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Thursday, December 29, 2011

New TAgs....

Had to get sick on Christmas day, the day I most anticipate..the day my son's new in-laws (they are so great!) were coming for dinner...I don't get sick, literally....I get infused with immune globuline every month.......for my MS and Polyneuropathy.....but I did....pulled through...had a great Christmas Day with our little family and added the new family member, the Nordstroms...played games, ate, and it was great!  (I was in bed the next day, but that was fine).......
I tried to make some additions for my etsy shop from my bed:
Little ledger cards for scrapbook journaling cards or for gift
I feel better now, not 100% yet........
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Mantle

I have had a vision for my mantle for a long included horns of some sort, and pine cones and greenery...all items native of our local surroundings...I finally got Seth to give up some of his smaller horns (he mostly just collects larger sets)....the smaller ones fit on the mantle better and I could stack/layer them...I spray painted them brilliant silver and layered them over fir and added the pine cones collected and glued the tips and dipped in Martha Stewart Sterling glitter ( they really are more striking in person)....of course I have glitter all over the place...:)  just happy sprinkles!!
The mantle...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tim Holtz 12 Days 7th Tag

My take on Tim Holtz's Twelve Days of Tags, this is my take on  the 7th Tag;

I had to improvise (as always) I didn't have all the right die cuts, stamps etc....I hand cut the leaves, heavily crinkled and distressed them and tucked a glittered little branch behind, I used a different stamp for the sentiment which I also heavily blended in darker colors over the kraft, made my background paper w/a music stamp, the covered with sheer gold paint, and while still wet added Tea Dye Distress ink to edges and used blending tool to blend it in and topped it with some pearls and a tear drop gemstone.  I had a lot of fun with this, even if it took me several days of working on it :)

Started first of many game nights tonight with Stan and Seth...something we do every December in front of the Christmas tree and fire.  Also, still working on my mantle, I keep adding to it (kind of experimenting what I in part with what I am going to do for the tables at Ashley's January wedding.  I'll post pics when I get it done :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Cheer In the Infusion Room

Today was an infusion day for me (for those of you who don't know, I have Demylenating Polyneuropathy and MS, for which I go to St. Charles Medical Center every month to get an IV infusion of Immune Globulin).  The infusion room nurse had decorated all the IV poles with garland and each had a little hanging angel ornament, so thoughtful and cheery for a dreary room!

On another note, as I mentioned I did make three wreaths on our Black Friday Crafting Day, this is the second made with local manazanita, which I spray painted here and there with 'Bright Gold' Krylon, then topped with Krylon 'Glistening Gold' glitter.  I have this one hanging upstairs in my studio, I love a bit of Christmas up there!
Have a great day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tim Holtz Winner!

OK, I was playing along to gain new inspiration....never expected to win a prize, but I did, and so excited to get new products I don't have!!!!  My prize included three distress ink pads (color I didn't have, which is amazing right there), crushed olive, brushed corduroy and broken china, along with a Perfect Pearls Mist of heirloom gold, and a bottle of glossy accents.  Had to try something out quickly, so I chose the crushed olive and pumped out these little gift tags:
The tree stamp is from Stampington & Co., the sentiment from Technique Tuesday.  Simple, but I love them!

Also, went to Aspen Hall, Ashley's wedding venue...I think our theme will be beautiful there!  Antlers, burlap, lace, a big fireplace and candles....

Monday, December 5, 2011

Twelve Days of Tags W/Tim Holtz Day 3

Yes, I know, it is the 5th, but I am on day 2, and still loving Tim Holtz's FREE clsss on Holiday tags...I have learned many new techniques, and new ways to use techniques I already know (a good thing).  Saw a great posted today, using the tags as Christmas tree ornaments...great idea!  I always have to improvise a bit w/my tools....I don't have all the right TH dies....but have found ones that work with the design, for instance, this die is from my Silhouette machine...the metal washer is a "really" old MM washer, the pin is TH,  the stamp is from FP...border TH Kraft Resist paper (that I have used like crazy)...stamp, FP, ink is all Distress Ink, I had to use an old tube of pearlized "l'il Davis' paint to get the  white effect...still need to add the snowflake effect.  I love how it turned out..esp. with the the burlap tie.
Hey, thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed the tag :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Twelve Days Of Tags W/Tim Holtz

