Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Bells are Ringing!

It's time for wedding bells with the arrival of Spring!

This month's Designer Crafts Connection focus is on weddings: wedding favors, wedding decor, wedding bouquets...anything to do with weddings.

You can hop to the next blog on the list (or go backward) by clicking on the Designer Crafts Connection button at left.

At the recent CHA convention in Los Angeles, I worked in the Viva Decor booth and also contributed these three pieces to their booth display where the theme was White Wedding.

I wanted them to all match and chose a harlequin theme for the guest book cover, the champagne glasses and the votive holder.

Here is a short synopsis on how they were made. If you would like more detail, please email me at


Viva Decor: Pearl Pen, Glass Paint, Sticky back Rhinestones, Pardo Jewelry Clay (Pearl), Metallic Paint (Silver)
Quilters' Tape
Heat Tool for affixing rhinestones
Handmade book
Champagne Glasses
Large votive holder
Bridal tulle (6" x 25')
Swarovski Hanging Crystals (2)
Jump Rings

Basic Pattern Instructions

For all items: On a 2" X 5' piece of bridal tulle, use pearl pen to create polka-dot ribbons.(This should be enough for all the pieces, so adjust if you are only making one. Allow to dry apporximately four hours or overnight.


1. Cut opening in book front.

2. Place quilters' tape from upper left to lower right corners. Measure 1 " up from each corner to get the placement of your second piece. Repeat until all lines are in place, then begin again from the upper right to the lower left corners. Be sure to press all tape edges to prevent paint leakage. Make back of book in same manner, omitting the opening.

3. Apply white glass paint with sponge until all surfaces are covered. Allow to dry and remove tape.

4. Affix rhinestones with heat tool where the lines intersect.

5. Paint metal frame with silver paint and attach to book front.

6. Print inner pages on computer and assemble book.

7. Add ribbons to spiral edge, alternating plain bridal tulle and polka-dot tulle.

Champagne Glasses and Votive Holder
1. Create a harlequin pattern on paper, using a 45° angle. Make one for the glass and one for the votive, since you will need a wider width for the votive.
2. Roll pattern and place inside glass. Use the lines as a guide to place quilters'tape on outside of glass.
3. Sponge on Glass Paint.
4. Affix rhinestones as above on book.
5. Add ribbons to votive as on book.

Champagne Glass Charms
1. Condition and roll out jewelry clay. Cut two 1" squares and stamp the bride's first initial in one and the groom's in the other. Use a needle tool to create holes at top and bottom of charm. Bake according to package directions.
2. Add large jump ring to top of charms and smaller ones at the bottom. Add Swarovski Crystals to bottom.
3. Thread 1/2" bridal tulle through top jump ring and tie to glass stem. Add glue to hold ribbon in place at the top of the glass base.

Note: The votive holder is actually very large and would make a nice centerpiece for reception tables. I got it at Big Lots.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Oh, what a beautiful morning!

Such a gorgeous day here in Brighton, Tennessee! I'm stuck inside finishing up projects for my not-very-soon-to-be-released book, but I have all the windows and blinds wide open, just enjoying this super-dooper 60°+ weather.

That little daffodil/buttercup/whatever is blooming at the edge of our driveway. We dug these up almost 24 years ago from an old homestead. They need to be separated, but still bloom their little hearts out every year.

I also have tulips, daylillies, hydrangea, hostas and Jacob's Tears pushing up through my front bed. I don't think the back one will survive the doggy feet that have trampled the lilies and roses around the deck. I haven't even checked the blueberry bushes and know I have to prune my grapes soon, plus, we're moving the garden this year and should have already had that ready to go. I have such a rough life! :)

Don't forget to pop back in Sunday for another Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop! We're all posting wedding projects. Do you think Prince William and his bride might jump in for a look? The winner of the Cricut Expression will also be announced that day. If you're in the running or want to get in on it(see post for March 3 for details), be sure to drop by Julie McGuffee's blog to see if you're the winner.

Now go outside and thank God for His glorious creation and all the blessings in your life...then hug someone you love!

Monday, March 7, 2011

What a great weekend!

This was one of the best weekends ever! We started off with a visit Friday night with my sister-and brother-in law. Larry and Doyle had a golf lesson on tv, while Janell and I set up her really cool new HP printer and dug through some old sewing supplies that belonged to her mother. I have materials now for about a million craft projects!

Saturday, the ladies of Trinity Baptist in Brighton met for a tea to discuss our upcoming projects for the year. For such a small congregation (30 or so church member families I think. Don't quote me!), we have a surprisingly large number of charities and outreach programs. Having the best group of ladies ever also helps!

