Monday, February 28, 2011

St Patrick's Day Decor

The day after Valentine's Day, I started planning for St. Patricks Day and
to use my latest find from Goodwill.

I recently got this picture frame for $2 at my Goodwill. I  promptly came home and spray
painted it a cream color.

And used a couple of Dollar Tree picture frames and added scrapbook paper and a cute picture of a girl with her dog..

Another frame that I got at Goodwill awhile ago that I spray painted green and added some scrapbook paper and a great subway art(sorry I can't remember who made this).

Most of my Cherished Treasures came from Goodwill. One day I happened to hit the jackpot and got a bunch of them for $5 each!

These glittery flowers came from Dollar Tree..

I stuck them into this planter (also from Goodwill). I have the best Goodwill but have to stay away because it's always full of great things and my house overflows as it is!

The picture frame is also from my Goodwill and the subway art comes from Eighteen25,
they have the cutest subway art around!

This cute little shamrock hanging came from Hobby Lobby.

This shamrock was suppose to be a pick but when I unpacked it from the box, the stick got broken off.
Did you say throw it away? Hush, it's still good!

And here's my St. Patrick's Day wall...
Can you believe that it's almost March?

I'm also celebrating having 400 followers with a giveaway. I hope you'll check it out!

Linking to these parties...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sunday Blog Love Linky Party

It's time to show yourself some love and join my weekly party.

Cherished Treasures”=

Sunday Blog Love is a time to love yourself and let others meet you....

I'd like to introduce you to a blog that I love, love, love her choices of color with YARN!
Yes, I said YARN...

She lives in England and makes the most incredible blankets, pillows, scarfs, name it - with YARN!!!

Can you resist these flowers? I want to make them now!!

This afghan has inspired me to crochet again...I've been working on mine every night...might take me a year to make but hey, I'm making one!

I so love the bright colors, doesn't it make it want to take a nap and cuddle up with it?

I so in love with all the colors, did you notice the yarn just waiting to be used?
I'll bet that she also made the bag that's holding it!

Has this inspired you get out the crochet needles???

Cherished Treasures”=

Now it's time to show off your love and link to my party..

There's not many rules...
link up to your post, not to your blog...
link back to my party
and please don't link to your Etsy store.....

Have a great Sunday!

Next week, I'll feature the best of the best...

Sorry about the linky party setup, I'll have it fixed for next weekend!
And don't forget to check out my giveaway!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pearl Bracelet & Earrings Giveaway!

Cherished Treasures”=

Tomorrow I'm going to start my weekly linky party and I hope you'll join in...please grab my button and I'll have the link open tomorrow!

I can hardly believe that there are 400 people who follow my blog!
I am continually inspired by all of you and as a token of my appreciation, I'm having a giveaway (US only)..

Who doesn't love jewelry?
How about wearing this pearl bracelet and matching lever back earrings?
You've got two chances to enter my giveaway:

1) leave a comment on this post- one entry
2) become a new follower or already following and let me know which one you are entry

You have until Tuesday, March 1st @ 9pm CST.

The winner will be announced Wednesday, March 2nd.

Good luck to all and thank you!
And lastly, please come back tomorrow and join my party!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Vintage Cards Found @ Goodwill & My Altered Storage Binder

On one of our excursions to Goodwill, DH happened to find this scrapbook for sale and he knew I would want it!

The album is in excellant condition....

and packed with vintage cards...and how do I know these are vintage?

Here's the birth announcement...
and inside it states that the baby boy was born May 15, 1952!

Let me show you a few of the many, many cards inside...

What a wonderful Easter card...

and the birthday cards are still like new and the colors are so bright and cheery!

Isn't this roller skating birthday card so cute? Do kids even go roller skating anymore?
My parents owned a roller skating rink, I roller skated every Sunday.

It seems that birds never go out of style, this one is very sweet looking.

Check out all of these Valentine cards!

My plan was to remove the cards and store them for various craft projects...
and this brings me to my storage project...

I took this binder that I had bought at Wal-Mart a few years ago.
The color was not working with what I have going on in my scrapbook/office...
So I went through my scrapbook paper and this is how it looks now...

I used some ribbon and my lacy flower that I made...

Added some chipboard sentiments along with more flowers and lace...

Added some tabs inside for easy access for each holiday...

Still removing the cards so the tabs are temporary until all completed...

And here is the binder completed! 
It turned out so fun and bright....

I'm linking to these parties...

And before I forget, I really appreciate all the nice comments and all the followers...
I'll be having a giveaway starting on Friday.

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

50 Spectacular Scrapbooking Blogs

    I've only just been swept into the scrapbooking fun and I thought it only fitting that I share what I find to be - interesting and spectacular scrapbooking blogs... 
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    Scrapbooks tell wonderful stories and bring photos to life. Whether you scrap the traditional way with paper and embellishments or use digital editing programs to create your pages, you?re sure to find inspiration from these wonderful blogs. Each one is full of information, tips, and techniques for beginners and master scrappers alike.

