My Bead Soup!

Woohoo! My Bead Soup from my partner, Judy of Riglettes arrived today! This is the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party, and the third I will be participating in.  Lori Anderson of Pretty Things hosts this fun event.  In a nutshell, we are paired with a fellow bead maker/jewelry designer, send each other a “bead soup”, make jewelry/things, and then reveal our creations.  As there are so many of us participating, Lori has divided the reveals over three days.  Judy and I will be revealing on the first round on March 30th.  For more information on the BSBP #7, click on the link below:


And now, here are the wonderful beads and things Judy sent me!


Stupid Cupid & Sweet Treat Earrings

The first time I ever tried cross stitching, DH was dumbfounded.  He was amazed that anyone could just sit for so long and stitch X’s repeatedly.  That was 25 years ago, and he has learned not to make such off hand remarks regarding my artsy craftsy endeavors.  I still have my Thanksgiving sampler to complete, but when I saw these cute, quick, and free projects over at Brook’s Book Publishing, I just had to make them.  I made Stupid Cupid into an ornament, and the other, into earrings.  The Sweet Treat earrings call out using perforated cross stitch paper, but I didn’t have any, so I just used beige aida cloth.


To complete the earrings, I glued a backing of aida cloth, trimmed, and embellished with swarovski crystals and glitter – everything is better with glitter! 🙂


Brooke’s Book Publishing has some really neat cross stitch patterns to purchase as well as for free – worth checking out.

Having fun with The Toymaker

For whatever reason, my printer wasn’t printing on photo/stock paper, so DH switched printers with me – yay!  So, I decided to have some fun and print out some paper crafts at The Toymaker. I have her paper toy book, and spent last year with her “A Year Of Toys And Joys ” Calendar.  Anyhow,  I printed out a couple of her freebie Valentine crafts, a cute hanging heart basket and elephant delivery.  I also printed out mirror copies of each so I could have it double sided, embellished with satin flowers and ribbon, and got some cute vintage valentine graphics from the Two Crazy Crafters. While I was cutting and pasting, I thought to myself that it would have been a fun activity to do with the kids when they were young. But, then again, my boys were never the “color inside, and cut along the line” types, oh well.  I filled the basket with little flowers, and the elephant with small valentines:



If you want to play with The Toymaker, go to She has tons of fun activities to do.

Zentangle Challenge #104 “String #003”

This weeks challenge was to use a tangle pattern string #003 from Tangle Of course, with all the “hearts” on my mind these days, I made the focal pattern out of hearts. Although, they almost look like flowers… Regardless, I kind of like how it turned out:


And here is my tile: