yep... you guessed it .. SUMMER! Is winter over yet? I know I have a while to go, so I better not start counting the days until summer yet. poo But ... doing a "summery" layout did help. ( now if I could just wear my flip flops, all would be good :)
Maybe I should just do "summery" layouts for the rest of winter huh? lol
This layout was done with papers from the new "Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD" from Crafty Secrets and also with their "Artsy Banners" Stamp set.
I love this stamp set soo much!
I used the banners at the top of the layout and the book print stamp to create this background. I also used one of the borders along the bottom of the patterned paper ( under the flowers).
You can check out everything over on The Heartwarming Vintage Blog but I wanted to post this so you would know about the sale. You can get all the info HERE
I also wanted to tell you about this, so you could check out the gorgeous samples the girls over at "The Shabby Tea Room" Wow.. they have made some amazing projects!
I keep forgetting to share these with you.. and since it's NOT flip flop weather here... these are a good thing. lol I made a number of these this year for little gifts. I saw them on Pinterest and thought they were so cute. ( oh and you know I love to do blanket stitch:). The are just hear shapes cut from felt ( I found at Hobby Lobby) and they are filled with rice. You put them in the microwave before you head out, then when they are warmed, you can stick them in mittens or into your pocket.. .. if that's were your hands will be.
My family would laugh at this because of my known obsession with my rice sock. ( if you don't know what a rice sock/or bag is , it's just a sock with 2-3 cups of regular rice in it, and tied shut, that you can stick in the microwave to heat to use sort of like a heating pad). Well, I can not live without mine!! I have migraines and it's seriously SO HELPFUL to me. I also heat one up for mom numerous times a day for her hands, knees, lower back.. where ever he arthritis is acting up most. As you can image I have more than ONE in the house... because you never know who will need one. More like 4. They are so easy and so inexpensive to make .. if you haven't tried it before.. give it a whirl. If it helps one person as much as it has me .. it's worth be giving the "rice sock spiel" once again. NOTE: if you made these little hand warmers, I found 20 seconds in the microwave was about right. If you are making a rice sock, I just use a new white tube sock, fill it with 3 cups of regular rice, tie it shut with a piece of ribbon, then microwave it 90 seconds. ( this may very with the difference in microwaves). but whatever you do... DON'T leave it in the microwave too long. Check it often the first time.. because if you scorch the rice... it's just like burning popcorn.. Stinky!... AND you have to start over. Once you scorch it, you have to dump it. As long as you don't scorch it.. you can use it over and over and over. Trust me.. mine has been microwaved hundreds of times. If you want to wash your sock.. rice is cheap enough.. just untie, dump the rice, wash the sock, and then refill with new rice.
You will be surprised how long they stay warm!
Okay, I'll close now so you can go make one :) Trust me on this... they are great!
Have I told you lately, how much I appreciate you coming by? Well... I DO!
Have a fantastic day my friends! Vic