small stories studio

" In contemplation of created things, by steps we may ascend to Heaven."

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Creations

I just finished up a batch of new work and thought I would share a few of my favorites! If you would like to see the rest just take a peek here. All are available and looking for new homes.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A favorite Christmas gift....

My friend, the superbly talented artist Amy Dabbs, sent me this wonderful piece of art for christmas. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it on her blog, and when I inquired about it, it became my christmas present. How lucky am I??!! The detail and time she puts into every piece amazes me. I can sit for hours and just find more and more little bits and pieces that make me smile. Here is a close-up of this little one's face, don't you just love it!!
even the back is stunning, i love how it is covered with strips of fabric and wired to hang!!

and to top it all off, she sent me this beautiful tag, that was painted and then stitched on to a leather backing. So clever and amazingly detailed.

you gotta love these sweet faces!!

You have to stop by her etsy shop to see more of her incredible art. I am so lucky and blessed to have such a talented, sweet person as my friend!!! Thanks Amy, i will treasure these pieces for many, many years.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The winners!!

Today is the drawing for the 3 give aways!! Here is my old tin with all the entries inside....... This is my trusty assistant Chase ( the only one of the kids who would volunteer to
He reaches in and pulls out the first name......................

and it is Linda Harre!!

next is north pal - Denise!!

and the final winner is The Rustic Victorian - Marcie!!!

Thanks so much to all who left me such wonderful comments, I wish i had something to give you all! I look forward to having another giveaway in the future.
If Denise, Linda and Marcie would just send me an email at with your addresses I will get the give-aways ready to go to their new homes. I hope all 3 of you will enjoy creating, I can't wait to see what you can do with everything!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

100th post giveaway!!!!!!

So many times I have been asked "what inspires you to create your art?". The answer to that is kind of hard to come up with since so many things inspire me. The better question to ask is "why do you create?" The answer to that is keep my sanity!!!

After a day of homeschooling my 14 yr old ,running a small in home daycare for children under 4 yrs, cooking, cleaning and all the myriad of other things a wife and mother has to do in a day, I need to retreat to my room after all the work is done and take time for myself and create away!! Playing with all my old rusty hardware and looking through boxes of old photos is a great de-stresser and it just plain makes me happy!

So in honor of my passion for creating, I would like to share with 3 fellow bloggers a collection of things that will help you create and have some fun! I have 3 groups of goodies...each contains 6 Stampington papers, 15 vintage photos, some lace, old jewelry, buttons, a key, a spoon, some buttons, a set of 5 playing cards, brass animals, a clock gear, a hinge, a little birdie and whatever else you see!!

Here is collection A
Collection B

Group C - (the paper on the right says ladies, sorry it looks a little gruesome with the la cut off)
All you have to do for a chance to win is just leave me a comment and on Thursday, Jan 14, I will pick 3 winners out of tin of all the entrants. Good luck and thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the blog world!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

one more to go!!

This is my 99th post so that means that my 100th will be celebrated with a special giveway. Stay tuned and check this weekend to see what that will be!!!!!