Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Paper Cowgirl

Paper Cowgirl , originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

This adorable pink house is where Paper Cowgirl's vendor night was held. It is even cuter inside, with petite chandeliers, beautiful hardwood floors and charming details everywhere you look.
We had such great night. It was fantastic to meet fellow bloggers! We downed frosting shots, laughed and enjoyed the wonderful experience of being in the company of kindred souls.

Monday, September 29, 2008

hanging with Tim Holtz

hanging with Tim Holtz, originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

Okay, so I'm posting this photo as evidence that I did indeed have a class with the marvelous Tim Holtz. This is for Heidi at The Crafty Scrapper who was certain that if Tim was in Texas she would have known it! LOL!! I'll give you a heads up next time he's in town, sweetie!! ;)

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Paper Cowgirl ROCKED and in spite of the fact that all my class participants are looking at me like "What the...??", I think my class went well!! I was nervous, but coffeed up enough to blunder on and those sweet gals made some beautiful lanterns!!! What a perfectly delightful weekend!

I want to saty a HUGE thank you to Cindy and Tina who worked their butts off to pull this retreat together! And they are already planning for a bigger and better Paper Cowgirl next summer!! You girls ROCK!

Also many thanks to all of you who shopped my goods at vendor night! All of you were so sweet and funny!! And to those of you who endured my class... love you so much!!!! XXXXOOO!!!

And let me say thanks to The Crafter Scrapper which is the BEST shop in the world and hugs to Heidi!

And... big love and hugs to my sweet pal Laurie who chaufffered me around and is the bested girl in the whole world!

Love all of you to pieces!!!

More pictures soon, but I am off to enjoy a bubble bath!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

the universe is GOOD!

So, before I hit the road I decided I needed to investigate the phenomena known as "frosting shots". After all, they are on the menu for Paper Cowgirl's Vendor Night this very evening.
Well, I am happy to report that they are little CUPS OF ICING! Oh, JOY! I confess that I only want the cake part of a cupcake as a means to eat icing without embarrassing myself. Well, lo and behold, I am not alone! Ta da! The frosting shot! What a wonderful world! This almost makes me forget the imminent collapse of our economy! A little wine and a cup-o-frosting and who cares!!
Farewell! I am off to Waxahachie! Woo Hoo (which reminds me that my bank ~ Wash. Mutual~ just bit the dust... whatever...)!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


tomorrow!, originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

So, I leave at noon tomorrow for Paper Cowgirl!! My car is packed with glitter, glue, class kits and lots of goodies for Vendor Night! It should be lots of fun! I understand we're havinfgFROSTING SHOTS at vendor night! I must go google that . Sounds good!
So, I'm off!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Elissa with lower top sails in Galveston Channel

This beautiful ship, built in 1877, calls Galveston home. From what I have been able to find out via message boards, she weathered Hurricane Ike with very minimal damage. Hooray!


Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has been battered by storms this summer.

Ike was a ferocious hurricane that left a swath of destruction in his path from the Turks & Caicos Islands across the Caribbean, Haiti, Cuba and the Louisiana and Texas coasts.
If you are interested in helping in the recovery effort I reccommend the following institutions~

Operation Blessing International~ http://community.ob.org/site/PageServer

Galveston Rising~ http://www.galvestonrising.com/

American Red Cross~ http://www.redcross.org/

Thursday, September 18, 2008

sunrise in suburbia

Dallas suburbs sunrise, originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

This gorgeous sunrise made getting up early a pleasure today. Texas really does have beautiful skies.
Now it is gloomy, but as always, we need rain. Seems we are in a perpetual drought, even after Ike's rainfall last week.
It's a busy day for me and I am glad for that business~ grateful for all I have and still sending thoughts and prayers to the Gulf coast where the clean-up is progressing. Galveston has been deemed uninhabitable. So sad, but they will come back from this. It is a tough, scrappy little island.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

paper cowgirl

paper cowgirl, originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

Yikes! Paper Cowgirl Retreat is less than 2 weeks away so I am working hard on getting my class kits and vendor night goodies prepared. I think it will be really fun and I am especially delighted that my bestest, bestest pal Laurie is going with me! I am trying to bribe her into teaching my class for me, but so far no luck! LOL! I am not particularly fond of speaking in front of people. I am thinking I might have to have a glass or two of wine for breakfast to calm my nerves before my class. Hey, it' smade out of fruit! It's practically JUICE! ;)

from Sarah

from Sarah, originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

The adorable items in this photo were sent to me as a RAK from sweet Sarah of Gypsy Mermaid Life.


Sarah lost her home on the Gulf of Mexico to Huricane Ike. Amazingly, she thought to bring this package with her as she evacuated and mailed it to me from where he is staying.
She is a such sweet and generous soul, a friend and mermaid sister! Her resillient spirit and tender heart will certainly help to carry her through tough days ahead. She, her husband and doggy are all fine, but they are facing many challanges as they rebuild their lives. She'd love it if you dropped by her blog and left her a note of encouragement.
Best wishes and tons of mermaid hugs to Sarah! My heart goes out to her as she recovers from Ike's destructiuon!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Galveston Texas Murdoch's bathhouse

Murdoch's Bathhouse in happier times...

Still thinking about the people of Galveston and surrounding areas who are having to cope with Ike's trail of destruction.
Go here to help the relief effort...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Adios Murdoch's...

