Sunday, October 2, 2011

I'm a Great Auntie!

I'm not announcing what a fabulous Auntie I am, I am actually a Great Aunt!  This is Holden....he's precious...utterly adorable.  He has LOTS of hair, my niece's nose and he squeaks when he cries! He weighs nothing...his skin is so soft I can hardly feel it as I stroke his little cheek.  He smells like heaven and his elbows and knees are wrinkly and sweet.  His head feels like the softest, most luxurious velvet.  Did I mention how precious he is?
I am in love!
Truth be told, there is an issue.  It seems that every single "Great Aunt" I've ever known has been very, very, very, very, very old.  Elderly in fact.  So, while I relish my new role, I have a bit of angst about it.  I think I could handle Grandma better...there are young Grandmas...I've met some...but Great Aunts have traditionally been crotchity and smelled of old.  I suppose it's up to me to shatter that perception!  I'm up to the challenge!  Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the drug store to buy some more hair dye!
Welcome to the world little Holden!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Birch Bark House Charm

On a walk yesterday, I spied some white birch trees with long strands of hanging, peeling bark.  I told my hubs that I HAD to have some!  He is used to my constant he waited patiently while I gathered it up!  When I got home, I covered a funky little house charm with it.  I love it!  It's so natural and seems a good place for a little bird to wait out the winter...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Etsy Fave!

I cannot express how much I enjoy perusing The Frantic Meerkat on Etsy!  I have purchased a few items from her but always check back to see what's new!  I always find myself giggling when I browse her shop and my daughter always calls up to me "Mom, what's so funny?" which I reply, "You wouldn't understand".  You really have to visit The Frantic Meerkat to see for yourself!  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Funky Little Houses Hit the Big Time!

A few months ago, I was contacted by Interweave to do a "how to" for Handcrafted Jewelry magazine.  I was thrilled to do it!  Little did I know, they would put my humble little houses on the cover!!!  I'm shocked, thrilled and totally freaked out!  My hands were shaking and I couldn't think straight for at least two hours!  I'm so grateful for the exposure, for the cover...and that something I made is considered good enough to show the masses.  It's humbling and fun!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Too many dictionaries!

I've become a collector of vintage dictionaries.  Not because I particularly love dictionaries, but I do love making these pendants out of old glass watch crystals...which requires fabulous dictionary illustrations.  So I pick them up at yard sales, thrift stores, antiques shops...and its very hard to throw them away.  What if I discover another word that inspires me and I want to extract it from every dictionary I have?  If I throw them away, I won't have them.  What if I overlooked a fabulous illustration?  What if I find a use for the incredible aged pages that were rejected for this project?  And the arguments go on as the books pile up!  Did I mention that some dictionaries are very big?  They are.  They take up lots of space.  Have  you seen the humungous ones that are literally 10 inches thick?  I have a couple of them.  They're actually pretty cheap to buy...because people can't find anyplace to PUT me on this!  I don't really know what to do.  Yes, I know, I could bite the bullet and chuck 'em....but what if....?
See my dilemma?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


One of my funky little house charms has been featured on Jenny Doh's blog!  You can see it here!
Thanks Jenny!