Friday, December 30, 2011

Look what I won!!

Look what I won!!  I'm so excited!  Especially since I won two things in about a week!  I won the ABAlteredBooks Monthly Challenge, with my ATC "Music Makes the Heart Light".  I run that list, but I've never won the challenge before, so that was exciting!!  Then, I won this give-away over at Courtney Walsh's blog!  I just left a comment.  There were about 250 comments left that week and mine was chosen!  At random, mind you....but, how cool is that?  I love Webster's Pages and this kit looks way cool!  I just received it yesterday.  It will be put to good use.  Oh, there are several other things I won, along with that...but, they've not been sent, yet.  They are:

  • Autographed copy of Carla Stewart's novel Broken Wings

  • 3 Disk set of Harry Connick Jr. CDs

  • Handmade cuff from Farmgirl Paints

  • Where Women Create/Where Women Cook (3 publications in all)

  • Autographed copy of Scrapbooking Your Faith

  • The things I'm the most excited about are the inspiring publications from Stampington & Co.:  Where Women Create and Where Women Cook!  (Mostly, Where Women Create, because I identify more with being creative, in an artsy kind of way, than being creative in the kitchen....but, I do love to drool over beautiful kitchens!)  And, the "cuff" from Farmgirl Paints.  Cuff??  Farmgirl Paints??  I'm intrigued, for sure!!  Thank you, Courtney!!

    Anyway, Courtney's blog is called "Telling Stories - prose, paper, paint, print".  There's all sorts of things there....I can't even tell you how I ended up on it!  :)  Perhaps something that was "pinned" on Pinterest??

    Here's the ATC that won the challenge:

    There's always great art-work entered in these challenges, so I am definitely honored to have won!  And, thanks to Mandy Collins over at Pearl Maple for the goodie-prize!!  All the way from Australia!  A lovely little care package for someone who loves to do altered art.

    So, are you ready for the new year??  I still have some Christmas gifts to finish up....which I was really hoping to have done before the new year, but I don't think that will happen now.  :(  I really wanted to be done with Christmas; totally, thoroughly, completely done before the new year hit.  Otherwise, I feel like there's old business hanging on from the last year.  Of course, there's always "old business", but you know what I mean.  Business that needs tending to before you can move on to other things.  So, okay, I need to get off of here and get working on that stuff!  Hopefully, by the time I do the next post, all of that will be done and in the mail...or wherever it's going.... and I can breathe a sigh of relief.  Wish me luck.  :)

    Happy New Year!! 

    ~  Teri

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

    Christmas freebies, as promised!

    So, here are the images that I promised.  Click on them and they'll show up in their original size.  Right-click on that image and click on "Save as".  Make sure you put the images in a place that makes sense or you'll never find them on your computer again!!  You can make all sorts of fun and beautiful things with these types of images.  Like the little plaque that I made, that was in my last post.  You could even make Christmas cards out of them.  Whatever you do with them, have fun!   

     Happy Creating!

               ~ Teri                                                                                                            

    Monday, December 12, 2011

    Christmas birds plaque

    Thanks for stopping by!!  Here's my newest piece that I just did for a family member, for Christmas.  I'm so-o-o-o-o far behind with Christmas!  I say that every year, but this time, I mean it!!  I always try to make something for my immediate family....something that I can make for each of them.  Last year it was jammy bottoms.  This year?  Well, that's not happening.  I don't know why I wait so long to get started!  I'll never understand people complaining about stores gearing up for Christmas before Thanksgiving.  No, I don't want to see Christmas decorations around town before Thanksgiving.. I like to enjoy the fall colors, etc.... and Thanksgiving marks the end of all that.  But, seeing some Christmas stuff around makes me start thinking about what I could be doing/making for Christmas gifts.  How it is that we think we can do all of this, especially those of us that like to make things for gifts, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, basically four weeks, is beyond me!!  That's not nearly enough time!  I really love all the stuff that goes on at Christmas-time.  Some people complain about this or that; the crowds, etc... well, my advice is start early!!  Have it all *done* by the first part of December and then you can bake cookies and candy to give away.  You can enjoy your tree and the beauty that all the gifts underneath lend it.  You can avoid the crowds!  You can have time to get all your packages mailed, if you have friends/family in other parts of the country/world.  You can go to carolling parties (or host them!) that you've been invited to; you can go out and carol around town or in a nursing home/assisted living place.  It's not the store's fault that we wait so long to start!  You can have time to sit down with your family and some Gingerbread cookies and watch It's a Wonderful Life.  That's what Christmas is all about to me..... what can I be doing for other people?  What gifts will my children and husband just love?  What would bring a smile to someone's face?  None of that can happen if we don't allow time for it.  I'm not pointing the finger at anyone but myself, here!  I'm terrible about it!  And, every year I vow to do better next year!  It's not because the stores tell me I should..... it's because that's what Christmas is all about.  The stores aren't going to get any more of my money whether I shop in Sept. or if I shop in Dec.  But, I'll feel better.  Someone, please remind me to read this post next July!!  So, anyway, here's my little piece of artwork.  I'm going to upload some images that you're welcome to use and this image will be included.  I hope you're all having better luck with your Christmas preparations than I am!  That is, if you celebrate Christmas.  Have a wonderful night!

           ~ Teri