    Top Five Spectacular Scrapbooking Blogs

    1. A Matter of Memories: Looking for freebies, giveaways, reviews, tutorials, inspiration, and charming layouts? You'll find it all at Jill Marie Paulson's blog. From free creativity prompts to word art freebies, you'll find everything you need to be inspired. What makes it Spectacular: The information, the amount and variety available here is amazing. Check this Out: Word Art - Breathe Quote Word Art
      1. Create: This beautiful blog features mouth-watering giveaways, fantastic blog finds, inspiring challenges, and detailed tutorials. Be sure to subscribe for the latest posts, and visit the freebies section for lots of goodies. What makes it Spectacular: The tutorials, they're detailed and easy to follow. Check this out: Scallop Tutorial with Michelle Mathey
        1. Kevin and Amanda: Kevin and Amanda offer more than just great scrapbooking layouts. You'll also find delicious recipes, awesome photos, and free scrapbook fonts. What makes it Spectacular: The fonts, they're gorgeous and free. Check this out: 16 Free Handwriting Fonts
        2. Layout a Day: Lain's blog is full, and we mean full, of inspiration. From quick and easy holiday projects to titling tips, you'll never be short on ideas after reading this blog. What makes it Spectacular: The tips, they're detailed, informative, and workable. Check this Out: Scrapbook Title Tips: Coming Up with the Right Name for Your Layout
          1. Pencil Lines: This weekly blog encourages creativity through sketching. Each week, a new layout sketch is posted for readers to draw inspiration from. What makes it Spectacular: The concept, sketches save valuable time and can be manipulated for a variety of layouts. Check this Out: Sketch 211
          2. Check out the rest of the list at
            Have a great Wednesday!

        Monday, February 21, 2011

        Embellished Lacy Scrappy Flowers

        It seems that winter just isn't going to go away for awhile. Yesterday, it rained, then turned to freezing rain and then snow. Today it was more snow and doesn't appear it's going to melt anytime soon.

        But I'm lucky because I can sit tight at home and create in my scrapbook room and forget all about what's going on outside. I'm working on making some things for St Patricks Day... but for today I want to show how I made these flowers...

        To start, I cut out a circle 2 inches in diameter, and also 4 - 2" of lace..
        Hot glue it around the edge of the circle...

        I took a piece of ribbon and basted on the edge...

        Pulled it tight and sewed it in the middle to keep it together...

        And then hot glued it to the main part of the flower..

        Added some flowers that I made..
        Directions are here...

        For this flower, I added ribbon and a rolled flower...

        This flower was also made with some fabric cut into different size circles with a button on top..

        All very easy to make!

        I'm linking to these parties....

        Sunday, February 20, 2011

        Sunday Blog Love

        Cherished Treasures”=

        Happy Sunday everyone! Just when we feel like spring is right around the corner, a winter storm comes our way. So we're hunkered down and will be spending the day watching the TV show "24" through Netflix.

        I must share with you a wonderful blog that I happened upon this week.....

        Visit MississippiMud

        As most of you know, I've become quite obsessed with scrapbooking or let me rephrase this...
        obsessed with crafting with scrapbook papers.....

        One pape project that I love is banners, not only are they fun to make but pretty to look at.
        I fell in love with her tiny banner and I hope you will too!

        There's the simplest directions for how to make this...

        And I don't know anyone who wouldn't love to receive one of these...

        She's also a wonderful knitter and is having a fantastic giveaway....

        I hope you'll stop over and check out all of her great projects...Mississippi Mud Pie

        Have a great Sunday!

        Saturday, February 19, 2011

        Scrapbook Room Bulletin Board

        It's been awhile since I've shown off my bulletin board in my office/scrapbook room.

        Each month I love to decorate my bulletin board with free seasonal printables. There are so many computer savvy people with amazing free printables that I save and print out.

        But let's start from the beginning with what my bulletin board looked liked before I redid it..

        I got this picture at a yard sale, the intention that I would hang it up in our family room.
        DH was not a fan of the picture and I took it down and put it away.

        So I spray painted it black and hung it up in my crafting area.
        And I even added "CREATE" to my board....
        but "CREATE" was misspelled and hot glued on  and quickly fell apart when I removed the letters.
        The background was burlap and that stuff is so dang messy...

        So when I moved my crafting area upstairs, I spray painted the frame white and added some fun fabric...

        Here's what it looks like today...

        I took this flower and hot glued a thumb tack on the back...super cute and so fun!

        I got this cat picture off eBay several years ago...right now we have 4 cats!

        The love birds was something I got last year on clearance for a dollar...I keep this up all year round..

        A baby picture of me and my twin sister, of my favorite pictures.

        I made this Hello Kitty card, which I don't make cards so this was a real stretch for me...

        Another flower I made and glued a thumb tack on the back.....

        The mirror came from Goodwill and I spray painted it a bright fushica color...

        We're expecting some bad weather starting tonight,,, freezing rain and anywhere from 3 to 12 inches of snow. The Dept of Public Safety & Transportation is advising no unneccessary travel this weekend.

        We'll be staying put and continuing our nightly marathon of "24"!

        I'm linking to these parties....


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