Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December Daily Journal - 2009

It's been awhile since I have posted - I have been working on something new a December Journal. I got the project from Ali Edwards. The idea is to create thebasic book to be ready for each day as it comes. Once I have journaling and pictures, I can embellish a bit further. There is a page for the first 25 days of December, maybe I will go to the end of the month. Each page captures a memory of that day. I really like how my journal came out. It was fun to create. This started with a 7x7 album kit from Fancy Pants. There were chipboard pages, acrylic pages and two black felt pages. I made some of my own pages from card stock and file folders. Easy to do by tracing the shape. It is not bound yet, I am still trying to decide how I want to do this.

Cover page - using fabric thickers, quickutz die for red frame, cardboard mat, reindeer is grunge board covered with distress crackle paint with bells, ribbon and hemp around his neck and the hollies are distress stickles. Gold oval is chipboard covered with distress crackle paint. Of course edges are inked with distress ink.

1st day page is a Theresa Collins journaling spot, scallop circle punched from vintage book text with a daisy d rub on. Edges distressed with distress ink. 2nd day page is on an acrylic page. Chipboard "Christmas Memories" from K & Company on patterned cardstock. Foam Thicker for number two on patterned paper with chipboard star

3rd page, backside of acrylic page, patterned cardstock with dollar store corner metal looking embellishments, red and green fabric flowers with chipboard center and brad, felt number 3. 4th page is black felt with ivory snowflake ribbon and felt red number 4. Stocking die cut from K&Company.

4th page, backside of black felt page, patterned dies cuts from K & Company, patterned paper with Theresa Collins journaling sheet, felt number five. 6th page is patterned cardstock with cardstock mats, Hambly scroll rub-ons, felt number six and K & Company chipboard piece.

7th page is backside of patterned cardstock, scroll die cut from a monthly kit, red metal gems and red felt number seven. 8th page has vintage Santa die cur, scallop circle from vintage book text, red felt number and acrylic gold corner pieces.

9th page is patterned paper with felt trees, gold chipboard oval painted with distress crackle paint and foam thicker number. 10th page is a file folder stamp with Tim Holtz stamps and embossed with copper embossing powder. satin and lace ribbon. Grunge board numbers embossed with copper embossing powder.

Page 11 is backside of file folder. Martha Stewart paper pocket with backside of paper used as a journaling card. Border scallop punch is EK success, number 11 die cut from cuttle bug hippie chick font, pearl stickers and felt angel from hobby lobby. 12th page is patterned paper, with dove diecut from manila file folder, chipboard Thickers letter

13th page - patterned cardstock, with snowflake lace cardstock centered with pink gem brads and pink number Thickers. 14th page is a black felt page, with scallop patterned paper and red felt letters, dots and ornament. Black fabric Thickers for number 14
15th page is backside of black felt page, with metal tape of quickutz border scroll die. Red and green ribbon with quickutz ornament die using metal quickutz tape. Red foil thicker numbers. 16th page is an acrylic page with patterned cardstock, nestabilites label out of vintage ledger paper and red felt letters.
17th page is backside of dotted acrylic page with small nestabilites die from vintage ledger paper and green chipbord thicker numbers and metal tree. 18th page is file folder with K & Company mat patterned cardstock, twill ribbon, vintage dictionary text with the word holiday, brown foam thicker number and felt holly
19th page is backside of file folder with chipboard K & Company joy label, quickutz border embossing folder, scallop circle punched from vintage book text and smaller scalloped circle from green cardstock, green chipboard thicker numbers. 20th page is patterned cardstock, with quickutz border embossing folder, K & Company chipboard tag, with gold number diecut from hippie chick cuttlebug font.
21st page is K & Company cardstock, bazzil just the edge green scallop, ivory glitter thicker numbers. 22nd page is an acrylic page with muslin scrap, cardstock scraps, back sticker numbers and my version of Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas tags from 2008. (tag has grunge board letter, buttons, vintage book text, brads and metal joy word
23 rd page is backside of acrylic page - edged with white dots - same scrap cardstock and muslin from page 22 - its folded over the top. black number stickers. This is another tag of my version of Tim Holtz's 12 days of Christmas. 24th page is red patterned cardstock with scrap cardboard, edged with fake snow, Jillibean cardboard numbers with same fake snow on a distress mail tag tied with ribbon. K & Company sticker embellishment 'Be Merry"

