Monday, July 11, 2011

I'm So Honored!!

Hello dear blog friends!  I'm feeling very honored right now, as I was chosen for this lovely award by Tee @ Creations By Tee.
This award comes with  certain conditions.  I must reveal 7 things about myself, and then pass the award on to 8 other bloggers. They in turn, have to do the same!
OK. Here we go.
1.  I have a passion for texture, fabric, color, anything shiny, and any cake with any frosting
2.  Clutter is something I can live with for about a day and then watch out!
3.  I love re-inventing my home and surroundings ~ often inspired by blog buddies
4.  Being a "talker" is a trait I've always had ~ hence, such a blabby blog of mine!
5.  Our daughters are my daily joy.
6.  I've been married to the same man for 41 years and love him more than I did 41 years ago!   
7.  I'm terrified of heights, rodents, reality rides, and 3-D movies

Well, that's my 7 and now the hard choice...passing this crown on to 8 wonderful, creative blog buddies.  So, after much consideration I hope they will accept the challenge and the award! They are....
1.  Lesley @Harmony Road Studio 
2.  Mary @ Thyme To Spare
3.  Jessica @Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping
4.  Kim @ Tabby's Place
5.  Karla @ Sketchbooks ATC's Mail Art
6.  Inka @ Altered Artifacts
7.  Andra @ Ponderings Of A Crafty Mind
8.  Gerri @ It's All Treasure
Please be sure to check out the fabulous Kimberly's giveaway at ArtJoyStuff (see the link on my sidebar) It's amazing!

I've promised you some photos of other swaps I recently participated in and my partner's received their goodies, so I'm free to share them with you.  
For the first time ever, I altered a spoon ~ a soup spoon, to be exact.  Here it is..
Front of spoon

Back of spoon
My creation went off, across the pond to the lovely Valerie in Dusseldorf, Germany!  In turn, she sent me these lovelies...
Her amazing package!

Lots of presents

A most beautiful spoon creation

the presents ~ including another spoon, which belonged to Valerie's  Great Aunt Fanny!
I have such a nice, generous friend in Germany. Valerie is a retired teacher, an amazing artist, and seems to create something almost every day!  Treat yourself and visit her blog:
Do you remember the fairy shoe I created a few posts back?  Well, here's the beautiful shoe I received from Kim in PA:

I have one word for Kim's fairy shoe....ENCHANTING!!  You can visit Kim on her blog at  And here's the exciting news....She's giving away another one of her creations!  You have until this Friday, July 15th, to sign up.

And if all this isn't enough, well there's more.  Karla and Miss Lynn sponsored the MOST generous swap this summer...a vintage bling swap...right up my alley!
We had  to gather 20 pieces of vintage rhinestone jewelry, remove shanks, pin backs, earring backs etc.  Then attach a pendant bail.  Mail these off along with postage money and a 20 inch silver chain.  These fabulous artistic sisters did a little swappin' around with the participants and created the following ONE OF A KIND, GORGEOUS necklace for LUCKY me!
You can follow Karla and Miss Lynn on their blogs:  (Karla  (Miss Lynn)

Here it is, 3:16 p.m. on Monday afternoon and I'm just getting ready to post my blog...why so late?  Well, that will have to wait for next week's blog because I don't have enough steam left to describe the INCREDIBLE weekend I had at the Making Memories Unforgettable "Sweet Shoppe Retreat!"  

Next Monday I will fill you in on all the "Sweet" details, photos, and a very, very special exchange that took place ~ and took my heart!  

Have a most wonderful and blessed week, dear hearts...and if you travel this week ~ travel safely.


Anonymous said...

Hi Karen, what a fabulous post and such treasures. isnt blogging in art blog land a lot of fun ?
thanks for sharing everything today my friend.
now i am off to bed
hugs June xxxxx

~*~Patty S said...

Wowee Karen you have enough eye candy and fun stuff here to fill a week of blog posts!

I felt my heart go pitter pat when I saw your gorgeous bling many lovely treasures

fun reading more about you too


Mixed Media/ Altered Crafts said...

Ooh All kinds of Goodies! I love it all! Especially the shoe! Gorgeous! Hugs,Tee

Dorthe said...

Karen, thankyou for your sweet comment on my blog- I just took a little tour on yours, and love all I see.The spoon so lovely, and beautiful, and all you recieved looks gorgeus, too.
Have a happy week-

suziqu's thread works said...

Karen thank you so much for your very kind and consoling comment re ma Cherie.
I tried to email you but there is no email address in your profile!
Your altered spoon is great and so are the goodies you have received.
Have a great creative week.
Hugs, Suzy

Eileen & Karen said...

Hi Karen,

We noticed your a new follower on our blog and popped over to take a look at your blog!Wow...what a fun place it to visit! You have so many fun and interesting things on your sidebar! One of the shows you are doing in San Luis Obispo sounds awesome! My daughter graduated from Cal Poly and we love that city! We are happy to be following your blog now too! Looking forward to getting to know you!
Eileen & Karen
Forget Me Not Dreams

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Karen,
can't believe I'm a week late in visiting!
Love all your treasures but most of all the bling necklace.Enjoy and have a wonderful week.