Around Christmas a dear artistic friend, Tina Walker,  called out to artists to participate in the Sustainable Souls Project. Matters and issues of the earth are real important to me and my family. We try to be as self sufficient on our farm and in our everyday life. So, it was important that I join in the Sustainable Souls Project! We have a series of topics every month for a year…………some will be more challenging than others. Some inspiring topics for January included Planet Earth, We are all Connected and Ecosystems. I decided to use the globe for my inspiration of the planet earth. Now…………the globe just did not make my project seem very full so I added trees and green raffia to represent ecosystems. Now………..I have my completed 8×8 page.

To create this page, I used a variety of artistic goodies! I watercolored the oceans then added light modeling paste for the clouds. The continents are painted brown with Waverly antique wax, light modeling paste and Color Burst sepia. For the frame, I used Deco Art green as the background then glued green raffia on top. My trees are cut out with a Cricut and covered with green Flower Soft. I cut out the title then covered it with Crackle Accent.

My page:


My youngest son, Daniel, has decided to play along. He is also very interested in our environment. His project was inspired by the Ecosystem. He set about the circle of life. His project:


I hope you enjoy our vision of this month’s theme! I know we had fun playing along!!!

I hope that we have inspired you to look at the environment in a slightly different way. Thank you for joining us!!!!!



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2016 was a wonderful year………full of many challenges to my creative talent. A couple years ago, I joined this fantastic group of extremely creative ladies to create projects for several collaborations. I also took a couple of workshops, at my local scrapbooking store, to learn new mixed media techniques and challenge my skills and desire to keep things clean and in order. Adding layers and making a mess is real challenging for me.

Scrapbooking is my first love. I have learned to add mixed media to these pages to make them more cohesive. The subject of the three layouts, below, are our oldest boy and his beautiful bride. Wedding photos are so much fun to scrap!!!




Several projects were completed from collaboration challenges. These collaborations are meant to challenge me as a individual.

One challenge was to use every piece from a kit (that was sent to everyone………..we all received the same thing). I decided to make a large scrapbook page that can be framed. This piece is to be used in our fair display.


The next collaboration was to take items that would normally be trashed and turn them into a treasure. With the help of my husband………………we made a wooden outdoor cooler.


While I am working on the last collaboration of the year………………….the Weaving collaboration was a fun one. I have never before used a loom. With a quick learning curve…………I wove this beauty…………complete with a needle felted sheep head.


Two workshops gave me the opportunity to learn and practice new techniques.



Our favorite diner had a wooden spoon competition. The theme was fall. Mine is a old fashioned spoon with a pumpkin.


While the above creative projects are favorites……………..my all time favorite is this lighted glass block. We decided to make glass blocks for our neighbors for Christmas. Hubby helped by adding the barn board frame.


It has been fun reviewing all my creative projects…………..I love to share them with you all! I hope you have enjoyed looking at them. Hoping you all have a wonderful day!!!!!




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A couple of months ago, I joined a fantastic group of ladies in a Trash to Treasure collab. Of course we are having a blog hop to show off all our beautiful creations…………you can find others work on Facebook, too. Tina was the wonderful organizer………….check out her blog to get started.

If any of you know me well, you know I love to get creative making useful items. Approaching this challenge, I took a look around our farm to see what I could come up with. While we keep almost everything cleaned up, I was able to find a few goodies that had not made it to the dump or burn pile. A old barn door, a ruined cooler, a old duck faucet, some old square nails and some unused tile(from our neighbor). The handles, hinges, pull and tin sign are new as I could not get my hands on any used ones.P1080512P1080598P1080762

I have always wanted a outdoor wooden cooler………….oh yea, I can make it!!! With all these used goodies……..why pay $100.00 or more? Not me!  So…………I set about constructing this wooden cooler, with the help of my fabulous hubby. Am pleased with the outcome…………….I still need to attach the hinges and do all the tile work(we are learning this as we go). After all the tile is set and dried…………….I will be stenciling a black silhouette deer head on each grey/green tile.

So…………..my finished project!!!!


Hop along with these other extremely talented ladies:

Tina Walker: http://adogslife-thirteen.blogspot.com/…
Mitra Pratt: http://mitralee.blogspot.com/2016/0…
Candy Rosenberg, A Vintage Girl: http://candyscraps.typepad.com/scra…
Christy Strickler, My Scrapbook Evolution: http://myscrapbookevolution.com/trash-to-treasur…-milk-jug-basket/

Robyn Crowningshield: https://cozienookhomestead.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/trash-to-treasure-collab/

Thank you for visiting my blog and hopping along with us!!!


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A couple months ago, a dear artistic friend, Tina Walker,  posed this collab. Several very talented ladies signed up………………including me!!! What fun!!!!! Now the planning stage………..hmmm, what to do? Where do I start?? I have never tried to weave let alone finish a project!!!!!

