A personal journal

I wanted to share with you this paper bag journal I had made for my mom a couple years ago. She had lost her ability to talk due to Alzheimer's so I wanted her to have something she could look at and think about related to family. It's filled with family & loved ones & something my dad said she looked through all the time. The bags formed open pockets so I stuffed them with various tags I made - I think those were her favorite part!

It was made with love & had different textures & patterns & colors - I wanted her to be able to use her hands as well to see & feel various things. I'm so glad she enjoyed it daily and I know I'll cherish it daily as well.

Rebecca Ann (Aug 1954 ~ Jan 1955)


Something vintage for your man

Time for another challenge at The Male Room Challenge Blog - this time, the theme is vintage! 

This distressed wood block is perfect for your man's desk at work or his man cave. Each side is decorated differently, using  Authentique's now retired Suave collection. There's metal embellishments, lacquer, distressing - something unique on every side! 


In memorium.....

My precious mother passed away in her sleep after a long battle with Alzheimer's. I'm so glad I was able to help take care of her with my father. She was always happy & had a smile that lit up a room. 

She played the organ, knitted & crocheted, sewed & quilted. She learned to jitterbug at her local soda shoppe when she was a teen. She used to bowl & play golf. She was a Sunday School teacher, worked at the Christian school at a local church, & taught in The Good News club. We were in our church choir together when I was a kid. She was a Tupperware Lady & an Avon Lady. She was married for 64 years to my father. She's traveled & lived in various places, both here & abroad, as an Air Force spouse, including Greece, Germany, Israel, California, Alabama, & her home state of Illinois. 

Life is precious - spend as much time as you can with your family. Forgive each other. Support each other. You don't know how much time you have. 

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

I'm up on the Canvas Corp Brands blog, participating in a Crew Member challenge called Good For the Creative Soul. This 1st month's subject is Music. And I upcycled a Dollar Store box using the song Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves!

The inside is a pop-up I fashioned using a piece of heavy cardboard fan-folded as a spring - I can then push it down so that I can put the lid on. 

Come check out the CCB Blog for the other entries in this unique Crew Challenge! And don't forget to shop around for some great supplies & unique crafting items!  


Just a quick note to everyone...

My dear mother is terminal right now, fighting Alzheimer's. Last night, her condition got worse. I went to see her & talked to her & said my goodbyes so I'd have no regrets. I don't know how much longer she has but it's not long.

Besides posts I've got scheduled for future dates, I might not be posting for awhile. Don't be confused if my posts sound upbeat & happy - they were done before this turn of events. I might try to post, though, because doing art is a form of therapy & takes my mind off of things.

I appreciate each and every follower & lurker out there. Even though I grieve, it's not without hope.

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope." 
         1 Thessalonians 4:13

I know she's a Christian & I'll see her again. I hope you all have that same assurance & that you make the most of your time with loved ones. 💖


Here's the answer to the treasure hunt 🖼️

No one found the treasure I was looking for! So here's the answer to each clue provided - were you close at all? 

1. On my blog, I entered a challenge that turned out to be a real circus!

The post was The Greatest Show On Earth

2.  While at the circus, I had some coffee.

In that post, I referenced Tattered Angels Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist

3.  Then I decided to have tea on YouTube.

Once at the Glimmer Mist link, there was a recycled tea box with a link to the YouTube tutorial

4.  The last commentor can be found on Instagram.

Once at the video, the last commentor was Tattered Angels

5.  Look at all the pretty pictures! I love the one with wings!

This is where you can take a few different paths because there's more than one pic with wings. I chose this pic:

And the person who made that layout from the description is CCB Crew Member Marie Johansson

6.  More pretty pictures - you read my mind!

Once on her Instagram page, the word 'read' (books) is the key which leads to this pic:

And that pic corresponds to the CCB October Challenge 

7.  Now that you've traveled the world, what did you FIND? 

Once there, the key is 'world' - and that takes us to the cool altered piece by Dollie which has a globe (world)

Does it all make sense now - or are you smacking your foreheads? 😃

We'll try again another time so stay tuned.... 


Come take a trip with me...

Hey everyone! How'd you like to see a little of where I live in West Virginia?! Then head on over to the CCB Blog & check out my post: GYPSY TRAVELS TO LOCAL ABANDONMENT AND VINTAGE JUNKERY IN WEST VIRGINIA!

Here's a little sneak peek at what you'll find!

Such a rich history in this area with fabulous old buildings & cemeteries & antiques!  Won't you join me? 🙄