Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Falling Into Autumn Bliss...

As October begins I am feeling like it will pass as quickly as September came and went.  I do not know how to slow down time or the calendar, however I do know how to savor what time I have.  I put together this simple halloween themed banner and sent it across the seas where Spring is happening.  Spring and Halloween?  Seems so different from our Autumn and Halloween.

These are my ATCs I have mailed to Kimberly of ArtJoyStuff to participate in her "Masked Beauty" ATC swap.  You still have time to join if you hurry.  Simply click on her link or my sidebar for more info.

I adore making ATCs and swapping with other artists who love to make them also.  It is always fun to gather supplies and just see what comes together.  I am happy with these I created.  

In August I shared this post with you regarding my plastic bin of ribbons.  Here is a photo of my finished project.  I am so very happy with how these ribbons are now ready for use and they have a way of moving with a breeze or the door being opened or closed.  The colors are a bright spot in my studio and they truly make me smile.  I have used them many times now just because I can find them and easily select just the right size and color and texture of ribbon.  I can even switch which colors are on top since there are double rows here.  I have them on large binder rings and it is easy to remove and replace them from the hooks.  Easy access means I won't be constantly searching for and or buying what I already have.  Simplifying is something I am aiming for in so many areas of my life.
On that note I also recently donated another truckload of clothes, purses and shoes to my local Women of Worth re-shop.  I plan on doing this several more times as I sort and purge my dressing room.  I feel very blessed to be able to share my bounty of clothes and accessories.  As I simplify my life I find I need less and less.  All of this lends to my Creative Bliss.
Falling into Autumn Bliss here in Northern California.  We had a couple inches of rain and it really helped the 8000 firefighters get a handle on the huge wildfire that ravaged over 97,000 acres.  Our ground and plants are nourished and not so terribly dry.  Our drought is far from over as we need lots more rain but we are so very thankful for what we have received.
I love seeing your Autumn decorating and creative projects.  I am so grateful for all the shared inspiration we have available through technology.  Thank you each for sharing.  Also thank you so much for leaving me comments as I read each and every one of them.  I don't always send an email in response however I hope you know how much I enjoy hearing from you.  Creative Autumn Bliss...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rain & Bead Podium...

First and foremost I wish to thank my little buddy Tag of Brynwood Needleworks.  Tag and Donna have been doing the rain dance and we finally got some rain this morning.  Thank you so much and Smooches.  We are so grateful for this moisture.  It is also helping to curb the raging King Fire. Today we have very clear clean air quality and that is truly a double blessing.  The rain has already stopped but any is better than none.

Way back in January I shared on this post about my friend Sylvia and her window shades that needed dyeing.  This is what Sylvia gifted me with for my efforts.  It doesn't look like much and its condition is less than excellent however I was thrilled.  When I brought it home Mr. C wanted to put it in the dump.  NO!  I have a "vision" for it and it will fit in MY studio where I can close the door.

Mr. C had to re-engineer and rebuild lots of it.  That is just how he functions.  I tried to teach him the term "Shabby Chic" but he just cannot embrace "junk".

He not only encouraged me to try Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I have wanted to use forever...he paid for it.  Note:  Waaaaay tooooo expensive for this project but at least I have tried it and now know more about it.  This color is Provence and I really like the subtle shade of aqua.

Here is the new and improved Bead Podium and a stool I painted.  This spot in my studio is custom fit for this purpose.  My vision may have just been a success. Have I shown you the best part?

The drawers are printer trays!  Oh Yes!!!  Perfect for beads.  I have wanted a cabinet like this for so long and my good deed paid off for me.

So I haven't been a slacker all year.  I have spent all my spare time working on this project.  Sorting beads and filling the finished cabinet has been an overwhelming job.  I used to keep my beads in lots of different places...including baggies, tubes, bottles, plastic storage bins and even little dishes.  I thought I had them organized...until now.  I did have to move beads many times over as I found more and they over-flowed the little compartments.  Mr. C suggested I get ALL my beads and then sort and place them into the drawers.  What?  This resulted in Mr. C realizing just how many beads I actually have.  Wait!  Some are from my Grandmother, my mother, friends, me, and of course shopping.  Of course Mr. C "suggested" I never buy any more beads.  I thankfully "negotiated and negated" that notion!  I LOVE BEADS.  And they love me.

Now I can honestly say I am so happy with my "new" bead podium and how organized the beads are. I have already been able to make some bracelets and charms for gift giving.  What a pleasure to select the proper drawer...yes, I labeled them...and be able to create in a very short amount of time. Even my tools are right there where I can access them.  Thank you to Mr. C and to my dear friend Sylvia.
How do you store your beads?  What are your favorite beads and what do you create with them?
Fall is in full swing here and the colors are beginning to turn stunning shades of crimson, orange, yellow and green.  I also see beautiful photos of Spring and blossoms our neighbors across the world are enjoying.  Creative Bliss and Making Lasting Memories...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Magical & Happiest Place...

