Thursday, October 27, 2011



A forgotten orchard surrounds the house.  Trees heavy-laden with red, juicy apples that no one will taste…


The house sits stately…a once-resplendent Queen Anne Victorian, long-neglected, long-uninhabited…or is it?

image {early photograph of Redman House in all it’s former glory…}

Windows and walls, doors and passageways…all witnesses to those that have lived, loved—and died—here…

image  {interior views of front door and a window in the Redman House}

…they are all gone now…but perhaps, just perhaps, some remain…

image  {long-ago occupants of the Redman House}image

What goes on in a house when no one else is around to see?  Who goes through the halls where once he skipped and played? 


Who peers longingly through the high dormer window, wishing for a just a glimpse of the sea, or for one of those juicy, sweet apples…oh-so-close…that she cannot have?


Perhaps it was no one…perhaps, just perhaps, I only imagined it…


The story of the Redman House is a long and interesting one…someday I will tell you more…


…truth is often stranger than fiction, they say…and in this case, it is certainly true…

Sounds are heard…weeping in the night…doors opening and slamming on their own….mysteries unsolved remain… 


A little “haunted” project made this week with this well-known local landmark in mind…

DSC06575_edited-1 {fabulously haunted scene from Crafty Secrets’ “Halloween Greetings” Creative Scraps}

DSC06572_edited-1          DSC06569_edited-1 {duplicate Halloween revelers cut out & popped-up for some dimensional fun!}


…a light-hearted vintage look at a similar house from a similar time…


…where window and walls still remember those that have lived, loved—and died—long before…


…and red, juicy apples still hang from those long-forgotten trees…just longing to be tasted…


{My own photographs of the house and grounds are watermarked; others were found online}

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crafty Secrets DT Gift Bags & Envelope Challenge…and a Giveaway!

***Congratulations to Sweet Bee Cottage for winning the Giveaway!  I’ve sent you an email & will get your package sent out later this week!***


Hello, my friends!

Time again for a Crafty Secrets’ Design Team challenge…this time, we were to use a gift bag or envelope as the basis of our creating…


…I chose an envelope--a nice, chunky, dimensional envelope--and a retro Christmas theme for mine!

I just enlarged the envelope template found on the Crafty Secrets’ “Creating with Vintage Patterns” CD, printed out two coordinating paper patterns also found on the CD…

DSC06544_edited-1 {Love how chunky it is!}

…covered the front & back of the envelope with the paper, folded it up, and voila’! 

Next, I chose some wonderfully retro images from “Christmas” Vintage Cuts and “Merry Christmas” Creative Scraps for the front…

DSC06541_edited-1 {beautiful vintage label printed from the “Creating with Vintage Patterns” CD}

…and back of my envelope…

DSC06533_edited-1 {I just love this adorable vintage snowman label!}

Then came the real fun—embellishing with some vintage goodness found in my stashes…some perfectly perfect vintage buttons in just the right colors, threaded with baker’s twine…


…they look just like peppermint candies, don’t they?!


When closed, I wrapped the whole thing with the green baker’s twine, then added a few miniature jingle bells to the back—just for fun!

Now…what to fill it with???


I stuck in some lovely tags from the Vintage Cuts & Creative Scraps, a couple of candy canes wrapped with the baker’s twine, and a few vintage ornaments (don’t you just love those colors?!)

And that’s about it!

Now…here’s the fun part!  I used so many elements from “Christmas” Creative Cuts & “Merry Christmas” Creative Scraps, that I thought I’d better share one of each for you to play with…



I think I’ll also just have to throw in some vintage Christmas cards from my collection…some of my favorite things!

…so just leave me ONE comment & let me know if you’d like to win—let me know if you’re a follower & I’ll enter you twice!

I’ll do the drawing on Friday the 28th at midnight-ish…and I’ll let you know!


For some great ideas, take a look at this fun video on what you can do with homemade gift bags:

Incredible Gift Bags

Well, that’s it for me today!  Hope you’ll stop by & visit the other girls on the team…I can’t wait to see what inspiration they have for all-year-long gift giving!


Crafty Secrets’ Design Team:

Vicki Chrisman--Team Leader

Pam Hooten

Heidi Blankenship

Linda Duke

Michele Kovack

Julie Campbell—me!

Amy Teets

Debbie Marcinkiewicz

Fauve van Maanen

Gini Cagle

Jan Hennings

Tammy Roberts

Victoria Warren Mears

Viola Mahr


See you soon with something new…