Saturday, November 20, 2010

roots...aka my hair saga...

I have to admit that I was pretty devastated by the fact that I would lose my hair during chemo. When I finally decided to get a short hair cut I cried and cried. But I was tired of running my hands through my hair and find clumps of it in my hand...and hair brush for that matter. The day I went to the salon to have my hair cut short I needed a good half hour of hand holding and prayer by a wonderful friend. She talked me down from my crying fit.

Why should hair matter so much anyway? Well, it was my favorite physical feature about myself. I had long wavy hair. Since then my hair has continued to preoccupy me. It grew back curly and when it felt clownish I went to the salon (the same one that gave me my short 'do) however the stylist who had cut my hair then had left. The stylist I agreed to see cut my clownish curls into a very short style. Once again I cried. It took me a year to grow that hair and it was gone again. So I let it grow and grow, refusing to let anyone come near it with scissors. But yet another dialema crept up. Should I get my hair cut before Jess & Geoff's wedding or just continue to let it grow, still somewhat clownish in style?

I was wandering around Ulta, the one in Horshamgate Shopping Center when a stylist named Karen approached me. Had I ever heard of DevaCurl products? Deva Cuts? Well, I was a perfect candidate for both! She did a little demo of the product on my hair and I saw immediately how my curls were shinier and bouncier and looked so much better. I was sold. I bought the Deva One Condition and AnGel right on the spot. I even let her talk me into booking an appointment for a cut. With great trepidation I arrived a little early for my appointment, hoping that she wouldn't ruin my hair. Hoping that if it looked awful I could always resort to wearing my wig for the wedding. Thinking that if all that failed I could shop for a hat for the wedding. Seriously. All that worry was for naught. Karen cut each curl shaping my hair around my head, allowing my curls to fall into their place. She styled my hair, stuck me under the dryer (no blow-out for curly girls like me) put little clips to hold my hair up at the crown and polished it all off with some pomade. No more clown! It looked wonderful. Once again my hair was my favorite physical feature. Since then I've seen Karen numerous times. I think I am her favorite example of the DevaCurl product line. All I need is a little One Condition after washing and I'm good to go. I don't even use the AnGel any more. I also use the pomade and Mister Right on days I don't wash my hair. Enough of my personal hygiene.

At some point after my revelatory experience with Karen I discovered a photo of myself as a young girl. The resemblance was uncanny. Obviously my hair was reborn after chemo and I once again had my baby hair. Now if only I could have my baby skin. That's another story. lol This photo shows how little my facial features have changed since 3 or so--there was no date on the photo and no one to ask for a date stamp--and how my hair has gone back to it's roots.

I used lots of Tim Holtz products and techniques on this layout. The tag is from Tattered Angels that inked and spritzed and inked and spritzed some more until I was happy with the result. I stamped a little bit too, using Distress Inks. The ticket is from Tim Holtz as is the button in the center of the flower. The lacy flower border is from Prima as is the white flower that I inked to match the rest of the layout. The butterflies were punched from a Martha Stewart punch and the flower "stem" a Sizzix die. I really like the grungy feel of this layout which went well with my black & white vintage photo.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

winners from my blog site--Artful Horizons Blog Hop

Here are the winners who left comments and/or became followers here on my blog. I did this the old fashioned way--I wrote each name down on a slip of paper, either as it appeared in the comment section or on the followers section. I folded them all up, emptied the basket with a few pieces of candy left over from Halloween and popped them in there. There were 27 entries in all. The first winner is...(drum roll please)...
Jen said...

What cute ornaments!! Great idea on the recycle, too!

The second winner is...

A Scrap Above

A Scrap Above said...

Love these!
TFS and a chance to win
Bonnie C
ascrapabove at aol dot com

I'll need your snail mail addy's so I can send some blingy goodness your way. I'd prefer if you'd email me at my most used e-dress: I check it daily. If I don't hear from the winners in a week or so, I'll pick new ones.

Friday, November 5, 2010

the garland

I made a garland out of some of the mason jar lids. Let's see about 12 lids down, only uh, 150 or so to This will fit into one of my windows, just have to decide which one.
I used a variety of papers and other materials to fill the lids. Die cuts, vintage Christmas balls, ribbons, etc.
I also used chipboard pieces and sprigs of greenery.
The cheesy glittery letters were perfect. I can't imagine anywhere else I could use them. lol Seriously, they were in a drawer of stuff I have and I think they look fab here.

