Tuesday, July 12, 2011


"Life is a stream
On which we strew
Petal by petal the flower of our heart;
The end lost in dream,
They float past our view,
We only watch their glad, early start."
--Amy Lowell


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summer time and the peaches are sweet

I love summer with its bounty of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables.
this week I bought Georgia peaches, Rainier cherries,
juicy tomatoes, firm but moist cucumbers,
crispy radishes, and some of the last of the Vidalia onions
then I got really messy with paints, fibers, and trims.
I have returned from vacation with lots of photos
and lots of catching up to do here at home
I had an absolutely fantastic time in Seattle, Portland, Olympia, Mt Rainier (snow taller that our heads!!!), the Washington beach, the Kitsap peninsula, Vancouver BC, and Whistler BC.
More to come when I get things settled
I have to say that coming out of the Fort Lauderdale airport upon our return to Florida was like walking into a steam bath - I could positively hear my hair frizzing!!!!
Thanks for reading and I hope to be back tomorrow or the next day with some new things to show you.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Have a wonderful day
and thanks to all of those who have fought to preserve our freedoms!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Crazy clowns - Gecko Galz, 7gypsies, and more

It's summertime - heat, barbeques, swimming, sunbathing, and circuses!
I love my 7gypsies printer's tray because it is so perfect for changing it to reflect the seasons and my current color choices - last summer's blue and white and February's pinkness - but right now it's all about yellows, reds, and oranges with a bit of turquoise thrown into the mix.
I cut out ephemera from the Gecko Galz Crazy Clowns and arranged them into some of the openings. I cut 2 tiny ephemera images to fit into the Gecko Galz locket pendants (in the bottom right corner) and I even added a Gecko Galz button pin with the fun lime green Gecko logo.
I added some Prima flowers and ribbons, some Making Memories flowers and one of their fun vintage groove jewelry pendants along with Prima "Believe" embellishment. I also included one of my handmade ruched flowers in a red gingham with a Jenni Bowlin button as the center.  The button with the Chinese character is from my collection as is the Bingo game piece.
And then I really went crazy, adding an actual matchbox and spool of thread.
What a fun project - it makes me think of the circuses that my grandfather used to take me to when I was a little girl and also of the fun Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota. If you ever go to Sarasota, be sure to visit it!
thanks for looking and have a super day!