Posted by: succulentfae | July 13, 2011


Our air conditioning went out so my big crafty weekend did not go off so well.


More coming soon!

Posted by: succulentfae | July 5, 2011

Utility Woes

I live in an old house.   Old houses often mean drafts in the winter which lead to a loss of heat.  This isn’t winter so I did not even think about the drafts.  That is until I received my latest utility bill.  $330 was enough to leave me in a state of shock.   After recovering from the shock, I started thinking.  What keeps the heat INSIDE in winter can also keep the cool air INSIDE in summer.  I have one door that has a large drafty crack at the bottom.  I planned to make a draft dodger in the fall but decided that this needed to be done now.   A scrap piece of burgundy denim fabric (from Freecycle), 3 jars of dried beans & about 15 minutes and I have something to cover the space & hopefully will keep my house a little cooler.

Posted by: succulentfae | July 4, 2011

Beat the Heat

It has been crazy around here.  I’m trying to get some pictures together for another post.  Watch this space for something new soon.

Posted by: succulentfae | June 24, 2011

The Fable of the Porcupine

Fable of the porcupine

It was the coldest winter ever. – Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.

The moral of the story is: Just learn to live with the Pricks in your life!

Posted by: succulentfae | June 23, 2011

Art as it happens

In the past few days I’ve been busy working on things besides art, or so I thought.   While it is true that I haven’t entered my studio, I have created other things that were more necessary at the time.

I ‘ve scanned tons of photos for my family.  I edited a great picture for Jay’s father. It was planned as a father’s day gift but morphed into something else entirely.

I’ve worked on a special picture for a friend of a friend.  The friend’s mom, Linda, is struggling to let go of life and my friend wanted to give her friend a gift of her favorite picture of her mom.  I was honored to know that I am the one she turned to when she needed it fixed.  I’ve been notified that this will be used at the memorial service.  It makes the work worthwhile.

So, while my art did not begin in the studio, it did begin. I needn’t be hard on myself for not getting to crafty things.

Posted by: succulentfae | June 18, 2011

Crafting a Gift for Andie

I was in need of a birthday gift this week.  I remembered the special day just 12 hours before I needed the gift.  Yay for crazy fibro induced forgetfulness!  I decided that my budget for buying a gift, especially something that fit the gift recipient, was woefully inadequate.  I could have just forgotten about the gift as my friend was not expecting anything, but for me, birthdays are to be celebrated.

I started browsing around on Pineterest and found a quick and easy gift.  I had all of the supplies on hand (more or less but I improvised) and knew I could make this quite easily.

The tutorial for these cute little note holders is over at PinandPaper.  Please see her post for the actual instructions.

My Embellished Clothes Pins

Here are the clips that I made.  Shown along with my friend’s birthday card.  This first set was so simple to make.  I did not have any round magnets so I used some strong adhesive backed strip magnets that I had on hand.  I reinforced the sticky with E-6000.

This set went so well and came out looking very cool.  I’m making a stash of these as small holiday gifts/stocking stuffers.  My boyfriend’s mom really loves to do stockings for everyone.  Last year our contribution was just candy.  I want this year to be something nicer.

One thing I did on the second set was to change up the paper.  Instead of using 2 sheets of coordinating scrapbook paper, I chose to use sticker sheets.  These sheet stickers were from a scrapbook isle at the hobby store a few years back.   The possible types of papers that you can use is endless.  I’d like to see some made with candy wrappers.

I tell you about the ways that I improvise the tutorials when I make my creations  to show that anything can be extrapolated upon.  Be creative, be original, and have fun!

Believe in yourself and your creative abilities!

Posted by: succulentfae | June 15, 2011

And Now…

In my past life I was a wife, a homeowner, and a blogger.  The first two ended in divorce & the third has been on hiatus.  Today I decided that that was going to change!

This blog is going to be filled with photos, crafts and stuff along those lines.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you all.