Friday, April 29, 2011

Pink Saturday April 30

Happy Pink Saturday!

Thanks to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound.
Click here to visit her and over 100 other P.S. participants. 

A lovelyEaster gift bouquet from my sister

Pretty in Pink Butterfly Princess... 

My Blue Boy

The egg hunt...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tag Tuesday April 26 ~

The theme for Tag Tuesday this week is
"Arbor Day"
Rebecca our T. T. hostess asked that we use a tree as the main focus of our tags.
My Magnolia Tree is in full bloom this week and it is gorgeous. Using Photoshop Elements 7 I created a digitally altered collage with several photographs of the tree and some close up shots of two blossoms.

Click here to travel to the Blog Garden Challenge to see more Tag Tuesday Arbor Day Tree Tributes!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

All Aflutter...

Last week the dreary skies kept me from taking photos and Easter holiday preparations kept me from posting about receiving this package from Lynn at Wildflowers and Countryroads. Look at the beautiful give-away I won!

Just gorgeous! Thanks Lynn for all the lovely feathered friends.  

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Image credits: Graphics Fairy

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter ~ Pink Saturday April 22, 2011

We're going to have a Happy Easter

A special dinner calls for a few fun pretty things...

There will be baskets filled with candy...and thanks to Tee there will be Whimsy Pockets filled with candy too! Cindy at Whimsical Musings introduced Tee's Pink Whimsy Pockets with her special Alice give away week. Click on the link above to visit Creations By Tee and see her great tutorial on how to make these sweet favors. Click here to see Cindy's special Whimsy Pockets.

There will be an egg hunt too...

Wishing you all an Easter filled with blessings!

Hippity Hop on over to How Sweet The Sound to visit our Pink Saturday Hostess Beverly.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tag Tuesday ~ April 19, 2011 ~ Happy Easter

Having a tag ready for Tag Tuesday on a Tuesday is a first for me.
Rebecca's theme for tags this week is "Happy Easter."
The image on my Easter Greetings tag is from Shabby Cottage Studio as is the brown silk leaf trim along the left side. I added some pink posies, a butterfly I punched out of decorative paper, and a small piece of moss at the bottom edge.

I'm also going to show this tag again because it is for Easter too. I actually used it for a Tag Tuesday theme several weeks ago, I think the theme was called, "Surprise Me".
It's a match box bunny glued to a tag.

Please hop (smiling) on over to visit Rebecca and the other Tag Tuesday participants at the Blog Challenge Garden.

Wishing you all a
Happy and Blessed Easter.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Pink Saturday ~ April 16, 2011

Sweet 16 party.
Last Saturday afternoon my niece had her 16th birthday party. She choose to have a chocolate cake with a lavender fondant with a strawberry filling. YUM! Sorry, I didn't get a shot of the filling...

One of her interests currently is Ballywood dancing which is what inspired me to make her the journal below.  I used a plain spiral bound notebook. I took an image of Ballywood dancers, with the help of Photoshop, I removed the face of one of the dancers and replaced it with a picture of my niece. I added some text to the image.  I added some pretty pink decorative paper and silk ribbons to the outside front. A map of India (notice the pink) is on the outside back cover. I added a few other items to the inside including the bright pink envelope containing a birthday card and money gift.

Then I wrapped it in a piece of shimmery fabric. The fabric will be fun to wear while dancing.

Of course it had a pink bow!

Another niece at the party was kind enough to allow me to photograph the back of her hoodie. Wow, the things we do for Pink Saturday -

And that sums it all up "we love pink!"
Thanks to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound we are going to have another Happy Pink Saturday

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tag Tuesday April 12, 2011

"A chair."
Rebecca ( from the Blog Challenge Garden selected a chair as the theme for our Tag Tuesday Challenge this week.
The chair I used is one that I rescued and revived several years ago. You may recognize it from the header on my blog. I pulled the photo into Photoshop and altered it with the posterize filter. The background paper on my tag was from packaging material. I used Inkadinkado letter stamps to make the word sit. I added word bubbles with the quote, "Come sit with me and stay awhile and we shall have some tea". It is one of the quotes that is actually painted on the chair. A little Stickles glitter was used to outline the letters. 

