Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Image Credit: Graphics Fairy

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy New Year! Please be safe where ever you decide to celebrate. Don't drink and drive!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful day with family and friends! Here is what we woke up to on Christmas morning!
Photo credit: My daughter from her IPhone

The coating of snow is all gone now, but it was wonderful to have a white Christmas!

I'm having a post Christmas sale in my Etsy shop including a few surprises. Happy Boxing Day to all who celebrate!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!

This has been a long week filled with both celebration and sadness. The sadness I will not address--you all have already heard enough of the heartbreaking stories that have happened in Newtown, CT, just 30 minutes from where I live.

Friday was also my husband's birthday. After picking up our daughter we went out to lunch and made a few planned stops on the way home to do some Christmas shopping. The weekend was filled with back to back parties--one Hanukkah party with close friends, and a family Christmas party.

The house smells like a bakery--after the cream puffs for Sunday--yes, made from scratch! and the four batches of cookies yesterday. Oh, lets not forget the birthday meal I made on Tuesday for my husband: homemade macaroni with homemade gravy, with cream puffs and home made lattes for dessert.

I've had little time for beading except at night, but I am attempting to get a jump on rose arrangements for Valentine's Day. I've finished what will be two arrangement so far, but have not put them together yet. I did make one winter-type of arrangement that I hope to list just after New Year's:
There's a little bit of everything in it: Ice Crystals, Money Plant, Bell Flowers, Sweet William and a branch of Lavender.

I probably won't be posting again until after New Years, so I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Elizabeth's Sun Catcher

Now that Elizabeth has received her surprise thank you gift, I thought I would show the rest of you what I made her:
Elizabeth collects rocking horses, and if you ever stop by her blog, you will no doubt be treated to a look at some of her collection. I photographed the sun catcher before I mailed it out, forgetting about the screens in the window. If you go to Elizabeth's post here you can fully appreciate the colors!

I will be off soon to pick up our daughter at college for the winter break so I will wish you all a happy creative weekend!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Judging a Book By Its Cover

The real joys in life are those that cannot be calculated by any known unit of measurement. --unknown

I wrapped up (pun intended!) my altered book this past weekend in between decorating the house. I decided to go with a fairly simple cover. I found the travel themed fabric on clearance in a craft store and used fusible web to iron it onto the book cover. Then, in keeping with my vow to refrain from buying any more supplies, I used these faux hanging typewriter keys that I won in a giveaway. My first choice of titles was "Footsteps", but since there were limited letters, I had to go with "My Travels".
The fabric has images of many places we have been, so I was happy with that. I threaded some purple ribbon through the key hangers, made little bows & hot glued them on. The cover doesn't have as much zing as I wanted it to, but for the first one, I am satisfied.

By now, you as well as the instructor, Elizabeth, know how much I enjoyed this course and how much I got out of it. I have to say once more a very heartfelt thank you to Elizabeth for her generosity and excellent tutorials! I might never have attempted this without her guidance and encouragement!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Another new scarf!

Thank you all for your nice comments regarding my craft show. My scarves sold well there, in fact, I have only one left which I have listed in my shop.
This one was crocheted in Simply Soft yarn by Caron. The color is Pagoda which is a teal green. It is approximately 59" long and 6" wide. It lives up to its name as it is very soft & drapes well!

Even though it is only Thursday, I will wish you a happy creative weekend as I hope to be busy decorating the house tomorrow!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday on the Lake

If you woo the company of the angels in your waking hours, they will be sure to come to you in your sleep.--G.D. Prentice

Happy Monday everyone! Thank you all so much for the nice comments and wishes of many sales for my craft show. All those positive vibes floating around in the atmosphere certainly must have helped. The show was very well attended, and I am pleased with how much I sold. I cleared quite a few things out of my Etsy shop, so I will get busy creating new things to fill it up again! First up will be this french beaded monarch butterfly that I just finished yesterday. Hope to have it up later today.
This craft show is local to me, and I have been participating in it for 18 years! It kicks off an event called "Holiday on The Lake" and opens with craft shows, library readings, concerts, a parade of marchers and decorated cars, and ends with a blessing and tree lighting, all on the first Saturday of December. These events plus more are all within walking distance of each other. One hundred trees are planted along the lake in town (as opposed to the lake down the street from me that many of you have read about here before)and they stay light thru the New Year. There is also a giant Menorah that is light on the appropriate nights to celebrate Hanukkah.

