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Easter swapping...


...with Hope. She is such a great partner and very creative, as you can see. She made this hanging sugared Easter is so very beautiful!! I really like the cutout with the old paper and small blue egg. The pompom frame is pretty as well. A view from above, with a vintage flower and rhinestone. I will beleaving this pretty piece out all year to enjoy! She also made me some pretty paper eggs. And this great pair of earrings, in my favorite color. I made this hanging sachet with the cutest bunny on the front. I really love the effect of gathered velvet across the bottom. Of course, I added some vintage bling for the finished product! I also sent this lovely pink egg, made by Jason Parker Counce. The vintage flowers are soooo pretty. I do hope that she enjoysher goodies, as much as I will enjoy hers! Just wish I had moretime for swaps. I have been busy with high school baseball games and college track meets, so that leaves little time for creating.I will be heading to Kansas soon for a creative weekend with Hope and others at Karla's cottage!! I will share photos soon. Happy Sunday. [...]

Paper Cowgirl


(image) I have wanted to attend this event and this year I get
to go! Texas in the summer....will be a fun creative

(image) Yes....I am a Paper Cowgirl! Even got the boots to prove it. Please
note.....I don't have that outfit!!

Happy Heart Day!


(image) I love the pinks of Valentine's Day. This is the center piece of a
banner I made at Kim's house yesterday. I really like the
gathered seam binding for a pretty ruffled edge.

(image) Cute couple hanging out in the moon.

(image) Flowered love train.....note the heart smoke signals!

(image) This little gal is too cute.

(image) And the last piece...a veiled Valentine.

(image) And finally, my son Kyle (on the right) and 2 of his friends from
last night. His first Sadie Hawkins dance. Ahhhh, they do
grow up fast. Have a great Valentine's day.....filled with

Special Delivery.....


....arrived today from Danielle. This was such a fun swap.This is my beautiful heart made by Jill and it is perfect! Another close up....I love the neutral background and the weddingcouple is precious. Jill made this flower and I may have to give it a try myself.That is what I love about swapping.....learning from others. Her details are wonderful! Notice the petite letter with poseys. Danielle asked that we send 12 small goody bags filled withour choice of vintage items. Everything is still wrapped. Feast your eyes.....ribbons, laces, vintage images, buttonsand wonderful tickets!! More feasting.....vintage wallpaper, postcards, glass glitter, micastamped fabric.....oh my my. I love it all!! A closer look at 2 of the packages that were extra special. Jennifermade the red felted bag and Heidi made the ruffled burlap bag.I am so happy with my new heart and all of my goodies!! Thanksto everyone and especially Danielle for hosting. Be sure to checkout Danielle's blog soon as she will be showing all of our hearts.[...]



(image) I am attending this wonderful May Day wkend art event with
Karla. Check it out here! Just imagine....a wonderful art
wkend with creative friends, wonderful teachers and the
most talented Karla Nathan. A dream come true!

Valentine inspiration.....


(image) I just finished my project for Danielle's swap.
Just a small group of 12 gals and we were
to make a paper Valentine heart.

(image) I used some of my favorites.....flocked wallpaper,
vintage lace and ribbon, music paper and this
beautiful German scrap piece.

(image) I really love vintage flowers....the texture of the
velvet petals is so pretty and really adds to
any creative project.

(image) Danielle asked that we decorate the backside, but
not as ornate. So, I hope my partner likes this. I
used vintage wallpaper, buttons and platinum
stickles around the edge.

(image) We also made 12 little goody bags, no bigger than
postcard size. I sewed wax paper pockets for
all of my vintage lovelies.


Pretty packages. Now I am looking forward to February's mail.

Happy Weekend!!

Snow Days in Tennessee.....


(image) ...and Juju is loving it! We had a few inches early Monday
morning and maybe it will start to melt today. Juju hops
in the snow like a bunny and really has fun. Me...well I
am ready for Spring!

More swapping photos.....


The glitter is finally settling as I continue to pack upmy holiday decorations. So, I have a little free timeto share some of my Silver Bella swaps. This isthe wonderful altered bottle that I received fromRenee, and it is beautiful! Filled with rosepetals and her "hands" are rose buds. The details are so lovely. She will stay on my creativedesk, so that I can enjoy her everyday.This is the bottle that I made and my partner likespink. I am not an expert with sautering, but hadfun with the top of the bottle. I used a rosary chain to hang the pretty pink bling. My bella bag from Heather. I had requested blue,off white and lace.....Heather got it just right! I really like my tulle/lace flower with pearls and rhinestone button. I love it! My partner had no special requests, so when I scoredthis beautiful barkcloth at the flea market.....I justhad to use it for the bag. I believe this new bagused to be curtains....I do like to repurpose items. I also used vintage lace and gathered silk ribbon fora flower and pinned in on with a pretty rhinestonebrooch. I really enjoyed making and receiving bothswaps! [...]

Happy, Happy 2011!!



Wishing everyone a wonderful new year, full of health,
happiness and lots of creating!

