Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gotta Gather Up My Courage

Okay, I am giving myself a blogging challenge. I want to make friends in this new town of Blogville. I have made a few, but I want to see how others create their art, dream about wonderful shabbychic porches, fill my imaginary built in bookcases by watching others do it first.

So, with that said, a wise blog friend has been encouraging me to enter Parties and Blog Hops.  First of all, I am way too old to do much partying and as for hopping... well that did not sound like something anyone would want to see me do. Of course, I began to get it. The idea, anyway. I create all the time, my Etsy store is up and running, it is time to ride down Main Street in Blogville and wave my hand like a Parade Princess.

This is what happened last week. I found a challenge that I liked; Tag Tuesday at http://bellesouth-blogchallengegarden.blogspot.com . The rules were :

Our tag this week will feature the letter A, and an image of something beginning with A. I know we all think of apple, but try to have an image of something else instead of apple! Let's see how many different ideas we can have for A!

A. Apples. No, not apples, against the rules! A. Alpha. The beginning. What a great way to start! I can do this. So I thought for a while and I made this tag:

But... (you knew there was a but coming, right)? I did not submit it. Yep, that's right. I am a chicken crafter. Hmm. Might be a slogan there. 

This week, the challenge is about Hearts. I HAVE a heart! So I challenge myself to stop creating art that I do not submit. Whoohoo! 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pink Wildflowers

Desmodium Canescens- 
The common names of Desmodium Canescens are Beggar’s Lice and Tick Trefoil. This pretty little flower is best known for the tiny sticky seed pods that cover your ankles and clothing during late summer and early fall. Before the plant dries out and becomes a treat for birds and deer, it blooms with lovely, delicate pink blossoms.

This is the nice little description that I put inside my handmade wildflower cards. What is NOT so nice about this pretty little plant is the sticky seed pods are just awful! Anyone who has gone tramping through the woods anytime after August knows exactly what I am talking about. They are a pain, they stick to everything, and you have to pull them off one by one. But isn't it a pretty pink flower before it turns nasty?! 

You can find more about my wildflower adventures here: Mid Missouri Wildflowers . 

On a side note, I want to say thanks to my new friend Laurie over at Button Floozies for the incredible email help she has given me about starting a blog and learning the ropes. She was so gracious to spend her time sending me information, tips, and ideas about traffic building.  

And here we go! I am participating in my first Linky Party! Pink Saturday. Whoohoo!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Supplies to Get Me Through

Yesterday my sister and I went to town for lunch. I am working very hard to stay on a frugal budget (eww I do NOT like the B word) but I did pick up a few supplies that I desperately needed for my card business. It is sometimes amazing to me how a few things can kick-start me into creating again. Here are some of the results:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bitsy Girl Card

I just love this card I made this morning! The lady peeking out from under the lace seems so confident and interesting. The metal hanging piece is part of an earring (you know, the ones you hang on to hoping to find the match someday).

At the bottom is a piece of copper wire that I found in my stash and curled into a swirl. I used a pencil to start the curling and then gave that idea up and went looking for my jewelry pliers. Presto! I had a cute little embellishment to offset the hanging one.

I love the rest of the collage, using bits of handwriting and other ephemera. And of course, bits of ribbon and lace!

The question is... is she a Flapper ...
      or a Victorian girl looking for her beau?
Stop back by soon!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Mid Missouri Wildflowers

Back in July, I told my son I needed some wildflowers. Since we were in the car at the time, he started down some gravel roads and began picking some for me. It was a Memory Day, as we used to call it. 

Then I raided my sister's flowerbed :-) I have already made one card from these, and plan to make more! Oh, this reminds me, I put the flowers in a phone book to dry after I scanned them. Wonder how they turned out?

Thanks for stopping by!