Thursday, September 04, 2014

While visiting our daughter and family in Yonkers, we took some time to visit Untermeyer Gardens. It had fallen into disrepair from the original beauty in the 20s and 30s, but recently there has been an effort to restore the grounds. 
It is lovely place to meander through, and for now, it is free. 
Click the link for the history and more photos.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

(a reminder)

…because we live in uncertain times…

D xo

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

(hello, September)

Wondering if anyone is still checking in here.
It's been a busy summer season.
We visited our children and grandchildren in Yonkers and Ft Meade, and connected with family in Connecticut.
We enjoyed the Mystic Art Festival while in CT.
The hubs had wrist fusion surgery last week. He is doing well. 
I have kept up with my weekly Documented Life Project pages and exchanged various happy mails with gals I met through that group on Facebook. 
The latest wip is creating inchies and twinchies. They are little squares of art that are easy to work with when I have moments to spare. I will share them in future happy mail. 


My daughter is back to school, teaching PreK…mornings and afternoons. 
I am thankful that she is off the bottom of the list…as in last hire, first to go when there are budget cuts.
If any of you are teachers, you know what I am saying.
She is looking forward to the year. 
The hubs and I will go in from time to time to be extra "grandparents" for those children who have none locally.
I made some happy birthday badges (same as last year) for her classes. 
Lots of fun. 
Glad to help out. 


This weekend, our oldest granddaughter will be heading to college.
Happy for her…for the experiences she will encounter in this next step in her life.
*Many sighs.*


If you are still stopping in, leave a hello in the comments.
I would love to "see" you.
Happy September days, my dears.
D xo

Monday, August 04, 2014


The Documented Life Project
use a fortune cookie fortune

I did not have any of those saved in my stash, so I looked online for a fortune website. 
I found several.
I chose this one, since I had the background already done ahead…and it had that flower image.

Love is like wildflowers….it is often found in the most unlikely places.

The background is alcohol ink sprayed through a hot glue stencil and stamping ink through a piece of punchinella.
I stitched the stems and leaf shapes with my sewing machine.
The rest is acrylic paints and sharpie details. 
A butterfly sticker and gem embellishments were the final additions to the page.

20 weeks left! 
The year is just flying by!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014


The Index Card A Day project is complete!
The cards fit onto a ring and are tucked into my bookcase with other similar things. 


Have a good weekend, all!
D xo

Sunday, July 27, 2014

(meeting Daniel)

What a delight to finally meet our youngest grandson this weekend!
He is a keeper. 

Monday, July 07, 2014

(more plastic bag printing)

Found the tutorial for these on the blog of Alisa Burke.
Thanks, Alisa!!!
The papers will be cut and used in journal work and happy mail.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

(happy mail folder)

I love to receive happy mail.
It usually arrives in a decorated envelope.
I have to keep them - too pretty to not keep them -  so I made a folder for that purpose.
The folder was made from two file folders for the outside cover and four folders for both inner sides - two each side - for pages. 
The last two photos show the envelopes I have so far. 
I don't anticipate a flood of happy mails, so this should do just fine.
Fun to make.


Happy Weekend!
D xo


The DLP prompt for the week:
add a scripture verse or a quote from a favorite book

I made a bunch of acrylic painted hearts last week and decided to use a few for this page.
This tips up for some journaling space underneath.


Enjoy this day, friends.
D xo

Monday, June 16, 2014


The challenge for this week at the Documented Life Project:

It is a perfect prompt, considering that today is the hubs and my 42nd wedding anniversary.
The hearts were cut from mop up paper, painted deli paper and watercolored hymn book pages.
A fun page.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

(garden blooms)

I am enjoying this season once again.

Monday, June 02, 2014


The DLP challenge for the week?
List your gratitudes every day.
 The tip up page is attached to the back of the main page and the numbered areas lift up for space to write them each day.
I liked this one.
There is always something to be thankful for! 


Here is a video link to the first 22 weeks of my Documented Life Project Journal.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

(one week later?)

Some weeks just fly by.
This one was one of those.
I was happy to see my rhodies bloom again.
Love those. 

Two days were spent around a routine hospital procedure.
Do NOT love those.
So…I diverted my attention from that by making happy mail envelopes for future use.

I am going to participate in Index Card A Day for 61 days beginning June 1st.
This one is a warm up exercise.
Add color to a grid.
My cards are 3x5.
I am not planning to post them all.
Maybe occasionally.
Not everyone's cuppa.


Hope you are enjoying a nice weekend.
It is a beauty of a day here in the northlands.
D xo

Saturday, May 24, 2014

(beautiful morning)

Morning dew adds some sparkle.