Fast forward to the end of March………………I am in need of a loom or something like it. Our little town of Ashfield has a group called Needles and Threads.  Out went a call for some help………………….I HAVE NEVER WEAVED BEFORE!!! Before long, a wonderful lady offered her loom and a few hints. I took her up on the offer. Picking up a Bekka table top loom, I was astonished that it was in pieces….Oh NO, now what? Fortunately, the directions were in the bag………..off I set to put it together. DONE! I read the instructions to get a idea of how to weave. I proceeded to get started. Weaving is a challenge! It took me three weeks to finish weaving my banner. I tore it apart two times as I did not like the way it was going together. I learned tons along the way!!! Like……..the warp yarn(up and down) needs to be thicker and stronger. It started to pull apart after I got halfway done. I had to splice it together several times. I also need to remember needle felting pulls the warf(yarn going sideways) tight making my piece look like it pulled together towards the top.

Thinking I will weave again but make my own loom.

Here is my finished weaving project complete with a needle felted sheep’s head. Another first for me! You know, I could not leave a blank space open…………..LOL!!!!


Here is a list of materials I used(including photos): Rug needle, needle felting kit, wool yarn from our sheep and bought( the grey, burgundy and brown wool is from our sheep and the unscoured cream wool is bought), twig, metal heart conchos, antiqueed metal chain and roving from our sheep(grey, white, brown, dark yellow and black).

The woolen yarn:


The needle felting kit:P1080246

The wool Roving:P1080262

Weaving the different colored warfs with the rug needle…….just going back and forth. From right to left, I weaved through the warp. Then from left to right, I pulled the needle straight through. So, it is like over and under……..back and forth. I stopped and started colors by intertwining the colors together.P1080218

A shed stick helps separate the warp. You also use a shed stick to push the warf yarns together so there is no gaps.P1080221.JPG

Now, on to needle felting the sheep head. This is from a photo of a ewe we owned. She helped build our flock into what it is today!!! I copied the photo onto heavy cardstock then fussy cut it out. I then traced the cutout with a Sharpie onto the banner. Then I started adding roving, piece by piece to fill in the lines. Using a special needle, I felted the roving in place. This needle has barbs, similar to fish scales……………sheep’s wool also has barbs, much like fish scales too. By going up and down with the needle………….you will mesh the roving together with itself and the wool yarn of the banner.P1080272.JPG

The different textures within this felted piece comes from layering different colors and felting some washed raw curly wool partially.P1080533.JPG

To finish the piece off…………….I braided three pieces of yarn(one for the hanger, bottom piece and small piece under sheep’s head). I added the metal pieces to the braids then attached them to the weaving using Beacon’s 3 in 1 glue.

I have a lot of fun with this piece……….love the way it turned out!!!

Please join me in this fabulous weaving blog hop……………….if you started on my blog, you need to visit Tina Walker’s blog. It has been a honor to be among the bloggers!!!!

Martha Richardson:  ;http://themermaidscloset.blogspot.com/…/raise-your-hand…
Beth Soler: http://scrappingwonders.com/weaving-art-fun
Albion Gould:  http://wp.me/p57foU-1zx
DeeDee Catron:  http://deedeecatron.blogspot.com/2016/04/lets-weave-baby.html
Laura Mooney:  http://happinessequalscreation.blogspot.com/2016/04/artist-weaving-collaboration.html

Mitra Pratt:  http://mitralee.blogspot.com/…/weaving-collaborative…

Susan M Brown: http://sbartist.blogspot.com/…/cre8time-new-beginnings…


Thank you for visiting my blog!!!!! Enjoy your day!



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Wow…….it has been awhile since I shared with you all!! Life has gotten in the way…..almost everything fun and relaxing has taken a back seat. One of the new additions to our family and farm…………KEELEY………..has taken up so much of our time. Training her has become almost a full time job, knowing it will be all worth while in the end.

About a month ago, Christy Strickler proposed a mixed media blog hop. Several incredibly talented ladies jumped on board. Of course, I also wanted to play and learn(along the way). The mixed media blog hop was formed. If you come upon my site first, you need to go to  Christy Strickler’s blog to start hopping. You will see several fantastic projects along the way!!!!!

With Valentine’s Day close, I had a “love” project in mind…………..but, it did not pan out as I have not been able to get my hands on old chicken and barb wire……………..so it was put on hold.

A couple of weeks ago, I took a workshop at Life’s Memories and More in Palmer, Mass. Tanya operates a wonderful scrapbook store and offers many workshops. The workshop was instructed by no other than the very talented Jen Starr. She is a designer, instructor and mixed media artist. Oh my…………..so many “new” products………..ones head is spinning!!!! Colorful Concoctions did not disappoint!!! We learned image transfer, played with Colorburst and other new goodies. From this three hour workshop and several hours at home, finishing it up…………..came this wonderful piece.


This piece, a tribute to our passed friend(yes, she is a sheep but contributed so much to our farm and lives). I used shades of yellow, green, brown, burgundy and oranges as they are my favorite colors………….

