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I Got Valentine’s Day Happy Mail!

Friday I went to the post office and found our mail box stuffed, as I hadn’t been for a couple of days. I was expecting a small package, which was there, but there was also an unexpected package. After prying all the letters and packages out of our mail box I saw that the unexpected package was from my dear and crafty friend Camilla. It was a total surprise as we were not doing a craft swap. I was so excited to get home and see what she sent me.

The mailing box had really cute French themed duct tape on it, however, it was hard to get into and it got a little too mangled for me to show you. This is what I pulled out of the box.

Pretty pink tissue with a special message.

Pretty pink tissue with a special message.

Oooh, what could it be?


Beautiful Altered Spool

Beautiful Altered Spool

Look at this beautiful altered spool Camilla made for me. Everything about it is so well done and pretty. And I just LOVE rosettes! Look at all the detail she put into it, down to the stick pin in the front. Thank you so much my crafty friend. I will “scrap” you back when you least expect it!!!


Random Prettiness

Sometimes life hands you hard things. They may be caused by illness, financial problems, loss of a loved one,  trouble at work or major disappointments. This past week I experienced a major disappointment. And it was hard. Here is my first smash journal page from this summer. It explains it all.

Page 1 of Smash Journal

Page 1 of Smash Journal

I was totally gutted. But after a couple of days I began to accept it. And as I sat in my studio/office I realized that I feel better when I really look at all the pretty things I have surrounded myself with. So tonight I decided to just give you a quick post with some random pictures of the prettiness I’m surrounded by.

Rosy Hatbox

Rosy Hat Box




Porcelain Doll



Millinery Flowers


Beautiful Painted Plate

Beautiful Painted Plate



Basket Made from Vintage Cards

Relevant Scripture Card

Relevant Scripture Card



One of My Favorite Graphics

Dainty Floral Tin

Dainty Floral Tin


So there you have it. A small sample of the eye candy I get to look at every day. But the biggest thing I had to lift my spirits was this assurance:

And we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.        Romans 8:28

Royal Caribbean Lines and our travel agent were able to re-book us on the Grandeur of The Seas with the same itinerary, just later in the summer. The best part is we have been up-graded to large ocean view cabins at no extra cost. God is so good!!!






Just Take Five

Happy New Year to all my faithful readers and new ones alike! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and have a Blessed 2013!!!

I decided to get a pesky little project that was bugging me out of the way today. Most of you who are 45 and older will understand this.


It’s bad enough that I need reading glasses now, but do I also have to suffer that hideous brown polyester case too! Honestly, this is the ugliest glasses case I’ve ever seen (or felt)! Well after looking at this atrocity for several months I decided to do something about it. Now you who know me know that I am too cheap creative to just go out and buy a new case. No, I decided to take all of five minutes to make one. This is all I used.

five1I used a square of old quilted fabric (with roses, of course), vintage pink and white rick rack and pink seam binding. I was throwing caution to the wind when I actually decided I would decorate the new case. Could I do this all within my attention span of  five minutes?

five2Yes and no. It took me about five minutes to thread my stupid sewing machine even with my glasses on! After that frustrating exercise it did only take me five minutes to sew on the rick racks, sew the top of the case down (including seam binding so the glasses don’t get stuck every time I try to pull them out), and sewing up the side and bottom seams. Ta Da. What else can I beautify in five minutes?

five3This is my money “envelope”. I use the envelope system for budgeting and find this handy little coupon book to be perfect for dividing my $$$.

five4I cut up some rosy (surprise!) printed cardboard that was the packaging for some scented shelf paper to line the front and back. I also used it for the divider tabs, but as I had to write on the front of the tabs the roses only show from the back. Oh well, I know they’re there (smile). I also did this in five minutes.

five5I got this watering can at a thrift shop. It was okay and had some nice patina in places but I thought I could make it better. I used rub-on letters, my big muscles, some spicy language and five minutes to get the rub-ons to actually rub-on. As you can see, only parts of each letter cooperated. It’s good that I like the less than perfect look of the letters because there was no way I was going to invest another five minute chunk of my life into this project.

Your challenge in this new year is to look around and see what you can beautify, recycle, up-cycle, re-purpose or create in just five minutes!!!