The gods of crafting ...

have smiled down on me.  A blogger award!!  Blogging is a way to nuture my creativity while at the same time honoring and affirming your creativity.  My goal for my creativity and for yours is that we'll see all the bits and pieces of what we "put together" in our spare moments here and there to permeate all areas of our life.  To live in a perpetual state of creativity, even at the kitchen sink -- ah now that would be utopia, huh???  So that's where I am in my journey here at Life-and-Mixed-Media, bringing what I love to do into my home to honor and affirm my family, and hopefully yours. 

Thank you Susie for honoring me!  Take a look at her blog and you will see incredible growth in her crafting, but what I admire even more is her discipline.  Working full-time, taking amazing care of her immeidate family, she makes a priority of bringing the very best of the best of her crafting to each of us routinely.  But make no mistake about it -- her hubby and girls are first and foremost ALWAYS and that's what I love about my friend.  Check out Susie's blog here 

Now without further adieu, let me tell you about this award:
Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved","Favourite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!
Choosing 5 bloggers was painstaking.  Seems like all of my faves either have a couple thousand followers or like Missie have just over 200.  I'm pretty sure I ended up using the more-or-less rule.

Donna B at
The Crafty Corgi - I found Donna while flipping through a SOMERSET magazine (yes, you read that correctly), but then I about lost my mind when I saw we live in the same town.  I imagine her time for blogging is limited because she is routinely published and sits on several design teams.  CHECK HER OUT....

Rhonda at
heart2handshighlights - I've "known" Rhonda for several years on the circut message board and have we've participated in numerous swaps together.  She's incredibly kind and talented, and .... she WELDS, and I've always wanted to learn to weld.  Talk about a crafter ...
Ohhhsnap at Ohhh Snap - An absolutely favorite because she does so many really NEAT projects.  Please look at her sidebar for all the different labels to get an idea of everything she's had her talented hand involved in.
Paper Craft Scissors at Paper Craft Scissors is absolutely amazing.  She uses her Cricut in the most creative ways and cleary thinks outside the box.  
And last but definitely not least - Cindy  at Scrap-Obsessed has been a long time favorite blogger of mine.  Her projects are always amazing & I love love love her detailed instructions. Cindy is my go-to-gal for all things inspirational with my Cricut.

Thanks to you all for your inspiration and kindness.

It's Fall Y'all

My mother-in-law is a lady to be admired. She is forever finding the best-of-the-best entertainment in our area. This past Monday we traveled to Newberry, SC to see Nunsense!, a hilarious musical starring Cindy Williams.  For more info about Nunsense! go here. The entire cast was simply phenomenal and apparently a good judge of talent themselves-- my MIL was chosen from the audience to go on stage to be a contestant in The Price of Righteousness, where she won 1st runner-up. The entire day was such a gift. Traveling to Newberry itself is a real treat. This little town is heaven for vintage/antique types alike. The simple beauty of this little town is stand-alone inspiration.
Speaking of inspiration...we found an amazing little store called Out on a Whim Located on Main Street in downtown Newberry, this store is the epitome of everyday beauty. Below is one of my purchases from Out on a Whim. There were several of these pumpkins, hand painted by the mother/daughter owners, and I wish I could've brought 'em all home with me. Below is the one I did choose.  You can check out the OOAW Facebook page Here. 
Thanks for stopping by and ....happy craftin'!!

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SMASHbook Fun

Ten days later, I'm still riding high on all the inspiration that came from spending an entire weekend crafting in Atlanta. The craft table is still covered in the most amazing calling cards and other unique goodies created using everything from a Cricut Expression, mod-podge, and everything in-between. I've had plenty of time to put these things away, but so far I'm perfectly content with the "mess" and the smile it brings.
The other night I couldn't resist taking a handful from the "goody" table and utilizing whatever I randomly picked up to create whatever randomly evolved. And what better opportunity to pull out my Smash Book (thank you, K and Company for this gem).  Because my photography is ...well, let's just say my 5yo could shoot better pics. The point is, these pictures don't come close to depicting the detail that you would see up-close-and-personal.

The yummy Ice Cream Calling Card  was made by Circle member Tracy-ScrappinMom. I love the colorful detail especially the cherry on top. Tracy's calling card is mounted on black card stock & then I had a blast embellishing the card stock using white craft ink and a stamp from the crazy-popular CTMH set "It's Your Day," white embossing powder, and a glitter pen. The other side is a pocket with my chandelier calling card inside.
The "beachy" calling card was created by Circle mb member O-Snap. The tag attached to the die-cut shovel says "diggin' the circle." I have no idea who made the cute glittery circle but it seemed to go just perfect in the middle of this page. The background papers, ribbon, banner, the journaling card etc. were from my stash. The sand on the calling card was perfect, but I couldn't pass up using my waterfall blue stickles. Oh and lest I forget, the black brad-looking circles at the top of the party letters are made using my black pearl pen.  LOVE those pearl pens....
You can see more of O-Snap's talent at here.
As always, thank you for your time and ... happy craftin'!!

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Circle Mania 2012

Circle Mania 2012 in Atlanta last weekend so far exceeded my expectations that I'm still enjoying the energy.  Meeting, face-to-face, women I have been friends with online for several years was nothing short of a huge blessing.  We had THREE FULL DAYS of nothing BUT crafting (okay that's not completely true.  We had plenty of good shopping & good food)  ....everything from card making, to altered objects, to jewlery making.  The sounds of humming cricut expressions and yes, even the singing of a few Cameos only fueled our creative ideas.  And the generosity of these women is incredible.  Pictures of some of our goodies coming up in my next post.
For me, the acid test in determining whether or not an event like this feeds the creative soul or takes away too much energy is how I feel once I return home and go about my everyday life, fitting in what I love every second I can.  And I have to say I came home from Atlanta completely renewed, not the least bit overly tired but relaxed and rejuvenated.  I can feel good about saying that even though I came home to children with strep and a house that looked like chaos had taken over.....
Because I am not a traiditional scrapbooker, I was so grateful when Cassandra (mb name Ctimz3) gave each and every one of us a layout kit to put together.  All I did was put the kit together, using the picture of the completed layout as a guide for my own.  I love the peachy keen pumpkin stamp and couldn't resist using an Action Wobble (so generously donated by the Scrapbooking Queen).  These Action Wobbles are precious and you can find out more details about them
I also couldn't resist using a few of the calling cards on this layout.  These were created (from left to right using their mb name) by Susan From SC, ScrappyMama, and JenniferHolloway3.
Now all I need is a group photo. 


 Happy Craftin' ....