~Sweet Abigail Bunny~

In the beginning, when I first started Sweet Abigail - she was made with Mother's Day in mind...but after creating her, I put hearts with her and then made the "You are Loved" banner. Then I thought to myself, not everyone is a Mom, but we are ALL Loved. I feel, knowing that you are "Loved" is so very important....hence, Sweet Abigail was brought to life, to let you know that you are LOVED!

I had lots of fun making Sweet Abigail and you know me, I love all of the detail in dollies. Sweet Abigail Bunny is already scheduled to list this evening on ebay and will be listed for 5 days, to end on Sunday evening...

It has been raining and gloomy here for the past couple of days and today, the sun is finally shining...A BEAUTIFUL day! I have been a busy beaver in my studio and have tons of ideas. I am so glad to be back to creating and have a ton of ideas floating around. I hope you all have a wonderful evening. Blessings, ~Tonya



Happy Friday! My title is "Imagine that", well because it is hard to Imagine that Pigs can Fly! Also, a few other things to tell you about thou....Penny Piggy is listed on ebay, for 5 days and will end on Tuesday evening. Here is another "Imagine that"...yesterday, I was out picking up more sticks and taking some gravel out of the grass, from the sides of the driveway (don't want them to wreck the blades on the lawn mower ya know) from plowing during the winter...FUN, FUN!

Jordan came up to me and said there are a couple of piles of gravel way back by the shed. I went and took a look, YUP - more gravel to pick up! I was on my knees picking up gravel, from the grass, from our snow plow person that shoved our snow waaaaaaay back there! Crazy! Imagine that. *smirk* One more thing to let you know about...

Ann of Crowing About Primitives is having a HUGE WOOL SALE!! The wool she has listed is only $4.00 per ounce (that is a good deal)!! She has them listed here. Go and take a look for yourself. Ann always packs them so nice and the wool always smells so clean. You can always email her if you have any questions. I hope you all have a great day. I am going to go and work in my studio now....almost ready to stain my next dollie.....Imagine that! LOL I am on a roll, normally it takes me about another week to get something done --- but I am not done yet! HA! Have a great day. ~Tonya


When PIGS Fly!

For those of you that stop by my blog frequently, this is what I was working on and this is Penny! Lil Penny Piggy...She is just the sweetest and I never really liked pigs, well not adore anyways...but this one, I adore *smirk* Hubby helped me with the base...so nice of him!

A little bit farther away. I made the hanging tag on it from grungeboard, love that stuff. I also crackled it...it looks so aged. You can't really see it, but it says "When PIGS Fly". We have all said it and well, why can't pigs fly. You just have to use a little bit of IMAGINATION and ANYTHING is POSSIBLE! I will be listing Penny Piggy in Ebay tomorrow evening. I didn't get the best pictures and they will have to wait until tomorrow.

I have already started on another new handmade...boy, I must be on a roll. Mark it down!! Did some yard work yesterday and today we all stopped by Dairy Queen, YUM! Stopped in for a BLIZZARD. They are on SALE thru the 25th. They are Celebrating 25 flavors - 25 years...if you purchase one, you get the second one for 25 cents. You simply can not beat that! Today was a perfect day for it too. The weather here in Mn, has been ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have had the perfect day. Blessings, ~Tonya


~Love it!!

I received my vinyl letters today and I had to adhere them right away (of course)!! This is how they look and I LOVE IT!! I am so glad that I thought of this, I suppose I could have cut the letters out and stenciled them, but that would not have looked as "sleek" as it does now...

I think you should be able to "click" on this picture and enlarge it to see the whole thing better. When I reduce them in size, sometimes they get a bit "grainy". I know monitors differ in color, the phrase that I put up is a "rich" brown (not black) and the lighting at times, show darker/lighter - depends on the light. The hand-painted "torn" looking edge it a chocolate brown, so they go pretty well together. From whatever chair I am working in, I can see this and it makes me smile....Because life is really a JOURNEY and it is not a Destination...

Here is the last part of my "Word-age"...see the little "Monkey-Cat" studio ~Skelly~ by Laurie, peeking out in the corner? I love him and glad I got him - So glad I was able to get one of Laurie's sculptures. Today is a bit chilly, but the SUN is SHINING....so I will take it. I love when the sun is shining, makes everything all better. Just hanging around the house today. Sydney and I are going to be working in the studio after a bit. I hope you each have a grand day! Blessings, ~Tonya



I think we can officially say "Spring has Sprung" in our area! I am loving it! Yesterday our tulips finally opened - at least a couple of them. This was our sunset yesterday evening, trust me it was more gorgeous in person. Before I could grab the camera and take a decent picture, it had gone down quite a ways. I can not believe how fast the sun goes down, where you are watching it.

