Saturday, November 27, 2010

Family Memory Plates

I have had a blast taking old silver serving plates and turning them into memory keepers. The one above has a photo of my husband's parents but it can be swapped out for your family photo.

Below I have a photo on the plate of my grandfather in front of his childhood home in England but again your family photo would be perfect here also.  These and a couple other smaller ones I am working on will be for sale at the Greenbelt Christmas Craft Show next weekend. Come by to see them up close!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

More fun for the craft show in December

 With the time change I was looking forward to getting an extra hour of sleep. Not sure why but yesterday and today I have woken up around 6 with creative thoughts and couldn't go back to sleep. These are what I made this morning.

This is a christmas tin like the ones I showed yesterday. The second picture is of the inside.
 Then I switched from round to rectangular. This tins are about 4 inches by 6 inches. They are about 3/4 inch deep.  Again they would be great gift containers. These will also hold gift cards.
 This is the back of the tin.  Let me know what you think!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Newest projects

 I am a big fan of Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz and I used techniques I have learned from both of them to make these treasure boxes.
Forgive my terrible photography please!  I am in the Greenbelt Holiday craft fair in December. These treasure boxes are some of the items I will have for sale. They are small - 3 inches wide by 2 inches high. Perfect for a small gift/check or cash for someone special in your life.

I am also going to have a larger rectangular size that will be able to hold gift cards. I will have handmade greeting cards, journals, notebooks and wall hangings too.

Come see me if you are in the Washington DC area. The show is Dec. 4th and 5th at the Greenbelt Community Center.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Wendy Vecchi Class at Queen's Ink

Hi, I had a great weekend at Queen's Ink in Savage MD taking two classes with Wendy Vecchi. I have to say if you ever get a chance to take a class with Wendy - DO!  She's a great teacher!  The first class I took was a technique class much of which I already knew. But - I really did learn so much!  I have spent hours today playing with several ideas that I came home the class with.

The second class was an art piece that we made. I will be adding a photo of my project soon. I tend not to finish projects in class b/c I like to do the finishing work in the quiet of my studio. Check back to see what I made in the class.

Queen's Ink is a wonderful store in the old Savage Mill. They specialize in art stamps, papers, inks, and wonderful classes.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Beach Bag gets started!

Hi, well the summer is almost over but I finally got my new beach bag started. When I attended Donna Downey's INSPIRED in May of this year she gave us each one of her messenger bags. I have been trying to decide for months how I wanted to decorate my bag. I love all the ways that Donna has shown them decorated with flowers and sayings but I wanted to use my bag for the beach and so as much as I love flowers I wanted to do a beach themed bag.

Front of Bag sand on the beach!
Beach flower? 

Back of bag

Inside of bag

Finally this week I got busy and it's not done but well on it's way. I am hoping to get more inspiration when we visit the beach again soon so that I can add more to the inside and the back of the bag. I painted it with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paints and added charm I found at Michael's.

Where have I been?

Hi, it's been 2 months since I posted. Time just flies by without my being aware of it! But I have been very busy this summer. The beginning of July was spent getting our daughter ready to leave for her semester abroad. She is studying at the University of CapeTown in South Africa. Skype has become my favorite program on my computer. We see and talk with our son in Australia, our daughter in South Africa and our son and his girlfriend in Arizona often. I truly don't know how parents let their sons and daughters go abroad before there was Skype.

But now our home is fairly quiet b/c it's just myself, Mike and our golden retriever Raleigh. Raleigh keeps me fit by demanding walks every day. We often go around the lake that is near our home and it helps me clear my mind and think about what projects I want to work on.

Genealogy has been consuming many hours of my life this summer. Both my parents have passed on and I have boxes and boxes of memorabilia to go through and record and decide what I want to scrap about etc. I am also sorting and trying to decide the best way to keep all these items. It has been very emotional for me but I am loving it. I am reliving many events of my life that I haven't thought about in many years.

I have started two genealogy notebooks for our families. I am using American Crafts 3 ring 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbooks b/c they are acid free. I am also using them b/c I have found it easier to define different sections in them  than in a regular 3 ring binder.  I covered them with paper and added my maiden name to one (Hodges) and the second one has McLaughlin on it. I suspect I may have to make more binders as I learn more about the Barber, Haughey, Fee and Galbraith families. Tim Holtz grungepaper, alteration dies and distress inks helped me decorate the covers of the notebooks.

