Sunday, September 5, 2010

Peppermint Shadowbox


Well here I am on the most beautiful fall September day imaginable happy to celebrate my third year of blogging with you.


Three years filled with stories from the heart and creativity from a very busy wellspring. It seems I can't wait for each new day to arrive as I have discovered this blog is who I truly am.


More than just a Creative Breather, it is the sharing  I have discovered that leaves me at the end of the day pleasantly fulfilled with gratitude that perhaps someone will take away from their visit here an idea that will spark their own creativity.


It seems the mother I have always searched to know has been with me all along. A student by her side has become someone who loves to teach.


Please know how delighted I am when asked, "Would you share with me how..." and then to visit the person's blog and see their own expression of an idea I have shared. Please also know that I learn so much from you as well.


Many thanks for a wonderful three years! Elizabeth





58 comments:

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What an awesome giveaway!! I have told you many times before how I would love to try making some of the things that you feature on your blog. This would be my chance. I enjoy scrapbooking and cardmaking, so I think this would be real close.
My suggestion for a fall project that I saw while blog hopping is so cute!!! I can't take credit for it, but I want to do it myself. It was so pretty. You take silk leaves (theirs were oak leaves, but any kind will do) and you paint them front and back with plaster of Paris. Lay them to dry on wax paper and when dry string them with jute and hang as a garland across the mantel or on a wall. Those leaves were so beautiful!!! I can't wait to try it. I use a lot of milk glass and white ironstone, so I think this will be so pretty with that. Thanks for hosting a wonderful giveaway. I have a big Santa mug like that from when I was a little girl! Congratulations on your blogaversary!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Paula Clare said...

Hello E! Happy Blogversary to you! Has it REALLY been three years already? It has been such a joy getting to know you via your sweet blog and projects! I just KNOW I'll squeal with glee the minute I meet you for real!

I would LOVE to try this...I was just looking at these printer boxes from 7 GYpsies...thinking, Hmmmmm...now HOW could I use this? And then here's your post! Voila! Sometimes its like MAGIC the way our brains work alike!

I will be posting an adorable fall craft idea on my blog...you'll know it when you see it, "OWL" betcha!

Hugs,
Paula Clare

Heidi Ann said...

Oh, my gosh, Elizabeth!! Your Christmas Shadow Box/Wall-hanging in these photos is just about the sweetest and cutest thing I have EVER seen in my life!
Congratulations on three years of blogging!!
(In two more days, I will reach that very same milestone!
We really ARE having too much fun, aren't we??)

marble rose said...

Oh gosh - you're blog is such a favourite of mine - I squeal when you do a new post - but this one is just WAY to wonderful. Thank you for 3 years of brilliant blogging.

It's from last year (not started this years), but I made this Christmas mobile
http://mable-rose.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-mobile.html

I hope it inspires you a fraction of how you have inspired me.

Fleur
xxx

Twyla and Lindsey said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Your printer tray is beyond gorgeous! My jaw dropped to the floor!!! You are so talented Elizabeth! I am getting so inspired looking at it! Your right, we do share this love of vintage images so much! Just looking at it, puts me in my happy place!
Thank you for making me smile today!
Now I must make one!
Lindsey

Christine M said...

Happy 3rd blogversary Elizabeth. I love looking at all your lovely photos.

Here in Australia we don't celebrate Thanksgiving so I really haven't any craft idea of mine to share with you :( I'm looking forward to seeing what other crafters come up with. Regards, Christine.

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Elizabethness!

Well, you could always have fun dressing up black crows or ravens! I did 2 on my blog I think you've seen already.

You get them from a craft store like Michaels and can put a party hat or straw hat on its head, along with maybe a tie made from fabric or an old chenille bump stem. It can hold a trick or treat bag, or maybe a basket?

I've made a few of these so far - very easy, lots of fun, and very very Fallish!!

Sandy said...

Elizabeth,
Oh my Gosh!!!! This is the giveaway of all giveaways, can I join too please????? Happy Anniversary sweetie! Three years....wow time sur eflies when we are having fun, huh???? :):) Mine is coming up in a couple of months, I have a little box like this from 7 Gypsies, don't know if it is the right size, but I was so excited I need to go back and read this whole post!!

