Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I almost wrote TGIF!  It really feels like Friday.  This is Lauren's last day of school until after the holiday so it is her Friday.  I hope to do some girl things tomorrow and the Monday after Thanksgiving to take advantage of the extra days she has off.  We might go paint pottery again or maybe Monster Golf or try something new for a change.  Money is tight so even watching a movie at home while playing games sounds good. 

Anyone traveling for the holidays?  I wish you safe travels if you are.  I miss my family so much but, unfortunately, traveling is not on the agenda for us on Thanksgiving.  Instead, we'll be making the usual feast for only three.  The hubby has turned into a real foodie recently.  He can't get enough of Food Network so he's decided to put a spin on all my old favorites for the holiday.  At first I was a little annoyed, this is my day to shine, right?  But if he shows an interest in it and is willing to help out, then why not?  "Sure, I'll go along with pancetta in my stuffing.  Whatever you want, honey.  Just don't burn the house down."  I told him the turkey was off limits though.  I gotta draw the line some where.

Well, I feel quite guilty.  Here's the deal.  I signed up for this craft exchange quite a while back and I still haven't blogged about it.  I guess other things have gotten in the way but there's really no excuses.  I received two amazing gifts that I can't believe I haven't blogged about before now.  The first one is from Bonnie Fisher from Explorations of Color.  This is a mixed media piece that is simply brilliant.  I've never seen mixed media up close before, I've only seen pictures on the internet.  I know, how lame am I?  This piece is so beautiful!  I don't know how good my picture taking skills are to see the fine details so I'll tell you a little bit of what I see.  The lady pops out a bit, she's actually kinda floating above the piece and her dress has been painted yellow.  And there is very faint type beyond the painted background that I can't quite make out.  The lines at the bottom of the page are actually sewn on!  How cool, she sewed on cardboard.  Oh, I just can't say enough about her artwork.  I've never dabbled in mixed media before but she has me intrigued for sure.  If you have the time please send some blog love her way.  Thanks, Bonnie!

And the other art I recieved were these sweet little apple earrings.  These were made by Lynette from Every Day Jewelry.  They are simply darling apples made of clay!!!  How did she make these?  While looking at her blog I noticed she has an Etsy shop where she sells these.  Check it out!  These would be perfect to make a pair of earrings out of for a teacher's gift.  Thanks, Lynette!

Here is my art exchange gift that I made for Diana Frey.  I wanted to make her a unique little flip book on Pittsburgh.  Sometimes ideas work out better in our head them the real deal!  It ended up looking rather childish but I decided that I would send it anyway but include another gift as well.  So, I added in these earrings I made with some metal etched pieces, freshwater pearls, and Swarovski crystals.  If you follow Diana's blog you'd know that she has great style and a real flair for decorating.  I was very nervous about sending this to her.


Ok, I am off to finish up some metal etching.  Enjoy your Friday Tuesday!  ;)


  1. you too - my kids have half day tomorrow, but it doesn't feel like it counts! great exchanges - so fun...

  2. Tuesday means it's one more day closer to Thanksgiving! Walter is in charge of the turkey basting and sausage stuffing, and I'm in charge of all the rest. Walter loves to cook!

    Both gifts are very special, and I'm sure Diana will love her beautiful new earrings!

  3. lovely pieces you received. those apple earrings are cool. and your gift to Diana is lovely too.
    have a great turkey day with your family. we too will have a feast for four this year.

  4. No traveling for us...everyone showed up at our house. :)
    I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and don't be sad about it only being the 3 of you...that can still be fun and memorable. LET husbands cook. THat should be a bumper sticker.
    Love those little apples, so cute.

  5. I love the mixed media piece! Just beautiful! Feels like Friday here too..except that by Friday, Thanksgiving will be over and I will be participating in an all weekend Art Tour.

    I always cook Thanksgiving for a large crowd...usually about 24...but this year it's a little smaller...and the turkey is the only thing hubby is in charge of! He does a super! deep fried turkey...Happy Thanksgiving!!

  6. Wow! What a great exchange. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Have a great Thanksgiving, Leslie! Love the wonderful gifts you received and I adore the little book you made!!

  8. Those apple core earrings are so CUTE!

    For the first time in four years, I'm not doing a huge craft show. So instead of traveling today and spending five days out of town, we're relaxing at home, spending a day at the in-laws, and overall just hanging out.

  9. Hi Leslie
    Lots of pretty things to see on your blog today. The mixed media piece you received is beautiful. And the flip book you made for Diana is great...you don't give yourself enough credit! What a great idea, especially since she's way out in CA. :-) We arrived in FL today so we're out of town for once over Thanksgiving!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!