Monday, June 29, 2009


She makes wonderful things!!
She's a longtime internet friend from Christian Paper Artists.
Go see her.
I hung the pendant and then I left the chain out of the picture...
but knew you'd enjoy what else was "sitting around". ha!
I'm such a follower....
posted her sampler update
and so I pulled mine out
and worked on it Saturday night.
I'll post the whole thing in a day or two...
need to wash it...get the blue lines out of it.
I showed someone how to schedule your posts to automatically
upload - and now I can't get mine to do that. What am I
suddenly doing wrong? Maybe it's Blogger's problem?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Birdcage halves!

I fell in love as soon as I saw this!
Do you not LOVE this!!!!
Janet will be at Silver Bella in November.
Silver Bella brings so much good to my life..... in so many ways!
Janet told me to contact Nell Hills in Kansas City...which I did.
They said they have gotten a lot of orders based on this blog!
Janet, they should be sending you some kind of gift...don't you think?
I never heard of Nell Hills.
But their online store opens July 1...
this piece isn't on it right now tho...they told me.
But you can call the store and order it!
Mine ships Monday!
Woo Hoo!
P.S. Due to public demand.... here is a link to Nell Hills in Atchison. This store called me after I emailed them...and they are sending my "cage" to me!

Friday, June 26, 2009

It's not just me....

I just love the above!
about Michael and Farrah...
go read my Silver Bella Friend
and fellow Texan...
She said it all so well....

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Current Events..... of a sort

I know
you've probably already made your 4th of July decorations
if you are in the U.S. - but thought
I'd point you in this direction.
Go over to Country Living for all the directions and
MORE stuff to make!
Not that Teresa needs my help...... at allllllll ..... but there is a new E-Zine opening up. It starts THIS Monday..... and since I usually do these things, I thought you might want to also.... Click on Teresa to go see how to sign up. and one more thing....
Go visit Andrea's blog...she has a wonderful giveaway to celebrate her 100th post!
You are going to WANT to win this!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wonderful Wimberley Shops!

Wimberley Square! Great shop called Brocante! All of these inside shots are there... well, below are a few things I bought... now at home getting their picture made...
Here is the front of Brocante. This shop could have a booth at Silver Bella on
Vendor Night. I even asked who the owner was...thinking THIS has
to be owned by a Bella. But, don't think so....
..and, yes, I asked if I could take pictures inside....
they said yes, everyone does!
Back to inside.... I bought the little box with the bird on top!
Meanwhile...outside it was HOT!
The family settled in at a local watering hole called Inoz while I shopped.
So I had no pressure to hurry!
It was great!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Winding Down in Wimberley

I'm back. Wanted to put up a few shots to let you know I have returned!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's birds again!

Last night I realized the swap that I thought was due mid-July is actually due June 29th. Panic! So I spent this afternoon in the art room trying to pull something together!
These aren't finished...
but I don't want to
break my post
a day cycle yet..
This one below needs it's lace glued down...
and both need their hangers on. I can't find my
upholstery tacks! I have a ton! I want
to put tacks on the side and
then wrap wire for the hanging.
These are all on 5 x 5 stretched canvas.
This one've's my inspiration piece.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Old stuff

Do you like that? Go here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

I know you are getting ready to celebrate Father's Day .... isn't this the cutest?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Childhood Art Swap

My new swap partners....the QB5.....
recently exchanged 4 x 6 pieces that were to be about our childhood.
Here's mine...... I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and I lived in books.
I read all of those favorite childhood books in the 50's - such as Nancy Drew,
The Bobbsey Twins, The Adventures of the Hardy Boys, The Boxcar Children,
Black Beauty and any book about horses.
So I had an old copy of Black Beauty...just the right size....
I glued some of the pages together and then sewed around the edges.
I then brushed melted beeswax over it.
After that I assembled an old library card (thank you, Nathalie)
with a black and white photo of me on a horse...with lace around it on some
(velvet ribbon or rickrak on others).
Added a vintage "looking" flower (come in packs at Michaels and scrapbook stores).
Put eyelets in and ran vintage seam binding through for a hanger.

I forgot to photograph the back...and I didn't keep one for myself...

so here is Margaret's photo of my back

I had some new library card and pockets ...

so I adhered that to the back with a small card describing my childhood love of books.

Patty in Virginia couldn't play with us this time....
but she did send us all childhood atcs and was able to do one 4 x 6 (we had a drawing).
Isn't this the cutest! It seems there may be tongue issues in this group.
A very sweet, young Nathalie pictured here! She embellished her card to reflect her homecountry dress. She now resides in Missouri. Below is Margaret's. Margaret is from New Zealand but has lived for many years with her husband and children in Switzerland. You should go to her blog for more close-ups of all of our pieces! Here is Carole's piece. She is in New Zealand and loves fabric and excels with it. Be sure and visit Margaret's blog for great close-ups. Visit all of their blogs as they have wonderful art posted. Nathalie and Patty have come up with GREAT ideas for hanging Carole's piece...through those loops. Go look! We are working on our next swap! It should be fab!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Have you seen this, Sugar?

Have you seen this? It's by Kirsten Lepore and just won an award.

Monday, June 8, 2009

I Just Can't Help Myself Sometimes....

I'm in this swap!
I know you just said "duh" did, didn't you?
Danielle Muller (a Silver Bella) is hosting it on her blog. Go visit her!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Soothing Summer Sunday Soak!

I hope you are someplace comfortable today!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wandering Thoughts Wednesday

You know, of course, that I have a whole SLEW
of blog favorites that don't show up on my blog roll.
I think it's illegal to have as many favorites as I do....
or at least not advisable.
Anyway...... thought I'd mention a couple of them to ya...since it's a slow day... I'm confined to the house because we are getting a new roof...the old one ...which looked perfectly grand...was almost 24 years old. You woulda thought Hurricane Ike would've messed it up, wouldn't you? But....noooooo...we were blessssssssssssssed.
I go to the art room and do a few things, think of something I need downstairs, end up on the computer, book a vacation, have them write back and say "oh we are so sorry....that house is already booked by the owner". Geeeeze louise.... so I'll just update my blog... Anyway.... look here:
A Fanciful Twist is one of the most magical blogs I read. I love her!!
And I've ordered from her etsy shop and Highly Recommend!
She has great blogland can spend hours on her blog...don't scrimp.
Yes, I've probably told you about her before veteran readers... but I
think it's worth mentioning again. And she's at the top of my alphabetical list...almost.
I really thought this was in the blog roll.... you must go here!
I just discovered it the other day. Below are a couple of things I recently made....
I made two bookmarks out of scraps on my desk and immediately
put them in the mail to internet friends!!

I'm in a childhood themed swap with some friends... below is what I thought I was going to make. I wasn't happy with it.... so this is mine to keep and I'll show you what I ended up making very, very soon - when the recipient has it in her hands!

I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas.... "Where the West Begins" is the city trademark...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Art Quilting Studio on the shelves!

Above is one of the latest publications by Stampington!
You should really check it out and consider buying it....
lots of good stuff in there..... including me....
Yes, finally it's out! The Pink Artists again.
I told you about it last December here.
It's always a joy to have a really good excuse to buy another
paper/fabric/mixed media art book!
and...then go here
to see more about how
can contribute some art!