Sandy said...

Hey Kiddo, what tray is this, or did you make your own???? I have a "letter Block tray", but it is not like theo one you have hear and I like yours better! :):) Is it a different 7 Gypsies????

craftyles said...

I love your shadow box Elizabeth. I've been working on a few of my own and will poet when I get back from college trip next week. A cute fall craft might be acorns and squirrels -maybe a small shadow box idea? Anyway-I'd love to win your creative giveaway.Congrats on 3 years!
Leslie

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, Elizabeth...I cannot even tell you how much I love your beautiful Christmas wall hanging--it's just so amazingly vintage fabulous!

What a sweet giveaway and wonderful blogging thoughts...congratulations on three beautiful years, by the way!

Hope your holiday weekend is going beautifully and that you're having a lovely Sunday...

Julie

auntbeth54 said...

I have just found your blog recently and really enjoy it. When you talk about printing out the old greeting card images from Flickr, how do you do that? I can't seem to get it to work for me. They are all protected. Do I have to contact them to get permission or what? Old cards don't seem to be around much here, so I'd love to be able to use this resource.

auntbeth54 said...

I love your blog. I found it just a little while ago. How do you print out the images on Flickr? I have not been able to do so. I would love to use some of the old greeting cards in crafting as you do. They all seem to be protected, is there a way to do it? Please help!

Genie Robinson said...

CONGRATULATIONS, My dear friend. I am so very proud of your fine accomplishment. Yes, your blog is a wonderful way of teaching and sharing with the rest of us your love of the old and of the happiness you receive and give to us through the creation of your unique one of a kind pieces of art. Above all else you bring out in all of us our inner child. Please be sure to look at my M.E. Monday post because the banner is still flying high but with an addition from our pal, Vicki. I continue to keep on adding to that one wall and when it is full I will start on around the room. Seeing it makes me so happy.

My suggestion for a project would be one of my little foldout books with a fall, Halloween, or Christmas theme. I show one I made on my site entitled “Making a Mini Book.” Another possibility would be to make a bunting/banner from fabric and embroider or applique seasonal things onto the triangles. There is one of my bunting I made for little Eloise on my blog, too, entitled Eloise’s Bunting Birthday.

To win your Giveaway would be like Heaven here on Earth, but you know that without my telling you. The items in that one collection are unbelievable. I am going to pray extra hard....and will be a very, very good girl. Oh, and I will keep my fingers and toes crossed. You are sue a dear.

Hugs and love,
Genie

Debby said...

Oh how I would love this give a way. I love using red and sky blue for holiday decorations. I love your display.
I love to alter boxes (cigar, if available) I love to use them to fill with gifts or store little things to remember a special occasion by. I am making one for fall so I will hurry up and make it so I can post it. You could choose your own colors or even do a ME one. So, I will get busy. Whoever wins will be a lucky person. What a good idea to give it as a kit. Love that idea. ((((HUGS)))) Wasn't this week-end beautiful. I enjoyed most of it from the inside out but that's okay.

Val said...

I won't enter the giveaway, charming though it is, but I do want to say that I'm glad you've kept blogging, Elizabeth. :) And the little shadowbox is so dear. :)

Home and Heart said...

What a GENEROUS giveaway!! Please DON'T add me, as I have already received one of your gorgeous creations. (I would feel greedy) Congrats on your Blogversary!! You are such a gift to us!

Creative Breathing said...

Dear Aunt Beth 54, I am so sorry I can't speak to other's photostreams for the borrowing of images. I am wondering if Flick is now not allowing our images to be shared. I try to also post them here on my blog. You would right click on the image, View Image, then click on File at the top of your computer screen, Print. I hope this helps you. Please let me know if I can be of any further help! Elizabeth

Mica said...

That is sweet. I will put my name in the hat,I could surely use some cheering up right now. I am hoping this year we will even be able to get a tree and presents. I know I will be making some handmade things this year for the kids. Times are tough. Congrats on three years of blogging... and heres to many more..Mica/The Child's Paper

Cindy said...

