Monday, January 31, 2011

Celebration Hope Banner Winner...

Here are the entries.
If you left a comment you had one chance. A follower and a comment gave you 2 chances. A follower, a comment, and adding my celebration button to your side bar gave you 3 chances.

Entry strips were folded and tossed into a basket.

I asked my lovely assistant, Emma (my granddaughter), to pick a slip.

The lucky winner is Deborah at Miss Bee's Haven.

Thanks to everyone who helped me to celebrate my milestone.

I would also like to thank a dear friend, Cindy Adkins, for being so thoughtful. She made this beautiful tag for me!

One World One Heart Event~

January 30 to February 17, 2011
One World One Heart Event!

This is the first time I am participating in this event which is in its 5th and final year, according to the creator of the event, Lisa at A Whimsical Bohemian.
I'm excited about taking this journey around the world of creative bloggers.

Lisa tells us to introduce ourselves:
My name is Linda. I am a proud American from the state of Pennsylvania. I'm married, I have three grown children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. I'm a cancer survivor. I dabble in sewing, knitting, painting, calligraphy, writing, mix-media art, digital arts and anything else creative that comes along and tickles my fancy. I am thrilled to have found this blogging world of creative people.  

Thank you for stopping by, please leave a comment so I can hop to your blog to meet you and if you leave a comment on on this post you will have a chance to win my door prize. My prize is a journal cover that is a heat embossed and stamped craft foam sheet. I added 24 sheets of 55 lb. parchment paper to the inside. I've entered an Italic calligraphy quotation on the first page of the journal. Also included is a 3" by 3" mini-book covered in marbled paper with an accordion folded hand lettered quotation inside. Lastly, I'm including a tag in shades of chocolate to welcome Spring. I hope you like them.   

Sunday, January 30, 2011

So Honored

I am so honored. I just received an email that I am featured in Cindy Adkins' Whimisical Musings Magazine this week along with three other artists.  Cindy's online magazine was just launched on January 17, 2011. A new edition is posted each Monday. It is a weekly online magazine for anyone who enjoys art, repurposing, and decorating. It offers creative ideas and features several inspiring guests.  Click on the links to read the article.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pink Saturday~January 29, 2011

Pink Saturday?

A planter of snow on the patio from the winter storm on Wednesday.

Snowy bird feeder in the backyard.

Frozen Wisteria vine pods.

Ice! Cold! Winter! White! Snow!

A warm pink elephant on a William and Major tea canister.

Warm colors, hot tea...a happy pink Saturday!
Please visit Beverly at "How Sweet The Sound," our lovely P.S. hostess. Say hello to her and stop by to visit a few of the other P.S. posts listed.
If you have not entered my celebration give away for the Hope Banner. Scroll down to my January 17th post and leave a comment. A winner will be selected on Monday January 31st.

A Valentine Fiesta

Marta at EnCasa de Tia Gretel  is inviting you to participate in a Valentine's Day Fiesta she is hosting on her blog.  These are the things you need to do to attend the party:
1. Schedule a February 14th post for or about Valentine's Day on your blog.
2. Visit Marta's blog and link your post to her party on February 14th.
3. Visit others who are at the party and leave comments.
4. Put Marta's Valentine Fiesta button on your blog.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Spot Challenge

I'm going to enter this piece into June's Dezinaworld's Spot Challenge. Her new theme is "Hues of Blues." This is one of the pieces on my Hope banners. I'm giving one of the banners away on Monday and I have the other banner listed for sale in my Etsy shop, Stonecrop Cottage Studio.

News From Australia

If you hop over to Pam's Cloth To Creation Blog you can read more about bloggers coming together for a worthy cause. I was one of Pam's lucky winners of her raffle. I won the beautiful tote she donated.  Thanks Pam!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Beneath The Sea~Spot Challenge

Beneath The Sea is the name of this weeks Spot Challenge at Dezinaworld. I didn't think I had anything to enter and I didn't have any ideas. Then I remember that I still had this gift box that I made several years ago. I've always had a thing for up-cycling boxes. For this box I used a fish pattern tissue paper that I crinkled up and then ironed the sheet to freezer wrap paper. I used Mod Podge to apply the paper to the lid. For the bottom of the box I applied torn pieces of tissue paper with the Mod Podge. The card and envelope were made using the tissue paper and freezer wrap technique. The ribbon and bow are raffia. A sea shell is glued to the flap of the envelope and a cluster of shells are glued to the center of the faux sea weed bow. I think I liked this gift box too much and that is why I still have it. I'm going to link this to June's Spot Challenge. Hop over to her blog to see other entries for "Beneath The Sea."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Reaching Out

Another friend I've met in this creative blog circle is Pam Eyre at Cloth To Creation. Pam has been holding auctions and now raffles to help raise money for the flood victims in Australia. A donation to the Disaster Relief Appeal will give you a chance to win one of her wonderful creations. If you would like to meet this talented lady just click on her blog name above or click on her "Hope Banner" on my side bar. Stop by to see her mix-media creative work and check out her occasional vegetarian recipes. Find out how you can help Pam to make a difference.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Kindred Spirits"

"Friendship happens in that special moment when someone reaches out to another. Trusts, comforts, believes in another.
Hopes the best for another
And makes a special difference no one else can make."
Author Unknown

This quotation about a friend best describes Cindy Adkins of Whimsical Musings, a friend to many of us in this circle of creative bloggers. Cindy is a caring, sharing, encouraging, kindred spirit. The most recent sweet thing Ms. Cindy has done for me is to help me celebrate a special milestone in my life. Besides all her supportive comments she also sent me some of her beautifully created gifts.

