Thursday, March 19, 2015

a magical place called ~* At- Choo *~

For anyone who has lost a pet, you surely know the sadness that follows. I recently lost my beloved pet hedgehog of 7 years and was so fortunate to come across Elaine Seamans and her wonderful website called  At-Choo.  


Elaine is a blessing to God's creatures. She has taken her beautiful artistic talent and turned it into a business in which her proceeds go to help shelter dogs who are awaiting a new home. She is even in the process of starting her own non-profit foundation to do just that - 
  

 Elaine's creations are magical. They bring a sense of closure and peace to the owners who are grieving. You can find the most beautiful and unique rings, necklaces, bubble blowers, potion jars, coins with inspirational messages, and so much more. I had her make a custom pink wee house for Hedgie and the details were amazing.  You can tell that a lot of love goes into each and every piece Elaine creates. 


The world needs more people like Elaine. If you have lost a beloved pet, this website is for you. You will  
take comfort in finding that special keepsake to remember your fur baby. And even more special, you can help make a difference to animals in need with your purchase. 


I'll end with this Bible verse that has brought me some peace:
Psalms 36:6

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.

  
*All photographs except the hedgie house & announcement courtesy of Elaine Seamans.

XoXo

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Missing you... :(


What started out as a pet for my son ended up being so much more.
Who would have guessed a hedgehog would bring so much joy?
 Thank you for almost 7 years of love that you gave all of us. 
God I miss you! 
 Rest in peace with the angels, sweet Hedgie.
 xOxO





Thursday, January 22, 2015

~* LoVe 2 PaRtY *~ Lisa Kettell Designs


 Materials List:

pink wood frame (Hobby Lobby)
various flowers including paper and ribbon roses
vintage cluster earrings and bracelet
pink lace trims
Prima Say It in Crystals angel wings
pearl adhesive border
rhinestone appliqué from A Gilded Life
three heart shaped vintage doilies
scrapbooking paper
Lisa Kettell Designs candy party girls 
Lisa Kettell Designs Charlotte party cupcake toppers


Something fun for upcoming Valentine's Day!!!
XoXo

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

~* a PEEK inside my PINK studio *~


For inspiration in art and in life, 
surround yourself with things and people you love!~
life is too short to settle for less!

xOxO


Saturday, January 10, 2015

~* LeAkY sHeD sTuDiO *~ Love Squared Wedding Scrapbook


With an upcoming wedding to look forward to, I found my creative soul once again and put together a scrapbook for a very special person in our lives ~ JJ's cousin, Maria, who is tying the knot later this month to a wonderful man! Leaky Shed Studio has awesome chipboard albums available on Scrapbook.com.  This one is called Love Squared. (I also bought Wedding Cake!) Super cute!!!


I hand painted the cover in a matte silver, added mica flakes and topped it off with a beautiful silver beaded bow I purchased from A Gilded Life.  The inner pages are accented with beauties from Zva Creative, Prima Say it in Pearls and Shabby Chic Treasures Collection featuring Invild Bolme, Tim Holtz, Paper House Productions and various vintage laces and trims.


Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2015. 
Hope it's filled with LoVe!
Be Creative!!!
XoXo

Thursday, November 6, 2014

~* PiDdLeStIxS VoLuMe 7 *~


Lisa Kettell's Piddlestixs Volume 7 is available! I am honored and excited to have some of my artwork featured among other talented artisans in this beautiful Fall 2014 issue!

*Piddlestixs is a magazine for crafters, DIYers, artists and vintage-istas. It taps into the imagination and brings out the creativity in everyone with vintage and trend setting ideas.

To see a preview of this latest issue, visit Lulu
Lisa also has her new website up! If you are looking for inspiration or maybe some magical treasures to craft with, visit Lisa at www.lisakettelldesigns.com.

xOxO


Saturday, August 9, 2014

~ Let's Turn Type One into Type None ~

 

Our lives forever changed this past January when our daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Even though I had two uncles with T1D, (and graduated from Nursing school),  I had no idea the challenges that people suffering with this disease faced on a daily basis. It's an invisible war. 
And there is no cure.

Ava undergoes fingersticks all hours of the day as well as during the night. She needs insulin 4-6 times a day to survive. She wears a sensor in her arm for continuous monitoring as not to fall dangerously low, especially in the night. Any parent with a child of T1D knows that nighttime is the scariest time. We get used to not sleeping through the night. Moms of T1D refer to each other as Zombie Moms! And we are!

