Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Where did I put my Horse?

It's time for me to saddle up as I'll be leaving soon for my long weekend in the BIG STATE OF TEXAS...

I'm headin' to Paper Cowgirl!

Yee Haw!

How did that sound for a "wanna be" Cajun Cowgirl?  :)

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Aside from visiting some of the beautiful, and I mean BEAUTIFUL creative spaces out there from the Where Blogger's Create II party (which I'm still not NEARLY finished visiting all of them yet) and reading all of my SWEET comments (which I thank you all VERY much!), I have been very busy creating my swap gift for Paper Cowgirl.

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I only joined ONE swap (thank goodness). Those cowgirls really had some great swaps to choose from but I knew that if I joined them all, I'd be biting off more than I can chew right now.

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This was a cuff swap hosted by Suzie. She paired me up with Laurie Griffin, (I don't think she has a blog). I'll be meeting her for the first time when we swap cuffs at the Meet & Greet Dinner on Thursday night. (omg...that's tomorrow night! woo hoo)

Laurie's wishes were for me to make a cuff for her in the colors she loves...browns, rusts and creams.

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So I started off with a creamy quilted material and layered some hand~dyed lace, stamped muslin and cheese cloth. I attached them with some small hand stitches and clusters of glass pearls. I added a rhinestone belt buckle to the center of the cuff and glued a metal button to the bottom of it. There, I attached dangling glass pearls and glass flowers.

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I added a rhinestone clustered ball to the opposite end of the clasp. I love dangling bling on the closures of my jewelry, don't you?

I finished off the edges with a flesh colored seam binding. I'm so thankful that the style of today is "shabby" and "tattered" as I cannot sew a straight line to save my life. When this "style" goes out of style, I'll save my sewing machine in the back of the closet until this "style" comes back again ;)

This is what I my finished cuff  looks like...I hope Laurie likes it.

Sometimes it's hard to make something so personal for someone you don't even know...know what I mean?

(sorry about the lighting)

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What should have taken me only a couple of hours to make, this cuff was an all day affair. Not because of the skill as it was fairly easy but because of the distraction of the wonderful movies I've been watching on the Lifetime Channel while I was creating!

I found myself holding the needle and thread for thirty minutes in between each stitch while engrossed in the movies!

Does that ever happen to you?

Please say "yes" so I keep thinking that I'm normal ;)

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Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful week/weekend.

I'll be back on Sunday evening, hopefully with lots to post about (throughout next week) of our fun at Paper Cowgirl.

You know that I love to take you along with me on all of my adventures, don't you?


Don't forget my number ONE (& only) rule...

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Don't have fun without me while I'm gone!


oh wait!!!! wait!!!! WAIT!!!!

There IS a FUN thing I want you to do while I'm gone...

I want you to join the soap box challenge hosted by Lisa of Tarnished & Tattered ...


You can click on the image above or click here for more information about me, it's so easy!

Just decorate a soap box and then show it off on your blog on Monday, June 28th!

If you plan on joining, let Lisa know so that she can put you on her linky list.

come on...

if ya show me your box, I'll show ya mine! 

(I am SO giving you permission to have THIS kind of fun while I'm gone, okay?)


See ya on Monday...

Have a wonderful SOAP BOX FUN FILLED weekend!


Bryanna Lenan said...

Have fun at PC. Beautiful cuff! Give Joanna a hug for me...

Janet Ghio said...

Have fun at paper Cowgirl! Your cuff looks great--your swap partner will love it!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hey Cajun Cowgirl, Your cuff turned out just beautiful and I'm sure, that Laurie will love it. I'm looking forward to seeing what she has created for you.
Now go throw your lariat and catch the most possible fun in Texas! I'll wait here and play with the soap box in the meanwhile. Thank you for allowing me to have a little bit of fun as well, lol.
Lots of hugs (please forward some to Lisa) :-),

Sheila Rumney said...

