DIY Jewelry Making – Porcupine Quill Necklace

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    I've been interested in creating jewelry with natural materials lately. Stones, bones, leather and even porcupine quills. Porcupine quills may seem like an unusual material to use to make jewelry but they work quite well. I really like the variation in colors and the natural but modern look they have. Not to mention they are very lightweight.       To make a porcupine quill necklace of … [Continue reading...]

Thank You Card with Accordion Circle Die

Thank-You-Card

  I got this message on my Facebook page the beginning of March: Hi Vicki I'm on Karen Burniston's DT and the April challenge is to pick someone you admire to join us making Accordion album card with Karen's dies. Would you be interested in joining me? You would receive the accordion die of your choice, make a card and post it April. Hugs, Fran Um. Who? Me? Someone admires me? HOW could you EVER say no to an inquiry like … [Continue reading...]

14 Spring DIYs to Try

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Spring has sprung! It's too wet and cold in many parts of the country to be outside gardening just yet so that means some time for some spring themed crafting and decorating. Check out these 14 Spring DIYs from this blog and several others to get inspired. Tulle and Butterfly Spring Wreath Card Making – Spring Madras Frog How to Make a Felt “Kite Tail” Garland for Spring Decorating Floral Design: Spring Nest Arrangement Chick Feeder Candy … [Continue reading...]

Spring Grapevine and Pom Pom Wreath

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  Spring has finally arrived here in NE Ohio in all her soggy glory. I don't mind the rain because it is what makes our area so amazingly green but it is keeping me out of the garden. And that's a bummer. If you can't be in the garden you may as well be in the craft store. That's a thing, right? I found this little gnome and mushrooms while browsing around in a Michael's craft store one afternoon and knew I had to make something … [Continue reading...]

Bead Show Haul

Bead Show Haul

  Cabin fever - it's a thing, people. And I had a bad case of it. I've been sickly for several weeks and stuck at home trying to get better while building up my strength but a girl can only take so much resting. I know, it's something we all dream of. A few days or a week off of the daily grind to just do NOTHING. But nothing gets boring real quick. Especially if you are like me. I'm a go and do kind of gal. The more going and the more … [Continue reading...]

Get More Comfortable in Front of the Camera

Get More Comfortable in Front of the Camera

  If you come across a photo of me between 1980 and, maybe, 2012 you will probably find me sticking my tongue out. I've hated having my picture taken for as long as I can remember. HATED. IT. My way to communicate my displeasure was to stick my tongue out. Not very grown up, I'll admit. But effective. But why? It probably has a lot to do with not only FEELING fat and ugly but also being told many times as I was growing up that I was … [Continue reading...]

It’s Not Over Until

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    It's not over until... Active, every day, in your face, painful, cancer treatment is over but the fight for my health is not. I've been seriously sick pretty much since the end of January. One thing and then another. And you know, I thought I could just push through. Keep pushing until I was back to "normal", until I could keep up with my usual routine without being totally exhausted by mid-afternoon, keep pushing … [Continue reading...]

Happy Birthday Chick – CD Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Chick - CD Birthday Card

    I don't know about you but now that so much of my information is stored online I don't use discs as much as I used to. In fact, I've come across a few lately that have "gone bad". I'm not sure exactly what the terminology is for that but they are useless. I decided that in stead of tossing out the discs I would find something to do with them. And this something is a fun upcycled CD greeting … [Continue reading...]

Dealing with Hard Times and Big Changes

Dealing with Hard Times and Big Changes

    I remember the morning I dropped my two youngest off for the first day of the their High School Sophomore year. The oldest had graduated, the middle guy would graduate at the end of the year and these two would not be far behind. I saw that empty nest and I wasn't sure what it meant for me - a stay at home (mostly) business owner and tender of the home. A family chauffeur with only a two year degree and a few businesses … [Continue reading...]

Garden Trends for 2015

Garden Trends for 2015

  I've been pouring over seed catalogs the last few weeks trying to soothe my eyes from the blinding whiteness of all that is outdoors. These photos were taken last weekend but I hear rumor that most of it will be gone by the end of next week. We haven't seen grass since sometime in December. I'm not sure I remember what looks like! But I'll figure it all out pretty quick, I'm sure. Anyway, while going through my stacks of catalogs and … [Continue reading...]

Six Strand Polymer Clay Necklace

Six Strand Polymer Clay Necklace

      It has been a little while since I played with polymer clay (polymer clay pendants) but I was recently cleaning up and decided to make a necklace with some of the pendant pieces I came across. That is the down side to cleaning up around here. I always get side tracked by something and end up creating in stead of cleaning! The above beads I purchased at a local bead shop that closed this summer. Man, do I … [Continue reading...]