Friday, November 30, 2007

Two New ETSY Listings

Just put these two on ETSY. This is it folks, no more Jingle Blocks. What's in my store is all I have and I've made a little "no more buying paper" rule for myself. I had to cut myself off. So I'm not planning on making any more (unless a really fun custom order comes in--then I make break my paper rule).

This set is one of my favorites.

This little cutie is a two sided block.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Is There Nothing I Will Not Mod Podge?

I've had these "M"s around the house forever. I was looking at one of them the other day and thought, "Why have I not Mod Podged that yet?!?" So I got right to work.

This one sits on my desk

And this one is on a shelf in the kitchen

A Custom Name Sign

This one was ordered from ETSY to go on a surprise playhouse for Christmas. I was so excited to be a (very slight) part of this fun gift for a sweet little girl. Who didn't dream of getting a playhouse for Christmas??

Friday, November 23, 2007

It's Beginning To Look a lot Like Christmas...

Everywhere you turn...

I was busy decorating for Christmas today--a little early, but when a cold front moves through Southern New Mexico (it snowed a little!!), you start feeling Christmas-y.

The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care

While Visions of Sugarplums Danced in Our Heads

Haul out the Presents, Put Up the Tree...

Isn't this the best time of year?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

EBSQ Portrait Swap 2007

This is my entry for the EBSQ Portrait Swap Show for 2007. I swapped with Madeline Carol Matz. I really wanted to try something new for this and after browsing Madeline's blog, I thought she'd be up for something different.

I began by painting a wood block and wood ball black. I painted the head on the ball. I tried to capture Madeline's beautiful blue eyes and lovely hair. I collaged the front of the block with sky paper and words. (The quote is Madeline's favorite.) I then added some golden embellishments. The arms are a pencil and a paint brush since Madeline is an amazing artist. The legs are vintage door stoppers.

The entire piece has a very fun, playful feel to it which is what I was going for since that was the feel I got from Madeline herself.

This is Madeline

Take a look at the entire EBSQ Portrait Swap Show if you get a chance.

Nibblefest Coffee Painting

Amid the knitting and crafting, I have done a little painting. :-) This is my entry in the Nibblefest Art Contest for November 2007. Nibblefest is a themed art contest on e-bay beginning on the 20th of each month. The theme for this month is "Coffee". The auction ends on November 27th...SOLD.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Want some hat with your bow?

No Monday Crafting Crew this week. Everybody's out of town for Thanksgiving. Not me though. We like to stay close to home for Thanksgiving. The kids are done with sports for a while so I celebrated last night by staying home, watching T.V. and knitting. (I am a party animal!) Here's the result:

And worn by the recipient, Ashlynn...(how sweet is this?)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Name Signs

Today was all about color and polka dots and ribbon. So much fun! Finished up these name plaques today.

This is for a friend's new baby.

These two are a custom order for a set of twins (ordered from e-bay).

This is for a trade with another artist friend.

And this one is for my brand new niece!

New Jingle Blocks Listed

Just added a few new Jingle Blocks to e-bay and ETSY.

Joy Blocks on ETSY

Love, Joy, Noel Blocks on ETSY

Love, Joy, Noel Blocks on e-bay

Joy Blocks on ETSY

Joy block SOLD

Monday, November 12, 2007

Monday Crafting Crew

Here's what we did today. There is no stopping us with the Mod Podge! We began by painting the wood blocks black. Then added the paper background and letters. Then we had fun adding ribbon, buttons and bows, oh my! Now if we just had a Bedazzler, we could change the world! :-)

One Side - Home, Where Your Story Begins

The Other Side - Love is Spoken Here

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Cousin Socks

I made these socks for my daughter and two nieces. I've made the crocheted edge with thread and beads but never tried the crazy yarn. They crocheted up A LOT faster--3 pairs in one night. And they turned out really cute!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Haley's Hat

Got the JOY blocks done and mailed this morning. I love commissions, but it's also so nice when they are done.

Here's my latest knitting project. A hat for my niece Haley. Got the pattern in 
Itty-Bitty Hats by Susan B. Anderson which I highly recommend for all knitters. The stuff in there is so cute!

Haley's Hat
Yarn Used: Bernat Cotton Tots Ombres (Very Berry)
Needle Size: US 11

Friday, November 2, 2007

Custom Jingle Blocks Order

I've been busy working on a custom order for 10 JOY block sets. They are almost done. Just need to sand and bag them.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


I'm in the EBSQ Zine for November!
It's a how to article about making my Jingle Blocks.


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