Friday, December 31, 2010

And That's a Wrap...

What better way to wrap up 2010 than with a precious picture, taken in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas day.

Christmas Portrait Heart Cutout

A Design House Digital challenge to use cutouts. Hilary from Scrap Matters was kind enough to send me a message to tell me how to do this simple but oh-so-effective technique of cutting a shape out of a layer (with a shaped eraser and an added drop shadow...duh!).


Credits:
Sara Schmutz - Color Wheel Papers, Happy Camper Red Button, Grunge Frame
Jen Alyson Christmas Flakes, Vintage papers
Karla Dudley Crush alpha, Border brushes, dotted brush, epoxy heart, Clock Worqs, Holiday Word Art, staple

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Present Scraps (cont.)

We had such a good Christmas, filled with lots of fun and presents, and while I am not done yet, here are several more shots of our Christmas present opening.

I really like these templates from Simply Yin for their inclusion of multiple photos in reasonable sizes (although I have to confess to making most of them just a tad larger). These bad old eyes just can't appreciate 2" photos.

Xmas Presents

All of the papers and elements were part of the Christmas kit provided by newly certified Jessica Sprague designers. I hope I am properly crediting everyone.
A message to designers - please put your name in the name of each paper and element!


Bows - Kikeka Kits by Gina
Turquoise paper, present, word art - Lana Koopman
Trees - Earl and Crafty Queen
Wishlist - Corinnz Creationz

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Present Scraps

Thinking it best/easiest/most timely to capture the moments/pictures hot off the presses, here is a start to scrapping the fun that was the opening of presents on Christmas Day.

Presents Scrapbook Pages

Presents Scrapbook Pages

Presents Scrapbook Pages

Yin Template 234 from Yin Designs. Paper by Corinnz Creationz. Holly sticker and light strings - Simply J Studio. Tree - Digi Dots by Joyce. Dec 25 sticker - Merry & Bright by September Blue.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tuesday Slow Scrap - Megeve

I am undecided as to whether, or how much, to go back and "scrap" from the past. But there have been some places, some trips, some events, that are worth digging out, remembering, and capturing, even if in tiny snippets.

There is no way I could capture all that is Megeve on a single page, but this little capsule helps me to remember this special place, one to which I hope we may return.

Megeve Scraps


This was done as a "slow" scrap, since I was not available at the speed scrap time, sponsored by Scrap Matters. The requirements:
1. Find a photo you've been meaning to scrap.
2. Use at least one paper in the shape of a circle
3. Use some ribbon vertically on your page
4. Make a cluster using the same element type (buttons, flowers, etc)
5. Add some stitching
6. Embellish your title somehow
7. Add your shadows, journaling, & anything else your page might be missing

Credits:
Background papers - 12 Days of Christmas by Maya de Groot
Ribbons - Shabby Princess and Simply Kelly Designs
Masks - Love is in the Air
Flowers and gems - Windchimes by G Miller, Summer Night Dreams by stephg
Tag - Happy Camper by Sara Schmutz

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Glow of Christmas - Part 2

Words hardly necessary, as the photo pretty much says it all...so many wonderful things...a warm fire, vin chaud sitting on my Big Blossom Trio Hydrangea table runner, my lovely gold and red family room lit by firelight, the Christmas Tree, a Sparkling Pine Yankee Candle, all watched over by several gnomes.

Christmas Eve Fire and Gnomes

Background paper and frame by Bunchie's Bin.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Glow of Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house,
it is very possible there stirred a mouse.
The lasagna was placed in the oven with care,
in the hopes that Megan & Will soon would be there.

A tree filled with lights, surrounded by presents,
The fireplace casting a warm golden glow,
The yule log on TV playing repetitive Christmas songs.

Such was Christmas Eve of 2010...

