Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sewing Card Holders...



This month of May is so busy.  Lots to do and very limited time to do it all.  I am posting this so I know I have done something with all those days and hours.
Beverlys is a craft and fabric store that I enjoy very much.  The closest one to me is in Rocklin and that is a 45 minute drive each way downhill and uphill.  I am on their mailing and email list.  I received an email a few weeks ago and it had a link to this fabric gift card holder.  It can also hold business or calling cards.  This is the link for instructions.  Thank you very much Beverlys.  I have made five here in this photo.  They are quick to sew and use very little fabric so perfect for scraps. As you can see, you can mix and match the fabrics if you like.  They are also very easy to mail and will fit nicely into a card.
Other than being busy inside and outside we have taken a couple of days to visit friends and enjoy time with them.  The boys spent Sunday at the British Car Show in Dixon.  We girls spent the day having High Tea at a lovely tea room.  No Photos!  I didn't have my camera and I have no smart phone with a camera. 
This post is short yet I just couldn't let any more days pass by.  I so admire all of you who continue to blog and post daily or at least regularly.  I am my own excuse!!!  Summer is here in all its triple digit heat glory.  I really must get busy now.  I hope to post sooner.
May you each be spending glorious time in Creative Bliss...

Friday, May 5, 2017


A simple post of Gratitude and inspiration.  I received a large envelope in the mail recently. I wasn't expecting anything and had no idea what could be inside for me.  When I opened it I was blown away with surprise and JOY.  Miss Roni of Ink Stains blog sent me this beautiful plaque she created for me.  This could not be more timely for me as our living in limbo continues into the seventh month.


Roni is a wonderful and creative person and I adore what she creates. This photo does not do justice to this card.  There are two very sparkly "jewels" on the banner.  Funny thing happened that night after reading this card.  Those sparkly beautiful "jewels" were in my dream later that night and they had nothing to do with paper.  LOL  Thank you so very much Sweet Friend.  You really brightened my day and every day. 
Our weather has been sunny and warmer than in past years.  The pollen is thick from all the rain allowing extra growing and blossoming of trees and flowers.  I welcome any rain that wants to grace us so it can wash away the thick blanket of yellow covering everything outdoors.  With all this nice sunny weather Mr. C and I have been working outdoors in the yards.  Lots of limbs and weeds to deal with.  We took a huge truckload to the local waste station.  We will have another huge truckload next week to dispose of.  Hopefully I will be planting some fresh new flowers in my empty pots next week.  After all we want to look like Disneyland around here.
Happy Month of May and so many events to enjoy.  Creative Bliss for each of you...<3

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Springtime in Paris ATCs...


Not only do I love Springtime and I love Paris, I also love Kim of ArtJoyStuff blog and her wonderful ATC swaps.  Kim is always so organized and on time.  Her participants are always very clever and artistic and follow through on their participation commitments.  A win-win for certain.
This is the style ATC I created for swapping.


I always send along four so Kim can have one as well as the three for three swaps.  I adore that little Parisian Eiffel Tower charm that I included on my ATCs and on the packaging.


I received this lovely ATC and packaging from Sylvia of littletreasuresylvia.blogspot.com which I cannot link for some unknown computer reason. Thank you Sylvia for this beautiful ATC gift.


This lovely ATC is from Liz and came from across the pond.  Visit her blog lululizinlalaland.blogspot.com to see her beautiful sharings.  Thank you Liz for your gorgeous ATC.


And this time I actually received one of Kim's stunning ATCs.  I love the entire ATC especially the Parisian Eiffel Tower charm and butterfly.  So Pretty in its Marie Antoinette style.  Thank you Kim for treating me so well.