Another page for 24 using Love Elise embossed tree cardstock, ribbon two chipboard tags from K & Company, Nestabilites tree die from vintage book text with black fabric thicker numbers. 25th page using patterned foil cardstock with felt numbers and chipboard label from K & Company.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Today Donna Downey's blog is having a great give away of some wonderful fabrics from Pickled Pear Lane

I wish I could figure out add a link and replace the actual path with a word or name. I would google it but I don't even know what it is called but I am on a mission to find it

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Quilt & more

So over the Labor Weekend I was sewing 4" squares together to make my second quilt. It is made of blue and browns. I had to cut 500 of the print fabric and 228 of the sold fabric. Four inch squares - WHAT - maybe next time it will be 12 x 12 squares, I am sure it would be quicker. After cutting the squares, I sewed two squares to together leaving me with this pile.

Then I had to sew the those sets into rows of 28 squares. Had to sew 26 rows. Here they are hanging on my TV cabinet doors, ready for the next step. Which is to iron the seams, sew the rows together, make a sandwich on the floor of quilt backing (haven't decided on muslin or a sateen), then cotton batting (Just found this product a few months ago, I used polyester batting in my first quilt - guess that was a no no) then the soon to be quilted cover. More to come - I needed to take a break from it.

So Mister Tank decided to eat some foam this morning right before i left for work. I mean this got chewed in a matter of seconds that he was out of my sight. What a goof ball. This was Jason's foam mattress topper he had with him at school and so I decided to fold it in half and cover it with a sheet for a re-purposed dog bed. It was nice and comfy Ozzie told me. ARRGGGHHHH - TANK STOP CHEWING STUFF !!!!!

Today was a very tough day at work - without going into all the negative details, I am letting it go (wow - see how I am growing !) It turned out to be not as bad as I had envisioned. I tend to over think things to my disadvantage. I am trying to allow things to happen as they should and stop trying to control the situation (wow-light bulb moment- thanks Oprah) What a emotional roller coaster day. I can't keep doing that - to much stress. But tomorrow is a new day and I am sure there is something new for Tank to chew on !!!!

............and so it begins

Monday, August 17, 2009

Busy Bee - for Halloween

So all day yesterday I have been working on some Halloween stuff for my Etsy store. I was on a roll. Some trick or treat bags, tags, wall hanging, flags and my favorite are the treat boxes. It was a rainy day and perfect for hanging out in my craft room. I have also been purging my stuff to sell at the scrapbook consignment sale on June 28th. I have way to much stuff !! So if you are in the area, stop by and find some good goodies.

Friday, July 17, 2009


I made this card for the HIP Hop Crinkle challenge but didn't get it posted in time. I used a kraft card with scrap white card stock strips. I stamped The Dream Tree stamp from Unity Stamp Co ( ) onto blue patterned card stock using Broken China distress ink. I cut the image into four sections and crumpled each one up and inked the edges and over the bumps. I stamped birthday from Unity Stamp Company May kit of the month ( )

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Live Simply

I had fun creating this little canvas. I need to do more of these projects. This is my first one. I painted a 5 x 5 canvas (got on clearance at Joanns for .97 cents - gotta love that) Use a page from an old dictionary with the word living at the top left of the page. Stamped Unity Co. stamps on the book page, canvas. Cut out the bird and mounted it to card stock and added gems. Attached that piece to torn piece of cardboard. Used some rusted wire and attached a distress crackled chipboard piece with a metal frame piece I got off Etsy and the end of the wire I strung some beads. I used a vintage piece of something I got in a jar of buttons I bought at an estate sale and some scrap ribbon. It was fun to make.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July

