Class: Bunny Boudoir Lamp with Colleen Moody


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I feel like one of the luckiest girls in the whole world. Just over a week ago I was being spoiled at the lovely home of artist Colleen Moody creating this beautiful bunny out of paper clay.  I drove up to Danville, CA with Kim Caldwell, Terry Frias, and Mariasela Vallejo and let me tell you, it was an adventure to remember! We were joined in some of our adventures by Sylvia Estrada and her mom. From being surrounded by bee’s, to a wonderful two days of class with Colleen, to a very wet ending at the Alameda Point Antique Flea Market (it wasn’t supposed to rain until later in the afternoon!), we were going non-stop with unexpected shenanigans the whole weekend. We laughed so much my cheeks hurt!  I have pictures of the treasure we found and the stops we made, but that’s another post for another day.

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Today I want to share my bunny lamp with you in all of her lovely finery. She carries a bouquet of vintage flowers tied up with some beautiful Lovebug Creations Rumple Ribbon in Panther Pink. Her lace dress is edged in the vintage-inspired color, William.

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She’s a great fan of Swan Lake so she carries a swan seated on a satin pillow and a ballet princess in her basket, surrounded by vintage velvet leaves and flowers. I created a pearl cuff for her to wear.

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A vintage earring embellishes her velvet ribbon belt and a pearl tiara graces her head. Covering her shoulders is a vintage collar adorned with antique french gold bullions. I made an attempt to give her feather wings but one can’t be perfect at everything! I need to go back to the drawing board and learn how to apply glue and glass glitter to feathers without sticking all of them together.

If you’d like to learn more about Colleen, please visit her blog. She will be teaching an online class through Artful Gathering beginning in June but sign ups are going on now! Although this bunny looks complicated, Colleen makes learning to use paper clay easy and fun. She was so good about giving us great tips and info on how to use the clay and as a beginner to the medium, I was so thankful for all of the time she spent explaining her shortcuts and secret techniques! I highly recommend her to anyone who is able to take a class!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a lovely and creative week!


Christine Barker

Happy Birthday, Connie!


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We’re celebrating another birthday on the Lovebug Creations Creative Team!

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Happy Birthday, Connie!

Please join me in wishing her a wonderful day full of creativity and awesome surprises!  Leave her a comment to make her feel extra special!

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I created a card for the birthday girl inspired by vintage sewing notions. This greeting features one of the newer colors from Lovebug Creations, “Crushed” and I just adore this beautiful, warm Rumple Ribbon. It’s perfect for Spring, Summer and Fall.

I created the “Happy Day” sentiment using the Chip Art tools from Melody Ross. I was going for a leather bracelet look here, but it was a little more challenging than I was expecting. I guess I’m an optimist!

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The ribbon matched perfectly with this pad of “DIY SHOP” scrapbook paper that I have from Crate Paper.

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I added in a bit of White Mama’s Mesh to give it some additional texture. The white Rumple Ribbon is also from Lovebug Creations.

I love to use pattern in my designs but sometimes too much pattern is too much for the eye to handle. To solve this dilemma I like to separate patterns with a solid to give the eye a break and allow it to process the next print. Here I’ve separated the measuring tape paper from the floral background with a coral-colored paper. Although both papers came from the same coordinated paper stack, it might look messy and disorganized to leave them sitting next to each other.

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The Washi Tape was a present from my friend, Cynthia Flores, for a Valentine Swap that we were in and it worked perfectly here to match the base paper.

Connie, I’m sending you a wish for a wonderful month of celebrating and hope you have a creative and beautiful day!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Christine Barker

PS:  Want to see some more Birthday Card ideas?  Check out these cuties from the Lovebug Creations Creative Team:

Katie Hand

Stephanie Eaken

Stacey Hillesheim

Pam Lash

Kimi Cremar




Sewing: St Patrick’s Day Pin Cushion


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I spent the weekend creating in a class with artist extraordinaire, Colleen Moody. I took her Bunny Boudoir Lamp class and was so entranced with her dolls, her home, her studio and her beautiful bulldogs, Otis and Lola. Colleen is known for her paper clay dolls, but excels at all sorts of other artistic endeavors. One of her creations, a gorgeous pink and white pin cushion, came home with me and inspired me to create one of my own.

