"When our eyes see our hands doing the works of out hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our soul flies open and love steps forth to heal everything in signt"

-- Michael Bridge

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Morning, all. Hope the weekend was wonderful for you. Mine was good, but totally exhausting! The Bargain Hunt on Saturday was wonderful. It went on from 8am to 2pm, and while it started off slow, in the end I made $150.00 for The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life - just by my selling my crafts!! I'm so happy and proud of myself! My cards literally "flew off the shelves" and all of my pretty spinning photo boxes and recipe boxes that I made sold :D. I'd definitely say it was a success!!

I was too exhausted to craft all weekend though. I WANTED to, I really did. I had my new Lawn Fawn Stamps and had SO many good crafty ideas for them, but my mind was too exhausted! I don't like to craft in a state like that (I wont be happy with ANYTHING I make if I do). I just rested, enjoyed the time with my hubby and babies, taught Sunday School on Sunday and then helped with the children's program that night. It was a nice weekend.

After the kids were asleep Sunday night I started getting the itch ;). I tried to ignore it, because I really was just...tired... but I scooped myself up and went through all my pictures (seems like a never ending pile - sheesh!!) and got out a few stacks to make some books. Then, yesterday, I finished this little cutie mini!
The pics are from last April ('09) when my sister-in-law and niece came down from New York. My son always has the BEST time when they're here and basically has a smile on his face their entire visit. So, I used a Maya Road mini and painted the edges if it different primary colors with acrylic paint. After it dried, I got out October Afternoon's Seaside collection that I've been hoarding for about a month now and went wild. I just LOOOOOOVE this paper!! I couldn't wait to get my hands on it - and it seemed like it took FOREVER for me to find it. I finally snatched it up from 2Peas, but my LSS just got it a week or so ago, and I totally went in and picked up a few extras ;). Here's a looksie at the inside pages:

(I know, my camera apparently SUCKS at taking pictures of my crafts. Random pics come out blurry, I don't know what to do about it. Sigh. Sorry.)

To make it complete - and funky fresh ;) after distressing all the edges, I added bunch of the Seaside sticker elements, some black rinestones (to the crabs' eyes) and pearls (both Keiser Crafts) (to the sand dollars), some Papertrey Buttons, bakers twine from The Twinery,a ticket, a kite stamp (also Papertrey), a bunch of random ribbon and fibers, and the fabulous flowers I learned from Cosmo Cricket (I looooove these flowers, and absolutely LOVE making them!!!). I know it's hard to tell, but the star fish are also heat embossed with a really cool multi-colored embossing powder.

I added in some hidden journaling. and I kept the back of it pretty basic, just used the waves and the little boy playing with the sailboat from the sticker element page. My son had a fit until I stamped it with my "Handmade By" stamp. He just LOVES that thing and thinks no project of mine is complete nowadays without it. My sweet boy. so encouraging to my craft (or habit as my husband says).

Well, that's my share for today. You like?? Hopefully there will be more to share later this week. I was going to start another mini today (Christmas themed) but I'm pretty sure I'm getting sick - and I feel awful, so I may not be into it. We shall see. Hope you have a wonderful {crafty} day!!


  1. What a fun and colorful album this is, I love it!

  2. Seriously adorable little album! Thanks for your comment on the May Arts blog...be sure to visit all this week for more sneak peeks.

  3. Heather, I love what you did with the October Afternoon papers. It is such a cute line! And that is so cool you were able to make some money for the Relay for Life from your projects. That must have felt really good!