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Crafty Chicks Valentine “Bee Mine”

Crafty ChicksWelcome to the Crafty Chicks Valentine Blog Hop!  I have just become part of the Crafty Chicks group and I am pretty exciting.   They are a group of creative gals who met on the web and decided to come together and share our passion for paper crafting with you.  Each month there is a different theme and this month it is Valentines.  If you are coming from Scrappin’ Madge’s blog, welcome!

I thought I would make some wee Valentine’s Day cards for my project.  I decided to use a Webster’s Pages gorgeous postcard set for the base of my cards.  Actually, all of the paper products for this project are from WP.

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I just took the postcards and folded them in half.  From front to back, they are so pretty.

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I used a cheapy bee stamp I got at Micheals with black ink on patterned paper and punched it out with a 1 3/4 inch circle punch.

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I then cut a small strip from the same paper and inked the word mine on it.  Both were applied with pop-up dots to a different patterned card stock (which I rounded the corners and inked first).

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I also tied a little baker’s twine before attaching it to the cards.

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I kept the inside simple, with just a little “For You” and the date.  So there is lots of room to write some sweetness.  I will have a few sets of these available in the boutique.

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I also quickly whipped up a normal card to give you an idea of what else you could do with the same idea.

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I am pleased to tell you our sponsor this month is me!!  You will get two packs of the lovely Valentine’s cards I just created and a package of vintage papers and ephemera.

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To be eligible to win our fabulous prize you need to leave a comment on each one of our blogs and indicate you have done so in the Rafflecopter below.  You will also need to visit my shop under “In the Studio” and tell us what workshop fellow crafty chick Krysthle Poitras will be teaching in the store in January.  You can leave the answer below.  You have until January 15th to enter.  Good luck!

A Rafflecopter Giveaway

This is a full circle hop and I am the last, so to start from the beginning head to Krysthles blog.

Felt Bird Ornament

This week I had the pleasure of teaching an ornament workshop to a few lovely ladies.  It was nice to get a chance to sit down, create and get to know them a little better.

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Marie-Claude, our contest winner goofing around.

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This was Lissa’s first time doing any sort of art project and she confessed to me later that she really enjoyed herself and was able to turn everything else off which surprised her.  I absolutely loved that as I feel like art should do that for everyone and usually does :)

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The adorable Shannon took a little break from Littlest Bird Workshop and making soap to come and relax for a bit.

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Now that the workshop is done I thought I would share a little felt bird ornament tutorial with you.  The first thing is to pull out that pile of felt you have lying around (or make your own by accidentally throwing your hubbie’s ugly wool sweater in hot water to wash then into the dryer).  Cut two identical pieces into a bird shape. You should also cut out a wing, although for this one I chose not to as I wanted to add other goodies to it.  I also cut out a little heart from the felt to add as an accent.

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You can add ribbon, trim or buttons even but you need to remember to sew everything on before sewing the two pieces together.

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You also must not forget something to hang the ornament with.  I forgot to do that before putting it together last time and it was a bit of a pain to add it.

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I then used a blanket stitch to sew the little guy up but left a little gap in order to put the stuffing in.  I just used regular thread for this as it is a small piece but on bigger ones I love using embroidery floss.  I usually try to start sewing on the belly area which makes it an easier area to use a pencil to get the stuff into all the nooks and crannies

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Then finish stitching him up and hang on your tree (or give as a give) for a truly handmade Christmas ornament.  There are so many gorgeous colour combinations you could do and little accents like snowflakes.

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Hope the Christmas rush doesn’t have you stressed to the max, have a great weekend!!

Peaberry Tour Part Deux

A bit of a delay between part 1 and 2.  I had a bit of an issue this past week with my back.  I have never really had back issues before but let me tell you, I now have even more sympathy for those that do.  Worst thing ever.  I couldn’t even get up to go pee by myself, haha.  For a pretty independent woman, this was a little unbearable.  Consequently the store was closed for a few days.  Talk about terrible timing.  Anyway, I digress, I am back at the store and wanted to share some more of my artisans so here is the Peaberry tour part deux.

The first is Bijoux Hélène Grondin who is just starting out her jewelry business but her pieces are quality timeless pieces.

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Lots of comfy knit pieces.  Hats and felted mitts by Tricots Lidia, boot cuffs (which I love) and hand dyed wool by Tink and infinity scarfs by Handmade by Andrea.

