Friday, June 27, 2008

I've been Tagged!

My friend Anne from tagged me today so now it is my turn!

Tag Rules: Each player answers the questions themselves. At the end of the post the player tags 4 people and posts their names, and goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment letting them know that they've been tagged asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answers.

Ten Years Ago ... I was a volunteer at the local grade school. I helped children practice their reading, graded papers and designed display and bulletin boards for the teachers.

Five Things on Today's To-Do List: It is almost bedtime so I will list 5 things on tomorrow's list
1. Go to the Rooster Crow festival
2. Watch for yard sales traveling to and from the festival
3. Put on sunscreen so I don't get burnt watching the parade
4. Buy fresh fruit and veggies at the farmer's market
5. Sit out on the patio and enjoy my day off
(aren't Saturday's great?!)

Snacks I enjoy: Tortilla Chips (can't go a day without them), Chocolate, Cashews, Caramels

Things I would do if I was a millionaire: Build a large house with huge windows and a huge art studio overlooking the ocean. Pay off all my bills. Help out my siblings with any bills they may have.

Places I have lived: Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon

I am now going to tag:

Marilyn at
Jo Anne at
Mary at
Richard at

Go check out their blogs! They have some very cool stuff!!!!

Monday, June 09, 2008

The Dressmaker has come to town

I thought I was done making houses but then a new stamp set arrived and I just had to try it out! I just received the Close To My Heart "Simple Stitches" set. What fun. You can create the look of "sewing" without hauling out the machine (mine is buried back in the corner of my art room under a pile of fabric!)

The tape measure, dressmaker form and needles packet are all part of the Oxford Impressions "The Dressmaker" plate.

I found the little scissors on my last trip to the craft store and thought they were sooooo cute. There is a stamp on the Oxford Impressions plate that is almost identical and I have used that many times but decided to go with the metal ones on this house.

I may still add some words at the bottom. I haven't decided yet. It sort of seems to be calling out for a quote so we'll see what happens.

The photo of the woman is from a Victorian postcard cd. The original image is black and white. I liked the "cloudy" background on the photo and decided to play that up a bit. I used the photo effects on PSE5 to change the entire photo to blue. I then put that layer over the original photo and cut out the woman. Now the woman was black and white and the background blue. I then painted shades of pink over her sash, flowers and cheeks to add a touch of color. I really like how she stands out.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

This has become an addiction!

I made another "house" this evening. So many of the Bad Babies have come up with great ideas. We have several churches, and even more haunted houses. A few schools, a coffee house and a tea house. A couple flower shops and even a jail. But I haven't seen a potting shed yet....until now. :-)

I brought out my Cricut machine which hasn't seen much use lately and my Walk in my Garden cartridge. I love the flowers and tiny tools you can make with this. Too much fun!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Doesn't every town need a milliner?

Well, mine did. Still making "houses". I always love going into the millinary shop in Colonial Williamsburg so I decided to add one to my village.

No stamping on this one. Instead I played with Photoshop Elements and created the sign on the shop. I also used fabric as part of my background. I used double-sided foam tape to raise all the elements from the background.

Monday, June 02, 2008

The Town Continues to Grow

I am still working on "houses" for the Row House swap. I only need 4 but I can't decide which ones I want to send and which I want to keep so I just keep making them.

I made this church Saturday morning. The woman in the stained glass is "Maude" from the Stampsmith. The faint angel image was stamped on tissue paper. I want to say she is from TuscanRose but she isn't marked so I can't be sure.

I made this beach house Saturday evening. The tide chart is from the Oregon coast. The sun stamp is from Emerald City Stamps. I originally did not have the "thatch" roof but my husband said it didn't look anything like a building so I added the roof and he was much happier. There is a real mini starfish in the lower right corner.
I just completed the theater. I like it, I think it is fun but I am not sure how others will like it.