Tuesday, December 21, 2010

BELIEVE



This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue is:
BELIEVE
"I do, I do, and I hope you do too"

My submission:
I Believe...
I believe-
that we don't have to change friends
if we understand that friends change.

I believe-
that no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you every
once in a while and you must forgive
them for that.

I believe-
that you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.

I believe-
that it's taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be.

I believe-
that you should always leave loved ones
with loving words. It may be the last
time you see them.

I believe-
that you can keep going
long after you can't.

I believe-
that we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

I believe-
that either you control your attitude
or it controls you.

I believe-
that heroes are the people
who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.

I believe-
that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I believe-
that my best friend and I can do anything
or nothing and have the best time.

I believe-
that sometimes the people you expect
to kick you when you're down,
will be the ones to help you get back up.

I believe-
that sometimes when I'm angry
I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me
the right to be cruel.

I believe-
that just because someone doesn't love
you the way you want them to doesn't
mean they don't love you with all they have.

I believe-
that maturity has more to do with
what types of experiences you've had
and what you've learned from them
and less to do with how many
birthdays you've celebrated.

I believe-
that it isn't always enough to be
forgiven by others. Sometimes you
have to learn to forgive yourself.

I believe-
that no matter how bad your heart is broken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I believe-
that our background and circumstances
may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe-
that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a
secret. It could change your life forever.

I believe-
that two people can look at the exact
same thing and see something totally
different.

I believe-
that credentials on the wall
do not make you a decent human being.

I believe-
that the people you care about most in life
are taken from you too soon.
I believe-
that even when you think you have no more
to give, when a friend cries out to you
you will find the strength to help.

I believe-
that your life can be changed in a matter of
hours by people who don't even know you.

I believe in the magic of Christmas and the eyes of a child
I hope you do too!

Merry Christmas to everyone and to all a GOOD NIGHT!
Roll over the title of this post to see more BELIEVE submissions at
INSPIRATION AVENUE!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

SOMETHING I LEARNED TODAY...


I am not a seamstress (emphasis on "Stress").My new mantra..in a calm voice.."I am not a seamstress", "I am not a seamstress" and breathe out.
A seamstress knows her machine. My sewing machine is a living beast with a mind of it's own. I did not grow up with a mother who sewed or lived near a grandmother who passed on that sacred wisdom. Therefore figuring out this machine that was gifted to me (perhaps my mother had enough of it herself, can cause even the calmest person (which I think I lean on that side) to throw an unruly fit. It is truly a labor of love for the art side of what I create but then when I get to the point of actually having to sew it altogether, it's facing the beast I dread the most. It starts out well to tease me. It knots up, it eats my thread, it growls and then just refuses to carry on. Throwing a fit seems to be the only way to get through to it. Today we had a pretty good go around and after hours of what would have taken someone with more knowledge much less time, I think I may have won this battle. I managed to complete my current project and I have walked away with a little more confidence that took pure strong will and patience for me to succeed. I found out by trial and error a few things about this darn machine that has kept me from completing some projects, not without some massive fit throwing, tears and a few choice words..(well maybe a lot of choice words). However, I am confident I can tame the beast, but as for my conquering the art of sewing to a degree of acceptance by any well bred seamstress, I doubt it. Straight lines and curvy art lines are for me! Following a pattern and attempting to make something that one might actually consider wearing, well..let's just say it would not be a pretty site. I have added to my Christmas list..Sewing for Dummies. If there is not a book out there like that, then there should be. If someone steps up to the plate, email me and I will be your first buyer!

Friday, December 10, 2010

PEACE

LET THERE BE PEACE

This is the week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue, and what a challenge that one word can be sometimes. Whether it is in your home, your work, the world, or your heart, I wish you PEACE this Christmas Holiday Season and the New Year!



Scroll over title of this post and be inspired at INSPIRATION AVENUE
Come and join us won't you?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

INGENUITY

INGENUITY - This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue. Roll over the title of this post and check out the submissions for this week's challenge.

How my mind works:

Day after Thanksgiving, begin cleaning the house to put up tree,decorations etc.
Putting up some decor..find journals unfinished. Read journals. Retreat to art room and pull out articles collected to finish ideas for journal covers. Spot Christmas gifts purchased in closet. Begin looking at purchases and thinking maybe I need to do something different for ____. Spy coffee cozies finished and left over from Christmas Craft show, spread out on table and start taking pictures of cozies to list in Etsy shop. Take photos. Download photos to PC. Get hot cup of coffee and call my aunt. List coffee cozies in Etsy shop. Watch Razorback game....WHOOO PIGS! Feed the dog, push Christmas tree box with tree inside to the hallway, go get Chinese takeout. Post submission for Inspiration Avenue...decorate tree tomorrow!

