Friday, November 24, 2017

Blues

I'm hoping this blue card didn't give Amanda the blues.
I love all the shades and the depth.
It's almost "real enough" that I can smell the flowers.

Happy Thanksgiving birthday, Amanda.
I hope you enjoyed your day!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

I wish I could remember where ...

I saw this on somebody's blog today.
I just can't remember who's words they are.
But trust me ...
I was so impressed and loved it so much
that I just had to share.

Aren't these words just perfect?
Not just for today, Thanksgiving Day,
but every day of the year if you are an artist.


1.  I am thankful
that I am not
one of the majority of people
in this world
that wakes up every morning,
goes to a job they hate,
just to come home and do it all over again.

2.  I am thankful
that when I am away from my studio,
my ideas come with me;
they keep me company everywhere I go.

3.  I am thankful
for this passion that gives me so much joy
(and angst) but mostly joy.

4.  I am thankful
that when I have left this earth,
I will leave something meaningful behind.

5.  I am thankful
that I have a mind that can not sleep;
I will never be bored.

6.  I am thankful
that there is a part of my life
that nobody can control,
except me.

7.  I am thankful
that no one in the world
can ever take this gift from me.

8.  I am thankful
that I am brave,
it takes courage to pursue my gift.

9.  I am thankful
that I am never satisfied,
it forces me to move forward and grow.

10.  I am thankful
I discovered this list!
Pass it on.

From our home to yours ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pilgrims

Cowgirls (they helped the Pilgrims)

Pinecones in mitten'd hands

being Grateful

and Eating

Whether your fare is seeds or turkey,
enjoy your feast.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Deepest Sympathy

The first two are so unusual
for sympathy cards.
But not for the people receiving them.

You have to understand.
The people are all involved in the carnival.
It's their life.
Probably a card without a carnival theme
would be unusual.

This one is for the loss of a brother
with "a big ferris wheel."

This one is for the loss of a mother
"with a carnival theme."

And this one is for a wife that lost her husband.
They wanted a farm theme.

And, yes, true to my style,
all three have a butterfly.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

!!! Thank You !!!

From deep in my heart,
I wish people would send thank you cards.

That gesture has fallen by the wayside.
What a shame!

When somebody does something special for you
or goes out of their way to make
your day better,
they deserve a true, honest-to-goodness card.
Either dropped at their door,
handed to them in person
or snail mailed.
It's important.
It really is!

So many reasons to send this.
The first reason that comes to my mind
is to thank someone for inviting you to their home.

Of course, thanking your friend
for being your friend.
Telling her that she is your fave. 

Thanks a bunch.
No matter why you're thanking her.
What matters is that you ARE thanking her.

Thank you for the gift of flowers.
Thank you for brightening my day.
Thank you for your help.
Thank you for your shoulder to cry on.

I challenge you.
All of you!
Send somebody a thank you card this week.
Please.




Saturday, November 18, 2017

So many beautiful snowflakes

I couldn't wait to post these!!!!

To think that I've had this die for about five years
and never ever did I ever make one snowflake.

I tried, but just couldn't master it so I gave up.

Then this year came along and I was determined.
I'm thinking after creating 50 (so far)
I've made up for lost time.

The reindeer, the angels, the birds
and now the snowflakes.
Ashley will be giving these out to her clients
as a way of saying "thank you."

If you're local and would like more info
on Ashley, please ask - she's the best!


They're waiting to show off so let's get to it ...

What you see on the front

is exactly what's on the back.
They'll look good from either side.
Great for hanging on the tree,
in the window, on a door knob
or a drawer pull.

Just like the birds, they all have their own personality.
This one is no exception.

The texture on this one is so unique.
I love the rusted snowflake
against the softness of the white-on-white satin-y paper.

No matter what your Christmas décor may be,
one of these will definitely fit right in.
Yellow, pink, orange and purple,
not to mention that gem in the center.


Periwinkle with aqua polka dots, deep purple
with green peeking out between the layers.

This one reminds me of wallpaper
from years gone by.
Soft greens and pinks.
 

This one is a little different
with a soft green, yellow and pink.

Oh my - the traditional red and green
with a touch of white.

Rust, harvest gold and a splash of ecru.

Aqua and purple.  So pretty!

I love lime green, pinks and orange together.

Hot pink, purple and yellow.
I can see the teenagers loving this one.

Another soft green with white and pink.

Coral, yellow and mint green.
This one is so pretty in person.

At first I wasn't sure about the color combination
until I added the royal blue snowflake.
And then it all came together.

Brown, beige and ecru with a white snowflake
on top of the wood snowflake.


Just like the birds,
I saved my favorite for last.
Love the hot coral with the animal print.
Somebody's going to fall in love with this immediately.

I'll be sure to post more snowflakes
once I've delivered what's already finished.
Also have a few more to create, too.

Please tell me which one speaks to you.
I love hearing your feedback.

Friday, November 17, 2017

It wouldn't be Christmas without the birds

Good thing I started last year!
Yes, I did.
I cut these out before putting away
all of the Christmas supplies.
But I didn't decorate them,
except for the eyes.
(Too hard to store!)

My friend, Ashley,
is going to give these to her clients
as a way of saying "thank you"
for allowing her to pamper them.

So, if you're local and thinking about a brow wax
or any other facial service, be sure to stop in
to get your bird tag/ornament.
I'm sure you'll find one that coordinates
just perfectly with your holiday décor.
Best part is that some of them
can hang out even after
the Christmas decorations are stored away.

These just amaze me.
They're all from the same die
yet each one is so different.
Some are sassy, some are shy
and some are bold and beautiful;
all depends on the angle of the wing
and the flowers and leaves.

The fabric rosette is so pretty
on this green one.

This one sports the red poinsettia so well, doesn't she? 

I just love how well this little lady
wears her flower, don't you? 

This little chevron gal
is all decked out for the Christmas party. 

How could you not love this one?
I'm sure she'll go home with somebody right away. 

All dressed up for some Christmas fun.
Doesn't she look pretty?

Look!
Not one but three flowers! 

Somebody has a sweet tooth!
Peppermint candies on the wing
to go with the peppermint stripes on her body.

This girl is anxious to go home with somebody, I can just tell. 

There's something about plaid
partnered with polka dots! 

Not your traditional bright red and Christmas green
but pretty just the same.

This one just makes my heart sing.

Here's a really girly-girl bird, for sure.

Oh my - I wish you could see this in person.
The black and white damask body
paired with the black organza flower,
the silver leaves and red berries are spectacular.
This little miss is excited to paint the town!

The silver in the turquoise ribbon
match the leaves perfectly.
So festive!

Holly leaves and a poinsettia, snowflakes and Santa!
They all say "Christmas" to me.

I've saved the best (in my eyes) for last.
What's not to love?
I know this one will make somebody happy!

These Christmas birds will soon find a new home.
I hope their new owner enjoys them
as much as I enjoyed creating them.

I'm always interested to hear your feedback.
Which bird speaks to you the most?