Are smitten with creating book page crafts, or is it just me? I was going through some old photos and discovered my first effort in book page crafting.     A Book Page Medallion Wreath When I decided to make this wreath I watched videos and read all kinds of how-to's.  It seemed pretty complicated to me.  And really, it was a piece of cake.  Kind of.  Don't laugh, but rolling the pages into mini horns was not as easy as it looked.  I think I needed a third hand.  You know how it is....some things come very easily for a few and the rest of us we have to work it. The wreath looks … [Read more...]

Whenever I see my blue Mason jars I think of... sparkling blue waters of the Big Lake, summertime, and sea glass from the Mediterranean*. Decorating Mason jars can be one of the easiest ways to add a bit of summer to a corner that needs brightening, or even the table.     Recently I created an extraordinary tablescape with my vintage Mason jars and book pages.   That got me thinking that most of you didn't see this post of decorating Mason jars with burlap that I wrote late last summer.  If you're looking for a splash of coastal color in your decor, you'll enjoy a few of these ideas.  Be … [Read more...]

Mason or Ball Jars are a quintessential summer favorite of mine. As I was cruising this week's Monday Funday Link Party, I noticed there were several terrific jar ideas. Here is a round up... Mason Jars 7 Ways!   Starting at the top left and going counter clockwise here's our fabulous line-up: Posed Perfection: Patriotic Fruit Ice Cubes Shaken Together Life: {create this} mason jar BBQ sauce ~ Fathers’ Day gift Joy is at Home: DIY Travel Mason Jar Tutorial {5 minutes start to finish}! Clean and Scentsible:  Cherry Lemonade Raspberry Slushie Love Grows Wild: How to Make Mason Jar Soap … [Read more...]

  Lovely pink peonies were blooming in my back yard. Their heads were heavy.   Rain was in the forecast. What a beautiful excuse to pick these ruffled lovelies and enjoy them indoors. Once inside, they beckoned me to play with my camera and a few antique pretties.   Pink is not one of my favorite colors.   But, I do adore pink flowers in the garden....along with shades of blues and purples and white and everything in between.  Together they all make my heart sing.  As does this love quote by Browning: Who so loves believes the impossible. Elizabeth Barrett Browning If you are … [Read more...]

I am so very excited to join in the FUN tonight at MONDAY FUNDAY!   For six weeks I'll be tagging along with the extraordinary ladies that regularly host this inspiring link party. Because I know that some of my readers are not bloggers and may not be familiar with blog or link parties, I just want to give you a brief intro into what my excitement is all about. Several times a week you pop by and enjoy my latest project or inspiration. Thank you!!  How would you like to see 10 or 100 or 300 more ideas?  Sounds like fun?  Yes?  There will be everything from DIY to recipes to home-keeping tips to … [Read more...]