I did this a couple of years ago, and learned a lot of new wanted to do it again.  This first day really did introduce me to a lot of new a toothpick to create spirals (hello....the bulk of my Etsy sells are spiral flowers....this makes the process so much easier!! TY Tim!!!  Ok, I did not have his pinecone die-cut...I improvised using deco scissors, love how my pinecones turned out, but I am still getting his die!  I used his wood grain embossing folder (the white is the embossing).  Got to practice a bit with vintage lace and burlap for Ashley's wedding...Here's  my take

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More Black Friday Crafting Projects

I know I recently posted about her-infused olive oils and vinegars....we did it again for this years Douglass Black Friday Craft Day.  We added a few new ingredients, peppercorns, lemon peel and dried red peppers...I'm sure they'll be wonderful, but they are just so pretty to look at.  I added tags w/hand stamping, glittered chipboard w/my own handmade glass glitter.

The herbs we used were, rosemary, thyme, dill, tarragon, and added some garlic, peppercorns, lemon peel & dried red peppers in a variety of combinations.  There are a lot more options too :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Black Friday Crafting Day

Well, as usual, my 3 sister's and myself had Black Friday crafting day after Thanksgiving.....we did several projects, and they were all fun, and I love all the finished projects!  The first we did was making wreaths...I made three, a square one for the front door, a gilded and glittered manzanita circle wreath, as well as a gilded and glittered juniper and manzanita circle that added some of Seth's shed hunting finds to (which I love, I know the small ones like this are hard for him to find, and part with, so these are SPECIAL :).  All the greens were gathered by my sister's in their own backyards!  Here's my little antler wreath:

I took the pic at night, will try to get a better one tomorrow in the daylight along with the other two.
Hope your Thanksgiving was great!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Grandmother and Her Famous Pillsbury Bake-Off Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie

This is my grandmother, Frances Naontah Douglass, whom my daughter, Ashley Naontah was named after....she was a very inspiring, crafy, chef, visionary woman.   She won Honoray Mention (I was always under the impression that she won it)  at the first ever Pillsbury Bake-Off for her Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie.
She won a trip to NY and stay at the Waldorf Astoria and was interviewed by Art Linkletter, and a full set of new kitchen appliances.  I find it very amusing and making sense to me why all my 3 sisters and myself are 'craft and do-it yourself, cooks, canners, decorators, gardeners, etc., when I see this photo of her kitchen walls decorated w/covers of Gourmet magazine....It all makes total sense to me now, why I find the need when I see something seemingly useless..that I want to save and make something out of, or how I can read a recipe, but just HAVE to add that one ingredient I think it needs....funny how your heritage all starts to make sense of how you became the person you are :)
You can find her recipe for Pecan Parline Pumpkin Pie here:, my neices blog.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Getting My Christmas Groove On...

Stared ordering Christmas gifts (I HAVE to be on top of it, with a Jan. wedding to do also)....I keep getting side-tracked with doing Christmas(y) projects...they're my favorite kind of paper arts to make, because I KNOW I will use them if they don't sell in my Etsy shop...I made these last night

love the idea of a little note tucked in a tiny embellished kraft bag...and my fav.....teeny, tiny jingle bells!

Making Shepherd's Pie tonight with venison, it's hearty and delish, and I happen to have all the ingredients in my freezer and fridge :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Life With Hunters

Stan decided he'd take the Trail with him and the boys all it was just Fritz and me....he loved sleeping on the bed all night long and going anywhere I went in the car with me (he even enjoys a good work-out at the gym for 1.5 hours, just being in the car...he's a people watcher :)

He went on treasure hunt with me to the local antique stores....we found this:
after Fritz decided it was a good spot to lounge in front of, I thought it made a pretty good prop....too bad I'm not a better photographer or planner...
because he looks pretty darn handsome!!

