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Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy Monday!

Space of Time

Hi Everyone~
I hope that you all had a nice weekend. I received some very exciting news. I have just discovered that 2 of my altered art works have been accepted into a juried art show.

For those of you who may not know what "juried" means, the process is as follows. Numerous pieces by various artists are submitted into an art show and while some shows are "open" to everyone, others are juried and a special panel made up of artists, gallery owners, etc. determine which work will be in the show.

Beach Beauties

So, now you can imagine my surprise when I found out that my 2 pieces were juried in and will be on display.

These were wooden cigar boxes that went through a metamorphosis--many hours went into these individual projects--but I love making them!

I hope that you are having the start of a super week!

If you would like to visit my Monday feature with all new artists on my Whimsical Musings Magazine, I'm sure you would enjoy seeing all the fabulous women I have featured. To reach there, go here.

Linking this to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!

Linking this to Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy!

Linking this to Blue Monday.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wishing You a Beautiful Sunday!

Hi Everyone~

When I saw this picture of my friend Debra's home, it brought such peace and joy to me. I have written a feature on her and many other talented women on my magazine blog for this week. (Yes, I posted early because the magazine articles come out on Mondays.)

If you would like to read my piece called "Nostalgia," I am sure that you will enjoy having a cup of tea and sitting down to enjoy such beautiful pieces created by such lovely women.

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Some Shabby Goodness for You!

Pink Angels Tussie Mussie

Happy Pink Saturday! I would like to share some of my creations with you.

Mixed Media Paris Purse--Made from a matchbox

Paris Purse--Reverse Side

Melinda of The Vintage Inspired Home just started

a new online magazine. Trust me, it is beyond breathtaking!

I love garlands, so in celebration of her new venture, I created a miniature garland

for her with a “tea time” theme. Here are small snippets of what it looks like.

Tea Time Garland

To go to The Vintage Inspired Home On-line
Magazine, please go here.

As I design for Shabby Cottage Studio, I used their images for all of my creations!

The tea pot is from The Graphics Fairy! And my pink angels are from Dezinaworld!

And I just got some very exciting news--I found out that my art

work is going into 20 different art galleries--I am walking on a

Pink "Cloud 9!"

Also, if you'd like to take a peek inside my Etsy shop, it is here.

Linking this to Blogger's Bodega!

Linking this to White Wednesday!

Linking this to Pink Saturday!

Gifts From a Friend

So many of you know Petra of Kunterbunt Cottage. She is a wonderful friend and gifted artist. Imagine my surprise when I went to the mailbox and found this special package from her.

There is a gorgeous mixed media piece that she created from a silver spoon--it is precious! And not only that--a special tag filled with shabby goodness accompanied this beautiful surprise.

Thank you, Petra! You know I love you and consider you a special "art sister" where time and space know no boundaries in this blogging world. Your gifts mean the world to me and I am so humbled that you would make something so special just for me.


Mardi Gras Tags Winners

Hi Everyone~

I created new Mardi Gras tags in 2 different styles and I have picked 5 winners at random for my giveaway...thank you to everyone who entered!

The winners are Barbara Rosenzweig, Suz, Evelyn, Michele, Theresa.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wonderful Blessings--Beautiful Friends


Hi Everyone~

This week has been a week of amazing surprises from wonderful friends! My friend Dore from Burlap Luxe sent me this amazing vintage piece that she made into a magnet. I had to share it with you. Everything Dore creates "turns to gold" in her hands...We may be miles away, but we are so close in heart.


I met my friend Barbara through the One World One Heart event...She is an astounding gallery artist and I won this magnificent print of her original artwork...Her work is amazing!

And, just yesterday, she created a post introducing bloggers to my work...I was so overwhelmed by her kindness. Barbara is new to blogging and I hope you will have a chance to visit her and say "hi!"


I met Alveen through One World One Heart and won this scrumptious wall-hanging...All I can say is, "Be still my heart." I love it and was so surprised! Her work is so beautiful and I am so humbled to receive a piece of it. To see more of her creations, please go here.


I won this book from Marie and I know that I will treasure it always. Doesn't it just look like something I would want? I was so surprised and am so grateful for the chance to have won it when Marie offered it as her giveaway for One World One Heart. She is a sweetheart!


Britt is so filled with creativity and I won one of these handmade treasures from her during the One World One Heart event...These are so beautiful and I was so surprised to win one of her creations!

I hope that you are all having a happy and creative day filled with joy!

Also, if you have not signed up to enter the giveaway for my Mardi Gras tags, just zip on
down to the next post and let me know if you'd like a chance to win!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lots of Surprises and "T" is for Tag!!!

Royal Wedding

Hi Everyone--I have just created this tag for Tag Tuesday and it includes a London postmark and crown. Delicate lace, crinkly seam binding, and toile-inspired paper complete the look.

I am linking this to Tag Tuesday!

I am also linking this to Rednesday!

I hope that you will read about my news and enter my giveaways!

I just received some exciting news--I will be featured in the spring issue of one of my favorite magazines, Creating Vintage Charm! (If I was younger, I'd be doing cartwheels! lol)

Here is my Fairy Wish tag that will be featured...It is currently available in my Etsy shop!

I have a blog candy giveaway happening at my
Whimsical Musings online magazine. If you'd like
to enter, just click here.

