Happy Easter!

Have a wonderful Easter Everyone!

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I love this little peep pushing an egg barrel full of grass and flowers. DH brought it home to me a few years back when he went on a business trip to Europe.  Funny how global our markets are – I have the exact same yellow flowers in my craft supplies. I got mine at the dollar bin at Target :).

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!

I am participating again in Lori Anderson’s  Bead Soup Blog Party.  My partner is Judy Riggs of Rigglettes.  She sent me the most wonderful “soup” a few weeks ago.  The soup sat on my work table for a while, during which time, I thought of the many things I could make.  And finally, I decided to make what I would like to wear. And here are the things I came up with:

First off, I love the lampwork beads she sent me. And I wanted the unique glass focal to be seen, so I made a lariat style necklace which clasps in the front. I clustered all the beads together to make one big drop:

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I like to wear earrings, and I like them simple, so I hung the lampwork beads from Bali sterling earwires:BSBP2013_2

As bracelets go, I like them chunky. So, I strung the beads up, and doubled them:BSBP2013_3

At first, I didn’t know what to do with the nice handmade headpins. Then I thought, make a chain necklace! I think it came out nice:BSBP2013_4

And finally, the “quirky components” Judy sent, were made into a “groovy” belt for my Blythe girl, Pinkie – wish I had one life size 🙂BSBP2013_5

To visit all the other participants, click on the link below:

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Last Prom Dress Shopping…

DD and I have had a “tradition” for the last three years.  Before any significant dances, Homecoming, Prom, Winter Formal, or a Ball, DD and I have gone shopping with her friend and her mom for dresses.  We would drive into Los Angeles, have a nice Dim Sum lunch in China Town, and after we were really full and satisfied,  hit the streets of the Garment District.  The girls would try on dress after dress, while us moms oooh’d and ahhh’d.  Then, they would finally find the perfect dress.  After that, we’d grab a Starbucks, before hitting the freeway home.  This last shopping expedition was fun, but bittersweet since this will be her last HS dance…

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On the plus side, now I can start to explore the rest of downtown.  They not only have a garment district, there are flower districts, fabric districts, jewelry districts, and even toy districts.  I will just have to find a friend to take along. Oh, DD did not buy that cute little peach dress.  She opted for a floor length silver sequined gown – Oh, to be young and slender again…

Photo Mask #5 Freebie

I had some positive responses to my photo masks, so I decided that I will try and have one for you every week.  Since Easter is coming, I thought I’d make one egg shaped, but I ended up with an oval one with floral spray around it.  Personal use only. And if you’d like to be notified of other freebies, you can sign up to  follow my blog. Enjoy!

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Bunny Swap & Other Stuff

What a wonderful thing it is to get something in the mail – especially when DD and I had been laid flat by food poisoning!  Debby’s Bunny Swap banner arrived at the perfect time – Thank you Debby!  I managed to take a couple of photos before dragging myself back to bed:BunnySwap2013

I have to add that I have the best DH! He was just wonderful, taking care of us, accompanying us to urgent care, managing on his own, all the while going to work and doing his usual things.  If I have done anything right in this life of mine, it is that I picked a great partner in life. And there was an added benefit in all of this, an affirmation of my efforts as a mother of sorts… DD said to me that she is going to marry a guy just like her dad.  Someone who is kind, caring, funny, intelligent, supportive, and respectful – it made me happy.  Then I thought, hmm… the boys never say “I’m going to marry a girl just like you mom”, and I thought to myself, and I hope you never do! Don’t get me wrong, I am not self -deprecating here, I just know myself enough to say that – enough said :).

And, If you would like to visit the talented ladies who made the cute ornaments for the banner, please visit them here:

Debby: Cozy Blanket

Nan: Retired In Alaska

Michelle & Ashley: The Tattered Quilt Cottage

White Bunny: If you should see this post, please let me know who you are.

Digital Scrapbook Kit “Vintage Easter 2013” Freebie

Time for another kit!  I bought this cute vintage Easter card at a local antique shop some time ago.  I extracted the girl and bunny, added CU elements, and here you are.  Remember, personal use only please. Enjoy!

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A Surprise Gift!

DH came back from a business trip, and look what he brought for me… what could be inside?

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Vintage retro earrings!DeanGift2

And an Italian Mosaic bracelet, in it’s original box. I think our antiquing/thrifting is rubbing off on him :-). I’m a lucky girl!DeanGift3

Photo Mask #4 Freebie

Here is the last photo mask I made.  If you like them, please let me know – if I hear from you, it gives me an incentive to make more.  Again, personal use only. Enjoy!

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Thrifting With My Girl!

Oh, DD and I had so much fun going out to lunch, and then thrifting.  We both managed to find some neat things.

Here is an adorable framed cross stitch of a little fawn:

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This decorative plaque is pretty large.  I think it would look nice in my studio – hopefully, I will have a space of my very own one day…

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What a find this pop out book was. I just love the graphics.  Ok, it’s only from 1975, not that old to me, but really old to DD 🙂

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And this little fellow.  When I find a singleton of a salt/pepper shaker, I feel compelled to rescue them, and make them into something nice.  I think he would be happy to be featured on top of a spoolie for Easter!

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Photo Mask #3 Freebie

Here is the third photo mask that I made.  I think I have one more to share with you, so check back again. Personal use only – Enjoy!

 

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521 Lake Street Easter Swap!

Yay! I got my Easter Swap package in the mail from Chris over at A Little Creation. The swap was hosted by Sandy at 521 Lake Street, and Sandy did a great job pairing Chris and I as swap partners.  Thank you Sandy! Now, I’m going to show you all the wonderful things Chris sent me.

Look at this adorable guy. He’s handmade by Chris, sits on a toadstool, and carries an umbrella. She also made the flowers and magnet. And I have a family of ducks the little egg will be adopted by 🙂

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And look at this cutie – she came with a tag that said Ki’i, meaning doll in Hawaiian. My blog name Lutka, means doll in Croatian, and something else in Finnish, I was told (see post). DD fell in love with her, but I am going to keep her :). Blythe girls have been eyeing the comfy looking blue chair – just the right size. Ghirardelli chocolate – gone!  And the tin bucket full of goodies; Chris knew exactly what I liked – vintage plastic bunny, Babushka stickers, buttons, mod ribbon, and even sharpies for zentangling. She thought of everything.521LakeStreetEasterSwap2

Chris was so kind, she even included a handmade Dr. Who bead for DD – a fellow Dr. Who fan. DD loved it!

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And this handmade journal,  can’t wait to start using it. Chris even put a page in it with my Blythe girls – so considerate.521LakeStreetEasterSwap4

Whew, and finally a vintage produce crate label. I actually started collecting them.  I live in a small grove, but pears are about the only trees we don’t have… hmmm, maybe it’s time to plant a couple of pear trees.521LakeStreetEasterSwap5

This swap was so much fun to do.  Thank you Chris for being such a great swap partner.  And thank you Sandy for coordinating the swap.  Now, just a couple of pics to show you what I made for Chris: Spoolie with vintage chicks, & Dr. Who in Easter Land. I put aluminum hats on the chicks to prevent alien mind control ;-).

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And of course, after seeing what I made, DD begged asked me to make her a Dr. Who spoolie, and here it is:521LakeStreetEasterSwap7

And…

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Photo Mask #2 Freebie

Here is the second photo mask I made.  Personal use only please. Check back again for more. Enjoy!

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