Friday, November 30, 2007

More Painting....

I've been doing a lot of painting lately, and not so much stamping.

How cute, flirty, and fun is this vase???

(Please excuse the glare on the photos.... photographing glass has proven to be a challenge for me - that is, to get a photo without glare or reflection)

Peace & Blessings!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas Candy

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007


I am ecstatic! Look at how great these turned out:

I took a class today - more for the ornament than the box, but I LOVE both!

Peace & Blessings!

Crafters Resource

Make sure you have some time to blow before going to that site!

Peace & Blessings!

Monday, November 26, 2007

5,000 Hits To My Blog

Should I celebrate?

Do I have blog candy to commemorate the occasion? Nope, it just sort of snuck up on me! Now I'll have to think up something good for my 10,000th hit.

Peace & Blessings!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Adam and I went to Maine to visit my family for Turkey Day. I don't go home nearly enough. It's amazing how life just seems to happen!

This is the view from my childhood bedroom window. I grew up in southern Maine, right on the border. That land, across the Piscataqua River, yep, that's New Hampshire. I wasn't kidding; I grew up RIGHT on the border! (Remember, you can click on the photo to make it bigger)

I drove "Up Maine" to visit a dear friend, Jen, whom I met in Polarity School. She lives on a Dairy Farm. My grandfather had a farm, and let me tell you, seeing the red barn, then visiting the cows.... well, that smell sure brought me back!

These ladies were about ready for milking:

Before we left the coast, I insisted on going to my FAVORITE beach spot! Adam, of course, had no objections. There's just something about the salt water air, and the sound of the surf that is so comforting to me. I love where I live now, but I definitely miss living on the coast.

I took loads of pictures, here are some samples:

All in all, Thanksgiving was good. Got to see some extended family, beat my dad at 2 games of Ticket To Ride (I have to brag about that, as he's a serious contender when it comes to playing games!), ate really good food (my mom ROCKS in the kitchen department, amongst other areas), my brother and his wife brought their cat.... HILARIOUS!

Peace & Blessings!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Snow Card

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Holiday Card

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gobble, Gobble


Peace & Blessings to you today, and always!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I've been Tagged!

Sheila, over at StatGalGetsCreative, Tagged me......

Two names you go by: Alison & Honey (when I was just a peanut, everyone called me Honey. So much so, in fact, that I thought my name was Honey, not Alison) (I was Ali in school - there's only a small number of people that can get away calling me that now)

Two things you are wearing right now: long sleeve pink Gap shirt, shorts (hey, it's late, I'm about to go to bed!)

Two longest car rides: San Diego, CA to Cannon Beach, Oregon & Cannon Beach, Oregon to Eliot, Maine

Two of your favorite things to do: learning new things & crafting (AKA, making stuff)

Two things you want very badly at the moment: to go to bed & 10 million dollars

Three animals you have or have had: cats, fish, rabbit

Three Things you ate today: Alison's Breakfast Hash & subway & tomato soup & grilled cheese (mmmmmmmmm)

Two people you last talked to: Adam & Michele

Two things you're doing tomorrow: delivering a turkey to my chiropractor & driving to Maine

Two favorite holidays: My Birthday & Christmas

Two favorite beverages: icy icy icy water (I'm talking practically slush) & ginger beer

Masculine Birthday Card

My boss has a birthday Friday. Being that I'm leaving for Maine tomorrow, I had to make sure the card was ready early. (I also baked Wicked Pumpkin Whoopie Pies... soooo good!)

Peace & Blessings!

Monday, November 19, 2007

INTENSE Creative Process!

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Too Cute!

This is the scrap page currently on The Angel Company's homepage. I just had to share - I think it's TOO CUTE!

Peace & Blessings!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Where it ALL began

How did Adam and I get started with our creations? That's a long story:

When Adam and I were dating, I took a basic beading class and walked out with a Victorian Choker. It was pretty. I made it. Cool. (Fall of 1999)

I flew to San Diego to spend Christmas with Adam, and brought along my necklace to show him what I made.

His response: "I can do that." My response to that: "Of course you can."

That was IT! He pulled out the phone book and started looking up beading stores in San Diego. We drove around to 3 or 4 stores, picked up basic supplies, met a really famous beading person (can't remember her name, all I remember is when I went back to the beading store I took my class in, and told the owner, she had a melt down that I didn't get the lady's autograph and photo) and headed back to the apartment.

