Thursday, January 2, 2014

Blue Monday

Well, one of my New Year's Resolutions is to blog on a more regular basis.

It makes my heart smile when I go back and see that there are
real-live visitors who read my blog and
 my faithful followers who stop by every now and again.

I feel like I'm letting these fellow bloggers down by not having anything new,
so here we go with my first post of many for 2014.

It's Blue Monday!



You can read more about Blue Monday on Smiling Sally's blog. 
Participants are invited to post something blue on their blogs each Monday.

Here's what I have for you today...


This is my best friend and bestest sister, Sherri.
We were in Ruidoso, New Mexico on a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

It was gently snowing on us as we enjoyed the jingle bells and Christmas lights.
Then we were warmed by a cup of yummy hot chocolate.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Next I want to share something very special to me...


The necklace above is one of my late mother's many pieces of jewelry.
She always was so well put-together --- 
with beautiful pieces that complemented her outfits
(Which more often than not were handmade.)

Her jewelry wasn't fancy - what most call  "costume jewelry" -
but she was always gorgeous in my eyes!


I was in an online Charm Swap awhile back.
The color theme was blue and silver.
I made my charms from my mother's necklace. 
I wanted to share her legacy.  :)


And now I'd like to share her legacy with you as well.

Here's what you gotta do:

First leave a comment on my blog.
    Then I will contact you about a one-on-one charm swap.
   (ie you send me a charm and I send you a charm.)

Simple as that!  What do you say?...wanna play?

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for stopping by.
blessings, denise  :D

Friday, November 8, 2013

"For The Boys" Blog Hop! It's My Day!

Oh, Boy!  Welcome to my blog on this 3rd day of the
"For The Boys" Blog Hop!
 
Thank you to Madame Samm and Amy
for another great blog hop.  :)
 
The project I created is for a very special young man
named Nick who has been blessed to grow up
with his very special cousin, Miriam.
 
Here they are as young 'uns!...
 
 
And here they are as young adults...

 
...with Nick's dog, Sarge.
 
Nothing like a boy and his dog!
So I made Nick a dog quilt.
 
I didn't get it completed - still need to finish the binding.

 
The pattern is "Yellow Brick Road".
 
 
Here is a close-up of a couple of the blocks.
 
 
By the time you read this I will have had surgery for diverticulitis.
During my recovery time I will be able to
put the binding on many quilts in my WIP pile(s).
 
Be sure to check out the other bloggers scheduled for today:
 
November 8th
 
Thanks for stopping by!
blessings, denise  :D

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"WiCkEd" Blog Hop! It's My Day!

Welcome to my blog on this final day of the Wicked Blog Hop!
 
Thanks to Wendy, our Cheerleader, and Madame Samm!
 
Please be sure to visit the other blogs today:
 
 Thursday, October 31st
 
Well...my mother always said,
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
 
Definitely my mantra for this swap!  :{
 
I started out with plans to make
 this cute little cross stitch
into a cute little pillow
 using this cute little fabric...
 
 
...well, that didn't happen!
 
Then I found this darling little Halloween panel
and was going to make it into a darling little quilt...

 
...using these darling little fabrics...

 
...well, that didn't happen either!
 
Oh, my! - There's those good intentions!
 
So instead I decided to share with you
an oh-so-cute little Halloween book I made.
 
 
This is the completed book closed (above)
and these are the cover and pages (below) ---


 



 
Happy Haunting!
Wishing you all a Wicked Halloween!
denise  :D

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wicked Blog Hop

Just wanted to let you all know about the
Wicked Blog Hop that is now in progress!
 
Our cheerleader is Wicked Wendy at

http://why-knot-kwilt.blogspot.ca

 
 
And our hostess in the wonderful Madame Samm at

http://www.sewwequilt.com/

 
 
Here is a list of the participants:
 
Tuesday, October 22nd

Wednesday, October 23rd
 
Thursday, October 24th
 
Friday, October 25th
  
Monday, October 28th
I Piece 2-Mary
Tuesday, October 29th
 
Wednesday, October 30th

Thursday, October 31st
 
Wishing you a wickedly wonderful time -
Have fun!
denise  :D

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Lot Has Happened...

A lot has happened since I last wrote...
 
My father went to heaven.
He had a terrible fall that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
Because of where the damage was to his spinal cord
it affected his breathing. 
He was given 72 hours to live.
It was horrible to see my father so helpless.
He has always been the rock of our family.
His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren
gathered around him.
He died July 19th - the day after my birthday.
It was a wonderful birthday.
I got to wake in the hospital beside by father.
My family was all together.
We ate strawberry birthday cake and ice cream,
because that was his favorite.
My sister and I had grilled pork chops
for my birthday dinner,
because it was his favorite.
I miss my Daddy.
 
My dog, Liberty, got diagnosed with heart worms.
It's my fault.
I didn't give her the monthly heartworm medicine.
I feel horrible for letting her get sick.
We are doing the heart worm treatment.
Poor Liberty.
She has to be confined to a kennel.
She can only go outside on a leash to pee and poop.
She's such a trooper.
She has been great.
Mommy has been a mess!
 
I had to go to the ER on Wednesday night.
Awful pain in my left side.
After a CAT scan, EKG, and ultrasound
they determined I wasn't going to die there.
Sent me home with meds.
Good pain meds.
Went to my doctor the next day.
He is now treating me for diverticulitis.
I will see my colorectal doctor on Monday
for more test.
This isn't fun.
I'm now choking down a tall, cool glass
of magnesium citrate.
We all know what that will do---hopefully!
Being sick sucks!
 
