Thursday, June 19, 2008


Today’s element is inspired by a craft. It’s a THANK YOU gift to all of you who have been supporting me here, and (as OLIVIA DORAZIO) at the Sophia Sarducci Shop. Its in recognition of your investing in me. As my designing grows, I want to always be able to ‘give back’. Without your support, I would not be able to do this.

Its not often I see AND DO a craft. Mostly I breeze through the magazines, hoping to pick up some fresh ideas to share with you, but once in a very small while I find something that I actually decide to do. This is what happened recently when I saw this cool Martha Stewart idea for a paper lantern decorated with butterflies (among a whole BUNCH of other great ideas, like the silk flowers light string, shells light string... OH MY!)

Well, as fate would have it, I saw a plain white paper lantern at a junk sale and scooped it for 50 cents, so I figured it was meant for me to make this project.

Miss Becks and Belly!

My good (and very pregnant) friend Becky came to share my Wednesday with me, and we visited the dollar store to gather the needed supplies – after a picnic lunch on the lake walkway in the sun and a whip creamy coffee out too) We actually used some gift bags to cut the butterflies out of, as the scrapbook papers there left a lot to be desired. I’d only intended on being oh so frugal, but just HAD to have the extra little green lantern I spied in there too.

I was so excited to find my little green lantern that I SQUEEKED! It LIGHTS up, using a set of triple a batteries. I put a candle in the big white one, VERY secured onto the frame in a glass holder. Don’t worry, I’ll be careful. I wound up adding sparkles all over them too, securing them on with a good shot of hairspray – no I will NOT light it till its totally dissipated.

Here's a silly little slideshow of my creations:

My Butterfly Lanterns

Speaking of summer & lanterns, my friend Kristin CB has a new kit out. When I ‘grow up’ in my designing I aspire to even come close to the talent of Kristin. She has such a fine touch, an eye for even the tiniest details, and I always want to reach out and touch her products to see if they are real or not. Truly if I came into a large sum of money I would want Kristin to design my wallpaper (the kind that goes on real walls) for my new home.

I met Kristin a few years ago and we struck up a friendship right away. Being a fellow Canadian, even living within the same province, we found ourselves having lots in common. One summer Kristin and her family stopped by for a visit/picnic, much to my joy. Passing this way again, my friend? There’s always a room for you!

Kristin is sweet and shy, HUGELY talented, both with photography and design, but she’s also a beautiful person, inside and out. She’s been a great mentor in my life and even tho we don’t get to chat like we used to, she’s always got a special place in my heart. I don’t know how she manages her young family (new baby VERY recently) AND designs like she does.

Without further ado – if you plan on scrapping Summer ‘stuffies’ I’d suggest you check out and buy Kristin’s Party Out Back Kit by clicking HERE. Jennilyn made a drop dead gorgeous desktop using Kristin’s kit to share with you. You can also keep up on whats new in Kristins designs by visiting here blog HERE.

I have a new kit coming out on Monday, but I will share more about that with YOU on SATURDAY. Stay tuned here, if you drop in on SATURDAY, I’ll have previews and ANOTHER FREEBIE awaiting!

Thats all my big news - well this besides my darling husband finding a TICK on his body at like 5:30 a.m. today, waking me up in a frantic flurry (I'm NOT a morning person at the best of times) and me staggering into the bathroom where I had to go at him with tweezers. Luckily it was not buried and we flushed it away. EWWWW! I was so brain-dead I went back to dead and upon REALLY waking up not remembering if it was real or a nightmare...


  1. awesome party lites them ..can't wait to use them ...kristi kit looks awesome i will have to check that one out ...well sis have a great weekend and miss you ...

  2. Thanks for the fun visit & craft time yesterday. The lanterns looked so good. Did you test em out in the dark?

  3. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 20 Jun [LA 03:34am, NY 05:34am, UK 10:34am, OZ 08:34pm]).

  4. Good Morning Barb:)
    I'm BAAAACCCKKKK!!LOL I picked up all of the goodies I missed in the last few days.How cool! Thank you so much for sharing with me.:)
    I love the story of your Mom and bartering.hehe..she's a tough one for sure.LOL Great find!! I had an electric ice crusher one time.It made sooo much noise when crushing the ice ..that even the neighbors could hear it.LOL I got tired of that so it is probably in someones yard sale now.hehe Dh got me a side by side ref/freezer a few years back and it has an ice crusher in the door.It's really hard pushing that cup against the lever.LOL We save money by him building things instead of buying them ready made..then we can afford to put things on the credit card.hehe
    If you get time..come see my scrapbook cabinet..I filled it up and took a pic.It's on my blog under yesterday's post.I posted it last night:)

    Have a fantastic day!!


  5. How cute and I just love the picture you took!!!!



  6. Your kindness also brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for being there and for praying for me. You are one of a kind!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Hugs, Renae

  7. AnonymousJune 20, 2008

    Hey there neighbor! Lovely post today I don't get as much time to read these days, busy! busy!

    I love that patio paper lantern, I wonder if they have it in Penticton, we rarely go to your neck of the woods.

    I did find a good sale at Feilds on swimsuits $25.00, I should have stopped by the dollar store too.

    Have yourself a great day. It might shower today so I best get the laundry out on that clothes line quick. Hugs!

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE the lanterns and thank you so much for sharing!! DH & i recently picked up (swapmeet) a few strings of little lanterns and before that, DH surprised me with an Oriental lantern that is about 4' long! going to send you the picture!
    looking forward to your weekend blog entry too!! HUGS! see ya tomorrow! :D

  9. Hey there girl! Looks like you had loads of fun making those lanterns ... and a good visit with Becky to boot!

    You watch that old tick bite ... make sure no bulls-eye forms!!

    TTFN ... Cis

  10. I love your lanterns, they are so different and exqusite, will brighten up any page i'm sure. And what a delightful pic of your pregnant friend too, you do have an eye for something different.

  11. Love the freebie, and your white and green lanterns. I have a string of those in the cottage - I SHOULD make some butterflies with the kids over the summer....whether I will or not is another matter!

  12. WOO HOOOOOO, the DIGI-PARTY is over here on Barb's blog y'all!!!

    I SO love outdoor lanterns and having followed Misty Cato over to her new home at the Sweet Shoppe, I encountered this GORGEOUS kit by Ms. Kristin and, YES, I wish to be like her when I grow up too!!! It is SUPERBLY designed and she TRULY creates an outdoor patio ambiance!!!

    Barb, I am just beginning my digi day and have just read your e-mail. Thank you SO much for such a prompt reply and another lovely comment on my blog!!! I shall be adding you, TY!

    How WONDERFUL your homemade lanterns are and I SO miss watching Martha Stewart for her brilliant and, usually, easy-to-follow directions. I am sure that you and Becky had LOTS of fun with this SWEET project and I ADORE your little photo-showing!

    THANK YOU very much for such a LOVELY "thank you" gift. A MOST unique item that I shall relish and hold onto for just the RIGHT memory preservation!

    I am SO loving your blog and shall be adding you to my faves.

    Have a MOST glorious day and BON SCRAPATIT!

    Linda :)

  13. AnonymousJune 21, 2008

    aww barb *huge hugs* thanks!! miss you.

  14. I’m catching up on your freebies that I have missed lately…so many and indeed so beautiful!! Here is some more...♥"Love"♥... Suzee Q's Stuff


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