Winter Woe

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:
it is the time for home.
          ~ Edith Sitwell


Babies it's cold outside. Well, not so much at my house, but I hear everyone else is freezing. According to the weather map this morning, Texas and Florida are about the only states not hit by an Arctic front.

Central Texas has two seasons: hot and not hot, which is lovely when it's not a squillion degrees outside. But, gee, I grew up in Southern Indiana where the gentle hills showcased the changing landscape so beautifully. Yes, just thinking about it makes me wax poetic. Almost 30 years later, I still get woefully homesick for winter.

I don't miss defrosting door handles, static cling from winter coats, hat hair, gray slush, or taking the puppies out in the cold. Woof!

I do miss toasting my bum by the fireplace, thick wool sweaters, mittens, flannel pajamas, hot chocolate (spiced with coconut liqueur), and snow.


I made this card for our "Button Up" Recipe Swap challenge this week. After curating projects with buttons on Pinterest, I was inspired by this gorgeous card to use buttons as something other than, well, buttons. I used a cheapo paint brush to give some vintage pearl buttons a light coating of clear liquid adhesive (Stampin' Up!'s Crystal Effects) and dipped them in some Diamond Dust glitter. Then I layered them on the My Favorite Things Wonky Scallop Border to make a little snowbank. 

Sometimes I have strokes of brilliance – or, you know, I just copy genius from Pinterst.   Free Smiley Courtesy of



Here's your recipe with all the ingredients for this card.



This adorable image by Claire Keay is available as a digital stamp at her Jellypark Store and as a clear stamp through My Favorite Things.


You all button up out there and stay warm! Oh, and one sure way to keep warm is to join us at our Catered Crop Recipe Swap – the party's really heating up!

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HoneyPop Five and Dime

Rita was sixteen years . . . hazel eyes and chestnut hair
She made the Woolworth counter shine
Eddie was a sweet romancer, and a darn good dancer
They'd waltz the aisles of the five and dime.
    ~ Lyrics by Nanci Griffith


Cupcake Birdy Honeypop Card

Okay you old geezers out there (including me, of course). Does anyone remember the Ben Franklin Five and Dime stores? There was a Ben Franklin store a few blocks from my Grandma Heaton's house in Bloomfield, Indiana. I bought my very first scrapbook there. (I was 10, and I used it to store clippings of the moon landing.) Bet you didn't know this little trivia. Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton, made his start in retailing as an operator of a Ben Franklin store. In 1973, Michael J. Dupey converted a Ben Franklin store to start the Michaels chain in Texas. (Stick with me – I teach you sumpin.) But, alas, the franchise went belly up by 1997 (probably because of Walton and Dupey).

This darling Cupcake Birdy HoneyPop Set and Honeycomb Paper Pad from Inky Antics HoneyPop Collection reminded me of the Ben Franklin Five and Dime and that era. Do they still make table-top birthday decorations with honeycomb paper?

Cupcake Birdy HoneyPop Collection


Is that just stinkin' cute or what?! It merits a close up.

Honeycomb Cupcake


Those honeycomb pads are like magic! Just crazy fun – like a kid with a quarter in a five and dime!


Catered Crop Follow the Recipe


Have you set sail with us at our Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe Lucky #13 party, yet? You can find all the details and link up with us here: FTR13. It's easy as pie to play. You could be our next inspiration and Guest Chef or you could be the randomly chosen winner of a $25 gift certificate from Inky Antics. Just use any of the ingredients from Jessica's inspiration card. I used Jessica's' red, white and yellow colors, happy birthday theme, square card shape, string and button embellishments, and die cuts and sewing machine tools.

Here are the rest of the ingredients for my Happy Birthday – with a Cherry on Top – card.

  • Paper – October Afternoon Five and Dime, Kraft, Stampin' Up! So Saffron and Very Vanilla, HoneyPop yellow, pink and red honeycomb paper
  • Stamps – Cupcake Birdy HoneyPop Set
  • Color Mediums – Memento ink, Copics
  • Fibers – October Afternoon Miscellany seambinding, string, May Arts
  • Tools – My Favorite Things scallop Die-namics, Cutttlebug embossing folder
  • Embellishments – October Afternoon Butons, ticket and tin pin
  • Sketches/Challenges – MojoMonday Week 192 for the outside, and a very altered Card Patterns Sketch 117 for the inside, Copic Creations two-year anniversary (Congratulations!)


Thanks for indulging me yet another trip down memory lane. Dang, if I keep all this nostalgia up, I really am going to have to go get a purple hat and crown myself Queen Geezer.

Cupcake Birdy Honeypop Collection






Tiddely Poms for 2011

If you want to make a song more hummy, add a few tiddely poms.
      ~ Winnie the Pooh

Every year I choose a word or phrase to be my motto for the coming year. Last year it was "Vigor and Vim in 2010." Well, shoot, 2010 was more vigorous than I had in mind. (We had a crazy-big move and started and relocated to new jobs. Gracious, that was exhausting.) So, this year, I thought I'd choose a slightly less ambitious motto, one of just gentle, simple joys rounded out with a fair measure of silliness. Tiddely Pom – just makes you giggle.

Another Catered Crop tradition is my annual review of some of my favorite projects. If you click on any of the pictures, it will take you to the original post for all the details.

January 2010 – Mo's Boughs for the Wreath. I was just learning how to use Copic Markers, but I love how sentimental Mo Manning's image is and how my paper pine cones came out.

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February 2010 – Grandma's Bliss – Another Mo Manning image that won me a spot as the first guest designer of Mo's Digital Challenge blog. I think I danced about as happily as this Grandma.


March 2010 – For Goodness Sakes – In the Basket. I finally realized a dream of weaving a basket.


April 2010 – Oh Baby, Animal Magnetism. It's a simple card, but ingenious. The flat-back marble magnets attach and detach from the card. Oh, I'm so clever. This card won me an invitation to the DeNami Designs design team, but the timing just wasn't right.


May 2010 – You Are My World.  I made this for my Caitlin right before she moved to Costa Rica, so I'm pretty sentimental about it.


June 2010 – Pillow and the Peepster. June was all about moving from Austin to Waco – a crazy big move for us. But, I did manage to make this tribute to our canoe adventures.


Shew . . . that's enough for now, huh? More Tiddely Poms to come in the sequel, "Another Dose of Tiddely Poms."