Mr. C and I were Magically Happy to recently spend the day and evening at Disneyland.  Yes, just the two of us "grown ups".  Twenty years ago we celebrated our engagement of marriage right here at Club 33 in New Orleans square, Disneyland.  Mickey Mouse even attended our dinner party.  It was magical and I was so happy.  As a child I never got to go to Disneyland even though we lived in Southern California.  Unknown family reasons that a child who loves everything Mickey and Minnie cannot possibly understand.  I have since made up for my lack of visits even though I am a big girl now.  Fortunately Mr. C indulges me and joins me on my visits.

Disneyland is all decked out in Halloween pumpkins for a big celebration.  I had never seen this before.

We also did not realize that young children dress up to attend and spend the day enjoying their favorite characters.  This little girl really is living her dream.

Yes...I was thrilled to see Minnie and Mickey (no photo shared) greeting us as we entered the grounds.

It was a very hot day and Mr. C was very patient waiting in lines.  We did ride on Small World.

Here is my very HAPPY Mr. C riding on the carousel.  This actually surprised me when he suggested and did this.

Here are the butterfly girls marching/dancing in the nighttime parade.

Here I bid you adieu from my carousel horse that I rode.  We had a wonderful day enjoying the Happiest Magical Place on Earth.  Thank you Walt Disney and your incredible vision.  Thank you Mr. C for making me very happy indeed.
Our closest huge wildfire named the King Fire out of Pollock Pines is still raging and has burned over 87,000 acres and 136 square miles of land.  We are safe but choking on very thick smoke for days now.  I cannot complain as I am so very thankful we are not in the fire.  My prayers are still with all who are affected by loss, evacuation and/or fighting the fire.  Very grave circumstances in our dry drought scorched land.
We are staying close to home and putting together our best plans...just in case.  Being prepared is something that we always think of doing "sometime".  "If not now...when" certainly applies to this also and not just creative endeavors or using the good stuff.
I spent today at my local Chamber.  I truly enjoy helping with office tasks and meeting folks who are visiting.  Maybe this week I will get creative in my studio or sewing room.  What are you creating or doing?  Do something that makes you happy.  Creative Bliss...
P.S.  Thank you so very much for your visits and comments.  I so enjoy reading them.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prayers for Fire Relief...

California is such a beautiful state...when conditions and Mother Nature cooporate.  I live among these amazing forest trees.  What you aren't able to see in this photo is the fire that broke out just one mile from my home several days ago.  Very frightening and really makes you stop and think.  I honestly can say I would not be the least bit prepared for evacuation.  I shall work on that.

Thankfully all resources were deployed to this fire and we remained safe.  Three giant tankers, two very big water  bucket helicopters, ground crews and bulldozers worked non-stop to put out the fire. They all flew right over our home and the noise was loud but I was so thankful we are in their path. I cannot express how very grateful I am to all who fight fires.

While Mr. C and I were recently away this was another fire we experienced far too closely for comfort.  There were several fires in Southern California while we were there.  With the horrific dry drought conditions everything is tinder-box just waiting to explode.

Then there is this fire in Northern California along Highway 50 which is a major link to Lake Tahoe. Today we learned this is a suspected arson fire and growing over 71,000 acres.  I pray for all to stay safe from this and its devastation.  The pyro-cumulous clouds are spectacular to see however they represent the most destructive and raging fire that is not contained to date.  With winds, heat and lack of water this is such a tragedy for so many.  My heart is heavy for all affected.

"Letters from Africa" is explained on Vicki's blog 2BagsFull.  If you wish to do something special please read her post and see if you are called to action.  I know I was.  Just click on the link and you will find the information.  Vicki does amazing charity projects and I was fortunate enough to participate in her "Pink Scarf" project last year.

I haven't spent time being creative or doing much other than chores and visiting family and friends. Mr. C and I have been away a lot and really just want to stay home and relax some.  I have plans to tackle this vintage fabric wrapped bowl my aunt made for me decades ago.  I have been cramming bits and bobs into it and it will be fun to discover my treasures buried within.  I also am making a promise to myself to sort, organize and purge my sewing room.  I want it to be free of piles and projects begun but never acted upon or completed.  I am looking forward to some sewing as our days become shorter from Summer to Autumn.  I like to make most of my gifts for family and friends and that means I better get busy very soon.  Right now I can't even see my sewing machine for all the stuff I have setting on every horizontal surface.  Recently I did manage to do some good in my studio but that just means some of it migrated into the sewing room.  That never happens to you...does it? Please say I am not will make me feel so much better.
I am happy to report we had a tiny sprinkle of rain this morning.  Nothing measurable but ever so much appreciated.  Maybe we will be able to get some real rain very soon.
I am truly enjoying catching up on your blogs and the lovely Autumn decorating you are doing.  I reward myself with blog time upon each chore I complete...well maybe just make progress on.
Creative Bliss and Prayers for Fire and Drought Relief...

Saturday, September 13, 2014


This a test.  Learning to operate my new iPAD.