Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Awhile back I wrote a very brief post about commenting on people's blogs.
It read like this ---

I have a new acronym...LACE
It stands for Leave A Comment Everytime. 

I know people visit my blog...I see it in the tracker-thingamijig. 
But there's rarely any comments left.  :(

Now we all know how bloggers just love to read
comments left by visitors on their blogs - right? 
But then I got to thinking - that can be dangerous! 
And I have to admit...I hardly ever leave a comment on the blogs I visit. 
Guilty as charged!

So now I will LACE on every blog I visit.  How about you?  :)

Blessings to you, denise  :D

I have to admit that I have not been "practicing what I preach"!
I promise to do better.

It's so much easier on Facebook...
You just have to hit the Like button.
No comment needed.
The person knows you like what they  posted.
That you acknowledge them in some way.

That's what commenting on a person's blog does -
Acknowledges and affirms.
Sends a virtually hug.
Says I like what you created.
Thanks for sharing your life, your love,
your fears, your doubts,
your creative endeavors and your makes,
your thoughts and your ideas.

Simple as that!
You don't have to write anything
a smiley face will do.

Try it!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Made With Love 4 My Sister

I just love making bracelets.
All kinds of bracelets.

Here is a bracelet I made for my sister, Sherri.

This "Sister Love" bracelet incorporates a variety of
turquoise and silver beads with silver findings
that represent the special relationship that we have.

The turquoise cross represents our faith in 
our heavenly Father as well as in each other. 

The silver heart (kinda turned on its side in the photo)
represents the love we have shared for a lifetime.

The turquoise bird represents on times together
at our little cabins in the woods.
My place is called "Niecey's Nest".  :)

The turquoise heart represents our love of our families -
brothers, mother, father, our own children, nieces, nephews,
in-laws, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Whew!  That's a lot of lovin' there!

May God bless my precious sister always and in all ways.
I love you, Sherbs!  xoxo

Saturday, July 25, 2015

"God Bless America" Bracelet

I recently posted a request for ideas and suggestions
for my new bracelet-making adventure on 

One of my quilting friends, Cheryl, suggested
a patriotic "For God and Country" memory wire bracelet.

Here is what I Made With Love especially for her:

The single yellow bead is in honor of all of our military personnel
who are deployed and away from family and friends.
May God protect them and bring them safely home.

I used a variety of patriotic beads and charms with silver findings

Proud to be an American!

Boxed and ready to go to its new home!
Congratulations, Cheryl, for your great idea.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
Maybe you could be the lucky winner of a bracelet
designed just for you using your idea(s).

Thanks for stopping by.
Wishing you a blessed day from the USA!
denise  :D

Monday, June 29, 2015

More Bracelets Minus Dangles and Charms

Like I said in my last blog post, 
I have been making more bracelets 
minus the many charms and dangles.

Have a look-see!...

This is a Fruit of the Spirit Bracelet with each bead
representing one of the Fruit of the Spirit 
according to Galatians 5:22-23.

Pink represents Love -
Gold represents Joy -
Pearl represents Peace - 
Purple represents Patience -
Red represents Kindness -
Green represents Goodness - 
Blue represents Faithfulness -
Turquoise represents Gentleness -
Clear represents Self-Control.

Each bracelet that I create is unique - no two are exactly alike.

I use memory wire for the bracelets that I make.
No more struggling trying to put your bracelet on
when there's no one to help you out!

They are finished with a Made With Love Charm
and a Holy Spirit (bird) charm.

I've also made some other styles...

This is The Life of Christ Bracelet with each bead -
glass or silver - telling part of the special story
of the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ,
from His birth to His death.

These bracelets also have a Made With Love charm.
They each include a cross charm.

Each of these bracelets is also unique - one-of-a-kind - works of love.

They are available on Etsy at:

You can also follow me on Facebook at:

I appreciate you stopping by my blog.
blessings to you and yours.  :D

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Making Pretties!

I've been busy making bracelets and earrings the last couple of days.
I'm wanting to do more local Arts and Crafts Shows.
Oh, and some out-of-town ones would be great, too.
(Anyone got any suggestions?)

At my first Arts and Crafts Fair/Farmer's Market a few weeks ago
I received lots of positive feedback.
One comment that several people made though was
"I'm just into the dangley things."

So since all of the bracelets I had made were full of "dangley things"
I figured I needed some "not so dangley" bracelets.

Here are some John 3:16 Bracelets that I made.
Instead of using the sparkly beads like I previously had,
I used turquoise beads and silver components.
I use memory wire for easy-to-put-on bracelets.

Each bead or bead combination tells part of the scripture.

"For God (clear bead) so loved (heart bead) the world (round bead)
That He gave His only begotten son (cross bead) 
That whosoever believes in Him (Believe bead)
Shall not perish (black bead)
But have everlasting life (silver heart bead)." 

Each one is then finished with a beautiful cross
and one of my Made With Love heart charms.

This cross is one of my most favorite.
It is an "Ojo de Dios" - "Eye of God" - cross.
Just lovely!  

And here is a little peek at my crazy, messy creative space in use...

I try to gather all my main components and beads before I begin.
But still...I find myself always hopping from one bead container
to another to another until I find just the right piece.

Crazy creativity happening here!

I also made some earrings to coordinate with the bracelets.

Hearts - I love hearts!  God's love is abundant!

Crosses...Christ died for us for that we would have life eternal.

Birds...The Holy Spirit.

More Crosses.

All of these will be available on my Etsy Shop at:

You can also follow me on Facebook at:

Thank you for stopping by.
blessings to you and yours.  :D

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What's In Your Creative Space?

I love blog-browsing.  
Just seeing what others are up to
is such an inspiration.

So I thought it would be fun 
to show my blogger buddies
what's in my creative space.

