Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Barnsley Resort Adairsville Georgia


Last week, my husband had a meeting at Barnsley Resort, north of Atlanta. I tagged along and am I glad I did! I loved this place! It had history, scenery, gardens, good food....great place! The accommodations were built like little houses or cottages, with high ceilings, claw foot bath tubs and wonderful toiletries from the Spa (Lavender mint....yes, I am going to have to buy some!) Above was our porch, where I sat and read, overlooking the pond down below.
My husband played golf but they also had a pool, hunting trips, horseback riding, etc. There is a lot to do!
We had breakfast at the Woodlands Grill below, overlooking the golf course.




The ruins of the manor were fascinating to me! A tornado took the roof off in 1906, leaving the brick structure. What a great place for a wedding! There is a museum (in the building that was the kitchen) with a lot of information. I really enjoyed looking at the items and history there.







 Below is the Rice House built in 1854. I never quite figured out what was in the house, but it was lovely to look at!

More of the gardens and manor....I liked it so much, I made two trips to see it, one in the afternoon and one in the morning!








Our cottage was next to the swan pond and golf course.





Yes, I will have to return....after all, I have to go back and get some of the lavender Mint cream and soap!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pot Holders on a Loom, Taking them to the next level!


I remember so well when I was eight years old and was given a loom to make pot holders. 
I LOVED it! 
I still love making them, but over fifty years later, I found that you can teach an old dog new tricks! There are no pot holders that serve the purpose as well as these handmade ones! 
At least that is my opinion!

For one thing, did you know that there is a larger loom available? The standard child's loom has 18 pegs on each side. The Pro Harrisville Designs loom has 27 pegs, so you can make a much larger, nicer pot holder. 
Harrisville Designs also makes loops specifically for making pot holders 
(compared to the ends of socks that are cut off to make your run of the mill loops) for both sizes. 
They have beautiful colors and the pot holders make up so much nicer! Now, they are a little more pricey than the waste product from the socks, but at my age, they are worth it! You can order from Harrisville Designs or many locations. The best price I found was at Live and Learn.com.
Just do a search for potholder loops. They fit the looms so nicely and make up so pretty!


I also found that you can create such fun patterns by passing over a second loop like above. Notice how the pattern is completely different on the two designs above that are the same other than size, but look different on reverse sides. Perhaps that is called a twill stitch? I am not into weaving jargon, but I will check with my weaving friend when I see her. I do know the woof goes across like a dog running (woof, woof) and the warp runs up and down, but pot holders are child's play, so you don't have to worry about all those terms. At least I think that is what she told me about the dog running!



Another trick you can do to create a neat design is to look at the loop as two pieces as you weave through it, and split the two as was done above and below. Fun, fun, fun!


Create patterns that look like they are woven or look like houndstooth as seen below. This is so much fun!




Just switching the color of the loops used in the pattern creates a matching set! I am even drawing up new designs to fit my new Pro size loom!


My sister got me started on this when she was riding with me in the car over Labor Day and was making some pot holders just because she needed some.....I guess I have taken it to the next level!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Halloween Cards with Serendipity Stamps


It's that time of year again! This year for Halloween cards, I used Serendipity Stamps, the new Serendipity "Boo" die, Sizzix die, Accucut Die and EK Success punches, along with some decorative paper. I colored with Copic Markers and watercolor.
There are eight panel images on this first card (four on each side), all stamps from Serendipity. It took a while to color all the images as I made several of this card, but I do love Halloween!
The Trick or Treat bag is pop dotted on the front (or back, depending on how you look at the card) and I made little bows using a fork. I love that method of making small bows! There are several tutorials online.
I cut some vellum ghosts with Sizzix die and punched some spiders and skull and crossbones borders to embellish the card.



I really love the new "Boo" die and the new Kitty and Jack stamp shown below. I actually have more than eight Serendipity images that would work on this card, so I had a hard time deciding and combined some of the images together.




The "Boo" die I cut out of a metallic card stock, so it really catches the light and grabs your attention.


I die cut A7 size envelopes using scrapbook paper (the bats below) and die cut ghosts on sticker paper on which I wrote the address.
Next to the envelope is another card I did that flips (AccuCut die), again using the Boo!


When the card flips, you are greeted by Kitty and Jack, done in watercolor.



I also did some with this old favorite from Serendipity! I just love her!



Hope you have a wonderful Halloween! I am working early voting for the elections the week of Halloween, so I had to get my cards done early! I hope the post office doesn't fuss about my envelopes!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Don't Whine..Use Twine!..The Twinery and Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop

Do you get bored with the same embellishments?

An embellishment that I enjoy using is twine. Here are some examples of ways to use twine, all used with Serendipity Stamps and twine from The Twinery.

When I was asked to take part in this blog hop, I could not resist!

I love nautical themes, lighthouses and die so what is not to love about the new Serendipity Stamps
lighthouse die and stamps set? It is so simple to cut a backing for the lighthouse with whatever color you want your stripes to be. 


Below, you can see that I have used twine as edging and as an embellishment (netting that I made with the solid natural twine) on this side step card.








Here is another nautical themed card where I used twine as edging, as an embellishment for a stamped image (on the sailboat) and as a closure.





 It would look nice to place eyelets in the holes for the closure, but I thought of that after photographing the card.


 As you open the card (kind of a diorama), you can see another use of twine to create a lifesaver as well as the hand tied netting like on the previous card.












Another theme that I think works very well with twine is sewing. Here the edging is a blanket stitch around the card. I also embellished the stamped images such as the spool of thread, quilted heart as well as adding twine to the die cut "Hello" and actual buttons used on the heart.








All three of these cards use my favorite coloring medium, watercolor. To create paper that would match my quilted heart on the card above, I did a wet on wet wash using the same colors and then die cut the Hello from that paper.



While you can use twine on most any card or scrapbook layout, I think it works great with the nautical and sewing themes.



In addition to the Lighthouse set from Serendipity Stamps, I used Whelk Shell Small, Joy is a Net, Hello die, Sewing and Quilted Hearts Set. In addition to the natural solid twine, I used Midnight blue stripe, Maraschino Solid, Honeydew Stripe, Blossom Stripe and Lilac Stripe.


As with most blog hops, there are PRIZES! Visit the Serendipity Stamps Facebook page, The Serendipity Stamps Blog and The Twinery Blog for details!

Hope you enjoyed seeing these ideas of ways to use twines! Be sure to click on the links below and stop by all the other blogs participating in the blog hop today:



The Twinery

Serendipity Stamps 

Jeanne Jachna

Tobi Crawford

Denise Hahn 

Sue Eldred

DoBea Alberts

Kathie Bailey

Jennifer Cuthbertson

Bridgit Edblom

Holly Craft (that is where you are)


If you are going in order visiting the blog hop posts, your next visit will be Denise Hahn listed above.

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to see all the ways to use twine that will be featured in this blog hop!

Holly