Sep 01

September Mantel~ Year of the Milkglass

September MantelSeptember MantelHello September! Can you feel the change in the season. It may still be HOT here in Texas but my mantel is saying hello fall and hello school. September is one of my favorite mantels to put together. The pencils, crayon, books and of course a wise owl or two.

Be Wise

September Mantel

Even included Mr. and Mrs. P posed with their dexterity. Yes I have mini prints of them and mounted to wood blocks for sale in my Etsy shop.

Ms. P

Hope your September brings you many WISE and good times.~ Rebecca

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Aug 31

Krafting a Story~ Scrapbook Layout

       DSCN8224 (525x393)This week’s Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Witch Kraft, but being that I do not have my witchy Halloween supplies handy, I got myself into a KRAFTY situation. Look at all these wonderful KRAFT papers I have to use.

Krafty papers

An idea that has been swimming around in my head is ABOUT THE STORY, Ali Edwards launched her new website and she had her followers post “Why Stories matter to me..” and this has me thinking about the stories, stories of me, my childhood, people that have effected me in my life. I wanted to document the feeling of LOVE I get when I look at this photo

Photo of Aunt's house

Yes it has my Aunt’s dog in the photo but this photo tells another story. A story of the house my Great Aunt lived in, the stories about me visiting her ALOT when I was little. She lived across the street. The stories she told me about her life and how to make a scrapbook from a old phone book. How she had a garden and lots and lots of plants. Sharing her biscuit recipe and so many other wonderful happy memories in this house. Let’s start layering this photo

Layering up memories

Wanted to add corrugated kraft but needed some color. Yes I have a little helper that likes to get her hands inky too

my little helper

Added tidbits

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And buttons

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More layering

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Finished off with puffy heart stickers, ink and of course that great story

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Just for today document a story~ Rebecca

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Aug 30

I created a Custom Order~ Mixed Media Art

I just completed and mailed off my first custom order last week. These were made for a dear sweet friend and she wanted mixed media canvas made of her grandson and granddaughter. Now you know I have never made a boy, so this was a new challenge for me.

Custome Order 2

She also wanted to have my beach girl Lucy made with flowing hair and butterflies. I added each of their names to the canvas but did this after I already took photos.

Custom Canvas 1

This weekend is Labor Day weekend here in the states, so this means we get Monday off. Yipee! My weekend agenda, I have ACEO sized prints mounted to wood ready to be listed on my ETSY site, and I’m also doing a huge Project Life update, I’m a few months behind.  The BIG news is I’ve also registered for a craft show in November, so I’m working steadfast to create inventory to the show. I’m so excited.

These two canvases are number 59 and number 60 of my 100 Canvases challenge for 2014. Yes 40 more to go with 4 months left. Yikes that is 10 canvases a month!

Just for today DREAM BIG~ Rebecca

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Aug 28

Touristy Thursday~ Anna’s Toy Depot

Anna's Toy DepotToday I was on a mission to purchase toys for two of my nephew’s birthdays. I made a quick trip to Anna’s Toy Depot, located at 2620 South Lamar in Austin. Anna’s has been around for a long time and has a GREAT selection of used and new toys.

Cars and trucks

An absolutely AWESOME selection of Legos. Part of my mission today was to find my oldest nephew  LEGOS, oh the joy! I purchased a quart size baggie of assorted legos for $9. This way he can build whatever his creative heart desires

Legos

Just check out the great wall of Legos

Great Wall of Legos

and of characters lined in a row

Lego men

And the FUN Fisher Price toys, I had to refrain myself from buying the cute red apple with the wide eyes..seriously I might go back and get him.

Apple of my eye

I didn’t have time to touch this fabulous book selection, for sure next time

books

Games, puzzles, make believe, dolls, musical toys, cars, trucks, doll houses, dinosaurs, action figures, transformers, Barbies….the list goes on…

Great wall of toys

I talked with the owner today as well and she truly is an advocate for toys. She knows everything about them and it super, super friendly. Anna’s is also a place to bring your old toys to sale. She has certain days that she buys. I think what I loved the most is how she asked about my children (now my son has been there many times) but she said bring your daughter in, very heart felt. Almost as a special invitation. Yes I will be back in, you never know what you will find.

Just for today be a kid and enjoy a toy~ Rebecca

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Aug 27

One Little Word~ August Update

DSCN6565 (354x525)I have to say this month’s prompt was one of my favorites. The prompt is about gathering songs and listening the lyrics that relate to your word. I found myself lost in ITunes and You Tube last night listening to songs I have never heard to songs from my childhood. So these are the nine lyrics that speak or should I sat sing to me ha!

