Saturday, December 21, 2013


Howdy!  Did ya' think I fell off planet Earth?  I have been MIA for a few weeks, and I apologize.  I wish I had an excuse other than ~ life.  But I don't.  For some reason the holidays sent me into a whirl wind of deadlines, and I'm drowning in them.  I don't even have my Christmas tree up.  The lights aren't hung, no wreath on the door, and I haven't even started wrapping presents.  ugh!
Today, I am wrapping a few presents, making a rich, creamy cheesecake, home-made marshmallows, hand-ground cocoa (for hot chocolate), and finishing a Christmas glass ornament.  All before 1p.  Because, we have to load up the truck with all of these goodies, and drive into town for a holiday luncheon @ 2p.  
But, before I get started in the kitchen, I wanted to share a flip-top calendar I made for a super special gal pal - Sue.  I used a collection of products from different companies: Maya Road, Fancy Pants, the Twinery, and Paper Trey Ink.  So, without further ado, here are a few photos:

January, February, March, and April

May, June, July, and August

September, October, November, and December

My little secret to creating a cohesive-looking project made with products from several different companies, is simple: use the products throughout the whole project - repeat!  I know that sounds easy, but just keep repeating the same products.  For example, I used one package of the kraft doilies.  I used a doily as the matt for each month circle.  I used a whole package of these beautiful little blue glass-like flowers - one on each page.  When I used the twine and fabric flower, I used the same color regardless of the month.  I used pattern paper from the same collection, so each page coordinates. I used almost a whole package of these decorative kraft journaling tags.  I used almost a whole page of stickers, that coordinates with the pattern paper collection. I used two coordinating strips of dyed burlap trim.  I used half a package of chipboard accent pieces.  My only random pieces are white clay embellishments that I made, fabric banners (3), decorative stick pins, two resin birds, an arrow clip, a chip board butterfly, a small ruler, and a house bingo piece.
Ok, I need to get in the kitchen.  I am hopeful that I will remember to photograph my cheesecake, marshmallows, hand-ground cocoa, and the glass ornament.  But, as you know, sometimes I don't always remember to do these things.  Keep your fingers crossed.  And stop by tomorrow.  Because if I remember to use the camera, I will post photos tomorrow {smile}.

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