Saturday night, Larry and Sorghum Hill played a benefit for the Concord Academy, a private school for special needs students. They had barbecue from Leonard's (the BBQ of my dreams!), an auction that included an autographed basketball by Josh Pastnor, the University of Memphis basketball coach, a football signed by the great Tony Romo and a week's stay at a beachfront condo in Florida. After the auction, Phil Cox, guitar player and song writer extraordinaire for Sorghum Hill, announced that the band would offer a private concert in the purchaser's home or business. The bidding started low, but before it was almost over, a bidding war between two tables had developed. When the bid got to $1700, Phil said they would play two concerts, so the bidding war buddies each won. Concord Academy was the biggest winner, though! It was a fun evening, made even better by getting to visit with my old Southside High School buddies, Charlotte Gordon King, Ronnie Gordon (my sister and brother by choice), and Elaine Boyuka Beard and her sweet hubby Wayne Beard.

Sunday we went to church where our Pastor's son was taking over the reins for his dad. Bro. Bill is in Nevada with his mother, who is in very bad health. Jarred's sermon was excellent and we left with happy, revived hearts. I spent the afternoon with more family at my cousin Debbie's house for a Premier Jewelry party, one of my favorites for beautiful bling. We finished up the weekend with the first practice for our Easter Cantata and evening services with a message from one of our church members, Tom Campbell.

It was a great weekend, one that we would love to repeat often.

I slept in this morning until 10:30, which is not good, since I have plenty of things to do today.

Be sure to check back here Sunday, March 13th, for the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop. We'll be featuring wedding decor this month. Plus, the winner of the Cricut Expression will be announced that day. I think you can still get in on that deal by clicking on the "Hop Froward" or "Hop Back" buttons, finding nine of the Cricut bug logo (not the one with the pictures of the machine) and listing the blog owners' names on Julie McGuffy's blog in the comments section of the March 3 post Good luck!

Now, go hug someone you love!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Let's go to the Hop!

Welcome to the first edition of the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop!
By clicking on the forward or back button to the left, you can hop to another blog, then click on their button to hop to another.

Our theme for March is Weddings and we'll all be posting wedding ideas on March 13th. In the meantime, watch for the little green Cricut logo on nine of the blogs. Write the blog names down, then go to Julie McGuffey's site ( and leave a comment with the list of blogs where you saw the logo. You'll be entered to win your own Cricut Expression!

Here's a little project that I made for the Craft Studio at CHA. The base product was beige yarn and here's what I did with it:


• Acrylic yarn, white or very light beige
• Crochet Hook, size H
• FabriTac Adhesive (Beacon)
• Quick Grip Adhesive (Beacon)
• Smooch Spritz, Electric Blue, Citrus Tickle, Majestic (Clearsnap)
• Gloss Gel, Emerald Green, Magenta
(Viva Decor)
• Glitter Pen, Peridot, Gold (Viva Decor)
• Heavy fabric, such as denim, cut into four 6” x 6” pieces
• Plastic Headband
• Sizzix Bigz Die - Tattered Florals (Sizzix)
• Big Shot (Sizzix)

Day One

1. Crochet two 200-stitch single crochet chain, one each for each purple and blue flowers.

2. Beginning in the center of a fabric square coil the chain, adhering to the fabric with FabriTac adhesive.

3. Adhere yarn in single strips to additional fabric squares for green flower and leaves.

4. Press all yarn assemblages with a heavy object for about 30 minutes, then allow to finish drying uncovered overnight, turning occasionally.

Day Two

1. Spritz spiral crocheted yarn with Smooch Spritz, using one main color per flower, and spray striped yarn with green Smooch Spritz.

Designer Tip: If you prefer a less intense color, you can pour a small amount on Smooch Spritz into a tiny atomizer and add water. You will not get as intense a shimmer, but the color will be much lighter, allowing for color mingling for more affects.

2. Die cut two large flowers from spiral yarn pieces and one smaller flower from striped yarn assemblage. Draw small leaf shapes on excess striped yarn and cut out with scissors.

Note: Be very careful when removing yarn/fabric assemblage from the die because the yarn may try to ravel.

4. Edge violet and blue flowers with Gloss Gel pens and green flower with Glitter Pen. Add gold Glitter Pen accents. to all flowers and leaves. Allow to dry.

1. Determine placement of the flowers and leaves and attach to headband with Quick Grip Adhesive.

2. Spritz additional yarn with Smooch colors and loop behind flower assembly. Glue in place with Quick Grip.