Mar 02

March Mantel~ Tea in the Garden with Beatrix Potter

March MantelHello March! It’s time where the warmth of the sun and the blossoms of the trees and plants start to show their faces here in Central Texas. Old man winter is sticking around right now for the first of March, so for this month’s mantel I’ve brought the garden in.

March Mantel

How about tea in the garden with Peter Rabbit or Benjamin Bunny? Do you see the little gnome hiding?

Tea with Beatrix Potter

Succulents are great planning in small containers.

March Mantel

Of course where there is a garden, there are bunnies. At least that was my experience last year, they ate every single plant except the tomatoes and one squash plant….even the jalapeno pepper plants GONE! Well in this garden they are invited, to tea and soon Easter will be arriving.

March Mantel

~ Rebecca

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Mar 01

Two Peas in a Pod~ Scrapbook Layout

My mom and I are always joking about how much I am like her, I find that I even I have the same hand gestures and stance. The other day I made a comment about us being two peas in a pod and I immediately thought that would make a great scrapbook page! So taking this recent photo and some swirly diecuts made with my Sizzix I started our two peas page.

Sizzix diecut

I wanted to create a pod, so I started out with paper from an old hymnal and painted one side green and the other side a darker green

paint green

Roll both side of paper to form a “Pod”, I did this while the paint was still wet

Paper Rolled to form a pod

Squishing both ends of the paper and added a bit of glue to keep it’s shape.

Paper squished on ends

Once dry I sewed two buttons with a pearl bead…so cute

Buttons added for Pods

The scrapbook page I decided to add painted swirls for vines

Painted Green vines

Added pen doodles, a title and journaling..

Two Peas Scrapbook Page

I seriously loved getting my hands green to create this page! Now I’m ready to link up over at Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week…anything goes!~ Rebecca

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Feb 28

Etsy Update~ Handmade Whimsical Brooches

Just finished uploading my newest creations of Whimsical Brooches to my Etsy Shop. I LOVE to wear brooches and so happy to see more people in the world who love to do the same thing. I also join in on the fun for “Novelty Brooch Friday” on Instagram which was created by a lovely brooch wearing lady in Australia, Ms. Claire. She is also a FUN illustrator and Zine Creator, Check out her Etsy Shop at TUNABAKE. I’ve been wearing my brooches for a while and thought I bet there are some cat lovers and whimsical brooch wearers like myself that would love to wear some of my creations as well. So let me show you a sneak peek at what I have and you can see the rest on my ETSY SHOP.

Felicia, Whimsical Umbrella Girl Art Brooch

Umbrella Colorful Girl Art Brooch

Maggie Mae~ Pink Grey Cat Brooch

Miss MAggie Pink Grey Cat Brooch

Mr. P~ Cat with Glasses and Bowtie

Mr. P Cat Brooche with Glasses and Bowtie

Mixed Media Colorful Art Print Brooch with Orange

Orange Retro Heart Brooch

And Mixed Media Colorful Art Print Brooch with Turquoise

Whimsical Turquoise Heart Brooch

Okay and I had to pick this one, I LOVE the Polka Dots and of Course PINK!

Polka Dot Pink Heart Brooch

So if you or have a mother, sister, daughter, girlfriend, wife or a neighbor who loves to wear brooches these make great handmade gifts! ~

Wishing you a lovely day~ Rebecca

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Feb 26

One Little Word~ February 2015

OLW canvasI created my mood board/ canvas for February’s One Little Word Prompt a few nights ago, keeping it colorful and positive with words of encouragement. I hung it in my art studio right next to the larger canvas from last year’s word Perseverance.

Mood Board

While I was flipping through the magazines finding words, I picked a few that I am still “scratching my head about” for example: Keep Open and Handle Anything.  Interested in seeing where these thoughts may take me…. with COURAGE!

By the way, I’m still wondering where did the month of February go? ~ Rebecca

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Feb 24

DIY~ Shabby Chic LOVE Letters for Wall

Part of my goal this year it to revamp my home and decorate it to be soft, romantic, pink, cheerful and lovely. I have lots of little DIY projects in mind, because I want to be as frugal as possible. One of the main focuses in my house is the mantel, I take extra time each month to create and decorate something different, yes my mantel of the month. BUT I want to add more to the surrounding area of the mantel and fireplace. I purchased four large wood letters from Hobby Lobby to spell “LOVE” above the mirror that is placed above the mantel.

Wood Letter

I used different cardstock paper to cover each letter, all in soft, shabby chic colors.

Decoupage to glue cardstock

Once dry, I white washed acrylic paint watered down with water

Whitewashed

Dabbed away excess paint

Dabbed excess paint

I painted the edging with pink

Paint Trim Pink

LOVE it is!

Wood Letters for decorating

First step in creating and decorating a house of LOVE~ Rebecca

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Feb 22

Wow that’s A LOT of Fish~ Scrapbook Page

Scrapbooking about fishingAs I continue to work on my heritage scrapbook, I come across so many photos that tell a story of a lifetime. For example this photo of my dad, I’m guessing by the “printed” date on the back, he is about 4 years old, and look at all the fish!

Vintage photo fishing

Growing up many of our family outings and get togethers involved being by a creek, river or lake and there was always fishing. So when this week’s Simon Says Challenge was about a piece of paradise and I saw this photo I had to scrapbook it. My dad has loved to fish his entire life, it is paradise for him. I started this scrapbook completely out of the norm with using a stencil and BLACK paint with Tim Holtz cardstock

Black Stencil

Going through my diecuts and scraps I layered up the photo

Layers on Scrapbook page

I also pulled out ephemera, like receipts and old green stamps and added more layer

Emphera

Anyone else go through this when trying to find enough letters??

Messy alphabet letters

Added final touches with blue paint

Add blue paint to page

And here is the final layout…

Final Scrapbook Page

True story and a true confession on my part…I do not like to take fish off of hooks and always have to get someone to help!!!~ Rebecca

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Feb 20

Bead Painting, Sweet Treats and Making New Friends

 

Bead Class

Happy Friday Y’all! So glad it’s the weekend! I have an weekend agenda full from the must does such as sweep and mop and clean bathrooms to not so fun things such as tax preparation to really exciting things such as my first meet up with Austin Craft Riot, a group for your crafty business. This past Thursday met up with some of the local crafters here in Austin at a Bead Decorating Class at The Burlap Bag with hosts The Pink Samurai and A Crafted Life
Table ready

There was also sweet treats by 2tarts Bakery, So YUMMY!

Sweets

This was my color palette

My Color Palette

One of the best parts, I laughed and made new creative friends!

Group Photo

Living Colorfully with my new Bauble necklace

Live Colorfully

XO~ Rebecca

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Feb 19

Mama Loves Brown Sugar Drop Cookies

Brown Sugar Drop CookiesIt’s been a while since I’ve added any new recipes to my scrapbook cookbook and this recipe is one of my favorites to make. Two reasons it’s my favorite, it’s usually for my mom…these are her favorite and they are COOKIES! This recipe is for Brown Sugar Drop Cookies, they are a bread/cake like cookie that is not real sweet. I always reference them as an old fashion type cookie. Here is the recipe, interesting it calls for “sour milk”

Recipe

And the back of the recipe. My mom celebrating her birthday, isn’t she fun!? I try to always make my mom a batch of these cookies for her birthday.

Scrapbook Page

Flipping through my scrapbook cookbook I have mostly SWEET recipes, I may need to add some SAVOR soon!

Hope your having a great week~ Rebecca

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