Thanks Rebecca for your inspiration. I'm heading over to link this up and then check out all the other chair tags.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another Surprise...

I received another surprise today. Cat at Tattered Rebel has selected one of my Garden Party Collection tussie mussies for her Etsy treasury called "My Mother's Nest." I'm honored to have one of my pieces included in her Treasury.

Fairy Dust?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Blog Surprises and Blessings...

The postman delivered a surprise on Friday. A package from Cindy at Whimsical Musings. Cindy sent her "Faerie Blue" art collage to live with me! She wanted to have her faeries sprinkle their magical dust all around blogland. The package also contained some fava beans that were tossed to her during the St. Joseph Day parade in New Orleans. She  gathered as many beans as she could to share them with her art sisters. Cindy is a blessing, she is a friend, an inspiration, and a kindred spirit.

Saturday I found out that Dru from NestinSLT had selected my HOPE banner to be featured in her Etsy Treasury called "Random Thoughts." It is an honor for me to have one of my pieces included in the collection.

Then on Sunday morning it was announced that I had won a lovely bird collection. Lynn at Wildflowers and Countryroads celebrated her 100th follower with her first ever give away.

Could it be the faerie dust? The fava beans?... Three days of surprises and blessings...magical

Friday, April 8, 2011

Garden Parties Continue with Pink Saturday April 9, 2011

Happy Pink Saturday! But first... 

Let's Continue getting ready for the Garden Party with a few more favors. All of the tin cans are decorated with beautiful papers and flowers made from either dried orange peel, or paper, or seashells. There are paper butterflies, beads, silk trim, pearl gems and touches of glitter. Each one contains a tiny straw hat that has been embellished with flowers, ribbons and feathers.  Then there are several tussie mussies filled with nesting birds, or a tea pot, tea cup and saucer, or a butterfly in a bed of roses. The decorative paper cones are embellished with, laces, cheese cloth, flowers, and pearls.  This Victorian Garden Party Collection will be available for purchased in my Etsy shop. 

Thanks to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound we are celebrating another P.S. click here to hop on over to say hello to her. Then click on any of over 100 links on her blog to visit more P.S. celebrations.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Garden Parties

The warm sunshine and the fragrant spring and summer scents draw us outdoors. It is a perfect time for tea and shower garden parties.  A party calls for some decorations for your table or favors for your guests to take home. Here are a few suggestions. More will follow...


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tag Tuesday ~ April 5th Postcard Cut-Up Challenge

Rebecca's Tag Tuesday challenge for this week is to make a tag using an actual postcard. Below is my entry.  The postcard was purchased on a family vacation long ago (at least 20 years ago). Our daughters loved this hotel in Ocean City, Maryland because they served tea and cookies every afternoon in the hotel lobby.  If you would like to see more Postcard Tags hop over to The Blog Challenge Garden to say hello to Rebecca and find the links for more Tag Tuesday entries.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pink Saturday ~ April 2, 2011

Happy Pink Saturday!
No, this is not an April Fool's Day joke.
Pink Saturday usually begins on a Friday after 5:00 PM. It is a fun event brought to you by Beverly at How Sweet The Sound each and every week. Click here to hop on over to visit her P.S. post.  While you are there you might want to pick out a few of the other participants to visit as well. I'm sure you will have an inspirational trip. I decided to show some of my favorite Easter decorations today. 

I painted Peter in one of those popular ceramic classes years ago, (more than 20 years ago). He is sporting a bit of pink.  Another old decoration is my yellow (sorry, no pink) fuzzy duck (from another craft class). Perhaps I'll refresh the yellow bow with a pink ribbon. The tin bunny is not as old, and I did not make it, but he is cute and he is wearing a pink vest.  Have a great weekend and a super week!