Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Ideas

My friend, Karen, who has a booth at the Logan Village Mall in Noblesville, does an amazing job staging her booth. She had been talking about painting one of the areas with black chalkboard paint and recently did just that. Note how it brings out all of the beautifully rich colors of the items that she has for sale.

Sometimes I help her with her booth and find it very interesting to watch how she positions things. She's had extensive experience and knows how items should be placed.

At the end of a decorating session it always surprises me with the wonderful outcome. Karen tells me I will get the hang of it. Someday.


My friend, Anita, let me borrow this amazing Lucky 8 doily punch manufactured by We R Memory Keepers. I searched the Internet and it doesn't look like it is still currently for sale, sorry. But I had a great time playing with it, making doilies out of my Halloween cardstock.

You start with a 12 x 12 inch sheet of cardstock and have three choices of how you would like for it to punch. In the photos above and below, I turned on both the outer and inner cuts located on the punch.

Next, I turned the inner punch off, using only the outer punch.

And finally, I only used the inner punch here.

At first, I thought it would take me awhile to get the punch working right, but it turned out that it was quite easy to use. These could be used as place mats in a Halloween tablescape, as scrapbooking layouts, and as bases for mixed media projects. Also, they could be made into banners, or I might find a way to incorporate using them into my Etsy packaging.

Using a doily as a placemat

I used some doilies in my great room.


When I attended the Calendar Planner Girl class a few weeks ago that I mentioned here, we made a little craft. It entailed applying Washi tape to black binder clips. It was a fun and simple project that came out great!

I put the tape on all three sides and simply folded it inside.

From plain and simple, to this!

And more!


And finally, after searching for an old Halloween family photo, I decided to play with the special effects of PicMonkey. This is our adorable daughter when she was in grade school ready for a trick or treating adventure!

I hope this post offered you some inspiration for Halloween creativity!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Home-A-Rama 2015

Touring homes, new and old, provides inspiration for me to spruce up our home. I recently enjoyed touring five newly built homes that were highlighted in a local home show called Home-A-Rama. It was put on by the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) in the beautiful neighborhood of Sagamore in Noblesville, Indiana. All of the homes back up to the Jack Nicholas Signature Golf Course. I'll show you the homes with a collage of my favorite photos of each home. I'll conclude with four decorating ideas I saw during the tour that have inspired me to perhaps use at our home. 

Home #1 by Williams Custom Art Builders

Monday, September 28, 2015

September Happy List

I have to quickly get in my September happy list before the month is over! It creeps up so fast! First up, I have to say how lovely the weather has been here in Indiana. The other evening when Dan was away on business, I drove over to my friend Anita's house and we walked to a new pizza restaurant and then to the ice cream shop. She lives just outside of our adorable town square and I love the fact that she can walk everywhere. Our town square (Noblesville, Indiana) has remained quaint, and there is always something going on! It was a beautiful evening and the air was cool and just perfect!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

UncommonGoods Review

The online New York based store, UncommonGoods, invited me to review some of their products. The offer was to choose from their gifts for men and women collections and write a blog post about them. Since I am trying to be more health conscious, I chose this green Bike Tote from their gifts for women here, and this attractive Define Fruit Infusion Bottle from their gifts for men here. (I think I've mentioned before that green is my favorite color - and the olive green shade of the tote is just right!)

Sunday, September 20, 2015


The other day, I observed something really precious - "Barktember," which is an annual September dog event where dog owners can bring their four-legged friends to the waterpark for a dip in the pool. As many of my readers already know, dog lovin' is something quite new to me. Our daughter Ashleigh invited me to join her and her dog Tangerine at the event.

There were dogs with and without leashes everywhere. The place was fenced in so it was a nice opportunity for doggy parents to relax and watch their doggies make new friends. It reminded me of the playgroups to which I took my kids when they were little, well, kind of...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

My Cincinnati-Cincinnatian Trip

We traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio, to attend my 40th high school reunion. While we were there, we stayed at the The Cincinnatian Hotel. Did you ever wander around your downtown area and wonder what some of the old hotels are like inside? Well, we had the opportunity to do just that on this trip. 

The Cincinnatian Hotel, built in 1882, has an interesting history. It is a small luxury hotel, also referered to a "small boutique hotel." We found it quite charming. I took some photos to share with you.

Friday, August 28, 2015

August Happy List

August has been a fun month, I think...I saw the dentist and had my annual physical. Well, the happy thing about that is that I'm good for 6 months before I have to do it all over again, right?! 

Anyway, we took what is becoming our monthly trip to French Lick in Southern Indiana. It is so beautiful there and it makes Dan and me happy when we visit.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

December Daily Journal

Have you heard of a December Daily journal? I discovered it on Pinterest awhile back. For several years now, I have wanted to experience writing in a December Daily journal during the month of December. Until this year though I had waited too late in the year and then just let the idea go. But this year, I'm going to actually do it! Hurray, it's only August and I am ready!

I made this junk journal (below) last year too close to Christmas and felt rushed to use it (I blogged about it here). So to add to the assurance of using it this year, I made some holiday colored tabs to use in it for fun. I adhered them to the pages with glue dots. (On a side note, I have great respect for glue dots as an adhesive. Recently, I was looking for an adhesive that would attach glitter cardstock to regular cardstock and I found that glue dots were the only adhesive that held them together!) 

Monday, July 13, 2015

I'm Happiest When...

Here's a different take on my monthly happy list. The other day I had thought about the fact that I'm happiest when I'm working in my art studio. My creative spirit flows and gives me a sense of satisfaction. I am constantly working on new products for my Etsy shop and adding them keeps the shop fresh and interesting. Corresponding with Etsy customers from all around the world is so much fun! And these days it's easy to communicate, sending pictures of custom projects as they come to fruition so I can get feedback. That way I can make sure I am sending exactly what my customer is looking for. I had a neat exchange with a lady who wanted summer words cut out for her scrapbooking project.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June Happy List

Father's Day was so much fun! Ashleigh and her dog, Tangerine, came over for the afternoon.

Photo courtesy of Ashleigh Antle