Monday, July 07, 2014

(more plastic bag printing)

Found the tutorial for these on the blog of Alisa Burke.
Thanks, Alisa!!!
The papers will be cut and used in journal work and happy mail.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

(happy mail folder)

I love to receive happy mail.
It usually arrives in a decorated envelope.
I have to keep them - too pretty to not keep them -  so I made a folder for that purpose.
The folder was made from two file folders for the outside cover and four folders for both inner sides - two each side - for pages. 
The last two photos show the envelopes I have so far. 
I don't anticipate a flood of happy mails, so this should do just fine.
Fun to make.


Happy Weekend!
D xo


The DLP prompt for the week:
add a scripture verse or a quote from a favorite book

I made a bunch of acrylic painted hearts last week and decided to use a few for this page.
This tips up for some journaling space underneath.


Enjoy this day, friends.
D xo

Monday, June 16, 2014


The challenge for this week at the Documented Life Project:

It is a perfect prompt, considering that today is the hubs and my 42nd wedding anniversary.
The hearts were cut from mop up paper, painted deli paper and watercolored hymn book pages.
A fun page.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

(garden blooms)

I am enjoying this season once again.

Monday, June 02, 2014


The DLP challenge for the week?
List your gratitudes every day.
 The tip up page is attached to the back of the main page and the numbered areas lift up for space to write them each day.
I liked this one.
There is always something to be thankful for! 


Here is a video link to the first 22 weeks of my Documented Life Project Journal.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

(one week later?)

Some weeks just fly by.
This one was one of those.
I was happy to see my rhodies bloom again.
Love those. 

Two days were spent around a routine hospital procedure.
Do NOT love those.
So…I diverted my attention from that by making happy mail envelopes for future use.

I am going to participate in Index Card A Day for 61 days beginning June 1st.
This one is a warm up exercise.
Add color to a grid.
My cards are 3x5.
I am not planning to post them all.
Maybe occasionally.
Not everyone's cuppa.


Hope you are enjoying a nice weekend.
It is a beauty of a day here in the northlands.
D xo

Saturday, May 24, 2014

(beautiful morning)

Morning dew adds some sparkle.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

(more buntings)

Six are completed so far.
I have more to do, but am getting to the bottom of the bag.
These go to my friend for her antique mall booth.

Monday, May 19, 2014


The DLP challenge for this week:
use embroidery floss or thread on the page

Straight stitching and french knots fulfilled the challenge. Machine stitching around the edge added the thread, too. 
My word of the year is GRACE, so I included a favorite scripture verse on grace.
The postage stamp was on one of my happy mail envelopes as were the bits on the inside - the flowers on the left, the leaves cut from vintage paper (it was about growing plants!) and another stamp.
The inside is not terribly cohesive, but it is my journal, for jotting down the week's events. 
I wanted to include the happy mail things to remember.


Today I am back up in the work space to sew more buntings.
Have an excellent day, my dears.
D xo

Saturday, May 17, 2014

(more wips)

My friend, Jean, has a booth in an antique mall. She had a big garbage bag of vintage "cutter" linens. I am making some buntings for her to use/sell in her booth. 

Here is my DLP journal so far. 
Only 20 weeks in and it is bursting!!
The wrap will definitely help to keep it all together as the weeks tick on and I add more and more art to it. 


Rain, then sun.
Sun, then rain.
Warm, then cool.
Cool, then warm.
Will be happy when the warmer weather finally settles in.
It has been one of those weeks. 


Happy weekend, peeps!
D xo

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


The *DLP challenge for this week was to use a stamp in a different way.
I am fairly certain that this is not unique, but it was different for me.
I began by spraying alcohol inks over stencils and dripping the ink here and there on the pages. 
The face image was stamped on tissue paper, then modpodged down. The tissue will disappear and the image will look as if it had been stamped directly onto the paper. I could have done that, but wanted to use a different process.
The butterflies (Martha Stewart stamps) were stamped on inked vintage hymnbook pages, cut out and glued down.
Gold paint and Martha's rose quartz glitter were then added.
The face stamp is from Hampton Arts.
I enjoyed the challenge very much!

*Documented Life Project

Friday, May 09, 2014


The Documented Life Challenge for this week was to share a random act of kindness that you have been involved in.
Some of the participants were not comfortable with this particular challenge, believing that a RAK is private and to do so would be "tooting one's own horn". 
I understand that.
I chose to share about the little smocked burial gowns and bonnets made for babies born too soon.
You may remember the posts from last year.
My intention was to educate the group about the need for these things, in hopes that maybe one or more would look into it and perhaps make things for Threads of Love.

About the mechanics of the page:
This entire page flips open to the right for journaling underneath.
The bottom photo is attached to another part that flips down for more space to write.
This is where I explained the challenge and the photos.
It was an opportunity to use my glitter centered flowers. 
It is probably more scrapbook-y than the neon colored mixed media of previous weeks, but I was wanting it to reflect the serious nature of the content.


Hope you enjoy a nice Mother's Day.

Monday, May 05, 2014

(grand baby #12)

Daniel James arrived last night...two minutes after his parents arrived at the birth center!
That was a close one.

All is well.

(latest project)

I saw this project in a 2013 Somerset Life magazine.
Their version had vintage knobs glued into the spine on both sides so that it looks like an old timey rolodex. I may add those if I find some knobs that I like. We'll see.

 An old hymnal (of course) from my stash was used and scrapbooking paper was glued into the inside covers.
 Two pages were folded together in half …throughout the entire hymnal.
I plan to use it to display different things like old photos, ephemera,  pretty tags or quotes having to do with my word of the year ---> grace.
I plan to have extra tags for my grandchildren to write/draw something to include as well.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

(more blankie fabric)

Another new grand baby boy is due to arrive soon.
I went shopping this morning for blanket fabric.
I had some earth toned small print with itty bitty squirrels etc in my mind.
No such fabric exists in our local J store.
Bought this instead.
Looked like baby boy to me.
Now I need to get busy again.


The challenge for this week at the Documented Life Project:
Use a quote on your page

I have a journal with just quotes that I could have drawn from. 
Instead…I decided on the words to a favorite song. 
This was sung by our oldest son at the funerals of both my parents.
I have lots of memories tied to it.


Happy Tuesday, my friends!