Sunday, December 11, 2011


I was browsing through some of our Etsygreetings shops and came across this wonderful card. This is such a great card to give to a friend! You can find it in the shop of


Lots of cute details on this card to send to a friend. My sister, who is my best friend, would love it! at LolasCraftShop

Or maybe she would love to receive this card. One of our favorite pastimes is meeting for coffee.
by PapermoonsDesigns.

This handmade greeting card features a beautiful display of sewing items that any sewing friend would treasure. 
Visit the shop of treasuresfromthe80s to see this adorable card.

Who wouldn't cherish this cute card! A friend is truly someone special. Find this card in AnnDesigned.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Comes to My Granddaughter's Wordless Book

The caterpillar's are out enjoying the snow! 

I've had fun bringing Christmas to my granddaughter's wordless book. I added a Santa hat for the larger storyteller caterpillar. I will have to go back and have a look at some of the earlier pages to see if any other storyteller caterpillar needs a hat or some other prop, such as an engineer's hat on the train page! After making the outdoor scene, I thought it would be fun to create an indoor Christmas page.

                               How about antlers for this storyteller caterpillar!

Now it's time for me to put all the completed pages together as a book  I will adhere the blue decorated pages to the larger color backgrounds. I'm putting the pages in a scrapbook album. The plastic page holders in the album will protect the story sheets and allow Sierra to take the pages out and change their order.

This has been such a fun project. If I have time I may add another page or two. I have an idea for a new page - a beach scene to go with an underwater scene that I have already finished. I've enjoyed sharing this project on my blog. Have a Merry Christmas!

If you would like to see some of my other story pages just scroll down and visit my earlier posts.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Let's visit more pages of Sierra's wordless book!

There are so many places in the community that I can use as inspiration for my wordless book. Of course I have limited myself to the cartridges I have with my Cricut and maybe a few cutouts which I can design using my Pazzel. As I said in an earlier post, one of my purposes is to make use of my Cricut which I have rarely used. 

My husband loves trains, so I knew I wanted to include a train scene. My granddaughter can even see a train go by in the distance from her upstairs family room window. She should have a lot to say about this page.

The following are a few more pages that I have completed. They include an airport, complete with cactus since we live in Arizona.  There is also a seaport and the front of a house.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Granddaughter's Wordless Book Continued

I'm excited about making more pages for my granddaughter's wordless book. For the next page I decided to go to the forest. You can see some of my ideas on the table. After placing them around on the sheet I came up with the second photo as the completed page. I haven't glued the blue sheet onto the background orange sheet. I'll do that when they are all completed.
And how about a farm! I love the little sunflowers. I also have fun deciding where to put the caterpillars. I think a 3 year old will have lots to say.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Warmth of a Homemade Christmas

When my children were little my husband and I always looked forward to our tradition of making Christmas gifts for them. My husband stayed up all night making the girls' desks and our son a tool bench so they would be finished by Christmas morning. I made Christmas dresses, doll clothes, and ornaments. There were wooden puzzles, puppets, and many other fun things. As they got older and I went to work, I found little time for these projects. 

In the past few years I have returned to this happy pastime. A few years ago a couple of my sisters, my mom, and I started a tradition of getting together each year to make Christmas gifts using our sewing machines. These became gifts for other family members. We have made quilted table runners, placemats, and handbags. Those who receive these gifts love them.

Two Christmases ago I decided to make a crochet hat for my granddaughter. After I finished hers, I thought it would be fun to make one for her doll and then one for her mom, our daughter. I just improvised using the same pattern. It was so much fun and they loved their matching hats. 

Our 3 year old granddaughter loves to cook with her mom. This Christmas I am making them matching aprons. I've got the pattern. I'm hoping to start sewing soon.  

I am also making a wordless book for our granddaughter. I have a Cricut machine that I have not used very much. I wanted to make use of it and remembered how much fun my students had telling their own stories using the wordless books I had in the classroom. Perfect use for the Cricut!! 

I have 2 cartridges and will use both to create this book. One of the cartridges has a cute caterpillar, so I decided to make that my main character throughout the book. The above photo shows some of the items I have cut out. The lower photos are two of my completed pages.

Over the next few posts I will show you the progress I am making with this book. I can hardly wait to hear her tell her own stories.

I love our tradition of making Christmas gifts. Join me and all the other members of our etsygreetings team and their families and friends and blog hop to see more holiday traditions.You may find a new tradition for yourself!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

This is a sample of the cards I make. Several years ago we were visiting my mother-in-law and she taught me how to make cards using iris folding. I enjoy choosing the papers for the folding and since the work is done on the backside it is always a surprise to see how they turn out.