Here are my Eco-friendly coffee cozies made from felted re-claimed wool sweaters.








To see more coffee cozies, check out my etsy shop.
Thanks for viewing my submission for this week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue.
Come on over and join us won't you?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

COMMUNITY

This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue.

"The origin of the word community comes from
the Latin munus, which means gift, and cum,
which means together, among each other.
Community literally means to give among each other.
Community could be defined as a group of people
who share gifts which they provide to all."

After reading the definition of community, a lot of things come to mind. It's not hard when you think of family, loved ones, the town you live in and call home, people you work with and friends who become your extended family. Even the little critters who give us enjoyment (and annoy us)daily have a sense of community and our lives for the most part are richer
because they are here!

I have been incredibly busy trying to get ready for a craft show next week and had no idea if I was going to have time to make something for this challenge, but when I saw these little critters I knew this was my submission for this week's challenge. If you roll over the title of this post you will see more submissions
from the community of INSPIRATION AVENUE!
ENJOY!

COMMUNITY

Friday, November 5, 2010

I JUST NEED MORE

TIME....DON'T YOU?

I honestly don't know where it has gone. My plate has been full and piled high. It's just that time of year and the holiday busy time seems to come sooner every year. I am already thinking about the new year and some things I am going to change. I am a list maker, (it's a curse) and I usually (always) feel the need to complete everything on the list (my downfall). I can't believe that is has been a little over a month since I have posted here. I don't know how I am going to do it, but I am (making a list-ugh) of ways I can eliminate (dump) and free up more time for things that I enjoy (the important things) and less things that I think I need to do. I may consider (brain surgery) to shut off all those little sparky thoughts of more things I want to do, make, create (all those possibilities) to add to my list...as Buzz Light Year would say "to infinity and beyond".
Speaking of TIME, I found some pretty cool clock pictures below that you might enjoy since this is the weekend that we FALL BACK. I for one won't be getting up at 2:00 A.M. but I will wait until the morning to set my clock back one hour and hope everyone sleeps an hour later, otherwise, I will just stay up an extra hour working on something..go figure!





FALL & DON'T GET UP!
Thanks for stopping. I would love to hear how you spent your extra hour!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

DECIDE

MEET SAL



SAL is my submission for this week's challenge at INSPIRATION AVENUE. She is a funky fun gal from the 80's. Sal is a painter and artist. She is looking for someone to give her the makeover of her DREAMS. Sal loves homemade and spends her time browsing ETSY shops. She is hoping her makeover will help her fulfill her dream of becoming an ETSY CONSULTANT.



She currently has her original eclectic look; her floral coat, lace up boots, brown braided hair, flower hat and mink wrap. I have added a fabric flower pin to her hat that can be removed and worn and two of my handmade Domino necklaces. Sal has her bag filled with some fabulous treasures she has collected from some of her favorite shops. Not everything is seen in the photo. I have added more to help her along the way.





She is proud of her physique. She is fit and in great shape. She has never smoked but she is quite fond of happy hour with her friends and she eats like a horse.



If you can my gal Sal a new look, she is up for adoption in my Etsy Shop. She has a great disposition and her bag is overflowing with treasures new, vintage and handmade.



Anyone up for Sal? I made her several years ago with my mother inlaw and we sold different versions of these for $100.00. without her bag and extra's. I have finally made the DECISION to sell her. She was a labor of LOVE, I only managed to make 3 of them besides this one. Now you can DECIDE her new look or just let her help you with your buying and selling on Etsy....and she does come with some fabulous accessories!







Thanks for viewing my submission for this week's challenge and Sal says "Get on over to INSPIRATION AVENUE and see what DECISIONS are going on over there"

Roll over the title of this post and...be INSPIRED!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

METAMORPHOSIS

COME ON IN AND VIEW THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE AT INSPIRATION AVENUE



One definition of Metamorphosis is any complete change in appearance, character, circumstances; a form resulting from any such change.

I REALLY wanted to make an altered art book for this week's challenge but for some reason this week I just couldn't manage my time and get everything done. This door is a previous project but I love it and I think it fits the bill for this challenge.

This was an old door that I brought home from a day of yard selling. This particular couple purchased an older home and had taken down all the old doors and replaced them with new ones.
She had just sold all the doors before I arrived. In the corner of her garage I noticed a door that looked like it had been there for some time, dusty, dirty, cob webs..you get the picture. I asked about that door and she said, "oh, you don't want that door, it was an old closet door and it won't fit anywhere unless you have a really old home and it needs lots of work". The lots of work I could handle and it was just screaming "Metamorphosis". Upon closer look at the door, one of the sides had a mirror. I knew right away inspite of the peeling paint, dirt and cobwebs, I had to have that door.

