Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fabric Needle Felt Book

Happy Thursday my Dear Sweet Friends

Today I am sharing fabric needle felt book I made for a swap several months ago with a young lady in Japan.  I am hoping she loved it but never heard back from her. I sure hope it reached her because a part of me wanted to selfishly keep it for myself.  And I really wanted to share it with you today.  I believe it measures 4"x6" and the pages are made out of soft fluffy wool felt.

I now have a stack of fabric that is calling me to make some more (hint hint).  










 I also wonder if a few friends of my friends would like to have one as a Christmas gift. 

What do you think??

With smiles and hugs
Laine












Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lots of Exciting News

Hello my dear sweet friends - 

Boy oh boy has life been full of lots of changes.  So many new things going on - and I can't wait to share some news with you.  I am not even sure where to start so I think I will just share things throughout this next week.  

First of all I am on a new design team CS Designs and I am incredibly excited about it.  I will have more information available before the end of this month regarding the blog hop and other great stuff so I hope you will check back soon.



I just discovered as I was looking at my google account that this is my 100th blog post and that's so exciting to me.  I think I need to have a blog candy giveaway and hope you will check back on Friday for more details and join in the fun.

And I have also started a new blog (nope I am serious) and it's called "Breaking Up with Fibromyalgia".    

This blog is really a deep personal one for me because I have been battling this monster for quite a while now and I am hoping to reach out to others who are hurting and battling the same silent illness.  If you feel so inclined to check out my new blog I would really appreciate it and you can find it here:  

Breaking Up With Fibromyalgia


Thanks so much for spending some time with me and I hope you will come back.

With hugs and smiles always

Laine

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Altered Composition Book

Happy Happy Sunday My Dear Sweet Friends -

It is a gloriously sunny day and I find myself wondering how many sunny days there will be left until winter strikes.  Ironically its not even Autumn (but getting closer) and I am thinking about the cold days of winter.  I think I need to take a seat on the back patio and enjoy the sunshine a little more today).

I thought it would be fun to share an altered composition book I made for a dear friend of mine.  We were on same online group but the site was shut down unexpectedly.  I am hoping this journal made it to its destination and she loved the comp book as much as I did creating it for her.  It's full of little pocket pages with various size tags,

For my next post I am going to post photos of the one she made for me and its GORGEOUS!!!

I have some exciting news coming soon and can't wait to share it.

Have a blessed week and thanks so much for visiting my blog!!

With hugs and smiles
Laine


 (Front Cover)

 (Inside Front Cover)

 (One of the altered page pockets with tags)

 (another altered page with an envelope with lots of goodies inside)

 (All the goodies tucked neatly inside)

 (Another pocket page with tags)

 (And yet another pocket page with tags)

(Inside look for the inside back cover)


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Some Altered Recycled Fun

Hello My Dear Sweet Friends -

I hope you are doing well and finding a little time to spend in your craft room.  I have actually managed to find a little time too.  As I was cleaning out some drawers I came across some large laminate samples.  They measure approximately 3.25" x 4.5".  Once again I didn't want to toss anything out and decided to make some larger magnets and see how they turned out.  

In the past I have gone to some estate sales and garage sales and found a lot of cute things.  These were used making old greeting cards that were pretty messed up.  Once again I don't like to throw anything away and really like to find ways to use it myself or give as gifts to family and friends.  

You can see from the photos the embellishments I added flowers, lace, and some pretty pink shiny flowers.  

What do you think?  

Thanks again for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful day.

With hugs and smiles
Laine




(This one I thought would be a cute card/magnet so I decorated both sides)




(The remaining two I turned into magnets)


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Keychains

Hello my Dear Sweet Friends

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It's been a busy one around here and slowly calming down.

For this post I am sharing some keychains I've been working on the past couple of days. Actually it's been Mark and I working on them. It has been fun even though I've been so tired I can't keep my eyes open.  The keychain I am going to share is quite simple but out of my comfort zone. This isn't my usual style but I actually really like this one - skulls and all.