Have a great time! I love your cuff that you made. Where do you get your flower beads... would love to know!

Honey Lamb and I said...

Love teh cuff and how you have it displayed almost like a little saddle! Have a ball! Wish I would have been able to have driven down to this one. I think Charlene is going to be there! Can't wait to see all your pics! ~Shelley

Katsui Jewelry said...

Oh, how I wish I were a Texan girl. Paper Cowboy looks like so much fun. You have gone to some incredible art retreats this year, Miss Jodie.

I think your cuff is stunning. I would love it. I hope your partner loves it. It is hard to do something when you don't know someone well but only they can tell you what they like.

Good job on keeping the swaps down. I am finishing two and from now on, one at a time!


Linda Robinson said...

I Hope you have a yur self at real good time at Paper Cowboy.. Yur Cuff is Purddy darn cute.. I don't type cowboy real good! Hehe.

Hugs, Linda

Theresa said...

Oh my goodness, beautiful cuff! I love it! Enjoy your Paper Cowgirl trip, I know you will! Wish I could go:) Have a blessed day dear Jodie! HUGS!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Have a good time! I am so not crafty but love to see what others do. That cuff is gorgeous.

Leanne said...

oh wow ... that cuff is just the most gorgeous thing. It looks a little puffy, did you layer something additional in or is that the cheesecloth tricking the eye? Just a gorgeous thing... my cuffs are so simple in comparison.

Have fun at Paper Cowgirl.... maybe next year.

miss lynn said...

i can't wait
to hear
about your
trip! the
cuff is
she's a
lucky gal!
have fun!
happy day!

LiLi M. said...

Have a lot of fun Jodie!
Sorry I didn't visit you any sooner. We had a huge graduation party for my daughter and when that was over I kinda collapsed and I had to sleep for about 2 days before I could get up on my feet again. Here I am alive and kicking just telling you to have an awfull lot of fun at the paper cowgirl event!

Karen said...

Have a good trip! :) Wish I could've gone!

Anonymous said...

That's a very, very beautiful cuff!
Keeps getting better, huh?


Laura said...

Are you SURE you don't need my help?
After all you know what a great crafter I am after seeing my blogger party name tag.

I am available 24/7.

Laura Belle

T's Daily Treasures said...

Have a great time Jodie! Your cuff is beautiful. But then, you only create beautiful things. :) The kids and I arrive in Chicago 4 pm on Sunday. America here we come. Take care! Tammy

Jane said...

The cuff you made is just gorgeous! I really enjoy seeing all of your beautiful creations. Your swap partner is one lucky lady. Have a great time in Texas.

Lori said...

your cuff is TOTALLY gorgeous Jodie...what a lucky partner you have...have a wonderful time at paper cowgirl!!!

Rustique Gal said...

Jodie, I love that cuff you made, and your pictures are so pretty and inspiring. I gotta go create...Have a great time!

Debby said...

EEK!!! I love the cuff you made for Laurie, gorgeous. I have no doubt she will be having a blog by the end of the
Have a wonderful weekend with the Paper Girls. I am so jealous and of course I won't have any fun. You have just taken alot of pressure off of me with this post, I was thinking we had to have the soap box done by Friday and I ain't even close to that, now I see we have until Monday. The art angels are looking down on me.
Have fun, wish I were there to give you and your partner in crime a big ole hug. Can hardly wait to see your posts.

Robin Thomas said...

Enjoy! I hope we can meet up there ar elsewhere soon. Go ahead and have fun without me.

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Okay Jodie,
I won't have fun without you,
You better not even be reading this comment because that means your at your desk & haven't left yet. So go feed the dog, pack the suburban (easel too), get your boots, (all 3 pairs), don't forget your cuff you made for me (oops I mean Laurie), tell Thad to give you a boat load of money & then lose your number for the next 3 days. (well, you better give him a big smooch before saying the lose my number part). Then burn rubber baby~
Call me from the road!! PARTY TIME!
Bianca assist. to Ms McIlvain/Famous Published Artist

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Jodie...your cuff is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love, love it! I hope you girls have the best time ever!!! Please give Lisa a hug for me as she will give you one from me too ~ I so wish I were there with you both!!!! I can't wait to see photos though ~ hugs and love, Dawn

twinkleshabbystar said...

