Friday, March 9, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

That's the Irish for You!

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter.
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes...
That's the Irish for You!

Last year I had my DNA test for ancestry done and found that I am almost entirely of English/Irish descent. I can truely celebrate the grandest of Irish holidays with pride. 

"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic."  Adrienne Cook

Of course, I did a wee bit of crafting for the holiday with some greetings for family and friends. I used some lovely vintage images, I believe they were postcards. Found them on line as I was investigating Celtic heritage. The cards are simple but I really like them and enjoyed the process of making them. Hope you do, too.

Monday, March 5, 2018

A SPRING Activity

Spring is nearly upon us. The promise of warm weather and spring showers is welcome news for many throughout the country.  Spring often means challenging water conditions for much of the west due to the bounty of rainfall this region receives this time of year. Even so, the American west is one of the best places to view birds - lots of them. To find the greatest diversity and concentrations of birds, look for the three things all birds require: water, cover and food. Waterways and coastal areas tend to offer some of the best bird watching opportunities, but forests, fields, mountains and deserts also are excellent habitats for a myriad of bird species. One of the beauties of bird watching is you don't have to go far to engage in the activity. Birds are everywhere. 
Have fun this spring, try a new activity.

Even tho spring is nearly here, I've been working on Christmas cards. Here are my latest. For these cards I used the Simon Says Stamp "Christmas Squad" stamp set from the December card kit.

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the images to use on the cards. The music book background paper is a free printable I found on Pintrest. Fun cards to make. Still working towards my goal of one Christmas card each week.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Time to Design

When I began crafting, one of the things I loved most was the magic of the end product. Each step, every action required attention and was important  but I tended to  defer the satisfaction and craftmanship until the process was complete. I've been trying to encourage myself to slow down, to be more deliberate in the design and mindful of the process. I'm still not the perfect craftsman, probably won't be, yet I aspire to be. It isn't my nature to be disciplined but I'm trying to savor the natural gift of creating.

Here are three Easter cards.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Sweets for a Sweetheart

Make a loved one's day extra special with a sweet Strawberry & Chocolate Dessert Quesadilla:


        8 inch flour tortillas                             1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 TBL chocolate hazelnut spread               1 TBL spreadable butter
2 servings dairy whipped topping

Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, place a tortilla on a flat surface and spread hazelnut spread on the tortilla to within
 one-half inch of the edge. Place strawberries on half of the tortilla; fold tortilla over strawberries. Brush both sides with butter. Place tortilla in  skillet. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp, turning once. Cut in half. Top each half with a serving of whipped topping. Enjoy! ©ReadyToEat

I like easy - this one is easy, love it.

The two cards I'd like to share today are my tribute to all the brave, strong women in my life. Those who came before me and have led the way and those who follow and to whom I hope I've shared hope for the future and strength to keep going no matter the circumstances. #YetShePersisted

The focal images are from a Hot Off the Press stamp set. I believe the name is Vintage Ladies. I stamped them with Black Archival ink on light blue cardstock and cut the shape with my Cricut. I wanted to keep the cards simple so very little embellishments were used. When I look at the top card I think of elegance and the bottom one just makes me think of the song "Easter Parade".