this package of goodies from her – each one adored and treasured – because they were handmade for me by a person I know has a lot on her plate.  Thank you Julie I really do love them.








And then there’s this – also from Julie in my Secret Sister package - is it not beautiful?!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Just look at all the work she put into this – truly a gift from the heart – the best kind. Thank you again Julie.

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My next gift comes from my new DT friend from Paper CupcakesMarie – this beautiful blog award. Actually she gave this to me several weeks back and I have not had the time to follow through.


Also from Carol this sweet blog award.

And last, but certainly not least, from Sara – several months back. 

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I want everyone to know that I am so appreciative, honored, and flattered to receive these truly cherished awards. And I am so sorry that I just simply do not have the time to be able to follow through on all of them. I saw this on someone else’s blog and really liked the idea, because I do feel that everyone I have come into contact with deserves an award ………so, please help yourself to the blog award of your choice to post on your own blog, and if you would like to follow through and pass it on to others, please feel free to do so.  Thank you so much to all of you. You are all such sweet friends.

Take Care, Dru