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!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Following My Heart ... Right Back To Sheer Joy!!!

Hi there!  Sorry it's been so long, but I sure hope to be doing this more often from now on!  With hubby at home most of the time now, our travel schedule, an elderly mother who needs me, and my desire to craft ALL.THE.TIME!, blogging just tends to take a back seat.  That said, I do have another, new, endeavor. 

For some time now I have wanted to form a new group in our area for a 'place' for women in our area to gather, chat, share, learn, and craft together!  Building friendships and relationships that will go beyond the group's confines is important to me!  So, one of the local craft stores is allowing us to use their classroom on Fridays ... for free ... and I have been advertising by word of mouth, Facebook and a local online newspaper.  I had great responses, and we had our first gathering yesterday.

It was a phenomenal success!  I had hoped and prayed for two people to join me.  Three and I would have been over the moon happy ... but we had more!  Five ladies joined me yesterday for some fun, fellowship and crafty fun.  It was amazing!  And we now have dates on the store's calendar through April.  The best part of this?  I walked away with five new friends, at least one or two that I can see becoming close friendships.  I feel so blessed that God has blessed this new endeavor!

Anyway, most of my time yesterday was spent talking to people, answering questions about my work, and walking people through the store and showing them where they should start on paper crafting, and I loved it!  But I did get back to my first love ... card making ... for the first time in a long time, and it was wonderful!  I made one card completely and started another, then this morning when I couldn't sleep I finished that one and made another.  It was bliss!  Card making is my first love, and I haven't made a card in months ... maybe over a year, and it felt so good to get back to doing what I love so much!

First up is 'It'll Be Okay' ...

Of course this is a Mabel Lucie Atwell image .... my favorites ... as are all three of the cards today.  I just love this little image, and have wanted to use it in a card for a long time.  Here are the 'ingredients' in the card:
  • Card blank - Recollections from Michaels
  • Background paper - Black Stripes - Recollections from Michaels
  • Ribbon - May Arts
  • White Eyelet - stash, could be from anywhere!
  • Button - stash, could be from anywhere!
  • Stickles - Black Diamond, Platinum, Diamond and Christmas Red
  • Ink Pad for edging - Stampabilities Pigment Ink from Hobby Lobby - Brown
  • Ink Pad for sentiment inside - Stampabilities Pigment Ink from Hobby Lobby . Black
  • Sentiment stamp from 'Trust God' set from Stampin' Up  It says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Close up of ribbon and trim ...

Next up is 'Baby Boy' ...

 Here are the ingredients:
  • Card Blank - Recollections from Michaels
  • Background Paper - Light Blue and White Stripes - Recollections from Michaels
  • Dark Blue Cardstock -Recollections from Michaels (no color name)
  • Red Cardstock - Bazzill 'Card Shoppe' Cardstock
  • Ribbon and Button - stash
  • Stickles:  Waterfall, Diamond, Patina
  • Sticker - SRM Press

Close up on ribbon ...

 And last, is 'Best Friends' ...


 Here are the ingredients:
  • Card Base - Recollections from Michaels
  • Background paper - Bold Yellow Stripe - Recollections from Michaels
  • Dark Green Cardstock - 'Greenbrier' from Bazzill
  • Trim is by Hug Snug Seam Binding
  • Vintage Button from my stash
  • Stickles:  Black Diamond, Patina, Icicles

And that is my first three cards in a long, long time!  If you are looking for the images, simply go to Pinterest and search for "Mabel Lucie Atwell Images" and you will find quite a few of them!  I save them to my computer using Picasa software and that makes it easy to organize and do minor edits to the images.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today ... It really feels good to be making cards again!  Come back soon, Becky