Hello and welcome to The Capricious Crafter blog! Who or what is the capricious crafter? Well, that would be me, Becky, a sixty something child of God, wife, daughter, aunt, great aunt, friend and lover of crafting, cooking, reading, travel, and more. My husband and I have been married almost thirty years and are looking forward to his retirement at the end of 2014. Our plans are to buy a new camper and hit the road as much as possible. Oh, the possibilities are endless for our future!

I am a child of the 1950's and that is definitely my favorite 'era'. I collect Fire King items from the 1940's and 50's, clear glass or crystal glassware, especially pitchers, cream and sugar sets, etc., as well as old dishware and serving pieces, vintage fabrics and so much more!

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, and definitely from my early childhood. I remember my mother teaching me how to make paper dolls from the Sears catalog and 'shirt cardboard' from the cleaners. And now I still love playing with paper! My primary crafty passion is paper crafting items such as mini albums, cards, tags, etc., however I also enjoy crocheting, some sewing, embroidery, mixed media art and art journaling, felt crafts and so much more.

My purpose for this blog is to share the crafts I make, foods I cook, decorating and caring for my home, new products I try, treasures I find at estate and yard sales, my collections, and anything else I come up with. I hope you will join me on this journey ... it's going to be a very 'capricious' ride!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Beginning again ... and again ... settling into retirement!

Hey there!  I know it has been a LONG time ... almost six months ... but the holidays are now over and my hubby has been retired for four months and we have traveled a LOT in that amount of time!  As soon as he retired we headed to Tennessee where we camped for 22 days at two separate state parks, one near Nashville and one on the Mississippi River in the far NW corner of the state.  Then, about 3 weeks after returning from that trip we spent 18 days in Florida, camping at two different state parks, ending with 11 days at our favorite beachy place, St. Joseph's Peninsula State Park.  Then came the holidays, and we decided on 12/21 to leave on 12/27 for a week in Florida, where we 'thought' it would be warmer!  Well, it was warmer, but not a lot, but we truly enjoyed our week after Christmas to just relax and have some fun.  Our next trip will be in 38 days when we will return to Topsail Hill State Park (where we were last week) for another week around Valentines Day.

But now we are home, and I am settling into a routine after having my husband home all the time, and have once again find myself following my heart and doing lots of paper crafts.  I made a box for a friend of mine for Christmas.  It is just a 4x4x4 inch box that holds a small accordion style mini album, but the fun part is that I made the box from scratch rather than buying a paper mache' box as I would have done in the past.  Here are a few pictures ...

Front of Box

One side of box ... to show you the pleated paper that I used to decorate the box.

Top of Box ... knob is from Hobby Lobby

Picture of the small accordion mini album, resting inside the box.

Close up of mini accordion album ... note the 'belt' that holds the book together.

Sorry it's blurry, but this is the 'belt' that holds the mini album together.

Side One of the mini album.

My friend loved the box ... in fact, she loved it so much that she ordered two from me for her two daughters-in-law!  I'll share pictures of those soon ... just need to upload the pics off of my camera!

Thanks for visiting today!  Blessings, Becky

Products for box:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sharing ... Life Changes ... Transitions ... Priorities!

Hi there!  I know it has been a while since I posted, and I make no apologies for that.  But I do want to explain.  My husband and I are in a huge state of transition these days.  We will celebrate our 29th anniversary in a couple of weeks, but long before he had 'me', my sweet hubby had a job ... and he has been with the same company, in the same job, for almost 42 years!  The job has changed, technologically speaking, and the company has changed hands a few times, but it's basically the same job at the same company for 42 years ... and that's a lot!

But in just a few weeks he will be rolling up his last set of blue prints, shutting down his computer, and retiring.  It's going to be a HUGE adjustment for him, but he is ready, and it is time!  So, we've been busily getting our ducks in a row so we would be prepared and knowledgeable about all the decisions we need to make.