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Beautiful buttons, mugs and other pottery goodies by Sheppard Handmade.

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From funky to wedding pieces, Krysthle Designs does it all.

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Some vintage pieces.

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More gorgeous prints this time by Lissa Rachelle and Danielle Daniel.  Danielle also has cute lockets and has had a book published called “Sometimes I feel like a Fox” which is also available in French.  So talented!!

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Chalk boards and stars made with reclaimed barn boards by the talented Holmes Reclaimed.

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Unique upcycled vintage silverware made into bracelets and rings by Country Rune.  Painting by moi, which are all 25% off this month for my Christmas special btw.

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Hair pieces and jewelry by 2 Filles Du Nord and map pendants by Indie Go Designs.  So many great things for me to drool over every day.

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I am sure I missed a few but I have some banners to sew.

One final thing, there are a couple spots still available for the Christmas ornaments workshop on Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm.  You get to choose three to make out of a few different options.

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Have an amazing week everyone!!

Peaberry Tour Part 1

 Now for a little Peaberry Tour for those who wanted to see pics and are too far to pop by :)

Here is my sign.  According to the condo board I was supposed to do it in just gold and black like the rest of the businesses in the building but I was a bit of rebel and added white.

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My front entrance.

Peaberry Tour 2 My amazing counter that my friend Gord did.  He is in the entirely wrong profession and should be making furniture for a living.  The countertop is made with reclaimed oak from an old warehouse.  I cried when he brought it in as he has been hoarding that wood to make things like his sons crib with it.

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The cutie owls by Chouette par Monique that have been selling like hot cakes.

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A few vintage items and burlap pillows made by moi.

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Adorable felt brooches by Mika Art.

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Near the front window, soy candles in recycled wine and beer bottles by The Treehouse and some tidy totes by My Stow-n-Tow.

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More vintage items and handmade cards.

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Beautiful necklaces by Salvage Jewelry Co. that I have been lusting over.

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Lovely aprons by Sins Creations who is in the process of making me some purses.

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Gorgeous prints by Andrea of Poppet Art StudioJoyelle Brandt Creations, Ginger of Red Pear Creative and Kathleen Endicott.

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So many great artists.  I shall leave you with that for today and finish off soon!!

Peaberry Grand Opening

Boy it has been a while, hasn’t it?  What have I been up to?  Let me tell you…

Last Friday I accomplished one of my dreams… opening my very own brick and mortar store.  It is in the quaint town of Aylmer, just outside of Ottawa on the Quebec side which is also where we call home.  I really wanted be in the older more historic section (which leads down to the marina and beach) and in a heritage building.  I was lucky enough to find a place that was just the right size with both of those attributes.  For the Peaberry Grand Opening I decided to host a wine a cheese and even bought wine from our local winery, Clos Baillie.

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My goal with the store is to offer unique, vintage and handmade goods through an enriched and personal experience by connecting individuals with the artisans.  I want people to have a relationship with the pieces they are buying and know that they are making a difference in an individuals life.  All artisans featured in the store are mostly local but definitely 100% Canadian.  It is sometimes difficult to find things in Canada and we have many talented people to be proud of so I thought it is my duty to help show them off.  I am also hoping they make it into the shop to teach workshops and share their craft first hand.

Here I am rushing out of the house unemployed for the last time (hopefully :) to try and get to the opening on time.  Unfortunately I don’t have a ton of pictures and have had to rely on getting some from friends and their phones.

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I had all of these little things I wanted to finish up when I got there but I had people waiting at the cash the moment I got there.  I know, I know, not a bad thing at all.  My very first customer (who is also a vendor – Urbanfete) Christine and her lovely daughter Jada were the first to make a purchase.  Thank god they were as I had to make sure everything worked, haha.

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One of the few gorgeous bouquets I received.

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A few fellow students from my business class who came out to support me (standing in front of my paintings).

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Friends admiring all of the goodies.  It just made me so happy watching people appreciate all of the hard work that goes into each piece.

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Here I am with my trues, embracing the 15 stress pounds I have gained through this whole process, hahaha!!  One of my girls was missing but she just had a baby so all is forgiven.

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Check out all of the peeps hanging out and enjoying some wine – LOVE!!

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Here are Brittany, my man – Chris and daughter – Milah toasting me while I cried my eyes out. Peaberry Opening8

I just had so much to say (and couldn’t) but words could not express the gratitude I felt and still feel for the amazing help and support of Chris, Milah and all of my friends who have become my family (with everyone out East).  Without them this would not have been possible.  I am truly a lucky gal and hope to help others follow their dream.