Mike and I are going to Philadelphia soon to visit several cemeteries. We hope to learn more about where his family came from in Ireland so we can gather more information on a trip there someday.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Studio L3 Tim Holtz Challenge

Well - I'm trying something new this summer.  I purchased Tim Holtz book "A Compendium of Curiosities " several months again and I love it. But I am not using it as much as I want to. So when I saw that Linda from Studio L3 was putting up a challenge associated with the book I thought it was a great opportunity to get busy and try more techniques.

Each week Linda is picking a different technique from the book and we are to make a sample or something using the technique. I"m using tags and making notes on the back and will put them all on a ring for an added resource along with the book.

Here is my sample for the first challenge "Waterstamping".
I used the following Tim Holtz distress inks: Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Pine Needles and the Ranger Clear Resist Pad along with a Tim Holtz stamp.

Check out Linda's blog @

Monday, May 24, 2010

Donna Downey's INSPIRED 2010

I have been gone for the past three weekends!!! Wonderful but tiring but inspiring!  First weekend was spent in Virginia Beach with Mike for Mother's Day. We had never visited there before. We loved the boardwalk but the town is too busy for us. We like small beach towns. 

Then I was off to Donna Downey's INSPIRED event in Charlotte NC. I spent 3 days  with wonderful crafty artsy women and it was wonderful. We had fabulous teachers that pushed us beyond our comfort zones. I came home with many projects to finish and several new friends.  

My first class was a jewelry class and I met Rosemary and Lawren in that class. We enjoyed each others support and encouragement and ended up together in all our classes!  Thanks ladies for a great time. Looking forward to seeing you both next year at Inspired and if you ever are in the Wash. DC area please let me know so we can get together outside of Inspired. 

Yesterday we got home from NC again. This time we were at our niece Elizabeth's wedding in Winston-Salem. She was a beautiful bride in a wonderful wedding. They wedding and reception were at Deacon Tower at  WakeForest University and it was really a beautiful setting.  We wish Chip and Elizabeth all the best as they start their married life together in Texas. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Inspired 2010

I've spent yesterday and today getting supplies and clothes ready to go to INSPIRED 2010. I'm really excited to learn new techniques and meet other women that enjoy creating as much as I do. I also get to visit my daughter at college on the way so that is very special also.  North Carolina here I come - bright and early tomorrow morning!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Donna Downey's give-away

Hi, check out Donna's blog today if you are in need of a new camera bag. She's giving away a bag from They are really cute!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dresses for Haiti - first box ready!

  I am so happy to tell you that my first box of dresses will be on it's way to Haiti this week. I have 19 dresses ready to go and I have found a group that will help get the dresses there. I probably have enough fabric to make at least 50 more dresses.  The ladies of Donna Downey's Inspired 2010 are truly awesome.  I have also found a quilting group that sends fabric to Haiti and the Haitian women make quilts and sell them online. I will be sending any leftover fabric to that group so nothing will be wasted.  I will be spending the next two weeks going back and forth between my DD Inspired  Page swaps that are due and getting more dresses made. 
I feel very grateful that I have the ability to sew these dresses and try and help the children of Haiti smile again. 
Have a great week everyone!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Handmade Books

Today I listed two new books in my store. I absolutely adore the first one - I hope you have someone that you could give it to.  It is a baby book that I think is unisex and can be used as a shower gift or a new mom gift. It could be passed around a baby shower and have all the guests sign and give bits of wisdom for the new mom or it could hold the special first photos of the baby. Another idea would be for a new mom to write in and keep her thoughts to pass on to the child later in life.

The second book is a smaller journal - notes book that has a wonderful saying on the front. Each book is one of a kind with buttons for embellishment.
Please let me know what think of them and if there are books that you would like to see made and put in my store.

Monday, March 8, 2010

New Blog site

Hi, I have switched from the Apple Blog to Blogger b/c I couldn't do as much with the free apple blog as I can with Blogger.