New Years Morning 2015

A beach walk, a patio breakfast by the harbor and a visit to the most expensive piece of real estate in Santa Barbara… The Cemetery. Just little ol’ me starting the New Year right.
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Eggs Benedict at Breakwater cafe on the patio (outdoor heater engaged).

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Realization that condos in Carp ARE affordable after all…

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Santa Barbara Cemetery shots – gorgeous place to RIP and a good reminder as I walked the grounds that life is short, wonderful and more often than not, what you make it. I wondered how many of those people who moved on took risks in life to be happy, to find peace, to seek purpose, to find God or let God find them. I pray 2015 is a year of change and reflection.



A Birthday Card for Me!

Well, my mom is on a roll. Here is a whimsical and inspiring card she made for my birthday. I just love the stamp work here as well as the monochromatic theme.

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Halfpint Heroines

I love the message of the card, it’s so inspiring, I hope you enjoy!

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Michaels Card Making Class

So I taught my class today and had two students that turned out some adorable & really nice cards!  I was so pleased to work with them.  So here are a few snapshots of the finished cards. I share the classroom with our crochet instructor Alice and we always have such a nice time teaching side-by-side. It’s great to have students see other classes in progress. My student got Alice’s crochet class schedule! It works out nice.

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Mini Matchbook Album Set

This Country, rootin’ tootin’ themed mini matchbook album set is encased in an altered cedar sachet box with a satin ribbon pull. The albums all have pull out patterned paper for placing small photographs and are hand stamped on the back for journaling. Each matchbook album measures 2.5″ x2.75″ and the box measures 8.5″x3″. I’m sold on hot glue now!  I was so hesitant but… nothing works better on fabric/ribbon/lace.

Collection ~ Prairie Chic, Bo Bunny

May I add  “I {heart} this collection so much!!!”?

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Scrapping Everyday Miracles – February Main Challenge #25- Home



So here is my project for the SEM February Challenge which makes me ask, ya, where do I feel most at home (aside from home)?

It was simple for me to answer this – where I grew up, where the phone number is still the same and there are still some citrus trees near the ranch despite all the development… My journal tag reads: “Home to me is where I grew up in the farming and citrus town of Santa Paula, CA. The old style Ranch house was built by my great, great, great grandfather. My mom decorates the dining room table for the holidays with a mix of family heirlooms, curious finds and more. It’s always a treat to visit, especially when he house is festive and reflective our heritage of hardworking Americans enjoying life’s simple pleasures.”

Paper collection – Prima’s Meadow Lark (thanks Kathy)

Clay flowers – Kathy’s Stash from her new molds she’s been experimenting with.

Photo – a little hard to see the whole picture, so I’m adding full pics

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A Tip for the Hairdresser

So Valentine’s Day is a day to show those you love with a little gifty, right? I made this altered facial product tube for April, my hairdresser.

#1 – Cover tube with patterned paper

#2 – Adorn inside of tube with clay homemade flowers around round base

#3 – Fix/secure/glue shoes of vintage little girl on inside of tube

#4 – Adorn outside of tube including round surfaces on top & bottom

#5 – Add some dough (I added a lot this time because she always treats me so well and gives me extra love & attention) Also, my haircut was free, thanks ma :0)

#6 – Voila!

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YouTube of my Mom’s “Christmas Emporium” Album – G45 Collection

Hope you like techno…

Description: My Mom made this fabulous keepsake for her cousin this past Christmas. The album has 28 embellished surfaces and countless pockets, tags, bling, stamped images, dimensional stickers, epoxy stickers, trim galore, charms and more!

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