Sunday, August 9, 2015

Lighting a fire.

A friend and co-worker got married yesterday and I took my granddaughter Claire with me as my date.  She was excited about going and was so inquisitive about the ceremonies and why certain things happened during the course of the proceedings.  Her curiosity was adorable.  Her Mom is getting married next year so it was a good experience for her.  She was the perfect date and we both really enjoyed ourselves.  It was also a very sweet and special wedding held in a creative space (coffee shop/church) and there were lots of handmade touches including a beautiful metal sculpted tree that the groom father made for the couple.  It even had their initials "carved" into it.  I didn't get a good picture but take my word for was something they will treasure for a very long time.

After the wedding we came home and she wanted to "play" in my craft room.  Once there I asked her what she wanted to do.  After thinking about it for a bit she decided she wanted to make a puppet.  Ugh...sewing.  It's not my forte. I do have a sewing machine but it's used mainly for card crafting and fiber arts (as shown in some of my previous posts).  So I asked her to sketch out what she was thinking of.  "Well", she said "I want to make an angel puppet".  Knowing that her Mom was going to be picking her up shortly I said we could start on the body of the puppet and go from there.

After some discussing I realized she was after more of a doll than a puppet.  Again, I said we would get a start and go from there. Our first attempt didn't work.  Nice shape but too small to fit her hand in.  Did I mention sewing...ugh?  So, we went bigger.  It still wasn't working out and it looked more like a ghost than anything.  So I told her a little about some voodoo dolls that I had seen on Pinterest ( and within the short amount of time we had the puppet ended up as a ghost/voodoo doll with some button eyes and a hand drawn stitched mouth and then it was time for her to go.

Our short amount of time inspired me to get back into my craft room today and make a voodoo doll of my own.  No true voodoo here but I did make it similar to the ones in the link I posted above.  Maybe one of these days I'll be able to come up with designs of my own but for now I have to settle for the talent of others and recreate in my own fashion.  I thank those and will always link in my posts when I remember where I found the Pin-spirations!

So, here's my date (she reminded me of Audrey Hepburn) and my not so voodooish voodoo doll!  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Inspired by greatness!

As I've posted many times I am a huge fan of G45 but I am also a lover of all things Tim Holtz.  I'm not sure if I've mentioned his products before in my posts but I do use them often in my cards and crafts.  I follow him on Facebook and Pinterest as well as anyone I see that posts and/or pins anything by him.  So, I finally am getting up the nerve...and yes I'm take one of his challenges.  I actually have a lot of his products that I've never used so I challenged myself to use all Tim Holtz.  Wellllll, I came close.  The figure is from an old paper doll book I picked up at a flea market several years ago, the ribbon is SU and the words that I cut out as part of the background are a Cricut product.  I don't have a lot of die cuts that are words, not do I have a lot of stickers that are words.  I'm sure I could have typed them out but I find that I am word challenged and nothing really came to me.  I'm sure it will later but I wanted to get this posted before I chickened out!  So, here is my tag (also my first tag ever created) for the Tim Holtz August 2015 challenge.  Be kind!

I also created my first spool, also inspired by a posting on Pinterest and yes, using G45 papers.  I posted a picture of this on my FB page and had some really nice comments.  I love the way it came out and am starting on my next one.  I found the spools at the flea market and they are so great that I hated to cover them but if I don't start using the goodies in my craft room I'm not going to be able to get into my craft room!