Gorgeous cuff Miss Jodie! :) Have a ball girl!!!! Wish I was going!!! Hugs!! XOXO,Jenn

~Que Bella~ said...

What a beautiful cuff! Hope you have yourself a fabulous time in Texas!! Michelle

Karen Valentine said...

Jodie that cuff is beautiful! Suzie is sure to love it! Have a wondeful time a Paper Cowgirls and tell all my buds I said HOWDY!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

Your friend Laurie will be delighted with the beautiful cuff you made for her.
Have a wonderful time away, I know you will! and we look forward to seeing photos when you return.

Happy weekend

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cuff... have a great time I'll visit again soon! I want to hear all about it! thinkin' 'bout the soap box thing...maybe I will.. thanks!

Sandy Navarro said...

Girl, everytime you make something, you outdo yourself! What a FabUlous cuff! Think you've got quite a few horses under the hood of that Suburban. Drive safe and a wonderful time.

Debbie Demmers-Lujan said...

Oh, I love what you did with this bracelet/cuff!!! Yes, I would if I could watch some of those movies and not get much done....but, haven't had tv for over four years now and I love that!!! Oh, we watch the occasional video, but we spend a lot of time out on walks, etc....and SHOULD be getting far more creating done between is a discipline for me, constantly!!!! Thanks for visiting my blog....debbie

Pam @ Frippery said...

Have fun this week. The cuff is to die for. She has your color sensibility. What a perfect partner!I wish I could join in the soap box fun but I will be in Milwaukee until Weds. Phooey!

NanaNay said...

have fun at paper cowgirl

the cuff is so pretty.

I am a Lifetime movie junkie, too.

Marydon said...

Jodie, be safe, have fun ... I LOVE the cuff.

Happy 4th.

Have a lovely summer's eve ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Miss Sandy said...

Love the cuff and hope you have a super fun time at Paper Cowgirls! I can't find the darn soap boxes here, so no fun for me :( Safe travel!

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Jodie!
I've been trying to pop over and say "Thank you for leaving such a sweet and fun comment on my blog!" for about a week now. Everytime I think I have a free moment to get on the computer to blog, something always, ALWAYS, seems to happen that demands my immediate attention. I'm sorry it's taken so long to pop over and say "Hi, or Howdy!!"

The cuff you made is absolutely fabulous!! I don't think I've ever seen one as beautiful, and I really mean that. You made it beautifully and I'm sure Laurie will be absolutely thrilled with it!

When you say you're coming to Texas, do you mean actully coming out for the exchange??? Wow, That is going to be SO fun! It is a little hot here, right now, but I'm sure you'll be having too much fun to notice. Safe journey and God bless!
Patricia :o)

kana said...

It all looks great! PLEASE show us photos and fill us in on all of the wonderful details!! said...

I usually limit myself to one swap too, no matter how tempting they all look. Looks like you chose the right one, that is just gorgeous!

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Followed your link for the WBC party and really enjoyed reading through your creative blog posts.

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Geralyn Gray said...

I are a cajun girl through and through, but you can be a jersey girl in spirit for sure!!!!

cindy said...

So much fun to meet ya!!!!!!!!! Gurl, you are crazy! I'm really regretting that I did not get to just sit and hang. That's the bad thing about being the head worker bee. LOL. I never feel like I can just sit. But hopefully you will get to come down again, or I would LOVE to come up your way. Sweet Hub has been promising me a trip thataway for AGES now! ;) Loved meetin ya gurl, hope you had a good time!