Join me here tomorrow for a tour of the store.

Monday Journal – Retreat Mixed Media

This past weekend was our first Beyoutiful Souls retreat in Red Deer.  I had such an amazing time and the ladies we had were all wonderful and just dug right in.  I will be doing a post on that later but luckily while I was there I got to have a little creative time in between teaching classes.  I wanted to commemorate the weekend so pulled out my journal and did a retreat mixed media layout.  It was hard not to with all of the art supplies and paper calling my name.

The circular mandala looking paper on the left is a napkin (just remember to remove the two backing pieces before gluing down) and the right teal blue piece is leather that I stitched right into my journal with a sewing machine.

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 I added some fabric strips to the far right side and a little bit of lace.  I feel every piece should always have a bit of black in it to ground it so I added black arrows and stenciled some numbers.

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 Love the imprint it left on my hand.

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 Of course I had to use our retreat stamps.  I have a little paper insert in between my two pages so here is the first side.

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 One of the girls at the retreat, Jodi, had the Golden Burnt Umber Glaze which I just had to try and immediately decided I must get some for myself.  It is great for aging and adding a vintage feel.  I just poured it on and rubbed it in.

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 Here is the other side when you flip over the paper insert.  A little piece of leather with a quote on it that was tucked under the butterfly.  I used this side to write the things that resonated with me over the weekend to remind myself and yes there is a bad word in there, haha.  We had a guest speaker on Friday night and it was one of things she said to us.

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Now back to reality, which is pretty great mind you since I get to see my kids and man tonight, but I will miss being submerged in creative goodness and spending time with Lauren, my retreat partner and soul sister.

Antler Mixed Media

Preparations for the store continues and I wanted to add some earthy antlers to the shop but since I am not a fan of taxidermy I thought I would make some antler mixed media pieces.  I got online and looked for a Canadian distributor for Carboard Safari.  They are a company that brings you “environmentally friendly, recycled cardboard creations” which you assemble yourself.  They come in white and brown.  A few even come in black.  The first one I did was called Buck Jr. and I decided to paint him in a teal.

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Then I took my favourite mint spray from Heidi Swap with a flower stencil to give it a bit of dimension.

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So many pieces to these guys, you have to be careful putting them together not to bend the bits.

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For Fred the moose, I left the craft background and applied black Liquitex Spray Paint with the Crafter’s Workshop Stencil Quatrefoil .  I am loving this new spray product as it has all the convenience of a spray paint without the nasty odour.  It also washes up with water if you get it while it is still wet.

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The antlers on this one even curve forward a little.  The details on these are great.

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I bought a third (because always in odd numbers when it comes to design and balance) which is Micro Tex, the longhorn.  I wanted to leave one in the natural kraft colour and since this guy’s pieces were so tiny I figured it was the best choice.  He even has a little ear tag.

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Don’t they look adorable all together???

Ladies Who Lunch

I have been terribly neglectful of my poor blog.  I do have good reason.  I have been busy rounding up vendors/products for the store, signing my lease, painting my space, finding furniture, lighting and going to school.  It is exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time!!  So amazing!!

Thought I would take a minute and share a networking event I went to last week at the Westin in Ottawa.  It is an event held monthly and is called Ladies who Lunch put on by Cherry Pie Events.  This is the first time I have ever done anything like this but figured, “hey, I am officially a business woman now, I need to put myself out there”.  So, off I went, all by my lonesome.

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We were greeted by this tower of delicious looking cupcakes from The Cupcake Lounge.  They gave us all a yummy pumpkin cupcake, the icing was to die for.  (You will have to excuse the photos, I just had my phone.)

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We got to sit down at these gorgeous tables and listen to the inspiring Karen McClintock.  A local Ottawa treasure who started making jewelry at her kitchen table and has now known international success.

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All of the menus and name tags were designed and made by Bird Dog Design.  The pattern is all high heels, how clever.

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The food was DELISH (I had the Halibut) and the dessert was pretty yum as well.

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I know I got a little distracted here but I just wanted to encourage you all, if given the opportunity, to get out and attend a networking event.  Everyone there was mostly in the same boat as me, although some came with a girlfriend.  There were friendly smiles all around the room waiting for an opportunity to introduce themselves.  The available resources in that room was staggering (I think I may have found my yoga instructor for my upcoming retreat) and if nothing else it was very motivating to meet all of the successful women in the city.

