Thursday, December 16, 2010

O.K. I am hooked on putz houses.....I can't stop making them. Although the tree was decorated, presents bought, and things were reasonalbly neat around here....that didn't stop me. Paper, glitter and paint are scattered all over the table and things will probably stay this way....because I can tell, one or two putz houses is not going to be enough.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Unfortunately my visit to "the keeping room" was not as wonderful as Staces.....My friend Stella drove down from Akron and I drove to Waynesburg to meet her and go shopping. Now Waynesburg is in the middle of nowhere....and there is NOTHING else to do for at least 26 miles in any direction.The hours were posted on the website and the door.... 11:00-4:00 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Hanging right above that was a big fat CLOSED sign, to the left was an explanation that shows were too time consuming and the shop would remain unopened until late November. We peeked in the window and wanted in to spend our money, when in the driveway pulled a vehicle, OH BOY, I was positive the owner would not mind walking the few steps from her residence to the little shop and then driving to the bank with all of our money. Nope a quick rebuff and she went on about her day....and ruining ours. hmmmmm think I will just skip it.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween at the Ludwigs

Last week started out like this....a night of craving "punkins"...O.K. so my kids are 28 and 35 but what the are kids no matter what the age on the week of Halloween. They can be mature adults next week. but wait.... home was invaded by pirates....and wenches.

I am sure it's gona be wild and fun sailing ahead for this evening.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

What a perfect weekend.

Cousins arrived Friday from New Jersey, Missouri, and Kansas for a long overdue visit....I never had a chance to know these wonderful people until a few years back....and now I know I sure missed out. I had the best time and will cherish every moment I did finally get.

This was also the Algonquin Mill festival weekend.....the weather was fabulous, crowds were super and sales really kept you on your toes. My daughter and I have done this show many years and I do believe this was one of the best....after three days of rain the sun came out, lite up all the fall foliage for the opening day.. and that beautiful weather continues the entire three days.....A VERY SUCCESSFUL CRAFT SHOW


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Free images for you

Hope one of these end up in your wonderful projects


Friday, September 3, 2010

Thank you, Mr.Bird.....the morning glories you left look wonderful as they twist and turn, winding their way to the top of my birdcage. What a beautiful, happy accident.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Well, Scott's hibiscus finally bloomed....he's been waiting on it and it did not disappoint. All of the flowers look fabulous this year....thanks to our rain water shortage here. Now about those weeds.......

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Off to a wedding in Michigan...our niece Kristin, that was here crafting a month ago is having her big day. I am so excited for her and Jim. Family from California and Ohio are meeting up in Michigan to help her celebrate. Should be a good time and it will be wonderful to see everyone.

This is the "gift card holder" I made for them......since I am sure they are......


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Well lookie -lookie, it looks like an envelope....perhaps a "birthday" envelope. Wonder who it is for??????????????? Lets just hope with the holiday it makes it to her mailbox by Wednesday- because thats "THE DAY"

Of course being the brain child I am, there is a BIG spelling boo-boo on the envelope so consequently I had to carry that theme to the card inside....

Well, heck no, I can't show you the card.....that would sooooo ruin the surprise for


Sunday, June 27, 2010

My son, Brent , has been absent of late. He had a goal, he had a vision of taking the ugliest truck I had ever seen, and turning it into a silk purse. Well, did he ever, in 90 evenings (he works his "real" job 7 days a week) he made the self imposed deadline and was totally ready for super nationals this past weekend. I am so proud of him and his friend Jeremy, they had a goal, reached it, and surpassed all expectations.

But I am not gona parallel park that thing.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


I had this glaring white shadow box frame...fortunately, I also had Tim Holtz products....I think I used all of them....just kidding. First I used ginger alcohol ink to change the color of the plastic like frame...then I grudgingly dipped into my new paper... I am a hoarder.... using paper from the lost and found pad I covered the back with music paper, cut out a clock and mounted it grunge board and added a game spinner. found an image I liked of a boy playing the fife....everything was inked with vintage photo and wild favorites...... I popped them out with doubled sided tape from the home improvement store at different levels sure made nice depth and shadows. A coffee filter sprayed with distress ink and perfect pearl mixture made the very delicate rose for the corner. The font I used for "play on" was tilez. Glossy accents hold the box feet in place on the bottom, I decided to grab my alcohol ink pen and knock back the color a bit on the feet. Digging back into my new papers, this time the retro grunge, cuttlebuged a scalloped hexagon and fan folded a top accent with a bead from an old necklace for the center.



