Faerie Dust Dream's - Best of 2011

I have compiled some of my favorite postings from 2011.
Such a Creative year!
Enjoy your journey along The best of 2011 from: Me to You.
(sorry it's so long! so hard to pick my favorites!)


Glitter makes everything better!

When people ask why I have a brace on my wrist, I tell them I have "craft-tin-nitus" which is the creative term for carpal tunnel. (:
It's been a particularly cold winter here in southern California which makes the flare ups last longer, so Christmas gifts by way of baking like I usually do, or creating any cards was out of the picture. Instead of sending out boring cards, I picked up a couple of boxes of generic cards and added a bit of glitter to each one. I really love the look and it makes the cards seem so expensive!

~ Michelle Frae Cummings


Shining Star Christmas Tree Topper

Just something I made to top my sons bedside Christmas tree.
 To see more of this topper and the full tutorial, please visit The Robins Nest blog. :)
Happy Holidays!


This month. The toy. Some Christmas music and catching up.

I apologize for the lack of posts this week. My mind is in a whirlwind daze of past activities and soon to be a new year that I have kind of shut down. Here is a recap of the month so far.


Outdoor Christmas Tree decorations made from Tomato Cages!

 So the other day I was stacking some tomato cages I scored super cheap from an estate sale, when one fell and landed upside down. I instinctively pinched the top together and knew what I wanted to do....
I secured the top prongs together with duct tape and strung Christmas lights from top to bottom to make my own outdoor tree decoration with out having to buy those ridiculously priced one at the stores.
What do you think?  :)


More Music Themed cards

 Here are some more music themed cards from my Monday craft group. These were made by the other ladies and were passed around for show and tell before we drew names from a bag to see who got which cards.
So pretty!


"Thinking of You" card

 I meet up with 4 different card/scrapbooking groups per month. This card was made for my Monday night group. We have a theme each month and are asked to make a (stamped) card to share and trade. The theme was Music. Every layer of this card was hand stamped. I doubled up the butterfly for dimension and colored it in with distress stains and a water color brush. When dry, I added some glitter glue and diamond glaze.
Such a pretty card! :)


The Personality Bears, a Holiday Memory.

A favorite Holiday memory of mine are these adorable place mats called, "The Personality Bears".
My sister and I used to fight over who got which mat for our table setting during the month of December.  
 I love all the cuteness each bear has. Now Dyllan can enjoy them like I did. :)
(There is actually a fourth mat, I just forgot it in storage. )
 Another nice thing about these mats, is if you have adult company , you can just flip the mat over for a more sophisticated setting!
I tried searching  the Internet for more information about these mats but could not find one bit of history. Anyone else have fond memories of these mats?


Mini pendant banners

Here is a cute mini pendant banner I made using glittered papers from The Robins Nest, come by their blog for more photos and to see how I made them. :)


Seaside Soiree 2011 - recap

Last Saturday, I went for the day to Seaside Soiree, hosted by Charity Wings- a non-profit crafting organization that raises money for charitable causes.

I re-joined old friendships from last year and made some new friends as well. I helped out during the morning and early afternoon and even took a class taught by Cheryl Waters!

This was my make and take for the dinner/silent auction Saturday Night.

This is what I taught last year.

Here I am with the Amazing Jen Cushman!

I wanted to make something special for the silent auction, so I hand crafted some Faerie Garden treasure and paired them with fresh thyme, oregano and rosemary to make a underwater Mermaid garden. It was a hit and sold for quite a bit!

I have been invited to come back again next year and am already dreaming up a new Mermaid herb garden and what I'll be teaching. :)


The Prettiest Car!

 Coming back from the neighborhood park, we came across this pretty little thing.  I have never seen eyelashes on a car and squealed in delight! :)
Then I found this site on line that makes and sells them.
 Car Lashes. They are available in solid colors, metal hues and you can even get crystal eye liners! They start at $26.99 and are durable for car washes and freeway driving.  I think I'm going to ask Santa for a set. :)   Too Cute!


Holiday Layout

Here is a close up of a layout I made using product from The Robins Nest!
To see the whole piece, please visit their blog here.


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