December 22, 2011

my dad's place

photo by my dad
wintry scene from
somewhere in the Texas panhandle
(last month)

December 17, 2011

Homemade Granola Gift Giving

i thought the previous post was the last one
for 2011, but i had to share this little gift
i made for my son's teachers.

i made some granola at home using this recipe.

added my personal touch with these diy tags. 
used sticky back canvas and stamped letters
including the date it was made. 
stamped the sides using
these beautiful stamps.

of course, i had to try it with a little bit of yogurt.
happy creating. happy holidays.

December 15, 2011

it's time:cardboard christmas cards

few more things to finish up along with these
christmas cards.  i made these for a party tomorrow
and some friends.

made with cardboard and washi tape.

(note: i found the stamps i used at a thrift store and do not
show where they are from)

now it's time to
enjoy all that this holiday season brings. 

best wishes for you and your families.


December 10, 2011

Glitter and figurine

a little bit of saturday sparkle and sweetness.
(with halftone phone app frame)

December 6, 2011

December 3, 2011

While i was cleaning...

while i am cleaning my art space, i am taking little breaks to work in an altered book.  today, will be mostly about cleaning and spending time with family.  hoping to watch this movie. a favorite of mine to watch during the holidays. happy weekend.

December 2, 2011

DIY Threads Christmas Ornament

here is a simple video tutorial for making a christmas ornament with threads.
if there is a problem with the video here, watch it here.

November 29, 2011

8 points

it seems weird to be doing this at this time of the year,
but i am going back to the drawing board to
create an art space that is comfortable and cozy.
more importantly, get rid of some clutter. 

sounds more like spring cleaning i know, but
i feel i need to do this now before i can focus
on more creating and the holidays.

November 26, 2011

weekend love

more journal making with a favorite supply-colorful waxed thread.

weekend reading. loving both.

a few of my favorite pages.

yummy decorate tape.

getting ready for an evening of ballet-the nutcracker.

enjoy your weekend and don't forget
free shipping over at my shop until monday.

November 24, 2011

Free Shipping Cyber Monday

visit my my shop during these dates to receive free shipping.
at this time, free shipping for United States orders only.
thank you. happy shopping.

November 23, 2011


my best wishes for a happy thanksgiving.

update: check out the Winter 2012 issue of Somerset Studio Gallery
to see some of my life of threads collages.

November 20, 2011

making a journal-the process

 the completed journal will be loved and cherished.
he will fill it with stories and memories.

and i enjoyed making it for him with all
my heart.

November 18, 2011

at home

with thanksgiving right around the corner,
i am enjoying getting my home
ready for the holidays,
making gifts for family and friends,
and preparing a simple ornament tutorial
for next week.

wishing you all the best.

November 5, 2011

desk view and more

a view of my desk today.

i also picked up the painting my son and i painted in september from
the framing store.  professionally framed and it looks beautiful.
i will take a picture once it is up on the wall.
thank you Bid Kids Magazine for sharing the link
to the painting collaboration video on your facebook page today.

enjoy the rest of the weekend.

November 3, 2011


i am focusing more on slowing down as i create. 

these sketches are allowing me space to rest.

sketching like this is also keeping my heart warm.
i hope you are finding creativity that keeps your heart warm too.
happy thursday to you.

November 2, 2011

hello november

saying goodbye to october with this in my mind.

slowing down a bit.
my body and spirit need some care.

October 29, 2011

Phone Apps

Original artwork + Camera Effects App + Magic (gives it a round border) 
+ Photo Effects App + Tilt shift

Camera phone + BeFunky App + Viewfinder + Photo Effects App + Gritty HDR

Great reason to play with my android. 

October 26, 2011

Life of Threads Necklaces

as i give these threads a second chance, i see things flowering in unexpected ways. 

 a tiny square caught my eye.  as i held it in my hand, threads and other pieces
began to bloom into necklaces. 

three are now available in my shop

Where trust thrives

 it is so difficult to find that solid ground where trust thrives.  i am unwrapping the ideas that have been perculating and practicing leaning into them with trust.  i hope that in all that the online world offers (good and not so good) you are finding that safe place where you want to be.  i am focusing on exploring  that type of landscape as i try to fulfill my calling and try new things.

October 21, 2011

random stamping:fresh beat

always good to keep some pages from an
old math book nearby for random stamping.

something you should know about me:
i am a bit goofy.  i can sing and dance to
 this fresh beat band song like a true fan.
love them.
enjoy the weekend.

