Sunday, March 12, 2017


Here is what I've been up to lately ~ playing house with TH's  Village Dwelling and Surf Shack dies....

My friend D and I spent a day playing with her sets; she then FORCED me to go buy the basic house and my favorite (the surf shack) for myself!!

I can see myself making a bunch of these to use for summer decor...

As always, click on the pix to biggify them!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


...John Mellencamp ~

"And the walls come crumbling down..."

Saturday, January 14, 2017


We have set a record here for the most snow on the ground since 1892! And on the heels of it, we had record cold too!
These pix show 14 inches of snow, with a low of {minus!!!} -9!!

As always, click to biggify.

The first 2 pix are looking out the front window...

1 to 2.5 foot long icicles...

Out back, looking south...

The secret garden...

The snow cap on the retaining wall is also 14 inches...

Rose arbor...

Since our local road management company doesn't plow residential areas, a lot of people in our neighborhood were stuck at home. Our HOA finally {!!} decided to pay for a private company to come in and plow ~ too little too late!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


... to all in the Fisher/Reynolds families.

Debbie, while not my fave actress, was always a class act ~

And Carrie was such a strong woman despite her struggles ~

R.I.P., dear ladies ~ you will be missed.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


So this is what has been keeping me busy for the last month or so... I finally got up the courage to cut into my beloved Graphic 45 "Voyage Beneath the Sea" papers!
The box is wood ~ 6 in. W, 3.5 in. D, with a domed top. Supply list below ~
Click to biggify pix.

The first pic is looking straight down onto the top...

Straight at the front of the box...

Inside of the lid...

Into the bottom of the open box ~ this was a hard pic to get!

R side of box...

L side of box...

Thanks for looking!!!

Supply List ~

All the G45 papers are from the 8x8 pad of VBS
Hinges are from Tim Holtz Grunge board
"Rain" drops on top are from Doodlebug Designs
All shells & sea life from stash, as are the chains on the L sides
TH elongated pearl
Drawer pull from Paper Studio
Faux abalone shells inside lid from CraftWarehouse (a local PNW chain)
Paints ~ both from DecoArts Metallics ~ Peacock Pearl & Rich Expresso
3 round flat washers (not seen) @ front of inside, from local Ace Hardware. They are stained with TH Alcohol Ink in Aqua, and used to counter balance the weight of the faux abalone in the lid!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


We are SO fucking screwed ~

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Here is my Sept. DIVAs project. I got the idea from a Somerset magazine article and ran with it. The object is to use your security envelope liners to create shapes and textures.
Each of the squares is based on a 6 x 6 canvas background.
Sorry, but  these weren't set up right to enlarge, and I don't feel like rewriting all the words!

In this first one, I did a simple background with 1/2 inch strips, all meeting in the center. Then I decided to play with some dies, and this is what I came up with. Other than being slightly off-center, I was happy with it.

The ship was hand cut from a grey/white liner and tinted with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Same for the sun.  The whale is clip art. The masts are toothpicks,stained with TH DI.

This was the very first one I made {ocean themed, of course!} ~ the wavy blue liner makes a perfect ocean background! I only wish I'd done the "seaweeds" on the left in black & white rather than grey & white.

My DIVAs friend Debbie did this beauty using TH DI to color the hollycocks reds.

Another one from Debbie...

These will make you look at your bills in a whole new creative light!!!

Cottleston Pie is the Taoist philosophy dealing with our Inner Nature (as explained by Winnie-the-Pooh)
To get the full scoop, read "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.
The full poem is at the very bottom here...