spring manor...

Here comes Peter Cottontail... hopping down the bunny trail...
He's heading to Spring Manor.
This is one of the Easter classes I taught this month. It's a paper mache house, decorated in happy spring colors and embellished with lots of sparkle and flowers.
The house is nestled in a bed of book paper "grass" with glittering eggs tucked in around it, resting on top of a pedestal.
If you'd like to make one of your own, I've got a few kits available here in my Etsy shop.
Hippity Hoppity, Easter's on it's way...



these chicks like to party...

All dressed up... and SOMEWHERE to go! 
I was teaching at one of the scrapbook stores the other day and as I walked by the front counter I spied these little cuties... balls of fluffy yellow feathers with orange feet peeking out from underneath.
I immediately grabbed all three and a few supplies and got to work...
Almost there...
Voila! A party hat!
Now they're ready for anything.
The End.



hello sweet friend...

I dug out an old favorite to share with you today. 
I'm not sure if it's the images, the colors or the way the whole thing played out but it makes me feel happy.
Hello sweet friend.
A long time ago I found that it was really fun (and extremely economical) to work on coasters. You know the ones- they're in the dollar bins in packs of 10 for $1. Whatever they're made from makes a sturdy base that readily accepts matte medium.
I like to treat it just like anything else I work on by adding dimension. I'm all about the dimension! Layers make things interesting and keep your eye moving.
Lastly, don't forget to add a label to your project so that you can sign and date it. Write a little note to yourself. Make it a love note- we can all use a little more love!



leave a little sparkle...

If you haven't noticed... I like sparkle. It actually came as a surprise to me- I mean, I never thought of myself as one of those 'girlie-girls' (that's who I thought liked a lot of bling). Apparently she was here all along and I didn't know.

All because I hadn't made BFF's with this yet...
After we'd made friends with each other, there was no stopping the sparkle! I buy every bottle of glittery glue I can find- I'm not brand specific. Stickles is great, but so is the Studio G brand you can find in the dollar bins at Michael's or Joann's. The tubes that Martha sells are nice too (really great if you need a portable source of bling to keep in your traveling scrap bag).
So just how do you contain all this wonderful-ness? (I swear it's a word- look it up!) It certainly needs some type of organization or it'll drive you mad.

When I get a new bottle or two- or ten- home from the store I squeeze a small circle onto some cardstock.
Once it dries, I take a 1/2-inch circle punch and use it to punch out a sample that gets glued onto the bottom of the bottle. Yep, you read that right- the bottom.
Next you need a way to keep all those bottles corralled upright. I've got all mine stored in a drawer. Using chipboard, I cut long strips to run both the length and width of my drawer. Using heavy duty scissors I cut a "notch" halfway up the strip, spacing my cuts about an inch and a half apart. This allows the strips to nestle against each other forming a grid. 
It works great! Since all my bottles have a color sample on the bottom for me to see I can easily grab the one I want. 
All this color makes me happy every time I pull that drawer open.

...Remember to always leave a little sparkle wherever you go!...



make a wish...

 Hmmm... what would I wish for? Keeping my commitment to sit long enough to write a blog post more than once a month! I mean seriously...

I had so much fun putting this crown together- it's sparkly, has a fairy- with wings (always makes my heart swoon), it's sparkly, has pom pom trim (2 sizes!) and- did I mention it's sparkly??? 
The whole thing ties together in the back. That means I can actually wear it if I want to.
Lots of silver chenille happening here! She looks like she got her wish.
If you're interested in making a crown for yourself, check out the kit here.

Happy March to you!

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