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Lilac Loveliness

It has been about two months since our lilac tree has bloomed.  Oh, do I miss it so. The fragrance gently wafts over you and the pretty flowers make me smile.  Our tree is right outside our back door so I get a glimpse of it every time I come and go from the garage or get something from our back porch.  Lilacs always signal the start of spring and have various meanings associated with the petal color.  The two week blooming period was far too short, but I look forward to seeing the profusion of blooms next spring.  Enjoy!

If heaven has a scent, it must smell like lilacs in bloom. -Victoria Doyle Heagy

*Tina

P.S. Scratch and sniff photography would be really handy right now.

Crafty Today: Get Well Pop Up Card

Get Well Pop Up Card

Another pop card I made last year for two very special people.  Same steps as this tutorial and I selected all of the doodads from the All Occasion Box Cards Cricut cartridge.  A very cheery, get well card that was well received by the recipients.  I created the card using the original Cricut and now that I have the new Explore Air 2, I might have to try making it again.

I know I have been away from the blog for some time, but my life has had some changes.  Mostly for the good.  I will continue to share my creations and thoughts about crafted living with all of you.  The look and feel of the blog will be changing for the better and I look forward to interacting with you more.  If you are a lover of my photography, then please follow me at crafted.living on Instagram.  Spring has been quite inspirational here in California so please join me.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Utility Box #10

 

Utility Box Art #10

The last utility box in the first phase of this series.  Beautifully executed and filled with images of daily life in South Pasadena.  This box depicts the busy intersection where the light rail meets cars and pedestrians.

Utility Box Art #10

This rail line was originally used for freight and Amtrak. It is close to the South Pasadena Historical Museum housed in the former Meridian Iron Works building. Close to this intersection is the weekly farmers market that is depicted in Utility Box #1.
Utility Box Art #10

Since the tracks cross the intersection at a forty-five degree angle, the crossing gates are very long and an integral part of this junction’s symphony.  Next to the museum and the tracks is a small park, where you will find many children playing and watching the trains.
Utility Box Art #10This box beautifully depicts a typical day at this train stop.  Stay tuned for the next phase of ten boxes!

*Tina

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Utility Box Art #9

Utility Box Art #9

This utility box pays homage to South Pasadena’s designation as a Tree City USA community.  Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, the community must achieve four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.Utility Box Art #9

South Pasadena has had this designation for 17 consecutive years.
Utility Box Art #9

A few benefits of having a mature urban canopy: trees increase property values, trees reduce energy consumption, trees reduce crime, trees unite neighborhoods, trees benefit wildlife, trees reduce the effects of climate change and trees clear our air.

Utility Box Art #9

This box is one of my favorites because of the theme, use of color as well as its painterly quality.  It echoes its surroundings and the purple pops against the saturated greens of this piece.

Utility Box Art #9

I think trees bring much charm and character to the landscape.  I consider myself fortunate to have grown up and still live in this idyllic town filled with these beauties. Stay tuned for box #10!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Vintage Curly Paper Wreath

Vintage curly paper wreath

I made this wreath for my mother’s birthday last year.  Since my parents live in a 1908 Craftsman Bungalow, I choose muted, vintage looking papers that were more in keeping with the aesthetic of the house.  I thought it would grace the front door, but my mother loved it so much that she hung it in the dining room so she could see it every day.  Thanks Mom!

Vintage curly paper wreath

Above is a detail of the wreath so you can see the mixture of colors and patterns.  The original tutorial can be found here.  I hope it inspires you to make one as they are a blast to create.  Each and every one is unique.  Happy crafting!

*Tina

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Utility Box Art #8

I didn’t mean to be away for so long, but I am back and want to share the last three utility boxes before moving onto sharing the second phase.

Utility Box #8

This utility box pays homage to South Pasadena being on Route 66.  South Pasadena was part of the 1926-31 and 1940-1964 alignment, which included several major city attractions including the Rialto Theatre, Gus’s Barbecue and Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain.

Utility Box #8

The panels are filled with common car culture imagery including the pin striping on the sides of the auxiliary box below.  The asphalt texture and road tread complete the theme.

Utility Box #8

The design is well executed and a fabulous depiction of an important part of South Pasadena’s history. Stay tuned for two more boxes from phase one!

*Tina

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Cricut Friday: Love Card #2

It makes the world go round.

It makes the world go round.

I used this card as my inspiration for the above card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut Base Camp cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • cardstock
  • adhesive
  • foam dots
  • heart gem
  • baker’s twine

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Cut the love at 1″.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere love and heart gem to the embossed cardstock.  Wrap the twine around the embossed cardstock then adhere to the card base using foam dots.

I love the graphic imagery of this card using the classic combination of red, black and white.  It is a very simple card, but the message comes across loud and clear.

*Tina

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Micro Library #17

A new addition to Pasadena..

A new addition to Pasadena.

While we were out running errands over the weekend, we stumbled across this micro library.  Placed right next to the sidewalk, it is a welcome sight for pedestrians as well as animals of the barking variety.  This library has dog treats tucked inside waiting to be shared.  What a novel idea!

*Tina

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Crafty Today: Anniversary Pop Up Box Card

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

This first pop up box card I created was this one to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  Still can’t believe it!  I followed the same process outlined in this post. Unfortunately, this line from Jillibean Soup isn’t available anymore.  Too bad as it is adorable and lends itself well for Valentine Day cards also.  My husband was definitely wowed by this card.  This year we will be celebrating 22 years of marriage and no clue what I am going to create.  I better get on it.

*Tina

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Crafty Today: Birthday Pop Up Box Card

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

These pop up box cards are all over Pinterest and I have been obsessed with them for about two years.  I will share my cheater way of creating these fabulous cards without using rubber stamps.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Jillibean Soup paper
  • Jillibean Pea Pod Parts
  • cardstock
  • scoring board
  • adhesive
  • foam dots and tape

Follow this tutorial from Splitcoaststampers to create the box.  Add assorted pea pod parts to the flaps, straps and inside front of card using the foam tape and dots.  Add embellishment and sentiment to the back of the card.

You want to add the pod parts to the straps in ascending order so it doesn’t block the inside front of the card.  Also, having varying thicknesses of foam tape and dots gives you the flexibility to stack the pod parts and adds emphasis.  I used my favorite Cricut cartridge, Tiny Treasures, to create the 80 on the inside front of the card.  You also can make an envelope for this card using the Envelope Punch Board and choosing size 6×7.  This card has enormous wow factor so you should make it for that special person in your life that will truly appreciate it.  I created this card for my mother-in-law and she had it on view for weeks.  I hope you try it!

*Tina

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