Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Toile Folder and Cards...

Toile fabric is such an interesting bit of story telling.  This particular piece is scenes of the country side and people from years ago.  I don't know what the original story is or was but I certainly use my own imagination when I am selecting and cutting and sewing with this type of fabric.  Here I have sewn an envelope folder.  The recipient may use it for something ordinary or something special.  That is part of the fun of the gift. 

I lined this one with wool felt.  I might think of placing a nightie or nylons within.  I might use it for jewelry like a necklace that needs to be protected.  If I had some love letters those would be fun to keep inside.  What would you contain within these Toile layers?

While the fabric leftovers were sitting on my cutting table I saw some of the little scenes and decided to add them to a tag and cards.  This little lad is just begging to travel.

With all of my weekly mailings I never have enough cards and I like to make my own instead of merely using store-bought.  So I cut another little Toile scene and stitched it to a blank card.

I think this lad resting by a tree is my favorite.  There are so many possibilities of story telling with Toile fabric.  It felt so good to take a few minutes and play in my sewing room.  A girl cannot clean every day and every minute. 
Mr. C celebrated his birthday over the past week.  We have been eating way too much food as we enjoy the company of friends.  We choose "cake"!
Now it is back to the remodel project where progress is being made.  Yesterday we discovered our lighting is all wrong for the new floor.  So it is time to study light bulbs and lumens and whatever else is required to attain just the proper coolness or warmness that doesn't "wash" out the color and design of the porcelain tile. This is NOT my area of interest.  Mr. C will do a fabulous job of discerning all this technical jargon.  Maybe I will be able to sneak off to my studio for a few fun minutes.  I think I can find a few inches amongst the chaos to "spread out" and get creative.
Lovely April Day to You as You do what You Enjoy...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Money Cake & Scarf...

This is a "Money Cake" created by my lovely Granddaughter Amber for her sister Amy's Bridal Shower recently.  I think the gift of time to carefully roll all those $1 bills and then form them into this cake is the true gift of love.  The total of $200 is an extra nice gift for the Bride-to-Be Amy. Amber you did an amazing job on this!

I am a very proud Grandma to these two Granddaughters...Amy (25) holding her money cake and sister Amber (27) hugging her.  I love the fact that these two girls are sharing their love and smiles!  I love them both more than words can express!

Amy also received this "Money Scarf" which was created with Washi tape holding the bills together and then taped into the lid of a really cute stand-up box so that when she removed the lid money just kept coming.  I'd say Amy did very well at her Bridal shower.  There were lots of guests and she got lots of cash for the upcoming Caribbean Honeymoon in June.  My daughter hosted this at her home and of course went all out decorating in the tropical theme.  She also had amazing food and drinks with Dan (her man) as the bartender to all the ladies.  I wasn't able to attend but you can be certain I will be at the wedding!
My Granddaughter Amber is also participating in NLWM 2015 this year.  I think she is going to love and surprise her pen pal with some fabulous letters.  I was late mailing this week.  Our Winter was a "One Day Wonder".  We had four inches of snow and it was heavy and wet.  Because the trees are already leafed out there were lots of damaged limbs falling.  Our Statement Crepe Myrtle had its mother branch split in two and break off in opposite directions.  Mr. C contributes the catastrophe to the heavy snow and the very drought dry trunk of the tree.  I do hope we can salvage part of it. 
Creative Bliss on this beautiful April day...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April Winter Snow...Finally!

Here we are April 7th and Winter has finally arrived in Northern California.  You all know about our historic drought and how desperately dry we are.  Well thank you for all the prayers and well wishes and rain dancing.  Those are tiny little snowflakes falling!  We had rain in the wee morning hours.

This will not be a big storm for us but we are thankful for every drop of moisture we can get.  This is looking out my front door.  So peaceful and beautiful.

This is the same view out my kitchen French doors only one hour from the first photo.  Hooray!  This will help to water our dry forest right here around our home.  I am praying the mountains above us are getting lots and lots of snow.  The ski resorts have had debilitating years of no snow and lost business.  This snow is too late for them once again however it will help the water table ever so slightly.  This is a perfect day for me to stay indoors and do some much needed cleaning of remodel dust. Yes, it is a daily challenge.  I think I have cleaned and then turn around and find out I need to begin all over again.  I am able to sneak some computer time in and some National Letter Writing Mail time too.  A girl has to get her Creative Bliss fix.
May those of you who have had your Winter weather be finding Spring with Sunshine and Blossoms.  To my friends across the world may you be enjoying your Autumn as you head into Winter.  I do feel the world has been a bit topsy-turvy with weather and the new normal is "crazy".
Enjoy your Creative Bliss as you go and make something Amazing...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

NLWM 2015 Beginning...

