Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tulip time

It's that season again, when I can hardly believe I get to live where I do.


The commute to work is just amazing and I find it hard not to stop and soak it all in, delayed by picking pesky weeds and a handful of flowers for a bouquet.


My little cottages from Spellbinders' Joyous Celebrations collection of crafting dies are a perfect way to celebrate spring (or anything else, really!)




Our own little home feels extra special in spring, and then a little cycling around the corner brings us to this...










Friday, April 14, 2017

Too inspired to stop!

Sometimes creativity pulls like a mighty river, leaving no option but to swim along.

What an abundance of making has happened lately!


And apart from all the creative endeavors, the studio got a thorough spring cleaning for a photo shoot. Yes, dear friends, there will be a magazine article this summer.
 


 
 
The Spellbinders Joyous Celebration crafting dies  continue to bring craftiness to the studio. 
Here's the Swallow and Heart die with its sweet little flowers and bird tucked into a paperweight- perfect for spring!


 And the brushes have had a workout lately, too.



The studio has been humming from morning to night!

What are you making?



Friday, March 17, 2017

A few of my favorite things

One of the most wonderful parts of being an artist designing for the crafting industry is that you get to play with those products.


This sweet little house is made from dies produced by Spellbinders and it's so much fun I think I've made at least 50 of them. No kidding.



This little house works as a wee gift or favor box, votive holder, cake ornament or string of party lights.






Want to make a little house?

You can find the die here


and see how-to tutorials here
and  here.







Sunday, December 25, 2016

Winter serenity


Every season has its beauty, but winter's mood seems to me the most serene, the most contemplative.


The chilled light and stark forms of leafless trees has a quiet beauty all its own.
I love to walk with the dogs and let my eyes wander.



The farmlands are resting;
my dogs and I walk briskly alone along the river past field after field.


A sharp contrast to the bright lights and holiday bustle, this kind of quiet brings balance and peace.



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Peace


With so much troubling talk all around us,
I've been thinking a great deal about peace

and how I can't control the atmosphere everywhere
but I can bring a gentle spirit,

a kind word,

a smile everywhere I go.


I can't change everything for good
but I can do something small...



I can cook someone sick a hot meal
and pass out snacks to the homeless man at the traffic light.

If you're lonely, I can listen.


Merry Christmas, friends.

Tidings of comfort and joy!

Let's leave a trail of compassion and care everywhere we go.


Let peace begin here.
With us.
 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Merry & Bright

Time to decorate the tree, light the candles, sip cocoa.

Time to make merry!


I sneak out to the studio in the middle of the night and turn it into a Christmas workshop.


My Winter Wonderland snowflake dies are perfect for making everything feel festive.



Cut lots of them and stitch together into garlands, add a sprinkle of mica glitter and they glow bright with twinkle lights!


I took red and white felt and some quilt batting left over from another project and put them together with some snowflakes I cut from the steel rule snowflake die


Just cut a rectangle from red felt and some thin pieces of white to use as accents. 
Stitch together wrong sides facing one another- we're not even going to turn this inside out!




I used half a snowflake to fancy up each corner...


Stuff with whatever you happen to have on hand.


Now stitch it up.

Even for a completely inept seamstress like me, you'll end up with a darling little pillow in less than an hour!


Time to curl up with a good book or make another for a friend!