But all in all ---
Life is good!
blessings,
blogfriends
xoxo

Sunday, June 16, 2013

HaPpY FaThEr'S DaY!

I am so blessed with my wonderful family!
We were able to be together for Father's Day yesterday.
This is the first time my brothers and my sister and I
 have been able be together in over 5 years.
 
 
That's my Daddy right there center-stage.
He is so proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren!
 
x---x---x---x---x---x---x---x---x---x---x---x---x---x---x---x---x
 
Here are two cards I made using Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz products ---
 

For my most awesome big brother...
 


...and for my wonderful father...
 


 
blessing on this Father's Day 2013,
denise  :D

Monday, June 10, 2013

Art Charms Swaps...and Give-Away

I've been in a few art charms swaps lately and wanted to share what I made...
 
 
This one was for the "It's All In The Numbers" Charm Swap
with the Art Charms Yahoo Group.

 
I also made this one as part of that swap.

 
And this one is another charm I made
since I was in two different groups in this swap.

 
This charm is from another charm from a swap I hosted -
"Variety Is The Spice Of Life"
on the All Things Tim Yahoo Group.

 
Here's the other side of it.

 
And here's another charm from that swap.
 
So now for a GIvEaWaY...

 
Just leave a comment for a chance to win this little charm.
 
Thanks for visiting my blog.
blessings, denise  :D

Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi --- Oh, My!

 
Great American Scrap Book Conventions
 
This past weekend I flew to Dallas to visit my sister ---
and attend The Great American Scrapbook Convention.
 
My main focus was to visit the Stampers Anonymous booth...
 
 
...where I got to see Wendy Vecchi.
I was privileged enough to have Wendy personally help me -
With picking out lots of Art Parts and Stamp Sets
as well as demonstrate her new embossing paste and stencils.
 
It is absolutely awesome - lots of possibilities.  :)

 
Then when I got ready to check-out (I spend way too much $$$!),
what a pleasant surprise...
Mario's son (left) and Mr. Stamper's Anonymous (middle) 
were there with the amazing Mario (right).

 
I was disappointed I didn't get a picture with Tim.
Every time I went by their booth, he was always demoing.
 
 
I learned lots about using his products and techniques.
 
If you haven't checked out their blogs - you oughta get on over there!
 
Wendy can be found at:
 
Tim can be found at:
 
Have a great stamping and inking week!
blessings, denise  :D
 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quilt Round Robin

 
I'm so ExCiTeD!
 
I am participating in a Quilt Round Robin
with the Sylvia's Bridal Quilt Yahoo Group
officially beginning May 1st.
 
We are in groups of 5 quilters.  I'm in the Sarah Group. 
We send our center blocks to the person after us on the list.
We wait patiently until another person's block comes to us.
We add a border - then send the quilt top on its way.
We wait for our beautiful quilt top to find its way back home.
 
Here's my center block...
 
 
...I am using a Civil War fabrics theme.
My center block incorporates several makers of fabrics:
Kansas Troubles, Primitive Gatherings, and Thimbleberries.
Such yummy fabrics!

 
Here are all my fabrics bundles up and ready to go!
The participants will use some of my fabrics plus
their own fabrics that "play well together" with these.

 
I am also including journaling pages - from 7 Gypsies.
Each quilter will write a bit on the page of her choice.
When they all come back home to me
I plan to make a little journal of my quilt top's journey.
 
Oh, such FuN! ---
Can't wait to get started on this new adventure!
 
blessings to each and every one of you,
denise  :D

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Buttons and Beads Bracelets

I've been doing a bit of Spring Cleaning lately 
in my mixed media workroom/playroom/studio.
 
I have found all kinds of wonderful treasures...
buried in the bottom of boxes...
and the depth of drawers!
 
It's been like Christmas finding so many fabulous things!
(Though I have to admit I feel quite guilty about my
compulsive gathering...and then gathering some more.)   :}
 
 
I made this little bracelet out of some faux vintage buttons.
Just added the locket and key toggle and ---
Voila!  A new piece of pretty jewelry to wear.

 
And this lovely sapphire blue - lime green - ocean turquoise
bracelet is made from some beautiful beading components
I found at JoAnn's Fabrics the other day.


This is the name of the company.  Check it out!
If you don't have a JoAnn's Fabrics in your neck of the woods,
they have a website, too - JesseJamesBeads.com
 
Isn't Spring Cleaning just the best thing?
Think I'll do some more tomorrow...
and see what other goodies I can discover!
 
Leave a comment and I will draw one lucky winner's name
on Tuesday, April 30th to win a custom-made bracelet
created from some of the treasures I've found on my adventures!
 
blessings, denise  :D


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Vintage Charm and Matchbox

I wanted to share the charms and matchboxes
that I made for a swap on the All Things Tim Yahoo Groups.
 
 
Here they are all lined up ready to go into their little bags for shipping.

 
The tulle is from a bridal headpiece I made for my daughter's wedding.
The ribbon, black beads, little pearls, and rhinestone sprigs
were used in the bride's bouquet and bridemaid's flowers.
I made them, too...as well as her wedding dress.
Her wedding had a WW II theme - very vintage and elegant.

 
When the matchbox is opened a little charm is tucked inside.


The pearl is from a pearl necklace that belonged to my late mother.
And there's that tulle again...from my daughter's wedding accessories.
 

 
Here's a close up of the lady's portrait on the top of the matchbox.
I just love her!  :)
She's got sprigs and branches of some sort
draped around her neck and as part of her hat.
Isn't she lovely?...Oh, so lovely!
 
 
And here is my beautiful daughter on her wedding day!
 
blessings, blogland friends.  denise  :D