Since I have been doing this show so long, I have made many friends of vendors, shoppers, and the women who run the show. It is an added bonus to selling to see so many friends and neighbors and to be carried away with the Christmas spirit!










Friday, November 30, 2012

New Necklaces

Hello everyone! I've been working hard this week to complete some ornaments and jewelry for my show tomorrow. I've packed most of it up and will set up tonight so I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn tomorrow! Here are a couple of stone cab pendants that I finished:
Of course, these were all created using Nicole's Bead Backing and backed with the softest leather that I purchased from her, too. In fact, I think I may have purchased the two cabs on the right from her, also. The quality of the items she sells is just top notch, and I am excited that she has blogged that there will be some new items added to her shop.
The cab on the left is surrounded by Czech glass beads with an aurora borealis finish--they are not actually turquoise. Some would say this cab with its "cracks" is 2nd or 3rd quality, but I think it has a lot of personality & I like the way it came out.

Good Luck to all my blog friends who are also doing shows tomorrow--I know of at least two of you! Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Some Art for Fun and a Sale!

Not what we say about our blessings but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving. --W.T. Purkiser

I hope all my US friends had a nice Thanksgiving and a good weekend! We followed our tradition and spent our Thanksgiving with close friends. We shared great food and fun, had beautiful weather, and laughed all day. It was just what I needed to renew my soul. Our daughter returned to college yesterday and was picked up by the same friend who brought her home. It was great gas-wise to skip the entire trip, but sad because it means we say goodbye sooner.

While our daughter was home she requested I make her some little figures out of clay with a Christmas theme for her dorm room. I made the tree before she got home and let her decide what else she wanted.
It's going to be another busy week as I get organized and finish up a few things for my craft show this Saturday (Dec. 1).

In case you have your eye on anything in my shop, I'm running a cyber Monday sale starting right now! I take everything with me to the craft show--never know what will come home!

Use code BFCM20 at check out for 20% off thru midnight Monday, Nov. 26.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Seems like I am taking a little break this week, but actually it is so busy I have not had a chance to post!

Our daughter arrived home safely last night--she caught a ride with her old roommate--after being caught in bumper to bumper traffic for hours. The ride that usually takes a little over 2 hours took nearly 5. Thank goodness for cell phones so we knew they were safe. The cause was a tractor trailer/multi car accident in the other direction that took the life of one person. I'm praying for all the people involved.

I want to wish everyone who is celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow a happy day with family and/or friends! If you are traveling, please be safe! I am going to spend this time enjoying my family and being thankful for all our blessings.

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!


Friday, November 16, 2012

APR-Christmas

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up.--Mark Twain

It's been a busy week as I try to get ready for the holidays and the one craft show that I am doing on Dec. 1. Jenn gave me just the push I needed this week to get some of my tree topper angels made for the show and for Etsy, too! I'm going to show just one of them here to link up with the challenge; other colors are available in my shop.
Stop by and see what everyone has created for this challenge.

Have a happy, creative weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Altered Book Pages

It is in changing that things find purpose.--Heraclitus

Here are the last of my altered book pages! I can't believe I stuck with this project and finished my book! I did wind up removing a few more pages because there simply wasn't room for any more. All that is left is to make the cover--and I might add some fibers in the spine--which Elizabeth will post about soon.
This spread is all about Monaco! On the left you see the Casino with the beautiful fountain out front. The Ferrari is a tape transfer and since Monaco is the "playground of the rich and famous" I put it and a sailboat in the fountain! I couldn't find a suitable photo of a yacht. I carried the theme over to the right page with the card images. The rather haphazard directional signs & car remind me that Monaco is full of hills, tight turns & switchbacks.
This was the wrapper from a chocolate candy bar we had in Greece. I really liked the dual writing (also in English) so I added the fibers and divided the back of the wrapper in half. The background colors were meant to compliment the almond colors.
I didn't really intend to put the images at the top of the pages, but I had to cover up a picture that was on the page. I thought I had removed all of them but must have missed this one; and since I already used the back side of the page, I had to keep it in the book. I had fun with feathers and the mask depicting the Venetian festival of Carnevale.
Lastly, I made another spread with pockets that I edged with some travel themed washi tape. I punched holes & sewed around the edges. Although you can't see the one on the right side, each thread is ended with a red,white & blue bead dangle.

