Wednesday, November 23


Blogland is a busy, busy place right now.
I can practically hear the shuffle of hands making, creating, sewing & sending.
Everywhere I look, on Pinterest or blogs I see such amazing, inspiring work!
I just want to make everything!!
Unfortunately there are only so many hours in the day & my kids are so demanding.
Expecting to eat & wear clean clothes.
The nerve!

I have one Christmas present all  wrapped up!
I ordered Karla's cuff kit & tutorial last week.

I've never made a cuff & was a little scared about it, but I think it turned out nice!
Here is the back.

Now that I know how to do this I will be making lots for gifts this year.
Now you may need to sit down for this part.
Last month I did an Autumn swap with Tina .
This is what arrived on my doorstep.

Peek inside!

Scads of beautiful white laces & linens.

This is the coolest resin charm!!!

A wonderful nature collage!
Look at these incredible pods!
And seaweed from her shore.

So I'm blown away, right?
I think Wow, this is a great swap.
But then Lily found one more package wrapped in tissue.

One of Tina's altered books!!

Each page more amazing than the last.

Love the feather in the pocket.

Tina is such a talent, I get so many ideas from her blog.


And she shares them so generously!

What an excellent pile of lovelies!

Thank you so much sweet friend!

On the subject of altered books...........

 My latest page for our (Karla, Beth, Sandra) 'Round Robin' book project.

I made these pages for Sandra's book.
A little velvet pocket stuffed with stitching tools.
A vintage tatting bobbin & arm-less reading glasses.

This is the back of the page. I have a beautiful book called
The Portfolio of Needlework that was published in 1855. 
I used a page from that book for my background.

In the window an illustration from a very old reader.
Have I said how much I love this collaboration?!
Every month I look forward to seeing the new pages. 
In a few months I will have a priceless treasure.

This year I am thankful for so many things.
 On my list is the friendship I've found with all of you!
Have a safe happy holiday!

PS Check out my etsy, new things listed!


Di said...

That is such a beautiful book and packet of goodies, I'm a little jealous! But thankful you received it. I am watching the grandsons today and oh my what a day...sneaking off for a quick look at the blogs. Thank you for sharing, Di@cottage-wishes

Karen Valentine said...

I swear I don't know how you find the time to do all you do Lisa!! I don't have any kids at home any more and I just don't feel like there are enough hours in the day!!! The things you have made are lovely and the goodies you received are delicious!! I would love to participate in some swaps but, I don't know that I will ever have time!!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!!!

Debbie said...

Wow, you hit the mother load!!!
Those are some amazing treasures!! With your great talents you'll be creating even more master pieces.
Thank you for sharing all your great creations, hope you take a little rest and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!


sissie said...

OMG Lisa! What beautiful gifts or should I say, treasures!!
I'm always amazed at how you artist can create such pretty things using paper, lace and snippets. So pretty.

I hope that you and your adorable children and Mr. have a blessed Thanksgiving.


Petite Michelle Louise said...

what beautiful gifts from a beautiful friend indeed! wishing you and your sweet family a blessed Thanksgiving Lisa!

Kate said...

These pages are gorgeous and so is that cuff!!

Createology said...

I am swooning over all this lacey gorgeousness. The altered book is delicious and your lace swap page is stunning. Happy Thanksgiving...

Rebecca said...

Hey Girlie,
What a wonderful package!!! Now how do you get into all these swaps??? You and Dorthe seem to be in the thick of things. I am interested in the book page swap... do you need to be invited into one of these?
Your work is just awesome.
Wishing you a most blessed day tomorrow. I will be cooking... and I will have a house full! Love it

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Lisa, Your cuff and the page for the round robin both turned out fantastic! What a wonderful swap you had with Tina. I love everything she had sent you.
Happy Thanksgiving, sweetie!
Big hugs and turkeys to you,

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh much wonderful stuff all in one post!!! Your cuff turned out gorgeous (of course), I just love it ~ and oh my goodness, what an amazing gift from Tina, so many beautiful goodies that I just know you love! I can't think of anyone more deserving of these treasures too :) She certainly knows what you love girl! And your round robin pages are so beautiful...what amazing books these all will be ~ with these precious, talented women contributing!!!! They truly will be treasures. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving sweet friend ~ I am so thankful for you!! hugs and love, Dawn

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Lisa,
omg, such eye candy.Your cuff turned out beautifully and the pages for the round robin are to die for as is Tina's package.WOW.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Adeline Country Cottage said...

Hello Lisa,

wow some amazing inspiring work has been going on here...your cuff looks beautiful and thoses pages from your altered drooling have a lovely blog.


Theresa said...

