a bright spot to the day!

I can hardly believe its February already! Wait. Don’t I say this every month?! Oh dear… Suffice to say, I feel like 2008 is already going far too fast for lil ol’ me to keep up! hehe!

I have had some lovely surprises this week; I feel so blessed by all the nice people I’ve gotten to “meet” through blogging! First, Laura and Vasiliisa awarded me the sweet “You Make My Day” blog award! Thank you both so much!! There are a couple rules for this award: Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times. Oh dear… how ever am I to choose just ten?! If I could nominate my entire blogroll I would! You all are such gems and I love each and every one of your creative, thoughtful and lovely blogs!

Vanessa, Marjorie, Blaze, Tricia, Julie, Kate, Anna, Ysolda, Martha, Christine.

inside the locket

I received a darling package from the lovely Sarah. She was doing a giveaway last week on her blog, and I won! *dances* Thank you so much, Sarah! Its a pretty locket with two miniature “portraits” inside from her gorgeous artwork. I’m so tickled and can’t wait to wear it! Which, of course I did today! Not quite the spring-ish outfit I had envisioned, but alas! The weather continues to conspire against me, despite my earnest pleas for spring to hurry up.

inspiration [ twenty-four ]
make a handy circular knitting needle holder
Blaze’s delightful art studio nook!
a “new to me” knitting site
clever scrap-catcher for your sewing table!
wise words on making creativity personal
gorgeous Japanese sewing book images
alter a thrift-store sweater into something really chic!
50 suggestions to save those “bad days”
a valentine’s day sweet download!

I made a trip to the nice art store today (not one of the art/craft/hobby mega stores). I have been needing to make my annual visit there for months; just to browse and take in the beautiful supplies, drool over the mediums I want to try, and be tempted by the vast array of papers! More importantly: replenishing my depleted watercolors with some new, vibrant hues for some artwork I’m in the midst of! And I also purchased a block of Arches hot press watercolor paper; something I’ve needed/wanted for ages! Hooray!! Now I just need to get over my “new art supplies–eeek!” fear. hehe.

Have a lovely, super-duper creative and inspired weekend, my dears!

Cheers & Creativity,
Casey [ email me ]


I really should be in bed, trying to get some zzzz’s before the early start tomorrow! but instead I’m busy dreaming up ideas for possible projects (why oh why does this always happen when I need rest?!). lol. but I’ve got a question that I’m hoping someone can answer for me: how do you clean thrifted wool fabric? I’ve got a pile of old wool scraps and short lengths I bought last year at a rummage sale, and while they’re not obviously dirty, I’m sure a light cleaning wouldn’t hurt. any tips to freshen old wools without felting them (‘cause that’s not what I want!)?

superior quality
Dear friends & readers,
I’ve been trying to get back into the blogging mood for the past month to no avail. So I’ve decided to give myself a deadline of when I will be back and stick to it. I’ll return to my regular blogging May 7 with new content and fun! See you then and hope you’re enjoying the lovely spring weather!!
Kindest thoughts–Casey

listening::the bird and the bee::
inspiration::shanna murray::


A good blog-friend of mine, Aubrey, recently had a fire in her apartment building, forcing her to relocate to another place as well as go through the hassle of dealing with smoke-damaged belongings. An auction has been organized to help Aubrey and her boyfriend out. I donated a set of my handmade valentines and there are some other really interesting items being donated as well! Check out the auction blog for previews of the donated items. Bidding goes live Monday, so I’d encourage you to drop over there and see if anything catches your eye–its for a good cause! 🙂

Wow! Lisa and Stephanie are two amazing women!! They worked with Ebay to resolve the problem and got the Kim Family Benefit Auction back up and running. Although all the previous bids were unfortunately lost. Bidding runs through Sunday, so hurry if you’d like to own one of the amazing pieces being auction and help out in this fundraiser! 🙂

A note about the Kim Family Benefit Auction: Unfortunately, the auctions were pulled due to several “violations” in Ebay policy. All the bids have been lost. Lisa and Stephanie are actively working to resolve this problem and get the fundraiser back up and running. Thank you so much for your generosity up to this point (before the auctions were pulled, nearly $12,000 had been raised!!) and I will be letting you know when its back up and running again.

P.S. A “real” post with pictures and crafty-goodness will be coming later today!! 🙂

The Kim Family Benefit Auction, with lots of amazing handcrafts and art by a group of very talented artists begins tomorrow! Be sure to check it out; 100% of the proceeds go towards the James Kim Memorial Fund and helping the family in their time of loss.

My two donations, the cardinal and squirrel tote bags, will be up for auction! Here’s hoping they raise lots of money!! 🙂

cardinal tote squirrel tote

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