Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Hello all!!  Welcome back to another  WOYWW!!  Don't know what I'm talking about?  Click the link to find out!!

First, my desk.
Nothing special.  Just the beginning of "Clean out your stamp drawers" time.  This is like a half of a drawer, ugh.  I have A TON OF STAMPS!!  I may count them.  Just to see how many I really have.  What about stamp sheets?  Do they count as 1 or would I have to count them individually?  Forget it!!  I just have to clean it up.

I was so happy to have so many visitors!!  Thank you all so much!!  I was sure to answer each one of my comments too!  However, there were several people who either didn't leave the number from Julia's blog, or when I clicked on your name it didn't take me to your blog.  So, if I didn't comment that is why.  I'm very sorry.


Please contact me and give me your address so I can send you your prize
drhayes1770 {at} yahoo {dot{ com.

Maybe I will count my stamps.  I smell another giveaway coming!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


WOOOO HOOOO!!!!  I'm back!!  I have been so busy for far too long!  I've had so many design commitments to accomplish and the holidays and the kids and the husband blah blah blah.  But now, here I am again, ready to snoop at all the desks out there, thanks to Julia and her wonderful party!! If you want to check this out, click her link and join the fun!!


I am giving away some Tim Holtz/Ranger goodies!!
1 stamp set
2 distress inks - tumbled glass and pumice stone
1 distress stain - broken china
Just leave me a comment!  I will ship to USA and Internationally so everyone can get a chance!  My last giveaway winner was from Australia!!

Last, but never least, is my desk.  If you are a neat freak DON'T LOOK!!
see my badge???

I have no words.  I had multiple projects due, so I just kept piling stuff up!!  Thankfully, I can clean this up and take my time with the future projects.  Better time management is my new years resolution and so far, I may be messy, but I am using my time more efficiently!!!!

Thanks for visiting.  I will respond to all of my comments, and a few more too!!

Monday, January 21, 2013


As you know (because I've said it a million times) I have an actual job working for Altered Arts Magazine.  I make art and even get to write articles!!  So Altered Arts used to own a kit club called The Mailbox Muse.  I made the last inspiration book  for Altered Arts, that goes in the kit.  So when Altered Pages bought the kit club, the owner, Jean Moore, asked me to stay on with making samples for the idea book for the kit.  Of course I said yes!  BUT, she also owns a company called Altered Pages and she asked me if I wanted to work with her there too!!  I said yes!!!

In addition to having the Altered Pages store and site, there is also an Altered Pages Blog and they are having an awesome challenge now with great prizes!!

here are the challenge details.

This month we want to see your interpretation of 

Snow Dancing

Here is a little inspiration from the team for you and like always we ask that you vote for your favorite by viewing the DT's Link's which are shown over on the side bar. This is where you cast your vote also. Voting will start in two days time. 

Alter Your Creativity Challenge Rules!

1. Create your project following the challenge theme. 

Your project must be new created within the time frame of this challenge - no back linking allowed!

2. For your project you must use at least one item from Altered Pages, ie, collage sheet, eco art board, tags, papers etc. and don't forget to tell us what it is.

3. Link Up your Entry using the InLinkz Tool at the bottom of each challenge post, remembering to link directly to your blog post or photo of your entry.

4. Most importantly have fun.You have until the 31st of January 2013 to link up your entry!

Here is my piece:
You read the theme is Snow Dancing, and this piece is using a collage sheet from Altered Pages.  OI think this will look great as a card.

The voting starts in 2 days.  I hope you play along and if not, just be sure to visit us and vote for me!! LOL

Have an awesome day!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


I have been reusing my dryer sheets for a very long time.  And lately, I'm noticing a trend in paper that reminds me of  used dryer sheets.  It is fiber paper, or thread paper, or even thin wire paper.  Paper where you see the fibers (or whatever) in the paper.  When I first saw it, I really wanted to get some, but it was super expensive!!!  So, I took my used dryer sheets and started experimenting.

First, I had to color my new "paper", so I used food coloring in water.  It took a few attempts to get the look I wanted, but that just gave me more dryer sheets to play with!!  Then, I ran the dyed sheets under cold water until the water ran clear and hung them up to dry.
My homemade clothes line.  Some thin rope in my closet!!

This tag has bits of dryer sheet on top and on the bottom.

This tag has a blue dryer sheet in the background.

I hope you enjoyed my little "upcycling" article.  You can find it in the latest Altered Arts Magazine!!  How awesome is that???

Thursday, January 10, 2013

So, it WAS my birthday......

Yes, I am wearing a tiara.  I wear it every year!!

It was my birthday ob Monday.  I'm 43 years old.  Not a "big" birthday, like 40 or 50.  Just a regular birthday.  But I felt like one of my kids!  It went on for like a week!  Awesome!!

Yes, my 13 and 16 year old son's still call me mama

First, my mother came to visit, which is nice.  We all went to dinner on Saturday night.  Then, we spent Sunday shopping and had a delicious lunch.  Monday was my actual birthday, so there was gifts and cake.  Wonderful birthday!  But, then my husband decides he is taking me to a very fancy dinner on Wednesday.  Why Wednesday you ask?  I have no idea, but I'm not going to pass up delicious food and wine!!  
my poor hubby.  he always looks funny!

The point, it lasted so long that only now do I have 1 minute to blog!!!  I knew the end of my very long birthday was over because today I had to go to the doctor. ugh.  

Not too shabby for someone who turned 43, right???

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


I know it is the second of January, but if I wasn't late you would think an impostor wrote this!!!

I hope all of you had wonderful holidays, filled with blessings and joy!!!

Our holidays were wonderful.  I love it when my boys are home from school.  But, now they are back in school, the craziness of the holidays is over, and I can resume my "normal" life.  Get back into my regular routine. *snort*  If only my "routine" was regular!!!  Then, I wouldn't post stuff like "I'm so behind" or "I have so much to do" or "I don't know how I will get all of this done!!"

So this year, one of my resolutions is to have better time management.  Lets see how that goes.  At least I am going to make a conscious effort.  I will fall off of this wagon once a week I'm so sure!!  But I will get back on it!!  I need to make a habit of being time conscious.  I am already time conscious of time if I have an appointment to get to.  I also keep my car clock 5 minutes ahead so I'm never late.  But at home?  Not so much.  Too much temptation!!  Phone, TV, computer, couch, bed.  I could list another 40 distractions, but I don't want to give all my secrets up!!!

Did you make a resolution this year?  How long do you think you will keep it for????