Thursday, May 29, 2008

Trunk Love

I went crazy when I saw this trunk on Free People!  Omg, I want it, but I want to make it myself, ya know?  So, I'm on the hunt for an old trunk that I can cover with vintage papers and line with fabric for my lingerie.  Now you know what I'll be doing this weekend!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Extreme Decorating Star!

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Contest submission deadline: June 15

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

More Lifetime Webisodes!

It's all a blur now, but last weekend we shot the Pattiewack Holiday Videos for at lightning speed. Yes! asked me to shoot holiday crafts for their fabulously popular website, and I said "yes" of course! I had a terrible time deciding on the crafts I wanted to show, but settled for some of the cutest ideas ever. I can't tell you what they are yet, but I promise you will love'em.

Lisa and James from Bungalow 3 came from Los Angeles to work with Scott my hubby wubby who owns Insight Film Video.

Lisa was right there to direct and give guidance about what she wanted in every segment. She was electric with her ideas and gave spark to the entire project.

Scott was his usual steadfast calm and rock solid self. He shot the camera in handheld style and kept the pace for 2 days of shooting.

I'm in good company, as Vicki Howell said "yes" too, and will be shooting her webisodes right after me.

I think the Crafty Chica will shoot her crafts last, but they certainly will not be the least, with her sassy style. You can go to Vicki and Kathy's blogs to read about their adventures in the creative world of crafts. will never be the same after all of us make our crafty holiday debut!

I had a blast, and just want to give a shout out to Robyn and Brad for their hard work on our crew, and for fabulous photography, written instructions for the craft projects, and to James for keeping the coffee coming.

Okay, I know you're dying to know what I did, so brace yourself, because you're gonna love the cute little Christmas Fleece Stockings, Valentine Suncatchers, Halloween Chandelier, and 4th of July Party Favors.

Stay tuned for the launch date...I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to everyone! And a special happy day to my momma. Hi Mom! I was born in the fifties, and my mom was the typical June Cleaver mom, with a spotless house, perfect hair, full meals on the table every night when dad came home for supper, and all of our clothes were perfectly starched, and our little family was just so perfect. She's still the perfect mom to me, and at the risk of sounding sappy, she is everything I could ask for in a mom. She is always there to listen, give advice when I ask for it, and understands me more than anyone else in the world.

My mom is a quilter, and she works side by side with my daddy every day as they run a quilting machine in their darling house on Grand Lake in Oklahoma. I miss them and wish I could be with them and my girls today. But, when you are part of a family that is as close as ours, geography means nothing because we hold each other in our hearts, under the same sky every moment of every day.

I love you mom....

(June Cleaver had nothing on my mom... ;-)

Lovin' Tennessee

We are lovin' Tennessee, and feeling like it's home. With so many people moving into this area for corporate positions and with a strong economy, it is a great place to live and meet new people.

I got a BIG SURPRISE last week at a Michael's Craft Store, when I was walking down the needlework aisle, when lo and behold, MY BOOK was right there on the book rack! CHEESE, how cool is that???? So, when's the book signing gig? (just kidding.... :-)

Peeps at work have quickly turned into friends after work, and Karen Brandon is a hoot to hang out with. We had some Italian food and drink and good times...

When the waiter asked me how I wanted my left over yummies to take home, I joking said, "what, you don't do foil swans?" and guess what, in about 10 minutes he returned with his fab aluminum foil swan! It's still sitting on my dressing table.

Me and Michele finally got a little time away from the office, and our hubbies kept us in stitches all night! We are gonna have to get them in the pics next time.

Franklin, Tennessee has an annual arts and crafts fair, and we spent the afternoon checking out all the amazing artists from this area. I fell in love with these round appliques' on fine linens.

One of the artists did outrageous decoupage and metal art sculptures, and if I weren't saving for a vacation I would have taken this one home with me.

If you click on the photo above, you'll see that she used recycled cans and other metal objects to build a collage of colorful art in dozens of sizes and shapes.

We ended up in the chocolate shop to duck in from the rain, and it was spectacular! I had a chocolatte', Scott had an espresso with a shot of pure chocolate, and THEN we had two sinfully delicious bites of chocolate that seriously made our eyes roll back in our head. ahhhhhh.....