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You + Me

February 11, 2013

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in ~ Morrie Schwartz


It’s Week #7 and time for one of LIFE’S simple pleasuresValentines.

There is so much more into figuring out these blog post than I originally thought, because I like to go off on tangents and some of these simple pleasures aren’t so simple… in that they really are much ‘bigger’ than just one post… or one word definitions.

What I mean… the idea of sending and receiving cute ‘Valentine Cards’…. is very simple!!!  But describe the meaning behind St. Valentine and how the whole ‘holiday’ has evolved…. not so simple!

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For any youngster, how fun is it… the anticipation of going out to purchase your valentine cards…finguring which friend got what card, signing your name to all of them, then  making some sort of mailbox to receive all of your ♥ notes, the Valentine party where the BIG exchange would happen, the candy.. the treats..RED HOT!!!

You can always get a sense of what is popular the year of a particular sweet ♥ holiday… current tv shows or Pixar/Disney movies, games, celebrities, sports figures that are hot, hot, hot… the one above was popular during Finding Nemo’s popularity.

val3And I love ♥ it when someone takes the time and effort to create their own Valentine.  No store-bought loving going on here!  With Pinterest and other blog sites, there are tons of ideas out there … with a little time and effort any family can search for homemade Valentines and create their own special sweet heart cards.

book1Years ago when I was a room mom, one of the projects we made was a tiny booklet like the one above. The kids could glue their Valentine cards into it, color it and decorate it, (some cards come with stickers… perfect to put them in the booklet) and then have a keepsake to look through later.

Not everyone is as sentimental as I am with my creative soul!  I think it’s awesome to find things written by me when I was a grade schooler. Maybe one day, as my kids go through their memory boxes they’ll stop… look through it and say… “cool” before they toss it!  :0)

Q: What do you call a very small valentine?

A: A valentiny!


Monkeying Around

January 16, 2013


The state of Illinois has ties to the iconic sock monkey! Wow… well, I must admit that I only looked at one source, so my information could be wrong…. hmmmm… back in 1890 Mr. Nelson created the sock-knitting machine in Rockford, Illinois.  In 1932 someone decided to make a cute stuffed toy from old socks that had holes in them.  And then the toy was mass-produced.  The red heel of the sock was made into his funky monkey mouth and the toy became a whimsical folk art & kitsch created to comfort to children all over the world.

Kitsch is a German word meaning mass-produced art using cultural designs.  Sock monkeys are popular once again.  Sissy* (our daughter) has the cute pj’s above… footed pajamas with sock monkeys as slippers!


And look at this super cute paper (above), mass produced monkeys in a row! I used the whimsical patterned paper and made a fun 6″ x 9″ mini scrap-book with matching card.  There are tags and pull outs and lots of spots for journaling and pictures!!!!Per usual… my paper crafts are for sale… while supplies last…Mini scrap books start at $20 (add’l postage $)… if interested, contact me and I’d be happy to show you the different pages and pull-outs of this fun book. (  A unique and fun mini book for the sock monkey lover in your life!!!

Did you know that today is National Do Nothing day? (a bit of trivia to wow your friends)

LIFE’S simple pleasure –> week # 3—-> socks  —-> fuzzy socks —-> iconic sock monkeys!!! It’s all good!

Just my ‘type’ with a TWIST

January 10, 2013


What inspires me?  Most of the time it’s what I see!!!

As part of DO52, a group that is working with the House of Shine, participants are challenged each week to invite a new verb into our vocabulary, and use it for inspiration!  And because my nature in personality is a TYPE 4 *…. I can’t seem to do some things just one way… I need to incorporate EVERYTHING in my LIFE, that day!!!

So, not only do you get to come along with me on my LIFE’S simple pleasures journey, you also get a view of what art I create in my LIFE book 2013, and you also get to see how I consciously use the requirements to be, do and share in this DO52 project as well.

My verb this week: type, to write something with a typewriter.

How perfect and simple to incorporate this into a creative greeting and all the artwork is done for me with a great stamp from SU!


But there is a twist:  this week I needed a birthday card…. not a special friend card…. so, using another stamp in the set, I was able to switch out the sentiment…. just like changing the paper in a real typewriter, I was able to create the special card I needed!


