Lyneen's 2021 Class Kits Instructions

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, April 11, 2022

National Grilled Cheese Day

Today is National Grilled Cheese.  When I think of toasted cheese a grilled cheese like the one pictured came to mind. 

Did you know one of Jane Austen's favorites was Toasted Cheese.  Toasted Cheese according to Martha Lloyd's Household Book is grate cheese & add to it one egg, & a teaspoonful of Mustard, & a little Butter send it up on a toast or in paper trays. 

My favorite toasted cheese is a grilled cheese with a twist.  I butter the outside of the bread and roll it in parmesan cheese then grill it. 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

"Winkling on Netley Beach"

I love my vintage postcards.  To go through boxes and boxes of postcards to find ones of interest or great additions to a growing collection is thrilling. Yesterday I spent several hours delving into thousands of postcards at Silverdale Antiques. One card caught my eye!  The picture is not anything spectacular, but the front still caught my attention!


Where is Netley Beach?  What is Winkling?

Like any good sleuth, my inquisitive mind took me down many paths searching out the answers to my questions. 

This postcard was published by Shurey's Publications, a magazine publisher.  Shurey's printed postcards as free inserts in their magazines to promote sales.  

Where is Netley? It is in Hampshire southeast of Southhampton. Netley is officially referred to as Netley Abbey. 

In the early 1800's the area consisted of only Netley Abbey Ruins and two villas Netley Castle and Netley Lodge. 

The Netley Abbey ruins are the most complete surviving abbey built by the Cistercian monks in southern England. Almost all the walls of its 13th century church still stand. ~English

Netley Castle was built by Henry VIII in 1542 or 1544, it was abandoned in 1743. Over the years the castle went through different owners, renovations and uses.  Today the castle has been converted into nine residential flats!~ Wikipedia

I searched for details on Netley Lodge and could not unearth anything. Maybe it has been destroyed or demolished. I will continue my search. 

Netley Beach is a hidden beach in Hampshire, it is not a beach that attracts many tourists.

So what is "Winkling"?  The dictionary definition: extract or obtain something with difficulty.

It took some searching, I did uncover a few tidpits of information regarding WINKLING! 

Newsprint: "COSTLY WINKLING. At Southend, on Tuesday, Alfred Whitehead, a fisherman, of Prifctlewell, was summoned for stealing two pecks winkles, value 35., the Southend Shellfish Co. Defendant said he gathered the winkles from Crown property." Friday November 11, 1910 ~ Chelmsford Chronicle, Essex England


"Howard and Katrine both grew up in the UK where periwinkles—or “winkles” as they’re known—are commonly sold in fish shops and seaside towns. Howard has memories of going “winkling” as a child and Katrine said she’d buy a newspaper cone full of them at the fish and chips shop where they were usually served sprinkled with vinegar.

They explained that periwinkles were considered “a sort of working class snack”, with most of the winkle shops in London being concentrated in the poorer East End." Edible Cape Cod


A JANE AUSTEN CONNECTION: In the 1700's to 1800's, the abbey ruins made Netley a popular excursion from Southampton - there is reference by Dr. Cheryl Butler in her article written for JASNA in the Winter 2019 issue of "Persuasion".  At seven Jane and Cassandra Austen went to boarding school in Southhampton. During that time, it was unlikely they made it to the Abbey ruins, as many came down with typhus which almost claimed Jane's life. It would be nearly 10 years later when Jane would visit the Abbey.  


On another note, today I learned what collecting postcards is called: Deltiology. Collectors of postcards are deltiologists. See definition below.

Deltiology, taken from the Greek logos (science), and deltion (writing tablet) is the study of postcards. The term was coined by Randall Rhoades of Ashland, Ohio in the 1940’s during a period of renewed interest and research into postcards. The term is meant to impart dignity to the act of postcard collecting so it is looked upon as something more than just a hobby. It is not an internationally accepted term, and is not used by most postcard collectors (deltiologists). ~ from
Metro Postcard Glossary

In the end I learn from postcard collecting.  Some may be bizarre facts; many are in reference to the times the postcards were printed.  I do enjoy the hunt and the search. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Relatively Thoughtful Christmas

On this wintery card, papers from both Winter Wonderland and Reindeer Christmas were used. Mixed media Artic Snow Paste with a snowflake stencil was used to give the background dimension. Burlap was added for texture.

This fabulous collection is available here:

Monday, December 20, 2021

Playing in a PAPER Wonderland!

Playing in a PAPER Wonderland!

(To the tune of "Winter Wonderland")


Paper cutting, are you listenin'?

In the store, beads are glistenin'!

A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight!

Playing in a Paper wonderland!


Gone away is our hesitation

Here to stay are crafting motivation!

We're singing a song, as we cut along

Playing in a Paper wonderland!


In the classroom we can build a card

Using die cuts, punches, and stamps too!

We'll have lots of fun working hard

And using the right adhesive and glue!


Later on, we'll collude

As we cut, with attitude

Bringing out supplies and our sparkling eyes

Playing in a Paper wonderland


Through the crop we can build memories

With our scissors, ink, pens and bling.

We'll have lots of fun with our accessories!

All those patterned papers make me sing!

When we crop, ain't it thrillin',


The shelves of product, are over fillin'

We'll frolic and play the Paper Crafting way

Playing in a Paper wonderland.


Playing in a Paper wonderland.


Playing in a Paper wonderland!!!

----Words by Lyneen Jesse



Sunday, December 19, 2021

Christmas Napkin Holders

 Pull out some of your dies and create beautiful napkin ring holders for this I use the Elisabeth Craft Designs Poinsettia and Winter Greens dies. 

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Just A Card - Shop Small - Shop Local

Thoughtful Group supports the #justacard campaign. Today’s the day to spread the love. Shout from the rooftops about artists, makers, independent shops and small businesses you love. Find out more about us at

I am a design team member of the Thoughtful group. The team is a gathering of diversified artists from around the world. For Relatively Thoughtful I am the Events Manager, we are looking forward to an amazing 2022.

In addition to working with the Thoughtful Group, I work in my local Scrapbook store, the Scrapbook Zone. We are one of the very few in Washington State still open. At the Scrapbook Zone I work retail and teach card making classes. I enjoy inspiring my students.

In class I always say, “These are your cards; I give you the instructions so you know how I created the samples. You do not have to create your cards as I did. I encourage you to add your own artistic flair to your cards if you desire."

I think it is important for everyone to support local worldwide even if it is JUST A CARD!

Please visit us at the Scrapbook Zone if ever you are in the Pacific Northwest.