Friday, February 26, 2010

More snow and craft projects

Friday--I slept till 10, got up and it was just beginning to snow (again!) I decided not to go out looking for Lazertran waterslide decals that Flea Market Trixie tempted me with. Another time!

I made a cuppa decaf and visited my blogging friends. Myrna at More than Heirlooms showed me the gratitude journal she made inspired by her friend Joanne. It's so cute!  Diane Knott showed me some more of her adorable tags--So cute!  Terri at Dimples and Dragonflies showed me a beautiful mirror she decorated with a vintage print from The Graphics Fairy, then there's Dawn of The Feathered Nest with her bird and nest images--SO CUTE!

Okay, I get it! All this inspiration is supposed to make me do art! Blogging is not the end-all here, art is! Sharing and showing and telling about my ART!  At least that was my original goal. I spend way more time blogging than making art! I work in an office 4 days a week, so I like to catch up on my blogging on the weekend.  Must seek balance!

Mom called and reminded me about my Aunt C's birthday on Sunday. The gratitude journal sounded like a perfect gift. So to get into it, I made a huge salad, divided it into thirds. I ate the first salad downloading and printing some awesome vintage prints from the Graphics Fairy.  I quickly decided on a theme and began making a gratitude journal from a tiny composition book from Staples. I edged it with a satin ribbon with a long tail on top to become a bookmark.  I typed up a gratitude poem for the inside cover and stamped the word Gratitude on the cover. Ooh, pretty cute!

I oohed and ahed for a while, cleaned up my catbox, had a cup of tea and visited some more of my friends.  Cindy of Cottage Instincts showed me around her parent's lovely condo in Florida. Zuzanna played me an old song and make me feel young again. Oh, I feel great!

I decided that I should make a tag to match the book. I had another salad, and split a can of salmon with the cats. The second salad saw me through the tag process. Diane has been putting tiny envelopes and pockets on her tags to hold things. I could do that. I borrowed the prose by Melodie Beattie that Myrna had quoted in her post this morning and typed it up on flower petal paper, cut and inked the edges. I folded it and put it into the tiny envelope/pocket. Decided that I had not said happy birthday to my aunt anywhere, so I put another piece of flower petal paper behind the note and wrote a secret happy birthday message.

Now, as I sit here with my third salad, It's time for show and tell. My digital camera wouldn't flash, so the pictures came out YELLOW. I tried everything, then I remembered my scanner.  A piece of scrapbook paper makes a shabby background.

Oh, I hope you enjoyed my day as much as I did. There is not time or the room to mention ALL my friends today, but I so appreciate you all! Your comments make my day, boost my self esteem, make me feel like I'm part of a wonderful community of friends. It's been such fun creating with you today!

I'm not sick of salad yet, but I think some beans and rice for a later dinner would be good. I try to eat 5-6 small meals a day, as I explain in my other blog, Rustique Too Lifestyle. Yes, I love blogging so much I decided to try a different approach. In this blog, I talk about my weight loss journey and explore ways to eat healthier and feel better.

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!


  1. Everything you need to survive is right here in Blogland! I love how you are hoping around with all those idea. Can't sit still, can we?
    Your book is adorable, as is your bookmark! You are on a roll!


  2. Heehee, dare I say it?? That gratitude journal is SO CUTE!! lol. THose tags are so nice!
    oh, how I love Graphics Fairy!

  3. A very beautifull post Sherry,
    love all your philosophy, on this and that, and LOVE your book, and tags, --have to do some too...

    Wishing you a lovely and creative week-end

    Hugs Dorthe

  4. What a lovely post! A recollection of a truly beautiful day. I feel very flattered to be mentioned by a link, THANK YOU!;)) I am so happy you enjoyed the Flashback song.;)
    I absolutely love the book and the book tags!! Stunningly beautiful. You are very talented. It will make for a lovely gift.
    Have a splendid weekend Sherry,

  5. LOVE the art, and I see that you visit many of the same friends that I visit! :) Isn't blogging amazing!?!
    The journal & tags are beautiful - I'm sure your Aunt will be thrilled!

  6. Oh Sherry, your tags turned out precious, as did the journal. All of the special touches make it so great for whoever receives it. I love the graphics fairy too, she is one of my fav blogs. Well, I'm off to eat a salad! LOL

  7. I love this post! Like you, I am so inspired by everyone out there, but then I get so caught up in the blogging that I forget to create. I must keep a list, a journal of all the projects I want to try. Sometimes I forget, there are so many. I love your gratitude journal and the tags. So very lovely. Thanks for sharing the blogs that inspired you. I will be giving them a look -- but first, I must create. Many blessings, Tammy

  8. I really like the Gratitude idea, in fact, I am grateful to you for the idea! How did your Aunt like the Book? Your work looks very professional!

  9. I love the tags and the journal! Especially love the birds!


  10. Hmmm. I posted a comment yesterday, but it didn't show up! So I will try again.

    Sherry, you are too cute for words!! (regarding your comments in my blog!) ;-)
    And oh my, you did a beautiful job on the journal and tags! I bet your Aunt was thrilled to recieve them!!
    Have a lovely day!!

  11. One of my boys needed gifts for several girls last year, We did something similar with scrapbook papers. I wish I had seen yours, it was truly inspirational! I didn't think I would miss snow until I saw your pictures. It sounds like you had a loverly day! Karyn

  12. Hi Sherry! A quick note to answer your question about how I shaded around the little girls pictures on my tags...with an almost-dry brown marker with a flattened edge! Works like a charm! I don't like to throw them away when they have the least bit of ink left in them.

    Thanks for asking! can also use a Q-tip with a stamp pad!


  13. Your journal and tags look so did a wonderful job!

  14. Ah Sherry..thank you so much for your thoughtfulness! You are so sweet! I enjoyed your entire post, especially the fabulous journal and bookmarks! What an ingenious idea! You did an excellent job on both and I know your aunt will be touched.

    It was great fun walking with you today. Felt as if I were right there beside you. Hope you have a wonderful weekend sweet friend!

    Blessings, joy and sunshine, Terri

  15. Hi Sherry,
    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I was having rough day of it
    yesterday and was feeling quite sad, but I am much more my old positive self today
    and feeling much better. (Much of it due to all my blog friends and their prayers and
    positive attitude!)


  16. Those are just gorgeous. I'm been thinking about how I could use some of the delightful Graphics Fairy images for some projects. Thank you for the inspiration!


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