Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A St. Paddy's Day Project

We're making an ATC book in my flickr group to celebrate St. Paddy's Day.
There are 12 of us participating.

I love this image! The green is lightly glittered, edges gold-leaf trimmed and finished with dangling shamrocks.

I used another beautiful vintage image for the back of the page and added an Irish verse.

Our wonderful hostess Kim will be binding these and I'll share our finished collaborative as soon as I receive it!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

An ATC Between Friends & A Big Announcement!

When my talented friend Linda, of
Random Creativity, announced she had this beautiful card to swap I didn't hesitate
to make this sweet fairy friend for her!
Thank you Linda for this wonderful swap experience!

If you've never swapped with your blog friends before I encourage you to jump in. It's a perfect way to form new friendships and collect beautiful little pieces of art. And to those who feel a bit intimidated by the process, trust me, bloggers are the most welcoming, non-judgemental people in the world. Which leads me to the big announcement.

My very dear friend Kim, who I've swapped with for many years now in more venues than I can remember has started a new swap blog and announced her very first swap this morning.
Vintage Children Mini Cards

Kim's new blog is
Tabby's Swaps.
I hope you'll visit and I really hope you'll swap.
I'm in!
Are you?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

One Swap Closes, Another Swap Opens

What a sweet swap Be My Valentine turned out to be.

Kimberly captured the romance of the day with her beautiful swap

and Laurie's creations were sweet and charming

while Linda's exuded the elegance of valentines past.

We had a large number of participants in this swap. If you'd like to see all the creations, please visit us HERE.

It's difficult to say goodbye to this one but as this swap closes, it's true, another does open.

As a child I remember finding one of these mesmerising sugar eggs in my basket each Easter. It was incredible to me that you could look inside and find the most adorable 3-dimensional scene of bunnies, chicks, lambs, children in their Easter finery.
Imagine what these matchboxes are going to look like!
Sign-ups are open now!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Glimpse of Valentines Past

Some antique valentines from my personal collection...
They really don't make them like this anymore..
layers of paper lace, German scrap..
and charming victorian imagery.
This book from the late 1800's is probably my favorite
with page after page of heartwarming pictures and verse.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

I'm Feelin' the Love

I feel as though my swap partner in our Be My Valentine matchbox swap knows me well with this beautiful vintage swap she created for me.That sweet little matchbox so intricately fashioned, the darling muted tone mini atcs, all accompanied by the most stunning valentine card anyone could imagine!
Big valentine hugs to my val pal Michele, of
Something Special.
This truly is something special!

I also took part in a valentine atc swap hosted by my sweet friend Kimberly, of
and received the lovliest valentines.




Unsigned (if anyone recognizes this card, please let me know)

Yesterday the mail brought me a surprise valentine from my dear friend Michele, of
Nook & Cranny.
You touched my heart with your kind words and thoughtful gift Michele.

I really am feelin' the love....

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Dress Forms Are Ready to Party!

With all her vintage beauty
and imperfections
she was purchased at an estate sale.
I dress her according to my mood
or season,
or season I'm anxiously awaiting!

Her baby sister, also an estate sale find
dons shimmering wings
simple, whimsical and pretty.

Many thanks to Carol, of
The Polka Dot Closet
for hosting this party.
If you don't already, you too may soon have a love affair with a well dressed dress form!
Visit Carol's beautiful blog for links to all the participants and a dress form giveaway.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine Image Freebies

Happy Pink Saturday!

Grab and enjoy these oh so lovely pink Valentine images!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Vintage Twinchiness

Always in search of new swap venues, I recently joined the
Gingersnap Creations group and signed up for a twinchies swap.

Creating in miniature (twinchies are 2" squares) is so much fun!