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Embracing Spellbound

As I previously mentioned, I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Spellbound Art Event in Pasadena, CA.  This event is put on by the uber-talented Mother and Daughter Team of Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso, otherwise known as A Gilded Life.  I didn’t think last year’s event could possibly be topped – but […]

Becoming Spellbound

I just adore this time of year.  The time for Spellbound – a most amazing art retreat put on by A Gilded Life. For five glorious days I made jewelry, sewed, and spent time with the most creative of souls.  Part of the fun is in the preparation – making special things to wear and […]

Early Autumn Musings

Finally, it’s autumn.  The weather is turning slightly cooler – and here in the mid-Atlantic region of the country the leaves will soon be starting their extravaganza of color.  Can’t wait!  I am looking forward to decorating the house for one of my favorite holidays, and of course it mean […]

Feeling Spellbound


So excited to be heading to California soon for the Spellbound art event put on by the ever elegant and inspiring Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso of A Gilded Life.  I am busy putting together my totes for the vintage trim swap, and have so enjoyed rediscovering hidden treasures in my stash – looking […]

I Believe in Faeries

I while back I signed up to participate in Karla’s Faerie Book Swap.  Each participant was to make 8 pages for a book with a faerie theme. All the pages get sent to Karla, and she then mixes and matches various pages from everybody to make each of us a book, featuring her original artwork […]

A Bit of Bartering

One of my favorite haunts at the MaryJane’s Farm Sisterhood chatroom is the Farmgirl Barter section.  Let me tell you folks – this is just the most awesome thing.  Earlier this month I got my feet wet by offering up some back issues of Sew Beautiful magazine that I no longer need but was sure […]

Silver Bella 2010 – The Swaps!

I’m back from Silver Bella – energized and bursting with creative inspiration.  Some  of the  most anticipated events during Silver Bella are the swaps.  There’s something for every interest and skill level.  I participated in 5 (!) this year, and tried to choose at least a few that allowed me to spread my wings a […]

Live Courageously

Sometimes things just come together exactly the way you envision them.  The stars align, the lace box has just the right pieces, and that idea that came to you at 3:00 am is exactly right.  I am loving this final swap item for Silver Bella.  It speaks to my heart in so many ways.


Gearing up for Silver Bella

In just one week I will be whooping it up in Omaha with 150+ wonderful and creative souls at the most amazing art retreat – Silver Bella.  This will be my 2nd year attending, and I just can’t wait to reconnect with friends from last year, as well as finally meet in person all the […]

Gifties in the Mail – Paris Box Swap

Earlier this summer I participated in Speckled Egg‘s Petite Paris Inspiration Box Swap.  What with travels overseas, busy summer activities, the start of a new school year and such, I am just now getting around to sharing the wonderful boxes I received.  My first partner was Jessie , from New Zealand.  She sent […]