Thanks for stopping by to see the rest of my altered book and for all the nice comments you have left for me. I am so happy I took Elizabeth's course--I have a wonderful tribute to the places we have been!



Thursday, November 8, 2012

APR-Sunsets

Mistakes are valuable. They show us the correct path to take next time.--Unknown

It's been awhile since I've had a chance to play along with the Artist's Play Room. This week's prompt is sunsets and since I love them and have been trying to practice drawing trees without leaves, I thought I would join in.
Aceo=baseball card size. Watercolor and Sakura Micron Pens on a piece of card stock.

Thanks for the inspiration, Jenn!

In case you thought I was kidding...

Use your family's traditions and values to build the platform from which you soar to your own unique heights.--unknown

Here are some photos taken at 4 pm yesterday (Wednesday).

At 6:15 pm our power went out again but came back after just 15 minutes. It's been very windy and snowy, but as they say, the sun will come out tomorrow. Let's just hope it does and melts this stuff--our girl is planning to come home for the weekend.

I know it is only Thursday, but I'm wishing you a happy creative weekend in advance.







Tuesday, November 6, 2012

More AB Sharing!

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well! We are preparing for the next storm which is supposed to visit Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Thankfully, it is not sounding like it will be as bad as first predicted.

I thought I would share a few more pages that I created in my altered book.
Of course, this refers to New York City! Growing up just 40 miles or so from New York City, I have many happy memories of my mom taking us down to the city to see Broadway shows, attend museums, and visit many of the well-known landmarks. As a 20-something, I also enjoyed visiting the stores at the holidays with my friends to see their decorations and animated window scenes--a "tradition" my husband & I carried out with our daughter--until 9-11 that is.
Now anyone who knows me or has been reading my blog for awhile knows that I really love Elvis. I received the image on the right as a birthday card 10 years or so ago and have been waiting for just the right project to use it in. I have made "my pilgrimage" to Graceland as well as to Elvis's birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi which he is holding in his hand.
The last spread I will share today is San Francisco which I visited on a recent trip--which reminds me I still have to post about the rest of my vacation! This one is pretty self-explanatory, but I will point out that the closest, largest cable car is actually a pocket in which I placed my ticket to ride. (Yup, love the Beatles, too!) See the little running board near the front of the car? My daughter & I stood on this little step & rode the California line up and down all the hills. We had a blast! It was like being on an amusement park roller coaster--when you were at the top of the hill, you couldn't see anything below until you started down and could then see how steep it was! The only scary part was when we passed another cable car going in the opposite direction--pretty close!!! We literally had to lean in!

Hope everyone stays safe tomorrow!



















Friday, November 2, 2012

IA Challenge Mandala

When the power was out during the recent storm, I had to find a way to be able to keep creating. The challenge at Inspiration Avenue hosted this week by Beth fit the bill perfectly!

I have never made a mandala before, and I have to say I enjoyed it totally! I started out with just a dot and built it up, round and round, until I achieved this:
I realize it is not totally even, but as Beth suggests, it is more of a meditative exercise. I tried not to over think the patterns--just enjoy and let it happen!

Since I did not have an unlimited water supply, I opted to color it in with my Prismacolor pencils. The weather was not cooperating and I had to use a flash which produced the glare on the left side.
This was a wonderful challenge that kept my mind calm and occupied during the storm without power. Thank you Beth!

Thanks again to everyone who worried about us during the storm. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who continue to suffer the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Stay tuned next week to see if we get the Nor'Easter that is being predicted for mid-week! No, I am not joking.

Have a happy, creative, and safe weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Storm Update

Two seconds after I posted this....the power came back on!!! Yay!

Hello my friends!

Thank you so much to everyone who has left comments or emailed me.

We lost power Monday night at 7pm--it is still out with no estimate of when it will be restored. We were very fortunate in that we did not get the huge amounts of rain that were expected. We had basically no damage to our property, but a lot of trees in the area came down. We have a generator (to which I am temporarily connected) and run it ever 4-6 hours even through the night.

There are so many people affected by this storm--many have been flooded or have lost their entire homes from fires caused by exploding transformers. They need your thoughts and prayers. We were so lucky! It is such a coincidence that we had a bad storm this same time last year!

I will be back as soon as power is restored. Once again, thank you so much for showing your concern--you all mean so much to me.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Heads Up!

