Thursday, February 2, 2017

We've Moved!


Please visit me at my new blog:

You can find tips, tricks and crafting tutorials there.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Junk Bonanza with a Friendly Surprise

We had planned on going to the San Diego Junk Bonanza for several weeks. We tend to be a bit spontaneous so what we "plan" and what we actually end up doing can be two different stories. Luckily this story had a happy ending and not only did I find more treasures but I was also pleasantly surprised to see a friendly face.
Jo Packham was signing copies of her magazine at the show. I worked with Jo designing the packaging for her first line of Sizzix craft dies. More recently, I shared a Sizzix demonstration booth next to hers at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show. So it was a wonderful surprise to see her listed as the special guest signing autographs at the show.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

My Childhood Memories were Featured

I received an email telling me that had featured one of my previous posts. Of course this made me curious so I just had to check this out.
The post they featured was about how I had found items at an estate sale that brought back memories of my childhood. My father had a similar airplane wing lamp in brown. The Bakelite adding machine makes the most amazing clicking, cranking, snapping sounds that reminds me of Sunday mornings when my father would do his bookkeeping.

If you get a chance, check out MegaEstateSales and read their 101 Reasons to Love Estate Sales. The reasons are all so interesting.

Personally, I don't need all 101 reasons to love estate sales. I would go to them just for the fun of it.

Have fun!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Just Can't Stop Junkin'

I've been putting a lot of creative effort on my other other blog, but I came to the realization that I just can't stop junkin' and thrifting. There is still the thrill of the hunt and the feeling of joy when you find that perfect something from your Thrift Wish List.

Last week, Dear Handyman and I went to Matilda's Mouse near San Diego. There was so much inspiration everywhere but I was especially thrilled to find two vintage bowling pins that have been on my Thrift Wish List for a long time. They came home with me and share a place of honor with my world globe collection.

This weekend we had such lovely weather so we decided to take a drive up to Ventura to explore their many thrift stores. I found a couple of items to use for future projects and lots of inspiration. The best part was the beautiful drive along the California coast and I had never seen the San Buenaventura Mission before.
The images of the Pacific Ocean were taken near Malibu. If you look carefully in the bottom photo, on the left along the horizon line, you can see the faint outline of the Channel Islands off of the California coast.

I am hoping to continue to share my thifting adventures on this blog. If you want to share in some DIY/crafting adventures then please come Follow me at

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Moving to a New Site

If you've been following my blog recently, I mentioned that I am now a product designer for Sizzix, the paper crafting company. It is really the perfect job for me because I'm a designer AND a paper crafter which makes me my own target audience.

We are now getting very close to the big Craft and Hobby Association trade show in Anaheim, California next month so I've been extremely busy doing both the catalog and packaging for Tim Holtz plus my own product designs. Our social media person mentioned that it would be good if I had a blog. Oh, wait! I have one!!! But I wanted one that was more about my crafting, where I could offer sneak peeks at my new designs and share different ideas on how to use my designs.
So off I went and built a new website dedicated to {mostly} crafting but I am, and always will be, a thrifter so you may find upcycled thrifted pieces in some projects.

Since my product hasn't officially launched yet, I cannot share the designs on my new site at this time. So I have been reposting some projects from this original site but adding more instructions or updating the project itself when possible.

I have also been busy creating new projects that I can share so please click over to my new website; and Follow me there. Soon you will see lots of new projects plus you can join me in my new adventure as a Sizzix Product Designer.

Thanks and I hope to hear from you at!
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