And part of the JOY of participating in Kim's ATC swaps is that she always adds an amazing gift of her own creation. This is an altered paper clip and it is ever so Tres Chic.  I am seriously in love with this and have been wanting to create some altered paper clips for a while now.  Here is my inspiration and I am truly smitten.  Thank you so very much Kim for your gifts and your friendship through blogging and swapping Creative Bliss.  I am swooning!
Our weather had a few lovely Spring days and the grounds were drying nicely.  We called our annual property clean up crew to be here Monday.  What happened?  It rained all of Sunday night and we had to cancel the crew...again! I think this is the fourth time.  We are still grateful for the rain however it is playing havoc with landscaping and window cleaning crews. 
Alas...no visitors.  I realize it only takes one buyer however we cannot get 1 out of zero!!!  Come on buyer...PLEASE!  I am not above begging.  Each of the potential homes we could buy in St. George are sold quickly there.  And the prices continue to climb.  Here we are stagnated and waiting...
I shall continue to keep cleaning and pimping the house inside...just in case anyone wants to come visit.  However you will find me in my studio making wonderful messes so I can be creative and not lose my mind. Today I shall be cutting fabrics.  I will share my project soon I hope.
Springtime Bliss to each of you lovelies...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sister's Birthday Celebration


My sister Marie recently celebrated her birthday which coincided with Easter this year.  We met the day before to celebrate and avoid the Easter crowds.  I always have such a wonderful time with Marie.  She is such a sweet soul and so grateful in life.  I love Marie! 


Because her birthday was shared with Easter this year I stitched this little egg themed booklet for her.  The cover is linen and includes a heart and beads along with my stitching of a Jenny of elefantz design. If you click this link you can visit Jenny and learn about her wonderful monthly Stitchery Club.


This is the little stitched booklet inside where I added a simple pin with an M for Marie and a Butterfly pin because Butterflies are the Bearers of 10,000 Happinesses.


And keeping with my new mug mat obsession I sewed these for Marie.  No photo but I also included a bird themed mug and a nice water bottle for her to stay hydrated.


Marie loves Nature and Birds so this fabric was perfect.


I am so grateful my sister is happy with simple handmade gifts.  I also gave her the blue tatted bookmark (in my previous blog post) and a new book.  She is beyond an avid reader.
I had a nice time with my sister and I am grateful we live close enough to be able to get together.
We are having more rain. There can be no progress made outdoors on spiffing curb appeal. Way too wet and muddy.  There will be enormous amounts of clean up and weed abatement when dry weather returns.  With all this wonderful rain the plants are growing and everything is blooming.  The blooms get destroyed by the pouring rain but we are so thankful for the water table.  Some ski resorts are planning on staying open right through the summer with over 700 inches of snow!  Quite the contrast to the last five years of "exceptional" drought.
Mr. C and I have lost a wonderful friend who lost his battle with cancer last evening.  Prayers for the entire family who are grieving.  His wife just passed less than three years ago after her years of battling cancer.  I continue to pray a cure be found for all cancers.  I just do not understand.
These days and weeks are flying by so fast I am missing my summer before it even gets here.  I choose to embrace each and every day and not rush any of them.  Blessings and Bliss...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bookmark not Bracelet...


I am trying to improve my Needle Tatting skills.  However I can see I need a lot more practice.  This pattern I tatted is from YouTube One Virtuous Woman and you can click this link.  Thank you OVW.  I used size 10 crochet thread in a pretty blue color. Here is my link to show the bracelets I tatted for Christmas last year.


Instead of finishing it as a bracelet, I finished it as a bookmark. I added a heart charm to one end and a tassel to the other end.  My sister is a voracious reader and she has a birthday coming soon.  This will be part of her gift...along with a book she hasn't read. 
We are having Winter in full force for several days now.  Pouring rain, strong winds, lightening and thunder...oh my!  California is grateful for the water table.  I think we might be ready for Spring very soon.  We have the pollen!  At least the rain helps to keep the pollen washed off the decks and railings.  If I park outside at all my black vehicle is yellow in no time!
We celebrate lots of birthdays in April...18 and counting.  Mr. C has his birthday this coming Wednesday April 12th.  I have no idea what I am doing but somehow we'll make it a special day for him.  He does like to be pampered and he does like good food.  Hmmm...
I shall do some laundry while it is raining.  So nice to have everything clean and fresh...inside and outside.  What do you like to do when it is raining?  My Grandma liked to go for a drive along PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and visit the beach during a rainstorm.  She even recorded the beach with rain on a little cassette player she had so she could listen to it from time to time.  I didn't appreciate this until years after she was gone and now I understand her love of Nature.  So I shall enjoy our rain even though there is no PCH and no beach close to me.  Happy April Showers to You...