Friday, June 19, 2009

Love Abel Mabel

Magnets! I had order a few a while back and came across her blog the other day and ordered the first four in the picture. They are so cute and the best part...ONLY 2 bucks each! It's a nice little touch to slip one in a card... extra little something. Check them out here
Sorry for the blurry picture.

Monday, June 15, 2009

One Man's trash

Is another Man's treasures........

These cement critters where left here when we moved to this place a few years ago and I just love them, to some they may be trash but to me they are a part of someones history.
Yes, they are chipped, missing parts, but to me that's what makes them a found treasure. My mind often wonders when I see old things, I think of it's history and the joy they brought to someone else. I wonder if these have had several owners, how old they are or what their origin is, if they could speak what stories they would have to tell.
I'm reminded of this too when I use my Mom's old metal measuring cup she used to measure her sugar for her sweet tea, or when I look at my Dad's dog tags he wore around his neck in World War 11, he served in New Guinea... now they would have a story to tell I'm sure.

It's funny how something so worn and useless to others can become a treasure to us. Do you have any treasures?

A discovery in the boxed memories
forgotten history of childhood,
adolescence, years gone by
pearls in the oyster
treasures in the dark
still places, quiet like the grave
dirty too, with the dust of time
urging me to look further
in the next box
for another nugget
sifted from the stream bed
among the rocks
and the gravel

Come help them celebrate!

Congrats to Tip Junkie on their Dot Com
To celebrate they are having a grand giveaway, 10 prizes every day this week! Check it out here
Good luck to everyone who participates.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Live Laugh Love

I made this little pencil holder this evening after seeing one posted here able mabels
Be sure to check out her cute little magnets for sale.

The little owls are so in right now and just to ding dang cute... I have always loved owls.
I took a piece of wood and cut it down with my husbands skill saw, whoa... that thing scares the heck out of me. Power tools with such force aren't my thing, now the drill I don't mind. I drilled a hole in the top to hold the pencil, sanded it down and then painted the top and bottom with some craft paint. I then cut the paper to fit, decoupaged it on and waited for it to dry and sanded the edges. I used Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink around the edges. The paper is from We R Memory Keepers, the white out collection, the little owl is from a package of dimensional.

Altered Cross

Here it is... see picture below in previous post to see what I started with.

Here is how I did it.
I first took the flower off by inserting a butter knife under it and prying up a little moving around the whole flower being gentle so it didn't break. Once it was off I gave it a quick sanding using fine grit sand paper, to get in the small areas I tightly wrapped the sandpaper around my bone folder.
After sanding I dusted it off with a old rag then I laid the cross down on the paper I choose to cover it with and traced closely with a pencil and then cut it out. I then applied Mod Podge to the cross and let it set for about for about 30-45 seconds then carefully placed the paper on and rubbed it down with my fingers, paying careful attention to the edges going over them several times. I used a small craft rolling pin to smooth it down really well working out any bubbles that might form.
Keep a eye on it for about 10 minutes in case bubbles form you can work them out while it's still wet.

Let it dry for a few hours.

Once dry trim around the edges with a pair of small scissors, you don't have to be too precise the sanding will remove the rest. Now take your sandpaper and wrap it around a bone folder or whatever else you have on hand and sand all around the edges moving in a downward motion only! If you sand in a upward motion it will loosen and tear the paper. Sand until the paper and wood looks like it's become one and it is free of any loose fibers from the paper.

Then decorate to your liking. Oh, I forgot "FAITH" was printed out on regular printer paper using the batik regular font. I then took the paper cross that I traced and cut it in half right below the cross part and lined it up on the printed piece then taped it on and ran it back through the printer. Did that make sense?
I guess you could do that step before cutting it out, I didn't think of it until it was cut. If you have any questions. let me know.
If you try this post a picture on your blog and let me know.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Hubby is still in Nevada so I'm looking for another project, see ya soon!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Long forgotten

I was looking through some boxes that I had packed up since we moved here two years ago and found this wooden cross that I had bought at Walmart... ummm probably six years ago.
I just never got around to doing anything with it so I think this will be my project for this evening. Hubby had to go to Nevada on business so it's just me and the furkids tonight.

