Monday, January 30, 2012

Bouquet of hugs and kisses...a Valentine favour

 Hello friends, I hope your week has gotten off to a great start.  

I'm not sure if Blogger has been experiencing issues as this post kept disappearing from my drafts.  As this is my third time re-writing it, I'm going to keep it short and sweet...

Over the weekend, I made some pretty
roses to be given to the kiddie's teachers...

I have learned a few things about myself since having first started this blog.   One recent discovery is my love for working with paper and I know I'm just scratching the surface of this new found love...



Materials
Floral Wire, Skewer or Lollipop Sticks
Floral tape
Streamer or Crepe Paper
Scissors
Tape
Hot glue gun
Chocolate Hershey's Kisses 



1. Fold streamer (or crepe paper) several times in an accordion style 
2. Cut simple petal shape (the flowers pictured have approx 12 petals)
3. Tape chocolate bottom to bottom as pictured
4. Wrap floral wire to tip of chocolate kiss or insert skewer or lollipop stick
5. With a low temp glue gun, dab small dots of glue onto petals and attach all around chocolate. Shape petals and gently curl paper under with scissors
6. Wrap floral wire around tip of chocolate and secure with tape
7. Cut simple leaf shapes and attach to stem


I had painted the bottle the flowers are sitting in about 2 years ago, long before I knew about this little blog world.  Simple, but pretty, no?


I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who entered the Jo Totes giveaway.  If you have not yet done so, please go here as there is still time to enter.

Please remember that the mandatory entry requires you to 'like' the Jo Totes fb page, but you must also leave a message on my post advising such as it is the post comments that will be used for the draw.  

I hope you have a beautiful day! 

much love,
Lucy 



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Friday, January 27, 2012

The ROSE Camera Bag.....a review (and giveaway)

   
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Photography is a new passion of mine.  I have so much to learn about the art, but as time passes, I find myself growing increasingly fascinated with staging and photographing my crafts more than creating the craft itself.  Don't get me wrong, I would not pick one over the other as they both bring me a different kind of happiness.

About three months ago, hubby surprised me with a new DSLR camera for my birthday.  I was immediately in love with it but became a little obsessed with its handle and care (still am?), as in, I treat this thing like I did my firstborn. 


I wanted to take it everywhere but I was afraid of it being damaged as I did not have a camera bag. Hubby offered to buy me a 'regular' camera bag, but truthfully, they are not the prettiest to look at and kind of bulky to carry....

Enter one of the most beautiful camera bags...
The Rose by Jo Totes.
 It's no wonder their bags are called "Camera bags for ladies".
I am in love with this bag and would like to take a moment to tell you why...

Not only is it beautiful to look at, but well designed for its purpose.  It's roomy enough to not only carry your camera and lenses but other items too.  It saves having to carry both a camera bag and a purse and the entire bag is padded with foam that is sewn into the lining on all four sides and the bottom, eliminating my fear of my camera being damaged.  It also comes with magnetic closures for quick and easy access.

It includes 4 adjustable Velcro pads that can be adjusted to fit your particular camera needs.  You can place them as you wish to accommodate your lenses, camera(s) or any other delicate piece of hardware. 

This is a great feature for someone who has additional camera 'toys' as you can take them out when not in use and put them back in as needed.  I look forward to the day I'll have new zoom lenses (hint, hint baby)? 
I have even taken this bag out without my camera, because it's just so pretty.


The bag also comes with a detachable adjustable cross body strap, which is another plus when you are a mom and need free hands to hold little hands when you're out and about...


Don't you just love that beautiful vintage rose and front pleated panel?

Although there is a small zippered pocket on the back that you can use for papers and such, if I had one suggestion for the folks at Jo Totes, it would be to perhaps incorporate a pocket behind the pleated panel.  That said, this is a minor suggestion as the functionality of the bag is wonderful. 

Here is an untouched picture so you can get a better look at the true color of this bag.  I  love the teal and had to have it but there are some other delicious colors to choose from...


...such as the Marigold and the Moss.



They are also so beautiful....

There are obviously many other styles to choose
from and it was a very difficult decision to pick one.

I debated between my beautiful Rose and
the New Betsy, which is also gorgeous...

So here's a question - which one would you choose if I told you you could have any Jo Totes camera bag?



Well, go ahead and start thinking about it because the folks at Jo Totes are generously letting me give one of their amazing bags away!!!!

I am so excited to be able to share this with you.  Here are the details of what you need to do...


MANDATORY ENTRY
1. "Like" Jo Totes on their FB page.  While there, feel free to leave a comment on their wall letting them know you're visiting via Craftberry Bush and a note on how you feel about their products.  Then, leave me a message here letting me know you did.


ADDITIONAL ENTRIES
2. Follow Jo Totes on Twitter and leave a separate message letting me know you did
3. Visit the Jo Totes website and leave me a message letting me know which handbag you would choose. 
4. If this is your first time here, take a look around and if you like what you see, feel free to join my creative team by following Craftberry Bush.  Please leave a comment letting me know you are a new follower. 
5. I would love to have you join my FB page.  There, I share many inspirational pictures and sneak peeks into my crafts and everyday life so that you get to know a little more about me and I about you. :) Please leave a comment letting me know you joined. 


