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Monday, January 30, 2012

Women: Blogging Can Give You Wings

I am proud to announce the release of my newest book, Women: Blogging Can Give You Wings.

Welcome to the Launch Party! Through this book, you will be able read the stories of some powerful women in the blogging community to see first-hand how they “grew their blogs.” Their stories will astound you and warm your heart.

This is what is written about the book on Amazon:

Blogging is one of THE most powerful networking tools available today. Learn from bestselling author and blogging expert Cindy Adkins why having an online presence is essential. Increase traffic to your blog and learn from “super-bloggers” who have already mastered success. They include Sonia Crouse, Editor-In-Chief of Creating Vintage Charm magazine; Pat Winter, Editor-in-Chief of Crazy Quilt Gatherings magazine (Gatherings); Karen Valentine (My Desert Cottage) custom blog designer for Valentine Design and creator of the yearly studio event Where Bloggers Create; Sharon Hughes (My Life at Pansy Cottage and Garden) and creator of Launch Your Creativity; Liz Perry (The Brambleberry Cottage); Soraya Julian (Homemaker on a Dime); Debbie Manno (Debbiedoos,) as well as Debra Germain and Nicole Germain-Perez (Capers of the Vintage Vixens.) These are all women who know first-hand how blogging can impact women’s lives and are willing to share their knowledge with others to help them “grow their blogs,” increase traffic, and make their online spaces profitable, as well as enjoyable.

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You will be seeing this beautiful button throughout blogland, and it was especially designed by Karen Valentine, who is a very talented blog designer and owner of Valentine Design—Thank you, Karen!

If you would like to read this book, but don't have a Kindle, you can download a free app. HERE from Amazon so that you can read it on your desktop--easy, peasy!

Once again, here are the women of Women: Blogging Can Give You Wings. I hope that their stories will touch your lives as much as they have touched mine.

Sonia Crouse

Pat Winter

Karen Valentine

Debbie Manno

Soraya Julian (S.J.)

Debra Germain

Nicole Germain-Perez

Sharon Hughes

Liz Perry

I also have a special post for a hand-crafted journal. If you would like to see it, click HERE.

Linking this to:

Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop

Inspire Me Monday

Market Your Biz and Giveaways

Bloggers' Bodega

What's It Wednesday

Time Travel Thursday

Show and Tell Friday

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wishing You a Blessed Sunday

I am on the design team of Dezinaworld....and when I saw the sweet graphic of this little girl, I wanted to make a special digital art piece...

My sweet friend Lynne from Adorn is a member of the design team, so when this beautiful tag and tablet arrived in the mail, I was so surprised!

Thank you, Lynne! What a precious surprise, indeed!!!

I will have a special post on Monday, so I hope that you will all come and see it...

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

"Group Hug!"

Sometimes I stand in awe of God's perfect timing in our lives....My newest book, "Do You Need a Hug from Heaven?" was published last week...If you know me well, then you know that being in touch with spiritual gifts is truly where my heart is....

I want to thank all of you who have written me emails and shared your miraculous angel stories with me....and I would like to introduce you to some of the people whose stories are in the book...

David DeWitt, whose miraculous story shows how there is help when we least expect it. David's blog is The Errol Flynn Blog.

Celeste who is the owner of Celestina Marie Design and who played an integral part in a miracle that transpired recently in my life.

Daniella Hayes of Daniella Hayes whose story is evidence that we are watched over by heavenly angels....

Donna of GG's Creative Corner who played a major part in my being able to complete this book...

Cindy Adkins of Art, Books, Tea whose story of love is in the pages of this book...

There are more, of course, including my good friends Jim and Velma, my life-long friend Gayla Claes, my Uncle Lee and Aunt Nancy...

Yes, there are stories of true-life interventions that happened to everyday people...and it is my prayer that miracles touch all of your lives.


I have just heard about a link up party at Create With Joy and since the people in my book inspire me, I wanted to share this post with others.

Linking this to:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Blue Velvet

I would like to thank you for the numerous letters I have received regarding Mixed Media Art: Living Your Passion....I know that so many of you are getting your creative groove on--and this is very exciting!

On my birthday, I received a vintage bottle from my good friend, Velma. I adore cobalt blue and she knows it and surprised me with this treasure....Thank you, Velma!

Well, I just created a bracelet for a dear friend of mine and I wanted to show you the pictures...

I have always wanted to make a bracelet with buttons....This was my chance.

I received an amazing surprise in the mail yesterday from Sharon of Plumrose Lane!!! Not only does Sharon create awesome blog designs, but she made this treasure!!!

I wish you could see it in person--it would take your breath away. Thank you so much, Sharon!

PLEASE NOTE: At the moment, I am in the midst of a major project--and "the reveal" will be next week! In the meantime, I will not be available for comments or emails. I hope you all understand.

Wishing you a wonderful end of the week and fabulous weekend!!!


Linking this to

Wow Us Wednesday
What's It Wednesday

Show & Tell Friday
Potpourri Friday

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

City Crafter Challenge Blog

Last night, I happened to go over to visit Kirsty Vittetoe's blog who sponsors the City Crafter Challenge....

