I found this little draw with 32 slots and now can finally see what is in the stamp stash.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Our ladies fellowship group had a fun day today crafting and creating with buttons. I wanted to make this boutonniere to wear in honor on my father on St. Patrick's Day. You can visit the link below for tutorials on how to make the button flowers. We had a great time crafting and sharing.
Posted by joan brierly at Saturday, March 16, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Thursday, January 19, 2012
This banner was easy to make using my favorite scraps of fabric left over from another project. I cut out the hearts and then used fusible fabric to adhere them to muslin also left over from another project. I was able to use a hole punch to punch holes on both sides of the hearts and pass the ribbon through. A button and lace was sewn on to each heart. I then hung it on the wall with two thumb-tacks. No sewing (except for the buttons was required).
Thursday, December 22, 2011
This is Mike. We recently had a Brown Bag auction at our home and Mike was the winner of this gigantic sock monkey. Interestingly enough Mike tells a story about when he was younger and his mother was sick, he stayed with some people who had a sock monkey but he was never allowed to take it home. Now he has his own sock monkey. Nice story Mike. You look so content.
Posted by joan brierly at Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I have seen slide shows on other people's so I thought I'd try it--we took a day trip to Floyd Virginia which is always beautiful. They have a three-floor fabric shop which is in a huge brick building that was once a school. It was a beautiful day with my good hearted husband, Fred.
Some of the items they have there are extremely less than that other fabric store "Joanxxxxxx's" probably because they buy in bulk. Picked up a few more wire rings to make the pine cone wreaths (for an unbelievable $1.29) I was asked to make a Thanksgiving Wreath for someone and it's my first one. Sorry to bore you with another picture of that but---not that sorry not to post it.
I finally learned that if you want to punch something "more expertly" you should stamp it first and then punch--I was always punching and then stamping--wasted a lot of paper that way. I learn a lot from my Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers!!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Visit The Vintage Moth for use of their vintage art. These would make great card fronts and probably require very little embellishment and from what I understand they are public domain. I love the generosity of public domain! www.thevintagemoth.blogspot.com
Posted by joan brierly at Monday, November 14, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Last week our Church had VBS and the theme was Panda mania. Apparently Panda-mania is the VBS favorite this summer. One of the decorating projects was attaching paper flowers to tree limbs. My favorite. I was hoping someone would be inspired to get married in the hallway...it just looked so inviting.
My husband was Mr. Zookeeper. All I had to work with were two small panda iron-ons. Keepsake Fabrics had one panda fabric. No patches. Lots of Monkeys though. I made the patches by cutting squares around the pandas, stitching them and then sewing them on the sleeves.
VBS was a blast, can't seem to get those songs out of my head.
Posted by joan brierly at Monday, July 18, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Is it too much to ask for, one's very own greenhouse? Not a Quonset hut but a greenhouse. My Mother's day gift was a trip to Blithe Gardens in Bristol, RI with my son, daughter-in-law and grand baby now I want a greenhouse.
I will settle for a New England bamboo forest, just a small one.
Maybe a crab apple tree?
Of course the most beautiful in the Garden,
Posted by joan brierly at Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I made this card for a friend who did a very special deed for someone who needed a helping hand. This kind woman has her own little flower shop so not to use a flower in it would almost be a crime. Sometimes the simple cards are the most fun to make.
Posted by joan brierly at Thursday, January 13, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Posted by joan brierly at Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
I love family pictures because they represent our family history. This picture is probably 20 years old and the changes in the family dynamics is amazing. Those little children are grown adults and some adults have gone home to be with the Lord. Each face represents an untold story.
These are my parents and their children and their children's children and their spouses and one aunt and a cousin.
There is just something about this picture that makes it precious.
Posted by joan brierly at Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
I spent the last few days doing some gardening and we wanted to be very low budget. I made a garden using the rocks we have around the property, and there is plenty of them. We wanted to experiment our first summer here with a small garden to see what will grow, what won't and what could possibly eat our vegetables
Posted by joan brierly at Friday, May 21, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
This simple stationary is easy to make and leaves lots of room for writing notes or just a thought. The stamp is Just A Note and leaves the door open to say whatever is on your heart. I punched the corners and stamped the corner envelope and inside the top of the inside. Simple yet functional!
Posted by joan brierly at Saturday, March 27, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Operation Write Home is having a blog hop and I stumbled across a lovely lady named Erika whose husband is being deployed over seas for the third time. For every comment left on her blog, she is making a card for Operation Write Home...I told her she didn't have to make one for me, that I would make one for her and send it to OWH.
I had made this card once before but couldn't resist again when someone gave me that cute little shoe card...
There are some wonderful wives who are making OWH it really touches my heart.
Posted by joan brierly at Saturday, March 20, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Maddie had a Number 2 birthday party on Saturday and I really wanted to make her an apron. There was no pattern, so I went on line and found a site where you make an apron pattern from a cut-out newspaper. Works for me. I used three different patters after studying the apron my daughter in law had made for me.
The fabric embellishments are three different strips sewn together with each one being a little longer than the next. The three-sewn together strips are now one and easily sewn in between the button tw0-folds. The necktie is sewn in between the two fabric folds and the belt is sewn over the top of the apron button and top.
The cupcake pattern was so fun and just the right fabric for a little girls birthday celebration.
Posted by joan brierly at Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
One of the Christmas gifts that I made and couldn't post before Christmas is this shadowbox photo composition. It was a lot of fun to make. J&K went to Paris on their honeymoon and this picture of them in front of the Eiffel Tower is great.
I stamped the inside frame with a Stamping Up French writing stamp (of which I have no clue what it says but am sure one of the words is amore). I found the basket, tree, and bench with the love birds at Hobby Lobby. I couldn't believe it when I found the photographer figurine and the basket with the French bread which tied the theme in place. I made a faux cobblestone street for the inside bottom and the rest is history.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I love paper dolls! My mother would save the Betsy McCall paper doll page from McCall's magazine and put them in the "rainy day" box.
I found this website which has printable paper dolls that are public domain. As soon as I get some ink cartridges, I am going to print some and put them in my own "rainy day" box.
Posted by joan brierly at Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, December 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Just wanted to take a few moments to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. There is a lot to be thankful for this year. My husband hand I have finally purchased a home and will be moving to New Hampshire in a few weeks. The home is wonderful and when we get settled, I will be able to get back to some serious card making. I really miss making cards for Operation Write Home and keeping my stash ahead for all those special events which come up.
I am thankful that God gave us the grace (and patience) to sell our home, look for a home, find the perfect home and box, pack, move and unbox, pack and remove again.
This is just one of many things...but right now, its our biggest thanks.
Posted by joan brierly at Friday, November 20, 2009