Swapping Fun


I participated in Joli Pacquet's stocking swap with Kelly.This is the stocking that I made her. She wanted pastels colors, so I tried to go on the softerside with the image and lace flower. This is the beautiful stocking that she made me. I wantedblue and vintage....this is just perfect! I like it so much,that it will stay in my creative room during winter. A closer view of the image....a lovely snow couple. I also participated in Cristina's vintage paper swap. She sentall of my goodies in this vintage Christmas wrap package. About 26 of us participated and I love all of my goodies. I love the vintage images, music paper and wall paper. A close up of some of the clever packaging! This is from Cristina and I love her glassine package! Cute snowman music paper...and in my favorite shadeof blue! Speaking of blue, I thought I would share a photo of my blue packages. Mostly blue and was very pretty and my family really liked it! My daughter loves penguins, so I had to include them in my wrapping. I also love to print vintage images onto card stock to use for gift tags.....a little stickles glitter and the tagsare perfect. Happy Wednesday.[...]

Merry Christmas


(image) all of my blogging friends. Hope everyone has a
wonderful day spent with family and friends!
And maybe we can all enjoy a long winter's nap
after the festivities!!

A Blue Christmas


We decided to decorate with blue and silver this year.Veering away from the traditional red and green. Ohhh and I think I love it. The blues of Christmas are lovely!I have been adding to my collection of vintagedecorations. I made this Rebecca Sower inspired Christmas cigarbox vignette. I especially love the Jingle Bells paper. This is my suggestion when glittering Christmas balls. Sonice of the lace to hold the decorations while they dry. I have several photos on the tree and this is one of myfavorites. This Santa came to visit us when we livedin Birmingham. He played with the kids, took theirChristmas list and then posed for photos. Now for the tree. This was a swap from Silver Bella 09. Blue snowflakes with silver tinsel trim. This beautiful snowman looks great on my tree. He was from Silver Bella swapping in 09. Cute little snowman trimmed in blue! Another cute little snowman. The big guy even got a little blue trimming and tophat. And yours my grandmother's house many moons ago. Don't you just love the hat and hand muff??!![...]

VintageFest with Jenni Bowlin


VintageFest was once again a wonderful event! We were inLebanon, Tn this time and went antiquing the first day, andthen to Jenni and Jerrod's new home. This is the lovelyold door to her studio. These pretty glass containers are more beautiful withvintage Christmas balls inside. Jenni has just the right touch when it comes to decoratingwith vintage items and this little display is awesome! I love her organization of supplies. Vintage cigar boxeshave such pretty print on them and make greatcontainers on a shelf. Notice how Jenni uses the Dennison labels to organize....nice! This is the make and take project we did in her studio. Iabsoutely love it! Jenni is giving directions for our project. Notice herpretty inspiration board on the wall. And yes, that table is such a pretty faded green shade...all things vintage in her room. These lovely ladies are the ones who make JBS happen, behind the scenes, with packaging our orders and otheroffice details. Melissa is in front, then Renee, Terena andDoris. We had a small group for the weekend and that was nice. Cheryl, Gloria, Jenni, Louise, Davean, me, Tracy, Sylvia, Melissa and Cathleen. Our wonderful hostess and host. Their new house is beautiful and all of the old/vintage accents make itjust about perfect! Jenni's studio will be featured inan upcoming "Where Woman Create", so everyonewill see more details soon. Someone wrote this on the board and I agree! Thanks toJBS for a wonderful artful weekend, full of friendsand making new projects. Check back for the projects soon.[...]

Christmas in Bell Buckle, TN....


...back to Phillips General Store for another wonderfulvintage holiday.The windows were just beautiful! Several vintage inspired hangings to choose from. I love this glittered Santa! Unique ornaments and an old snowman in the left corner. The red tree is lovely with so many vintage Santas. Bethany Lowe Christmas blocks....very cute. I do like this vintage top hat and wish that I had one. I amhoping to be nice, and not naughty this season. Maybe if I am nice, Santa will bring me a vintage inspired BLUE Christmas![...]



(image) Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, full
of blessings!

Caketini welcome and Vendor night


A couple of Bellas hosted "Caketini", which was Thursdayafternoon before all of the Silver Bella opening festivities.Several of us attended, big sisters met little sisters andwe all made new friends and visited with old friends. The little caketinis were wonderful! Small cakes withchocolate icing....yum! Lori Oles and me....full of sugar and all smiles! Now on to dinner Thursday evening, which was a feast!Many different choices at several different tables. This isLaura from 52 Flea, she was my roomie Kim's little sister.Look at her cute swap, I believe a trim swap and the hostessput the different trims in an egg container. Besides having dinner with Laura, we also ate with Lulu andher roomie Shelly. We had a wonderful time together. Luluwas very good to meet several of us via ours blogs prior toarriving in Omaha, so it was great to meet her face to face! On to Vendor night and yes the theme was "Hats onParade". I believe Karla had the best hat!! It is a hat with a bird cage on it and even one of thebirds is wearing a top hat.....too cute! Me with the wonderful Amy Powers, she is such a sweetie!I do believe she made her mini tophat, and decorated itwith all things vintage and Christmas. I loved it. This is Heather and she has on a great top hat and toobad all of the detail got lost in the background. She hostedone of my swaps and it was great to meet her and spend timewith her as well. Don't ask us to solder anything for you,we are a little slow at it... but had a great time! Here's my lovely Atlanta friend, Suzanne. I always enjoy hercompany. Hope to show swaps and projects soon, just a little sidetracked with Thanksgiving right now![...]

