Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lucky Me!

I've received some special treasures in the mail lately. First, I won a Jewelry Affaire magazine from Petite Michelle Louise. What is so special about the magazine is that Michelle's silverware bracelets are featured in it. In celebration of her work being in the magazine she drew names for a copy of the magazine and mine was drawn! You can click here to see more about her beautiful bracelets.

The magazine was delightfully wrapped when it arrived in the mail.

This is the second treasure I won from Michelle this year. I shared with you how lucky I was to win one of her inspiration holders at the Grow Your Blog party here

Then I won a pincushion from Christine Barker of Scarlet Calliope. She was celebrating her 125th post. I met Christine at An Affair at Downton in May. She was one of the amazing artists that I met there. She recently had a fabulous booth at a flea market - you can go here to check it out.

Then I won $100 when my name was drawn from the pool of volunteers that helped with the 4th of July festivities in my hometown here

I thought that all good things happened in threes which was fine with me until I received an unexpected package in the mail. It was from Tammy of T's Daily Treasures. She sent it just because which was very sweet and thoughtful.

Tammy participates in stashbusting which means she uses her leftover yarn scraps to crochet small things. She crocheted this lovely doily and butterflies from her stash of leftover yarn. On her blog you will find a link to the doily crochet pattern here.

Lucky me!

Monday, July 21, 2014

What Patty Creates

Last week I shared my creative space in Karen Valentine's blogger party. This week in my creative space I've been busy making cards, gift tags and buttons for my display at the Logan Village Mall and for September 20th when Ashleigh and I will have a booth at Make Art. Be Art. Buy Art. at Fountain Square in downtown Indianapolis.

Here are some of the things I have been working on. I liked this vintage daisy image so much that I made not only a card, but gift tags out of it too. Deciding how to embellish the images is great fun. Here I cut out the large daisy from the image and layered two more on top of the one on the card with adhesive foam mount squares. (Daisies are special to me because they were my chosen flowers in our wedding.)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Where Bloggers Create 2014

I'm so excited to join in on the Where Bloggers Create 2014 link party hosted by Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage. This has been an annual event where bloggers share their creative spaces. Much inspiration is gained through this lovely event. Come and join me as I share my creative space with you.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Flower Babies

Sometimes I need to make a quick and easy little project. This was the perfect one since I am out of paint for the china cabinet I started to paint yesterday. I used little dolls and millinery flowers from vintage hats in my stash and hot glued them together to make these sweet flower babies.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Doll's Birthday"

When I was three years old we lived out in the country. My Mom felt isolated because there weren't neighborhood playmates for us. We had horses and cats around us, but that's all. So Mom had to be creative in coming up with things for us to do, such as having a doll's birthday party. Isn't it so sweet that she had party hats for us? And check out those cowboy boots on my eldest brother Jack. That's me in the middle. 

Mom's handwriting on our old photos is very special to me.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Noblesville's July 4th Festival

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful 4th of July day in our city. The weather was perfect and it was so good to see the community out having such a great time. I found the patriotic photo booth, am amazed at what can be done with balloons these days, and the magnificent fireworks show was half an hour long.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Walking Tour of Front Royal, Virginia

When we stopped at the Visitor's Center in Front Royal, Virginia, we found that they offered a walking tour of the quaint town. The Visitor's Center is actually the old train station from the 1850s. A gazebo sits in the Village Commons area. Front Royal, founded in 1788, was restored by the Downtown Revitalization Project in the 1980s. I'll show you some interesting things I saw while there.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Journaling Through Pittsburgh, Front Royal, Raleigh & Charlotte

Dan and I just returned from a fun-filled, whirlwind road trip through the cities of Pittsburgh, Front Royal, Raleigh and Charlotte. The 2000 mile trip centered on a family wedding, so I searched for a vintage wedding photo for the cover of my travel journal.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hamilton County Museum of History in Noblesville, Indiana

I'm on a museum kick. I toured the Hamilton County Museum of History on Conner Street in Noblesville, Indiana. The building was the Old Hamilton County Sheriff's Residence and jail built in 1875-1876. The Hamilton County Historical Society has restored most of the interior and developed the museum for the citizens of Hamilton County. I was eager to see the old jail.