Once again this year I have signed up for National Letter Writing Month (NLWM 2015).  This is a group on FaceBook that is now closed for this year.  Each year we are paired up with a pen pal.  We exchange mail throughout the month of April.  I am still exchanging mail with my very first and truly wonderful pen pal Dogwood.  We have continued our friendship throughout the years and don't just stick to April.  And Happy April Birthday Dogwood.
This year my pen pal is Stacy and she mailed me this fabulous Spring Tulip tube!  I was overwhelmed when I picked it up at the post office and gave a gasp of delight.  The postmaster looked surprise.  None of our local postal workers ever know about NLWM and they should as we are helping them stay in business.

So when I got home I carefully opened my beautiful Tulip Tube and look at all the Fabulous Easter goodies Stacy included.  Thank you beyond words dear.  Your letter is uber fun and I love it.  You really put a lot of effort into this and I truly appreciate it.  I am getting a late start this month however I hope you won't be disappointed when I catch up.

I also got some fun mail from Dogwood, Kelly and Martha.  These ladies really know how to get their Art On!  Thank you very much.  I didn't take photos, however, I mailed out some simple pieces to several peeps on the list.  This year we could elect to just concentrate on one pen pal or we could opt to mail to many of the participants.  Of course I went for the whole list.  I just have fun and love to see what others are mailing.  I mailed out "California" themed postcards to every out-of-state and one UK address.  There is something nostalgic about post cards and I still love them even when they are not vintage.  I think they convey so much in such a small venue.  Now I am off to work on some cards for mailing.  I also am getting low on my stock for Random Acts of Mail I participate in each week.  Life is short and we need to infuse all the JOY and CHEER we can. 
Our downstairs reno is making progress.  I finally see a minimum of dust each day.  Now we have a new custom vanity with granite top and double sinks with faucets.  Mr. C worked long and hard on the plumbing that is always a troublesome task.  I will share photos another time. 
Today our weather is trying to show us Winter however the tiny few sporadic rain drops are not really making any difference at all.  The rain seems to have gone North of us once again.  Hopefully the highest mountains will get some snow.  My dancing doesn't seem to be helping. 
Easter has come and is all too quickly gone.  Mr. C got his favorite See's Bordeaux Egg from the  illusive Bunny.  I seem to have gotten the rabbit pellets to clean up once again.  So on that note...Blessings and Creative Bliss to all.  I shall send myself to my room and do something creative!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thankful HeArt and Day Tripping...

After I received the lovely HeArt from Manu (linked to post) and blogged about it I received some lovely comments. One of the comments was "oooooh I love Sacred Hearts. So very beautiful. I would love to have a few in my collection of pretty things. Hope you're having a wonderful day."  This came from Holly of HollyLovesArt blog.  Those of you who follow me know I love to surprise my faithful followers from time to time.  I contacted Holly and obtained her mailing address.  This is the HeArt I created and mailed to her.  My favorite things...lace, tulle, seam binding, ribbon, marble, charms and beads are what I used to create this for Holly.

The back just to let her know where it came from.  Holly was very pleased.  I hope you visit her blog and see her adorable Phoebe fur-child.  Holly does some amazing art that is wonderful.

After I spent the past week in jury duty, Mr. C and I decided to join our car club and take a little day trip to Jelly Belly.  If you haven't ever been and like candy then you will enjoy the tour and gift shop. Oh and they hand out samples!  On this trip Mr. C's Lotus V8 Twin Turbo Esprit turned 30,000 miles.  Quite the milestone!  We had a lovely day and visited with many friends we don't get to see very often.  This photo of me is with my friend Catherine who has tried and tried to help me learn French.  I am afraid she must give up as I just do not have the flair for language like I would like to have.

This is coming into the perfect weather for Mr. C to be driving his beloved car and enjoying it. However on the drive home it decided to blow the left turbo seal.  That is a very bad thing!  I am just sick over this for him.  It will require an entire engine removal and rework.  I am hoping the downstairs project can be completed before he begins this massive project. The weather was perfect and we did have a lovely drive...until we were about 10 miles from home.  Of course he limped his baby home to tuck it safely into its garage and snuggle cover. Such a beautiful car it is!!!
I have lots of cleaning and chores and catching up to do.  I missed all of you and your happenings.  I missed my commitments for all of last week and now need to get super busy.  Jury Duty honestly exhausted me and each evening I couldn't even function.  I found it to be extremely stressful.  I certainly learned the definition of ad-nauseam. Thankfully we completed our task late on Friday and did not have to extend into this week.  Whew!
Spring is here and the birds are singing.  The pollen is falling and the earth is dry.  Plants are begging for water.  I seriously need a crew to help me with everything...however I shall merely tackle each task and do what I can knowing Life Is Good and I am so very fortunate.
May you be enjoying Spring and Creative Bliss...