Crafted Living

Living a crafted life!

Archive for the month “October, 2013”

Cricut Today: Get Well Card

Something cheerful to brighten her day!

Something cheerful to brighten her day!

My husband’s aunt is recovering from a major illness and so it’s time for a cheerful card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the teal cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut the house at 3.5″.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the house to the embossed cardstock.

I hope this card brightens her day and she knows that we are thinking of her.  She has a strong spirit and we know she will come through it with flying colors.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Arlington Garden Part II

On this site, once stood one of the most elegant homes on South Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena’s “Millionaires’ Row.”  In April of 1902, John Durand purchased 10 acres of property known as “Arlington Heights.”  After the existing Victorian home was removed, a team of skilled workmen spent more than three years building the reconstruction of a chateau in France admired by Mr. Durand.  Almost every piece of wood in the home was hand carved and with 17,000 square feet of floor space equating to fifty rooms in three stories, the home was said to be the largest in Southern California, if not the entire southwest.  A setback of more than 600 feet from South Orange Grove allowed landscape architects to create a tropical paradise in front of the mansion as well as an orange grove at the rear of the property.  The property remained with the family until John M. Durand III died in 1960. The furnishings and art objects were then sold at public auction in 1961 and the home was razed.

Close-up of the creative succulent fountain.

Close-up of the creative succulent fountain.

This succulent is enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun.

This succulent is enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun.

What a spectacular entry into this section of the park!

What a spectacular entry into this section of the park!

Love the play of light and shadow on this large plant.

Love the play of light and shadow on this large plant.

Dining al fresco in the garden.

Dining alfresco in the garden.

Orange marmalade is made by a local purveyor and the proceeds go the maintenance of the garden.

Orange marmalade is made by a local purveyor and the proceeds go the maintenance of the garden.

If you are ever in the area, I hope you will stop by and visit this lovely garden.  Amazing things happen when we all work together for the common good and this garden is the perfect example.

I sit in my garden, gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself.  And I find sufficient purpose for my day.  ~Robert Brault

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Halloween Card #3

Happy Haunting for this skeleton bear.

Happy Haunting for this skeleton bear.

For my niece and nephew, who are both under the age of 8, I wanted to create a fun card that would appeal to them.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the purple cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the orange cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the bear at 3.5″ and Happy Haunting at 1.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the bear together.  Run the orange cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the bear and greeting to the embossed cardstock.

With Halloween around the corner, it was fun to create these cards for my nieces and nephews.  Happy Halloween!

*Tina

200

Beautiful wildflowers!

Beautiful wildflowers!

Wow!  Have I created 200 posts and have been blogging for a year?  Yes, and I am amazed!  What started out as a creative outlet for myself has turned into a creative journey that I share with you.  It is a way for me to be present, be observant and be creative.  The projects I post are dual purpose in that I am sharing it with you and in turn creating something for a friend or family member or sometimes myself.  Photography is a part of my life and I enjoy sharing what I find interesting and beautiful in this world.  It is important to me that I share the information that is attached to these photos because the words bring it to life.  I appreciate the time you spend with me to read my words, enjoy my photos and view my creations.  Let’s continue on this journey and see where it takes us!

The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.  – William Hazlitt

*Tina

Cricut Today: Halloween Card #2

What a cute witch turtle!

What a cute witch turtle!

I was told that my nephew was completely enamored with his turtle St. Patrick’s Day card.  With that in mind, I came across this turtle dressed as a witch and decided on the spot that this card was perfect for him.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the gold cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the mint cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the turtle at 3.5″ and Trick or Treat at 1.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the turtle together.  Run the mint cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the turtle and greeting to the embossed cardstock.

So, my nephew loves turtles.  I hope he likes this card as much as the lucky turtle.
Happy card making!
*Tina

Photography Monday: Arlington Garden

Arlington Garden is Pasadena’s only dedicated public garden.  It is an example of urban open space complete with plazas, paseos, and gardens.  Styled with an Italian style olive allee, numerous succulent and cactus gardens, an Arroyo Seco like pathway flanked by sycamores leading to a vernal pool, an orange grove laid out in grids like historical California orange groves, and paths and benches set throughout plant communities, this garden is not to be missed.  Thousands of cars pass this garden every day and it is a gem tucked amongst an urban landscape.  Arlington Garden is a valuable horticultural garden that is home to a great variety of rare and endangered California Natives, birds and animals.  Let’s take a stroll.

Arlington Garden features California natives, cactus and succulents.

Arlington Garden features California natives, cactus and succulents.

Lots of surprises can be found in this garden.

Lots of surprises can be found in this garden.

A place to sit a spell and enjoy nature in the midst of the city.

A place to sit a spell and enjoy nature in the midst of the city.