Happy 4th of July - Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. It is only 69 and rainy today in Evergreen Park. But with rainy days like these I love to hang out in my craft room. Hope tomorrow is a nicer day, heading out to Kane County Flea Market.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009


Today is Unity Stamp Company's Hip Hop Hangover. I made this card with USK-201-1 Big Polka Dot Cupcake. I used Walnut distress ink on the edges and the stamped happy birthday stamp. The striped card stock is from Basic Grey, archaic, prehistoric. Tied twice with hemp twine. I really like the soft vintage look. The cupcake is stamped on scrap card stock not sure of brand.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day

Happy Father's day to all - My dad passed away when I was seven. I don't have a lot of memories of him, but I do hear stories. I wish I was able to grow up with him, I think my world would have been really different. It would been exciting to know him and my wish for him would have been to be on this earth longer than his short 52 years. (The top left picture of him is his graduation in 1938, the top right picture is of him at Indian Lake in Michigan and the lower one is of him in his Army uniform.) God Bless Michael Lambert Ferriter !!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


I took this picture a few days ago of one of my dogs Ozzie. He is the sweetest boy ever. He is a rescue dog my son got from a shelter in Iowa back in 2005. He has some health issues, with his back legs, but he is such a lovey. I love the way his face looks in the picture. One of me looking down and his sweet eyes looking up. This is the gentle hopeful look I get everytime I see him and he just makes me happy. I like having my toes sneak in the picture because it reminds me to appreciate those smaller moments that make me smile.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


How cool - I was picked a winner to receive one of these beautiful necklaces from Kelly Rae Roberts. The first time I ever won something from posting on a blog - YIIIPPPPEEEEEE. I can;t wait to see which one I get. Thank you Kelly Rae
(Picture was copied from Kelly Rae's blog post

giveaway winners are.
moe made wins the necklace.
barbara lewis wins a print by pixie.
michelle also wins a print by pixie.
lulusparkles wins the necklace by beth quinn.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This is a set of note cards using DCWV note card, scrap green card stock layered with scrap white card stock. Edged with distress shabby shutters ink, Unity Stamp co scroll, giggle and bird stamp, scrap kraft circle raised with pop dot. Images stamped with brown chalk ink and the bird is colored with sharpie marker.

This is a get well card I made for a friend - using curry card from Paper source, scrap paper, cupcake stamp is from Unity Stamp Co - - The other stamp "Maybe a cupcake will help?" is from Inkadinkado. I colored the cupcakes with prism colored pencils.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


I came home to this on my doorstep. What a wonderful surprise. My fantastic son Brian bought this for me for Mother's day. Just thinking of Boo makes me happy. He lives so far away in San Diego and I miss him lots. I know he is happy and safe living in California, so that brings some comfort, but still tough for me that he is that far away. He has the biggest heart and is so generous. I love him to pieces. Thanks again Boo, every time I use it I will smile and think of you !!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mini Birthday Banner

I have to get in the habit of posting more often. I made this mini birthday banner and listed it on in Etsy shop I scalloped punch 3" circles from patterned cardstock and used Heidi Swap chipboard letters. The cupcake stamp is from Unity Stamp Co. (Love that place). I think it turned out really sweet.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Catch up 5/20/09

So it has been a bit of time since posting. I attended a great event in North Carolina - Donna Downey's Inspired 2009. It was so cool. I took mini classes that I made - An acrylic album, three pages to go in the acrylic album, a mini water color book/album, an art ring, a house shaped collage, a Theresa Collins acrylic album, a painted canvas bag and carved my own rubber stamps. Friday the main classes started with a really cool travel folio, then we worked with metal embossing and ended with an actual painted self portrait on canvas. The Saturday main classes started with a fabric journal, then we created polymer clay beads to create a watch and then the last one a really cool collage with different elements. It was so cool to meet Donna and the other teachers, I feel like she is a rock star. We had a great table group that went form main class to the next. The event was like speed crafting, I can't believe how quickly it went by. But it was SO COOL. I will definitely go back again. It was very renewing. Met some really fun people and got to do what I totally enjoy doing - creating !! Wow , I wish I could do this full time - some day. Words can't explain how meaningful this event was to me !!!