I am just here to say Happy Blogiversary!!
You have been an Inspiration..a Friend..a Sharer of extra craft supplies..always sharing your ideas..patterns..and how-to's a big Giver..always giving to the gals in blogland..Encourager..helping the newbies..Queen of the stortelling of ones life!! LOVE ALL THE STORIES!!!!!!
Thank you for supporting my swaps and joining in!!
Thanks for being there for me on the backside in email land!!
Looking forward to this next years ventures!!

The box is sooo you..Your art work is what I would find in the top of the line stores in San antonio.You are soo good!!!!

Thank you for sharing this.

I won't have anything to enter..but that's okay..I already won..I have you for a friend!!

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Elyse said...

omg -- what a winter wonderland of delight and sweetness.

here's a kernel of an idea that you could run with!
http://tinkeredtreasures.blogspot.com/2008/12/just-add-salt.html

happy blogaversary!!! i would love to be entered into your peppermint giveaway (even the name of your giveaway is adorable)!

xo
elyse

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I can't believe that your Mom was from Lexington. Small world. One of my good friends is from there. Any family still in the area? I am about a 45 minute drive from there. Love & blessings from NC!

Mary Ellen said...

3 Years! My we are the ones that have been blessed by your awesome creativity and the stories.... you know I love your stories!! I wish I were a story teller like you. What a gift!!

Looking forward to many more of your creative ways and of course more stories!!!

bee blessed
mary

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi E. You're shadowbox is so so precious. I just love the retro-ness of it. I'd love a chance to be entered in your giveaway. I don't have an idea that I've already created that I'd like to see you try, but I'd love to see a pilgrim and turkey banner. Knowing you it's probably already in the works. I also think a cottage theme or Adirondack cabin style banner would be just too cute too.

Hope you have a wonderful Labor day. Hugs...Tracy :)

Marie said...

What a wonderful giveaway. I have long been a fan of your wonderful creativity and come here regularly to drool. The thought of actually being able to make for myself one of your lovely creations is like a dream come true. My idea for a fall project is a lovely wreath that I saw on my friend Jen's Page, Tater Tot's and Jello. You can see the wreath here: http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-take-on-modern-fall-3-d-wreath.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FOivM+%28Tatertots+and+Jello%29

I can just see you putting your beautifully creative stamp on this idea and filling it with all sorts of your autumn treasures! Oh how very beautiful it would be! xxoo

PS Happy Bloggiversary!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I guess a lot of people besides myself must say "I'd like to try making that"! : ) Well, I'm saying it again about this project and I really love this for the holidays. It's so dimensional!

I did a project last Christmas {and I posted about it}, a Santa with a scroll that the Graphics Fairy shared on her blog and she had cleared up the scroll portion. I printed my buffet menu on it as I was hosting Chrismtas Eve for the family. I attached it to a piece of scrap wood that was just the right size and that I had painted out black, used an easel from a picture frame to help it stand up. I added a few chipboard embellishments, a little glitter and I loved it!

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

This turned out so precious, Elizabeth! I have several shadow boxes waiting for me to play with them some day! I won't enter the give away as I've already won 6 this Summer!!! Ha-ha! ♥

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Oh yes and happy blogaversary! ♥

Creative Breathing said...

Marie, Thank you so much for heading me to the circle fall wreath idea! How very clever and cute to boot! Always a big hello! Elizabeth

Creative Breathing said...

Marie, Thank you so much for heading me to the circle fall wreath idea! How very clever and cute to boot! Always a big hello! Elizabeth

Scrap for Joy said...

My heart stopped beating when I first saw your letterbox. I just received one that I ordered from 7 Gypsies, only in black. My plan is to do a family photo display that can be easily updated. This Christmas themed box is magazine and design team worthy for sure. You really should submit this one for publication. I have learned so much about paper crafting and generosity from being blog friends with you. I've come to love and respect you as an artist and a friend. Your stories....even the ones that you first told 3 years ago were an insight into who you are. You are every bit as good an artist as your mother, you just use different supplies. She would be proud of you I'm sure. Thank you for continuing to show us, tell us and encourage us to let our inner artist out and just create for fun. You are a true inspiration! Create away!
xoxo
Joyce

Celestial Charms said...