I have 3 Mardi Gras tags that I made in this design
and if you would like to enter the drawing to win
one, just let me know by leaving a comment here.

Here's a close-up.

And, I designed 2 more in this design and I am having a giveaway for 2 of these...If you'd like to be entered into the drawing to win one, just leave a note on this post. I am linking this to Dezinaworld for the "Teeny Tiny" challenge. Why? Because these are the tiniest fleur de lis images I've ever seen!

The winners of my Pink Mardi Gras tags are: Marydon, Sissie, and Jane!

Wishing you all a fabulous week!

Linking this to Alphabet Thursday!

Linking this to Dezinaworld!

And linking to Time Travel Thursday!



Saturday, February 19, 2011

Necklaces for Your Vintage Lifestyle

I couldn’t wait to show you the pink roses I received from my husband for
Valentine’s Day. Did I mention that I have the biggest crush on this man?

Miraculous Medallion Key Necklace

While I’m on the subject of romance, I wanted to show you one of my

French-inspired key necklaces.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to pass out the Miraculous Medallions to

give people hope. Once I got my hands on one of these beauties, I couldn’t

wait to incorporate it into my wearable art.

Guardian Angel Necklace

For those of you who know me well, you are aware that my 2 passions

are spirituality and art. I feel very fortunate to combine these 2 important

aspects of my life in making these special pieces.

Linking this to Spiritual Sunday.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy Pink Mardi Gras Giveaway!

Happy Pink Saturday!

And Happy Mardi Gras everyone!

Well, as you can imagine, Mardi Gras is in full-swing here in New Orleans~

The other day while taking a walk in the French Quarter I spotted this window

of a gift store...

And what did my eyes behold, but a pink Mardi Gras tree...

So, of course, I had to get pictures for Pink Saturday!

When I got home, I created this tag...Actually, I created 3 of them.

If you would like to win one of them, just leave a message on this

post and let me know.

This contest will only be running until Sunday night Feb. 20th

at 6:00 p.m. when I will choose 3 winners randomly.

It’s quick, it’s easy--and it’s fun!

Sunday night, I will write a message on your blog to let you

know if you won. Then, I need for you to send me your address

and last name so I can send them out right away!

Linking this to Pink Saturday!!!

If you want to join in the fun, show us your "pink"

and we'd love to come see!!!

One more important announcement--I have a one-week giveaway

on my magazine blog coming on Monday...It is beach-themed

blog, if you'd like a chance to win, just come on

over to my magazine blog on Monday to leave a message!

(A picture of it is on my right sidebar.)


Congratulations to the winners:

Marydon, Sissie, and Jane!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Announcing the Winner!

Hi Everyone!

The winner of my One World One Heart
giveaway is Julie of A Vintage Chic!

Congratulations Julie!

Here is a piece of Julie's artwork--
isn't it amazing?

Sending hugs to all of my readers and to everyone who
participated in this worldwide event!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Week of Surprises

Oh my gosh, this has been a week FULL of surprises!!!
First, I received this beautiful handmade card from
my friend, Suzann--I love it! She is so talented!
I wish you could see all the detail--it is

Then, I received this gorgeous tag from
my friend One Heart! She is such a
special friend and has an amazing heart
so full of joy! And I love pink and black
so this beautiful tag was such a surprise!

But, the surprises didn't stop there--I received this
amazing package of ephemera from Elaine!
I wanted to start crafting immediately with
all these goodies that left me speechless.

This very special Valentine came from my beautiful
daughter-in-law Nikki and our 2 adorable grandchildren
Cole and Caity who helped her make it!

And then, our friends' daughter Lilyan gave us these
cards--we were so surprised!!! She is a little doll!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Welcome to Mardi Gras 2011!

Welcome to Mardi Gras 2011! If you thought that decorating

for Christmas was fun, you should see what it’s like here in

New Orleans for Mardi Gras!

Be transported on a horse-drawn carriage in Jackson Square...

Or take the cable car to join the fun!

Here’s a look inside a shop window in the French Quarter...

A close-up details all of the Mardi Gras goodness that abounds...

Even bicycles are decorated for the occasion!

Happy Mardi Gras Everyone!

Oh, and one more thing--if you love black and white, just scroll down to the next post to see what I've got posted for you!

Linking this to Rednesday!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sophisticated Black and White

Hi Everyone~
Late this afternoon, I received a beautiful tag from
my friend One Heart. On the back of the envelope
was this gorgeous sticker. Well, I needed to make
a friend-themed tag for Tag Tuesday, so I used
this and made this for One Heart...
(I will share her tag with you later this

This is what I designed~So, she
will be receiving this in the mail soon
to go in her newly redecorated den!

"Dreaming in Black and White" Necklace

Nothing seems to equal the sophistication of black
and white...and I wanted to share some of my
Etsy creations.

Black and White Decorator Paper Clip

How about "jewelry" for your desk or work table?

Paris Tray

And of course, what would sophistication be
without Paris--the capitol of "chic?"

If you like vintage, you might want to
take a peek inside my shop and give
yourself a treat.

I hope you're all doing fabulously.

"S" is for Sophisticated...If you like to join in Alphabet Thursday, Jenny Matlock's
link is listed below--it's fun!


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