Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Goodies from Friends!!

  First, I have to say that if I owe you an email I am trying very hard to catch up. My inboxes are very full- I'm afraid I've been avoiding them a little bit...but I promise I'll be responding to people this week. Now.....on to the fun stuff!  I have some great things to share with you that I recieved from friends while I was absent.  I won a giveaway held by Kat from http://minikatslittlethoughts.blogspot.com/ and look at the wonderful goodies she sent to me!  Her stitching is more incredible than the pictures can show- absolutely perfect.   I adore this little bunny so much- and I don't have many decorations for Easter so this cute little frame will have center stage each spring.  Kat also sent some sweet eggs to hang and a tiny little stitched pillow for my dollhouse.  The colors match the bedroom in The Candy House perfectly!  There was chocolate too- but I've already eaten that :)  Thank you so much Kat- I love it all!!!

Next, I want to share the items Dale from http://dalesdreams.blogspot.com/ sent to me for the Mother's Day swap she held this year.  I think I might just use all of these in The Candy House too- they all look so perfect in there!  Dale sent a sweet little wreath with the most perfect little roses, an adorable cottage picture that I think looks so cute in the Play Room in The Candy House and a trio of picture frames.  I love them all so much Dale-thank you ♥ When I get back to working on The Candy House I'll show you all where I have hung them.  I have to go get some work done today- but I'll be back again tomorrow with some more great gifts from friends and some more garden pictures too :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

I'm back :)

Well, I am finally getting back to blogging after a longer break than I meant to take.  Sometimes real life just shakes things up a bit.  I really cannot believe how quickly time flew past.  I've been a busy gal- cleaning my home, cleaning and reorganizing my craft room, helping my husband plant and clean up the vegetable and fruit garden and trying to rescue my flower garden after I neglected it last fall.  There is so much weeds and grass in my flower garden, I don't know if I'll be able to completely rescue it this year.  I've been taking it one step at a time and just trying to fix what I can.  Here are some pictures so you can see what I mean.

Ugh.  So much to fix.  But along with the bad comes some good.  There are birds in 2 of the birdhouses and I get to watch the proud parents return time after time with food for their babies.  There are also a few flowers blooming to keep me inspired.

I have lots more to catch up on.  I've received some wonderful minis and gifts from friends and I need to get back on the healthy thinking track.  I bought a couple of new books with projects I am itching to try out and share with you too.  Before I go today I wanted to share some artsy blogger links with my friends.  If you have some time please visit these gals and see what they are up to.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
See how Eileen used a 3D Valentine's Day card template to make a 3D card suitable for many special occasions

Beading Arts
Cyndi has been featuring wonderful wire artists all this month...take a look at what these folks are doing! 

Mo(o)re Gourd Whimsies
Show-Me State Gourd Festival

Baseball Photo Collage
Created with a brick matte background and Artistic (textured) Letters 

Creative Dreamer
June's got another give away going! This time it's a village for your wrist... come see!

A little bit of cute too-everyone taking a break from playing:

I'll be back tomorrow with another post and I'll be trying to catch up on what all of you have been up to also :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Artsy Bloggers Sunday!

I've been getting a lot done by taking a break from the internet.  I'm still taking a little break- but I wanted to try to catch up with blogs I read and the blogs I follow have disappeared.  Has this happened to anyone else- they have been gone for 3 days now :(  Anyone know how to fix it?   Anyhow- even though I don't have much to share from me this sunday I wanted to post some links from my artsy blogger friends.  Each week we share what we  have been up to and we share them with our readers too.  If you have time please take a look at these talented bloggers :)

Creative Dreamer
It's a book... no, it's a frame... June has altered another book, this time into a double frame!

Made By Nicole
Make a gorgeous spring wreath with scrap cardstock and burlap.

Beading Arts
Don't miss our next giveaway package from the fabulous Cherry Tree Beads!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Need a last minute gift for mom? Check out the Mother's Day Parade of Crafts on The Artful Crafter. You're sure to find something to make that will put a smile on mom's face. Kid-friendly projects are indicated by our little Miss SmArty icon.

Laura - Taz's Corner
Spring Has Sprung! Postcards and An ATC

Monday, May 2, 2011

Blogging Break

I have been thinking about this for awhile and I have decided that I am taking a blogging break.  I have some things going on in real life that need my attention and I am having a hard time keeping up with real life and the blog both.  I figure if I take a break from the blog then I won't burn myself out and end up in a creativity block by trying to keep up with too much.  I'm taking a break for 3 weeks.  I'll try and visit blogs of friends if I can, but I'm not sure if I'll even be able to keep up with reading very well.  If you need something from me I will keep checking my email- so please feel free to drop me a note.  I'll be back before you know it :)  Thank you for your understanding- I hope you'll be back to visit again when I am back.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Artsy Bloggers Sunday!!

It's time for me to share some links from some artsy bloggers! Each week we share with each other what we have been up to- and post to our blogs to share with our readers too. Please take a look at what these talented gals have been up to this week  :)  I have been working on The Sunroom Roombox this weekend so I'll be back tomorrow with some progress pictures :)

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Celebrate spring by making a pressed flower card.

Beading Arts
Don't miss your chance to win giveaway package #2 from Cherry Tree Beads! 

Laura - Taz's Corner
Laura shares some Free Mother's Day Designs and more.

Create a Memory Journal for Friends
Cherie talks about creating a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend. 

Moore (Gourd)Whimsies
Creative Paperclay Design Team!!!

Creative Dreamer
Last week June showed you how to create a woven "gum wrapper" photo frame... this week she's giving it away! 

Made By Nicole
Add a little edge to your wardrobe with these easy to craft punk pins.

Chicken Rotini With Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce
An easy healthier meal to throw together on hectic week nights.