Monday, May 10, 2010

The craft-a-Poloza has come to a close....darn, it was fun. Especially sitting back listening to the chatter between the girls. Catching up is always fun but getting the info on Kristin and Jim's up coming wedding was wonderful.
Chrissy and Kristin have turned on the music and grabbed a beverage ....I think we may be able to start crafting now......of course I have worked my poor old fingers to the bone, I gathered all the supplies and prepared snacks..............Oh well, a mothers work is never done. Thank goodness I am here for those two....
as if they would have even missed me
Kristin the "bride-to be" was busy making the flowers out of paper....Looks like it would have been easier if she just had one more hand.....but when it came to a touch of glitter......she turned into missy crafty girl......there is just something about glitter that brings out the creativity.... How much fun were the paper flowers made from the Tim Holtz new tattered floral sizzix die ? I think they turned out wonderful. Placed on the paper cones that will hang on chairs to hold flower petals, they should be stunning. Scott and Kristin were looking kinda hungry waiting for their food at the Normandy Inn, probably famished from all that intense crafting.........but they was such a wonderful weekend....too darn bad it only happens once in a blue moon.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Well, I am ready for the weekend "craft-a-polooza" My niece is coming from Chicago to craft all weekend for her upcoming wedding. Now everyone knows I love to craft and really mess up the house with inks, paints, and most of all glitter.....but this is different Chrissy and I also get to spend time with Kristin.....and we usually don't get to see her. YIPPEE !

I also need to say, although I begged participants of the tussie mussie swap to send me pictures of their creations to post here............they did not. BAD GIRLS. Only one sent a picture and here it is smart....she used a gardening hat. Barb Mariol, you amazed me with the idea, I am sure Bonnie Foit loved it.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

I am back...had a wonderful lunch with the hubby at Donnas Deli...we never need an excuse to go there, but today I had a mission. Maura Arter had drawn Donnas name in the tussie Mussie swap so I had the pleasure of delivering it to her.....It was so gorgeous.....This sweet lady has a definite talent.
Yesterday four of us had a girlfriend day at the bluebird tearoom here in Carrollton. The day could not have been more perfect, warm, sunny and here we were nestled in the trees on the patio. It really is the most charming place, a real must visit.
My new friend Joy Meadows joined us. She had drawn my daughter, Chrissys name, so again I am the person who is delivering this beautiful tussie mussie....I feel like santa. the paper she used was fabulous and the flower is cut with Tim Holtz tattered floral sizzix die.

I, too made a few things for my "girlfriends" Maura sews, and makes the greatest dolls so I themed hers on sewing....ribbons buttons....I also made a dress form and a pin cushion

For Joy I did make a cone and decorated it, even added paper flowers attached to colored pencil "stems"and then since she is an avid stamper, I rounded up some interesting ephemera for her future projects.

Stella .....ooooo Stella...remember when we were in the Tim Holtz class and I was grousing about colors I was not comfortable with and you said....."think outa the box" well, I sure did, certainly not my colors. This scrapbook purse is totally not my usual style but I have to say I had fun doing it ......and I guess you may be right....stepping outa that box can be exciting and it was for my dearest friend.....EVER

I hope the whole swap went as smoothly as the one we had at lunch. Happy May day everyone.

Wow, this was the tussie mussie I received from Stella Ford.....look and all the little details of things I love. the flowers are real, the candle lights, and the photo on the little book is wonderful and it is all in a charming tin cup. I love this.....those sweet flowers are going in my window box outside my "peek at the world" window beside my favorite chair.

There is a dragonfly cut out of paper and look at those wonderful tiny postcards ( my favorite things in the world) Stella certainly read me right on this one.
more later.....going out to lunch with my honey.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

What a Wonderful Friday.....

3 classes with Tim Holtz in Akron. what a wonderful giving teacher. The team worked like a well oiled machine to make everything go smoothly. Much was easily accomplished in a restricted time frame thanks to fabulous planning. A big thank you to Mario and Darcy for all their help. The first 2 classes were tags mainly to focus on technique....and boy, did we. Little tricks that expand the uses of Ranger products, from distress pads to alcohol ink. All I can say about the new alterations dies from sizzix is WOW. So many applications and they are just perfect.....the texture fades are just awesome. We also put alot of the idea-ology item to work on our projects. Again perfection.Stampers anonymous gave us an atc stamp, I thought that was very generous of Ted. So all in all,not only is Tim a charmer but a "think out side the box kinda designer". If you can, try to squeeze into one of his classes......This man does not disappoint.

Friday, April 16, 2010

working, working, working, O.K. I admit it............I love making tussie mussies. It is nice to go outside in April in Ohio and absorb some spring and transfer it to art. Hope all my friends are having as much fun as me. Going out to that mailbox is going to be exciting. All participants are to send me pictures before they send them off to the waiting girls so I can post them here. Stay tuned.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Well, looks like we're going to have a tussie mussie party!
Girls have started to say yes, I will so, do that, so what are you waiting for ?? Come on....... email me and tell me your ready to join us. The more the merrier. It is time to get messy, you know glue, paper, glitter.....our favorite things in the world.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

So how bout we celebrate spring.............yippee

I was thinking maybe a May 1st tussie mussie just make one. Make it out of anything you want and any size you want. Fill it with what ever you want, flowers, seeds, candy, tea, just something to brighten someones day and welcome spring. A name will be drawn to see who the lucky recipient of your creation is and then you can wait and see what comes in your mailbox. Sound fun ?????? Let me know by March 31st....dust off you imagination and get busy.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

This is the only organized thing in the whole place.

