I managed to write all the daily posts for Holidailies 2013 using  Help for the Holidays.  The theme was pursuing faith and I picked up a few followers.  We’ll see if they switch here.  Writing every day was nearly impossible, so I’ll try for a weekly post in 2014 either here or on Connecting My Dots.

I’m eager to get back to art work which had to be put on hold during December.  There’s much I want to work on, but first I’ll show you the goodies I got from Joggles, a wonderful place to purchase all sorts of sewing notions, beads, materials for scrap booking, journaling, stamps, stencils, how-to art and craft magazines, and the list goes on for miles.  To top it off she, (Barbara) films a weekly video showing how to use new products and different techniques for older products.  She also offers a large selection of workshops led by amazingly talented artists.  I only took one, but I loved it and just may splurge and take another sometime this year if I stop getting blitzed by unexpected bills and other nasty surprises.  But enough of that–This Beautiful Path is for wonderful things and the art world is always full of them.

The first thumbnail shows self-sticking flower embellishments, (click on a photo to enlarge it and then click the arrows to slide-show through),  second, a  new gold leafing pen so I can edge more bookmarks. That particular bookmark is lovely, unfortuately it just looks garish in the picture. Oh, well. The bottom third of that photo is the front cover of a West Elm booklet that came in the mail. It’s almost fully altered and may receive some of these new goodies soon.  If you want to know why in the world I altered an advertising booklet, you’ll just have to ask. I Love the little trinkets in the third picture–they are to hang on altered books or journals along with the tiny tiles to glue on the same.  Those bottle caps, at least they look like old fashioned bottle caps, really caught my eye.  When I was a child we used them in a game called skelly.  I have plans to cut a niche in an old copy of a Nancy Drew mystery and hang one of the pseudo, decorated caps in it.  Lastly, the letters are from a box of 64 and the black/red ones are actually all shiny red. Scanners sometimes do strange things to 3-D objects.  Both sides have letters or pictures and there are 3 complete alphabets.  They’re each about an 1-1/4″ in size.