Elizabeth, you really blew me away this time. What a most charming, fun, and beautiful Christmas wall hanging. I double clicked to get a real close look at all your fabulous embellishments & doodads (wow, I haven't said that word in a long time.)
Happy third anniversary in blogland, your home sweet home! Thank you for sharing all your thoughts and super creative ideas. We love you for both.
As far as an idea for a Fall or Thanksgiving craft, a few years ago I made these cute "Thanksgiving People." Mine were pretty basic back then, but I know you would be able to put your best Elizabeth stamp on them. ;) Maybe using felt or some of your pretty papers. You can see them here http://celestialcharms.blogspot.com/2008/11/thanksgiving-people.html

Have a wonderful Labor Day!
Maureen

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I was wondering if you could post a regular link to your Flickr because on my screen the Flickr thing is blank and there's nothing flashing. If I click on the blank thing it takes me to my Flickr account (which has one picture and I didn't even remember it existing) :). I don't know why it isn't flashing...maybe it's something with my computer? I do enjoy your projects and dream of doing one someday. You're inspiring me. Thanks.

barncat said...

Happy Blogaversary! It's been three wonderful years! Last Thursday I found a new (to me) scrapbooking store and saw one of those printer trays done up for Halloween, I fell in love! And now your Christmas one, I must go back and get one. :) I did come home with some new supplies (all rather fallish) so maybe soon a new project.

Kari said...

Its kinda like my letterpress but much much better!:) Happy Anniversary Elizabeth!! you are a great teacher and a inspiration for so many of us!!

Stephanie said...

My submission is, well, a long shot, but it's what I do and it means something to me. Perhaps my blog will shed some light! What you do is beyond what I would call "crafting". It's inspiration.

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

I do plan to try to make a felt creation as I am inspired by you Elizabeth but I won't be able to make such a short deadline. Anyways, congrats on your anniversary and have fun with your giveaway. I just have to get over this nasty cold I have.

~~Carol~~ said...

Congrats on your blogiversary Elizabeth! And here's to many more! I can't tell you how comforting it is to know that when I get the urge to be crafty, you are only one click away! This is such a wonderful giveaway, but don't throw my name in the hat. I just wanted to congratulate you and thank you for being so generous with your ideas!
Happy Labor Day!
Carol

Lynn Catnes said...

Your blog is so delightful....your creativity is superb!!! I enjoy and ADMIRE all of it! Congrats on your 3 years of blogging!

Suzie Button said...

Hi Elizabeth, Your projects are the cutest around and this giveaway is too! I was drifting back through last years posts to see what I had to offer, if anything, and I had this post last year... http://suziebuttoncreations.blogspot.com/2009/11/cabinet-card-crafting.html and thought how you could do christmas ornaments with your sweet images and little goodies in the corners to spice them up (in your own special way) for a tree of just your size and style! Suzie

Suz said...

I love this, Elizabeth. You do such incredible work. I am going to have to think of a project you would like! I am anxious to go read all the other ideas!

Big Hugs.
Suz

vivian said...

oh my goodness! that awesome little piece of christmas wonderland is fantastic! I ADORE it! I have nothing new to share with you right now and probably wont be able to come up with anything spectacular this week.. but I am inspired by everything you do! I bet you'll be getting hit with lots of great ideas from your faithful and creative blog readers. In fact, I just may have to do some blog hopping right off of your comments page! lol!
hugs and have a great week!
xo
vivian

vivian said...

oh! did I now say happy blogversary? Happy Blogaversary! SO GLAD youre out here! I'll be hitting 500 posts here in only 7 more entries!
HUGS!!
vivian

Monica said...

Elizabeth - What a fabulous and generous giveaway! I would love to have some of your creative playthings! I visit your blog almost everyday - it is so cheerful and I love your stories!! Thanks for being such a faithful blogger!

