I've been a daily reader of www.sfgirlbybay.blogspot.com for a long time. I love this blog. Wonderful inspiration. And I've been in love with San Francisco for many, many years. I have visited that beautiful city many times and could see myself living there. Love it. My dad loved that city, too. Anyway, today's post on sfgirlbybay's blog is about fireplace mantels. She chose some beautiful examples of mantels from Domino Magazine's "My Deco Files." These four pictures were my favorites.
My house didn't have a fireplace and this past Thanksgiving, I purchased a faux fireplace and mantel. I am so, so happy I did. Not only is the "fire" cozy, but the mantel is a great place to decorate. These examples have given me a few ideas for updating my mantel look.
There's a giveaway on www.lolabboutique.blogspot.com. She's inviting you to list what inspires you. I loved taking a moment and thinking about what exactly inspires me. This invite gave me a moment to think about things in my life and all that I am grateful for. She has a lovely blog, too.
I just came across this etsy store, Wiyomu Jewelry, www.wiyomu.etsy.com, and fell in love with this necklace. The Sherbet Layer Locket. Loved it so much that I had to purchase it! I look at this necklace and it says "Spring" to me.
I have a new sundress for the summer - coral and white. I think this necklace will go perfectly with that dress.
Check out her Etsy store. Wiyomu Jewelry has many tempting jewelry items.
My oldest son, Sean, gave a book report yesterday. He used some figures that he and I drew and that he colored. The title of the story Sean chose to do his report on was "The Knife In The Watermelon", one of Encyclopedia Brown's mystery stories. So Sean made a watermelon out of clay and then painted it green and added some black lines. We put magnets on the back of everything and used a cookie sheet as a display board. Sean had his report memorized and did a great job.
Today, Sean's brother, Jake, took this same story board to his first grade class and gave the same book report. Jake had been listening to his brother prepare for his report for about three weeks now and Jake knew the story inside and out, too. Jake did a great job in front of his classmates, too. This was not an assignment for Jake, just something he wanted to share with his class.
Here's a close-up of the watermelon with a "knife" stuck in it. Also pictured is a money box that was broken into by the thief.
I'm still home recovering from my fall. Tools for recovery: Some great new magazines, "Artful Blogging", "Where Women Create", and the last issue of "County Home" magazine.
And some hot green tea in my new Orla Kiely mug, an English designer who has a new line at Target. With my yellow lab, Casper, sitting right next to me, I can't help but recover quickly!
This is the banner that I made the other night at a Stampin' Up Big Shot die cut machine class. Can't wait to order this banner die cut so that I can make more banners. Easy and fun.
This is a little goodie box made with the Big Shot die cut machine. Super easy. Fold it into a box, use one small strip of adhesive and fill with goodies.
Here is a card using the Top Note die cut. Very versatile die. Also, the flower is made with a die cut that leaves a texture or impression.
And this is a picture frame using vinyl, stamping on it, and then heat embossing the image. Stick it to the glass and voila! a fun addition to a picture.
I joined a stamp club last November and I have been enjoying all the technique classes and stamp camp nights. Lots of fun. You can find out more from my Stampin' Up demonstrator. Check the right side of my blog under Stamp-n-Scrap with Jenn.
What is it about a worn, chippy item, aged to a beautiful patina that makes my heart flutter so? I love furniture, items, people with a story and history. I found this great weighing scale on ebay recently. I love it. Fits in nicely with my other decor. Hope your weekend was fun and relaxing. I enjoyed mine with my boys and dogs. We didn't do much as I'm still recovering. However, I was able to attend a Stampin' Up class using the Big Shot die cut machine and I made some fun items. I'll post pictures tomorrow. I especially love the "FAMILY" banner that I made.
Above are some photos of two different mini albums that I made for my mom and for my mother-in-law. All they have to do is add photos and they'll have a finished scrapbook to enjoy.
I just found out I won a giveaway on Pinkglitterfae Art. I won the beautiful "Petite Marie" print. I will post a picture of it when I receive it. Check out her blog. Very beautiful art and fun blog posts.
I'm off to rest my beautiful, swollen black eye. :)
I've been M.I.A. for a week. I passed out while walking my dogs and landed on the right side of my face, breaking my orbital floor requiring that a titanium plate be put in to hold my eye in the proper place. Very painful. I was in the hospital for four days and four nights. I'm very happy to be back home. Missed my kids and my dogs so much. And there's nothing like the comfort of one's own bed - and the comfort of not having to drag an IV with you every time you visit the restroom!
Anyway, here are some photos that I love showing the work of stylist Eva Lindh.
The above is a dress garland that I made using a template from www.artrageousafternoon.blogspot.com . I just joined her latest swap, making Easter eggs using her template. Can't wait to get started on that! Check out her blog for details.
The boys helped make Valentine mailboxes for their teachers. The mailbox is stuffed with chocolate kisses and Dove heart-shaped chocolates.
Check out this new blog that I've come across and will now be following. My Lily Eden is featuring different etsy sellers and there is a giveaway each day. She's on the fourth day right now. Awesome etsy sellers have been featured. I'm thinking of purchasing some of the items. Anyway, her blog is: mylilyeden.blogspot.com. Hurry on over and check it out! You'll be glad you did. :)
Go check out scrappyjessi.blogspot.com. She has an awesome Valentine's giveaway going on. I love her blog. She's just so darn cute and she also has a great shop, too. If you love vintage, Barbie, pink, fun, girly stuff, check her out!
Jake lost his first tooth last Saturday while bowling and another one this past Thursday during the night. Both bottom teeth are out. We have a little stuffed tooth with a pocket in the back that holds the tooth for the tooth fairy. When the tooth fairy takes the tooth to give to momma, she leaves money in the pocket. Jake would not let anyone touch his loose tooth. He said, "When the tooth's ready, it'll come out!"
Here are some photos of the goodies I received from my swap partner, Lisa. She chose items in my current favorite color scheme: chocolate chip brown and blue. What a thoughtful swap partner. And she's very talented, too. She made the sweet pin cushion and sachet pillow and felted wool coasters. I also love the stamps and stamp pad - gorgeous color! Cute little birds and pretty ribbon and some candy to top it all off! Thanks Lisa! I love everything.
I'm a mom to two wonderful boys, two dogs and a cat. I love being creative - live for it! I have lots of energy. Love my "serious" career as a court reporter in Superior Court. Each day is like an episode straight from C.S.I. I love anything dealing with scrapbooking. I love altered art and mixed media and stamping.