And because I’m crafty, I was able to whip up a special fuzzy infinity scarf gift to go along with the card!!! I only know one knitting stitch and I seem to get by.  But don’t tell anyone that I really don’t know what I’m doing!!!!!  This all makes for a birthday gift for a special friend MK♥!

*another post I will talk about my Type 4 nature… I can’t change who I am, but I can work on being the best I can be!

Live with ART, it’s good for you!!!! – Peggy

DIY frame Makeover

December 19, 2012

I see so many before and afters….before

Of course I said I can do this myself. I’d like to say that I up-cycled this.  It was a perfectly nice frame when I found in a ‘special’ aisle at Hobby Lobby, but I thought I could add a little ‘creative twist’….. and make it ever more special!!

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The pink was too bright, and it didn’t really express the grand occasion that was being celebrated.  I added a few coats of Acrylic black paint to the entire frame. I knew that I would be covering it with paper and mod podge, so it didn’t have to be perfect!


After painstakingly waiting for the paint to dry ( I am very impatient!!!)… I found the patterned papers that fit my shabby chic theme in my stash and pieced and mod podged the top part of the frame and the sentiment area.  I let the layers dry so that I had a good coating.


Then using the computer, I created a few personalized sentiments and placed them inside the frame.  On top I added some embellishments of a silky black flower, rosettes made from a re-cycled book, a fun page clip that allow the sentiments to be interchangeable (you could even clip another picture in that spot and make it a 3hree for) and finished with floppy seem ribbon tied up in a beautiful bow.

Some of my Friends are big Flakes

December 14, 2012

snowman 002Do I dare admit that some of my favorite men are SNOW men!?!?!  I love them!  I have a big collection!  I would collect more, I guess… if I were into collecting more things to dust! Ha Ha I have a very select few out this season… and it’s really okay!

Although I love this picture of my furry big boy Cooper (he turned 7 this year)… I could really do without the snow! Actually, this is a picture from one of our late snowfalls of last season, I think it was March 2012.  I built the snowman, just because I could!  No better reason than that!!

decemberphone 011Creative Greeting cards with doodles of snowmen are even MORE fun, if that is even possible!!!!  Look here, two punched out circles, a perfectly placed snowflake accent, carrot for the nose a few sticks for arms… and something simply adorkable turns out!!! Snowman cards are one of my favorite to make!!  Instagram additions or apps make this card artsy!! I like that too!snowman 001I could just squeal with delight! Look at this amazing sock snowman!  I was scrolling through Pinterest and I saw my next project (above) from a cute blog Then She Made. Isn’t he adorable?? And no wet slushy stuff involved.  Just two old socks, some rice for his innards, twine and buttons, all stuff I had in my stash.  Heated up my glue gun and in about 15 minutes I created this dapper man!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… somewhere else!

All Tied Up

December 11, 2012

wreathDo you ever look at something and say “I can make that?”  I do all the time!

I love to learn new things and I also like to look at crafty things and figure them out.  That’s why I love the site Pinterest so much.  I read somewhere (on the internet probably, because you do know that EVERYTHING on the internet is true!) that some are likening Pinterest to men’s Fantasy Football.

All the glorious pictures from food to fashion, from crafts to creative decorating inspirations, life quotes and fun family activities…ideas gallore.  Sometimes, gracious un-suspecting bloggers are linked behind all the pictures and they even tell you the materials and how to create these fantastic ‘must haves’.

20 Gifts you can make from finds at the dollar store                     100 cookie recipes for cookie exchanges                                               5 kopy cat makeup tips you can find at the drug store

One stop shopping, it’s terrific!!! The best thing I’ve seen recently is ‘friends’ of Pinterest who post their failures.  They take the actual picture of let’s say a luscious looking gourmet cupcake, it is beautiful and gorgeous and so tempting… and below it is a picture of the novus’ attempt to re-create the splendor in an EPIC “FAIL”!!! Drooping frosting, mashed cake that fell out of it’s paper wrap…. disaster with such good intentions!!!

