Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

{ahhh, the library}

Ahhhh, the library...

This was a dining room previously.
actual Howell and Thomas Architects original 1916 blueprint for this room - thanks to Cleveland Public Library
same room nearly a century later - before being flipped in 2014

after the flip - this is how it was when we bought the home.

and this is how it looks now, as we prepare for our next move:

It's gorgeous.

Crafted mostly by hand, with the idea in mind of

 It's the perfect mix of elegant but comfortable,
 classic but cozy.  But not stuffy or too serious.

Favorite room in the house, hands down.
(Favorite room of any house, hands down.)

 Wood paneling all done from scratch.
 Painted layer by layer by layer.
Wood beams hand hewn.
Stained glass windows pieced by hand to fit the openings.

So much talent, sweat (probably!) and, very possibly, tears went into this room.

It's an awesome room.  Dream come true.

Like stepping into a painting
... or... a book.  :)

Huge thanks and shout outs to these local, gifted artisans:

Carpentry, design, construction by Scherl Construction
Stained glass windows designed and created by Stained Glass Centre
Photos of library copyright 2018 GCCreativeStudio

designed by Mark Lewis - Stained Glass Centre
 and, since I'm not one to let any good photographs go to waste:


Monday, May 07, 2018

belated {happy national scrapbook day part 3}


a few months ago, I slipped on ice and conked my head pretty good.
it's made some things like crafts and computers quite the challenge!

I stepped aside from the CCB design team
and have been frustratingly horrible about returning
messages, emails and phone calls.
(my apologies for any I still haven't returned!)

 but things are looking up!
my doctor and I noticed last week that there is definite progress,
however minor, but I 'll take what I can get!

I did complete this one project:
a little art therapy, a little art journaling,
a little wit and self-deprecation during this intense time of things.
it's even a little athena-helmet-esque, don't you think? :)

and I did some step-by-step for the painting parts
of the fence and wings.

 they're in this youtube video:

supply list to come :)
possible step-by-step tutorial blog post to come, too

Saturday, May 05, 2018

{happy national scrapbook day 2018 part 2}

sharing with you: has an awesome layout process video
from paige evans on youtube
for national scrapbook day!  i love it.
(here's a link:
her layout is totally fun and amazing.
it's in the multi-squares, inchies-type style (my favorite!!)

as part of my own NSD celebration,
here are a couple of layouts in that style.
they're 9 and 10 years old, but still... 
i love them. :) hope you like them, too!

(i'll post in a little bit what's been up with me.
it might make more sense as to why i keep posting
throwback posts and pix)


from Monday, February 23, 2009




from Sunday, April 27, 2008


{happy national scrapbook day 2018!}

to kick this off,
some links to my blog posts from
past National Scrapbook Days

be back in a little while with some updates
and a project I've been working on...

Sunday, May 07, 2017

only 364 days until the next national scrapbook day!


Saturday, May 06, 2017

{mixed media challenge on}

it's here! it's here! {National Scrapbook Day}


Friday, May 01, 2009

happy national scrapbooking day (almost!)!

and, oh boy, was it that long ago:

Sunday, May 04, 2008 - 10 years ago!! - (thinking of you, kimmy)

pre-nsd challenge at scrapitude

see you soon!
happy national scrapbook day!!

#nsd #nationalscrapbookday #scrapbook

Monday, April 09, 2018

{from the CCB blog - rabbit energy equals hope}

a project from january for creativation

featured on the Canvas Corp Brands blog april 2nd 
(please be sure to click while you're there
 to see the youtube video that accompanies the step-by-step!)

scrappily ever after
 "rabbit energy equals hope"

Saturday, March 17, 2018

happy st. patrick's day from mcfoxy

I was overwhelmed with gratitude this week by another card being in the stampers' sampler.
I don't have any new projects to post right now, so hopefully you'll share this moment with me instead :)

Thursday, March 01, 2018

{youtube video of Hooray for 2018 layout and gate tutorial}

7Gypsies, Tattered Angels and Canvas Corp

I've posted a video featuring the detailed photos of my Hooray for 2018 page.
But, best of all, it shows the layers coming together for the gate embellishment.
 It isn't specifically step-by-step, but it hopefully inspires you to get
your hands dirty with your paints and sprays :) 

If you'd like step-by-step instructions or have questions,
please leave a comment or contact me through Google-plus or Facebook.
I love discussing the knitty-gritty of crafts :)

Disclosure: Some of the cost was shared by the company
as a benefit of being a member of the Canvas Corp Brands design team. 

{page 101}

Spring 2018 issue Take Ten
one more Stampin' Up! Valentine card

spring 2018

#TakeTen #Stampington