You'll need patterned and solid paper scraps, vintage Christmas balls, die cuts--I used Sizzix snowflake, holly, ornament and Tim Holtz rosette dies--glittery letters, ribbon, chipboard pieces, brads, any bits of scrap you like. Oh, and mason jar lids. I punched scalloped and plain circles from scrap to use as a base. I flipped some of the lids over and used the back, and nestled some things inside the lids, and left a few without anything, just the bow and ornaments to create some plain links in the garland. I had a lot of fun playing with my scraps and am very pleased with my projects.

Monday, November 1, 2010

jolly jumpstart blog hop

Welcome to the Art-Full Horizons
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Family & friends will remember that my daughter Jess got married this past September. She & her husband rocked an end of summer backyard BBQ theme for their reception. Good food, good beer, good times. She thought it would be a blast to drink out of pint-sized mason jars, and it was. So many guests remarked on how fun they were. For me, I was glad to drink out of a glass vessel rather than plastic or paper. On each of the guest tables a larger mason jar was filled with sunflowers, Russian sage and pinwheels. It was a playful, joyful, happy time for all. So, what does an end of summer wedding have to do with Christmas? Well, we had about 125 guests plus "helpers," and something like 17 guest tables. That adds up to a couple dozen larger mason jars and lots & lots of pint-sized mason jars to re-use. :) And even more relevant, lids & bands to be creative with. Sure, we shared with family and friends but there is still a lot of materials to work with. I thought I would fill some of the smaller jars with cookies, spiced nuts, and candies for Christmas gifts, use some for candles, and use the lids & bands to create these...ornaments. What I love about these is that I used up scraps, no 12x12 paper was harmed in the making of these. lol I pulled out scraps of papers, old stickers, greenery snippets, and jazzed them up a little with Stickles, ribbon, die cuts, etc. Stickles will jazz up anything, right? :) They took very little time to make, you could sit down in front of your favorite Christmas movie with your baskets & bags of scraps, glue (I used Beacon's 3 in 1), some die cuts, stickers, etc and crank out a whole bunch of these. Enough, here are two that I made:
The fronts. I punched a scalloped circle for the peace ornament, and embossed it with platinum embossing powder using a snowflake stamp. I used a sticker that I'd picked up from the $1 bins at Michael's sometime in the past few years. I ruffled ribbon around the edge, adhering to the back of the lid. I punched holes with my Crop-a-dile. The joy ornament was again, a scalloped punched scrap with an ornament sticker that I added Stickles too, across the center. I glued on a sprig of greenery, pulling off the pinecone and berries to arrange them where they could be seen. I stuck on joy, a metal word from my pile of old stuff that needs to be put to use or put out to pasture. I think they look great.
Peace ornament. I kept going on back. I put a larger red cardstock circle, layered on a blue scalloped circle and a snowflake die cut from silvery-gray, shiny cardstock. I put a sparkly white chipboard snowflake on top. The back looks as pretty as the front. I finished off the joy ornament with a simple scalloped circle of patterned cardstock, I didn't think it was photo-worthy.

Imagine making a bunch and using them as gift tags for bags or boxes. String a bunch together to create a garland or banner. I plan on making a garland this week with some of these. You could do 3-D ornaments as well, gluing all sorts of Christmas trinkets inside. You could do a bunch as a countdown to Christmas, magnetizing them and attaching them to the fridge or a decorated cookie sheet. Kids could make these for family. I am going to have the STARs at church make these as a craft one night. They are versatile, let your creativity loose.

So what are the prizes?!?

10 Holiday Card Kit from Hydrangea Hippo

Vintage Christmas Embellishment Assortment from Hydrangea Hippo

A Handmade Journal by Donna Salazar

A Musical Memories from Donna Salazar's paper collection

An assortment of Glittered Chipboard Embellishments and Alphabets from Desert Scrappers Retreats

Just follow the instructions above to find out how to enter for your chance to win!!

More Prizes!!!

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I'll post the winner on November 8th. And don't forget to hop around and check out all the other amazing projects.

Happy Hopping!