Monday, May 31, 2010

For this post, I decided to create some very simple cards. I used Stampin' Up!'s Simply Scrappin' to create some 3x3 cards - I just added some simple rubons and dimension. Simple cards to add to a gift bag!

And here's a little card using the Peddaling Past Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Love this set! I used a die-cut from My Mind's Eye to create the label piece - I just traced the die-cut onto Whisper White card stock. Then added some fun patterned paper from Lily Bean and ribbon from Pebbles.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bonjour from the Florida Keys!

My dearest friend, Marsha, brought this beautiful stamp set home for me when she recently visited Key West, Florida. It is almost too beautiful to use, but use it I did! Hope you like the results. Thanks again, Marsha!

The beautiful cake stand was made by my friend Emily - her blog can be accessed in my fav blog list under A Little Sparkle.

Card stock, ink, glitter and glue by Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

There is something very compelling for me about the quest for finding good things in overcrowded, highly unorganized, hodge-podge, flea markets or antique shops. I'm just waiting for my eyes to rest on the most coveted item in the place! If I love it, I'll usually pick it up, because I HAVE to hold it. If I see the price tag and realize that it is WAY out of my price range, I'll rest my hand on it briefly, just to affirm my love for said object. Weird? Maybe. But I'm so passionate about finding things that make me happy simply by looking at them - I have to acquire them! I always imagine the home they lived in before - their history becomes part of mine.

Recently, I went to Mesquite to visit my parents. No trip to Mesquite is complete without a trip to the local Salvation Army. This trip yielded an apothecary jar for the bargain price of $1, two dictionarys for the bargain price of $1.60 (printed in like 1973), some embroidery fabric, and an old vest pattern. Cool!

The following weekend and with the the bargain bug firmly established, I had to make a trip to Abode's monthly flea market. There I found this old typewriter, a piece of Haeger pottery, an old book, a muffin tin painted a fun yellow color, and an old suitecase. Check out the photos of these fun finds! I cannot wait to display and use some of these items in projects. Stay tuned for more goodness!

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's been way too long - so I've created a way too long post!

Here's a great way to keep those little bits and pieces displayed so that you'll remember to use them.
For me it's always outa site, outa mind! I found this old yard stick at one of my favorite antique shops, Gingerbread Antiques in Sandy, Utah. I think Charlet may have seen it first, but she was kind enough to let me purchase it. Thanks, Charlet!

 As promised a few posts back, here's a glimpse of what's on my nightstand. There are so many fun things in this photo! My dear Mother-in-law found this Emma journal filled with quotes from the book along with drawings of the characters - so charming!

Then I found this book at this darling children's boutique. It's called Believe and I think it's one of those must have quote books!

Also, check out my own version of a Pottery Barn Charging Station. I modified a small desk organizer as a home for my phone, sunglasses and a notebook - how cool is that? The other cool thing is I got the item on sale - I love me a good Pottery Barn Sale!

I also wanted to share my passion for collecting notebooks. Some of them were gifts from friends (who have excellent taste). I don't know why I'm so drawn to them! I have too many to count and I can scarcely bring myself to write in them for fear of tainting them in some way! How crazy is that? These journals are from Eco Jot, Caroline Gardner, Orla Kiely, See Jane Work, Design by Patti, and Cronicle Books. The colors and patterns always get me!
And here's my latest work in progress. I used very simple painters masking paper to create these flowers ($3 at the home store and the paper will run through the Sissix beautifully). I love how delicate they look. Stole this wonderful flower idea from my friend Patti's wedding decor. Just about the most beautiful wedding ever. So that's all for now, sorry for the long delay in posts! I was really missing it!