Crafting Concluded

Crafting this past weekend was a welcome break from the normal deadline driven art schedule however, it will be put on the back burner once again. I wanted to share a couple of my projects as the final post featuring the Mary Engelbreit Home Companion Workshop. Both of these projects were taught by Charlotte Lyons and were created using cardboard and paper. The paper I chose to use is from two of my most recent fabric lines which, could also be substituted to create these fun projects. Still need to embellish, the fun part!

“An Appointed Time” fabric introduces at Spring Quilt Market May 21 – 23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota & delivers in June 2010.

“Hairraising Halloween” fabric just delivered to quilt shops.

Fabric from Quilting Treasures

Ann, Charlotte, Janet

Unchartered Territory

Hi – This morning I’m multitasking, AS usual! Gathering some supplies for my first workshop, stocking up baked goods to help feed the church building group in June and a hair cut at nine. Crafting, baking and candlestick making!

I’m attending my first artsy, craftsy workshop which begins tomorrow. Several months ago I signed up for Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion Workshops, which is where I’ll be for the next few days. Since this is a first for me, I’m not sure what to bring so, perhaps a little bit of everything?

I’m looking forward to learning some new techniques and having some FUN! Really, I’m not sure exactly what I’ve signed on for but, I’m filled with nervous excitement. Wish me luck? Eeks, do I really have time for fun? I think I need to gather some more crafty stuff, maybe some paint or more glue, er, um……. ribbon?

God’s Time

Waiting upon the Lord – For many years the vision for a new church has remained our hope, until now! My church home is building this summer and we, small body of believers, are very excited. On Friday, an absolute gorgeous day, I was inspired to take a drive on the country roads to check out the progress.

Trees were uprooted…

A foundation was being prepped…

Plans are in place…

for an old fashioned, church raising!

It’s set for Fathers Day weekend!

Our beautiful back yard, Thank you God

St. Valentine


Bit of HistoryValentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith in effectual, commended him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270. Archaeologists unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

JWF© - Faux Postage

Bit of Fun – Here is our Valentine projects reveal. The Valentine boxes & tags were created using a combination of original art (collage sheets),  vintage sheet music, stamps, post cards, large shipping tags, ribbons & buttons. Still adding some embellishments to our “Valentags!”



…More Details?

Did someone ask for more details? Well, this week we are in the process of making two Valentine boxes for Syd, 9 and John, 4. In the previous post Syd can be seen working on hers and here is our progress so far.

First we needed to edit some of the cool stuff. Syd had her idea for design direction and I had mine. We went with hers……which was a classic black and cream palette and just a touch of red.

Nothing too love-y dove-y for John’s of course, even if it is to hold Valentines. We decided to go with the “bugs” faux postage collage sheets offered through TidingsOf They will be a nice compliment to the really cool, hundred year old, Apple man post card.

Now for the finishing details, maybe some “bling!” We’ll post both Valentine projects later in the week along with some “Valentags,” that we had a lot of fun making. So, I wasn’t the first to come up with that name, right?

Snow Downside

There is nothing like going back to basics to really slow your life down. We rely on two satellite dishes for television and internet. So, with yesterday’s snow on the dish, we were forced to get creative when we lost service.

Syd At Work