Saturday, August 27, 2011

Blessings in a Jar

Yesterday, I completed my last job on my To Do list before heading back to work, cleaning out the play loft. I managed to finally donate a bunch of Emily's toys from when she was really little and while cleaning I found a few little items that I didn't want to throw out but didn't really know what I'd do with so I just put them in my studio until inspiration hit. Well, this morning when I was looking at the little pewter girl saying her night time prayers and the tiny little glass jar on my desk it hit! My girlfriend gave Emily this little girl as a gift, but she had fallen off the cross that she was attached to. I wanted to keep her even though she was "broken" as she was a very thoughtful gift when Emily was first born so I decided to make my own version of the Fairy in a Jar and created this for my girl. I gave it to her this morning and told her I made it with extra love just for her to watch over her. It now has a special place in her newly painted room. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 22, 2011

More PP Butterfly Garden! Love this Line!

So this summer has not given me as much time to scrap as I was hoping to. The weather hasn't been the greatest and I'm already back at work next Monday! Eeeeek! I can't believe it went so fast! I'm really looking forward to Crop for Kids which I'll be teaching at this year and then of course Timberline in November and hope to get caught up then. Or is that even possible?? Oh I have photos to scrap but just haven't gotten around to printing them all yet lol, another thing on my List of To Dos. I'm definitely going to set a few hours aside this week to get a little bit of scrapping time in before I'm back to the chaos of work. is a layout using my all time favourite collection, Pink Paisley Butterfly Garden. And, another page in my mixed media art journal that I'd like to share with you. As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

As Promised....Meet Whiskers

As you can see, I continue to play with mixed media. I created Betty and Lucy a little while back and promised to share with you their wise old cat Whiskers (who btw would wear a magnificent crown) lol. Without further adieu here he is...
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Layout to Share

I'm bouncing around from Mixed Media play to Scrapbooking. But hey, that's ok right? There are no rules to art! Just have fun and create I say! So today I have a layout to share with you that I showcased over at Tiny Seed. The itty bitty picture is of my mom and my granny. I used the gorgeous Crate Paper Restoration line for this layout. It's perfect don't you think? I really love this line! I think this photo is taken sometime in the mid to late 80s. My mom was only 5"4 so my granny must have easily been well under 4 feet! She was such a cutie!

As promised, I'll have a new Mixed Media painting to share with you in the next couple days of Whiskers, Lucy and Betty's wise old cat with the marvelous crown! Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Just Because....

Everyday I am amazed and pleased at how well my little lilac tree is growing. When my mom passed away, just over a year ago, I carefully dug up one of the tiny lilac suckers from her tree hoping that I might be able to nurture it into my own little tree in memory of her and here it is, strong and healthy and growing so beautifully! My mom's neighbour and a dear friend to me during my loss gave me a little tiny Buddha from her garden which I placed in the pot. I love how he settles into the tiny little pebbles and he brought me comfort whenever I came out to admire how mom's tree was doing. We find comfort in many ways and for whatever reason, I needed this little tree to grow. I swore I would take extra special care of it and so over the winter and the cold rainy months I made sure it was well looked after. To my surprise, in the spring, little tiny clovers began sprouting up. My mom was Irish and I truly believe it's a little sign that she is still with me in her own way.

On the weekend, I was over at my dad's and picked up a few precious little items to bring home, a bunt pan that she use to make the most delicious cakes in, an old ceramic coated olive green cast iron cooking pot that I remember her making her spaghetti sauces in when I was little and most precious of all, the Belleek china that I looked for when she first passed away but couldn't find anywhere. I bought her the little sugar bowl when I was a teenager and was so proud of myself for buying what I thought was such a fancy piece of china to match the delicate creamer that she had from her mom. Funny, I knew one day that they would eventually come back to me, and would be even more precious than I always thought they were when mom proudly displayed them. I miss you mom...