I have been working on a lil critter, that I think I am going to call "Penny". Do you know what kind of critter? Any guesses (Pea - be quiet) *smirk* It will take me a bit, I need hubby to make something for me, I should say for "Penny". Maybe I can bribe him --- we shall see. Ninny has a friend over today, she is staying overnight. Courtney is staying at a friend's house....have one less kid and then you gain one. Go figure :) That's okay, the girls are having so much fun!

How was your Friday. Mine was a little of this and a little of that and it suited me just fine. I got my "Word Art" ordered for my wall in my studio and it should be here tomorrow or Monday...can't wait and I hope it looks just as neat up on my wall, as I had envisioned. Have a Fabulous Friday (and weekend). Ta-ta for now kiddies, ~Tonya



I took this picture yesterday. I walked into the living room and found them "cat-napping" the day away. To see my kitties like this, is just so sweet...to know where they have been and how "wild" King & Boo were and how far they have come. Just think, the vet said that King (the big white and orange Tom Cat) adapting to us and being such a great house-cat was not normal. He was 2 - 3 years old, when we found him and so wild. He is just the sweetest!

Boo, the little calico female...she is another story. *smirk* She loves me, but is still very shy and runs quite a bit from most others. If it is a one on one with the others, they can pet her (some times), but for the most part, she won't have anything to do with them, but hubby. She loves it here. She probably knows that she was only suppose to be here for a while, while housing her for the Humane Society - and if she was sweet to all, she would be adoptable and have to go and live elsewhere. Go figure, she probably understands.

I hope your week is going well...me, working slowly in the studio and some house cleaning. I hope you all have a fabulous day. Toodles, ~Tonya



What I have been up too! Lots of stuff, but not creating dolls!! I have always loved the color "Robin's Egg Blue" and knew that someday I wanted to have that color in my studio. That color of blue goes hand-in-hand with a chocolate brown (which I love), but brown is just too dark for a work space (in my eyes) so I left the walls the existing base color (a creamy taupe-ish color) and threw in some chocolate accents. I love the valances I made...and that chunky wide ric-rac that I love....I just had to have that in there too!!

If you all remember, this was Jordan's bedroom....he had a border with fish on it and the wall with stripes on it, that was an accent wall that I had "rag-rolled" on and then antiqued it. Well, that being a main wall, I had to accent it with the pretty stripes. I did not want to ruin the existing base coat and really did not want to take down the border (being a bit lazy I think...but I think I created more work for myself this way) and I have heard that you can paint them, if you prep them first. So, that is what I did! I painted them and added a torn edge effect and am not quite done with them yet...but wanted to show my progress. Here are the pics, in order if you are standing in the center of my studio and turn clock-wise. I still have to add some creative things to the border...but am LOVING it so far!!

Lots of table space. How long do you think it will stay clean? Not long. I plan to work in there today, but wanted to show you these pictures, before the mess! Could not live without those two stands that are by my chair, with all those drawers. Love them! Oh and the chairs, Jordan and I re-covered them a couple of weeks ago...crushed corduroy - sooo neat and love how they look!

My most FAVORITE wall and would love to do the whole room in stripes, but that is a lot of work, lots of painters tape (which is not cheap) and LOTS of patience! *smirk* I would love to contact someone that has the machine to cut large vinyl letters and have a witty saying on that border area...ya just never know what I may come up with! Those pictures above are Gritty Jane prints. Love her work, but would never be able to afford an original, so the prints are the next best thing for me. I may end up painting those frames chocolate brown...the black is bothering me a bit...

Gotta love the cubby-hole thinga-ma-bobs! Everything in it's place! You can see everything and find everything. Just think, the one I purchased is the tan one and that was suppose to be for wine bottles - but I thought outside the box! The white one, was a freebie along a road, that someone was throwing away and it said FREE. On top of the white one, lots of glass jars and eye-candy up there!

See this area? This is the area that is not done yet! I have to move the stands and paint the border and such yet. I figured that would be a good project in a couple of weeks. I have an itch to create and I have to feed that itch!! The picture of the window at the beginning of this post...that window is right before this picture. I just didn't take a full picture of the window and the partial plastic stand way to the left. All you missed was a window...just trying to keep this in order for a visual aide :)

Most of my fabrics (which is way too much)! This is my little Halloween area - a top of this stand. I just didn't have the heart to put these things away...along with my Skelly from Laurie on my cubby-hole stand (on my table). He had to be protected, so he does not fall. He is a tall fellow!

And the last picture...back at the door. I hope you enjoyed my little tour. It really is a very nice space, I think it is 13x13 or something close to that. Love my space now...so funky, cheery and inviting! Makes me smile every time!

I must "shake a leg" and get some things done. I am going to start creating again....and don'tcha think it is about time? HA! I have been a SLACKER! I hope you all have a PERFECT Friday and a BEAUTIFUL weekend. Ta-ta for now kiddies, ~Tonya


~Easter Wishes~

Wishing each of you a Blessed Easter