Christmas Eve Tree and Fire

Credits:
The layout is a scraplift sponsored by Design House Digital.
This scraplift was quite a challenge for me...as I examined the interesting original, I found so many things I liked, but the challenge was to make them my own.
My favorite parts - the cut out date!, the split off-center and tilted background, the frames to set off the photos, the candy corn scatter.
Background paper & tags by Bunchie's Bin. Red paper from Far Far Hill New Year paper collection. Frames from Jessica Sprague. Background tree by Christmas Treasures Digi Dots by Joyce. Ornament Alpha - Christmas Cheer by AndyDesignz.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Holiday Dinner Scraps

Our first Christmas at Arezzo Drive, making it full of firsts, including this one, the first Christmas Eve dinner in the new house, in the newly remodeled dining room.
A bow to my childhood favorite traditions, one of the Christmas Dinners must be comprised primarily of my favorite food, lasagna!
This was also the first time Will joined us for a holiday dinner.
It was yummy and makes for yet one more special memory.
Christmas Eve Dinner

Background papers from the Cool Scraps Digital Christmas Blog kits of Simply J Studio and Creation by Grazy. Word Art by Katie Pertiet of Designer Digitals. Mask from Jen Maddocks Orient Kit. Corner Stickers from Mary Ann Wise of Design House Digital.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Here Comes Santa Claus

Nothing says Merry Christmas, or Joyeux Noel, like a giant chocolate Santa :-)

Photobucket

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Challenge Scrapping - Danny & the Skateboard

The end of December is approaching quickly, and so I must get serious about getting my December scrapping challenges done, or, at least as serious as one should ever get about such things.

Truth is, I thoroughly enjoy these challenges, as I am enjoying looking back at some of the photos from Lisa, Danny and Crissy's trip here this past March.

Yes, Danny did bring that skateboard all the way from New Jersey, and yes, he took it with him everywhere...San Francisco, Santana Row, the Marin Headlands, the park down the hill, and the front of the house.

Danny Skating

This page was created for a "blueprint" challenge. The requirements:
  • 2 photos, one rectangle, one square
  • 3 patterned papers
  • 3 solid papers
  • stitching
  • 2 brads or fasteners
  • a partridge in a pear tree

I used a template modified from Remembering by 321 Digiscrap, papers and elements (buttons, brads, overlay) from DHD Karen Funk For the Boys and Simply Boyish, Dani Moy Simply Dotty mask, stitches from Rosietoes; "partridge" from DHD Jen Alyson's Notions Blue.

Oh and as I selected the 'new post' option, I noticed that this is my 900th post.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Looking Back

I look forward every year to the photo of Crissy, Danny and Natalie that arrives in the Christmas card. 

CrisDanNat Xmas 2010

As I look at this year's photo, I am reminded how thrilled we were to have at least Cris and Danny here this past March. I hope they will not soon forget the trip.

Cris and Dan in SF Scrapbook

Page created for a speed scrap at Scrap Matters. Tiffany Tillman Artistic Photo masks, Vicki Stegall 12 Days papers, Soval Designs b/g paper, Moon Designs Orient Kit elements, Jen Maddocks Orient Kit elements, Jill DZ Color Kit clip, Girl.Boy.Girl Designs glitter.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Trees of Inspiration

I like challenges. They, well, challenge me, give me reason to play in some structured but different way, use things I might not otherwise use, do things I might not otherwise do.

This layout came from an inspiration challenge from Design House Digital, with the inspiration being this photo of seasonal trees.
December Inspiration

This immediately made me think of the beautiful tree in front of the house, which I think is a flowering pear, and has just been spectacular this fall.

Fall Tree Inspiration Challenge

Flourish template by Mary Ann Wise, Karen Funk For the Boys paper, Sara Schmutz School Paper (all from Design House Digital), Angela Powers artsypaint mask, Meredith, Cols and ptetsouris leaves, Angie Young grunge overlay.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mickey & the Clouds

I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of pictures of the Mickey Mouse Gnome rain gauge before the season is over!
After the rain of the weekend he has about 1.5" in his trusty test tube gauge.
Mickey and the Clouds

I did this layout as a Speed Scrap at Scrap Matters.
Credits:
Paper - Far Far Hill Vintage Blue
Ribbon - Songbird Ave Laurie Ann
Datesticks - Dodie Datesticks
Alpha - Jen Alyson Alpha News
Buttons - DHD KTeague Fab Freebie
Eyelet - Jen Caputo
Mask - Dani Moy Mask Me Dotty
Brad - Shabby Princess Sweet Serenity
Journal - NTD Dotty Fun Pinned Journal Strip

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Text Masks

Today I learned about the text mask tool...who knew??  Used it to work on my gift card enclosures, cutting the text out of a picture of one of Tod's delicious pizzas (I hope that looks like pizza...I know it's pizza, so it looks like it to me, but I am a little worried...)

