Another Dose of Tiddely Poms for 2011

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

Yep, that's my motto for 2011 – tiddley poms to make my song more hummy. I know, kind of goofy, but I think a more goofy year would be delightful. You just can't argue with Pooh Bear.

Thank you all for being part of my silliness this past year. You guys got me through that cross-Central-Texas move and all the craziness that ensued. Here's a virtual hug to all of you who left kind comments and just took time to visit me. You have no idea how much you meant to me when were swimming in boxes and finding our way in a strange (yes, Waco is strange) town.

Today's post is part two, the sequel, to our year in review – some of my favorite projects of 2010. Starting where we left off . . . If you click on any of the pictures, it will take you to the original post for all the details.

August 2010 – Me Don't Swim Too Tough
. We just became pool owners and didn't know how to take care of it. This card was for our neighbors who kept us afloat (sorry, bad pun).


September 2010 – Hay There. I thought I was so clever adding raffia for hay to this adorable Penny Black stamp.


October 2010 – Apparently Creatures Were Stirring. I put a spring under the puppy so this is a very happy, dancing card.


November 2010 – Kindness Feeds the Heart. Okay, I'm starting to see a pattern here. All my favs seem to be either Penny Black or Eat Cake Graphics images. Oh well, who came blame me. I love this stamp.


December 2010 – Parson Brown. This stamp really challenged me. It was fun to go outside my comfort zone and try something different. And, even more fun when I was actually pleased with the results.


I hope you've enjoyed Catered Crop 2010 revisited. It's always an adventure for me to do this because I get to see how my craft has evolved (or not) over the year. I don't really make New Year resolutions, but I do set goals all the time. Sometimes my goals are just to behave! But this year, I definitely hope to make Catered Crop less about me and more about you. I'm looking forward to seeing all your creations in the Catered Crop Recipe Challenge. I have all kinds of craziness planned for 2011. So hang on, we're just getting warm.

Here's hoping your song in 2011 is a very sweet and silly, hummy song.



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."



Winter Wonderland Swinging

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



bloghopDec10As much as I love not having to own a winter coat in Texas, I still miss the Indiana white winters. This month the Paper Garden Project design team is taking us on a winter wonderland tour – you know, just to make me more homesick for a Hoosier Christmas. Whether you're cursing the white stuff while shoveling your walk, or, like me, wishing for a good snowball fight, I hope you enjoy our winterland walk. While you visit along the walk, be sure to take note of each designer's name and their special holiday treat in their blog post. For example, my name is Linda and my special treat is Pumpkin Pie – yum. Once you finish your tour, you can send an e-mail to with the list of designers and their holiday treat for a chance to win any four digital stamp sets of your choice, including the gorgeous new Christmas Foliage set.

Here is the garden tour guide list.

And, of course, here is my winter wonderland project using the precious stamp, Winter Swing, by Penny Black.


I've been a follower of Anna Wight for years. Anna is a fellow Texan, and an illustrator, rancher, seamstress, photographer, and incredible paper craft artist. I love her style. With two different sized paper punches, clear-drying adhesive like Crystal Lacquer, and glass glitter, you can follow her tutorial to make these luscious crystal snowflakes, here.


Anna says she likes to use a makeup wedge sponge (one of my favorite and cheapest tools) to dab matte finish gel medium onto the body of her project and then add some crystal glitter for sparkle. I didn't have a gel medium, so, I experimented with Tim Holtz crackle paint. I painted the entire surface of the paper with Tim's Rock Candy crackle paint and then added sprinkled fine glitter around the edges of the oval. I love how it antiqued the whole project.


As usual, I did a lot of paper piecing. I like to use a W1 Copic Marker to shade my paper pieced elements. You can get some other ideas for shading paper pieced pieces at the current challenge over at Copic Creations, Challenge #39. And, because this is a Penny Black image, you might want to also check out the challenge at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, our favorite things (mine being, of course, glitter).

I found the birch bark wooden star in a gift shop as a close-out item. It was perfect for embellishing. Here's the rest of the recipe and the Copic markers I used. I provided links for the items you can find at Paper Garden Projects – everything at the store is 23% off during the 1-2-3 sale.




Enjoy the rest of the Winter Wonderland Garden Walk by heading over to Andrea. Stay warm and good luck.