Monday, October 29, 2012


Just had to share some pics of my most favorite pair of TOMS
from our recent trip to NYC...
We are actually at the airport on our way home.
Weary, tired feet taking a bit of a rest...
Pausing on the escalator...
Sharing some space with my honey bunny, too...

Why are they my favorite?
They say "The Journey Is The Destination"
Prayers to those living in the path of Hurricane Sandy.
May our Heavenly Father grant them strength and peace.
blessings, denise  :D

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Streets of New York City

I went to NYC in September to participate in the Tunnel to Tours Run.  On one of the days we were there, my boyfriend and I both kind of went our own ways.  I wanted to "wander a bit" and that did not sound appealing to him at all.  So off I went...thinking I knew exactly where I was and where I was going.  Boy, was I mistaken!  It took me awhile to realize there is a Broadway and a West Broadway in lower Manhattan.  I wandered for an hour or so - totally lost and trying to find myself and where I was.  Thank heavens for cell phones with GPS!  But on my journey - walking for block after block - I saw some wonderful things...

 I came across an Anthropologie store.  I'd never been to one.  Too pricey for my budget, but a fun place to visit.  I arranged these cute letters to express how I was feeling at the moment!

Then as I was crossing a street - tryng to avoid being hit by the crazy drivers of NYC - I saw this on the side of a building. true!  It provided a sense of comfort to me.

These are my favorite.  Spray painted on the sidewalk around manhole covers.  Don't you just love 'em!  :)

And finally...this banner - "What goes around comes around."  Isn't life just like that?  Made me realize how important being tolerant and patient with others really is in order to be happy in my own skin with who I am.
blessings, denise  :D

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween Happiness

I recently participated in a Halloween Tag Swap with the All Things Tim Yahoo Group.  We each made our tags using Tim Holtz and Ranger goodness and then sent them to the hostess, Stacy Cook.  She then swapped them out and made this oh-so-cute Halloween board for each of us.

Stacy made the topper and the wonderful items hanging from the bottom.
Is this not the cutest tattered flower with a skeleton head on the middle?...

This wonderful bottle cap with the precious lil' pumpkin charm is great...

I just love this spider tag with the Happy Halloween ticket, too...

This darling domino is just over-the-top amazing...

This out-of-the-world witch's hat uses the Tim Holtz rosette die cut. 
That Stacy is definitely the 'Hostess with the Mostest!'
Here is the tag I made for the swap.  The cemetery scene is die cut and is 3-dimensional with pop-up dots.  I added the orange polka dot paper in the scary tree.  The crow has black Stickles to make him shiney.  The ghost, which is cut from an old book page, floats above the cemetery.  For the actual tag I used Tim Holtz Embossed Holiday Papers - with vintage potions and prescriptions.  It is colored with green Distress Ink.  A bit of green, glittery tulle is tied on the left to complete my lil' tag.
Let's have a look-see at some of the other tags...
By Pamela Bennett

By Christine Edwards

By Sandy Young

By Lisa Mallette

By Martha Schroeder

By Bev Allaire

By Elise Smith-Dewey
Aren't they all such happily haunting pieces of art?
What are you creating for Halloween this year?
blessings always, denise  :D


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Whoa, Neely!  Where did the time go?  It has been soooo long - toooo long - since I last wrote.  So welcome back!  And a BIG thank you to the readers who continue to return to my lil' place in blogland - and to the first-time visitors as well!

I recently had the privilege of teaching a class for the guild of which I am a member.  The quilt we made was on the cover of the book - Stack a New Deck by Karla Alexander.  She also wrote Stack The Deck, another wonderful quiltmaking book.  I love her technique.

For my quilt I chose batiks...because that is what she used and because I had an abundance of them that I have collected over the years.  (Imagine that!)

 After piecing all my blocks, I laid them out on my design wall - which is an old blanket on a curtain rod.  Fancy - huh?  :}

 After I determined I was pleased with my lights and darks distribution and everyone was playing well with each other, I added the setting triangles.

Then I added my borders.  Now my plan was...and still applique a nice Jacobean design with flowers, a pineapple (for friendship), a bunny and a bumble bee, and a bit of berries.  I designed the applique border, but have not quite found time to complete it.  Someday...someday.  :)
Here are just a few of the blocks made by the ladies at the workshop.  They loved it and each of them did an awesome job.

May your days be filled with happy quilting smiles.
blessings, denise  :D