October 17, 2014

gathering leaves

Happy weekend to you dear friends! Well, it seems Blogger is fighting my every key stroke so I've given up. I managed to upload a single photo for now...


Been creating beautiful satin and lace leaves for the fall...love their simple elegance. I'll try posting more photos when Blogger behaves. Until then...big hugs!

xo,

Abby 










September 27, 2014


Wishing you a beautiful weekend friends!

xo,

Abby


From my daily devotional:

As long as your eyes are fixed on God, He will teach you, help you, and cause you to grow stronger 
in faith. 

Joining:



September 24, 2014

the occasional venture outside the box

What happens when a tiny detour leads one to an inspiration a bit outside the box? Well, I may have the answer for you :)  


You see, I was perusing a wedding blog, that lead me to Pinterest, that lead me to Halloween themed events and weddings, and so on,..and so on. I'm sure you've been there, right? 


Who knew Halloween weddings could be so elegant




I was so inspired by the photos I couldn't help but answer an inspiration to create a a Halloween inspired keepsake box. I think I managed to still keep true to my style with a generous dose of elegance and a dash of quirky too...



find once you are over the age of 40 there's a feeling that one must follow whereever the spirit leads us and just throw caution to the wind. I kinda like that feeling! 

Speaking of throwing caution to the wind, I'm late to work, yikes! 

xo,
Abby

From my daily devotional:

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning 


  




September 18, 2014

a softer side of fall

Hello there friends! Hope you're enjoying your week so far. On this side of the globe fall continues to make its way into our homes and I can't seem to resist being inspired by the season. 

I've been working on creating a set of handmade cards that reflect a softer, more feminine side of fall...and what could be more feminine than a bit of lace, chiffon, and pearls...sigh.


I covered the cards with a layer of lace then topped them off with a pair of the cutest pumpkins, or at least I think so, he, he.

The large pumpkins are made with swirls of beautiful chiffon in a blush champagne...some are tall and slender, others short and chubby...so cute! The smaller pumpkins are created with bits of vintage lace and a pearl charm.


and of course I mustn't forget the curly-cues and leaves! 


just adore that they are a bit quirky yet feminine! I created a few to keep and some will soon be in the shop, I if you're interested 


off to to start the new day,

xo,
Abby


Seek God, and He will smooth the path for you.

from my Daily Devotional 





September 14, 2014

happy sunday!

Happy Sunday to you! We are enjoying another glorious day here. The skies are blue, the sun is bright, and the air is crisp...love it!

So, like many Etsy artists out there, I often wonder about my creations and where their travels lead them. Imagine my delight when I received a message from one of my brides with a photo of her ring bearer holding her custom box! Isn't he handsome. 


She requested a custom box with a green flower to match the colors in her summer wedding. I searched every where for the the perfect one and was so excited when I found it. 

For me, creating is a blessing that fuels my creative spirit...but when it makes someone else happy, well, it's the cherry on top! 


I'm actually working on a few creations as we speak so I'd better get back to it. Will share pics when I can. Thanks so much for stopping by dear ones. 

xo,

Abby




September 9, 2014

autumn's trance

I am ever so slowly (and a bit reluctantly) falling into autumn's irresistible trance. Its beauty is quite alluring, with deliciously cool mornings, early sunsets, and especially visions of freshly fallen leaves quietly transforming from luscious, vibrant shades of green to rich autumnal hues.

It didn't take much more than that to inspire creating another handful of my kraft paper leaf tags. I love the combination of the plain, brown kraft paper and the beautiful, feminine bits of lace and pearls...such a great juxtaposition. 

Simply trimmed tags with a single pearl charm for each and ribbon for hanging... 


can I tell you how much I LOVE the lace in these!! LOVE! 


I so wish I had more of it...but alas, a vintage find is rarely repeated :(


We're winding down the evening now...ahhh school nights:) Be back soon dear friends.

xo,

Abby

P.S. you can find these leaves in my shop



September 4, 2014

hello there!