I am having problems in getting my photos to upload. I will work on it again first thing in the morning.

With hugs and smiles

Laine


Update:  I finally figured out how to upload my photos from Windows 8.  I am not a big fan.  LOL!!
Anyway - I am going to share two photos of the keychains we finished yesterday. 

Thanks for visiting!!

Hugs and smiles
Laine




Saturday, August 9, 2014

Moxie Moxie Moxie

Hello my Dear Sweet Friends

Today I am introducing a little angel (most of the time) named Moxie who is my new fur baby.  She was a gift from my special man and she is a true delight.  I just love Pomeranians and it took 3 days to come up with her name and boy does she live up to Moxie.  I have had her about a month and she is so much fun with a lot of attitude.  So, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my fur baby and include a video that shows her in action.  I hope the video makes you smile!!



video



I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I did trying to capture the moment on video.  The story is that  Lacee does not share her food with anyone and that includes sweet adorable Moxie.  As you can see Moxie let Lacee know how she was feeling about the situation. 

I will be back tomorrow with a new project to share with you.

With smiles

Laine and Moxie

Friday, August 8, 2014

I'm BACK!!!!

Hello my sweet dear friends -

I bet you thought I had permanently left blogland since its been quite a while since I have posted anything.  Well I am still here and so incredibly excited to be back in blogland.  I was going to wait until tomorrow to create my first post but I just couldn't wait another day.  I have so many new projects to share with you and my first one will be posted tomorrow.  I will also be having a blog candy giveaway starting on Monday and I hope you will join in. I have lots of updates and exciting news to share and it all begins tomorrow.  And here's a little teaser...




Until tomorrow sweet friends

With hugs and smiles
Laine




Thursday, March 20, 2014

My First Felt Needle Book - My New Addiction

Hello my dear sweet friends -

Happy Thursday - and sure hope you are doing well.  

I am super excited to share my first felt needle book with you and my newest addiction.  These are so fun and easy to make.  This one is my own creation as far as how I put this one together.  

The cover is actually made of flannel with the inside pages being felt. I have had this floral flannel for some time now and was saving it for something special.  And, for me that turned out to be this needle book.  

The book measures 4" x 4" when closed and 8" x 8" when open.  I decided not to add a closure button because I didn't want to cover up the flowers.  The rest of the pages in this book are similar to the one shown in the second photo.  The only difference is I just added different styles of lace to each page.

I am using this one to help me keep better track of my altered stick pins. Have you made a felt needle book yet?  Have you even considered making one?  I'd love to know and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Have a blessed day!!

With hugs and smiles

Laine





Sunday, March 2, 2014

Valentine Altered Spoolie

Hello dear sweet friends -

It's a rainy Sunday here in Vancouver, WA and I just want to crawl under the covers and snuggle with Max for a while and enjoy the peace and quiet.  What about you - how are things at home?  

As I mentioned in my post yesterday I have a fun project to share with you today and its actually the first one I have made.  I have admired all the gorgeous altered spools on Pinterest and have been wanting to jump into the deep end and make one for quite some time now.  I have joined a swap group called "Altered Paper Swaps" and one of the swaps was an altered spoolie.  So into the deep end I jumped and it was so much fun - a little challenging to get started but once I did things just took on a life of their own.  This particular swap had a Valentine's Day theme which was extra fun because I was able to use some pink in my creation.


So here it is - my first altered spoolie.  As you can see there is a lot of pink but what I also love about this is the image I used around the spool is cut from a vintage Paris newspaper from 1942.  It was so fragile but I just had to use that image (and of course I wanted to keep it).  I painted the spool and then wrapped the newspaper print around it.  I took some narrow white scalloped lace with gold trim to cover the bottom and make a small skirt of sorts for the base of the spool.  I added two rows of small white pearls around the top and the bottom of it.  I added another row of small pink rhinestones around the top of the spool and around the pink heart to help hold the heart in place.  I did add a little bit of glue to the bottom of the heart before adding the row of rhinestones.  I added three decorative stick pins into the top of the heart just for fun.  