I'm itching to get at this frame, sanding, and repainting..going back and forth if I want it black or a a patinaed silver/gold......the backgrounds will be a collage of photos and....whatever I'm feeling at the moment :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I'm not a big Halloween fan, but still, needed to create some Halloween craftiness for my Etsy shop:

 We had a pretty uneventful  week-end, but busy.  I worked on a big Etsy order (which I need to finish tout-suite!)  Griffin & Sammy came over for a late dinner Saturday, which was nice, because we haven't seen much of Sammy since they got married last summer, she's been busy student-teaching, going to school and working, so it was nice to catch up with her!
I also participated in some challenges on the Jenni Bowlin Mercantile website.  This challenge was to mix three different JBS  lines on one project, my take:
This is only like the fourth layout I've done since I closed my scrapbooking store two years ago!!!  I have been perusing blogs and websites to get my creativity flowing again, and I really enjoyed doing some actual layouts....I think I'll keep doing it :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Dress.....

So, Ashley and  went wedding dress shopping last week-end.  It was a little discouraging at first, because every single dress she tried on, she'd say, 'I like it, but, I don't love it.'  Just when I was pretty sure she was going to settle for a dress she 'liked' she walked out in this:


Would rather download a pic, but it's not allowing me...anyway,  the shop owner, myself and Ashley all had the same look on our faces when she looked in the mirror...and it said the same thing;  perfect!

And here are few things I've been making lately;
For my etsy shop, I'm kind of obsessed with medallions lately;

I know they're not a 'new' trend, but I love how versatile they are and how easy they are to customize for specific themes/holidays!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Baby, Trail

Trail's breeder "Owyhee Star' keep a great blog on Weimaraner's, they have a a breeding blog and also a hunting blog, which is what Trail was bred for.  They recently featured Trail on their blog, and he also has his own page...if you scroll to the bottom...
Such a proud mama!!! :)

DIY Yule Logs

Yesterday I posted about making herb infused olive oils and vinegars.  They were super easy to make, buy big containers of olive oil (we found the best place for good, inexpensive large containers of olive oil was World market), and gallons of red and white vinegar, fresh herbs, garlic and spices of your choosing.  Collect pretty bottles and clean thoroughly, getting labels off (W-D 40 works as well as goof-off), there are a lot of pretty liquor bottles out there!  Also, save corks from wine bottles.  Use a funnel to put the vinegar or olive oil in bottle (leave room at the top, because the herbs will take up some room), add hers, garlic and the spices, top with cork!  We added handmade tags identifying and stamped the variety of vinegar (Garlic, Tarragon White Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Dill Cider Vinegar, Garlic Rosemary EVOO, etc.), tied to the neck of the bottles with twine and sprig of juniper and or holly, turned out very pretty!

Next we did Yule logs:

 For the yule logs, you need lots of greenery (we used pin, cedar, manzanita, juniper, fir, pinecones, some moss covered branches, and I added a touch of some stickles to some of my leaves :)  Hot glue the the greens, layering as you go, top with pinecones, acorns and tie with a ribbon!  There you have your Yule log to burn on New Year's Day!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pinterest Obsession today was a hospital day for me....meaning I sit in a chair and get an infusion of IVIG (Immune Globulin) for approx. 6 hours......I didn't have time to load up crafty material to work on, so I grabbed Seth's (my youngest son) extra computer and got lost and inspired by pinterest.  I can't quit making boards!  Here are the boards I have started so far..
One from my DIY board....a photo of some herb infused olive oils and vinegars my sisters's and the nieces made the day after Thanksgiving we have dubbed 'crafting day:'

Monday, October 24, 2011

Welcome to my new blog....still getting the place set up, as you can see...
Just wanted to start a blog showing my paper arts, all things crafty, cooking, gardening, weimaraners, fishing, ok....basically, the things I love, including my family! Still trying to get the slide show working.....I guess it has changed over the last few years....
My newest obsession:
It is so fun to be able to make virtual bulletin boards of your favorite things, things to do, things to make, things to looks at, places to go just by plucking them off the internet and 'pinning' them....genius!!

Recently participated in Jenni Bowlin Studio Mercantile challenge: Here's my take:

If course, I have a lot of rearranging to do....oh and do check out my etsy shop....

Thanks so much for stopping by!