That was a good day, for $2.00 she insisted I was doing her a favor by hauling it off and out of her garage. With a little clean up, sanding, rust removing, and elbow grease, I added hooks, paint, built a stand for the bottom. I don't have before and after pics, but I remember what door looked like when I purchased it and what it looks like now. In all it's glory still, it stands by my front door to hang guest hats and coats on.



The back side of the door is solid , it also has hooks. I have recently decided to paint the back solid insert with chalk board paint. The door can be used from either side and I think it would be great fun to use the other side for announcements & messages on birthdays and special times with family and friends. Thank you for viewing my submission and step over to Inspiration Avenue and see what changes have taken place with this week's theme! Just roll over the title of this post and you are there!

P.S. I just heard from my friend over at Buttonalia on Etsy. She makes fabulous buttons and she compiled a great treasury with the new life of all her buttons! I told her I was going to add her treasury to my blog...a perfect fit for this theme.
Go take a look at her treasury and see the METAMORPHOSIS of her handmade buttons!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c960e8f9f986d9183196f54/fabulous-things-my-buttons-have

Saturday, September 11, 2010

SIMPLIFY

This morning I was sitting on the beach listing to the waves with my best
friend. We were bucket heads playing in the sand, answering to no one watching
as the water crept up with each wave getting closer and closer to our toes. And
With a the sound of a loud blast I dropped my sand shovel and .........I woke up.
It was my alarm clock waking me from my dream. A very simple dream of a simple day, one I hope I have over and over again.







I made this 3 tier picture frame this summer for my bathroom as a reminder to slow down and enjoy each day!



SIMPLIFY, this week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue. I long to throw my phone away that connects me to the world, to dis-connect the TV, big brother, reality shows, to hang a sign on my door that reads: Gone Beaching...
To simplify means going without the things that clutter our lives and keep us busier than we want to be. Can I? I want too, it's a struggle, maybe I will try it for a week, maybe two and then who knows? Do you Dream of Simplifying?



This is one of my POP items that I just listed in my ETSY Shop this weekend.
It fit the theme so I thought I would share it as well.
POP stands for Pendants, Oddities and Possibilities.

You can also POP over to Inspiration Avenue for to see some awesome submissions by
some very talented artists. Go..and take a look..just roll over this title and you are there!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

FINDERS KEEPERS



FINDERS KEEPERS

This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue. Below is my submission to this week's challenge and also a SNEAK PEEK at a new line I am adding to my ETSY shop called POP. POP stands for Pendants, Oddities, and Possibilities.

All the items on this pendant are found treasures, some vintage and some new, each bonded with memories of where I found them and created to make something new.

I have been working for weeks now on new POP additions and I hope to have them added to my shop within the next couple days. I will continue adding new POP creations, journals, books, tags and more on a regular basis. I would love it if you would stop by for a visit and check them out!



There are some fabulous submissions over at INSPIRATION AVENUE, just roll over the title of this post and be prepared to be WOWED!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

THE POWER OF WORDS

The challenge this week over at Inspiration Avenue is the "Power of Words".
I think the first word I learned was "NO" and I learned from a very early age
that "NO" was a powerful word.

Over the years the word NO......
~ made me feel
~ made me ask why
~ made me ask how
~ made me discover
~ made me inspired
~ made me competitive
~ made me strong
~ made me look beyond
~ made me who I am
~ The word "NO" made me say "Yes I CAN".

Here is my submission for this week's challenge.



Thank you for viewing my submission. Check out my ETSY shop for more new editions and be sure to pop over to Inspiration Avenue (just roll over the title of this post) to see what words inspired other artists this week! Better yet, come, join the fun and be inspired!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

COFFEE OR TEA

My submission for this week's challenge over at Inspiration Avenue. Between the two, coffee is my drink of choice. I start my day with it and I enjoy it with friends and family. Tea is a relaxing drink for me when it's time to wind down. I started making these tags and I couldn't stop...maybe too much coffee. :)





Here is my submission for TEA




THank you for viewing my submissions for this week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue.
Need some Inspiration? Grab your cup of choice and roll over the title of this post and you are there!
Check out my Etsy shop for more tags inspired by this week's challenge!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

HOPE


When the World says,"give up", HOPE whispers,"try it one more time"


This weeks challenge at Inspiration Avenue is HOPE. My submission for the challenge is one of my newest creations called "MESSENGERS". They are 4 1/2" by 10" long, completely handmade by me. I first made a natural card stock back pattern and then separate pattern pieces for the wings, head, feet and body. Each Messenger is different and uniquely designed and pieced. The heads are cut from 1953 1 cent post cards. The faces are stamped and then attached to the postcards. On many of the backs you can see the one cent stamp which I loved. I have attached hand selected natural fibers and dyed ribbons. After designing and piecing each messenger with various papers, found,purchased and re-purposed, the edges were thinly finished with gold paint.




