Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Glitter Houses!

I love glitter houses!
This is the first one I've tried to make on my own. Yes, it has a giant bird on top and a rather large Christmas ornament hanging above the door....but it's a fantasy thing.
While waiting at the hairdresser's on Monday, I flipped through the latest issue of Better Homes & Garden and I think I really need to subscribe to that next year. If all the issues are as good as this one I am missing out. Anyone a subscriber? Anyway, as you could guess, it has glitter houses in it and templates! You can download them here.
So I cut them out and then found this one at Michelle White's blog! So mine is a blatant copy of her's. Her house is much better, you must go visit it. I reduced the template she gives a link to on her case you are wondering. But I have a lot of stacking boxes and so I need different size houses. The bigger my houses get the better those red birds are gonna fit.
Oh...and her link is in her comments section...the template is from MemoryMakers Magazine.
Off to vacuum glitter.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Inchies Revisited

Back to Quilt Festival for a moment.....I never uploaded this picture of Fabric Inchies! Can you see it? Click on the picture and it will enlarge right before your eyes! I love inchies. I can't do the fabric ones very well...but some people sure can. I think I'm going to pull out my paper inchies and do something with them. Wouldn't it be fun to do Christmas inchies!!! Then you could make a card with them. You could scan them and then play with them digitally .... then print that out .... glue them to something. It's endless! I've inspired myself.

Saturday, November 24, 2007


This is how I spent the day after Thanksgiving 2007..... being a member of an Aggie family. and... to add the frosting on the cake.... Aggies won 38 - 30! If you don't know who they played.... that's okay...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving.

May all your talk be peaceful!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Black Crows

Just a few more days before black crow gets packed away! Since we are going to my sister-in-law's for Thanksgiving dinner...he can stay out all week! The tile and granite guys are finished...except for installing the granite soap dishes in the shower and putting the shower head handle on...I guess they thought I'd turn the water on if I had it. But the painters arrive tomorrow...when will it end??????????? I only have to take two dishes for beans and that sweet potato dish...the one with pecans and brown sugar, vanilla, etc...that is practically like dessert! Here's another picture from International Quilt Festival. This was taken at the Artgirlz booth can see their stuff at Last year I bought "a good bit" of their stuff. Have I made any? Well, actually I did make one paper doll. But I have the cone kit....and MANY of those little felt balls. I love it all so much that I can't decide what to make and so I just look at it occasionally. It's a sickness.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Tile, granite and grout Friday!

Nothing much harder than having to pick a grout color, is there? The shower looks good! They are scheduled to install the granite countertop this afternoon! Can't wait...especially since I hardly remember what it looks like. We are also doing the counters in the other 3 bathrooms! Pictures will be posted! You didn't think I could post and not mention Silver Bella again, did you? These are my goodies spread out on the table for friends and family to see. Isn't it grand!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

What a Difference a Week Makes!

Look at me! I'm making a pin out of crepe paper to wear. In case you don't run in "my circles" that is a Make and Take table. Smiley face here! It was Candice Carpenter's Booth! Thank you, Robyn!!! A week ago today I left for Silver Bella! I simply cannot believe that it's been a week. I still must echo the words I'm reading all over the internet that it was one of the best experiences ever. Now remember we are talking about paper art, glue, glitter, old paper, giggling, eating, SHOPPING, talking non-stop and rhinestones and sequins. In THAT world that I try to live in often, it was the best weekend EVER. I must point out that I flew to Omaha not knowing a soul at this event. We have been on our own little yahoo group for awhile now and so I did know through reading a few emails the girl that was going to sit across the aisle from me on the plane...hey Jennifer Stewart! ... but other than that I had no clue who I would be visiting with. And I must add that Jennifer is so sweet and we had a great visit and got to meet 3 other Bellas on the airport shuttle to the Hilton! The restaurant picture is the first night in Omaha. From the left it's Heidi, Janey, Natalea, Jessi, Tiffany, Pam and Sharon. I spent most of yesterday finishing my class projects and will upload them later today! Be sure and visit the other blogs I linked to on here and see their awesome pictures!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Silver Bella Exists!

I love everything this woman makes! She's from Tennessee and is so sweet and humble. I had two classes with her at Silver Bella last week and they were both wonderful. Here is what we made in one of them.
Be sure and click on it so you can get a bigger picture. Those are glass bevels...not flat. If you aren't familiar with's Rebecca Sower. Go visit her blog!

Yes, it was everything I had hoped!

It was wonderful!!! Here I am with 3 of my new friends....Sharon, Natalea and Janey. Don't forget your a href stuff Sharon and Natalea! I will also post more later today...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Pardon the Interruption!

Hold my place.........I'll be right back! Until then... I'll be here: Silver Bella!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Triptych Quilt

This is a triptych done for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Amarillo, Texas by quilt artist Terry Hancock Mangat. You can google her and see more of her wonderful work. This is beautiful. It was hanging at the International Quilt Festival in Houston last week.

Back to packing for Silver Bella!!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

It's THIS WEEK!!!!

Silver Bella is THIS WEEK!!!!! I finished my aqua/silver ornaments for the swap I signed up for at Silver Bella. Thank goodness I only signed up for one swap. I made stockings out of wallpaper. Sewed them up on the machine and then painted them aqua with alcohol ink, put glitter on, rubbed some snowflake rub-ons (hope they stay), attached tinsel at the tops, sewed buttons, tied bells, cutout vintage girl and used a glue dot to put her in. Too many steps!! But now they are packaged up and look oh so festive! So the most important thing is taken care of. Now...what in the world am I gonna wear to Vendor Night? Guess we should've voted for pajamas after all.'s junk gypsy...but it will be fun. Lots of lace, jewelry and jeans..and boots. Haven't really decided if I'm taking my boots....I do not want to take more than two suitcases to this. I'm so stubborn. You can look up if you don't know (and want to know) what I'm talking about.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Quilt Festival, quilt festival, quilt festival! Always a highlight of my year! It's a day of seeing so much of the things I love to make and hold. Just being around this kind of stuff energizes me. And Virginia and I attended for our 21st time!!! It is a day we get to just hang out and visit with each other, handle beautiful fabrics and then walk away, drool over ribbons and dig through piles of "stuff". You should've seen us digging in a bin of ribbons and trims that were $2 a bundle. Of course we are very selective and limit ourselves to 3 or 5 bundles. We know our limits. I'll upload some more glimpses into our day over the next few days. I have to be getting ready for the granite and tile guys to show up Monday morning and take over my life for a couple of weeks. And...this time NEXT WEEK...I'll be at Silver Bella!!!! There's a link on the left here. On a much sadder note....please say a prayer for my dear friend Nathalie . Pray for strength and comfort for her and her family as they deal with the murder of her sister this week.