Hi everyone! Just giving a little heads up in case it looks like I have gone missing...
Starting tomorrow night, and especially Monday & Tuesday, we are bracing for a mega storm caused by Hurricane Sandy. They are saying this storm can last several days, 8 inches plus of rain, and widespread long power outages.

You may remember Hurricane Irene last year around this very same time, which dumped rain & snow on us, cancelled Halloween, and flooded our basement for a foot.

We have a generator, lots of gas, lots of food, and are hoping that it is not twice the previous storm as they are predicting.

If you are on the east coast of the US and in this storm's path, please be safe!

Friday, October 26, 2012

My scarf!

The most manifest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness. --Michel de Montaigne

I finished my scarf:
I used the same brand/style of yarn and the same pattern--it is fun and easy enough to do while watching TV.

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

AB Lesson 18

Lesson 18 was student's choice and transfers and pop-ups won! Of course, Elizabeth did her usual fabulous job in presenting more ways to make transfers than I had time for! I did, however, get hooked on the one I tried, tape transfers:
With the exception of the camels, the Matryoshka dolls, the Scottish cattle & the Spinx, everything else is a tape transfer! I just had so much fun experimenting with making these transfers that I made a page to show the many faces of travel. Sadly, you cannot see with the photo, but the four presidential heads found on Mt. Rushmore are transfers superimposed on the Matryoshka dolls' faces. It is pretty cool in person, though. And yes, I followed Elizabeth's very good advice & dumped all the water and wet paper outside!

I thought the pop-up was going to elude me until I was gifted a book by my friend, Stacy, which happened to have a cool pop-up in it. Once I thought of a theme, I made a very simple pop-up surrounded by some appropriate images:
I stabilized the Coliseum with some card stock, added two tabs on the bottom, folded it in half and figured out where to glue them onto the page. I hope you can read the words.."imagine the scene" and see the gladiator peaking over the top.

I have also been working hard to complete most, if not all of the empty pages in my book to prepare to decorate the cover, but I will leave those for another post!












Monday, October 22, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who took part in my giveaway. I wish I had prizes for all of you!
I am happy to announce the winners as follows:

The butterfly cabochon brooch goes to Nicole of Beadwright!

The sun catcher goes to Valerie from Bastelmania-craftattack!

The Miss Skully goes to Elizabeth of AlteredBookLover!

Congratulations everyone! Nicole & Elizabeth...if you can please send me your addresses, I will get them right out to you. Valerie, I will contact you for your address & choice of colors!

A Favor, Please!

Hi everyone! I entered a beaded Sugar Skull Sun Catcher in a Shipwreck Beads contest
and was wondering if you would help me out by voting for my entry. I'm trying to be one of 10 runners up after which the company picks three winners. Here is the link:

http://www.shipwreckbeads.com/static/support/sugarskull.html

Just click "vote now" on the upper left and scroll down until you see my entry (Debbie DiJusto):
If you don't see the button to vote, click on the title and it will take you to the page to vote.

Thanks in advance; I really do appreciate it!

I'll be back later today with the winners of my giveaways!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Giveaway!

The opportunity to experience joy is always only a smile away.--unknown

Leaving this post at the top, so please scroll down to see new posts!

I have decided to continue the birthday festivities with a giveaway! Actually two giveaways! Oh, what the heck...lets make it three! Taking a cue from a friend whom most of your know, I will hold the giveaway like this:

The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide!

Please leave a comment on this post only and say if you would like to be entered to win #1, #2, and/or #3. You can enter for all three, but one prize to a person.

The winners will be announced on Oct. 22 to hopefully allow me to get the prizes out to the winners before Halloween.

So what are the giveaways?

#1 A hand beaded butterfly cabochon brooch

#2 A crystal sun catcher--similar to this one--I will let you pick the colors from what I have in my stash!

#3 A polymer clay hot pink Miss Skully made by me with the following disclaimer...when I baked her the pin overlay came away a little bit on the left side. It is not visible from the front & I told a second photo from the side so you can see. I don't think it detracts from this fun piece at all!


Good Luck everyone!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Another Scarf!

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.--John Dewey

I know it seems like I am cranking these out, lol, but I seriously cannot keep my eyes open when I watch television in the evening without doing something! This one is a gift for my girl for her birthday which is coming up next week.
This was made with Red Heart Sashay which is really fun to work with and makes an unique scarf. It is more like a lacy-look fabric with a row of holes at the top that you use to knit, and knits up super fast. Took me a little time to get used to working with it--the video how-to on the Red Heart site did the trick!