Fun in Omaha!


We started the fun at Hannah's Treasures...Wallpaper Heaven! Yes, I am happy and smiling with all of my treasures! Such a feast for the eyes....she personally covers different size boxes. This flocked collection caught my eye immediately! One rollof each please!! Many borders to choose from and how about this wonderful cabinet. Ohhhh, how pretty! My roommate Kim and me. She is an avid collector ofwallpaper and was happy to add to her collection. Kim and Cheryl showing their favorites. Here's the small box that I purchased...very lovely. Wewere all smiles while in attendance at Hannah's shop. Stayedtuned for more of Silver Bella soon.[...]

Heading to Silver Bella....


(image) ...on Wednesday. Stayed tuned for details and photos!

Silver Bella peak #2


(image) This is the Millinery Swap. Trading with 14 others and we
are to make a millinery piece that can be from vintage or
new supplies.

(image) I used vintage lace to make these flowers and sewed vintage
rhinestone buttons for the center. Hope my swap partners
will like them. These 3 are my favorites. Now I am off to
finish my last 2 swaps!! Happy Friday.

Silver Bella peak....and a little Homecoming


(image) Silver Bella is almost here...I leave in 1 week. Of course, I am
still busy finishing my swaps. Why, oh why don't I start

This is the Vintage Trim swap. We are swapping with 14
others and trading three different trims ( 1 yard each) and
two vintage baubles or buttons.


I wrapped my trims around an altered tag. I think this
stamp is perfect for Silver Bella, since the vendor night
theme is "HATS".

We enjoyed Homecoming at my son's high school. I think we
did a great job of matching his tie to her dress.

Notice her corsage, it is a rose bracelet instead of the
traditional flower corsage. It was pretty!

(image) Macy also came home from college for the weekend. It
was so great to have her home! I hope to share more
Silver Bella peaks before leaving.

Flea Market fun...


(image) Had a great time at the Nashville Flea market with Suzanne.
She found this great "S" for her growing collection of

We think they were old building illuminated signage. Too bad
for "K"!

Awesome vintage spools...a little worn, but nice.

This vintage form is sporting a great feathered hat.

(image) We saw many vintage Christmas beautiful. I
actually purchase several to add to my collection. It will be
that time before we know it!!



(image) The Hixson High School class of 1980 enjoyed a wonderful
evening together to celebrate 30 years. I must be getting
old! I love this group of gals, Cindy, Susan and Janet.
We were on the flag corps together.

Leslie and I were college roomies during our freshman year.
We even showed up wearing the same pair of shoes.

(image) A few more friends. I went to church with Landon for many years.

(image) I stayed with my friend Susan, we have stayed in touch all of

these years. So many of us have scattered all over the United

States and it was nice to reconnect.

(image) A few of us gathered for lunch the next morning. It was
great to see everyone!

Loving Fall....


I am really loving these boots from here and was inspired
by Jeanne. She had a similar pair that she wore to
Silver Bella last year, so I made sure to find them
this year before they all sold out. Even my 14 yr old
noticed that they were new, but said they looked old.
I told him YES!

Window sunbathing is soooo very nice in the fall.
Just ask Juju.

Even better is Fall Break from college, because you get to
see your daughter for a few days!! Macy was relieved to
know that Juju still remembers her.

(image) Fall is for lounging on your big sister's dirty clothes bag.

(image) But best of all is the fall napping!!

Fall decorating...


This happy fellow is a creation from Jason Parker Counce.
I am trying to add more neutral Halloween decorations
this year.

Jason uses wonderful vintage accents in most of his
creations. I love the little cream flowers.

My tree of life with a small Halloween decoration.

Even Bethany Lowe has a few neutral goodies this year.

This cutie looks great with sugared glitter.

Juju wishes everyone, a Happy Fall Ya'll!

Pretty in Pink...


I am ever on the hunt for pretty containers for my
supply of vintage buttons and bling. This pretty
jewlery box was found at the Nashville flea market,
earlier this year.

I chose to house watch findings in this smaller box.

A closer look at the detail on this pocket watch. I may
use this one for a christmas ornament.

This must be the big sister to the small round box.
It is really pretty with the dear on top and the key
works, just in case I need to lock up my treasures.

I so love to find the old rhinestone buttons and seem to
never have enough.

A closer look at all of the pretties. Hope
everyone is enjoying the wonderful fall weather.