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.

We took a nice long walk on a lovely sunny morning. And in the evening we sat and gazed at the dome in the West Baden Hotel where we stayed, and spun some wheels in the casino. 

Moving along to earlier in the month, another happy thing we did was to see Boz Scaggs in concert. I became a huge fan again last year when we happened to see him in concert. Both Dan and I were so blown away by his music that we decided to see him again. He's an amazing man and musician. At the age of 70, he has continued to write music and recently recorded two new albums that we think are great!

It was our first time to enjoy the Palladium concert hall at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. We think of it as being a new place, but they are already in their 5th season! I took this photo before the concert while people were being seated. Isn't it lovely? Boz commented that he was impressed with the acoustics there.

And finally, I have done some custom work which makes me happy and fulfilled. A friend of mine asked me to design welcoming office door signs for her company's move to their new location. Since everything was freshly painted, they didn't want anything stuck to the doors, so we used Baker's twine and taped them to the top of the doors.

Another friend's daughter is getting married. I made a banner, some LOVE confetti in her colors of pink and blue, and cut "Here Comes the Bride" from vinyl for the sign that a child will carry down the aisle.

A sweet Etsy customer asked me to personalize sheriff badges for her child's Toy Story birthday party. Aren't the party favors adorable?

Well, as August is just about over, I'll be compiling a new list for September! How about you? Was your August good also?

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!) 

I punched these five holiday colors out of cardstock and used a scorer to make them easier to fold.

Here are some of the pages in the journal. I used my Cinch machine to hold the pages together.

Included is an old photo of a little boy with his toys I found on one of my antiquing excursions. Love the TV in the background!

This is a page I put together with graphics from The Graphics Fairy. I've made cards out of it and sell them in my Etsy Shop here.

So I'm really looking forward to my first December Daily this year! Even though the tabs only have December dates on them, I think I will start on Thanksgiving Day since we will be visiting our little grandson in California. I'm sure I will have many happy thoughts to record then.

So, if you are inclined to write in a December Daily, check out Pinterest for ideas. If you would like to add some holiday tabs, you can find them in my Etsy Shop here.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

My Trip to Kansas: Karla Nathan's Birdsong No. 5

I felt honored to be a part of Karla Nathan's Birdsong art retreat this year. This was my third major event (I blogged about the first two here, here and here.)  If you haven't met Karla, you can read about her on her blog, Karla's Cottage. Caution: only go there if you have a big chunk of time because you won't want to leave. I was most excited to see Karla's art studio firsthand. As her studio has been featured in many magazines, I wanted to see it for myself and feel the presence of all the vintage goodness. I wanted to know if it was beautiful as in the publications - and YES YES YES it was!!!

Karla likes fairies which are abundant in her art studio. And she lovingly refers to her granddaughters as "grandfairies."

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Bahamas No. 3

This was our third trip to The Bahamas. Our first visit was in 2006 when we accompanied our son during spring break of his senior year in high school. Back in our day, we went to the Florida coast for our spring break, but our son and friends chose The Bahamas. Imagine that...we told him that we would gladly be chaperones for the trip! We had such a great time on Paradise Island! We stayed at the Atlantis Royal Towers when they were brand new. The Reef and the Cove hadn't been built yet. The last two times we stayed at the Cove Atlantis. I wrote about our last trip in 2013 here.

This mosaic of photos were taken from the cabana where we met up with our friends and spent most of our days at the Cove. It rained the first three days on and off, but that was okay with me. One of my favorite parts of the trip was looking at the gorgeous colors of the water in the ocean. Another favorite was how well the staff pampered us.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

May Happy List

Besides Spring that brings sunshine and flowers, there have been some other things to add to my May happy list.

Mother's Day was very enjoyable, spent with our daughter, Ashleigh. She came over bearing flowers, a framed canvas of my granddog (her dog, Tangerine) and a Michaels gift card from our son and family in California. Dan joined us for brunch and then Ash and I got our nails done and we shopped at Old Navy. We were surprised when we saw that the nail salon was jammed with clients. They said it's like that every Mother's Day. Who would have known? 

Later in the week, a friend of Ashleigh's came to her house and gave us facials. Besides the facial, it was a delight to watch Ashleigh interact with her friend: two beautiful young women who value their friendship.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tea Anyone?

My friend, Anita, and I attended our third fabulous Downton Abbey tea in Kokomo, Indiana. It was hosted by the Howard County Historical Society & Kokomo Public Library, and was held at Elite Banquet & Conference Center on Lafountain Street.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sewing Paper and Cloth Banners

How are you doing? I've made a couple of new things lately and didn't make the connection until I started writing this post that they are both banners that were made with my sewing machine. 

Actually, the first one is a garland. I've seen die cuts sewn together and have been wanting to experience making one myself. I haven't sewn paper very much with my sewing machine so I was a bit skeptical about the results of this project. I started with two different shades of pink card stock, then punched the butterfly shapes and finally stitched them together at a 3 inch interval. I was pleasantly surprised and happy with my butterfly garland! Here they are strung on an old lamp base for you to see. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April's Happy List

It's time for another happy list. 

1. I'm starting off with Ashleigh's latest commissioned charcoal drawing. Her work always makes me happy and I know the mother of this beautiful baby is happy to have it. It always amazes me how she captures things like blankets and hair.