Dinner & Movie Card

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The 12 Tags of Christmas

Oh it is a good day in which I get to play with paper, scissors, ink, ribbons, baubles, sparkles and my glue gun.

For the better part of the day was spent in creating these 12 6 tags of Christmas, an annual tradition from the artistry of Tim Holtz, as interpreted through my local scrapbook store, Memories Live On.

12 Tags First 6

Unfortunately, the day was not long enough for all 12 tags and their many steps of inking. stamping, cutting, gluing, embossing, die-cutting, dyeing, and the oh so many techniques involved in these fabulous tags, and so this story will be continued in January.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Remembering Bruges

I'm on the fence as to whether or not to go back and scrap older pictures, but when scraping opportunities come up, as they did tonight in the form of a Speed Scrap at Scrap Matters,  and you haven't taken any photos that day, or for that matter didn't even leave the house (well, it's raining, and I don't like going out in the rain), then it's into the photo archives I go.

Well, not that long ago, but back to March of 2009, when I visited Megan in Paris and we hopped over to Bruges for the weekend. Ah, Bruges...one of those places that the thought of which makes me sigh...such a perfect place, such perfect memories.

The speed scrap instructions were to use a template, this one from Tiffany Tillman of Design House Digital, use at least 5 papers, these from Far Far Hill, use two ribbons...well, I substituted lace since I am scrapping about Bruges, 3 clusters....these were hard for me, the button and clock clusters, two fonts in the title, and some journaling.  I love how it all turned out!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Palms 'a Comin'

We've noticed that some of the grand palms that form an allee into Silver Creek were not as healthy looking as some others.

Turns out this is quite a big project for the Homeowner's Association, to replace the diseased palms. This all has to be done very carefully to avoid spreading the disease to other healthy palms and plants.

It's been fascinating the watch the removal of the less fortunate of these giants. And yesterday the replacements began arriving...on large flatbed trucks!

New Palms at Silver Creek

New Palms at Silver Creek

I quickly whipped out my phone to grab these shots, and am proud of knowing how to edit just the tree section to brighten it a bit without washing out the only blue sky we saw this week!
(Did this by using a magic wand selection around the tree and truck to exclude the sky, then applying a levels filter to lighten the gray tones in the selected area).
Thanks to Jessica Sprague for teaching me how to do this!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sunshine and Shadows

The sun finally showed itself today! It's been 5 days since we've seen the sun. I missed it so much! 
I'd been looking out to the north and west and thought I saw some patches of blue, but then, I glanced to my left, and there on the wall, was my shadow! Sure enough, I turned up to the 2nd floor east-facing windows, and they were bright with weak but definite sunshine!
While it may seem like a strange shape for my shadow, the most significant part is my phone, taking the photo.  That's my head on the left.
Lots of credits...Katie Pertiet, Christina Renee, many others, I must keep better track as I am dragging things into place.  All I did was arrange things  - a single background paper, several overlays, smudges, stitches and dust, capped off with blended brushes.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thanksgiving Speed Scrap

I fear I may be becoming a speed scrap stalker...lurking on Facebook and in forums for the mention of...SPEED SCRAP!
But it's kind of like doing a puzzle, and good, I think, for mental agility.
It goes something like this:
1) Pick 5 photos; they can be of the same event or the same person or a sequence. Resize or crop them so they will fit across your page, but don't add them to your document yet. It will be more visually interesting if they aren't all exactly the same size.

Then 10 minutes later...
2) Pick 3 papers: a floral, a solid and a dotted.
Place the floral in the background; add the dotted; place the solid over the dotted, about a third of the way down, merge your dotted and solid, and then either crop or reduce the size of this new layer so that the floral background paper is visible. You should now have the floral background visible, and a second layer that has 1/3 of the dotted paper and 2/3 of the solid. You can skew or rotate the top layer to your liking.

And in another 10 minutes...
3) Find a border and add this to the border where the dotted and solid papers meet. Find 1 paper-like or flat element that will be duplicated 3 times and scattered behind your photos. Add these to your page about where the dotted and solid papers meet.

and..
4) OK, now to the photos: add these to your page in a row across the border and the paper/flat elements. You should resize them if necessary to allow a little of the border to show on either edge. The photos don't have to be in an exact straight row; a little randomness or messiness is interesting.

and...
5) Now you should have (in order from bottom to top) a floral background, a layer with 1/3 dotted and 2/3 solid, a border, 3 flat elements, and your 5 photos.

