• DIY

    It started with a drip

    It all started when the old guy bought a new faucet for the kitchen. Have you had one of those projects? It’s a simple project that goes south in a matter of minutes. We have very hard water, which made the water lines corrode around the base of the faucet to the sink. That made it impossible to break loose. We tried everything to loosen it – even applied heat with a torch. Nothing worked. We removed the sink and faucet in one piece thinking that would easier, but we still couldn’t get them to separate. So it was off to buy a new sink. Guess what? The new sinks…

  • Ramblings

    It’s class time – come join me!

    It’s Marathon time! Gather your scrapbook supplies, some bits and pieces from your stash along with lots of your pretty papers and join us in this next Scrap your Stash Marathon set for Sunday, Oct. 20. You’ll learn to use papers and embellishments you already have in your stash. Dig deep and bring those buttons, numbers, washi tapes, threads, lace and more to use in your layouts. I can help show you how to incorporate those things you’ve been holding onto into your page layouts. Bring a couple border punches and see how to use them to create pretty paper edges on your layouts. Use Ranger’s Distress Inks and edge…

  • Ramblings

    Enjoying the craziness

    Like most of you, I feel November and December can tend to get pretty crazy. But we wouldn’t have it any other way would we! I have so much fun creating and yet, I’ve had my days where I get up with so much to do, then just sit and stare into space because I just don’t know where to start, completing absolutely nothing! And you know what? I really don’t give a damn! Usually by the next day those feelings are gone and I’m back to life-as-usual. I still have several Christmas gifts to make but right now I only need to work on the ones that need to…

  • Cardboard Crafts,  Paper Crafts

    Making corrugated ornies

    My sister, Brenda, came down recently to visit. We wanted to get together to figure out how to use our Cricut Makers. That was pretty funny because we discovered they’re super easy! After cutting a few files on the Maker we were ready to play with something a little more fun. I remembered I had some corrugated stars cut so grabbed those, the gesso, glitter, paint, and some printed words. Corrugated cardboard is easily die cut with the steel-rule dies from Sizzix. I cut several more, then we sat down to play and decorate. They’re so easy to make. They can be spritzed with water to help distress the top…

  • Art Journal,  Paper Crafts

    A little birdie told me

    My Art Journal sessions are broken up into four weeks. Each four-week session is themed. These cute little birds are from Art Journal-Fly Away where we worked with creatures that had wings. These background pages started out with just a few stripes of acrylic paint colors and some water. Pretty darn boring! But we learned to work it into a beautiful background to display our winged birds on. Combining other mixed–media products with stamps, stencils and more, we were able to create the most beautiful backgrounds. It’s just so much fun and very relaxing to just sit and play with no end-game in sight. Your page may never be done…

  • Art Journal,  Paper Crafts

    Loving this art journal thing!

    Teaching classes at the CoBACH center in Brighton came to an abrupt halt back in October when the center was closed for building maintenance. With no word on when it might reopen I decided to try the classes in my¬† home. I won’t lie, it’s been cozy but it’s also been fun and rewarding. My most popular has been my Art Journal sessions. I never thought I could enjoy something as much as this form of free-form crafting. It’s a way to incorporate products you most likely already have and chances are haven’t used much. My Art Journal classes are offered in four-week sessions. Each week I teach a different…

  • Ramblings

    Visiting the farm

    Back in September the old guy, Rachel, and I had a chance to travel to Trade, Tennessee to visit our middle child/Rachel’s brother, on their small farm. A visit to their farm is like stepping back into a quieter time with a much slower pace. Kevin (River) and Sarina bought the 13-acre farm nearly two years ago. They packed up everything they wanted to bring with them from Oregon and traveled through the mountains in December’s snow and ice. They have some funny stories about that trip and I’m hoping someday they blog about their farm life. They raise Icelandic chickens, Icelandic sheep, rabbits and have added a couple milking…