Happy Thanksgiving! What a beautiful package to find on your doorstep! The round robin book is incredible, I have so enjoyed seeing the pages that you have shared! t.xoxoxo

Beth Leintz said...

Oh I love your cuff- it's so "Lisa". And the swap from Tina- oh my gosh what beautiful trims and then one of her books on top of that- what a treasure.

I love the last picture in your post- I want to figure out a way to incorporate that into swap pages.

Dorthe said...

Hi my dear Lisa,
this is a wonderful eye-candy post, what beautiful cuff and page you have created- I love the cuff you made from Karla`s class-and the page for Sandra, is gorgeous, with the layers of beauty, the lovely image and the beautiful S-charm.
And my goodnes the gifts from Tina , are all so wonderful- such a fantastic swap packet to recieve, -you certainly deserves all the beauty.
Have a happy thanksgiving- with the "naughty" kids LOL-
I`m thankful for our friendship Lisa.

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Lisa
Oh my goodness what a beautiful post!
Your cuff is so sweet - I can see you making lots of them!
Tina's swap is truly gorgeous especially her little book with just so many very beautiful vintage laces and the collage too is just so sweet. How lucky are YOU???
But I suspect you are more than a worthy recipient!
Love your page you made for Sandra - I can see how much fun you had in creating this one! That old needlebook is amazing.
Happy Thanksgiving to you my friend,
Love and hugs,

Laurie said...

I love getting caught up on your blog, Lisa! So many beautiful things to see, and all kinds of creative fun with friends! I wish I could have been with you guys in Canton. I can't wait to go there -- it will be in 2012 for sure! I hope you are having a fab Thanksgiving today. I sure did!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by my corner of the world. I haven't been over here in a while and definitely could get lost in all the gorgeous creativity that shows up here on your blog. Your work is always so beautifully detailed and Tina's gifts are absolutely gorgeous! The fabric pages you and the girls are making will make a wonderful treasure indeed. Wishing you and yours a happy holiday weekend. Tammy

June said...

I laugh about the clean clothes and food for the triplets Lisa, cause I wonder how you even imagine to get done what you do!!! I had my six one at a time, so you are able to have a little breathing room, but TRIPLETS???
I love your beautiful cuff ~sigh~ I started one once and this may me the push I need to finish it. I love wearing hand-made things.

I am so in awe of the altered book Tina created. It is stunning, as is everything you received in the swap.
I have been using a lot of my vintage laces lately, and was wondering if it is ever hard for you to part with it all? I have been making some simple sachets to sell at a shop in Boise, and I find myself reluctantly using the vintage stuff :-)

To answer your question about peonies...I don't usually add anything to the water. I haven't really tried it, maybe it would add to their life in the vase. I bet you are enjoying them and their beautiful scent.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
sending hugs from here...

Charlene said...

WOW!!!!!!!!! Tina sent so many treasures one more beautiful than the next. I LOVE everything. And the book for you swap is turning out amazing. I LOVE the pages you shared. Can't wait to see it all completed. Let;s try to talk next week about the Christmas get together. I have jury duty Monday. YUCK!
HUGS! Charlene

Callie said...

Beautiful things! I am so not with it... I never have heard of cuff bracelets before, but it sure is pretty. The book is a treasure!

vicki said...

Hi sweet Lisa - the gifts from your friend are absolutely amazing! I can see why you were thrilled to open that package! It is almost like Christmas already!!

Love your little fashioned cuff - it is so adorable. Love that little pin that you included - sets it all off so perfectly!

I too am feeling the strain of way too much to do in way too little time. I have accepted that I am just not going to get it all done!

I know this will be a big Christmas for your precious babes - lots of activity around your Christmas tree this year - so enjoy - these moments pass all too quickly!

Happy Holidays Lisa-

Amy said...

The super lacey altered book you received is beyond words. Each page was absolutely full of vintage charm. Thanks for sharing. Amy

sweetpea said...

oh you talented girl you! wow what a fantastic haul of goodies. love the altered art book with the coin purse cover. and....huge congrats on the style section feature! i hope you will do a post about it and show your re~do. we wanna see!!!

hugs to you my sweet friend,


Suz said...

That cuff is fabulous. And your swap...wowzers! What a bunch of beautiful gifts! It is just mind-blowing. Your re is going well. Such a talented, diverse group!

jan b. said...

I'm amazed at all the lacey lovliness in this single post!!!
I jumped over here from Tina's blog ... just HAD to see what treasures she sent you. And OH MY! what treasures indeed. I'll be back to visit your charming blog soon.

Old Paper Roses said...

What a beautiful swap!!
I just was over at Tina's and saw the beautiful things you send her.
So pretty.
Love the bookpages you made...