Do You Have A Minute . . .


Well, more than a few minutes for this one.

I'm using my leftover papers from the last

Graphic 45 Card Club Kit with Cottage Life.

In my stash I found a Pendaflex file folder that has 3 pockets

and am using that to create a small junk journal.

Here's the inside showing the 3 pockets.


Cool huh!

I cut the folder down to a height of 8".

Decorated the front cover and am working on the inside.

Join me tomorrow for more photos.


Cheap Thrills on the Homefront . . .

We (and by that I mean Bill) are in the process of updating a 2nd floor hall bathroom. I get to pick out stuff and he gets to install it.

I like this arrangement.

But then what happens is I start looking around the house and find other things that need to be updated.

Our kitchen for example, and the dining room, and the . . . list goes on.


I have been looking for a kitchen island - for 2 years. 

Found this online (Facebook Marketplace)

and fell in love with this antique cabinet.

I bought it from Erin who owns

Cotton, Copper & Ash.

She has a storefront by the same name on Facebook.

Anyway, the cabinet had been refinished in it's natural state with a beautiful patina wood top.

But . . . I wanted an island.

So I had a top made that matched our current kitchen counter.

But . . . that's temporary too until we get other things in the house (bathrooms) updated.

(It will eventually be changed to either granite or quartz)

My counter guy had a great idea and didn't want to ruin the wood top of the antique piece

so he devised a way to secure it from underneath.

Patina saved and I got my island.


Then . . . the dining room.

It's too formal and opens a bit to the kitchen and family room.

I am getting rid of my queen anne table

(with 2 leaves, 4 chairs and custom table pads if anyone is interested)

and moved my kitchen table to the dining room.

Refinished the top of the table, painted a couple of old chairs

and this . . .


So now I have this formal dining room hutch.

I love the design but what to do with it?

Leave it?

Paint it?

We have a bar on the opposite end of the room that is black with a dark wood top.

Black? Would it be too much black?

Partially paint it?

I've scoured Pinterest, Houzz & many other sites and can't find exactly what I'm looking for.

Ideas are welcomed!

Maybe just a bit of black somewhere?


Here's another question for you:

I've painted the chairs black (they were dark brown stained).

I had two coats of paint on the chairs and missed a few spots.


But then I decided I liked it.

So do I sand more spots away? They look really antique-y to me.

And one more . . . 

Bill and I (and by I I mean Bill) refinished this piece for me last year.


I added Prima rub-ons on the top and sides

but it was super white.

So this morning I attacked it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and a tiny brush

and now it's all distressed and toned down.


I love antiques.

Always have.

Always will.

Send me your ideas!

Attache for Father's Day . . .

Attache z

My latest Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts is up on the gslcuts blog today. Just in time for Father's Day, this attache is easily put together.

Need a Mother's Day or graduation gift? Change up the paper and you're ready to go.

See more including the inside pages and a quick video on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today:

Thanks for visiting!

Sharing a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Halloween project . . .

At the end of this month, I'll be teaching this project at a private class. Can't wait and thanks Joanne for the invitation!

House in a box 1

I'm crazy about the witch weather vane Gina designed specifically for this workshop. 

House in a box 2

There's a house book inside:

House in a box 3

If you're going to my  October 2017 Girlfriends Getaway Crop

you will see this and many more samples using  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

And, of course, shop 'til you drop all weekend at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts booth.

Tammy Tutterow Designs for Spellbinders at CHA . . .


I've been a follower of Tammy Tutterow's work for years. Her style is decidedly her own and it is always beautiful. When I first discovered her work at a CHA years ago, I was thrilled to learn she was just across the river. Tammy designs her own display at CHA and it shows: a mix of new designs with a bit of an antique look.  

These decorated spools were dispersed throughout her display. What a darling idea! And if you're a Tammy follower, you'll recognize the felt flowers. Love the centers of those!


I would love to put this happy banner with the decorated spools on top of a birthday cake!


This was my favorite. If you follow various blogs, you know that some of the gals choose a word of the year . . . an inspiration word. Well, Tammy used a large spool and fabric and added several of the her words from over the years. She used her Spellbinders dies and an antique baby quilt and strung the words together to create this rolled keepsake.


Wish I had a photo of her mini-books with antique-look fabric covers. They are beautiful. Maybe she'll show them on her blog!

Here's another design from Spellbinders that I thought was really cute (not a Tammy design):

Spell 2

More from CHA tomorrow!

Laura Denison's Owl . . .

Designed by Laura Denison, this owl is amazing!

Owl A

It looks so complicated yet with

this owl kit 

Laura makes it very easy to construct.

This poor guy broke his nose flying home but I still love him.

I added modeling past behind some of the pieces

to give the feathers an added lift.

Owl 1

And popped up the entire owl head on the canvas background.

Once home, I added more feathers

and branches and a knot from a tree hole and a pine cone.

Owl 2

Also added skeleton leaves from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

as well as some tiny beads and bling.

Owl 3

One of the gals at Laura's Salem event

thought he would be pretty cool as a winter white owl!

You can get your owl kit here:

Laura Denison's Paper Applique Owl