Now, I want you to find a piece of stitching; you will place this across the top of the photos, a little above the dividing line of dots/solid.

Find a small element that coordinates with your theme and place it on one of the photos, where ever you wish.

Getting close to the end:
6) Whew! We're almost there! Now, we're going to add an element cluster the top right and lower left of the dots/solid layer.
So, go crazy and choose ribbons, flowers, swirls, or what ever makes your heart go pitter-patter.
Or, if you like simplicity, just use a brush and stamp on your layer.
Make the top right a little smaller, as it will be on the dotted paper and close to the photos. You don't want too much going on here, as it's busy already.

And finally...
We made it! Lastly, I want to add a title and a little journaling on the solid paper, off to one side, under the photos. Add drop shadows and whatever other little tweeks you wish. Upload it to the gallery and pat yourself on the back!

And here is what I did with these instructions, scrapping a few pictures from Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving Speed Scrap

Thanks to Faith Sisters for sponsoring the speed scrap. Background paper from Far Far Hill, Roseytoes and Cinzia. Thanksgiving word art from pammiek of By the Shore Designs. Red ribbon with heart from Riley Creations from the Love is in the Air collab kit for DSM. Mask from DaniMoy Designs.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Leaf Raking

Do you recall your mother or father asking you to go out and blow the leaves? Of course not!
For back when I was a kid, leaves were raked, now blown.

I will try to refrain from launching into a tirade against leaf blowers, as I generally like to allow everyone to make their own lifestyle decisions without interference or influence. But I must make a quick statement about how I personally prefer the rake to the blower.


OK, back to a happy place of fall leaves :-) Beautifully colored leaves flowing gracefully to the ground, there to cover the grass , settle in among the tree roots, and form the undergrowth of another generation of nature.


But if one must remove them, from a lawn or a sidewalk, I find it is so pleasant to do so with a rake, to gather up and watch the colors mixing together, the breath in the scent of nature's decay, to listen to the rustle of the soon-to-be crispy foliage.
Even the sound of the rake tines working through the grass or scraping on the sidewalk is familiar and comforting.

Thus it was with pride and pleasure that I raked the leaves from our beautiful street tree today, gathering them into a luscious pile of hue and aroma.


Leaf Pile

Reluctant to leave all the beauty behind, it seems a few slipped inside to keep my company in the gray days of winter.


Leaves

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Speed Scrappin' the Speed Cart

Last night it was time for the monthly speed scrap sponsored by Design House Digital.
It is a totally nerdy thing to do, spend a Saturday night at the computer digitally scrapping furiously...but I love to do it! (Nerd that I am).

Hard to tell what's going on in the pictures, other than we are in front of the Christmas tree, but that's my Sun Mountain Speed Cart in front of me with the big bow.

Long story...in a nutshell, I need a cart since I can't carry more than 5 golf clubs at a time, and the course only allows these Sun Mountain push carts, and so, that's what I put on my Christmas list, and that's what I got.

It's already been used a couple of times since these pictures were taken. If I had a choice, I would prefer someone else either carry my clubs or push the cart, but this is the best I can do for now :-)


Christmas Speed Scrap
 
All the supplies were from a Christmas blog hop kit from Jessica Sprague designers.
Beautiful background paper from dewnie designs, tag and word art from Inspired Perpetually, and the word art brush from T Circeo. The flourish brushes are from French Toile from Pixelbooking.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hands

An assignment from my Inspiration Everywhere class was to document our hands. This has been one of the most thought-provoking assignments I have had in my artistic and digital scrapbooking classes.

I could talk a lot about what is behind this creation, but I think the imagery and the timeframe will be enough for me to remember...

Hands Scrapbook With Journaling

Template and most elements from the Jessica Sprague Inspiration Everywhere class. Background paper by Jen Allyson for Design House Digital.
Original photos and masks.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Just Another December Afternoon

What goes down, must come up, and so it is that after the long descent down the 1st or 10th hole, one must start back up the hill. It's almost always hot by then, and the going gets tough.

But look up...the view is so lovely, it's like a cartoon drawing of one of those towns where everyone lives happily ever after.