A beautiful tag!

A pretty cross was inside this sweet little match box!

If you haven't met Cindy or visited her blog you might want to hop on over to pay her a visit and check out all the blog-candy she has posted. Which reminds me, she actually has a Give-Away for Valentines Day called "Blog Candy" 'cause it's a big assortment of fantastic, delicious things you can use to create. I don't want to sound greedy but I sure hope I am the winner! Click on her link above or click on her Give Away button on my side bar.

Friday, January 21, 2011

My post today is miss-matched china. I found a few pretty pieces in a thrift store and my daughter gave me a couple of pieces she found in an antique shop. Lucky for me they all had pink flowers in the patterns.

If you would like to participate in my "Give-Away" please scroll down to my January 17th post or click on the Hope Banner on my side bar to enter your comment. I'll be selecting a winner on the 31st.

Treat yourself this Saturday morning. Get your favorite cup and fill it with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and click here to visit Beverly at "How Sweet The Sound." She is our Pink Saturday hostesses. While you are there you can say hello to her and then consider visiting some of the other P.S. participants. But, before you begin you might want to get a refill on your hot beverage . There are 100+ pink posts filled with blog-candy. Have a inspirational day!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Spot Prize Challenge

This double sided tag is a thank you for a sweet friend.
I used one of the images from my "give-away" banner, and mounted it onto decorative card stock. I added some glitter, sequin butterflies, a bit of feathery twine and a handwritten title, "Believing is magical..." 
On the opposite side is a special quotation that I want to keep as a surprise for my friend
I'm going to link the tag to Dezinaworld's "Spot Prize Challenge" for this Thursday. The Theme this week is "Magic." Entering the challenge is a great extension to my celebration week.  Click on the link in this post or look for the challenge button on my side bar to visit the Dezinaworld site where you'll find wonderful images to purchase, great give-aways, plus boundless inspiration.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Celebration Of Survivorship...Give-Away

January 17, 2006, I believe that the Lord guided the hands of my Gynecological Oncology Surgeon, Dr. Richard Belch, as he removed the advanced stage uterine cancer from my body. I believed it was gone after the surgery; however, my team of Oncology doctors strongly felt I needed more treatment. Several weeks after surgery the chemotherapy infusions began. Shortly after, the fourth chemo infusion radiation treatments began. Six months after surgery they had done all they could do; now we had to wait.
I am celebrating that after 5 years I am still cancer free. I thank God for the miracle and I cling to the HOPE of many more years of survivorship.

If you would like to share in my celebration you can participate in my give-away. Here’s all you have to do: For 1 chance leave a comment on this post. For a 2nd chance comment to let me know that you are a follower. For a 3rd chance grab my Give-Away button and post it on your blog side bar then come back and let me know.  
The give-away begins on January 17 and ends on January 31.
Oh, what am I giving away? I’m giving away one of these “Hope Banners,”
I made one to give away and one to sell in my Etsy Shop.  

Image Credits and thanks to: Gail at Shabby Cottage Studio and Karen at The Graphics Fairy.

I didn't have great lighting when I took these pictures. I will try to get better shots and re-post them, hope for sunshine.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pink Saturday ~ January 15, 2011

Happy Pink Saturday! Please visit our Pink Saturday hostess Beverly at "How Sweet The Sound" say hello and check out all the P.S. links.

I'm having a give-away on Monday, Come back Monday to help me celebrate a special milestone.

Scroll down to find PINK ICE! Every winter someone colors the ice that forms on this mountain of rocks near our home.  

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pink Swan Lake

Pink swans from Shabby Cottage Studio's "Magical Worlds" collage sheet are printed on 100% cotton and decoratively stitched onto a silky linen fabric. A Perfect little image for lavender scented sachet pillows for my Etsy shop.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Turkey Invasion Video

These not so wild turkeys spent several hours on our patio on Monday morning. Thought I'd share my little video with you.

Monday, January 10, 2011


My "Creative Spirit" guided me to making heart shaped tags. Credit must to given to Gail at Shabby Cottage Studio for the image of the woman (a free gift to her Face Book followers). The sheet music is from Dover Books and the flower graphic is from the-one-and-only Graphic's Fairy Karen. I'm linking up to Cindy Adkin's Whimsical Musings "Creative Spirit Challenge" for January. Then I'm going to hop on over to the Graphic Fairy and link up to "Brag Monday." I also want to credit Gail with teaching me how to make a collage heart in one of her digital classes. I'm surround by wonderful women who are so creative, talented, and generous. No wonder I'm having so much fun. I think these tags might be Etsy bound.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy Pink Saturday ~ January 8, 2011

Two great ladies I had the pleasure of working for took me to tea to celebrate my retirement on my last of of work, December 23, 2010.
There was so much pink in this lovely tea room that I had to save the photos for a pink Saturday post.
Abigail's Tea Room is a restored Victoria house. They serve a wonderful selection of teas, soups, finger sandwiches, and yummy desserts in a relaxing atmosphere. They also have a great gift shop. Click here to visit Abigail's online. Click here to visit Beverly, our PS hostess, at "How Sweet The Sound." 

The desserts got a little messy on the trip home, I was too full to eat them at tea, aren't they so sweet?

I know it isn't pink but I just loved it...

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