Eminem~ Till I collapse

‘Cause sometimes you just feel tired,
Feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up.
But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that XXXX out of you and get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse.

Idina Menzel~ Let it Go

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me I’m free!

Katy Perry~ Roar

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

A Great Big World~ Say Something

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

Maroon 5~ She will be Loved

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies
It’s compromise that moves us along

Alicia Keys~ This Girl is on Fire

She got her head in the clouds
And she’s not backing down

Brad Paisley~When I get Where I’m Going

When I get where I’m going
On the far side of the sky
The first thing that I’m gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly

The Rolling Stones~ You Can’t Always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need

The Rolling Stones~ Start me up

Give it all you got
You got to never, never, never stop

Corey Hart~ Never Surrender

With a little perseverance
You can get things done

Natasha Bedingfield~ Unwritten

Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

There was only to be nine selected, but I couldn’t choose one of these to delete. Pretty powerful words right?

Never Ever Ever Give Up~ Rebecca

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Aug 25

First Day of School~ Memories and Mixed Media

Meet Mrs. Brandon

Mrs. Brandon

We started back to school today, and I have been reminiscing over the years when I was in elementary. I can remember just about all my teachers in elementary and a few events that happen in each class. My storytelling mind in thinking about all those school pictures I have of myself and how maybe I could make a scrapbook page with memories from each year.

Kindergarden~ I was able to have chalk one day and wrote a classmates name on a juice can covered in black construction paper that held the black crayons. I wrote the name Paula and blamed Paula for writing on it. Poor Paula couldn’t write her name and did not have chalk privileges that day. OHHH I still remember having to come home and tell me dad.

1st Grade~ I remember I was the helper and would walk around helping kids read their books. I also remember the Christmas party and Valentines with our heart shape cardstock envelope for our valentines.

2nd grade~ We had a play and it was about taking care of your teeth. I played the dirty tooth and wore a large men’s t-shirt that had brown vanilla flavor all over it. The day my mom came to the classroom to see the play, the girl that played the role of the clean tooth was out. so I was able to play both roles. It was great!

3rd grade~ Maybe I liked to talk to much by this grade. I remember my teacher having long red fingernails and grabbing my arm. I had to sit in the corner too. Boo Hoo! This was also the year of cursive handwriting.

4th grade~ Interesting year… we had a male teacher for the first half that was a vegetarian. I remember he liked to argue. He didn’t stay long, and we eventually had another teacher come in and take his place.

5th grade~ I really liked to talk and laugh in this class. My teacher was really nice and we learned about how different countries celebrated Christmas. I remember I had to bring maraschino cherries to school for the Sweden Cardamom Bread.

Thanks you taking a walk down memory lane. Do you remember your elementary school teachers?

This canvas is number 58 in my 100 Canvases challenge for 2014.

Just for today remember an educator~ Rebecca

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Aug 24

Mixed Media Tag with Red Balloon

This week’s challenge over at Simon Says stamp is ANYTHING GOES~ so I find myself wanting to use papers by Glitz to make a tag

Glitz papers

Whipping up some stitching onthe sewing machine, I stitched these BRIGHT papers to a tag, and added a little stencil and paint action, I added glitter to the paint as well to get it SPARKLE

stencil action

Once it’s dried I layer of papers from Basic Grey

layering up

And now for twine a red balloon

Add a balloon

Red sparkle for the shoes and cute puffy hearts… AND of course a Junque bow!

Cutie tag

Hope you had a super sparkly weekend! Just for today add a little sparkle~ Rebecca

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Aug 21

Touristy Thursday~ Tres Amigos Restaurant Austin

Tre AmigosI always thought it would be a interesting to do a series of Touristy Thursdays about some of my favorite Mexican food restaurants. If you have ever been to Austin you know there is a BUNCH to choose from! One of the restaurants is Tres Amigos located at 1801 South Capitol of Texas Highways aka 360. It’s a perfect spot for my older sister and myself to meet for lunch and catch up. I like their build your own plate, you pick two main items such as a taco, enchilada or puffy covered queso shell and then two side items such a rice, beans or a salad.

Tacos

Now when I’m ordering food I do have a tendency to order THE SAME THING EVERYTIME. Yes it is tacos and tacos and did I say tacos. Tres Amigos also serves their chips warm and the salsa is so good. They make homemade tortillas everyday.

Making Tortillas

This particular Tres Amigos has windows that cover one side of the restaurant. There is a atrium where they put out tortillas for squirrels to eat and this is always entertaining.

Dining Area

Just for today enjoy a favorite food~ Rebecca

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