Monday, May 19, 2008

Work in Progess...

So much for posting on Sunday! I actually didn't make it out to my craft room at all. :o( Did my usual Sunday morning stuff and when I got back, Steve asked if I wanted to get any flowers to plant. Usually I do a big planting on Mother's Day, but I'd heard it might be smart to wait a bit due to some cold temps expected. Since weeding isn't high on my list of fun things to do, I didn't even work on that. One of the plants I've been wanting is a lilac bush. A generic lilac that I see in just about every yard except ours. This is the time of year when they are blooming and seeing them takes me back to visits my parents would make to a lilac "farm" where they would go to pick bunches of lilacs to bring home. Where they lived, lilacs didn't do well, but a semi-short drive to this place (that I cannot remember the name of, but can picture in my head) and my mom would be in heaven. Our house would smell like lilacs for a while. I didn't realize how prolific lilacs could be until I lived in CO. It's taken me a while to want a bush...I gradually worked my way up to this idea. I've got a decent butterfly bush (which is a type of lilac) and I plant daisy like flowers with thoughts of her. Now I'm ready for a lilac bush.

So anyway, we did that. Or actually Steve got his veggie plants and we looked for a lilac in a couple of nurseries. Didn't find one. We were going to head out to one more place, but by then Steve had his plants and he was ready to go home. He said why don't I go look for the bush, while he got the girls home and fed lunch (ie...I don't want to go looking go and have fun!) So, I did and I found one at the Home Depot of all places! I found some other flowers, but didn't go overboard since I still had to weed first. Got home from that and started weeding. That took care of the afternoon. Then dinner and a bike ride after finished off my day. My back was sore from bending over, so I parked on the couch and watched the season finale of Desperate Housewives (a show I mostly gave up on last year, but it improved greatly this season).

And there is my rather long-winded explanation as to why I didn't post on Sunday. :o)

However, this is a work in progress I started on Saturday. The thought is to create a purse and a set of cards to go in it. I got the idea here on the Stampin' When I Can blog. Allison links a tutorial on how to make the purse on the post I linked.

As you can see, it's not finished! I did want to share what I've done so far and let you know the paper is Heidi Grace paper that I picked up at Joann's last year. My store (a super store) still carries this paper. I love the colors! And the cardstock is doublesided, which accounts for the design you see on the inside of the purse. I also used CTMH's Twilight and Buttercup cardstock. Sentiments are Papertrey Ink-Mixed Messages. Ribbon is from Michaels.

I think the cards are pretty straight forward with the possible exception of my adding an epoxy sticker to the sentiment circles. I found the stickers at Walmart for less than half the price of any other store!

Okay...what a long winded post...guess I'm trying to make up for the two weeks I was pretty quiet. LOL Thanks for visiting!

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Allison said...

Oh my...I love this. The colors are terrific and that DP is a must have! Good luck!

Clearly Inspired said...

Very nice, Jeanne! I love these purses and haven't taken the time to make one. Great job! Love the cards too!

Kathi Carlson said...

Oh sure, show me more "gotta have" paper! Seriously, the purse is wonderful and the cards are beautiful. I love the colors, and the satin ribbon, that looks like a perfect match, is gorgeous. TFS.

stampmonkey said...

Glad you finally found your lilac bush, Jeanne! ;) With the wacky weather we've been having, I haven't planted anything (geraniums -lol) yet either. Think it's safe now? ;)

I LOVE your cards you've made for the purse!! I'm glad you mentioned it was Buttercup, because I was thinking it was some sort of tan color. Maybe it's the Swiss Dots that did it, but it looks really luxurious, almost like suede. Really pretty color combo (I'm gonna have to remember that one)! Thanks for sharing what you've done so far -- it's gonna be a beautiful gift set when you're done.

No mention of feeling poorly...I'm taking that as a good sign. ;)

Barb W said...

Beautiful colors. And you've done a wonderful job on the card designs, too. I love Buttercup with classy! TFS