I design for Shabby Cottage Studio. I saw this sketch and started creating 3 cards with this design in mind....

This card is embellished with a flower, tea pot, and seam binding from Shabby Cottage Studio.

This next card was created using a torso, graphics, seam binding, and blue tag from Shabby Cottage Studio.

And lastly, is this pink fairy card that I decorated with some items from my stash, as well as flowers from Shabby Cottage Studio.

Kirsty, Ros, Linda, and Cheryl, thank you for letting me play along!!!! If you would like to see their gorgeous creations and also Liz who is the Guest Designer this week, I know you will love what you see there!!!


Monday, January 23, 2012

Elegant Decorator Tags

I design for Shabby Cottage Studio. I think that decorator tags add a touch of elegance to the many rooms and I created these tags because I think they have such charm....

I love German glitter glass and these tags were sprinkled with glittery goodness. If you would like to know how to make them, I have a complete tutorial HERE!

Gingersnap Creations is having a 2-color challenge that I am linking these up to, having used shades of blue and sepia as my colors.

To enter the challenge, go here: Gingersnap Creations.

Also, linking this to:

Linking this to the following parties which are on my sidebar!!!

WOW Us Wednesday
White Wednesday
What's It Wednesday

Happy Surprises

I had some HAPPY surprises in my mail over the weekend and wanted to share them with you. The first is the precious book I received from Wendy at Art By Wendy! I won her giveaway and am so thrilled!!!
The second is this beautiful tag made by my friend Myric at Petites Passions. I saw it on Myric's blog and little did she know that I fell in love with it--the next thing I knew, it was at my door!

And I received a gorgeous card from my secret Blogging Sister. And such a beautiful handmade card by Jill at Chillin' With Jill!!!

I wish you could see all of these in person as they are so detailed and amazing. Thank you all so much!!!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Woman Thing--The Link Party!

Hi Everyone~

On Monday, February 6th will be my brand-new Link Party! It will be a once-a-week event.

Art of any kind.

Old photographs.

Something from your home that you love.

Glass bottles.

Anything that you have repurposed.

A card that you made or bought.


A favorite sunset.

Some scrumptious recipe.

Something from your garden.

The sky’s the limit, so use your creativity and show us what you’ve got got!

You are also welcome to grab the code from the blinkie on my sidebar if you'd like to help me "spread the word" to other bloggers--the more the merrier!

I would also like to announce the release of my newest book, “Do You Need a Hug from Heaven?” If you would like to read about it, click HERE.

My book is on Amazon exclusively and this Sunday and Monday, if you have a Kindle, you can grab it for FREE!

This weekend there is something else completely awesome happening--Wayna of Creative Grammie from Hawaii will be in New Orleans and I am going to meet her on Sunday--how fun!!



Linking this to: Spiritual Sundays

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop

Blogger's Bodega

Your Cozy Home Party

White Wednesday

Wow Us Wednesday

What's It Wednesday

Time Travel Thursday

Potpourri Friday

Show and Tell Friday

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial--A Reliquary

This is a project that I thought many of you would enjoy making.

As I design for Shabby Cottage Studio, I wanted to show you this because their awesome materials are featured in this piece.

I began with the lid of a jar and a Frozen Charlotte doll.

I inked the sides of the lid with Staz-On ink that was in my own supplies.

I used a graphic sheet from Shabby Cottage Studio and glued it inside.

Then, I added coffee-stained cheesecloth from my stash.

Finally, I added flowers from Shabby Cottage Studio, as well as a domino and some other embellishments from my stash.

I hope that you have enjoyed learning how to make this!

I have an EXCITING announcement coming in a few stayed tune! (Hint: It is an opportunity for all of my visitors to "strut their stuff" for everyone to see!)


Linking this to Blogger's Bodega

Wow Us Wednesday

What's It Wednesday

White Wednesday

Time Travel Thursday

Show and Tell Friday

Potpourri Friday

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I Won!

See these adorable books?

These little treasures were created by Wendy of Art By Wendy....and she had a giveaway and I won one of them! Thank you so much, Wendy! These are truly beautiful!

But, Wendy is also a paints gorgeous pictures. These are so realistic that they look like photographs...I am astounded by her talent.

But, that's not all--Wendy creates amazing jewelry and other treasures that are in her Etsy store.

Wendy, thank you so much for having your wonderful giveaway--I'm so happy to be a recipient of your amazing work!


Heart-Shaped Tartlett Tin

Hi Everyone~

I hope you're having a "love"-ly and blessed Sunday. This is one of the items from my Etsy shop--a vintage tartlett tin from Sweden....

Wishing you a beautiful day!


Linking this to Market Your Biz at Homemaker on a Dime

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Decorative Wine Corks

My friend Dee of A Lapin Life has fabulous style. She just created these wine corks that are available at stores near her...But, now they are also available in her new Etsy shop and she can barely keep them "on the shelves!"

I think they're gorgeous....

Aren't they adorable?

I thought you'd enjoy seeing them as I think they are just dreamy!!!

If you'd like to visit Dee, her blog is HERE.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!! I will be having another Tutorial Tuesday so I hope you'll join me for a fun project, which is a reliquary.