We can’t always succeed at everything.  But the worst thing is to never try.  Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest.  Mistakes are proof you’re trying.  All great quotes I found on the site.  It’s like ‘how to’  about anything….right at your finger tips.

Just tying a simple treat up with a bow gives the impression that it truly is a special gift.  There are hundreds of ways to  make bows, with ribbon, fiber, string, raffia, ripped t-shirts, left over magazine pages…. just ask me, I’d love to share some ideas with you.  These too will surely Brighten Someone’s Day!!!

Merry Chris-mouse

December 10, 2012


I look outside my window to the world and I see a wonderful green lawn. It has been a weird year in the weather department, but isn’t every year… weird…. in a way?

We had a very mild winter last year. That made me happy! Not having to drive in the slushing wet stuff, minimal shoveling, less towel drying 8 paws. Not having to bundle up stiff to go walking in -minus degree windchills! However, it was most confusing for those of us who especially like to complain.

Then we had an unusually HOT, HOT, HOT summer for the mid-west… no rain for over 30+ days and temperatures in the high 90’s. Then the season’s changed and it got cooler and the rains came and the lawn got green again…. and now since it’s December, that means it Winter!

My grass is green, it’s deceiving out, tempuratures are in the low 30’s… yet, I know the snow will come, like it always does. Right now it’s disappointing to some who say it doesn’t FEEL like Christmas. Those people never lived down south….. they have Christmas every year, or most every year… and no snow! You get used to it! We did for 5 years when we lived in Tennessee. It’s all in your own spirit and mood and feeling of…

This cute little mouse in a comfy glove will surely ‘brighten someone’s day’ and let them know what is in your heart on the 25th day of December…. snow, or not!

Believe in the Magic

December 7, 2012

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Here is my most recent collage picture from my heART Journal.  You might have to squint your eyes, it’s kind of a funky picture of a Christmas tree with ornaments …. taken with my phone and then special effects added with an Instagram app… I feel like I’m talking a foreign language.  My doodle art stepped  up to the next level.

Well this new blog starts me on a new week of NEW beginnings… I hope to really BE-lieve in the magic.  I quit my job on Monday.  The reasons why are too detailed, but it was just a place that was turning out to be somewhere that I didn’t like to be.

I’ll take a little time off… to play with my heART ♥… because this is a place I really like to be.  You’ll just have to stay tuned now, because who knows what NEW things are up my sleeves.

I truly believe as well, that all these words… BRAVE, sparkle,SH!Ne… are all things I can do… since I want to Brighten Someone’s Day!!!

Lazy Deer

December 6, 2012

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Cardmaking during holidays is so much fun!!! There are so many ways to go during Christmas time, the season of winter, snowmen, snowflakes… the list goes on. This card has a little bit of everything. What is even better are all the fun ideas from blogs, to holiday catalogs, to instagram pics.

Well, it’s December 5th and the cold weather is upon us once again! We had some balmy temperatures hit the beginning of the week… O’hare recorded a high of almost 70 degrees. Not that I believe in Global Warming… I do believe that we have more technology to record the flux of temperatures. There are more factors that impact where populations grow and multiply. The world is evolving and ever changing…I won’t be surprised if we get blizzards of snow falls, or we hardly have any flurries… that is one job I would not want, predictions.

Give me something crafty and I’m all warm about it! Thanks for stopping in! Remember to Brighten Someone’s Day…. creative greetings by prdesigns is one good way to do just that!!!


December 5, 2012


Okay, I admit it, I’m a little emotional… no!

… I am a lot emotional! *more on that to come*

So, when I saw a post on Facebook this morning from a momfriend who lives in an entire different part of the country, and she was talking about her little one year old who looked out the front door and for the first time noticed a Christmas bell decoration, and said “Wow”…. I couldn’t help but tear up from all my own old memories of my little ones… and instantly I thought of a card, this card!  A definite prdesigns original!!

It’s amazing that all it takes to see the ‘sparkle’ is one word seen through the eyes of a child, who only says, “wow”.

This puts… life, Christ, Christmas, being kind, compassion, love, friendship… you name anything good, great and awesome into a great perspective… new eyes… and just say out loud…. wow!

A big fan of WOW!  Peggy