It's Been So Long

Haven't posted for so long,
I thought I'd share a little something.

I'm participating in the
Marie Crown Page Book Swap
in the Marie Antoinette Mail Art group,
and this is the page I made.

(back side)

We make four pages and receive four different pages in return.
We also create a page for ourselves and the covers.

I really love making these pages!

It's been three weeks
since I started the bedroom/studio swap.

I have pain in places I didn't know I had,
and I would like to sleep for a month.

I've never had my butt kicked so bad!

But, I love it!

I have a little bit of fine tuning to do and then I'll take pics.


Beautiful Cuff Swap

I recently participated in a

Cuff Swap.

This is the cuff I created for my partner Stephanie.

The fabrics and laces are stitched
over a metal cuff. Fun project!

This is the beautiful cuff I received from Stephanie.

I love the soft blue and all that bling!

She even spoiled me with some beautiful lace,
flowers, and a sweet hummingbird pin.

Thank you Stephanie!


Apple-Walnut Chicken Salad

I'm partying with my Bloggerette Sisters,
and today we're talkin' food.

I'm going to share one of my all-time favorite recipes.

And while I love to eat, the cooking part
is a 'not-so-much'.

So, I just kind of dump it together and call it dinner.
I pretty much guess on my amounts. So,
I cut up my apples to bite-sized pieces,
and I use whatever kind I happen to have.

Then, I chop some lots of celery because
I love celery.

Add a handful of chopped walnuts, raisins/cranberries.
I love these too, so I tend to use a big handful.

The recipe calls for chicken breast, but
I use tenders. They're easier for me to cut.

 Place them all in a large bowl.

Stir in some Italian dressing, and
I also add a dollop of mayo.

I just serve it from the bowl, but,
it looks pretty going to the table,
served on a bed of lettuce.

This is a wonderful, cool recipe for summer.

Here is the actual recipe for those
of you who don't like to guess.

Apple-Walnut Chicken Salad

5 ounces cooked chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped apple
2 ounces chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon raisins
1/3 cup low-sugar Italian dressing
Bibb lettuce

In a medium bowl, gently stir together the chicken,
celery, apple, walnuts, and raisins. Pour the dressing
over the mixture and toss gently to coat.

Serve on a bed of Bibb lettuce.

Serves 2

This is a South Beach Diet recipe, so here are the facts:

Per serving: 444 calories, 27 g protein,
33 g carbohydrates, 25 g fat,
3 g saturated fat,
391 mg sodium, 63 mg cholesterol,
8 g fiber

This is a favorite in my house.
I hope you like it too!


Am I Crazy??

'Cuz I sure feel crazy!

I started a little, big, HUGE project
earlier this week.

At this posting, my studio stands almost


Hubby and I are trading spaces
with my studio.

Our bedroom is slightly larger
than the room I'm in now.

But, even more exciting
is the natural lighting that is
so much better in our bedroom.

I've been piling all of my stuff
in the family room.

My physical ability for doing this
kind of thing
is pretty much spent.

And I still need to paint two rooms
and move everything into the new room!

Happy Weekend Everyone!


Creating Marie Style

I wanted to share this beautiful magazine
with you.

This is a special issue created by the talented Sonia,
who publishes Creating Vintage Charm.

You can get your very own copy here.

Every page is filled with beautiful art that is sheer delight for the eyes.

And some of the most talented and creative artists.

I am so honored to have my Marie-inspired lamp among
the pages of this deliciously beautiful magazine.

Each time I pass it, I am reminded of the joy
that creating brings to my life,

the thrill of stepping outside of the box
and trying new things,

and the blessings of being taught and inspired
by so many talented artists.

I can honestly not imagine a day without creating,
anymore than I can imagine a day without breathing.

Here's some exciting news!

The latest issue of Creating Vintage Charm
is now available.....

and to celebrate,
Sonia is giving away a copy
of Fifi O'Neill's beautiful book
Romantic Prairie Style.

Visit her blog today, and enter to win.

I have been busily finishing up swaps in preparation
of a BIG project that I'm about to start.

These charms were created for a swap
in the Marie Antoinette mail art group.

I hope that you are giving yourself
the gift of time to create.


Footstool Flowers

Yesterday was one of those days
when I just felt like hanging out in front of the TV.

So, I gathered supplies to create flowers
and parked myself there for the day.

My workspace for the day?.....my favorite puffy pink footstool.

I cut fabric squares in varying sizes. The largest
depends on how big you want your flower.

You want to use a synthetic fabric
that will curl, not something like cotton
that will burn.

I folded my square in half, then half again,
and half one more time.....

until it looked like this.

Then I rounded the corners with my scissors.

Then I patiently held each piece
above the flame of a candle,

until the edges start to curl. Be careful
that your petals don't touch the flame.

I inked around the edges of some
of my petals using my stamping inks.

Using six petal pieces for each flower,
I stacked and stitched them together.

If you pull your stitches taut,
the pieces curl together very pretty.

You will probably want to wear
a latex glove while using your inks
so you don't have bright pink fingers, like me.

I stitched a few of my flowers more loosely
to allow space for some pretty rhinestone centers.

This was a great project for a day
when I really needed some down time.

I love things I can do in front of the TV.

That way, I can be lazy and productive at the same time.



I've been inspired.....
by this!

It's the latest issue of Amy Power's

I couldn't wait to get started on this cute project!

Little beaded chandies for my kitchen window.

I just love it when I come across a sweet project
that I already have everything for!

I've already started on another project from the book.

So fun!

Can't wait to show you.