Friends are a wonderful gift. I've made so many while teaching at Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley. 
So it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye to the store- it closed a few days ago. We all send our best wishes to the lovely owner as she heads off on her new adventure. 
She'll most definitely be missed, along with her furry sidekicks Wilbur and Oliver.
Happy trails Diane!



time for tea banner...

Silver teapots filled with roses... 
Here's my latest banner- Time For Tea.
The dimension is created by cutting out multiples of the same image and layering them one on top of the other.
Of course there is crinkled seam binding. There's always crinkled seam binding, Silly!
This is probably one of my favorite banners ever because I just LOVE the sparkling silver on the teapots.
Finished off with a simple strip of crocheted lace trim and a gold sequin above the amber crystal.
Kits are $59 and include everything you need to make the banner- you can find the kit here in my Etsy.



yum... neiman marcus dip...

Pinterest is wonderful for so many things- ideas and inspiration, beautiful photographs and best of all... recipes! My recipe board has more things pinned to it than any other collection I've got. In fact, I rarely buy a cookbook anymore- and I have to admit, I've always been a HUGE cookbook addict. So I guess I could say that Pinterest is saving me money! haha

This dip recipe has been on my mind for quite some time. Yesterday our scrapbook group had it's monthly 'birthday potluck' celebration so I made this as my contribution- and it was delicious!

Neiman Marcus Dip
(the following ingredients had no measurements... just add to taste)
Mayonnaise, chopped green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, toasted slivered almonds and... bacon! (I used the bacon pieces from Costco- HUGE time saver)  
Combine and serve with Ritz crackers. 

P.S. I took a little bit and spread it onto half a bagel, put it under the broiler and toasted it until nice and bubbly. Man, was that good.



little red suitcase...

Who says a suitcase is only for travel? 
They're so great for storage... I have a bunch of vintage travel cases that I use in my studio. But as I'm sure you've already discovered- there is NEVER enough storage. or money. Those vintage cases were beginning to get a lot more expensive than when I bought my first one years ago. What could I do? I had a little stack of chipboard suitcases shoved in a closet because they were ugly. And not red.
I'm a sucker for just about anything that is red. 
Unfortunately, the suitcases I had looked like this. UGH.
Out came the chalk paint. This color is called Red Wagon. The instructions on many of these chalk paints tell you that there is no prep necessary. They lie. A 'roughed up' surface definitely helps the paint stick to it. All I needed was a little piece of sandpaper and I quickly went over the whole thing before painting the first coat.
This is after one coat- it took two to completely cover the floral design. 
Once it was completely dry (I actually waited until the next morning) I painted on a little creme wax, waited for it to dry and then buffed it out with a soft cloth.
There was no way for me to capture the great red color in my photo but trust me, it's a deep vintage red- just like the name says, 'red wagon'. 
One suitcase down... now on to the rest of the set!



uniquely you...

'By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.'   
-Edwin Elliot

I love quotes that speak to me. This one reminded me that every one of us is unique... in our own way. Own it!

Here's another small collage done on a coaster (...man, those things are the BEST EVER for collage!)...
The pretty red haired girl is from Paper Whimsy. But I'll bet you already knew that from looking at her beautiful eyes. Their images really make me want to create.
No matter what, celebrate your uniqueness!

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