Monica

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh my goodness! Has it already been three years? That went fast! My fall decorating consists of raking the leaves into the flowerbeds and telling my husband they look pretty that way. :p I hope you'll share where you found that cute printer tray. You have made it absolutely adorable!!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Congrats to three years of blogging and so happy to count you as a friend in blogland! Adore your posts and your creations.

Jo said...

I wish I had an idea as amazingly wonderful as all that you share but I do not. I can however tell you how proud I am of your accomplishments and that your projects have brought me tremendous joy and happiness. Thank you Elizabeth.

tammyCA said...

Oh, my word...the Christmas shadow box is the cutest thing evah! I've always loved shadow boxes and I have a huge blank one that I inherited that has been sitting in the garage...hmmm? Last year I made a mini Halloween haunted house shadow box (house shaped from Michael's) using vintage images and tiny pumpkins and such...gee, I don't think I have any great ideas for Fall/Thanksgiving. Maybe, a hollowed out pumpkin house with Peter, Peter pumpkin eater image inside it? Or some vintagey Pilgrims/Indians celebrating the Harvest? One of the things I make is taking the metal tops from frozen orange juice cans and turning them into fridge magnets - some spray paint, vintage card images and embellishments and I have some for all the seasons/holidays (wish I had a blog to show). :(
Happy Blog-aversary, Elizabeth!!!!

Jeanie said...

Laura of Maude and Mozart suggested I would love your blog. Oh, I do! Of course, I'd love to be entered in your giveaway, but I am a first timer! Let me only say that you have an extraordinary blog here, and I'm looking forward to visiting again and again!

Yarni Gras! said...

I found you a couple weeks ago and fell in love! I would love to try this!
As for a Fall themed project. I think a sweet centerpiece would be in order. One with a terrarium or hurricane lamp in the center...or cloche. Use fall colors, gnomes,leaves, toadstools, other enchanting forest creatures. I got the idea from Calamity Kim's blog and am making myself one for the holiday season :-)

Creative Breathing said...

Dear Tammy and Jo, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. They always brighten my day and leave me encouraged to continue sharing my crafts. Thank you both! E

This and That Creations said...

Congrats on 3 years...it goes by so fast and bloggin is so much fun! I'd love to win this adorable giveaway...I'm so impressed by your creativeness...and you always come up with new and fun things to make! My blog is http://www.thisandthatcreations.blogspot.com and I posted around August 26th of last year about a show I did...I found some cute vintage postcards and I added ribbon and some glitter to them, spraypainted a large tree branch and hung them all over the tree...turned out pretty Halloweeney and fun...pick me please!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a sweet and generous giveaway. You are so inspiring and your workmanship is impeccable. So what do I want or plan to do for this fall. I think I saw this idea in a magazine. Supplies: faux pumpkins, paper doilies, and paint/stain in your color choice. Using spray on adhesive, lightly spray the doilies and stick them on the fake pumpkins. Gently dab paint/stain to stencil the pumpkin in a lacy pattern. The ones I remember had the doily around the top/stem of the pumpkin. They looked so simple and so sweet. Thank you again Elizabeth for all that you do to make blogland beautiful. Happy Blogiversary!

lizzidroege said...

what a great giveaway wow!!!!!!!!!!! this project is so absolutely over the top gorgeous, i love every detail its so inspiring for me to see your work its unbelievable my fall project is definitely a door adornment!! i have a lovely heart shaped tin on my door that i fill with flowers for summer for the fall it will be a cornacopia of fall i will post pics on my sidebar of the finished project i so heart im the winner of this giveaway i so love your blog
lizzi

Patti said...

oh Elizabeth - this is the sweetest shadow box. I just looooove it! I do so want to make one for myself. I don't know yet if I will have time to make many things for FALL now that I am teaching again - but I did make a sweet wallhanging with a cute squirrel popping out of a planter with an acorn in his paws. I'll put in on my website tomorrow - I know you could vintage up this idea for your own and WOW us all! Congratulations on your anniversary. I hope you know how MUCH your posts have inspired all of us. Blessings, Patti

NanE said...

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date! Well.... Happy Blogversary anyway Elizabeth!
This peppermint shadowbox is over the top amazing!

Nikki Fancher, L.Ac. said...

JUST STUNNING!

susane said...

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