October 19, 2011






October 17, 2011

New life of threads item in the shop

i've been spending much time outdoors finding little
treasures to bring indoors.  placing sticks and twigs in vases and
in these life of threads holders.

this is a new item just added in my shop.  it was difficult
to name because they could be used as napkin rings or pencil holders.
make a bouquet of flowers and place them in the holders.  i like
that there are so many possibilities.

enjoying making these as well.

All threads

today's collage: all threads
i am gently being pulled into a quiet place.
soon, but not now.
the threads are calling.
here is to a brand new week.

October 15, 2011

Grown up dream

my son recently asked his uncle (my brother).... what do you
want to be when you grow up?

i told my son for next time to ask him----
what is your grown up dream?

and boy, does that open up a world of excitement and possibilites.

the best gift i can give to my son is to guide him as he finds
his purpose and passion.

October 13, 2011

Making piñatas & video

making piñatas was always a fun activity to do as a family. i remember the
balloons,all the sticky glue, strips of newspaper, paper mache, and all the hours spent. 
of course, there is the pleasure of hitting it to receive various yummy treats. 

i see now more than ever, that it is the process that is the most memorable and valuable.

here's a quick video where i finish up the making piñatas
journal page for my about childhood series.

October 12, 2011

Cindy Lantier-About Childhood

photo by Cindy Lantier

1. Do you still have a piece of artwork you created when you were a child? Describe or explain. If not, is there a specific memory that you recall about a piece of artwork, art or creativity in your childhood

I’m sure I did all kinds of arts and crafts as a child, if only in school. But the first piece I specifically remember creating was in third grade. It was a simple wall hanging made with a separated napkin, Mod Podge, and Diamond Dust. My mother hung it in the guest room and it stayed there for years. In fact, when my mother made her transition last summer, it was still there! Because I lived so far away from my mother’s house, I only had one opportunity to take my things from the house, and I completely forgot about this wall hanging. Suddenly, I’m wishing I had it.

Art or creativity in my childhood is a complicated issue. I loved to color and draw as a child – most kids do. I’m told that I drew on the walls, and I know I colored on a painting that hung behind the couch when I was growing up. I don’t remember being punished for any of this! As long as I chose “appropriate” forms of expression, my creativity was supported and encouraged, but when I reached outside the box I’d been put into, my hands were slapped. I have an older brother who, at one time, could draw anything. He didn’t just copy what he saw; he could draw a doe that was almost jumping of the page without having anything to look at in front of him. He received special attention for his talents, including private art lessons (we didn’t have a lot of money, so this was MAJOR support from our parents). The encouragement he received acted as DIScouragement to me. I assumed that I wasn’t artistic. I remember being supported in the domestic arts – knitting, embroidery, counted cross stitch, candle wicking, bead work, cooking – but not the painterly arts. That was clearly my brother’s domain. By the time I was in seventh grade, I was actually afraid of art and I avoided it at all costs! I thought I had no talent, no vision. It was an odd tension to live with, to be encouraged to be creative but afraid of art.

2. What does it (artwork/memory) mean to you now?

The glittery napkin art I created in third grade reminds me that I was creative at an early age. My mother’s proud display of that piece also reminds me of her love and support, even if I didn’t recognize it as encouragement at the time.

The memory of creativity in my childhood is sometimes painful, but often amusing, depending on my mood. If I’m feeling melancholy to begin with, I can ride the wave of sadness and unfairness. But mostly, I look at the contrast between the memories of art in my childhood and the reality of my adulthood as a testament to the creative spirit that lives inside us all. Creativity and artistic demonstrations were destined to be a part of my life and years of discouragement couldn’t prevent it from shining through.

3. Will you be willing to share a photo of the artwork you did as a child or share artwork/photo inspired by that memory?

As I mentioned, I don’t have that special piece of artwork that I created as a child; I wish I did. Inspiration is one of my early pieces and I still love it. To me, it’s a Muse carrying my creativity back to me after all those years of ignoring it. This isone of the pieces that is most responded when people see my work up close. I think that’s because of the emotional reaction I had during the creation process.


thank you for sharing your story.
nice to have met you in flying lessons.

October 11, 2011

Life of Threads Wraps 2

each thread is a symbol of second chances
and new opportunities.

 order your life of threads wraps here.
read more about the wraps here.