It was really fun to make and I am trying to find some of the other photos I took of it so you can see the back side of it.  I will add the photo to this post once I find it.

Thanks so much for visiting me today and I am really curious if any of you have altered your own "SPOOLIE" yet?

With hugs and smiles

Laine






Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's all about MAX

Hello my dear sweet friends - 

Where has time gone?  It's like I have just turned around and lost four months of my life.  I guess in some ways its kind of true. Silly me!!

I am happy to be back and have lots of new things to share as well as getting caught up on what's been going on with you on your blogs and in your lives.

I have some new projects I will be sharing too!!!

I have decided that my first post will be on the more personal side of things and share the newest addition to my family.  Some of you may remember I lost my dear Hercules in August of last year and it was quite heartbreaking. Hercules was such a special part of my life for over 13 years and his passing left quite a huge hole in my heart.  Well like they say - time heals and there is some truth to that statement I guess.  I still miss Hercules everyday and wasn't sure if I would ever get another dog or not.  

Well seven months later I have had a new little furry guy show up needing a new home and the rest is history.  His name is Max and he is a dog rescued from a dog shelter.  I don't know a lot about him except he is adorable, sweet, faster than a speeding bullet, cuddly, and I love how one ear is pointed down and the other pointed to the side.  He has stolen my heart and brings a lot of joy to my world.  So without any further delay - this is Max.



I will be back tomorrow to share a new project and hope you will stop by and say hello.

With smiles and hugs

Laine





Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Cinderella goes Camo

Hello my dear sweet friends -

I hope this finds you doing well.  It's been a while since I have been able to post and yet I have been able to get quite a few loose ends tied up.  I ended up making a quick trip to California to get the rest of personal stuff out of storage.  I am no longer scattered across three states and I can't even begin to express how wonderful that feels.  It will take me some time to get all my craft stuff set up and organized again but it looks like I will be able to really get on the ground running again.  It was a group effort and my sisters and brother in law were amazing and so incredibly helpful.  

A few days before the trip I received a phone call (out of the blue) from a dear friend I worked with at the Police Department in California 20 years ago.  It was great hearing from him and we have been having fun getting caught up on things. My my, so many new and exciting changes.  I am still working on getting my health back on track and doctors say I am doing a great job.  

And last but now least I just had to share a couple of photos of a cinderella cake my sister made as a special request for a woman whose daughter is going into the military.  And hence - this is where cinderella goes camo.  When I saw this cake it was love at first sight.  I love the pink, the camo and I think its just to cute not to share with you.  This is just one of many beautiful cakes my sister has decorated over the past 20+ years and has finally opened up her own cake decorating business called "Seize the Cake" by Dana.  What do you think of her???  The most perfect moment was when we delivered the cakes and the mom of the daughter going into the military actually started crying when the cake was revealed.  Now that was a beautiful moment.  

I will be posting new things soon - just need to get my room set up so I can function.  

With hugs and smiles always

Laine

https://www.facebook.com/seizethecake101

Thursday, October 17, 2013

More Exciting News

Hello my dear sweet friends -

Talk about an exciting day!!  Actually evening is more accurate but let me back up for a minute.  I have had one deep dream since I was a little girl - and that is be a writer.  I don't want to write novels but I want to write from the heart - personal experience articles in the hopes it will help someone who is going through something I myself have experienced might find comfort, encouragement, reach out for help or make a difference in someones life.  I have had a letter to the editor published but that's about it until tonight.

I wrote an article called "You Have Breast Cancer" and it has been published on the Yahoo Voice Website and I am beyond excited and nervous since I am finally stepping out of my comfort zone and putting myself out there and letting it all hang out for the world to see.  I am ready and I am probably going to be awake all night with my mind going amuck amuck amuck!!   I wrote this article because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I shared some of my story last year on this blog.


