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Friday, March 30, 2012

You Tube Linky Party at Lilly's Lace

Today I am linking up over at Lilly's Lace for a YouTube link party. Cindy is one of my dearest friends, and we told me about her idea I thought it was fabulous.  I had a hard time choosing what kind of video I wanted to share with you. Funny? Informative?? How about both???? Cindy was the one who introduced me to all kinds of funny animal videos. But my favorite by far is this talking dog video. I'm sure many of you have seen it, because it has become a HUGE viral video, but it makes me laugh every time!! I hope you enjoy it.

The next video is really cool, This guy makes beautiful ribbon roses and it looks so easy!!! Think how beautiful your next gift could be with a couple of these on the top!

I am really looking forward to seeing the variety of videos. If you have a favorite, why not link up with us???  If not, I  hope you will still go over and see the rest of the video's that are linked up at Cindy's blog,  Lilly's Lace.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Class at Paper Cowgirls

Well I made it back from the Paper Cowgirl Event in Texas safe and sound, but thoroughly exhausted!! I had such a great time and could not have asked for a more wonderful group of gals to have in my first class (and hopefully not my last) at Paper Cowgirls. 

Here is Betti and Linda working away...

and Cindy and Charlene too...

Here is almost the whole gang. Every one said they had a great time and seemed really happy with their finished books.

My BFF Texas gals, Cindy and Charlene. I was so bummed I didn't get a pic of the 3 of us together. :(

Yes, I think you could say a good time was had by all!!!  

I am trying to catch up on work after being away for a week, but I promise to show more pics of the other classes I took, along with finished projects and lots of great shopping very soon!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Yummy Prizes and Altered Books

 Several weeks ago I entered a giveaway at Karen B's blog, Todolwyn. The prize was yummy, but to be honest, I didn't expect to win, because... well,  I rarely win anything! But I got a wonderful surprise a week or so ago when she announced that I was indeed the winner! Yea me!!!! I love what she gave away because it was sweet supplies that I can use to create fun projects.
I love already inked tags because I can never seem to get them to look the way I like, and the pins are super cute!

 I have become a bit of a trim and lace junky since playing with altered books and these are just perfect little trims! And of course, the presentation is so lovely I will probably leave them on the tags and display them until I need to use them. :)

The book pages are fab because they are in German. I don't have any in German and the font used is ornate and lovely. But my second favorite thing are these wonderful rusty hinges. I will use them in another altered book very soon. Thank you so much Karen! ... And speaking of altered books.... 


Remember last month when I showed you this photo and said I was working on a new project???

 Well this is the finished (well almost finished) result!!! I had sooo much fun making this altered book, I want to make more!!

 (Unfortunately I couldn't really take horizontal shots of these, but if you want to see any of them bigger, just click on the photo.)

The theme for this book is Words to Live by. The inspiration started in two ways...
The first inspiration was seeing the photo of Lisa's FABULOUS book that she will be teaching at paper cowgirls. I had seen altered books before and I had always planned on doing one, but when I saw Lisa's I knew I couldn't wait. I had to get started making my own!!
The second inspiration was Pinterest. I have a board called "Words to Live By" where I am collecting inspiring and motivational quotes to try and always remember and keep in my heart.
I thought it might be nice if incorporated some of my favorites in this art book.

 This page still need the poetry or quotation added to the tags.

 Sometimes I have a hard time using my vintage supplies in art pieces because I worry that I won't be able to replace them, but I bit the bullet and used them with abandon in this book.
This is the last finished page. I have one more to go and it will be completely finished. I am so excited to be finally taking one of Lisa's classes. I just know the techniques I will learn from her will help me finish the last page. And of course I'll be coming home with a brand new book to add to my collection!
So tomorrow I am off on a plane to Texas to teach a class, take some classes, meet some old friends, make some new ones and generally have a fabulous time! I have wanted to do this for a couple of years now, and time has finally come! Yea!!!!
I will try to take lots of pics and blog along as I go, but you know how things are... we ( I ) get so caught up in what we're (I'm) doing... sometimes I just forget!!
So until I see ya'll again (that's Texas speak for all of you) have a wonderful week, count your blessings everyday, and smile because you are all very special!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cindy's having a fun YouTube Party!!!

One of my dearest friends in Blogland (actually in any land) is having a super fun blog party at the end of the month. Cindy from Lilly's Lace is an avid YouTube watcher. (Actually I have a couple of friends that are!)  Anyway, she got the idea that it might be fun for everyone to link up and share their favorite videos. YouTube is a great place to learn how to do all kinds of things. They especially have wonderful video's for crafters and artists to learn  new techniques, not to mention they have some of the funniest video clips around. I will be there linking up my favorite and I hope you will join Cindy as well. I think it will lots of fun if we can get a nice variety of videos to check out! The button on my sidebar will take you right to Cindy's announcement post. :)
I hope to see you there!

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