Chrissy had no idea when she made me this fabulous bag for Christmas two years ago exactly how abused and overfed it would be.

I'm going to get to it. It's just a scary pile. That's all. And none of it is junk mail.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hey, is anything in your purse breakable?????
Well, didn't I feel just like the mad hatter? Chrissy and I had just finished lunch at the Cadillac Ranch and jumped in the car to go to the movie....when I realized her purse was under my butt....maybe I should not have had that second beer at lunch...and I bet she was wishing I had not had that BIG hamburger. Oh well, everything survived and Alice in wonderland was so perfect for me......visually outstanding. I am usually way to fidgety for movies but I was sorry to see this one end.
I also got news on my birthday I had won Wendy
Vecchi's blog give away....I never ever win anything....and it was on my birthday ! I don't know if you visit Wendy's site but she is so talented I just love her flair for sure and stop by I am sure you will like her and she has a new book out, looks pretty darn good. I am very patiently waiting on my surprise package from her to arrive and I will let you know all about it.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. I truely do enjoy matter how many I have had. This 60 thing is not as exciting as 16 or 21 was but it is still good.

The other morning I met Stella for breakfast and when I arrived this package was sitting at the table. my photo skills need so work so I will describe it a paper bag....image of an old photographers studio surrounded by vintage text....then grunged "JUST enough and tied shut with string.

Well, I could hardly wait to open it and there was the most beautiful box inside. An antique photo frame surround a image of old books and a lamp. The greeting is embellished with a watch face, key and if that isn't enough....there is something inside this treasure.......Isn't this just fabulous????? and just my style.....and not purchased, handmade, we all know how I feel about handmade, and it was handcrafted by Stella. Is she good or what??? It's like I can't wait to see what she is up to, and it is always something wonderful.

Saturday Scott, took me to amish country. We hit a few antique shops and our favorite meat market......then Chrissy,Jim, and my forever best buddy Jodey got together for supper.....we ended up at the Normandy Inn in Minerva....and had the best darn steak ever. Sure don't know what took me so long to get there.....geez, 34 years to find a good place to eat in the neighborhood....o.k. i do live in the boonies....22 miles.

Wednesday Chrissy and I are going to see Alice in Wonderland....I am really taking advantage of this 60th birthday thing, huh?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

woo hoo.....I finally got outa the house and went shopping with my friend Stella....what a feeling...I had just been in here too long. we had breakfast, shopped a bit and then had lunch, shopped a bit was wonderful....and I did not have to cook a thing.

So to celebrate I made you some tags to print out....just double click on the photo, so it is full size and save to your computer then print when ever you want. I hope you like it.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thank goodness, March starts tomorrow. First off my birthday is coming up (can we say hip hip hurrah for golden buckeye, 60 years old yuk) and futhermore this whole month has been a big aggravation....all the snow and mess has kept me locked in the house. My hair is so long I can't even see. My cats don't even recognize me.
My internet is almost non existent...I have satellite, Hughesnet to be precise, and it leaves a lot to be desired. Being a country bumpkin...I can only get dial-up or satellite...I am starting to believe dial-up is better. Please verizon bring your lines a bit closer....I just need a bit, its right down the road. With Hughes something has gotten messed up.....there is something called fair access policy and I can see the reason for no one person hogs up more than their fair share of satellite space....but for 5 years I never went into fair access, now I am there every day! When you are in fair access overload they slow your connection for 24 hours, slow it down so much you can't move on the internet and 3 emails may take over 2 hours to down load. There is no way I am downloading 200mgs a way. So you are still paying for but have no internet to speak of. grrrrrr
Somewhere there is a glitch in the system and it is making me angry. Just maybe they overloaded their satellite with customers.
So I make does keep me sane, kinda. Yesterday I made a new journal cover. It still need a bit of tweeking (a bit more grunge) and assembled but it is started. Hopefully this weather will break and spring will show up, just in time for a craft show...Keep your fingers crossed.
Lets see, I made art and vented to you....yep, I feel better.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Look what I captured...... thought just maybe she knew where spring was hiding. Since I am stuck in this house I have been trying a little paint shop work.....more frustration than work, but I did stick that selfish fairy in that mason jar for not sharing spring.
I did get out today to the grocery store yippee..........BIG FUN but if we get the snow we have been promised everyones gona be pretty darn happy mommas got vittles.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dolly Kertes and her CarnationsCheck Spelling yep, along with a wonderful lunch and great conversation last Saturday , Dolly gave me six of these gorgeous hand made and hand painted fabric flowers. She told a charming story about watching her Grandmother make these flowers to put on family graves during the depression. I am so glad she remembered the art and made them again.
Her son-in-law Tom Stevens took the picture, I have been after him to post his nature photographs on a blog for everyone to enjoy......maybe he will find time soon.