I hope this inspires you to get out a long forgotten project and get the creativity flowing.
I will post some pictures when I finish.

Father's Day card

I had seen this layout somewhere on you tube and I have searched and searched to give credit, couldn't find it again.
The sentiments were created in word then printed out on white card stock, the card itself is half a sheet of card stock folded in half and then the top folded in half onto itself, I hope that makes since.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Our Favorite Children

Sissy needed some new harness vests to take on vacation so I sewed her a few today. She wasn't up to modeling ... bad hair day! However, here is a picture of Rocco our male yorkie. I just love this picture, he loves ice cream and as you can see he is waiting ever so patiently. They both are a handful and spoiled rotten!! I don't know who's fault that is ;)

Here is a picture of Sissy taken about a year ago, she is such a sweetie,well as long as she gets her way.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

In Memory of my Mother

Isn't it funny how you will start a project with something in mind and it takes a new direction? I started this thinking I was going to make a memo/recipe holder for my kitchen which is done in a coffee

It will be six years ago on the 17th that I lost my Mom to lung cancer. Not a day goes by that I don't think of and miss her terribly, at times it seems like only yesterday and sometimes like forever...
What I wouldn't give to hear her laugh, have a glass of her sweet tea with her at her kitchen table,one last hug..... I could go on and on.
Grief is a funny thing ... some days it seems like you are getting past the sadness that has taken over your heart and then with the blink of the eye, it's back,full force.
Please, cherish every moment you have with your parents, I have often said "No matter how old you are when they are gone you feel orphaned."

"I love you Mom"

I hope that
when people look at me
they see a
little bit of you .

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Melissa is having a give away and this Big shot could be yours! Head over to her blog and check it out.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Wanna win these items?


It's Maureen's over at momostampers first blogoversary, to celebrate she is having a give away ,check out these wonderful gifts. Hop on over and check it out ......

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I love this paper

I wanted to share with you these Father's Day coasters I just finished for my Son. I plan on making him a altered canvas clock to that I seen here we'll seeeeeee ;)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Craft it Forward

This sounds like fun so why not?
visited this blog today and she is hosting a Craft It Forward, which I am now continuing on my blog!

How it works:
The first five people to respond to this post will get something handmade by me.
Please note:
There are no
guarantees you will like what I make...although I sure hope you do! What I create will be just for you.
You'll receive it this year (2009)
The item will be a surprise to you and can be ANYTHING handmade
In return, all you need to do is post this text into your blog, email me the link back to your Craft It Forward post, your snail mail
addy and then make 5 things for 5 people.
My email address is:
Please put CRAFT IT FORWARD in your email to me!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Here it is!

I mentioned a few days ago that I had a secret, it is. I have been wanting one and I had a 50% off coupon so once again I headed to Michael's ..hehe What choice did I have, with the coupon? Some may not have a Michaels craft store , I'm pretty sure it's the same chain as hobby lobby in other states.
I want to get some embossing folders for it they are really inexpensive especially if you catch a good sale at . I haven't even taken it out of the box yet, sooo much going on and I have been a little sick the last few days.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Altered clipboard

This project was easy to make and fun too! I bought the 6x9 clipboard at Michaels for 1.99 and I really like the fact that the metal clip is screwed on and not riveted like most.
It makes it much easier to decorate it and also if you choose spray paint the clip which I did on this one. The green tag is cut from the Walk in my Garden cartridge and as you can see I weaved ribbon through the stitch cut out and stamped it with a stamp from the dollar bin ,again at Michaels. Gotta love those deals!
I got the inspiration from here. Angie has some great tutorials.