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

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