So, if you would consider doing me a favor I would be forever grateful - would you be willing to read my article and let me know honestly what you think about it??  This is my first one and I want to learn as much as possible as I really want to write more and more from this point forward.  I have included the link and if you feel so inclined a comment left on the Yahoo Article itself would be appreciated as well.  Thanks so much!!!

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed weekend!!

Hugs and smiles

Laine

Monday, October 14, 2013

Exciting News

Oh my goodness my dear sweet friends - I just found out I am the winner of the "Bits and Pieces" October giveaway with C'est Magnifique Kits.  Talk about a great way to start the day and I just had to share with you!!! They really do have gorgeous kits and crafting supplies and I can't wait to make something from my package.  And of course - I will share it here with you!!

Hugs and smiles always

Laine

"Bits and Pieces" Giveaway Package for October from C'est Magnifique Kits

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Butterfly Magnet

Happy Saturday Dear Sweet Friends

Can you believe it??  Two posts in a row - kind of surprises me and also reminds me of days gone by when it was more common than uncommon.  Hopefully its a good sign.  How's your weekend going?? Have you been able to spend any time being creative today??  I decided to work on some small projects for a little more instant gratification.  I know I have mentioned it several times but I really enjoy making keychains and magnets and so I decided to try and go into a different direction.  So I decided to share the first one I made today and will add more as I get them done.  Let me know what you think??  Anything else I can add to jazz it up a little more - you know me I always like the vintage or shabby chic style.

Thanks for stopping by - it always makes my day.

Hugs and smiles

Laine

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Altered Paper Bag Greeting Card and Gift Card Holder

 Happy Happy Friday my Dear Sweet Friends -

I don't know about you but I am really looking forward to the weekend.  It's been really chilly here and I think its time to park in front of the craft table and get busy.  I have all kinds of ideas screaming for attention especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner.  What about you??  Have you already started making your Christmas cards?  Plan on making anything to give as gifts this year?? I would love to hear some of your plans and I can keep a secret.

This recent project was a lot of fun.  I had an image in my head of what I wanted it to look like however by time I was done everything had changed.  I was originally going to just make a greeting card out of a brown paper sack.  As you can see it turned into a booklet of sorts with extra tags and a side pocket to hold a gift card.  I inked the edges, added some little pearls, stickles in the center of the flower on the front and also did some fussy cutting to add some embellishments like the little bird in the teacup which is also popped up for some dimension.  I also cut one of the decorative edges of the cardstock to make a border for the tag on the right side.  Ironically I used one 12" x 12" piece of paper for the whole card.  And of course - I also used plain cardstock to make the tags.  I was bound and determined I was going to get every inch used of the one 12" x 12" piece of cardstock for decoration purposes.  I fell in love with the paper and what made it even more special is that it was sent to me in a gift package from a dear friend of mine.

Have a fabulous weekend and thanks so much for stopping by - I truly appreciate it.

Hugs and smiles always

Laine

PS - Finally had a chance to check out one of my favorite blogs and found out they are having a giveaway and here is the link:  cestmagnifiquekits.  Hope you will check it out and enter.


Front View and all Wrapped Up

Inside View - the Right side has a pocket to hold a tag with is also a gift card holder.

Gift card holder removed and shown on left.

Tag Insert
Just remove the beige cardstock and gift card takes its place

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Finished Altered Book

Happy happy Tuesday my dear sweet friends - I sure hope you are doing splendid today and staying warm (cool) depending on which part of the country you live in.  It's chilly here and I am seriously considering wrapping up in a blanket and having a hot cup of tea to get me moving around a little better.

This album was really fun to make.  It took a lot of time and thought because I had to use every piece of paper I had even if it was only a 1" x 1" piece.  I also wanted to make sure there was room for lots of tags, side pockets and folders within some of the pages.  I love the album and even though it could be considered done - I still want to add more embellishments but will do so at a later date.  Most of the papers and products I used are from 7 Gypsies and from a dear friend of mine in California.  I used a lot of chipboard to make all the pages and (big gulp) I disassembled one of my favorite books because I wanted to use the cover of the book for this album.  I have never done this to a book before and it was actually quite difficult. I am an avid reader and my books are like my own little kids - but I did it.  I have however kept the actual pages of the book and can still read it.

