Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Love Lavender?




Lavish this lovely lavender card on your
lavender loving friend.
The perfect birthday card for that friend, mom, sister,
co-worker, wife or anyone who loves lavender....
or birdcages... flowers?

Notice all of the lovely detail:  punched out
corners, multi-layered designer papers,
rhinestone embellishments and more adorn
this wonderful one of a kind, handcrafted card.

It can be found along with many other
works of art in my
ETSY store.
 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Lighthouse





The Anchor of My Soul

Pinnacle of rock, touching the clouds,
Standing strong and proud,
Like, on rocky, storm shoal,
The Anchor of my soul.
To those who wander giving light,
Savior in the night;
He is the way, the truth, the light,
Keeping me from evil, in His hand,
Anchoring my soul to firm land:
Standing strong and proud, 
the Anchor of my soul; 
Savior in the night.
  by Erin Hope

This lovely poem was written by my granddaughter, Erin.
She is 16, loves photography and writing poetry and
short stories.

There is something about a lighthouse,
 established to guide ships away from the rocks,
 marking the deep water
entrance to a safe harbor, assuring those
who wait for returning sojourners, and
providing light in the darkness.


The card is a reproduction of my original
 watercolor painting.
"Lighthouse"
I have printed it onto this deckled edged,
heavy cardstock card and it is available in my
ETSY store.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Any Occasion


I have created an assortment of custom cards for Paula:

She asked me to make her ten different cards. She didn't
want her name on them. She didn't have any preference
of colors or themes. She just asked me to make
them all different from each other.

These are a few of the ones I made:



Each one is special and unique in its own way.



Each comes with a matching envelope.


Each is blank inside so that they can
be used for any occasion.


These cards are all
one of a kind, hand-crafted cards.


I use designer scrapbooking papers
and embellishments, and oh, yes,
ultra fine crystal glitter...


Anyone would love to recieve one  of
these special cards. 




Cards also make great gifts. They can also be
gift wrapped at no extra charge.



Now these cards were made just for Paula,
but I would love to make a set of cards for you.

In this world of e-mails and texts, there
is still room for cards with a personal touch.

My cards usually come in sets of five, but because
they are handcrafted just for you, I am very
flexible as to how many you need.

Custom cards can be found at
my ETSY shop.

Monday, January 30, 2012

And the Winner is.....




 The winner of my set of five
 winter watercolor cards giveaway is:

Zuni
of
Chickadee Home Nest

As soon as I recieve your mailing address,
your beautiful cards will be on their way.

Thanks to everyone for entering my
winter cards giveaway.

These cards are also available at
my ETSY shop.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Winter Cards Giveaway

Morning Ride

Since it is snowing now, where I live, I decided to
have one last  GIVEAWAY of a set of five of
my Winter Watercolor Cards.

One each of the following different cards.....

Winter Cardinal
This is my prayer for you for this upcoming year:

"The Lord bless you and keep you,
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, 
and give you peace."  

 Numbers 6:24-26

White Horse Inn

Each card is blank inside and comes with a
matching feather-edged envelope.
A generous amount of glitter is smattered onto
the snowy sections to give that frosty winter look.

These would make a great gift, or
use them yourself.

Cardinals

It's a most wonderful time of the year...

Winter Sky

The rules of the giveaway
 are as follows:

1. Become a follower of my blog and
let me know you are a follower.
2. Visit my Etsy Shop.
3. Leave a comment here telling me
which item or items from my
Etsy shop you like best.

The winner will be announced on
Sunday, January 29th

I have also made this collection available at
my ETSY shop.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Makena Dreamin'


We just recently returned from our wonderful vacation.
We spent two sun soaked weeks at our favorite beach in the
world ....( we have limited experience in the world of
beaches), but we love spending time here with our friends.


Here we are, my dear husband of almost 37 years, and I.
We sat basking in the warm sunshine, we ate, we swam,
we tasted some of the tropical island delicacies,
 we felt the sand between our toes,
we had a snack.

We took walks down the beach,
 we ate, we looked for shells, we ate, we felt
the warm trade winds, we ate, and of course we enjoyed 
the absolutely beautiful sunsets.....


Did I mention the wonderful food?

I was inspired to paint this lovely painting from the
 photo at the top of this post.

"Makena Dreamin' "
This lovely beach is located on Maui. 
 It is called Makena Beach (Big Beach). If you enter the
beach from the second entrance and turn right
 you will see this beautiful Kiawe tree,
watch out for the needles though,

 no bare feet until you get past this tree...
Then you will encounter the softest golden sand ever...
and behold the beautiful aqua shore breakers...


I have printed this painting onto beautiful, heavy,
 feather-edged cardstock. This is a set of 5,
but I do sell them as individual cards as well.
 Each card comes with a matching
feather edged envelope and is blank inside...

You can find these cards at my ETSY shop.

Turtle not included :-)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gingerbread, Tresses and Ties


This is the best recipe for gingerbread cookies that I have ever tried:

1 C. Butter                                                     1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 
1 C. Sugar                                                      1/2 tsp. salt 
1 egg                                                              1 T. ginger
1 C. Molasses                                                1 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbls. vinegar                                               1 tsp. cloves (ground)
5 C. flour

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add egg, molasses
and vinegar.  Sift dry ingredients together and add to butter and
sugar mixture.   Mix well.
 On a greased cookie sheet, bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.


We, my daughter Jessica and I, made the tresses for the gingerbread
people, ( is that politically correct?  :-) ) by using a garlic press.

I put brown food coloring in some of the cookie dough to make
the brown hair.


Wallah!! brown hair for the cookies.

Jessica cut out little ties for the gingerbread men.


Hungry onlookers kept vigil over the proceedings...
(Jessica's sons, Isaac and Eric)


Roll out on a floured surface, cut out your shapes
bake and we are ready to frost....


Just confectioners sugar, milk or cream and
your choice of food colorings. We like to
paint ours on.  And sprinkles of course...


Isaac and Eric liked this one because he looks like he is
 praising the Lord.


Doesn't she look nice with those cute bows in her hair.

They each get placed in a little snowflake celophane bag
with a sticker on the back.


 I have this cute wooden handled
winter decorated box that is perfect to keep them in.
They are ready to be passed out to my grandchildren,
 students and friends.
Enjoy!!!!!