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I used Lovebug Creations Simply White to create a delicate, vintage-style focal point.

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I added a vintage mother of pearl button to the Lovebug Creations Rumple Ribbon bow.

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The four leaf clover on the top of the pin cushion is created from green wool felt, with hand embroidered details, vintage mother of pearl buttons and a vintage rhinestone button in the center.

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I added some antique millinery flowers and a piece of tulle.

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Next, some beautiful corsage pins.

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And a top hat charm and a horse shoe charm for good luck!

Thank you for stopping by to see my project!  Have a wonderful week!


Christine Barker

PS:  Stop by later this week to learn more about my class with Colleen Moody and to hear about my adventures in antique stores and the Alameda Flea Market with my friends Kim, Terry, Mariasela, Sylvia and her mom!

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

Design Team Call: Graphic 45 Design Team Call 2014


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It’s that time again!  Time for the Graphic 45 Design Team Call!



Terms and conditions are here  DTcallG452014-2.  For more details, check out their blog.

Good Luck, Friends!


Christine Barker

Swap: Vintage Inspired Valentine Charms Revealed!


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The wait is over, you can finally see all of the Valentine Charms!  And what a collection they are!

ScarletCalliope Valentine Charms 7How amazing are these charms?  I love all of them and especially because they were made by ladies who are near and dear to my heart and they put so much love into each one that they made.

Here’s the ladies who created this miniature works of art:

1. Michelle Duke
2. Carrie Reid Harney
3. Lonnie Jenck
4. Hope Habbe Ellington
5. Jeanine Stowe Weiss
6. Linda Vinson
7. Nicole Goodwin
8. Lori Stewart Dams
9. Pam Munns
10. Michelle Hurtt
11. Debbi Udall Wilcock
12. Carol Lucero
13. Ann Hammes
14. Rochelle Kretz Gaukel
15. Julie Gordon Weller
16. Christine Barker

Thanks so much ladies for joining the swap and making my Valentine’s Day holiday so pretty!

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And, I don’t know if you noticed, but I’ve created a crest for myself to use as the watermark on my pictures. I just couldn’t help but alter the antique crest file that I had from The Graphics Fairy to remove the lion and add a jackalope. He’s part lion and part Jackalope, so I guess he’s a Jackalion.

Thank you, dear, sweet blog readers, for joining me again and for all of your sweet comments. They really make it worth the effort that I put into creating these posts!


Christine Barker

PS:  Want to see my other Valentine Posts?

Swap: Vintage Inspired Valentine Charms

Swap: Precious Hearts Swap

Swap: Queen of Hearts Valentine Swap

Sweet:  Pretty Jelly Jar with Lovebug Creations Ribbon

Blog Hop: Loves Me, Loves Me Knot

Swap: Vintage Inspired Valentine Charms


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For the third Valentine swap that I joined, I hosted a charm swap with sixteen participants.

With thoughts of love, friendship, and heart shaped everything in our minds, the girls in my mixed-media swap ended up with a beautiful collection of 16 charms to adorn them or their homes. Since there are so many girls with so many talents in this group I left the materials open to interpretation. The only firm rule is that each charm had to contain metal as a design element, either soldered, or metal bezel, or wire wrapped or something to give a cohesive look with soldered charms.

The main colors were pinks, white, silver, creams, and hints of muted Valentine colors. The size could range from 1″ all the way up to 3″ and this collection gave us all a nice combination of sizes to be used as a garland, charm bracelet, necklace pendants or as ornaments for a Valentine tree.

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Pretty packaging was optional but these girls came through with some gorgeous and daintily wrapped presents!

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I went for a new technique using FIMO polymer clay and I’m so happy with the way they turned out. This was my first time using it this way and I’m going to be using this technique again in the future.

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Creating your own embellishments gives the artist so many different options than just purchasing store bought embellishments!

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Here are all of mine all lined up with different ribbons on them. I just loved looking at all of them together! And don’t they look gorgeous with all of the different colors of Lovebug Creations Rumple Ribbon?  You can find this beautiful and versatile ribbon in the Lovebug Creations online shop!