Murdoch's, originally uploaded by jabynum.

Best place on the island for shells and an icy beer. Great view and lots of history... eaten by Ike.

61st St Fishing Pier

61st St Fishing Pier, originally uploaded by jabynum.

Farewell pier...

Galveston memories

Galveston memories, originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

Here's a photo from a few years ago of my youngest son fishing off a pier in Galveston. Sadly, this pier is gone, swept away by Hurricane Ike.
My thought and prayers are with the people who are now coping with the devastation left by this storm.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

mermaid pier - gone

mermaid pier, originally uploaded by sarah pants.

Ike has roared across Texas and left a huge trail of destruction. Some of you might know Sarah- Gypsy Mermaid. I'm afraid she has lost her home to Ike. She lives in Orange , Texas, right on the water. According to her blog, they think her home is destroyed! She and her husband are safe and are with family, but this is so awful!
And poor Galveston, Kemah and all the areas hit by this massive storm. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you!
And my beloved Mermaid Pier is gone.
And the Balinese Room.
And the pier where we took the boys fishing.
So sad...

Friday, September 12, 2008


This beast of a storm is currently destrying sweet little Galveston. I can hardly bear to watch the news and see things like the pier where we took the boys fishing being washed away. It is awful! Even here in Dallas we are predicted to have high winds, power outages, torrential rains. This storm is HUGE!! oh my...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sweet Charlotte of http://fancypicnic.blogspot.com/ gave me a very nice award! Thank you Charlotte!


This can't be good. And a lot of these same folks evacuated just a week or so ago. Sarah (Gypsy Mermaid) is one of them. My thoughts and good wishes are with everyone in this storm's path. And also, I am thinking about the people of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico and my beloved Caribbean islands, some of whom, have already felt this storm's wrath. Most of these people have little to begin with and nowhere to go when these storms strike.
Between this weather and the anniversary of 9-11, this is a day to think of others.


vintage girl Lollishops banner

I've had some inquiries about Lollishops banners. Yes, I can make them. Please email me and we'll chat about what you'd like.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Vintage Dreams

Vintage Dreams , originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

The gloom continiues, which makes for a good day to stay inside and make art. I am slaving away over a merman grotto. I'll post photos as soon as I'm done! Shadowboxes are so fun to make. It takes me back to happy hours spent making dioramas in grade school. How did we do anything before glue guns?? I swear, I grew up in the caveman era.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

bling banner

bling banner , originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

Aaaarg... another gloomy day. The sky looks like January. Yuck! I have a grotto to make and more to do for Paper Cowgirl. I really need to run some errands, but the grey skies are so oppressive. Hmmmm... perhaps tomorrow...
Off to create a merman grotto...

Monday, September 08, 2008

more digital work

winged girl WM LG, originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

It is a quiet and rather dreary Monday here in the Dallas suburbs. Of course, the Cowboys won yesterday and that always helps lower the road rage volume. A feeling of goodwill seems to desend upon the populace for about a 24 hour period so that's nice. I am not personally very into football, but I live in a place where I probably be arrested for saying such a thing.
So, my worthless dogs are napping, the dryer is humming, all is calm. I am alternating between housework (forgive me for saying that naughty, bad word!) and Paper Cowgirl prep. And making a digital creation when the mood strikes me.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Jana's blog banner

Jana's blog banner, originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

Made this funky banner for my pal Jana's blog.
Paper Cowgirl is near and I am finally getting my class kits and vendor night goodies ready. Might be a good idea to reserve a hotel room, huh? Details, details...
We are back to gloriously warm weather and sunny skies. I am so not ready for fall. The thought of it makes me want to weep...

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

retro christmas etsy banner

Yikes! It is so gloomy here today it feels like WINTER! Egads!
The Dallas suburbs are getting some remnants of Gustav... wind, clouds and a sprinkle of rain.
So, this grey day has prompted some Christmas banners. The kitschy one above can be found here... http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14877770
Hopefully, we'll be back to sunshine and good old hot Texas weather SOON!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

wine and cookies

wine and cookies, originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

I put my pal Jana's face on this bottle of Mad Housewife Merlot and gave her some glittery hair. That, along with PINK sugar cookies, was my hostess gift for the little Labor Day cookout we attended. We had a nice time, but I cannot tell you if the wine was good or not, since Jana was conducting science experiments ... er, I mean... mixing cocktails from her vast and delicious trove of flavored liquors. Hot dogs, hamburgers and hijinxs followed!

I spent actual Labor Day laboring over loads of laundry. The husband washed and waxed my sweet little CRV. Thanks, dear! He also mowed a lawn (one of my son's lawn mowing customer's, but Ian was off hunting*-eeeek!), wash & waxed our daughter's car, etc... Wow, we really know how to kick back, huh?

* about the hunting... Okay, I seriously don't like gun, killing animals, etc... but I feel like Ian (at 16) is old enough to make his own decisions about this. I don't think it is his thing and I don't think it is something that will come up again often, if at all. So, despite my distaste for it, it was allowed. Some parts of parenting are not fun.

Monday, September 01, 2008

whimsical blog banner

whimsical blog banner, originally uploaded by Sea Dream Studio.

What a lovely, long weekend! Grabbed a few minutes to create this decidedly different banner. That doll head makes me smile! My son said it was creepy, but what does he know??


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