Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pink Hedgehog

Hello!  I have a pink hedgehog birthday card to share with you today.  I used an old Penny Black hedgehog stamp and sentiment to create my card.  I first stamped some presents in a very light pink on the bottom of the card, leaving just a small space for my main image.  The present stamp was a just a dollar stamp I found in the dollar bins at a local fabric and crafts store.  I then colored in my main image more darker so that it stood out and became the focal point of the card.  A few banner die cuts of various pink papers, a sentiment, and some pink paper dots finished off the card.
 He is such a cute little hedgehog isn't he?

Have a great day!  Amy

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fashion Over Fifty: Loving Chambray!

Hello!  Chambray or denim shirts were all the rage last season, and from what I can tell, will continue to be popular this fall and spring as well.  And that's good, because I LOVE chambray and I have four chambray shirts in my closet already!  Even though chambray goes with just about everything (which is one reason I love it so much),  I feel that one still needs different washes of chambray to effectively style it.  I have a light wash chambray shirt with small, white polka dots, a medium wash pullover chambray shirt, a dark wash short sleeve chambray shirt, and the one I am wearing in today's post which is somewhere in-between a medium and dark wash.

As the weather is getting cooler, but not quite cool enough for a sweater, chambray shirts are perfect for that extra layer you need to keep warm.  Here I styled my chambray shirt with an embellished white tee shirt.  About half my outfit is from Old Navy:  both shirts and all the jewelry.  The olive cargo pants are from J.C.Penney, the shoes are from Famous Footwear, and the purse is from Francescas.  
 The pants are a very thin cotton, so they are not too warm if the temperatures climb:  and the outfit is just as cute without the chambray layer, so I can remove that also if I start to get too warm.  Dressing for fall or spring for me is all about dressing in layers because the temperatures fluctuate so much during the day.  It could be only 43 degrees when I leave for the day, and by mid day up into the 60's or 70's, so clothes have to be easily removable!  If it were even a colder day, I could add a cardigan or scarf and this outfit would really scream Fall.
 Can you see all the little gems scattered all over the white tee shirt?  It is kinda of hard to see in the photograph, but I really love it.  It's just a touch of extra detail and shimmer, without being too flamboyant as a lot of sequined shirts can be.
 The pants have a drawstring at the bottom so you can wear them wide or tight to the leg.  The loafers have a thin blue stripe.
 I needed some red jewelry in my collection, and was thrilled to find both this necklace and bracelet at Old Navy.  I really like a lot of the jewelry pieces Old Navy sells and they seem to gear them so that coordinate well with their clothes.
 I've shown you my Bohemian purse from Francescas before in THIS POST;  I bought it specifically to wear with my boho dress and for an upcoming trip to the Southwest I plan on taking this fall, but I'm finding it goes with lots of my other daily outfits as well.
So what about you?  Do you have any chambray shirts in your closet?  If you, how many do you have?  More than me?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!  Amy

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Preserving Memories

Hello!  How do you preserve your memories?  The old fashion way was to create a scrapbook using paper, scissors, and glue.  Now, a lot of people still scrapbook that way, but it is not as popular of a hobby as it once was.  With advancements in digital photography, many people have turned to creating digital scrapbooks, videos, or just simply storing them on their computer or social media sites like Facebook.  The Project Life series has altered the scrap booking phase by focusing less on major life events and creating little works of art on a page, and more on journaling everyday events and just using a photograph and some handwritten words.  

When I first started paper crafting, I only scrap booked.  I have since accumulated an entire wardrobe of scrapbooks, which, rarely, if ever, get looked at.  And worse, most of these books have become warped and ruined due to constant extreme temperature changes in my house.  Because of all the time scrap booking takes, and how once a book is done it is packed away in a closet rarely to be seen again, I decided to stop scrap booking.  Every now and then I might create a page and just display it on an easel in my craft room, but that is about it.  

So if you don't scrapbook how do you preserve your memories?  Well, I keep a blog for one.  I don't just post my travel and life event stories for all of you!  My blog for the most part is an on line diary of my public life (and I say public life because obviously I can't share everything!).  My husband, children and whatever family and friends who actually care about us, can always click on my blog to see what were up to or relive our special moments.  The second way I preserve memories is that I actually PRINT my favorite photographs and put them in frames.  Yes, with the popularity of Instagram and Facebook, most people take pictures, but they never print them.  I love to use photographs of my family in the interior design of my home.  If you were to walk in my house you would see pictures of my family and our travels on just about every surface.  I'm sure all the interior designers of HGTV would just shudder if they saw all my pictures.  But I don't care.  I love to surround myself with things that I love and I love my family.  Both my kids are grown and have moved out of the house and I only see them a few weeks out of the year.  Having their pictures in sight  all over my house is my way of keeping them close.  My husband actually gave me the sweetest, most thoughtful Christmas gift this past year;  a digital frame.  He said, 'you have so many pictures all over the place, I thought you could use this'.   It was an awesome gift!  You can download hundreds of photos onto the frame, and it cycles through them all changing the photograph every few seconds.  I love it!

So all of this brings me to the subject of my post:  photo collages.  When you have tons of pictures, and your having a hard time deciding which ones to put in frames or on a scrapbook page, what do you do?  Well my daughter, who loves to make collages, made two large photo collages for me.  She took all my favorite photos and using scissors, Mod Podge and some large canvases created these beautiful works of art:
 Our Christmas Holiday in Pensacola Beach was a wonderful memory for me.  I had never spent Christmas away from home before, and I was surprised how much I loved taking a vacation during the holiday instead of the usual cooking, shopping, decorating routine that is exhausting!   It was so relaxing and peaceful to go to the ocean during the off season.  Yes, it was freezing, but I still had a great time and we created so many wonderful memories of our time there.  I really wanted to preserve these memories, and most importantly, have these memories 'visible' to me to look at, especially when I'm going through a stressful time.
 At first Ashley was just going to make one photo collage, but as she was attempting to put the pictures together she realized it wasn't 'working' because the photos had two different hues:  half of them had a sandy blue tone, and the other half had a dark red tone.  So Ashley decided to separate the pictures by color tone and create two separate photo boards.
 Ashley used some designer papers and a few hand written notes on each board.  She also put a little dimension on some of the pictures by adding mounting tape to a few photos.
I did not frame the photo boards.  I put the sandy blue tone collage in my craft room and the red tone collage in my office because those are the colors already in those rooms.  Now I have memories out on display for me to look at all the time, instead of shut away in a closet.  I love it.

So how about you?  How do you preserve your memories?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!  Amy