Hello everyone! I am thrilled to have you visit with me and I hope you enjoy your stay. I absolutely love company, sharing, and making new friends so I hope you find something here that inspires, motivates, or just pleases you in some way.

Of course, I love to visit and be inspired also. So if I don't already drop in on you, please let me know where I can find you and I'll hop on over to see what you're doing or to just say "hi".

Before you go, I would love it if you'd please leave me a comment letting me know you dropped in! Actually, I'd just love to hear from you -- comments, opinions, or questions you'd like me to answer.

In the meantime, relax and make yourselves at home... you're family here!!!

I'll be seeing you!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Hi, family-friends!  Happy Wednesday to you all!

I see I have a few new followers I'd like to welcome to our family!  Glad to see you and glad you found "Home".

Well, I still haven't been able get my creative juices flowing enough to figure out how I want to complete my "long-ago-started" project  (I'm thinkin of letting you have a "sneak peek"though), so I did what I often do when I don't have any particular project in mind -- just play.

As it happens, I ran into a Hobby Lobby yesterday to pick up my favorite glue I'd ran out of and saw these beautiful glass vases.  They were professionally crafted -- hand blown, I think; anyway I wondered if I could replicate the look.  I didn't know exactly how I'd go about doing it,  but by looking at them I knew I'd give it a try.  So, I ran into a Dollar Store, purchased a glass vase, came home and gathered these supplies and some leftover jewelry findings (and, yes, I even snuck in my Stickles...lol):

Then I got busy!  I didn't have a clue as to how it would turn out when I started but I turned that ordinary $1 vase into this:

No, it doesn't even come close to looking anything like the one I saw at HL, but I love it!!!!  Even if I must say so myself, it turned out great...lol!!!  And, it was therapeutic, a lot of fun, and the outcome was a total surprise! 

Hope you like it!  I'm thinking of playing around and decoupaging the next one! 

Love you all, and I'll be seeing you!


Fern said...

WOW Audrey!!! This is fabulous!!!! You've created a beautiful piece of art here!! I love the way it turned out!! I just can't imagine you loosing your creative juices when everything you do is absolutely amazing/beautiful!! I have so missed visiting you and I promise to be around much more often when I retire/quit work in about 2 weeks.... I can't find the time to - take care of grandbabies, scrap and visit all of my wonderful friends right now!! I love stopping by to see what you're up to, you're just so talented!! Take care and I hope you find that "mojo" soon, but to me it doesn't look like you've lost it!!! Hugs!!!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

OH OH, if this isn't just BREATH TAKING.. you are so amazing my friend.. I am just speechless, I wish I could creative like that when I don't have any juices flowing.. you are totally AWESOME.. hugs

Cher~ said...

That is really gorgeous. I want to come play too.

jen said...

I love how you can just create anything..you have the best ideas.. Thanks so much for sharing them with all of us. This turned out fabulous.

Kate said...

This looks absolutely super, Audrey!! What a wonderful vase - and even better that the experience was so therapeutic for you.
I had to laugh though... I don't know how many times I've run into a store to get a needed item, only to come out with or go on a hunt for other items to begin a newly discovered or thought of project!!

mforquer said...

Audrey - this is just fabulous!! How'd you do it lady?? Love the gorgeous colors and you really jazzed up a plain looking vase!! Love it!

Barb's Boys said...

Gorgeous colors, great effect!

shari said...

It's beautiful! Share with us how you did it. Shari (cricutrookie)

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [17 Mar 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

lovemypaper said...

Hello Audrey well you did it again.Another great project I love it. The color work well together.TFS

Charlotte said...


Wow!! This is amazing! This looks to me as if you have your creative juice going strong. I love the colors and the way you used them. The jewelry added is to the vase just gives it a real unique look! No one would ever believe that it started as a $1.00 vase!!! It is beautiful!!

I hope to see more of your beautiful work real soon!

Audrey Frelx said...

Thank you all for your comments!

Melissa and Shari, I'll do a quick tutorial for you on how I did it. Actually, it'll be really short as this was sooooo easy but maybe looks like a lot of work! There may be some elaborate way of doing this but I was just playing so it took all of about 10 minutes (took longer to dry). Actually, I'm amazed myself at how it came out

I'll have tutorial/instruction soon.

just2ducky said...

Love the rich tones, beautiful!

Rhonda Emery said...

glad your back to your crafty self. love it it is so amazing and beautiful. you rock girlfriend.

Besthobbyeva said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Very clever, I love it.


DonnaMundinger said...

Glad to hear you'll be having a tut soon because this is absolutely AMAZING, Audrey! WOW! Love the added chain links. xxD

~BridgetL~ said...

stunning. only you could go in for one thing and come out with a idea for a spectacular vase. I can't wait to see those easy in instructions.

- - Sheryl - - said...

ohhh this looked like lots of fun using all sorts of medium

Jean said...

Oh my goodness, this is beautiful!! Love how it turned out.

Treva said...

Beautiful vase, can't wait for the tutorial!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Wowza...stunning and beautiful. This would be a great gift idea too. :)