Tuesdays Are For Treasuring

Happy Tuesday friends! I have a beautiful, new treasury for your viewing & shopping pleasure today… Hearts Galore! I’m “hearting” lots of things right now, including the Fall-ish weather that has hit Kansas City recently, the current book I’m reading “Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe” by Jenny Colgan and the fact that we are all getting back into the routine of things now that schools been in session for a few weeks.


How about you? What are you currently “hearting”? 

Hearts Galore

Hearts, hearts and more beautiful hearts!

Doxie Dachshund Pin

Mother's Hold Their Children Mixed Media Art Print

I Love Fishing Coffee Mug, Red Heart, Fathers Day, Grandpa, Angler, Trout, fly fishing, deep sea, lake

I Love You to the Moon and Back, Garden Sculpture, Copper and Glass Mobile, Wall, Window, Porch Hanging

Red Heart Earrings, Valentines Earrings, Love Earrings, Red Crystal Earrings, January Birthstone Earrings

The Sofia Dress - Girls Dress with Red Velvet Heart and Peter Pan Collar - Valentines Day Dress (Made to Order Sizes 2 3 4 5 6 T)

22  HEARTS Nail Art nail decal  NAILTHINS Nail  Design

Keychain,Leather, Heart, Key chain, Red, Recycled,Women,Key ring,

Heart Shape American Fried Egg and Pancake Mold -1 pc

Minty Teal Heart Barrette Hair Accessory, Hair clip, Heart Barrette, Mint Green, Spring Hair Fashion,

038 Vintage Home Decor Wall Hanging Heart Shaped Mirror

Stained Glass Autism Puzzle Heart Suncatcher

Red Heart Pitcher Waechtersbach  32 oz

My Heart in Your Hands

Hearts Basket Cloth

Anniversary Gift City Map Print FRAMED Personalized Gift - Any Location Available-  Personalized City Map Poster


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Blog Has Moved… please resubscribe.

Hi Everyone! I’ve recently switched to a self-hosted website/blog so if you’d like to continue following along on Altered Iris’ adventures please come visit my site directly (www.alterediris.com) and resubscribe. 


Thanks so much! I look forward to continuing to connect with you! 🙂 

Spring Has Sprung


Happy first day of Spring! One of the fun things about moving into a new house is being surprised by what pops up in the yard in Springtime. Even though we did a complete overhaul of the landscaping around our house last Fall, we still had these beauties show up this week. I was so excited to see them. Spring is my favorite season and one of the reasons is because of the lovely flowers. I’m also excited to see the tulips we planted peek out soon.

What are you doing to celebrate this first day of Spring? What’s your most favorite thing about this season?

Wanna Shop Local?


Hi Everyone! Just wanted to pop in and let you know about a new website that features handmade sellers in the Kansas City area!

Lu and Ed

There’s everything from embroidered hoop art, bags, cute kids cuddly’s, wedding supplies, jewelry, coasters, clothing, bath & body products, ornaments, fabric pouches, cuff bracelets, hand weaved baskets and more! There’s SO MUCH cool stuff… all handmade in the Kansas City area. You simply must check it out! Links to each shop as well as their social media and other places you can find them are all on the website under the “handmade sellers” tab. Enjoy! 🙂


New Originals & Prints in Shop!

Hey there! Happy Wednesday! Anyone else done with Winter?! I am. Last week we had a break and temps were in the mid 50’s here in Kansas… this morning it was 4 degrees… 4! They are calling for potentially lots of snow this weekend too. I’m thankful we had a break last week, but it’s brought spring fever on big time! Winter is my least favorite season though, so I’m always eager for it to end. 😉

Today, I wanted to share some recently posted new goodies in my shop, both originals and prints with more on the way soon. Here’s a little sampling of what you’ll find, but you will definitely want to go visit my shop for yourself to check it all out. 🙂 ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Also, if you want to stay up-to-date with me and the happenings of my shop, I’m on Instagram and have been posting some sales and behind the scenes sneaks recently. Check it out and follow me… I’m @alterediris.

Hope you’re staying warm and cozy where you are… have a lovely day! 🙂

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Johnson Family! We pray your Christmas is filled with joy, merry-making and good memories as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!


Settling In

We are getting settled into our new home and the new school year (my baby started Kindergarten… sniff, sniff). I’m a little sad to see summer come to an end, but I’m anxious to get back into a “normal” routine after the busy and hectic year that 2013 has been so far.

We’ve been in our new house for three weeks now and have tackled quite a few projects, some big and some on the smaller scale, and while we aren’t fully complete with some of these projects we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and are finally able to slow down a bit and just enjoy living here.

This home was a foreclosure so there were quite a few things that needed some attention right away. Although thankfully, the bank replaced the flooring and appliances and painted inside and out before we even saw the place, there were other things like a hot water heater that didn’t work, a garage door with no opener, a faulty garbage disposer, no window coverings… etc. Things that you come to take for granted in a normal purchase situation. 🙂 Despite all of that we are really loving our “project” house. It’s been hard work but it’s also been fun.

My most favorite project we’ve done so far is our kitchen… which of course wasn’t a necessity to be functional, but I knew I wanted to update it and before moving in seemed like the best time to do it, so we went for it and I love the result.

Here’s a pic of what it looked like before we moved in:

Kitchen Before And here’s a pic of what it looked like after we did a few updates…

kitchen after

I’m so thrilled with how it turned out! 🙂

Now, we’ve moved on to bigger fish and started a much needed update on our yard. Ugh. We have a pretty large yard that needed a lot of help. The foundation had a bit of settling over the 3 years that it was vacant and so we had been getting some water in the basement. The yard had a lot of dips and was very uneven which wasn’t helping the water drain properly away from the house. So the last week and a half has been spent ripping out nearly everything in the yard (except for a few choice trees) and starting over from scratch… bringing in new dirt to even out the yard and eventually we’ll have some new bushes, shrubs and stuff to prettify it.

Here’s a few in process photos from our yard adventures:

tearing out the brick IMG_5837 IMG_5842 IMG_5851

It’s going to be fun to see what this place looks like when we are finished.

In the meantime, while the work is being done on the outside, I’m busy putting the inside of the house together, unpacking and settling in. I hope to share my new art space with you soon and will be posting some new things in my shop in the coming weeks.