The reason I wanted to do this particular project was because it's been quite a roller coaster these last 3-4 years with the loss of my job, the financial strain and health issues. I came across this book "The Blessings of Brokenness" by Charles Stanley and love it.  In fact I couldn't put it down and read it from cover to cover with tears in my eyes.  The pages are also covered with yellow highlighter and lots of notes.  I wanted to use this book to create my own book of favorite scriptures and quotes which have helped me so much get through each day.  I can honestly say I wouldn't have asked for any of it to happen but I wouldn't change anything because God has truly changed my brokenness into blessings.  I have quite a few tags done but haven't taken photos of them yet.

I am hoping these photos will be pretty self explanatory but if you have any questions please let me know.  What's really funny is I started with a whole different color theme but wasn't happy with it - it wasn't what I had in mind.  And so, I started all over and this is the final result.  It was definitely a stretch and I really was flying by the seat of my pants.  Do you have a favorite quote or scripture that has helped you??  I would love to know which one. I still plan on adding to this project - its going to be a "work in progress" for quite a while.

Hugs and smiles

Laine


Front View of Altered Book

(Left side)  Inside Front Cover with Eiffel Tower Front Tag - Opens Accordion style and keeps closed by Ribbon.
(Right Side) Page One has Two Large Tags and (2) Coin Envelopes for more Quotes & Scriptures
Page Two has a pocket which holds Accordion Style Notebook and kept closed with Ribbon.

Page Three has a Front Pocket with numerous Tags and a Side Pocket for Tags

Page Four Front Pocket with numerous Tags
Page Five Opens with Pockets for Tags and the Sides are open for more tags.
Page 5 Inside View of pocket with Tags

Pages 6 & 7 - Side Pockets for Tags

This shows the Tags from above Page 7

Page 8 with Removable Tag and Side Pocket for Tags

Page 9 is a vellum envelope with a large Tag.

Page 10 is other side of Vellum Envelope.
  Page 11 opens up into a Tri-Fold for lots and lots of Tags.

Inside View of Tri-Fold and Tags for Page 11 above

Last Page is just a decorated page and the back inside cover has another Accordion Fold Page for more scriptures and quotes.  The book measures 7.5" x 5.25".  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The middle of a new project update.......

Quick update:  9/20/2013 - A very dear friend of my daughter passed away suddenly a few days ago.  I am now helping my daughter with a craft memorial project we need to have done in time for the funeral tomorrow.  I don't know that I will be able to post my project until over the weekend or Monday.   Thanks for understanding!!!

Hugs always
Laine

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Hello dear sweet friends - its almost Friday!!  I don't know about you but I am certainly ready for the weekend.  I have been working on my secret project and have another photo to share today and the final project tomorrow.  It's been quite the process - I started out one way and things changed into a whole new direction several hours later.  I am much happier with the updated version and have a feeling this will be a project that will probably continue to grow over time.

Have a blessed day and see you tomorrow.

Hugs and smiles

Laine


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Beginning of a new project.....

Hello my dear sweet friends - Happy Tuesday!!  I hope you are all doing well.  It been busy busy here with my youngest grandson ready for the 10th grade.  And a lot of fun too!!  Boy, my daughter is amazing at how much she can accomplish in one day with work, school and the boys.  I was also blessed to be able to spend time with my youngest daughter too!!  It was relaxing, entertaining and at times even emotional (in a good way).  I sure feel blessed!!

Well I am going to post just a little bit today along with a few pictures just to give you a slight peek at what I am currently working on.  It's something I have never done before - and I am super excited and a little nervous since I am truly flying by the seat of my pants on this one.

Can you tell from the photos what I might be working on???  I will show another quick peek tomorrow and the final project on Friday.  I hope you will let me know your thoughts...

With hugs and smiles always

Laine