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Here’s a detail shot so you can see the pretty swans. You probably know by now that swans are my latest infatuation. I found some adorable sterling silver heart head pins and added ballet pink pearls and a pink crystal onto them. I added some glass beads that reminded me of petite chandelier crystals and some tiny pearls.


1. Michelle Duke
2. Carrie Reid Harney
3. Lonnie Jenck
4. Hope Habbe Ellington
5. Jeanine Stowe Weiss
6. Linda Vinson
7. Nicole Goodwin
8. Lori Stewart Dams
9. Pam Munns
10. Michelle Hurtt
11. Debbi Udall Wilcock
12. Carol Lucero
13. Ann Hammes
14. Rochelle Kretz Gaukel
15. Julie Gordon Weller
16. Christine Barker

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all of the Valentine inspiration that I’ve been steeped in. It’s been really wonderful. Tomorrow I’ll show you what all of the charms look like and you can adore them just like I have been!


Christine Barker

Want to see my other Valentine Posts?

Blog Hop: Loves Me, Loves Me Knot

Sweet:  Pretty Jelly Jar with Lovebug Creations Ribbon

Swap: Queen of Hearts Valentine Swap

Swap: Precious Hearts Swap

Swap: Precious Hearts Swap


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Happy Valentines Day 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you have something special planned for today. I don’t know if it’s the colors, the sentiments, the hearts or all of it together but Valentine’s Day is my absolute favorite holiday!

Today I’m going to show you the beautiful hearts I received in the “Precious Hearts Swap” hosted by my friend, Andrea Villarreal.  For this swap we made 13 hearts that were approximately 5″ and we took 12 to Andrea’s house to swap with the other talented ladies. The color palette was to include light/pale pinks, creams, whites and burgundy. The choice of fabrics was up to us and we could include whatever kinds of trims we wanted. As a finishing touch we each put our initials on our hearts so that everyone would know who made which one.

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Isn’t this packaging pretty and creative? I love it!

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Here they are all together and what a perfect collection they are!  All of the colors blend together so beautifully. I can’t decide if I want to make them into a garland or as a wall hanging/art quilt. Decisions, decisions!

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Update! I made a garland. Here’s how it looks!

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These are the talented girls who were part of this swap:

Andrea Villarreal (Hostess with the Most-ess)
Cheryl Stoneham
Cynthia Flores
Erin Barraza
Julie Weller
Mariasela Vallejo
Sylvia Estrada
Terry Frias

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Here are some close ups of my heart. I researched and learned a new technique to make flowers after receiving some gorgeous blooms as a hostess prezzie from Lonnie Jenck. After I told a friend about this technique, she told me about an easier technique to do the same thing.  I’ll give it a try and let you know how it works out.

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I am completely smitten with these ballet-slipper-pink pearls lately. I find i’ve been using them on all kinds of projects.

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I used my fancy embroidery machine to stitch silver thread onto the seams like a crazy quilt, plus I embroidered my initial. So easy!

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I’m really happy with the way my hearts turned out. But, next time I’m going to get brave and put more embellishments on them!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be sharing one more Valentine project tomorrow so drop by to take a look.  Enjoy your Valentine festivities!


Christine Barker

Swap: Queen of Hearts Valentine Swap


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“Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile.” -Hippocrates

This can be translated into: “Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgement difficult.”

I’m further going to translate this into my new personal motto of: “Life is short, practice art.”

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know how much i love to join swaps and practice making art. This Valentine’s season was no different. I joined 3 different swaps. One, hosted by my friend, Julie Weller, one was hosted by me, and the third was hosted by my friend, Andrea Villareal. I’ll be posting pics of my swap and Andrea’s swap later this week.

Today I want to show you the beautiful Valentine’s I received from Julie’s “Queen of Hearts Swap”. The rules were to create thirteen 4″ hearts out of any medium and we could pick the colors. We then mailed them to Julie and she then mailed them back out. For some of us, we are lucky to live near each other so we took a field trip to Downtown Fullerton, CA to spend a day shopping together and exchange our hearts with each other.

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I experimented with some new techniques, second, third and fourth guessed myself and came up with this heart and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I’m not giving away any secrets about how I created this but I will say that I experimented quite a bit before I was excited with the end result.

The beautiful ribbon is from Lovebug Creations. The color used on this heart is “Panther Pink“.

