January 31, 2009

Tried and True Tips

* Make life happen. Actively pursue the things you want.
* Love what you do.
* Be confident in making short-term decisions. A lot of little steps take you where you want
to go.

* Outsmart yourself. Take on different challenges, even though you have little experience.

and the biggest one.

* Learn from your mistakes. No matter how far down the wrong road you go, turn back and head in the right direction.

Happy Saturday

January 29, 2009

Yummy goodies and a free gift

Sugar Sugar has this quote on her blog today.

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Hans Hofmann

I have been working on simplifying my life for sometime.

Don't you find it is a constant process?

Letting go is hard to do.

You can find these lovely charms at my Etsy shop. I am offering my readings a special --- you will receive a free gift with every purchase.

January 27, 2009

January 22, 2009


A revival of a lost art that was popular in the 17th century when carved ivory and filigree were in vogue. Claimed to be originated by the French nuns so the poor could imitate the effect of carved ivory, it was first made by cutting strips of paper and rolling them on a feather quill, thus the name "quilling." The modern method is to use a corsage pin to roll the paper.

January 17, 2009

Blog Design Give-A-Way

Doodlebug Designs Giveaway

As posted on Doodle Bug Design Site

Start the New Year with a fabulous blog design! Haven't you been longing for a change in your design? Have you been wanting a different layout? Have you been wanting more bells and whistles? Here you have a chance to get all of that and more absolutely free! This free design will include as many or as few elements as you would like.

Go check out her wonderful blog designs and while you are there enter to win a blog makeover.

Valentine Inspiration

This is one of my favorite "Hallmark" holiday.

Show your love every day through small acts of kindness.

, originally uploaded by * ire *.

January 16, 2009

On my lap

Two weeks ago I taught myself (with the help of a friend) how to knit.

Wow, who would have guessed knitting could be so much fun.

On my completed knitting project list are 2 scarfs and little itty bitty doll blanket. Well, more like a pot holder. Now I am onto an adult size blanket. Hoping I get it done before the cold weather is gone.

January 14, 2009

Whimsy and Work

Creativity thrives on a combination of whimsy and work - and needs plenty of both to grow

Today has simply been a wonderful day.

I work mostly with found and salvaged items, many of them being vintage. There's a kind of affection and tenderness in the reusing and re purposing of things that were once personal perhaps treasured, possessions. I am infatuated with collections, lost and/or abandoned waiting to be rediscovered and rescued.

January 12, 2009

Art Journal

Art Journal

The makings of an art journal. I gathered some goodies and began to create.

It's a work in progress. Sorta like me.

Have any of you created your own Art Journal? If so, I would love to see them.

January 10, 2009

Simply Divine

It's a Besso Handbag. What is a Besso??? I had no idea either so I Googled it.

Here's what Designer Handbags 101 had to say:

Besso brand handbags do a fine job of taking major name designs like Hermes and Marc Jacobs and making them into something fresh, new, and affordable. At a fraction of the price of the original big name designer prices

At any rate. I believe it is simply divine and fit for a Queen.

Lamp Make Over

There is not much this man won't do for me. Mama bear wanted a new lamp.

But, the thing is I didn't want to spend any money. Hmmmm...what to do. Go shopping in the attic. For those of you who know me (mother) you know my attic holds many treasures. I had a floor lamp however, I was not fond of the shade that came with it.

Before Lamp Shade

After Lamp Shade
ahhh much better.

January 8, 2009

Vintage Luggage


Needs Ideas for using Vintage luggage? Here are a couple to consider. Perfect for a decorative touches or use it great for storing sewing, scrap booking supplies art supplies. make - up really the possibilities or endless...
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