Some techniques I used: diecutting and rusting soda cans, stamping, faux stitching,  inking, painting then shading, stenciling and image transfer.

I used gesso, Colorburst, Dylussions brown paint(I love this stuff), Adirondack espresso paint, yellow Stickles, chipboard, 12×12 canvas,black Enamel Accents, black Pitt pen, yellow thread, soda can, Dusty Attic rusting powder, button, heart and swirl dies, clear bobble, Perfect Pearls from Ranger, Viva Decor glitter paste and dimensional flakes.

Please hop along and check out the other fabulous projects from these talented ladies!!!

Christy Strickler: http://myscrapbookevolution.blogspot.com/2016/02/for-love-of-mixed-media-blog-hop.html

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Wow…….where has the year gone??? It flew by so fast………….accomplished tons but there is still more to do. Guess, there is always next year! I do not set goals in my scrapbooking……………why??? I enjoy scrappin’ and would not like it if I feel pressured to construct a page or two. I am a slow scrapper………not to mention the fact I love to play with mixed media/texture.

Speaking of mixed media………………here is another creation of mine. The inspiration came from this fabulous photo:


Creative Embellishments offered up this inspirational piece! WOW!!! There is so much to draw from………….since I make all-natural Christmas wreaths and other decorations, I decided to scrap some of my wreaths I constructed this year. I also drew from the red and green in the photo. I used the chicken wire stencil to add modeling paste and different colors of ink.

I want to thank the folks at Creative Embellishments for going out of their way to get these holly chipboard pieces to me!!!!!

Here is my LO: sorry there are no photos……….my Kodak printer died and I had to order a new printer. It has not came in yet…………I am really bummed!



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Every once and a while, I love to get a little frilly. This sketch from C’est Magnifique provided the inspiration to do so!!!


I love how the straight lines are paired with circular swirls. I decided to do a LO with depth, straight lines and many swirls……………not in a circle but outlining the sides of the photo. I also kept the photo B&W so it would stand out against all the light colors. The photo is of our son, Tim and his fiance. They are leaning against our locust arbor. With all the weeds………….I thought it looked rustic!



I hope you enjoy taking a peek at some of my LOs!! Come back soon!!! Thank you………..

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      Using November’s sketch from C’est Magnifique blog was real fun! I love incorporate natural like embellies in my LOs. I found it appropriate to use a bird…………..nature’s singer.


      I had a lot of fun with this LO………………..bringing in replicas of things found in outdoors in nature! I tore and burned the inside mat. I misted and actually burnt it to give it a aged feel. With the Cricut, I cut out the dandelions then Stickled them. The fence is wood…………..I used white picket fence paint to cover it. I made my banner from beads and the border was misted and pleated. I even added eyelets………….fun, fun, fun!!!

“Sing a Song”


      Paper: EP Winter Park, purple and pink cardstock.

     Tag, frayed burlap ink, mist: TA kiwi, home made walnut gold and Heidi Swapp  chartreuse, wooden picket fence, picket fence distressing paint, lighter, sanding block, TH idea-ology mini paper clips, EK Paper edger, beads, Pink Paislee Scallop Artisan ribbon, crystal Stickles, silk, organza and paper flowers, Studoi 112 Chipboard bird, silk leaves, Prima delight sugar dots, and letters by Recollections and October Afternoon.

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All-American Showman Journal

I have always loved getting our issue of Country magazine….well, this last Christmas we received a subscription of Country Extra as a gift. I love the photos…they are so detailed, crisp and beautiful!!! When the last issue of Country Extra arrived, I knew I wanted to lift it…………….I fell in love with it!!!! It was the side of the red barn with a flag, wagon wheel and a window. I am sorry I can not get it to post!

I also used this inspirational piece from scrapstuffz.blogspot.com:


I loved the red, white and blue theme and decided the two inspirational pieces could be combined!

So I set out constructing my LO……………I did not have red barn board paper so I decided to go digi. I also added the title with the computer. This hybrid LO was born…………..

“All American Showman Journal”


Paper: barn board from the Sweet Shoppe, flag from images(altered to suite my needs), black cardstock and various scraps, title from computer, Jolee’s by you heart banner-cut apart, black soot, tea dye and barn door ink, TH distress paint in picket fence, red burlap string, distressor, black and white gel pen, platinum Liquid Pearls and black Enamel Accents.

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Me Now

A LO prompted by July’s Inspirational #1 challenge and Shirley’s July sketch challenge:

sketch%235The Lo is missing a photo as I have not been able to get a photo of me……………we are either busy or the weather has been bad.


Paper: cream, black cardstock  and OA “pie Tin”, Burlap, Letters by Jillibean corrugated alphas in rockin red, red floss, journaling spot from a template received from Heather M, black soot ink, mists: dylusion postbox red, TA marigold and Mister Hueys cameo, ribbon,blue dewdrops, black marker and pop strips.

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