Messengers will send messages of Inspiration. Each one will come with a small handmade envelope and paper to add your special message. I have also just completed Inspiration Stands, perfect for photos, letters, cards and especially made for holding Messengers if you want to display them on your desk or mantle.
I love things that have a purpose. I am excited about my Messengers because they are perfect cards, they can be displayed on a stand or my favorite....used as a bookmark and sure to bring a smile and keep the Inspiration alive every time the receiver sees it.



I hope you will take a peek at my shop and see my other Messengers. Also be sure to pop over to Inspiration Avenue and check out all the incredible HOPE submissions!
http://inspiration-avenue-team.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 2, 2010

CRAZY FOR TAGS

IMGIRL
I am girl…..Crazy for TAGS
When I first saw an altered art luggage tag, it was LOVE at FIRST SITE.


I do appreciate cards that I receive that are retail purchased, they come to me with the same amount of sentiment and love. However, there is always a three month keep rule that comes with them for me. I feel like I must keep them for at least 3 months stored away in a drawer before throwing them out or cutting them up and re-purposing. Otherwise, I feel terribly guilty that I have just thrown away this person’s money that they could have had a perfectly good latte with.
And so for my MAD CRAZY LOVE of Book Tags…I love making them. I love that each tag is different, and nothing about them is repetitious, from the theme, to the colors and down to the fibers and or ribbons. I love their versatility. I love that when I give a book tag, it has a meaning, it won’t be stored in a drawer, it will find a home in a good book, a journal, or on a gift bag. I love that tags keep giving. They are less likely to be thrown away and more likely to be re-purposed, re-gifted and actually kept and enjoyed. To me there is nothing better than a good book or a fabulous journal, other than a good book or a fabulous journal stuffed with book tags.
I am in the process of NEW CREATIONS for my book tags and having so much fun with it. Very soon I will be introducing some BOOK TAG MESSENGERS that I am very excited about. I will show them here first and then list in my Etsy shop near the end of August.
Thanks for listening to my raves; we all have our FAVS …what are you Crazy about?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS TO SIMPLY DEBBIE


Simply Debbie is the WINNER of IMGIRL'S Third Week of July Giveaways. Congratulations Debbie and thank you to Everyone who left comments and visited my blog. I hope you
will continue to visit. I have met so many new blogging friends and visited so many
AMAZING blogs!!
To see Simply Debbie's blog just roll over this post title and it will take you there!

I am taking a few weeks off in August to replenish my Etsy Shop and will have alot to share by the end of the month! Please stop by my shop and see all my new additions hopefully I will have them all added by the end of August!

Take care and keep doing what you lOVE ~*
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Kim

Monday, July 26, 2010

Seeking Vintage

Searching flea markets, estate sales and thrift shops are some of my favorite things to do. Does anyone remember this? I couldn't believe I saw one...just like a little kid I still have that urge to ride it! Of course all it would have taken is 50 cents and a double dog dare!

I didn't really find what I ventured out for but I did find..."THE GIRLS"
These little vintage toppers had me at first sight!

These are vintage TID BIT TOPPERS. At first I thought they might be a great inspiration for a craft project. Maybe on top of some old wooden thread spools and then decorated the spools with words and paper and who knows what. Imagine these on your cupcakes at your next vintage party or your first vintage party! These gals have even inspired me to have a vintage party!

Thanks for stopping by, I am going to get a Starbucks and maybe plan a party!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

WE HAVE A WINNER!


CHRISTINE @ MAPLE RIDGE VINTAGE!

Congrats Christine and Thank you to all of you that have left such lovely comments and are following my blog. I am enjoying getting to know you and if I have not yet visited your blog, you can bet I will very soon.. When I visited Christine's blog to let her know she won, I clicked on a blog on her sidebar....UrbanFarmGirlLandco.blogspot.com and to my surprise she was hosting a giveaway of her own. A very nice one I might add. A $50.00 gift certificate for anything from WhiteFlowerFarmHouse.com. A place you have to visit. This was the last day to enter and I gave it my best shot. I am usually much better at giving away than I am winning....but you know what they say,if you don't try, you don't have a chance. Besides, I found some great blogs along the way and new friends, so as far as I'm concerned that's a WIN for me!

Which brings me back to my GIVEAWAY...Don't forget to come back for the third week giveaway in July beginning tomorrow. I will be adding more goodies to the bag!



Have a great week!