So, I've been totally MIA, sorry about that :) We have been preparing for the new school year and enjoying the last days of summer...can't believe it's coming to a close...sigh 

Of course the shorter days and cooler nights are an instant reminder of PUMPKINS!! I do love a cute pumpkin and couldn't resist creating a few pumpkin tags again this year, here's a glimpse....

here's the neutral set...


and this set reminds me of pumpkin latte...yum!


Truthfully, these sweet tags require more work than I should admit to but I just adore them! So, are you thinking pumpkins too??


big hugs to you dear friends,

abby






August 20, 2014

a quick hello

Oh what peace we often forfeit, what needless pain we bear; all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer. 

Joseph M. Scriven


Hello there dear friends, a very quick hello this evening. Not much to report...perhaps too exhausted. Hope you are well. 

Will post again soon:)

xo, 

Abby

P.S. I discovered the most beautiful suede remnants and couldn't resist creating a few heart and key charms you see in the photo...love, love, love the color of this suede. It's the softest, palest, shade of sea green with an undertone of a grayish/robin egg blue. Not sure I got that right, but it's so, so pretty. 



July 23, 2014

mid week hello

hello there friends! not much to say today but a quick hello on a busy Wednesday morning :)

a glimpse of stationery pretties I'm working on...





Enjoy your day!

xo,
Abby

July 14, 2014

using the pretty stash

Greetings to you on a lovely Monday! It's mid-July, really! I'm off to work in just a bit but have a few minutes to spare and I wanted to pop by and say hello and wish you a fantastic week. 

I've decided it was time to use a roll of beautiful wall paper I have hoarded for much longer than I should. It looks and feels like luxurious fabric, so pretty! I started with favor cones, then pillow boxes, and petite gift bags...I just can't stop now :)

Here's a peek at the favor cone...I'm in love with this paper


the colors a beautiful hues of soft pinks, and peach, greens, and even a hint of the softest yellow. 


and the best part...the images are of roses! Did I say LOVE...sigh


Must go now, thanks so much for stopping by.

xo,
Abby

P.S. They will be in my shop soon!

July 6, 2014

a mystery question

 Happy beautiful, glorious Sunday dear friends! The 4th of July festivities are now winding down here...always grateful for extra time with family. Though there is always a bit of family drama in the mix, ugh. Damage control is now in full swing :)

And in the middle of it all I've been working on a customer's order that was great fun to create. She discovered my flower petal tags and requested them with table numbers for her wedding. I love it when a customer envisions something I had never considered.


It was a bit tricky to print the numbers just right...but once I figured that out the rest of the project moved along nicely.


She plans to tie them onto starfish...such a great idea! 

So, while on the topic of the flower petal tags. Perhaps you can help solve a mystery. The original listing on Etsy has over 5,000 views coming from Pinterest traffic but I don't know how to find the actual "pin" that has generated so much traffic. Would anyone know how I can find it? 

Alright, I won't take up any more of your time, thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

xo,
abby 





June 24, 2014

is it Tuesday already?

Good morning friends...or afternoon to those on the other side. Is it really Tuesday already! My weekend was a whirlwind of eventful moments with out-of-town guests, my girl's first recital ever, and a family move right in between...phew! 

I received my copy of the Somerset Life issue this past week with the leaves and I'm still pinching myself as I see the pictures and read my article. I'm so proud of it :) In the article I share how I was inspired by the kraft paper challenge and also a bit about my love for the publication. For me, it truly is more than a just a magazine with pretty pictures. In many ways it has helped me through some rough patches in life, offering a bit of sunshine during my winter-blues, escape during trying times, and I'm certain it has helped navigate my creative journey in ways that would not have happened otherwise. I mean seriously, how else would I have considered creating pretty leaves out of kraft paper :) 

My hope is that other mamas (especially the working mamas) juggling life and all of the day-to-day priorities will feel inspired to nourish their creative spirit, whether in craft, music, writing, painting, photography, dance...anything. Just look for the little windows of time, they will be there. Grab hold and follow the call, see where it takes you. 