Just to keep anyone who wonders about these things happy...I am not affiliated with Red Heart. I was not given anything or asked to promote this yarn. The yarn was purchased by me and I am sharing my experience. (Isn't this nuts?)

I'll be back on Monday to announce the winners of my giveaways! Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Memo Holder Tutorial

Thanks to Totally Tutorials I was lucky enough to be selected by Incomparable Buttons to receive a free set of their handmade handpainted buttons in exchange for posting a tutorial of what I did with them. After perusing page after page of beautiful buttons, how could I resist these?
I decided to make some clothes pin memo holders to put on the refrigerator.
Supplies I used:
Strip and stronger dot magnets, acrylic paint/paintbrush, clothes pins, assorted decorative fibers, strong glue such as E6000, scissors, and (not shown) sandpaper and craft or wood glue.

My first step was to measure the length & width of the top of the clothespin. Next I took the clothes pins apart, gave them a light sanding & painted them with the acrylic paint. Make sure you keep the matched pairs together--makes it much easier to reassemble later! If you plan to cover the top completely, you can leave it unpainted.

While you are waiting for the paint to dry, you can begin assembling your tops. Some options are:
craft foam, decopage sheets, scrapbook paper, cardstock, the list goes on and on. I wanted to do something dimensional; however, you may decide to just use a pretty scrapbook paper and perhaps ribbon or lace & attach your button on top. If you plan to make a dimensional one like I did, here are a couple of tips:
Attach whatever magnet you are using to the back before you start decorating the front.
Keep 3D embellishments towards the middle & bottom so it is easy to press open the memo holder.

For the one on the left, I drew a tree and cut it out of craft foam. If this is challenging to you, try to find a cookie cutter or wood shape to trace around. I added a decopage pine cone, a small piece of artificial greenery & a preserved pine cone from an craft pick. For this one, I sewed the button on & glued the tree onto the clothes pin with craft glue.

For the one on the right, I decorated a wooden tag with a piece of scrapbook paper, added greenery & a bottle brush tree. This moose was glued on with E6000 & after stamping a few words at the top I glued the tag to the clothes pin with wood glue.
Here's one more view with them all assembled!

I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial & will visit both Totally Tutorials to see all the neat tutorials they post, and Button Mad to see their fabulous selection of buttons!











Sunday, October 14, 2012

Annual Birthday Sale!

This post will stay on top until Oct. 14. Please scroll down to see new posts.

Every October I hold my annual free shipping sale in conjunction with my birthday as a way of giving my buyers a gift. This year I am changing it a bit.

October 1 thru October 15 enjoy free shipping
to the US and Canada and half price shipping
internationally on anything in my shop. Excludes
custom orders.

Just send me an email or convo, and I will gladly add in free shipping for Canada and half-price for international buyers if it is not already in the listing.

So what happens after October 15? You'll just have to come back to find out!

Friday, October 12, 2012

As The Leaves Turn

One changes from day to day...every few years one becomes a new being.--George Sand

No, this is not the start of a new soap opera! When the temperatures start cooling down, and the leaves begin to fall, I start knitting!

My latest is a Monet inspired scarf knitted with Moda Dea Ticker Tape yarn imported from Italy. Ticker tape yarn is aptly named because it is flat rather than round like traditional yarn. It was fun to work with and produces a knit that has some stretch to it. It is 100% Nylon. I made one for my girl who adores scarves--and a girl can never have too many scarves, right? And one for my shop:
Next, I think I'll knit one up for myself!

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Monday! Happy Columbus Day if you are in the US! Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!

Just a short post today to show some further progress on my Altered Book. I had another "single" page that I wanted to turn into a double page spread. It is very hard to find paper pictures of Disney characters. In fact, the hand on the left page that you've seen before, was cut from a shopping bag that I had saved. For the new page on the right, I cut the figures from a postcard that I saved from at least 10 years ago. I did a little watercolor under painting to look like water and islands then added the figures and a compass rose in the top right. Hopefully, it blends well with the other page, as I tried to use nearly the same color blue as in the castle for the water.
Hope you are enjoying your day!

Friday, October 5, 2012

A Rose of a Different Color

Always remember to be proud of your talents and to let them shine.--unknown

Here is another french beaded rose...in black:
While black roses do exist in nature, they are really a very deep red or have been dyed by florists.

