Deer Skull Cameo Necklace

I made this 38″ custom cameo necklace for a family member to go with her lovely tattoo. It’s mixed metals, brass and bronze, tigers eye, glass pearls and the crystals are all Swarovski Elements. I added a a brass leaf at the closer as a final touch.

When life gives you lemons…

I have been gone far too long, my life took an unexpected and unstoppable turn, last February  a week after caring for my elder rescue kitty on her deathbed, we received an eviction notice because the landlord sold his house, and wanted to live there for a month while he purchased a new home for himself. We are currently renting from family but have no room for my usual crafts. There is an upside to this , as I have met a woman who taught me to wire wrap jewelry, it’s really has kept me busy and have even received my first custom  order. I will be sharing more with you all soon, so glad to be back.

White Poppy in my garden

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This single white bloom popped up the other day. It may not be as lovely as my other poppies but I found the little brown specks on antique white petals charming. I am really fond of the center of poppies so intricate and beautiful.

Making Lacy Ruffles by hand

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I have been gone way too long, my sewing machine decided to retire early with out notice. It took me 2 months but I purchased a new one. (I will post about my new machine soon) Right before my machines untimely departure i received an order for my first commissioned apron.( right after she purchased one from me ) she wanted lots of lace and ruffles on apple/rooster fabric. Now I hate making ruffles, I don’t have a ruffler foot nor am I experienced in gathering, but this is my third ruffle I have ever made, ruffled by hand, I think im getting pretty good at it. I cant wait to share more!

Paris rose sachet

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My sister in laws birthday is next week  I made her this sachet that is lace edged and stuffed with  a small amount of batting, dried lemon geraniums that I grew myself,I added some Bulgarian Rose oil that I received as a gift, it smells delightful. I absolutely love this fabric and bought 10 yards of it on a whim, ( really funny when a friend dropped by and witnessed me trying to fold 30 ft of fabric) Hope you guys like the new photos trying to step up my photography. Image

I love this oil smells so good, and I really like the wooden container the vial came in.

Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the liebster award   This is my second award and I am very excited

according to the rules of nomination I must

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you

3. Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 500 followers

4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer

5.Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them

Thank you so much  The Memoirs of Tiffani for nominating me for this award

1. What/who motivates(ed) to blog?

I wanted to share my creations with others, and to get real opinions on them other than my families so I could grow more.

2 . How do you express yourself, besides blogging?

I love making things with my hands, I love to garden and to bake

3. What inspires you?

Most things can be beautiful if we allow it, so everything.

4. What is your  three favorite blogs?

Goodbye Valentino

TwistedSifter

Cristian Mihai

5. Why should you win a blogging award?

I’m not really sure I should, I’m  just glad that I am

6. Would you like to be famous?

Maybe although I think the pitfalls would out way the perks.

7. What is your biggest achievement?

I like to think it hasn’t happened yet

8. Do you wish you could get paid to blog?

That would be wonderful, as long as it didn’t ruin it for me

9. What would you do, if you woke up one morning, to find you had lost the contents of your blog?

Start a new one, at least I still would have my photos to revive it

10. Who would you thank in your blog award acceptance speech?

My husband, he  is the one to encourage me  even when i cant encourage myself

11. What is your favorite season?

Autumn the leaves changing color, dropping on the ground to be rustled around by the wind, love it.

My nominees are:

perpetual amateur

Iridescent Wings

UK CITY CRAFTER

Terri’s Notebook

The Rest Will Flow

I, Craftius

Ella and I

Laura After Midnight

thornberry

The Plaid Portico

sewsowtasty

My 11 Questions for my nominees are

1 What is your favorite time period?

2 What makes you smile?

3 What is you favorite scent?

4 Do you have a collection? if yes then what?

5 If you could travel any where in the world where would it be?

6 Have you ever seen anything so beautiful it made you cry if so then what was it?

7 What is your favorite thing that you have recently discovered and would like to share?

8 Whats the nicest thing you have ever done for a stranger?

9 Whats the nicest thing a stranger has done for you?

10 If you had a song playing in the background of your life what would it be?

11 Whats one thing most people don’t know about you

Sorry some links are larger than others not really sure how it did that

Valentines Orchid Show

Every Valentines day week end my fiance takes me to a local orchid show, while I love all these beautiful exotic blooms, it is the amazing scent of orchids  that  pours out of the entrance  that I remember the most.

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2013-02-10-1412392013-02-10-141418 I have been so incredibly busy planning my  diy wedding, It was so nice to put all that aside and enjoy  a quiet moment of tranquility… I just wish I could bottle the scent.

Versatile blog award

I have been nominated  for a versatile blogger award by Lacartera. http://lcartera.wordpress.com    Thank you so much. I have looked at many of the blogs that I follow to find the 15 nominations I am to nominate , it was very difficult with so many great ones out there.

Our shabby Nest http://ourshabbynest.wordpress.com/

Now Here http://beautifullittlefool89.wordpress.com/

Stigmastylepistil http://stigmastylepistil.com/

Growing Grace Farm http://growinggracefarm.wordpress.com/

Vintage Cordelle  http://cordellevintage.wordpress.com/

erinsbackyardfarm http://erinsbackyardfarm.wordpress.com/

curls n skirls http://curlsnskirls.wordpress.com/

homesweethomemade http://poindextr.wordpress.com/

The little pomegranate http://thelittlepomegranate.wordpress.com/

Crafty Suburb momma http://craftysuburbmomma.wordpress.com/

Maniacal medievalist http://maniacalmedievalist.wordpress.com/

Vintage Loving gal http://vintagelovingal.wordpress.com/

Miss fairchild charm school http://missfairchildscharmschool.wordpress.com/

suburbanhomestead http://suburbanstead.wordpress.com/

judiannscrafts http://grandmajudiann.wordpress.com/

Please forgive me if the links above do not work  I have spent hours of   trying to figure out how to them to

According to the rules here are my 7 interesting facts about me

I collect antique toasters

I was Bayfield Colorado’s 4th of July queen 1990

I have been inside one of the largest marble quarries in the world ( very cold )

I’m pushing 20,000 achievement score on xbox live

I have hundreds of vinyl records

My favorite singer is Edith Piaf

My favorite author is Jack London

Thank you  everyone who follows my blog, I hope that this years will be even better.

For info on this award

http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com