this way

Even though a series of circumstances have disrupted gatherings at our family farm, I always think of it, as preparations are made for the Thanksgiving holiday. Something of that place remains with me still, and quite often, it spills into my creative work.

I’ve returned to this figure for a series of collages—a slight nod to our family’s former farming community.  Thus far, this is one of my favorite pieces. I’ve entitled it, “This Way”.

I can’t help but wonder where the “way” leads . . .


autumn spice

Although current temperatures seem more suitable for summer than fall, the flowering kale and pumpkin-lined porches attest to a change in the seasons.

The ribbon and decorative tape I used in this little project remind me of pumpkin spice and autumn leaves, even though the pieces appeared in the Summer 2017 Edition of Willow & Sage. As mentioned in the article, I’m always looking for simple, creative ways to extend my gratitude to those who brighten my day, and this small project was created to do so.

I thought decorative tea lights like this one could serve as tiny party favors or a sweet “thank you”. To create each piece, I threaded bits of ribbon through a metal rim tag and then used decorative tape to attach it to a scented candle. A few crystals were added for further embellishment.

Easy, inexpensive and adaptable--this little project has now been added to my gift/favor repertoire.


be my guest

As I may have mentioned, I enjoy having guests in my home. And their impending arrival always spurs creative thought.

Some of the guest-related ideas I’ve previously shared here are currently included in the Autumn 2017 issue of Somerset Home. One of my favorite little pieces, a wrapped candle, was featured on the cover. I can’t wait to see what my guests will inspire next.

Image:  Somerset Home Autumn 2017 Copyright © 2017 Stampington & Company, LLC


taking thyme

Recently, as I was harvesting some lemon thyme from my garden, this little idea came to mind. It combines a recipe for Lemon Thyme and Lavender Bath Salts, some black and white photographs I garnered from my garden and a little bling.

This recipe was adapted from Loriann Cargill Bustos’s Lemon Thyme Bath Salt recipe. I think these pieces could be used as sweet autumn gifts or favors, or with a little decorative tweaking, become a holiday gift project to enjoy with young ones. 

-Bowl, wooden spoon
-2 cups sea salt
-1 cup Epson salt
-2 tablespoons baking soda
-2 tablespoons dried lemon thyme
-2 tablespoons of dried lavender buds
-Zest of one large lemon, dried
-5 drops of lemon essential oil
-5 drops of lavender oil
-Clear glassine envelopes, white cardstock
-Black & white garden photographs or images of your choosing
-Tim Holtz idea-ology Chitchat Word Stickers, rhinestones
-Glue dot roller, glue
-Rotary cutter/lip edged ruler/cutting mat or scissors

Remove thyme leaves from their stems. Zest lemon. Place thyme leaves and zest on a parchment lined pan and dry. (To shorten the drying process, put the pan in a warm oven.) Place ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly.  

Cut white cardstock pieces to size of envelopes and insert. Embellish envelopes as desired. Scoop bath salts in front of cardstock inserts and seal envelopes. Gently shake envelopes to distribute salts.