Wouldn't black roses been fun for Halloween or to celebrate the birthday of a friend who is "over the hill"?

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

IA Challenge-Roses

It has been awhile since I've been able to participate in the Inspiration Avenue Challenges, but I could not pass up this one, hosted by Cindy.
After all, roses are my favorite, too!
Here is my french beaded rose brooch!

Monday, October 1, 2012

AB Lesson 16

Always remember that perseverance is the key to success.

Lesson 16 was to play with fabric! Elizabeth did a great job as usual writing a post that not only showed us how we can use fabric in our altered books, but she also demonstrated several ways to dye our own! She also showed a fun way to combine fabric with polymer clay. That got me to thinking...

Scotland...Loch Ness...Monster! So here's Nessie:
What I remember about Scotland is that it was filled with Castles of every description and was green, green, beautiful green! The castle on the lower left is Urquhart Castle, a medieval fortress that dates back to the 13th century and which sits on the bank of Loch Ness. So there are tons of castles at the top of the pages, and I'll just say a mea culpa to any UK readers...I know all these castles are not in Scotland and some are repeats, but I could not find enough pictures that were!

Obviously the Loch is fabric with the green head of Nessie poking through. I couldn't resist adding a few colorful polymer clay rocks that I made by smooshing the clay together.

A few people were interested to see what my book looks like now and wondered if it closes.
I am seeing how important the very first lesson of this course was--to pick a book that has a sewn binding. Any moment I expect to hear a sprong and have the whole thing just explode. I hope not!

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments! The next lesson is posted, and I can't wait to play.

I'll be back a little later to announce my annual October sale, but it is already up in my shop !


Friday, September 28, 2012

I Made Soup!

Bead soup, that is, and turned it into this cute little maple tree:
Since the squirrels seem to have (again) beat me to the acorns that drop to the ground, I made some caps with my own hand made mold. I dusted the mold with pearl-ex powder first so it would have some sparkle. Wrapped the bottom of the terracotta pot with jute, added a cute double bow and some cork on the bottom to protect the table.

I'll be back on Monday with my latest AB spread and my annual free shipping sale that I hold every October for my birthday!

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Paper Bag Album

After seeing some paper bag albums on a friend's website, I decided to try my hand at making one or some. Check out Pam's blog to not only see her albums, but she is an amazing photographer, too!

Since this first album was going to be a gift and the person reads my blog, I have had to wait until I was sure she received it before posting. Since I didn't know what she would chose to use the album for, I kept the theme very general. Here is the cover:
Some pages have writing. I used cardstock and the pamphlet stitch with some pretty fibers to bind the album.
Some flowers, others music themes...I did the two pages with different cardstock but with the same theme.
These are the inserts that I made to go into each paper bag opening. I used lightweight craft foam. They are cut out all in one piece.
Many of you already know Stacy, who is very fond of crows. She is a very talented painter who specializes in crows. Stop by her blog and say hello if you haven't met her yet!

Thanks for the inspiration and challenge, Pam!








Monday, September 24, 2012

Vacation Part 6

Our next stop was a brief visit to Misson San Juan Bautista, one of 21 missions that were started up and down the coast of California. It was founded in 1797 and still provides Catholic religious services.
There were several museum rooms, as well as a beautiful courtyard and garden. Of course. I was drawn to the cacti!
Just look at these blooms!
It is of interest to note that the San Andreas Fault line (the line where two of earths plates meet) runs just below the property out back, and indeed the mission was damaged by a big earthquake in 1906. Because the mission sits close to if not on the fault line, they have two seismic recorders on site. One I could not find; here is the other:
I'm glad our visit was brief!?!!
Moving on, we drove the famous scenic 17 mile drive along the coast.
It was nice to see my old, old friend, the lone cypress (tree) which has stood on its rocky outcrop for over 250 years. I last saw it about 30+ yeas ago.
After a brief visit to the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course to check the time...just kidding, but where else can you find a Rolex this big?! We did spend some time and were able to see the 1st tee and the 18th hole as well as some plaques of winners of tournaments held there. I grew up "watching" golf on TV because my Dad loves it, but I'm not that impressed with the game in general. No one on our tour played--I don't know why. A round of golf at this esteemed course only costs $495 + a cart fee!

We overnighted in Monterey which has a smaller Fisherman's Wharf area.
This pelican was very obliging! Just a few more stops to go! Join me next time for a visit to Hearst's Castle and some star gazing!