We have also taken a step that is so exciting for us!  We love camping, and have camped for many years, sometimes in tents, and sometimes in campers.  For the last 10 or so years we have camped in our pop-up camper, but with my neck and shoulder issues, it's gotten harder and harder to do the work necessary for putting it up and taking it down.  We sold it a while back, and then took a big step ... we went to our favorite RV dealership and picked out 'the one'!  Well, we already knew which one we wanted, but we went to the dealership and talked to them about getting the one we wanted.

There was a small glitch (salesman made us a promise the company couldn't keep) but the company came through and helped us make our dream of owning a new camper a reality.  And because of the little snafu, they let us order the camper we wanted, with upgrades, at no extra charge.  So, instead of getting the standard hickory cabinets, we got the solid cherry cabinets, and we got to pick from the new line of upholstery.  They put the order in around the first week of June, and we just found out it should be in their lot in a couple of weeks! 

(Explanation:  The company that makes these campers doesn't just make up a ton and hope they sell, they take orders and then when they have enough to fill up a week or two of making that model, they will make that model and ship them out.)

We have an appointment to go visit them and go through the 2 hour orientation and then take the camper home with us very soon, and I am ecstatic!  This camper is almost 25' long, has two drop down beds, one at each end (this is called an expandable trailer) and two slide outs, with a very cool island in the kitchen.  It truly is my dream camper, which is a good thing, because we'll be paying for it for a long time!

And I am transitioning creatively, too.  I haven't made a card or a scrapbook in MONTHS, and now spend most of my time playing with Gelatos, Inktense pencils, my Gelli plate, etc.  I am learning new things and enjoying that very much.  For the first time I truly feel as if I am becoming an artist, a lifelong dream for me!

We are so looking forward to this new phase in our lives, even though we know there will be bumps in the road.  I mean, that's just life, isn't it!   Blessings,


Friday, June 27, 2014

Sharing ... Things I Love

Hello there!  How are you today?  It seems that in this time of transition, preparing for my hubby to retire, life is busier than ever around here.  Luckily, I have my artwork and artsy/crafty friends and that keeps me happy and gives me moments to relax and clear my head and create something pretty.

Anyway, this morning as I was reading a blog ... one that I have been following for years ... I saw a list in the side column where she had listed things she liked ... you know, those little things that make your heart patter.  So I decided to share with you today, some of those things that just make me feel happy.  In no particular order ....

The smell of fresh mown hay after about a day's worth of sunshine drying it out.

Fresh, in season, Florida (Plant City) strawberries.

The sound of the cows in nearby pastures saying goodnight to one another.

The happily wagging tails on my Doxies when their 'Daddy' gets home from work.

Faber Castell 'Gelatos'

Vintage Fire King Dishes

Walking along the edge of the water at the beach.

The smell of the dry earth when kissed by a rain shower.

Vintage cream and sugar sets.

Pretty ribbon.

Freshly sharpened pencils and the smell of the wood shavings.

Bagels and cream cheese.

Vintage buttons.

The sound of birds waking up in the morning.

The feeling of freedom as I paddle across the water in my canoe.

My Mama's biscuits and 'butter' gravy.

How my hubby loves me.

Watercolor paper.

Going to sleep in our camper, listening to the sound of waves beating the shore.

Me and my art bag at a picnic table by a lake or stream and time to create!

The perfect meal ... crusty bread, good butter, a couple of good cheeses, fresh, in season fruit, and a glass of wine.

Southern Gospel Music.

Laughter with good friends.

Time spent with my hubby, riding the back roads and talking and laughing and enjoying just being together.

Clyde, my Chevy truck.

An art store.

Friends who love me, even when I mess up!

My nephew, his sweet wife, and their precious Punkin Bug!

My beautiful northern Georgia.

Tarragon, Basil and Sage ... the best herbs ever!

That said ... fresh, home grown tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, EVOO, salt and pepper.

My deviled eggs.

Hugs from my Mama.

My hubby's laughter.

A bubbly stream, mossy banks, ferns and a place to lay a blanket to enjoy the stream.

The ceiling fan over my bed.

The love of God, forgiveness through Christ, and the assurance of salvation.

So, that's just a few of the long list of things I love, that make me happy, and sigh with joy.  Would you share a few of your favorite things with me???  I would love to know what makes you happy!  Blessings,