Remembering template from 321Digiscrap.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Let it Rain

After so many years in Northern California, I have learned to live with the winter rain, and when I don't need to go out and drive in it, I find I can perhaps even have a little fun with the rain, courtesy of my new Mickey Mouse the Gnome rain gauge and a handy camera.

Rain Gauge

In keeping with the spirit of "use what you downloaded", the lovely papers and elements are from a Winter Kit by Sekada Designs. The template is from Jessica Sprague.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hoarding, Hobbies & Horticulture

Nearly every hobby I have undertaken involved a certain amount of hoarding. Witness the garage and sewing room closets still filled with fabric, a large box of broken china (also somewhere in a garage), paints (I got my painting dose in with the hutch redo), the under-table stash of paper and mixed media bits and ephemera, and now, a hard drive stuffed with large files of digital scrappiness.
Oh and not to mention thousands of pictures that some would consider ordinary.

The digital hoarding is starting to abate, this irresistible draw to download every free product on the internet, and there are a LOT of them! Trouble is, there is so much available, that even with my organizational system, I just don't know what I have.

But what if I used something I downloaded each day? Would that justify it?

December Daily Flowers


I love this template I downloaded today from Scrap Matters, and am happy to have used it right away, to capture some of the lingering flowers in my tiny and scattered garden. Papers and elements from Crafty Scraps, cajoline, JillDZ, Faith Sisters.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Color of December

The "normal" warm daytime temperatures have returned, everything is washed by the recent rains, and the colors of December are brilliant and saturated against a perfectly blue sky.

Our street tree is pulsing with glorious color!

House & Fall Tree

Fall Tree

Fall Tree

Monday, December 6, 2010

Scrapping the Weekend - P2

While we were up at Twin Peaks, it was pretty cloudy and chilly, but on the way back up the hill after lunch and shopping in Noe Valley, the sun descended below the cloud ceiling, lighting up the skyline of San Francisco.

"Stop the car, I have to get out and take a picture!".


Template from Jen Maddocks.  Frame and brush from Katie Pertiet.
Lovely gold paper from Ivana.  Heart clip from Cool Scraps Digital.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Scrapping the Weekend - P1

I've become the annoying one with the camera, the one who has to stop the action to take a picture, get out of the car in inconvenient places to capture a scene, the one with at least two cameras at all times. But that's ok. Cause that's how one grabs and holds onto the memories.

Remember that apartment on Corbett St? Of course, I have a picture of me standing in front of it.

Megan at Apartment

Made from a quick page by Kate in Oz, embellished with paper from Jen Maddocks, masks from Angela Powers, heart by Nanly and tag by latz. Cool pressed tin alpha from Mason Creek Creations.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Twin Peaks

I've seen the view TO Twin Peaks, many times, even captured the occasional photo from other parts of San Francisco,like this one from Megan's Rhode Island Street apartment in the spring.
From Potrero Hill

But today was the first time I have ever been to Twin Peaks. Not quite to the top, as we'll have to save that for a warmer and sunnier day, but still the views were spectacular, holding the promise of wonderful things to come as the weather brightens.


Urban grunge masks from Jen Maddocks. Background paper from Cajoline. Photo masks from Daniel Moy.

Friday, December 3, 2010

December Sunsets

While glow the heavens with the last steps of day,
Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue
Thy solitary way!
William Cullen Bryant

December sunsets from my back yard.

Western Sunset

Eastern Sunset

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas 2010 Holiday Card

I am working my fingers to the bone finishing up digital holiday projects so they can be shipped on time!  Lesson for next year...use a summer picture!


Classic Without Edge 5x7 folded card
Unique party invitations and announcements by Shutterfly.
View the entire collection of cards.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Zeitgeist at Silver Creek

On my blog somewhere is a NaBloPoMo badge, which stands for National Blog Posting Month, an organization that supports daily blogging with themes, support, prompts, etc. It's nice to have a theme or prompt for starting out, but I generally find something artst or craftsy to show or talk about every day, without help.

But this term intriguers me, since, quite frankly, I have never heard of it.

According to Wikipedia, Zeitgeist (German pronunciation: [ˈtsaɪtɡaɪst] is "the spirit of the times" or "the spirit of the age."

Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and/or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambiance, morals, sociocultural direction, and mood associated with an era.

The term zeitgeist is from German Zeit- 'time' (cognate with English tide and "time") and Geist- 'spirit' (cognate with English ghost, without being really translatable into English - this is why the German term is used).