A pot filled with happy succulents.

A pot filled with happy succulents.

A beautiful plaza in the middle of the garden.

A beautiful plaza in the middle of the garden.

Isn't nature amazing!

Isn’t nature amazing!

This garden grew out of a Caltrans lot that was vacant for over 40 years.  It was home to two mature oaks, a jacaranda, a California Pepper, and five different variety of palms.  After much discussion, the City of Pasadena and Caltrans with the help of the community decided to create a Mediterranean climate garden.  Since its creation in 2005, Arlington Garden has been open at no charge for people to learn of waterwise planting and to experience quiet enjoyment.  It is all of that and much more.  Come back next week for another installment and until then, enjoy nature!

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.  ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Halloween Wreath

A unique paper wreath to decorate my front porch.

A unique paper wreath to decorate my front porch.

I was inspired by this wreath on Pinterest and wanted to make my own version for Halloween.  I used the same images from the Mini Halloween Banner because of their timeless appeal.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this wreath:

  • Cricut machine
  • Creative Memories/Cricut cartridge Cheerful Seasons (pumpkin with vine)
  • Creative Memories/Cricut cartridge This & That (bat, black cat and spider web)
  • Cricut cartridge Stretch Your Imagination ( jack o’lantern
  • old book paper
  • marbled paper
  • patterned paper
  • chipboard
  • stapler
  • glue gun
  • wire wreath form

Cut strips in various sizes ranging in width from 3/4″ to 1 1/4″ and 5″ in length.  Loop the strips around the wire form using the stapler and keep adding until you have finished the wreath.  Glue each strip to each other to provide strength and even out the layering.  Cut the Halloween images in various sizes and adhere to chipboard.  Adhere each image to complete the wreath.

Wreath detail

Wreath detail

I used an old wire form left over from last Christmas.  My form had cross bands of wires that needed to be covered up and that is why I have as many images as I do on my wreath.  These iconic Halloween images add another layer of depth and gave it the finishing touch it needed.  I also love the fact that I was able to use some newly created marbled papers from my last studio session.  It all came together beautifully and I am very happy with the result.

Happy wreath making!

*Tina

Halloween Decor II

Front porch decor

Front porch decor

Our 100 year old house lends itself to a more vintage, timeless décor that is reflective of the season.  I went to one of my favorite stores, Trader Joe’s, to select my pumpkins.  I love the heirloom varieties and they have the biggest selection for $5.99 a pumpkin.  They are fantastic and unique and the price is unbelievable.  I also wanted to create a wreath to hang on the chair.  More details on Friday as to how I created it.  So, for very little money, I created a seasonal vignette with timeless appeal.  What is not to love?

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

*Tina

Photography Monday: Georgetown Loop Railroad

The Georgetown Loop Railroad® was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions.  Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time.  At the height of its popularity from the 1880’s to the early 1900’s, it was considered Colorado’s scenic must-see if you were venturing out West.  The last of the trains ran from Denver to Silver Plume in 1938 and then the lines were closed in 1941.  With the assistance of Union Pacific, the line is reopened in the 1970’s with further restoration of the bridges and buildings to occur in the 1980’s.  Currently, many amenities have been added including hiking trails, restrooms and loading platforms.  Let’s take a look at this magnificent and mighty railroad.

Another engine as it roared past us on the track.

Another engine as it roared past us on the track.

Even for a scenic ride in the mountains, the train was loaded with cars.

Even for a scenic ride in the mountains, the train was loaded with cars.

The scenery along the track was spectacular!

The scenery along the track was spectacular!

The precision that went into building this locomotive is amazing.

The precision that went into building this locomotive is amazing.

Lots of hard work goes into maintaining the railroad.

Lots of hard work goes into maintaining the railroad.

Love how weathered the logo is on this car.

Love how weathered the logo is on this car.

One of the reasons why we made the trip to Georgetown was to see our friend’s son, who works for the railroad.  He operated the locomotive on our train ride and my husband rode in the cab with him.  A once in a lifetime opportunity for a certified train geek.  My husband loved it!  All in all, we had a wonderful time visiting our friends and touring Denver.  I hope you enjoyed these photographic excursions and you plan on visiting Denver very soon.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Halloween Card #1

Who is that masked owl?

Who is that masked owl?

I wanted to create a more sophisticated Halloween card for my two older nieces.  Something fun, but not too cute.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the orange cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the lavender cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the owl at 3.5″ and Happy Halloween at 1″.  Adhere all of the layers of the owl together.  Run the lavender cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the owl and greeting to the embossed cardstock.

This owl card came together beautifully with a slight twist on the standard Halloween colors.  I hope they love it as much as I do!

Happy card making!

*Tina

Post Navigation

%d bloggers like this: