"There shall be eternal summer in the
grateful heart"

Friday, January 9, 2015

Valentine Cards and Tag



I just made a few cards for Valentine's Day using K&Company paper pad called "Valentine Sweetheart".  It is a few years old but a favorite to work with.


I used one of the 12 x 12 sheets to made very simple note cards.
Mounted the decorative paper using coordinating colors.  Added Stickles to the hearts and crowns.  I also used a pearl pen to dot on a few of the hearts.
The Valentine sentiments are clear stickers.


The paper pad came with two sheet of images also.
Used my favorite frame die by Sizzix called "frame",#654988.  The hearts were punched out using a die.
I also used a gold leaf pen on the edges of the papers.


 I used behind the image a Cheery Lynn oval lace die.

Used one of my chipboard tags

Trim, embellishments and dies from my stash.

The sweet image is a sticker.  I have a book that has 83 beautiful Victorian stickers, "Victorian Flowers & Children".  The publisher is Dover,  ISBN # 0-486-28576-6


I will enjoy them for a quick while before they go out in the Mail.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!


 Last of the roses for 2014. 
A rose bush that has no name but it produced beautiful flowers last year.
Lots of fragrance too.

I can not wait for this garden year.


 With the weather changing from warm to cold, the plant did not get any white powder on it's leaves.
Even the new shoots look pretty good. I was sad to even cut it down for the season.

Here is a posting that I did on them HERE.



Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Felt Hearts For Christmas and In The Garden

I want to share my last project for the year with you.
It was a last minute thing for me

The inspraition came from a wonderful book that I purchased a few months ago at Tuesday Morning.
The tile of the book is called "quilt a gift" by Barri Sue Gaudet.  A wonderful book with a lot of projects.  A great find for me.


I purchased some felt from my local quilt shop.  I used Spellbinder heart dies  and they cut out perfect. 
I know that I can freehand cut hearts out but if I can do it using my dies, why not.


I need a lot of practice on my stitching but I am hooked on felt.
I hope to do some Mother's Day project using felt and hope to do some other projects from the book.

I also tried out some of my Papertrey Ink dies.
No problem with cutting the felt.

IN THE GARDEN:


December in Southern California, nice sunny days and my roses were still blooming.  
But it is that time for them do be trimmed down.


There will be some moving of roses to the front of the house, into containers, give one away and I did just order another new rose.
I will be receiving Her some time in the early part of the next year, can't wait.


I still have to trim the rose around the house and the few that I have in containers.
I will be doing that right after Christmas.

I was so happy to see my little container maple tree change with beautiful fall colors
Hubby and I hope to make this a bonsai maple tree.


I'm trying out growing carrots in containers.
These are Thumbelina carrots.

With the rain a few of the carrots popped out of the soil.
Hope the rest of them will continue to grow.

We did have a lot of rain here and it finally feels like winter. Nice cool mornings and nights.
Last year we were all dressed in shorts for Christmas.

But now we are drying out.


Hubby found this magnet bumper sticker at out local pet store,
very cute.

I want to thank all of you for visiting my blog  and those of you who left comments.
I enjoy reading them and sharing them with my family.

I hope to be sharing more of my garden with you next year along with my crafting.

Take care, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Blessings   : )

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Flannel Christmas Quilt No.2


Yes, done!
I'm happy with the way it turned out.


Here was the second block.
It needed some other color around it. The square looked too bland as is


 Using left over fabric from my last quilt HERE and I am glad I had enough to add a 1 inch border around the quilt blocks.

 I did have to purchase some extra flannel for the larger border.  I did not have enough and it was hard finding the perfect color.  


The back of the quilt.

I am so glad to have moved the unfinished project out of the cupboard to a finish project.

Thanks for stopping by.  : )

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014


A few photos to share.
I do not have a lot of Christmas decorations but I'm working on it.
Hope to add a few new items this year.
But here is my tiny artifical Christmas tree filled with a lot of beautiful baubles from loved ones and places we visited. 


A lot of memories on this tiny tree.


Some decorating on the mantel.


I put up one of my framed trees that I had posted, here.

I also used the same die and stamp set to make this card.

Also, the tags that made for my Christmas baking too, posted here.


The paper collection is a Recollection brand called "Regent Street".


I added some decorating to my kitchen shelf.  


The family Christmas card this year.


 Adding some reindeer antlers to Opie
I think these are a bit too small for him now.  


He likes watching television.


The Christmas tree hat fits him just right.

I hope to have some photos of the garden soon.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Blessings  : )

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Princess de Monaco Roses and A Parcel



When Hubby and I returned last Friday from our trip. I came back to blooming roses and one of them, Princess de Monaco had some beautiful buds ready for me to pick. The pink is super pink.


Also waiting for me was a parcel from a wonderful blog friend, Bev. 
She crochet me a gorgeous pink doily that went perfect for my bouquet of roses.  : )



Bev also gave me some of her handmade soaps, an embordered place mate with the names of apples around it and one of her adorable owls for my Christmas tree.  
Thank you for your kindness Bev.
I enjoy her blog named "Welcome to Kainga Happenings". 
I enjoy seeing what she is growing in her garden and right now in Australia they are enjoying Spring. 
She is also an amazing crafter with a lot of creativity.








I did not think they were going to open up.  They were in tight buds.


The weather today for us in Southern California, rain and it has been raining all day.  We will see some more rain, maybe for the weekend.  This month, I will be trimming down the roses to give them their well deserve rest.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting my blog.
Blessings to you.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Our Quick Drive Up to Northern California


Sharing some photos of my trip up to Northern California, Yolo County.

Spent time with family for Thanksgiving.


A couple of photos taken from the car driving thru Sacramento, the American River.




The water tower for the University of Davis. Go Aggies!


 The next series of photos were taken on a walk along a greenbelt. It is a beautiful greenbelt that connects the collage, downtown and neibhborhoods. You can walk, run and bike your way.




 The weather was beautiful, sunny and cold. A very nice change from Southern California.







Some large dominos that make a fun photo shot. 




 Rows of grape vines.  Very pretty.



 Way in the background there is a home.  The lake was filled with geese and ducks.




 Our early morning drive back home.


Hubby, Opie and I had a lovely visit and Thanksgiving.
So much to be thankful for.


Weather for this week, some rain.  It did rain for Sunday.  It was perfect weather for putting up  Christmas decorations and watching some football.   Have a wonderful week everyone.

Blessings!