So, how is this for spirit??

December Golf Cart

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Green and Peaceful

I love getting pictures of my nieces, they are the perfect opportunity to do something a little scrappy and a little different.

No matter what she does, Natalie is funny. Gets it from her Dad, I think. Always cute and always funny.

Here she is at an Irish Dance Recital, focusing on world peace :-)

Natalie the Irish Peace Dancer

I was able to use this for a "blueprint" challenge from Design House Digital, which essentially meant to use the template provided, or a variation. The template was actually made by Mango Island.
Papers and elements from Jill DZ, Kalina Green and cajoline.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Un-Christmas-Like Conduct

My mission today was to get a few photos to use in another challenge from Design House Digital. The challenge is to use a themed kit in a non-themed way.

Well, ever since I decided to organize all my digi-stuff categorically, I don't maintain items in kits. But I did save the Christmas kits from the Jessica Sprague new certified designers blog hop (phew, what a mouthful). I remembered there were some pretty vintage looking papers in the kits that were not in traditional Christmas colors or patterns.

When I got to the 10th tee at the golf course, there was a blue heron along side. I thought I would be able to feature him in a scrapbook layout.
Blue Heron

Then I got to the 17th...I love the 17th, with it's beautiful little "beach", lake and fountain, and the lovely weeping willow billowing in the breeze. Since it is so quiet on the course on a Monday, I went over to the lake to take a few pictures, and felt very smug putting the phone back into my pocket with what I knew would be good photos.

Then I got to the 18th hole, my final approach shot, and when I went to clean off my clubs, my towel, and the little bag with balls, tees, and MY CAR KEYS, was gone.

I will make a long story short. After a lot of running around, phone calls, help from a nice man named Dave with a fast golf cart in which we traversed the entire back 9, not once, but twice, my bag and towel were found, right there on the 17th under the weeping willow.

It took me a lot less time to make this layout than it cost me to take these pictures :-)

The great gridded template is from Inspired Perpetually. The lovely papers are from the Vintage Christmas collection from Memory Scraps. Some artistic masks from Tiffany Tillman for Design House Digital helped with the blending.
Thus, a non-Christmas layout with Christmas kits.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Long Walk to the Back Yard

This is our first holiday season in the house on the hill. We read in our homeowner's newsletter that it is customary to string lights on the back fences so they can be seen outside the neighborhood.

The lights went up today!

In order to get the full effect of the lights, we decided to take a walk to view them from the other side. Well, that's a half mile to get out to the main road, then another almost half mile to get outside the gates, then a bit more to get up the hill, and ah, there are our lights!

Christmas Lights

And there we were, no more than 25 feet from our back door, yet a mile to go to get back.
We need a rope ladder to toss over the fence!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Longest Journey Quilt

Who was it that said, "the longest journey starts with a single step:?

(According to Answers.com, it was Attributed to Lao-tzu (c 604-c 531 bc), founder of Taoism.)

This was quoted to me a long, long time ago by a young man, who I would not have thought capable of such worldly wisdom, when he saw me working on a hand-made quilt.

That quilt is still in progress, and this weekend came out to enjoy a place in the family room, to be worked on during TV watching.

I do hope some day I will finish it, because it is so lovely!
It is called Grandmother's Flower Garden, composed of hand-pieced hexagonal shapes connected by diamonds and triangles.
I believe I began it about 15-20 years ago.

GFG Quilt Top

Friday, November 26, 2010

Mickey in the Rain

Created for the November Swatch challenge at Design House Digital...definitely a challenge for me, as these are not my normal colors.
November Swatch Challenge

But the colors worked out perfectly for the pictures of my Mickey Mouse rain gauge and a closeup of some raindrops on a leaf that I took during the first heavy rains last week.

Mickey Swatch Challenge

All elements from the Kate Teague swatch challenge kit. Original layout and masks (yeah, I am using my own grungy mask!), font is called Miserably Loose.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

Quiet, but perfect...
The newly remodeled dining room...
The coldest Thanksgiving I ever remember in the last 22 years of Thanksgivings in California, but inside it was warm and...perfect!

Thanks to Earl for teaching me how to create my own grungy clipping masks and gradient, textured pattern background paper.
Leaf art from Katie Pertiet from Designer Digitals.
Thanksgiving word art from By the Shore Designs for Faith Sisters.