Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Another Blue and Green Christmas Card

I was inspired to make two cards for the Papertrey Ink challenge so here is the second one.

This card uses soft stone card stock with white and shimmering white card stock with just an accent of Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse.  The stamps and dies are from Dawn McVey for PTI. This set is called Spruce and Sprigs.  At the bottom of the blogis the inspiration photo for the blog hop.

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Blue & Green Christmas Cards

Good morning friends,

I have two quick posts this morning to join the fun with Papertrey Ink and the November blog hop.

No time to chat today, I have visitors today (my mom and her husband Peter are with us this morning) and I have some pies to make for Thanksgiving.

My first card uses Betsy Veldmans Petite Places Holiday Lane.  What an adorable set of images in this set.

Below is the inspiration image I worked with.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fairy Garden and Mouse Town

Hi friends,

Do you ever give in to a total impulse buy?  I'm usually pretty good when I shop to not buy things on impulse.  I haven't always been that way, but as I got older I found I had bought things in my youth that either never got worn or used or added unnecessary clutter to my house.  So I started making shopping lists and I try to only buy things that are on my list. But every now and again I get caught up in a beautiful display and a hearts longing and I find myself at the check out with items in my cart that were not on my list.

That's where the fairy garden comes in.  But first, let me share a pretty card I made for a women I know who is undergoing cancer treatment.  I started up again with Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) last year.  This  year I am serving as the treasurer.  Ruth trained me this summer and has been my 'go to person' since she has been the class administrator.  She had to step down from her BSF job because of cancer. As we met at the bank to transfer the account from her to the new admin,  I wanted to give her a little encouragement card.  Thankfully, she'll still plan to attend the class, so I can stay in touch.

So back to my impulse buy.  This fall, Bob and I visited the Warner NH Fall Foliage festival and while there, I purchased some really good jelly/jam from a local vendor.  Her products are often made with wine (red, white and sparkling) and they are very unique and delicious.  I wanted to get a few jams to have as gifts - in particular - one bottle of red wine jam for a thank you for hosting Thanksgiving for Bob's aunt.  So I went on-line to see where I could buy these Laurel Hill jams.  I found a garden center ( that she listed on her website (  A few Sundays ago, I stopped in to get my jam. They had several jars of jam and I had fun choosing a few to have on hand.  But then I made the mistake of looking around to see what else they had.  Even though it was November, not peak garden season - too late for gardening - too early for Christmas - they had lots of really nice things.  I went into the greenhouse area and discovered an entire room full of fairy garden supplies.  Now if you were like me, you are probably saying 'what's a fairy garden.'  Good question.   To quote from their website it is ' a fascinating hobby creating green places in small spaces.' 

Below are some samples of some indoor fairy gardens.  Of course I was intrigued.  Hobby, small spaces, green... all of that is right up my alley.   Combine that with whimsical and I was totally on-board. I spent a long time looking over all the samples and products for sale and selected two figurines to get started.

Being the major cheapskate that I am I then headed to Savers (the next day) and bought a mid-sized wood bowl and plate for $4.00.  I had Bob drill holes in the wood bowl and filled it with potting soil from the summer containers.  I found a $1.99 plant at Market Basket and split a few of the small houseplants I had at home and created my very own indoor fairy garden.

Voila!  Small, Green and Whimsical.   I love it and can't wait to continue to fine-tune this garden and make another.

I think the reason this fairy garden hobby is so appealing to me is that it makes me think it's 'Mouse Town for Adults.'  Mouse town was a very fun thing from my childhood.   Let me see if I can describe mouse town for you.   My husband says it's like a girl version of hot wheels, but I insist it's nothing like that.  Yes, mouse town took over the whole house (just like his hot wheel tracks did for him) but mouse town was so much more than that.  Mouse town was an experience that could not be contained - literally.  Mouse town was everywhere.

I heard that mouse town originated with a kitchen sponge that was cut into the shape of a mouse with a mouth, eyes and ears.  My sister started creating things for this mouse and it grew from there.  My memory of mouse town is that it was adorably eclectic.   My memory of the actual mouse was a delicately crafted figure made of  wool that walked on two legs and was male.   A little bit like this picture only with clothes on and more regal looking.

We would collect anything that was small and pretty and we would use these things to create mouse adventures.   Mouse town was like a dollhouse without a roof.  We had sofa's, chairs, tables, boats, skating rinks and ski hills.  Skating rinks were created with a shoe box top and pouring glue (and letting it dry) to make a slick surface. Ski hills were created by putting a white blanket on the stairs and a doll house living room chair attached with string to the chair banister. Ski's were probably crafted of tongue depressors attached using rubber bands.   If we could make it ourselves - we did, but we also loved doll furniture and spent hours in toy stores looking for things to add to mouse town. We had modern furniture (well, it was modern back then, now it would be retro 70's style) and old fashioned furniture (think wing back chairs in blue floral prints.)

We had various critters - but of course - mice were always in the mix.  The funny thing was everything wasn't proportioned correctly.  Often the mice would be too big to fit in the bed or chair, but we didn't care,

And we moved mouse town all over the house, yard and neighborhood.  Through mouse town, my sister and I let our imaginations go wild and our creative, problem solving brains get busy.  We also learned {sigh} about tragedy.  A memorable moment came when we took the mouse town crew down to the little stream at the bottom of the hill for a boating adventure.  I think the boat was made of cardboard and my sister released the mice (in the boat) at the starting place in the stream.    I was stationed a few feet away to help the boat safely dock at it's destination for a mouse town picnic, but sadly the mice never made it. The water was moving quickly and the boat went over the small waterfall and capsized.  Mr. Mouse (our favorite) sank to the bottom and got pulled away in the current further down the stream. My sister and I searched in vain for the fallen mouse, never to be seen again.  {tear.}

I have no photos of mouse town (remember folks this was the 70's - photo's were reserved for special occasions) but I do have fond memories of many a pajama clad day spent with my sister in the basement of our house (or back yard) creating adventures with some doll house furniture, some cardboard, some glue, some stuffed miniature critters and lots of imagination.

Do any of my blog followers remember mouse town?  Please comment (or e-mail me) with your mouse town memories so I can refresh my memory further!  Do any of you have a similar childhood memory of a favorite thing like Mouse Town?  Please do tell.  I love taking a walk down memory lane.  And stay tuned.  As my new 'adult mouse town' hobby kicks in, I may have more fairy gardens to show you.

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