I actually have two Creative Spaces...
My Textile Arts Studio -
aka my Sewing Room!
It houses my quilt making stuff,
my cross stitch patterns, threads, and fabrics,
my crochet stuff, and my rug hooking wools.

I also have My Mixed Media Studio - 
aka my Craft and Creative Room!
In there lives my jewelry making beads, tools, etc,
my journaling junk, and my stamping stuff.

Both rooms are packed!
I need an intervention!

Here are some pictures of My Mixed Media Studio ---

This is my work table.  
A bit chaotic, but I love it.
Everything is within reach 
and I can look out the window
to keep an eye on the neighborhood.  :)

I'm working on travel journals for my sister and me 
from our trip to Paris last year.  Such fun!

Here is my library of wonderful books 
filled with ideas and inspiration.
Lots of happy trinkets and treasures, too.

This smaller table is located to my left
while I'm sitting at my work table.
Loaded with lots of gotta-have supplies.

These shelves are on the wall opposite my work table.
Beads and baubles, papers and pretties,
and tools are housed here.

Love my Lambchops from my sister.

The old library cabinet has stamping stuff in it.

These shelves also house papers and ephemera
for journaling and paper arts like book making.

My favorite - the printer's cabinet!
In here lives more jewelry making goodies
as well as lots of Tim Holtz treasures.

This room gives me such comfort.
Though it's a bit crazy...I love it!

What is your creative space like?
Is it a cozy corner in the dining room?
A little niche in your den or bedroom?
Tell me about it...I'd love to know.

And if you leave a comment about your creative space
you will be entered into a drawing to win
some organizational items.
We all need organizational goodies - huh?

blessings to you on your creative journey.  :D

Friday, June 19, 2015

Made With Love

Many moons ago - okay...many, many moons ago -
I used to do arts and crafts shows with a friend.
She sold beautiful tole painted items
and I sold cross-stitch items.
Such happy memories.

For awhile now I've a had a hankering
to get to back into the arts and crafts show groove,
so when I heard about a farmer's market
and arts and crafts show at a nearby church
I thought "This is God telling me to do it".

My brain started churning...
and cranking...
and creating ideas of faith bracelets.

Let me show you what I made:

The Life of Christ Bracelet 
tells the story of our Lord Jesus Christ 
from His miraculous birth to His tragic death.
Each bead and charm tells a part of the story.

The Salvation Bracelet 
explains the gifts we receive
from our salvation through Jesus Christ.

The Lord's Prayer Bracelet 
is a beautiful rendition of the powerful prayer that God gave us.  
Each bead and charm represents part of the Lord's Prayer.

The Fruit of the Spirit Bracelet 
recites Galatians 5:22-23.
Each charm is an interpretation  of one on the fruits.

Each charm is unique and handmade by me.
I use beads from my mother's old jewelry, glass beads, 
vintage beads, rummage sale beads, and metal findings.

Each bracelet comes with an explanation
of the story it tells.

Each bracelet is different - no two are exactly alike.
They are available on my etsy shop at:

Would love for you to visit and see my other bracelets.
I named my new business Made With Love.

blessings of love to you.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mystery Quilt 2014

I wanted to share another one of the annual Mystery Quilts 
I teach for our quilt guild, El Paso Quilters Association.
You can check us out of Facebook.

This one is a block from Quilters Cache.
The block is named Karlene's Fancy.

The ladies used a consistent background fabric
with scrappy reds, greens, and golds.

This is Harriet, Me, and Therese.

These two ladies (Carol and Nancy) on the left 
used a pink, green, and gold palette.

And Rachel used a rust, orange, and yellow palette.

And Harriet used a green and gold palette.

And here's a green, orange, and yellow palette.

I just love seeing the variety of color choices
and how different the same pattern can look.

What fun!  :D 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It's My Day For The Tree Bird Blog Hop!

Anyone who knows me knows I love BiRdS!

I have a little place in the mountains called Niecy's Nest.
It is decorated with all kinds of birdie items.
I recently hung this cute little sign!

The nest has three eggs to represent my 3 kiddos - Jenn, Chris, and Bekah.
"Niecy" was my nickname when I was a little girl.

So it was only natural that I wanted to take part in the
Tree Bird Blog Hop

Since I have made a commitment this year to 

Use It Up - Wear It Out
Make It Do - Or Do Without!...

...I have used fabric from my stash.

I'm not using the bird fabric collection that you 
may have seen on some of the other blog posts.

Here's the collection that I'm using...

It is available at JoAnn Fabrics.  I love the colors!
It also has a coordinating panel of birds.  Wonderful!

So I cut the panel prints apart...
Then added a wider border around each bird.

Next I made some blocks using this pattern from Quilters Cache.
(They have such a great selection of block patterns in many sizes.)

Then sewed them all together - Whala!...
I made a quilt!

This block pattern works so well with the panel blocks 
since it forms a secondary chain design.

I still need to add the borders.
I'm thinking a green inner border and
then the overall bird print as a wider border.
What do you think?

I wasn't able to get it finished...
hernia surgery last week kinda got in the way!  Ugh!

But this birdie quilt makes me sing!

Be sure to check out these bloggers pretties, too:

                                                       Tuesday, March 17
                                                      Tomorrow's Treasures Today
                                                      Childlike Facination
                                                         Stitch and Quilt
                                                    Ella and Nesta's Little Room
                                                    Thimblemouse and Spouse
                                                    Gracie Oliver Arts

And now for a give-away!  Everyone loves a give-away!

No jumping through hoops or standing on your head!
Just leave a comment and you are eligible.
If you become a follower - or are already a follower -
you will have two entries to win.

The give-away will be something handmade using
this bird fabric collection.  It's a surprise!

birdie blessings to you all!
tweet!  tweet!