Wednesday, April 9, 2014

GETTING SOME CRAFTING ON WITH FRIENDS

 
After taking off a couple of months from crafting I recently got motivated to get some projects going.
 
Inviting friends to join me is always fun, way more laughs and conversation than going solo when crafting.
My friends Debbie and Denise joined me in making these cute spring time plaques.
 
 
 
Debbie and Denise with their completed crafts.  I always have fun with these two fun gals, they are a hoot.
 
 
I actually had the wood cutouts for these cute roosters for a couple of years but had put them in a drawer and promptly forgot all about them.  Fellow blogger Vicki Johnson Hansen from Green Eyed Girl Crafts sent them to me from a shop in the town where she lives.  With some scrapbook paper, glue, paint and glitter I brought them to life.   Aren't they adorable?
 
 
I was inspired by a pin on Pinterest to make these wood Easter eggs.  I got some wood in the garage and set about to cut them on my scroll saw. 

 
You can never go wrong with this saying.  This is going into my inventory for a lavender farm gift shop this summer.

 
 
Last Saturday I got together once again with some of my favorite friends to work on these Easter signs.  We also had a couple of ladies who didn't make the projects but joined us in the conversation, fun and laughter.
 
 
I love crafting and I love my friends, I am blessed to have them in my life.  Thanks Carol, Elaine, Kathy, Debbie, Natasha (daughter) and Shawn for a great time.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Guilty As Charged: I Am Rushing Spring

Pinterest has done it again, inspiring me to make more pretties.
 
  This is the little beauty that gave me spring fever.  It is actually on Etsy but I found it via Pinterest.
(Source)  
 
 
Spring can't get here soon enough and I know I am pushing it by putting this on my door before the first of March but dang it anyway, I'm ready!
    
 Here is my version of the above spring basket.   I just happened to have the basket waiting for something cute to go in it.  (Truth be told I think I have had that basket laying around for more than ten years.)  It is flat on one side with a handle just like the one above.


I found these adorable eggs with floral picks already in them at Michael's.  Can they be any more adorable?

YES I WOULD SAY I AM RUSHING SPRING.  PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Have You Heard Of Zentangle?

 
I think I posted awhile back about a new addiction I had found called Zentangle or as some people call it, Zendoodle.  Since then I have really taken a liking to this form of doodling.   You can go on YouTube and watch video tutorials on how to get started.  Pinterest is another great resource, just type in Zentangle or Zendoodle in the search box and you will be amazed at how talented people are with this technique.
 
 
Below are some of the more recent tangles I drew.  It is very relaxing and with the long winter evenings it gives me something to do while watching television.





 
 
I have started adding colors here and there for a different look.



Here are the pens I use for doodling:  Sharpie fine point,  extra fine point and ultra fine point.  You can see in the picture the different size tips.  The ultra fine point is great for tiny lines and filling in spaces.  I have also used Micron brand pens, you can buy them individually or in sets.  I got mine at Michael's and used my 40% off coupon, they were regularly $27.99 so I paid around $17 for a set of 8.

 
 

For Christmas I made copies of 8 different designs I had done and put them in folders for my grandchildren to color.  I also did each of their names in block letters so they could color those too.  My now thirteen year old granddaughter Addison has picked up Zentangle and has even taught a class to some younger girls at church how to do the basics.  Yes, I would say we have quite the fun hobby, you should try it.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Mini Makeover For My Laundry Room



 
 
As you can see from these two photo's, (above and below) my laundry/mud room was a little cluttered with no cute factor at all.  Don't get me wrong, it is very functional.  I do laundry here, hang up coats, store dog and cat food, wash things in the utility sink, throw family room clutter in there when company comes, (oops, I am giving TMI).
 
 
Because the cleaning/de-cluttering bug usually hits me in January I decided that this room needed some attention.
 
I did some throwing away, putting away and deep cleaning, even moving the washer and dryer and mopping under them.  No more cobwebs, dust or clutter was to be found when I got finished.
CHECK IT OUT BELOW:
 







 
I didn't buy one thing to enhance my laundry room, I just did some "in-home shopping" and came up with some items to 'cutsify' (that is not a word according to spellcheck but I use it all the time) my laundry space.  I also made the Laundry sign and the Laundry Schedule sign using my Silhouette Cameo and boards I already had on hand.
 
I also added a Scentsy candle warmer which made its smell as good as it looks.  I just may have to actually do some laundry just so I can hang out in here.
 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Believing in Tomorrow

 
I know it is only January 18th but I can't help but look forward to springtime.  Pictured below is a photo of some pansies I planted last fall but forgot about because they are on part of the deck that can't be seen from inside.  What a pleasant surprise to go out into the sunshine today and discover a little bit of springtime.
 

Sometimes it is the little things that inspire and give hope.