So that's 5 chances to win your own beautiful Jo Totes camera bag!!!!  And best of all, Jo Totes didn't want to limit participation and so this giveaway is open to anyone worldwide.

This giveaway will be open for two weeks and will end on Friday, February 10th at midnight (EST).  The lucky winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Saturday afternoon.  Upon notification of winning, you will have 72 hrs to claim your prize. 


Good luck guys!!!! 

Have a great day and thanks once again to the kind folks at Jo Totes for the generous giveaway. 


much love,
Lucy 



GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Painted Cross Stitch Pillow and Locks of Love...

Hello friends, I hope you are having a great week! 

Today I received a sweet email from no one other than Eline Pellinkhof .  She had seen my mural and was nice enough to let me know she liked my mantel composition and the colours I had chosen for the painting.  It made me smile...:) 


I just wanted to give you a close up of the little Valentine
pillow I had made to coordinate with the cross stitch painting. 



I used a canvas pillow from Canvas corp and
asked hubby to lightly draw a grid with a pencil. 

Following the pattern here, I used DecorArt paint
and Fabric medium and simply painted the x's with
varying colours to match Bella's decor....

It took very little time to make
and I think it looks very sweet....


Bella's baby shoes...awww.

There are days when I miss having a baby around the house.  And speaking of babies (no we're not having another baby, I'm afraid I have reached my expiry date for that) this here is the baby of the house and...



I shared these pictures on my FB page last week when Isabella and I had a Mama/Daughter date.  She was inspired by her older brother who donated his hair last summer to Locks of Love...

Now more than ever, helping anyone undergoing chemotherapy means so much more to our family.

We had had a little fun doing a mini photo shoot.  We haven't done this in a long time and being silly and laughing felt good.



I hope today you get to be silly and laugh today....


much love,

Lucy



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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue...a Valentine Mantel

As I get older and the hand of time starts to draw little laugh lines around my mouth, it also lifts a veil from my eyes and the meaning of love has never been clearer...

It is a renewed understanding and appreciation for things which cannot be acquired with money, yet is given to you freely by the Maker...

It's the sunrise in the mornings, the cool breeze during hot summer days and even the cold snow that sparkles like diamonds in the sun.

 It's in the eyes of our children
and their innocent smiles...


...and the safe haven that are my husband's arms;
oh how I find peace and love in his embrace.


It's in an empty bank account, yet
an overflowing pantry of food....

 It's in the tears of sorrow we shed, yet
unite us as we comfort each other....


It's in the warmth of our home
during cold winter nights...

It's in my hands, it's tangible and it's mine for me to share....


On the mantel sit old books, blue jars, pink and white roses, some are real some are not.  Love notes in bottles and a painting inspired by a very talented artist named Eline Pellinkhof.  She created a cross stitch mural which is by far much more superior than my painting.


This type of painting is like one of those large pixelated pictures that need to be seen from afar so to capture the full picture, hence the small photograph.


It is very rare for me to recreate another artist's work and I almost feel ashamed displaying it here on my blog.  But when I saw Eline's mural, I knew it was exactly what my mantel needed.  I suppose I could have drawn a grid to make it a little neater, but lines and measurements constrict me, so I went freehand on this one.


It will sit on my mantel for a little while before making its way to Isabella's room.  See the pillow on the bed?  It all started when I did a faux cross stitch tag (see it here) and I thought it would be cute to make a faux cross stitch heart pillow for Valentine's day.  I then thought of  taking it a step further and creating a cross stitch painting but alas, someone else with a lot more talent than I had already thought of it and had excelled at it; there was no reason to reinvent the wheel for this one as I had simply fallen in love with it.  I just altered the colours a bit to match Bella's decor.

I believe Eline has had such great response over the mural that she is thinking of creating stencils to sell.  If you are not familiar with her work, I encourage you to check it out.

So this is my love mantel for this year, with something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Thank you for your company; I hope to see you again soon...

much love,
Lucy




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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sharing a little bit of love.....a paper wreath

Hello again.  It's just past midnight and I had promised myself I would go to bed at a reasonable time tonight.  I fear my lack of sleep is beginning to catch up to me as I feel like I'm walking in a daze during the day....

 But alas, here I am, sharing
a little bit of love with you...

 Those of you who follow me on FB
got to see a little peek of this project...


Although very simple, I think it looks so pretty.
 I hope to incorporate it into my Valentine's mantel,
but have yet to decide on the colour scheme...

Hubby helped me bend and shape a coat hanger
into a heart shape, which I then covered with
book page strips using DecouPage by DecoArt

 The word 'love' is made using the same technique, but with
craft wire.  I allowed it to dry and then bent the wire to form
the word 'love', which was then hot glued onto the heart. 

The stems were done in the same manner and the 
rose created using a previous tutorial found here.







And finally, I re-purposed the frame
I had used for my winter wreath.

I'm not completely satisfied with the photography as I'm not convinced the pictures captured its tenderness...I still have a lot to learn :(


There are a lot of things I wish to talk to you about, but my fatigue is louder than my voice, so I will say bye for now.  Thanks for sharing a little bit of love with me....


much love,
Lucy 



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