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What constitutes a collection?  Is it a couple of items or a large lot of the same thing?  I saw a picture in a magazine recently.  It was a person that collected the tomato pin cushions and had a large glass jar filled with them.  I thought it was really lovely.  I have ONE tomato pincushion and will if I see another pick it up, but at this time it is only one.  Does that make it a collection? 

Above are two of my other type of pincushions.  I remember my mother having one when I was little and I played with it for hours.  I pretended they were playing Ring Around the Rosie.  I spent hours with them playing all sorts of games.  Since I have two is that a collection?  The large one with the stem I found in a box of thrifted items I picked up and the smaller one was sent to me by a friend in a RAK box or vice versa.  I cannot remember who it was, but think I remember.  I don’t want to say who it was in case I remembered wrong. 

I think I will start a collection with this type of pincushion.  I will not make a concerted effort, but will pick them up as I go along.  Remember this day as you are with me at the birth of a collection! 

Friends can be a collection, too.  They are picked up as we go along and treasured for their uniqueness.  They are enjoyed, loved and treasured.  They are part of our lives forever though not always physically.  Sometimes we carry them in our hearts, but not because they have passed away.  Maybe it is because they have moved, you have grown apart or they just decided to not be your friend any longer.   

I remember my best friend from grade school, Pam Haupt.  We had lunch together every day and her mother would make her an extra tuna sandwich so she could trade for the extra Peanut Butter Kandy Kake that I always brought for her. My Mom stopped making me a sandwich as she knew I was tossing it to eat Pam’s tuna.  Her mother stopped packing a dessert as she knew Pam did the same. 

I lost track of Pam as we moved away, but often wonder where she is and what became of her.  There is a store I pass on the way to Williamsburg called Haupt’s Grocery.  I stopped in once and asked them if they might know her or if they had family in Maryland.  They said no on both accounts.  I cannot imagine they are not related, but perhaps distantly and she may have a new married last name by now. 

Anywho, if you happen to know a person named Haupt, ask if they know Pam for me.  She grew up in Dundalk and lived behind my Aunt Sis on Melbourne.  We went to Bear Creek Elementary.  I would love to find her just to see what she is doing now and see if she remembers the tuna/kandy kake swap.

Now go and call your friend!

Why yes, I can!  Meridien Ariel hosted an owl swap and I was partnered with Sara in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  DSC01591 Sara has a 4 year old daughter so I wanted to make a little something for her, too. 

I made Sara an appliqued owl tote bag.  the tote is denim and a thrifted one.  I appliqued the owl onto the pocket on the front.  I love the pink and green colors of the fabric that I used.  I outlined it with pink embroidery floss and added some pink buttons for its eyes. 

For her daughter I made an owl stuffie.  I made it using some blue corduroy fabric, some coordinating fabrics and some yarn covered buttons for its eyes. 

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The package was to contain a thrifted item and candy, too.  This is the thrifted item I sent to her.  I found this lovely apron with the cutest border and smocking.  For the candy I sent along a large box of Mike and Ike’s.  A former co-worker got me addicted to Mike and Ike’s.  I love matching up the colors and eating them in pairs. 

Sara mentioned that she cannot get a lot of the neat craft items we can get here so I also added some crafty items.  I added some letters, borders, trims, and some scrapbook papers. 

I am crossing my fingers that it makes it there.  It was still in transit last time I checked.  Sara mentioned that things occasionally “go missing” there.  It has been in transit since the 12th of February! 



I am a member of the Faerie Zine’s flickr group.  I would link it, but it is a private “invitation only” group.  I was so thrilled that they invited me to join them.  They are ARTISTS and serious ones, too.  They are having an Easter Bunny ATC swap so I thought I would join. 

I scanned a pic of Little Bo Peep so I could use her face and then resized it for the ATC size I needed.  I then pulled out my pom-poms for the bodies and went about making the Bo animals.  It amazes me how these ideas happen into my head!

To the left is Bo Peep (get it?).  The background on all of the creations is a fabric ATC with jewels, trims and paper elements attached.  The crowns and ears are glittered with stickles.  Bo Peep’s feet are chicken legs from another children’s book that I resized. 









This is Bo Bunny. Her body and tail are made using pom-poms and a piece of pink pipe cleaner for her front foot. 











Bo Lamb was created using cotton balls for her body with little black pom-poms for her hooves. 

Bo Lamb is not for the Faerie Zine swap, but for Kate’s Birthday ATC swap for a March birthday.  I only needed two for the Faerie Zine swap. 



Very Frankenstein, but very cute, too! 

What have you created lately?



The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.





But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.





DSC01598 The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and its tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.


DSC01599 But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
~Maya Angelou

This paper doll was created for a friend as a thank you for a RAK that she sent to me.  It was created using this template, some scrapbook paper that I inked and rubber stamped with Fiskars Swirly Q’s and Basic Grey’s aviary stamps.

Thanks for the comments on my week off last week.  I really appreciated the thoughts.  I was rebounding from some news I received the weekend before and needed a bit to get my wind back in my sails.  The job interview I had on the 13th of January finally let me know they were picking someone else for the position.  Even though I understood as I am a recruiter and know how the process goes it still stung a bit.  I didn’t get my hopes up, but that didn’t make the disappointment any less.  Oh well, there is the right position out there for me somewhere.  Cross your fingers!


Since I took last week off I have a couple of MAMMA challenges to show you.   The first is the Where Did You Get That Hat?  I found this image with this awful hat that kind of looks like a helmet with a large feather and knew I had to use it.  I then went searching for an appropriate bad hat quote and found it.   

The background is a vintage button card which until I used it didn’t notice it said Occupied Japan.  At least it was missing all, but one of the buttons.  The white button on the card is an original from the card. 




Last week’s theme was India.  I knew I was going to make a fabric ATC and that I was going to feature a Goddess on it.  I started with a background of raw silk to which I sewed some gold/white ric rac and some of that stretch gold cording that ties up boxes in the stores.  I added a bit of fabric to the edge, too.  The picture of the Goddess Durga is affixed with dimensional glue dots to give her some height and dimension. 





I have received the following cards in exchange the last couple of weeks.  From Pattiein_uk for the Zetti swap I received a Zetti angel that she drew by hand. 






From Muddled Mind I received this sweet card for the hat swap. 







And in the mail I received the brooch I ordered from Kup Kup Land’s Etsy shop.  It came all the way from Greece.  I have been a fan of her work for a LONG time and finally bought one of her brooches.  It certainly helped to brighten my week last week! 

Sweet and sooooo cute. 

Here’s hoping our news this week is all good!

The pic is courtesy of Kup Kup.

There are a couple of salty parts, just so you know.

Nothing major or earth shattering, I just need to take a little time out to regroup a bit. 


There are videos scheduled for next Saturday and Sunday already and I will be back with regular content starting on Monday, the 23rd. 

I hope all of you have a great week and that you get to do what you love and love every minute doing what you do! 


See ya, Monday!

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