On November 15, 2014, my family and I are taking part in JDRF's Walk One, a walk for a cure in hopes of turning Type One into Type None.  JDRF is the one organization with the plan, influence, and ability to not just deliver hope, but a series of life-changing therapies that will make the burden of T1D less and less. Until it no longer exists.

There are many reasons to be hopeful. Artificial pancreas technology, islet transplants, insulin patches, and the list goes on with ways to make our child's, and the lives of thousands of others, better. 

 By supporting Team Ava and donating even the smallest amount to JDRF, you are giving hope to thousands of people. And you are giving our children a chance to lead a more normal life. 

My husband and I are matching all donations, up to $1000 total. We are so grateful for even the smallest of donations to help fund this awesome organization. 

To learn more about One Walk and to donate to Team Ava, please click on either image or click here.  

Thank you for your time in reading our story. 
God Bless
xOxO


Saturday, June 28, 2014

~* A FROZEN Affair *~ Part 2, The Scrapbook!


 ~* A Frozen Affair *~
A chunky, sparkling scrapbook filled with memories of Ava's winter wonderland birthday celebration!

 

Thank you for stopping by!
xOxO

Materials List: 
Bazzill Basics paper snowflakes, Snowflake confetti, Tim Holtz dangling charms, Paris Hilton Creativity Collection bling stickers, Prima Pearls and Vintage Trinkets, Heidi Swapp journaling spots, Disney Frozen sticker sheets, Pink Paislee - House of Three ruffled trims, Prima Say it in Crystals rhinestones, Zva Creative adhesive pearls Petaloo Fancy Trims light blue and aqua, Webster's Pages Sparklers, Want 2 Scrap adhesive pearls and rhinestone snowflakes "Christmas Bling," Little B snowflake gems, Kaiser Craft Wooden Flourishes, Jenni Bowlin Self Adhesive Rhinestone Buttons and mini chipboard banners, K and Co. Life's Little Occasions Snowflake stickers, various laces and trims, rhinestones, chipboard hearts and album covers, vintage jewelry pieces, mica flakes, silver paint, Stickles aqua, Letter stickers - American Crafts and Studio Calico, patterned papers - S.E.I., Karen Foster, Hambly, Making Memories, Pink Paislee, Echo Paper Co. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

~* A FROZEN Affair *~

Ava turned 11 last week, and we decided to go "BIG" with a Frozen party for her and her friends. It seems like everyone is into the Frozen party craze and we were no exception. This was probably the most fun I ever had preparing for a party! 
I brought my party outside by spray painting dead tree branches silver and hanging mica glittered snowflakes on them. 


Inside, I had a huge silver painted tree branch in my entryway decorated with beautiful crystal snowflake ornaments, tinsel and blue rock candy "icicles."  A mini aqua Christmas tree and sparkly garland wrapped garden cone gave it company! I bunched up pillow batting and threw it all over my house for a "snow" effect!


I took a giant styrofoam ball, covered it with texture paste and sprinkled it with mica flakes for a giant snowball! Grab your Christmas snowflake decorations, pearl garlands, white candles and go crazy! 



Balloons are always fun! For this party I used white, silver and aqua and had them floating over a gold crown! I threw tons of icicle lights along my banister for lots of sparkle!



I found different kinds of candy in every shade of blue I could for a wintery candy buffet. Snowmen cookies added some cuteness to the dessert table! 



No Frozen party is complete without sparkly snowflake wands. I found mine on etsy here


Glittery snowflake cookies and snowflake confetti displayed in pretty bottles, "captured snow," added more sparkle to my table! 


Instead of a going with a 'Disney' cake, I opted for a blue ombre rose cake and it was a big hit!  


  "Do you want to build a snowman?"  We did! I had various snowman crafts for set up the kids. I took more painted branches and hung them in my lighting. My friend threaded pom poms for a snowball garland and we hung them on the lights. I topped off everything with sparkly tinsel for an icy effect!


Of course if you know me well, you'll expect that I am now working on a scrapbook for Ava that captured the memories of her winter wonderland birthday party.


 If you get a chance to throw this kind of party, whether for a birthday or Christmas cocktail party, do it! SNOW much fun!  


Happy 11th birthday to my sweet Ava! Hope this magical party brings you happy memories always!!!
xOxO