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Big News prompting a Brockville Roadtrip

After days of running around, making phone calls, doing research and having meetings, I am beyond thrilled to tell you that I have been accepted into a provincial entrepreneurship program and I will be opening my very own brick and mortar store in our little town of Aylmer.  It will be a vintage and upcycled place for local and Canadian artists to share their wares with the world on a daily basis and not just twice a year at the Savoir Faire.  I will be open before Christmas.  WOOO!!

So much to do and things to buy.  First thing, Brockville roadtrip to find some gorgeous furniture and fixtures for the store.  After everyone was dropped off at their respective places for the day I cranked some tunes and hit the road.  It was a beautiful sunny day, I was rocking out to Modest Mouse and was so excited about the prospect of finding some really cool things.  I then had this huge wave of gratitude wash over me and I couldn’t stop crying, haha.  Anyone driving by must of thought I was a tad crazy.  I just had this immense gratitude in my heart for this opportunity, my man for consistently and unwaveringly supporting my dreams and my friends for helping out in any way they can.  I am truly a lucky gal.

Anyway, when I got to Brockville I ended up parking right under this sign.  Thrift store? Don’t mind if I do.  Unfortunately, no goodies were found.

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Then I walked down to the first reason for my visit, The Collector’s Cove just off of King Street on St. Andrew.  As soon as I pulled up I knew the drive had been worth it.

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Check out all of the antique goodness and the owners were super great and helpful.

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So many great pieces of furniture and lighting.

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They even had these cool painted antlers.

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This is what the back of the van looked like when I left and there was another old record cabinet to the right, JACKPOT!!  I will definitely be heading back there again soon as they were planning a buying trip around Ontario in the near future.

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Next a little stroll by the water because that is a must when you are there.

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Then a stop at the Tait’s Bakery for a soup and sandwich to recharge the batteries.  I also couldn’t resist a loaf of the potato bread to take home (which is to die for, btw).  Isn’t their old cash register amazing?

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Another pit stop at Seaway Treasures on my way to the other main reason for my visit…

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Connie Stage Right.  Her facebook page doesn’t come close to doing the shop justice.

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So many adorable vignettes everywhere.

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The sweet side of Halloween.

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Then the darker and stylish side of Halloween.

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So many things to look at and I wanted to take it all home.

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Connie has awesome taste and was so great helping me decide my priorities since I obviously couldn’t take everything, but I really wanted to.

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These are a few of the things I brought home.

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Brockville certainly has a lot of that small town charm, I really need to go there more often.

Stay tuned for more deets on the store!!

Monday Journal- Shooting for the Stars

For this week’s Monday Journal I knew I wanted to use my old business cards (from when my blog was on Blogger) that I had ordered from Moo.  They are so pretty that I figured they should be used for something.  What, I just wasn’t sure.  I opened my journal up to a page I had used to wipe off stencil excess and just stared at it, for a long, long time, haha.

Once I spread the cards out they kind of started to look like stairs so I just glued them down.

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 There was a lot of light green in the cards so I pulled out my Citrus Tim Holtz Dabber but I must have forgotten to seal it as it was thick and I couldn’t paint with it.  Being the spend thrift that I am I thought, “I shall use it like modeling paste”, then smeared it into a vintage plastic doily.  Low and behold, it worked :)

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 The stairs and the old business cards really got me thinking.  It seems like yesterday that I ordered those cards, then my art started to evolve and I moved on to the next step in my dreams (which prompted new business cards) and now I am about to embark on yet another step (if all goes well).   My little journey up those stairs, constantly shooting for the stars.  Once this came to mind, the entire piece just came flowing out.

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 I tried another watercolour face as I am still doing Mindy Lacefield’s Paint Your Story class when I get a few moments to myself.  I am savouring it as I am missing the girls from the Sugar & Spice retreat.  I received a package of origami paper with a birthday present (do my friends know me or what) so I used a piece of it for my dress.  I am also carrying my heart in my hands as for once this journey is all about my heart and not my head.

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 The stars I punched from the origami paper and surrounded them with yellow pastel.

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 I added the black plants by outlining them with a Faber Castell marker then filling them in with pastel.  I just love that when I rubbed it in it picked up the pattern of the doily.

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Keep your fingers crossed and send some positive vibes that things go well in the next couple of days.  I just might have some exciting news for you all on Wednesday!!