Saturday, February 14, 2015


As a child, Maw Maw tried to teach me to tat.  I was all thumbs and not interested at all. 
A few year ago, I tried again by going on the internet and searching out articles and trying on my own.  I was interested but still all thumbs.
It went on my retirement bucket list.  I saw a listing on Craftsy for a tatting class.  The
Tatting Course looked interesting and I figured I would try again.   Third time was the charm and I have yet another passion. 
It was hard at first because the thread I had available was tiny.  I found some larger thread and my husband bought me more for Valentine's day.  If you decide to take up tatting, I suggest checking out the web for your thread.  Handy Hands sent me a catalog along with samples of thread in different sizes.  That was when I fell in love.  I needed that size 3 thread to learn.  Such a big difference. 
I am far from being good but I am having fun.  I have been able to connect to my heritage.  I always laughed that Maw Maw and Mother couldn't read a pattern.  They looked at something and figured it out.  Now I really understand why.  I have had fun playing and learning.  Looking forward to being able to share the craft in the form of gifts. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Inspired to try a new challenge with stamps.

Drew the branch with colored pencils and markers.
loved the designs.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekly Card for shut-ins

Had a good time playing with this card.  Realized that the red and green looks a little Christmasy but I liked the effect. 

The stamp is from Unity  and done on a tag for a gift.  Then I colored with pencils and added the ribbon.  The "paper" ribbon is made with a Martha Stewart punch that I got on closeout at Michaels.

Then the inside sentiment is also a Unity Stamp. 


Hope it brightens someone's day.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I haven't kept up with this.  Guess it is time to start back up.  Retired should be productive right!

So here are a few of the different cards that I have made lately.

Fixed up a worn out butterfly using some of the rocks we brought back from mining in North Carolina.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fourth of July Cards

This week, I spend some time with my water color markers and my  stamps. 

I like to make holiday cards that symbolize the importance of the holiday.  The 4th of July is a time to thank all who serve to keep us free.  So I used red white and blue and ribbon to complete my cards.

I like to switch up the cards to that I don't have all the same once in a while.  That way, I don't get too bored!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Craft room organization-not my strong suit

It started when I couldn't find the top of the table in my craft room.  For that matter, any flat surface in the craft room.  Too much paper, too many stamps, too many stickers and the yarn that was rolling everywhere. 

I had to do something but what??? Other than close the door and forget about ever crafting again.

So I pulled up my big girl's pants and waded in.  It wasn't pretty but............... I finally found a corner of the table.  It took four days but I finally got there.  Tthe stamps went in cubbies and drawers.  The paper was organized.  Stickers went into boxes.  Yarn into tubs and bags.  Envelopes got organized.  I even managed to get the ribbon onto the spools and boxes for holidays. 

Then I sat down and stamped.  I finally used my copic markers for large designs instead if details. 

I made a vow to keep it that way for a month at least.  It is one week in and it is still neat.  Will it continue-NO but I feel great right now.  So I thought maybe if I keep track of things in a blog for me, I will do better. 

So I am going to try and  write weekly. That way I will keep track of cards that I make for the shut ins.

So here are the cards I made last week.  They will go in the mail this week.