The quote “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you”, was said by Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and is from one of my favorite romantic scenes ever!

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Packaging up our swaps is always part of the fun and this is the lovely variety of homemade packaging that I received. I love all of it so much that I’m going to be putting it into an art journal.

The key to swap packaging is to make it pretty but to also keep in mind that it needs to be small since it’s going to be put into a box and shipped to the girls who live far away. I always struggle with this, since I want to make a big, grandiose presentation!

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Here’s how the Valentine’s all look together. The ones near the top are from this year and the ones near the bottom are from the swap that Julie hosted last year. I love how they are all so different but really show the heart and soul of each artist who made them.

These are the sweet girls who made these beautiful hearts:

Julie Weller (Hostess with the Mostess)

Jeanine Stowe Weiss

Tanya Peacock

Lori Dams

Michelle Duke

Tashia Jacques

Teah Barrow

Candice Carpenter

Mary Hansen

Teresa Cook

Kathie LePage

Margie Rowles

Taffi Graham

Thank you, ladies, from the bottom of my heart for these beautiful Valentines. I adore each and every one of these and appreciate the time you took to create these gorgeous little works of art!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!  I’ll be posting pictures from my “Soldered Vintage Valentine Swap” and Andrea’s “Precious Heart Swap” later this week.


Christine Barker

Sweet: Pretty Jelly Jar with Lovebug Creations Ribbon


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Last summer my apricot tree gave me a bumper crop of gorgeous, juicy, fuzzy apricots. There were so many that I didn’t know what to do with them!  So, over the summer I made some into apricot sauce and some were mixed with lemon juice and sugar and put into the freezer for safe keeping. I recently had a desire to make some more jelly (because getting a new freezer that’s smaller than the other one you previously had will do that to you!) and whipped up a mini batch.

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Savannah, my sweet daughter, asked if she could take a jar over to her boyfriends family. Well, I couldn’t let that jelly jar leave the house undecorated!  I jumped into action and cut out a circle of fabric, a circle of vellum and got to work decorating.

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I used some of the beautiful Simply Sheer ribbon from Lovebug Creations and created a cute double bow. This ribbon is White from the Christmas Candy collection.

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I embossed this adorable deer image onto the vellum and I had a cute jar of jelly ready for Savannah to take over! Easy!

Thanks for stopping by!


Christine Barker

Want to see some more projects with some beautiful Lovebug Creations ribbon?

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Field Trip: Paris in a Cup and Orange Circle


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Recently my mom, Jennifer, and I went out to celebrate her birthday. We headed over to one of our favorite places for lunch, Paris in a Cup tea salon, in the Orange Circle, in Orange, CA.

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The menu looks fancy on the outside and it’s the perfect introduction to the delicious food and tea services described inside. The tea menu includes many teas that are familiar, along with many that are exotic, light and flavorful. Thankfully they also have a full selection of teas sans caffeine.

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From scones and finger sandwiches to soup and full tea service, Paris in a Cup doesn’t disappoint. We each ordered the Gigi Tea which includes a pot of tea, scones with cream and jam, finger sandwiches, and petit fours. The curried chicken sandwich is divine and the cucumber sandwich is delicious. Even the flowers are edible!

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The deserts were delicious, but I especially loved the chocolate pot de creme in a tiny chocolate tea cup. You can even eat the orchid if you wish!

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Because it was Mom’s birthday, she received a special surprise; a beautiful Eiffel Tower keychain with a touch of bling. She was over the moon happy at this generous and unexpected present from the shop.

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After we finished our lunch we walked over to Country Roads Antiques and Gardens antique mall and found a couple treasures I couldn’t live without.  I didn’t take pics but I found a black swan to add to my growing swan collection and a bakers tin that will be the perfect display for some of my tiny treasures.

If you find yourself headed to the Orange Circle, make a reservation for Paris in a Cup. (They fill up fast with groups of lunching ladies, birthday parties, and bridal and baby showers!)

Paris In A Cup

119 S Glassell St

Orange CA 92866

Phone (714) 538-9411

Thanks for joining us on our adventure!


Christine Barker


PS:  Want to read more about Paris in a Cup?  Here’s another blog post about their annual Breast Cancer fundraiser, An Evening in Paris.


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