Always and Forever with PhotoPlay Paper

Happy February, Crafty Friends!

Recently I’ve had the great honor of creating projects for PhotoPlay Paper using their newest lines, including the 12 new collections they released for Creativation this year. But before the 12, there was their adorable Valentine line, So Loved. Since today kicks off the month of love, I thought I would share a little love themed project. And if you’re on PhotoPlay Paper’s email list, the downloadable instruction sheet for this project went out today.

This little love note looks much like a card, but is actually a home decor desk frame made from recycled materials. The base is made from raw chipboard, like a cereal box or some leftover packaging material. Or pieces of a cardboard box would do, too.

I love adding little seasonal touches like this to my home decor.  Or this would make a great handmade gift idea for your special Valentine this year. The design is very simple, and can be dressed up in style you choose. Decorate two panels, punch holes in the top, and thread them together with ribbon or twine. I call this an easel-style frame, since it opens with a hinge at the top. Or maybe you would call it a sandwich-board.

If you’re interested in free instructions for projects like these, including layout and card designs, home decor, free cutting files, and more, be sure to sign up for PhotoPlay Paper‘s email list.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And for those of you who’ve been asking…. I am working on a few special Valentine’s for my AudOnes Prim shop. Creativation being later this year has really put me behind, but a few little things are coming.


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below for your convenience:

PhotoPlay SO LOVED 12 x 12 Collection Pack SL2419Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK Black8Doodlebug LADYBUG Doodle Twine28 Lilac Lane LOVE STORY Embellishment Kit LL106We R Memory Keepers - Crop-A-Dile - Corner Chomper Tool

Stampin’Up Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon

Shop Small Saturday with AudOnes Prims

Hello sweet friends!
Happy Saturday. Happy Small Business Saturday, that is!

I am so excited for this special day for small shop owners, like me. I couldn’t let the day pass without some fun things to share with you! I have filled my shop with a brand new line-up of  holiday creations. Some special guys that kinda steal my heart. I hope you will enjoy.

All my new items today are one-of-a-kind works of he(art), that I hope will fill your holiday home with lots of cheer. Lots of sweet and shabby snowmen and their little friends, in need of a new home.

I’ve had so much fun with this new release, and I hope you love it, too. All my new items are loaded to my Holiday Shop and are ready to go.

Plus, you’ll find special markdowns on all remaining prims from my shop opening, too. This is a one day sale, so be sure to hurry! And don’t forget, today only, I’ll refund your shipping costs on all orders over $75.

It all starts HERE!

Happy shopping!

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Friends!

Happy Wednesday, and happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family in the states! Today I thought I would take a break from Christmas projects and posts to wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

I hope you all are surrounded by happiness and the beauty of the season.

Thanksgiving is usually a quiet holiday for me, but I so enjoy this last little moment of peace before the real rush of Christmas begins. Gives me a chance to reflect on my many blessings. And you know me……. I just love this time of year. Being a fall baby maybe has something to do with that!

In a couple of days, the Christmas tree will start to go up. But for now, my house is dressed up for Thanksgiving. And I thought I would share a peek here with you. I hope you enjoy!

I try to keep things a bit natural and serene at this time of year, but I do go quite festive in the dining room, in preparation for the big meal. It’s a perfect chance to break out my vintage turkey collection, and my favorite brown transferware.

I have an absolutely jumbled mix of transferware pieces, but I love that eclectic look. For Thanksgiving, I break out all my game birds, and just about anything with a hint of brown.





For the living room, I went very simple this year. Lots of natural touches of branches, leaves, and pumpkins. And my favorite pair of pilgrims.


My sunroom has some of my favorite whimsical pieces.

Silly Lori Mitchell figures (huge thank you to my friends Kathie and Michelle for the new birthday turkey boy!!), and a vintage cast iron turkey.

This turkey is made from reclaimed barn wood. He is chippy heaven to me!



And finally, my front entryway table and bench.

p1120438More little figures and my prize winning turkey.




Thanksgiving wishes from across the miles from my house to yours. May your home be filled with laughter and happiness! May love, joy and happiness be yours in abundance this holiday season.

happy thanksgiving wishes

I am so very grateful for all of YOU! Thanks so much for stopping by, and thank you for all the birthday wishes, too!

Happy Thanksgiving!! XOXO

2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour- Cont.

2016-halloween-haunted-houseHi everyone, and welcome back to day three of my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour. It’s exactly one week until Halloween, and we still have two stops left on the tour… So let’s get started!
Today I thought we would visit the dining room.


As always, I’ve filled my dining room antique sideboard with my usual mix of crisp white vintage ironstone with my collection of antique transferware dishes. I’ve got transferware in almost every color….but of course at Halloween, I pull out my black.

And scattered throughout are some of my favorite Halloween pieces. Lots of skulls, and a few handmade treasures. And then there’s my beloved Lori Mitchell figures.

I have an old funky junk egg basket at the foot of my sideboard, which is a great spot to tuck in a few pumpkins and prims.

The diner menu sign was something I picked up at the dollar store many years ago. Just an inexpensive little trinket… but it does make me smile.

Little Boo here in the front was my very first Lori Mitchell figurine. The one that started it all.  You can tell by the expression on her face that she’s realized the trouble that she has caused!

A close up of some of my skulls and handmade treasures. A cardboard ghost that I made at one craft day several years ago. And a wee prim bat that my Missy Nik made at another.

And a few more details to enjoy.