So meanwhile I have been inspired to create more of the leaves in celebration of the occasion, here are a few pics to share. Most are already spoken for but I'm hoping to make more soon. 







Well, off to work now. Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to visit with :)

Have a fantastic day!

xo,
abby

June 18, 2014

I'm blushing

I LOVE any shade of blush...from pinks to peach and anything in between...love them all! Creating with these lovely shades is often an irresistible inspiration..and combined with soft shades of champagne and ivory and I melt...

Here's a glimpse of a little something I'm finishing up in the studio with those very colors...


I love creating cards with pretty dresses taking center stage and this one is likely my favorite so far...well maybe. They're all special to me :) 


I love that it's feminine but not girly, ethereal yet charming, and soft yet infused with beautiful textures you can't resist touching.


I'm hoping to add it to the shop soon, though I may want to keep it :) 

Have a fantastic Wednesday!

xo,
abby


Before I go... 
I found this quote on Kerrie's blog - Seawashed and it touched me deeply. I have friends of many different faiths and backgrounds and can't imagine my life without them. This quote reminds me that regardless of what religion or church we follow...in the end we all strive for the same thing in life. 

Temples of God are located not only where churches are still standing. Rather, let the great temple arches stretch and raise themselves up wherever the human heart worships, wherever the knee bends, wherever the spirit opens itself, and where man's highest potential is fulfilled by those who worship and love...
The life of God is lived within us, within the deepest center of our being.  Man becomes truly himself precisely at the point where he recognizes that the highest and brightest Being dwells within him.  Moreover, he will rediscover himself and his own identity, as well as his faith in his own individual value, mission, and life options, to the degree that he comprehends human life as streaming forth out of the mystery of God."

~Fr. Alfred Delp (1945 German Jesuit priest condemned to death by the Nazis in Berlin, Germany)






June 12, 2014

be yourself

"Be yourself,  everyone else is already taken".
Oscar Wilde

So I've discovered that I'm not very good at posting as much as I should....i mean well, but it just doesn't seem to happen. Perhaps it's my own insecurities in knowing how many AMAZING blogs are out there and admittedly feeling like I don't measure up. At times, I find it a struggle searching for what I believe may be worthy of you taking the time to visit with me. But after reading the current issue of Artful Blogging cover to cover I've come to realize that whatever I share with you, big or small, is my personal connection with you my blog family. It's about sharing facets of Abby and not worrying about the content being exciting enough. Making certain that my posts are genuine and heartfelt...even if but a few words and a picture is all I've got :) 

So, my goal....to be more present here on this 'ol blog! 


Now,  what's going on with me you ask? 
I've been dealing with a leaky roof, 
poison ivy all over my body, 
and the sun hasn't shined in days, 
Saw the movie A Fault In Our Stars with my girl...lots of tears and laughter,
I'm midway through the movie Blue Jasmine...not sure whether i like it,
I've got a little insomnia going on...too much thinking i suppose,
and, again, the sun hasn't shined in days! 


Hope you're doing well friends,

Send some sunshine my way please :)

xo,

abby


P.S. The trio of linen hearts hanger in the photo were a recent addition to my shop. It sold quickly but I hope to create more. 




June 2, 2014

hello June!

So am I the only one that feels like the month of May did a drive-by! Well, greetings to you dear beautiful, sunny June, hope you bring with you lots of sun-shiny days ahead :)

Been working on some new ideas and having fun with some photography styling too. 


 In some ways, the photo becomes an extension of the artist's voice, or at least I think so:) 


I keep it pretty simple with few props, if any. I love this wooden hand I found to hold my tiny keepsake boxes. I painted it and distressed it a bit and it was perfect. 


Having fun creating with metal keys too....love, love, love an old looking key


Well, the evening is winding down. and I must go now. Thanks for stopping by and reading my random chatter:)

Hope you are all well dear friend. 

xo,
abby

Before I go, a quote from Simple Abundance:

Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.

So true!