Archives for January 2016

Chain Chain Chain

A few years ago for Christmas, I received a Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cut machine. I adore this machine and have spent many hours creating projects with it. One of my favorite projects is a paper chain countdown. I used the Sizzlits Decorative Strip die.

Paper selections

Paper selections

The design on this die-cut is intricate and refined, it makes a simply gorgeous chain. I’ve created these for several holidays, from Christmas to Valentine’s Day.  It’s wonderful for creating new traditions with your children or grandchildren.

For this particular chain I created 14 links using Valentine’s Day themed paper, a mixture of reds, pinks, and blacks. I know, Black? Honestly, it adds depth and texture to the chain. These papers include polka dots, strips, hearts, and wording.

Intricate design

Intricate design

Each day as my children take down a link is a new opportunity for me to tell them one thing I love about them. It’s a great fun way to tell them how unique they are. This is an easy craft to create memories from. Try it and share your pictures with us!

Sweet sentiments

Sweet sentiments

Thanks for reading……Amy


Orange Flea Market


Stopped by the Orange Flea Market yesterday. It’s at 146 No.Grand in Orange, Calif. Great place to spend maybe an hour. It’s small but free with free parking,which is always nice.This town is full of antique and quirky stores. I could blow the years budget at Country Roads, which is an upcoming blog. The Flea Market has a mixture of old, reused, recycled and remade items. For my moms birthday in November I got her a darling little fairy succulent garden a vendor made. Wish I had taken a picture! I bought a silverplate tray that I am going to stencil a bird on. More about that later. Anyway nice way to spend a Saturday. They are open the 2nd Saturday of each month 7-3. Its a parking lot full of ideas waiting to be discovered. Drop by there sometime. Thanks for reading…Bonnie


shabbyologyOver the weekend a couple of my friends and I decided to chance the weather and go shopping. I had been to Shabbyology a few times and was anxious to share it with them. It is a wonderful mixture of old and new. I like the way it is set up. The shop is open Friday, Saturday and Sundays-every weekend, except holidays. It is located at 534 E. Edna Place, Covina Ca 91723.If you live in the area be sure to stop by. Both my friends purchased unique items that I wanted but they grabbed them first. Have to play nice if you want to have friends so I didn't trip them before they took my choices.
The owner,Jackie, was there and graciously gave her approval to include her in my first blog. They also are accepting new vendors, if anyone is looking for a place to display and sell their creations. You can call them at 626-890-6091.Thanks for reading...Bonnie


Creativity. Where do you find it? A girlfriend of mine recently joined Pinterest. She said she was “searching for some creativity, because” she was “lacking the gene.” It got me thinking, where do you find creativity? Are you born with it? Can you cultivate it? I believe you can be inspired by the world around you, and this inspiration spurns creativity.

For me, I find it everywhere. You will frequently find me taking pictures of my ‘inspiration.’ From the beach to the sky to shops and museums. I love the ideas people come up with. I want to be that creative.

Some ideas I can execute, nearly flawlessly. Others, I start and take a step back and think, “How in the world did they do that?” Some creations I am afraid to attempt. There’s just no way I have that much creativity in me.

But, always I am inspired. This world is a beautiful place because of the creativity of people. We all have it within us, it’s just a matter of finding that one thing you do well. Tap into it. Work with it. And share it with the world. Make it a more beautiful place to be.

So, get your Pinterest on! Thanks for reading…Amy [Read more…]