D.I.Y. – Embroidery Tutorial

Check out this gorgeous project and tutorial over on the Purl Bee blog.  I love the beautiful simplicity of the embroidery work… I think that even I could manage this project!  The instructions feature large color photographs that are easy to follow… and the finished look is so inspirational.  I love it!.

Tutorial right here.

It’s All About Texture: Soft + Sweet

Today I’m really loving soft and sweet accessories rich with texture and detailing!  Perfect for cuddling up in as summer ends and Fall  arrives.  (or Spring for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere) 


Flower in a Glass” photo by me.

Inspired Artist: Kondoh Akino

When I came across Kondoh Akino’s work the other day it took my breath away.  I love her use of delicate lines and subtle use of color (which she seems to use in all the right ways).  Actually many of her pieces remind me of the work of another of my very favorite artists, Julie Morstad.  You can never have too much of a good thing.  See more of Kondoh’s work right here.

It’s Freebie Time

Hello everyone!  I’m always trying to think of new and interesting things to share with you all.  Did you know that?  Actually I spend a huge amount of my daily existence thinking about you and musing upon how lucky I am to have each one of you as readers.  The support and inspiration you give me every day truly touches my heart… it really does!  So thank you.

Anyhowwwww… I thought it was about time for a new freebie, so I’ve created these fun printables for you all to enjoy.  I love vintage books, library cards, card catalog files (oh what I wouldn’t give for one of those babies), so here you have:

  • Library Card Pocket Template
  • Printable Standard Library Cards
  • Printable Mini Note Cards (they fit inside the library card pockets) and are perfect for stashing in lunch boxes or using to top a gift)

I especially love the idea of using these as seating cards at a wedding or event.  Stamping each of the library card pockets with a number (or the guest’s name) and then tucking a mini menu or program inside!  Perfect!

To read directions for use and to download…

{DIRECTIONS FOR USE} – Library Card Pocket

  1. Print template at 100% onto cardstock
  2. Cut out template along the outer lines
  3. Place template on top of a plain or patterned sheet of paper (heavyweight paper works best, but you can use other paper as well).  If your paper has a pattern be sure to place it pattern side down.
  4. Trace template onto your paper using faint lines with a pencil and cut out
  5. Fold paper where shown on the template (along the dotted lines) starting with number 1 and finishing with number 3.
  6. Glue the flaps (labeled on the template as number 3) using a glue stick.
  7. Taa-daa

Download library card pocket template

Download free standard library cards

Download free mini gift cards

Perfect for:

  • Your personal lending library
  • Love notes
  • Lunch box messages
  • Inspirational words left for unsuspecting patrons at your local library or book store
  • Gift tags
  • Seating cards at your next party (even better if it’s for your book club)
  • Just because they are cute and oh so nostalgic!