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Sunday, February 18, 2018

A slice of life & returning to the studio!'s been kind of a long time since my last post here.
I don't know what to tell you except that life happened!
(Warning: TONS OF PHOTOS in this one!)

With Christmas, then sickness, then watching Clara and Murray
waiting on their new little sister to be born, then Tilly's birth and 
a huge soap order during all of that....
I'm finally coming up for air!

It really has been a busy couple of months around here.
And guess what???
February 11th was my ELEVENTH blog anniversary!
I've had this ol' blog now for eleven years ~

Even though blogging has changed over the past few years
I still enjoy having it and love sharing what's going on in my life!

December and January were filled with
multiple OB visits for our daughter-in-law Emily
so I watched these precious grandbabies, Clara and Murray, pretty regularly.
They are so techie now...both loving their tablets.
But we'd watch movies, bake cookies and even have a few craft days!

And then Tilly was born January 25th!!!
These sweet kids were SO EXCITED to head to the hospital
the next day to meet their baby sister!

Daddy Brent (our oldest son) admiring his precious little daughter Tilly!

It's truly been a wonderful time in all of our lives!
She's now almost 4 weeks old and growing like a little weed!

And speaking of growing...
our second born son, David
and his wife Heather's son and our grandson,
Owen is now one year old!!!
His birthday was Christmas eve and he's so precious ~
so happy and loving too!

And now I've finally made it back into the studio!
I've been cleaning and straightening up
which always helps get me motivated to create.

I decided to finish up a book project
that I'd started months and months ago.

This is my very first handmade book/journal!
I created the signatures, embellished the pages and
even sewed them each into my handmade book cover.

It's nature inspired (my favorite) and filled the pages
with pressed flowers, ephemera and images from nature.

Here's a peek inside!!!
It's now been added to my Etsy store as well ~

SO...there you go!!!!
I've got to make more of these!!!
Maybe with different themes even.

If you'd like, I've created my own YouTube channel and you can
view 3 very short videos of my flip through the journal!

And lastly...
Our grandbaby Tilly this past week!
She's just beautiful and growing so very fast.

Four grandbabies now,

Each one is precious in their own little way too.

Sorry for the gigantic photo filled post but it's been awhile.
And thank you always for stopping by to see
what's going on in my little corner of the world!

Hugs and love,

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tiny fragments of nature under glass ~

I've been gathering tiny bits of nature for as long as I can remember.
It may be a small dried flower, acorn caps, twigs or moss,
it doesn't matter to me.
I think that they all are so beautiful!

I just finished a few specimen tubes filled with some
of these little natural elements.

The swirl of text embedded inside is simply a torn strip
from a very old botany book!

These tubes can be displayed hanging on a cabinet knob,
hook or even the switch of a lamp.
And of course, everything is more beautiful under glass!!!

All have been listed in my Etsy store now too!

And this little piece is finished too!
The glass jar measures a mere 4" high buy about 4" wide.
Gathered inside is a precious tiny nest with speckled eggs,
bark, moss and a sprinkling of other small nature elements.

I just love small things and this little nest assemblage turned out wonderful!
Also listed in my Etsy store ~

And one last little bitty thing.
This is a sweet hummingbird's nest that
was given to me by a friend and I simply adore it!

Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week dear friends and
thank you always for stopping by to see me!

Hugs and love,

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Little Christmas wishes under glass ~

After working on my fairy house for the last few weeks,
it was so nice to get back to a few smaller projects!

I invited a dear old friend over for a creative day in my studio
and we had an absolute BLAST together!!!

Tammy and I met at art school years and years ago.
With both of us being creative spirits, the ideas just FLY
when we get together to make pretty things.
Plus add in the laughter, reminiscing and love...
well, that's just the icing on the cake!

These sweet Christmas tubes are just a few of the results
of our wonderful day together ~

Sometimes you have to make a HOT MESS to make something beautiful!!!
Look at that crazy table!

These are SO much fun to make!!!
We also made a few botanical tubes that I'm finishing up ~
They are filled with little snippets and elements of nature.
Beautiful to display year round if you're a nature lover like me!

The Christmas tubes are listed in my Etsy store and
the botanicals tubes will be soon as well!

I hope you're staying cozy on this chilly December day
and thank you always, always for visiting me here!

Hugs and love,


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