Adam started beading. Then he started doing chain mail. Then he started making really intricate chains, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and earrings.

At that point, I had stopped beading. Didn't love it. I did bead my wedding necklace, but it wasn't a hobby like what stamping has turned into for me.

All in all, my making a Victorian Choker at a bead shop in Dover, New Hampshire, then showing Adam what I had made, is really where our insane compulsion to create manifested and snowballed.

So, what's my point?

Yesterday, a friend of mine called me about what she could make people for Christmas gifts. My immediate thought was: EARRINGS! So, I told her I'd make a pair, post them to my blog, and e-mail her the directions.

Famous Last Words.

"Adam, would you please show me how you make earrings?"

He did, and I made a pair.


Then I said: "I guess I'm changing my Christmas gift giving list a bit.... I'm making EARRINGS!" (dramatic music in the background...)

So, eight pairs of earrings later..... Here's a handful:

Oh, and check out these beauties Adam made for ME last night:

I sat right there while he made them, but ohhh, how I LOVE THEM! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!

As I was photographing them, I was noticing how the beads have black, green, blue, and a tiny bit purple. So, I did an experiment with different background colors for the photos. It's amazing how color changes the entire look:

Peace & Blessings!

PS - It was during that trip, is when he asked me to marry him! (December 22nd)

Friday, November 16, 2007

For A Laugh...

go HERE:


Peace & Blessings!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

What Inspires You?

I watched the Premier of Project Runway tonight. I LOOOOOOOOOVE that show! I love all the creativity that goes into the fashions! I could care less about the drama, it's watching people in their creative process that fascinates me the most.

It got me to thinking about what people are inspired by and how inspiration manifests outwardly.

I know with my mediums of choice, my inspirations have a very concrete outlet. I'm wondering if I can step out of my own box?

Just something to think about....

Peace & Blessings!

PS - I think there should be a rubber stamping show - I'd want to be the Tim Gunn of THAT show!

PPS - What was I Inspired by today: A kindred spirit at the grocery store. I was walking in, she was walking out, and we both stopped at the same time to deeply inhale the Christmas wreaths on the display out front... we locked eyes, and giggled at the same time!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Adam has built another puzzle...

Adam has designed and built another puzzle. You can see his post on the Twisty Puzzles Forum HERE.

I can't get over just how brilliant he is! And to think, I get to sleep next to him at night.

Peace & Blessings!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Hilarious Mockumentary


After you've watched the video, check out the site HERE.

Peace & Blessings!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I painted this....

I am beyond pleased with how this came out!
I took a class tonight - look at what I painted....

Peace & Blessings!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Birthday Surprise Box

How cute is this?!?!!!!!

Adam made the earrings, and I made the box.

This is the stand I made for the earrings so they are better displayed through the window - ingenious!

Peace & Blessings!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

*Squeals* - I WON!

I just received notification that I WON.....

what did I win?......

Free registration fees for myself and Adam to a weekend getaway conference we both were wanting to attend!

And, here's the kicker.... it's local. But, wait... there's more.....

I'm now entered in the grand prize drawing for free hotel with the conference, so even though it's local, it would be fun to stay at the hotel as well! *crossing fingers.... and visualizing*

YAY! I won stuff off the radio!

Peace & Blessings & Jumping Up And Down Squeals!

Happy Birthday To A Lovely Young Lady

I just love this stamp set! This is 1 of many things I'm doing for a special birthday girl.

Peace & Blessings!

Monday, November 5, 2007


Adam and I find this to be HILARIOUS! Reminds us of our demanding cats in the morning...

Snowflake Wreath

I got this idea, somewhere, to use snowflakes to create a wreath. Very cool.

Peace & Blessings!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

I'm Teal Green

You Are Teal Green

You are a one of a kind, original person. There's no one even close to being like you.
Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.
While you are a bit offbeat, you don't scare people away with your quirks.
Your warm personality nicely counteracts and strange habits you may have.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Etched Bowl

I've seen glass etching projects and wanted to try it out for myself. I picked up this bowl at the $1 store. I think I should have left the etching cream on longer.

Peace & Blessings!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Snowflake Ornament

I'm just having way too much fun with these snazzy containers: magnets, ornaments... what's next?

Peace & Blessings!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Fridge Magnets

This is just too much fun! It's a shaker fridge magnet!

Peace & Blessings!