Here is a shot of the Group B table ladies at dinner on Saturday night. (top left to right - Roberta, Anna, Barb - seated - Heather, Nancy and Maureen)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Weekend

Did a road trip to ISU this Saturday. Barb, Melissa, Red and I went to go see our cousin Pat Brynes in his last play at ISU. He was Peron in Evita. He was FANTASTIC !!! He has so much talent and I can not wait to see him grow and succeed. I will also be a big fan and stalk him when he becomes famous !!! We took him to lunch at Flat Tops and did a little shopping before the show. The four of us had a few cocktails after the show. Easter morning we woke up to a knock at the door and the Easter Bunny (aka Barb) left us a bag full of goodies. How sweet was that !! Driving home, my engine light came on about 1/2 hour from home, it made me nervous. So tomorrow I have to make arrangements to get that looked at. I hate car trouble. am glad that the car did not break down on the road.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Successful Play date for Tank

So I took Tank over to play with Gab, my brother's dog. He and Gabe played very nice together. I am really glad, because this is his first meet and greet with another dog since I have had him. So I am happy to see he gets along well with other dogs. I am hoping this poops him out for a bit. The picture shows how pooped he is after the play date. It also gives Ozzie a break !!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sad news but its good to have Friends

Today I attended the service of a friend's of mine father who passed away. Miss Daph-O-Knee. It was a very lovely service. It was so touching to hear friends, coworkers and family speak about Ivan Fair. So kind, a funny man, great co-worker. How nice to hear those these as I hope it gave Daphne some comfort. Daphne also spoke. It was emotional for her, but very touching and she got through it. I am so proud of her. She is so strong. I know she will be hurting for awhile and I hope I can make her smile sometimes during her down days. We went to Grace O'Malleys after the service. It was nice to spend some time with friends -Tracy and John Hill, Michelle and Tim Highland, Daphne and Jerry Leary - they are good people. I am very lucky to have them in my life. God Bless Ivan Fair - thank you for having such a wonderful daughter.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


OK - I am wayyyyyyy behind and there is a lot of stuff that has gone on that I wished blogged about so I am going to do a quick catch up.

3/28/09 I need to go pick up the packet for the Shamrock Shuffle 5K walk that is tomorrow. I ear that we might get snow tomorrow, up to 5 inches - WHAT. It is the end of March. I am so over the cold weather. Bring on Spring.
3/27/09 - Henz dinner at Flatops on Washington. I had never been there before. It was good. It was a build your own stir fry. Had some good food and even better conversation with Michelle, Tracy, Daphne and myself.
3/24/09 - The South Side Irish parade on Western ave. has been shut down. They are saying the committee has chosen to end it because it is getting to big. Boy, I have had a lot of good memories on many parade days.
3/21/09 - Haircut and highlights - the new blonder color and cut gave some life to my hair -so the body wave is at the point I wanted it to be.
3/12/09 thru 3/15/09 - Scrap event at Lake Geneva. Eileen, Laura, Maryann and myself. We stayed at the Best western across from the lake. Did some shopping, eating, drinking and scrapping. another wonderful weekend with the girls.

2/28/09 - Breakfast with Nancy, Eileen and MaryAnn then headed to the Elmhurst Scrapbook and stamping consignment sale. I was selling stuff andpicked up some good bargains
2/21/09 - Got a body wave - am I digressing? I was looking for some nice soft curls. Didn't turn out like I thought but time will tell.
2/15/09 - Brunch with the gaggle and then onto see Elaine Harris' play Amadeus in Oak Park. She is very talented and it was a great show!
2/14/09 - Was gratefully invited to dinner by Jackie and Mitchell at Il Mulino - It was an excellent meal and even better company
2/9/09 thru 2/12/09 - NYMEX - trained the users on Netplus
2/7/09 - Scrapmania at Archivers

