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Simple Beauty and Comfort

A Soft Place To Fall

A Soft Place To Fall

Hello hello friends!  Today I want to tell you about A Soft Place To Fall.  The sumptuous and textured beauty of a pillow in the picture above.  I’ve owned this particular pillow for about 12 years–long enough to completely take it for granted and rarely even notice it anymore.  This pillow resides on my bed as a decorative pillow perched atop all the other pillows–the real pillows–the utility pillows.  But this pillow has a history that makes it special to me.  

Several times during a year I frequent holiday fairs, art fairs, and craft fairs.  I am an equal opportunity fair attendee and it doesn’t matter to me if it’s large or small, inexpensive or quite pricey–all fairs deserve my attention!  So about 12 years ago I attended a quite large fair at a large venue.  I would estimate 200+ vendors.  Most had big, professional booths and displays.  I was feeling like I was seeing the same and very similar items from aisle to aisle among the many sellers–homemade soaps, lotions, and candles; handcrafted woodwork knick-knack shelves; dried flower arrangements.  If you frequent fairs you probably know of what I speak.

As my eyes were beginning to glaze over and I was preparing to leave the fair, I happened across a very small booth tucked in between two very large ones.  This booth had two tables pushed together with a tablecloth.  A small handmade sign was propped on the table and two mature ladies were seated off to one side.  Their wares consisted of maybe two dozen decorative pillows of standard sizes and shapes and of simple solid fabrics.  As I was about to pass by the booth one of the ladies made eye contact with me and said hello.  Somehow I felt like it would be impolite to just breeze on by without a word.  I began looking at the pillows and feeling the fabric of a few–squeezing a few.  I really did not need or want a pillow.  Soon these sweet ladies began to offer information about the various pillows–“oh that one has down filling” “this one is the first one I put fringe on”  “I just love that color–that’s why I made it”.  They were so warm and genuine and enthusiastic about their pillows!  I asked where they were from and they named a very small town in Iowa that I did not recognize.  What I did recognize in these women were their smiles, their friendly spirits, and their creativity.  I picked out my green pillow and paid for it.  They were positively thrilled and giggling.  I was their first sale of the weekend.

These two ladies have stuck in my memory for all these years even though I don’t remember their names or the name of their small town.  Their art–that soft soft pillow–has decorated my bed and comforted me for all these years.  Bless you sweet ladies.

Art Out With Your HeART Out


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A Post From The Tundra

Snow dancing!

Snow dancing!

I am only half joking as I write the title of this post.  The high temperatures in the last week have been in the low teens to single digits.  I am not a winter person.  No sun = little ambition.  Cold + no sun = no want to do nada.  I’m not a math person either.  Just FYI.  In spite of all these calculations I have been making stuff.  I’ve been making lots and lots of cards.

A pretty and girly card

A grungy card for mom using hand carved (by me) stamps, ball chain, altered ribbon, resin coating, and engraved foil tape.

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Lots of mists, modeling paste, glass bead gel, Twinkling H2Os

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Embossing, inks, and stamping

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Back to the pretty pink and flowers, fussy cutting and ribbon

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A tri-fold card with super patina and distresssed metal (started out shiny brass)–love this card!!!

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Modeling paste, Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists, Inkagold pastes, and Silks

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3D stencil paint, embellished Blue Fern Studios chipboard

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All alcohol ink mixed with different mediums, except for the heart and wings which is colored with Inkagold

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Small sign for a holiday fair booth

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Custom birthday card made for client–antique doily piece, distressed chipboard keys and birdcage, stamping

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Holiday cards packaged for sale

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Custom birthday card for client–distressed barbedwire chipboard, modelling paste heart, bound like a book

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holiday card using stencil cream, fussy cutting, flower and berry pick, ball chain and blingy dangle

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Leftover snowflake die cut, piece of burlap string, stamping, distressing

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glass bead gel on flower, misc leaf and berry pick, glitter smear, Heidi Swapp Color Shine mist


Stencil cream, doily pieces from stash colored with Lindys Stamp Gang mist, bling from stash

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Non-traditional holiday card–distressing, twine, ribbons, stenciling, feathered flower colored with mists, Stickles touches

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Ferro, Silks, mists,

Swirly Nov RR

Well, that last one is a layout of a most delightful salad I made one day!

I’ve also been working on some mixed media projects

5×7 flat canvas–used my photo

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Wall hanging for a sweet little girl–Silks, acrylic paint, Gelatos, chipboard, lacy ribbon

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5×7 canvas using all kinds of goodness including MuddPuddles–you can watch a video of the making of this piece on my YouTube channel–Katyoparty

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Alcohol inks, stamping, Silks on recycled packaging–check out my YouTube channel–Katyoparty for more info on this project.


Please feel free to leave me questions, comments, compliments!  Thanks for visiting!



Filed under Mixed Media Mania, Musings

Art Definitions

Merriam-Webster.com defines art as:  A visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination.  That is a pretty all-encompassing definition that suits me perfectly.  I believe Art is where YOU see it.

I see Art in scrapbooking:

Doorway in Turkey 2010

Doorway in Turkey 2010

I see Art in cooking and pretty food:

A day's harvest from my garden

A day’s harvest from my garden

A simple lunch at the office

A simple lunch at the office

I see Art in architecture:


Messina, Sicily 2010

Messina, Sicily 2010

I see Art in sculpture

Athens, Greece 2010

Athens, Greece 2010

I especially see Art in nature and I am inspired by it every day.

Birds of Paradise, Naples, Italy

Birds of Paradise, Naples, Italy

A bitty bloom

A bitty bloom


A profusion of pretty

A profusion of pretty

No matter where you are there is beauty to be found all around us.  I wish you a beautiful day.

Art Out With Your HeART Out








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The Second Act–Tags Brought to Life

As promised, here are the tags from my previous post brought to life as part of a couple of Mothers Day cards.

Tag Card 1 (469x600)I added the first tag to the front of this hand-made card with a few embellishments and a bit of lace.

The second tag also became the front of a hand-made card with a few embellishments and some bits of lace and trim.

Tag card 2

I really enjoy giving second life to items that are normally thrown away without a second thought—in this case the hang tags from purchased clothing.  I encourage you to think about even small ways you can make use of an item and give it a second life.  TFL!

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