Each spring for over 40 years I look forward to my magnolia tree blooming. Spring was slow at arriving this year but it's finally here and so are the flower blossoms.
I love seeing the beautiful pink and white flowers on my magnolia tree in my front yard. I even love seeing the pink and white petals scattered all over the yard when they begin to drop.
The blooming season for my magnolia tree is more than thirty minutes but the life of the flowers in bloom on the tree is short. One year the tree had bloomed and it was wonderful for a day then that night we had an unexpected freeze and by morning all of the blossoms had turned black and fell to the ground.
It was wonderful for a short time.
My title for this post actually is part of a quote from a movie.
She has picked the movie Steel Magnolias for this challenge. Marcia invites everyone to submit something creative to showcase the movie. I had to use my magnolia tree in some way...
I covered a blank tag with a thin sheet of silver metal for the background. I embossed the metal.
I took photos, printed out copies, then cut out the blossoms. I added a bit of Stickles glitter and some Diamond Glaze to the petals. I added a few cream colored Prima flowers and a silver cord for hanging. I used double stick mounting squares to fasten the flowers to the metal tag.
I decorated the back of the tag with a quote from the movie. The quote is: "I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special."
The color for the April challenge is white. To decorate this blank water-color paper postcard I used scrap card stock, stickers, Forget Me Not flowers, a faux butterfly, rubber stamps, embossed scrap backing from stickers, Dazzled Diamond glitter, Stickles glitter and an image from the Gecko Galz "Pixie Jewels 2" collection.
This is the image for the April challenge at the Mind Wide Openblog. Gail, our lovely administrator, created the pretty image for the challenge and assigned the prompt word "freedom" to tickle our imaginations.
It is amazing to see how many different projects are entered using the same image. To see all the entries and to vote go here. You may pick only one.
Gail's image and word inspired me to create a prayer flag for my entry.
I digitally added an image of a baby butterfly fairy riding a blue bird and a Hans Christian Anderson poem to Gail's original image, the word freedom is in the poem. I printed the new altered image onto fabric and frayed the edges.
I cut a piece of burlap fabric for backing and body and frayed the bottom edge. I stitched the two pieces of fabric together. I hand stitched and glued several flowers and a butterfly to the design. I machine stitched some lace, rick-rack, vintage trim, and the words "seek joy" printed on a transparency. A little touch of fairy dust (Stickles glitter) was added. The finished flag is clipped fast to a mini metal hanger.
The flowers, fairy/bird image, and hanger are from Gail's store at the Shabby Cottage Studio. I used my gift certificate award from last month's challenge to purchase some of these lovely items. I must also give credit to Gail for her class on how to make prayer flags that she offered on the Creative Workshop site. Click here to see the current classes offered.
To see more of my prayer flags click here. For more information on prayer flags and some beautiful examples visit Terri at Artful Affirmations. Click here.
My flag is mostly blue but there is enough pink included to link it to one of my favorite blog parties, Pink Saturday. Click here to visit Beverly at How Sweet The Sound, say hello to her and sit back and visit some of the other pink posts at the party beginning on Friday.
Spring is here - I just wish Mother Nature would get the memo!
Sweet Spring flowers
Fuzzy Easter ducks
Cute bunnies and butterfly tags
yes that is chocolate on her face
Happy Pink Saturday! Thank you Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for hosting the Pink Party each week! Click here to visit Beverly. One more thing before you go - I wanted to tell you that I'm so excited! I won first place in the Mind Wide Open Challenge.
Gail at Mind Wide Open hosts a monthly challenge. She provides an inspirational image that must be used in some creative way in your design. Here is the image she provided for the March challenge.
I was inspired by the image to decorate a square chipboard box.
I digitally added a quote to the original image. The butterfly lady is from one of Gail's digital sheets that she sells in her Shabby Cottage Studio Store. I printed the image, cut away the background, and added color with pencil crayons. Some of the butterflies are stickers. The entire box is coated with Diamond glaze. Stickles glitter outlines the edges. A border of white and copper metallic rick-rack edges the box bottom and lid.
The pink upper wings on the large butterfly under the woman are actually wings from a broken faux butterfly.
I didn't photograph the bottom of the box but if you're wondering... yep, there are butterflies on the bottom too.
With all the pink in the image it's perfect for a Pink Saturday Blog Party. Hop on over to visit Beverly, our P. S. hostess at How Sweet The Sound.
If you would like to see all the entries in the Mind Wide Open challenge and if you would like to take part in voting, click here. The winner receives a gift certificate for Gail's Shabby Cottage Studio Store.
A Creative Workshop class, Altered Domino Books with Terri Heinz, was one of my Christmas gifts from my daughter. Last year I started to altered dominoes by making some pins and a couple of pendents. Now I can add making books to that list. Below are some photos from my first two books. I really enjoyed taking this class with Terri. I appreciate her teaching techniques. She talks about and shows her process of design. She explains what she is doing and then demonstrates how, she also shares lots of tips. I will be making more books. If you would like to meet Terri hop over to her blog, Artful Affirmations. You can get a sense of her talent and teaching skills by reading some of her posts and watching her free tutorials.
I've been hibernating a bit here in cold, I mean COLD PA.
But today I want to share news with you about the Traveling Apron.
The apron has begun the new year by traveling to Kentucky and is currently hanging in Kari's kitchen at The Thistlewood Farm. KariAnne, our new sister, has posted a recipe for an easy, sweet, mouthful of joy, treat to kick off the apron's new year travels.
Click here to visit the Thistlewood Farm. KariAnne's posts are always entertaining and she is very creative. While you visit you can take a tour of her beautiful farm house and check out all her decorating tips too.
Oh, did I mention anything about the amazing photos she takes as well?
Notice the apron hanging along side a recipe for bread on the wall in her kitchen. Not only will you find the recipe for the bread by visiting her blog you will also be able to read how to make a recipe wall too.
Strawberry Cheesecake Bites served in a bird's nest - too cute!
It's snowing here as I write this but I'm thinking about warm weather and sweet strawberries. I'll swing over to say hello to my Pink Saturday friends before I go back to the cave. I hope you pour yourself a cuppa of something and take the tour here of Thistlewood Farm then swing by here to How Sweet The Sound and visit all the pink posts.
I just found out that our newest member of the sisterhood is ... drum roll