1/30/09 - Dinner with Colleen, Lynn and Jack Ryan - Went to LaFiesta and then back to Jack's. Had a very enjoyable evening.
1/22/09 - Happy 1st Birthday Tank
1/17/09 - Haircut and color - got some red, a little different - trying to get used to it. Went to another scrapmania at Archivers - very fun

12/27/08 - Archivers 12 hour scrap- was supposed to be Gurnee, but the weather was bad, so I went to Orland instead. Scrapping makes me happy.
12/20/08 - Ferriter /ODonnell Christmas party at my house - Another nice event
12/14/08 - Archivers with the scrappin Ho's - Eileen, Laura, Nancy and Mary Ann
12/4/08 - Gaggle night out - at POPS - the place for Champagne - it was a sly delayed birthday outing for me. I LOVE champagne. It was a fun night.

11/27/08 - Happy Thanksgiving - I ran the Running for Kicks 4 mile Turkey Trot. It was a little tougher than I thought because of the hills. I walked in a couple places, but overall still did well. It was cool to do that the morning of Thanksgiving
11/25/08 - Happy Birthday to Brian - 23
11/15/08 - Ran in the Wonder Girl 5K - not a good run, had to walk in places. but it was a cool event for young girls.
11/4/08 - Election day - I was an election judge at South East School - What an event because we elected the first African American president, who I also voted for. A very special day to bring the county back to a positive place.
11/2/08 - Ran the Hot Chocolate 5K at Montorse Harbor - 33:18 - my best time - got to have some chocolate after - very yummy !!!!

10/30/08 - Went to SXU to listen to Mary Matalin and James Carville speak. That was another good hour spent listening to two good speakers
10/26/08 - Ran the Trick or Treat Trot at Montrose Harbor - 35:35 - my time got better. it was pretty chilly out that day.
10/20/08 - Happy Birthday to me - 43
10/18/08 - Ran the Pumpkins in the Park 5K by Lincoln Park Zoo - 38:22 - not the best time, but again I did it !!
10/16/08 - Went and saw Kathy Griffin at the Chicago Theatre with Tracy Hill. That was my first comedy show. It was really funny.
10/9/08 thru 10/12/09 - Croppin Cottage - Always a great weekend scrapping with the girls !!
10/4/08 - RAN MY FIRST 5K - ran the whole thing, non stop. WHOO -HOOOO. Then went for drinks at Kathy Bant's condo and then went to dinner. Kathy, Nancy, Jon, Janet, Jackie, Mitchell, Elaine, Julie, Chip, Meg and Maura.
10/3/08 - Tank's vet appointment at Hilltop
10/2/08 - Went and saw Alanais Morrisette at the Chicago Theatre - great concert

9/27/08 - Susan G Komen 5K walk in Grant Park - with Colleen and Lynn - had lunch at Kitty O Shea's - very humbling day as Lauren was not with us. I also went to pick up a new addition to the family. I brought Ozzie with to me "Drake" - things went well and we brought him home with us. I changed his name to Tank, because that fits him. He still is driving Ozzie buts, because he just wants to play. He is a Great Dane / American Bull Dog mix - they think - he is a rescue dog. He is 8 months old - born 1/22/09. He actually has a very sweet personality. I am glad he is coming home with me. On the way home he shewed thru his leash and ended up in the front seat with me half way home. I picked him up from Indiana so this was a little difficult to drive with him trying to get onto my lap, since he is by no means a lap dog.
9/26/08 - Henz dinner at Cafe Iberico - Daph, Nizzi and myself - Always the best time
9/25/08 - Went to listen to to Elie Weisel speak at SXU - very intriguing hour
9/22/08 - ran 36 minutes non stop - WOW - ON the treadmill in NY
9/21/08 - Had to say goodbye to Boo - very sad - Headed off to NY for work
9/20/08 - Had the family over to visit with Boo - great time - wish he was home for good
9/17/08 - Boo came home for a visit from Sand Diego - YEAH