Nik and I made the little zombie figures at craft day, too, from spools and wire, sculpey clay and painted acorns. The wire tree is a recent find from my local junk store.

More figures.
More skulls.

And lots of Halloween fun.

If you missed day one and two of my tour, you can find them here and here. And we’ll finish up next Monday, just in time for Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour II

Hello Friends! Happy Monday!

Welcome back to day two of my 2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour. Today I thought we’d pick up where we left off last week, and head into my haunted sunroom.

The sunroom is probably my most favorite room in my house because of all the light that streams in through two solid walls of windows. Here I’ve got a pair of comfy reading chairs that are perfect for perching and taking in all the spooky spooks.

This year I’ve got a bit of a theme going in the sunroom…. black cats, and lots of them. They are pretty much everywhere, starting on the feather wreath on the back deck door, and winding all throughout the room.

I’ve got black cat ornaments on my tinsel tree. Another pulling a pumpkin sled. And another one taking a ride in the back. And that’s just the beginning.

I haven’t stopped to count how many cats are actually here, but I think it’s now fairly official. I have become a crazy cat lady! I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.

In other spooky spots, there are some haunted mansions in the window frame. The mobile is this year’s Halloween card from my sweet mom. She always finds the most unique cards ever.

My vintage laundry cart is filled with pumpkins and prims.

More black cats, of course. And there’s Mimsie the Mummy from my fall shop last year.


My Missy Nik made those kleenex ghosties when she was wee little, and nostalgic me….  I saved them. Such a perfect way to spook up a tiny Halloween tree and bring back lots of happy memories.

Cats in baskets.

And cats in trees. And of course a witch needs a good cat companion, too.

And we’ll top it off with a pumpkin or two.

Here’s a good stop for today, at the door near the dining room entrance. We’ll pick up here next time.
And until then…
Happy Haunting!


2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour

Hi Friends! Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. And hope that those of you to the southeast of here made it through the storm safely. Besides being pelted with over 6″ of rain, we were very lucky. Where many were without power and dealt with major flooding here in the heart of North Carolina, we managed to escape it all. It’s been a tense few days, though, for so many people. And I know I’m not the only one who is super relieved to see hurricane Matthew disappear.

After days of solid grey gloom, I was so happy to see the sun return on Sunday. Perfect for a little photo shoot of my Halloween haunted house. Because it’s time my friends… time to start my 2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour.

2016-halloween-haunted-houseEvery Monday, now through Halloween day, I’ll share a stop along my haunted house tour. Today I thought we’d start with my living room, and my haunted Halloween mantel. I’ve got lots of photos to share. So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy the tour!


I know many of you have been touring with me these past few years, so some of these scenes will be familiar to you. I try to change things up every year, but there are a few spooky spooks that “need” to be in a certain spot, or it just wouldn’t be Halloween. Take my skeletons, for example. They belong on the mantel. No ifs, ands, or buts.

My ceramic Mr. Bones, and skeleton painting done by my son in high school, are a couple of my most favorite Halloween things, so they tend to set the tone for the mantel each year. This time, they are chilling with the rest of the gang…. lots of pumpkins, ghosts and eyeballs, and of course a creepy spider or two.

Many of these treasures are handmade, by me, and by my kiddos growing up over the years.  My Missy Nik’s painted gourd ghost from when she was wee little. A painted eyeball portrait done by her in much later years. And a prim pumpkin head and paper mache ghost made during my weekly crafty play dates with the girls.

That jovial skeleton is actually a card, given to me by my mom a few years back. He is completely bendable and posable, and gets up to all sorts of shenanigans. I always have lots of fun with him.


A peek at my coffee table.

And what’s beneath.

And the hearth. Check out this cool skeleton dude the girls and I made this fall. He took us four weeks of crafty play dates to complete… but he was worth it.

I may have to name him Mr. Bones Too. 😀


The wreath marks the path into the sunroom, which we’ll pick up on the tour next time. Until then…
Thanks so much for stopping by!
And Happy Haunting to YOU!


What a Tangled Web

Hello Crafty Friends! Happy Friday!

It’s a rainy and gloomy day here today. Just the start, I’m afraid, of hurricane Matthew making it’s way up the southeastern coastline. The forecasters are predicting heavy rain for us, with the possibility of flooding and power outages…. but that’s nothing to what many will see in the next few days. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, friends! Hope all of you in the path of this storm stay safe and sound!

After a couple of days of Christmas projects, I’m getting back to some Halloween today and one of my favorites. Hand stitching. And an altered Halloween frame.

Several months ago, I scored a batch of simple wooden frames at my local junk shop that were just calling for some stitchy projects. Of course, loving Halloween as much as I do, I couldn’t resist starting with some spooks. So I sketched out a little Halloween scene, complete with spiderweb and spiders and a witch’s hat, too. And then had fun with paints, ink, and floss.

I’ve tried inking my fabric before, but thought this time I’d mix it with paint to add color and detail to the scene. The hat and web were stitched, and then painted. I added tiny lines to the web, and even tinier eyes to the spiders. The yellow background glow is painted, too… a perfect resist for the ink I added next. I’m not going to win any drawing competitions, but I sure had fun combining my love for stitching with my love for ink and paint. My own mixed media approach to traditional embroidery.

Well… maybe not too traditional with the witch apparel and spiders! 😀

I’ve added this spooky sweet Halloween frame to my Fall Shop, in case you’d like to take it home.

And stay safe, all you East Coasters! Thanks for stopping by!