Saturday, May 23, 2015


It's Spring and the coyotes are out and about!!!
 The reason why I have not taken my little guy Jack for his daily walk!
 One of our neighbor's doggy Bella was attacked by one a couple of weeks ago.  Poor Bella! She's so shaken by this experience.
I don't blame the coyotes.  We have encroached in their territory.  We just have to keep our babies safe.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


My name is Oliva; and I'm a dish-a-holic and proud of it!!!
 I found these gorgeous oval platters at different garage/estate/thrift store sales, while on my hunting trips for more. What I didn't have was a rack to display them, but that has been taken care of as well.  I knew exactly where I wanted to hang them; but all I needed was for Hubby to be away so that I could freely and happily nail it up.
Hubby has an issue with nails on walls and "more crap hanging from our walls".  Too bad!!!
I always knew that this little corner in our dining area wall needed something...
 to complete this wall!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Framed Silhouette Bunny

I had been wanting to make an Easter Bunny silhouette framed art for about 2-3 years now.  I got the idea from a friend.  Her daughter made her one and I thought, "How cute is that.  I can make one myself!"

So when I found the bird picture frame at Beall's Outlet store, I knew what I was going to use it for!  The best part of it was that I had enough points to get it without spending an extra lucky day.
I came home and immediately put it together.  I have a book that I tear its pages out for my altered art, and went to my saved Easter Pinterest Board for the bunny template.  I used Tatertots & Jello Easter/Spring Printablesand voila!

Now my Sister wants one...on the hunt again for the right frame...

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Photo Holders

I had fun making photo holders using binder clips.  It amazes me how some people are so resourceful in creating art out of every day office supplies!
I made 3 using the large 2" binder clips.  I went through my Stash of Bits & Pieces to decorate each binder clip.
This is my favorite of the three!!!
 I covered the base of the clips with a strip of designer paper (2" x 3 1/4").  The paper is printed with flocking.  I added an oval metal bookplate with matching brads, and on top I added the "moment" sentiment metal sticker.  To finish it off I added a tiny bit of leftover lace, ribbon and a pearl bead.  The flower embellishment is actually part of some piece of lost jewelry.  
 I made this one for my friend Ann!
This was actually the first one I made.  She is one of the nicest human beings I have the pleasure to get to know!
This picture is not very good (my apologies)...but I wish you could see the cute shell heart button attached to the ribbon part.
This one is for my Sister.  She loves polka dots!!!
I used lace sticker (roll), 3 pearl stickers and 1 pearl bead, a heart charm tied with twine, a tiny ribbon flower, and a piece of blue ribbon that has "cherish" written across.
This will be added to her Mother's Day goodie bag!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Paris in the Spring Spoolie

I've had Paris in my mind lately...hint hint Dear Hubby!
 I had so much fun creating this Paris in the Spring Spoolie for Audra Marie!
I go through all of my well organized boxes, files, jars, baskets, stashes, closets...which sometimes being too organized can be a bad thing; meaning too many places to look for things...exhausting work!

Once I am done hunting and gathering, the fun begins in putting it all together!  The interesting part for me is how I collect all of these bits & pieces all along, and somehow most of it eventually fit together.

~Supplies: vintage wooden spoolie, a strip of vintage fabric, shredded paper, a tiny piece of ribbon for a bow, embellished pins, decorative strips of ribbon, a string of tiny pearls, a lonely lace embellishment, tiny paper flowers, ephemera, and my very own handmade tiny distressed coffee stained tag~
  I like to make sure the back of the spoolie looks as good as the front.
I included along with her spoolie a set of assorted handmade stamped cards, a small glass stained cross, Limoncello scented hand sanitizer, and a hydrangea card.
I hope Audra Marie enjoys it!
We both participated in Sarah's Spring Spoolie Swap.
Thank you Sarah for hosting this fun swap.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spring Spoolie from Audra

I want to thank Audra Marie for the beautiful and sweet Spring Spoolie she created for me!
 It was the perfect touch of spring to add to my cake plate vignette.
Audra Marie also was generous enough to include a beautiful pen set, notepad and tea (Chamomile & Lavender).
We both participated in Sarah's Spring Spoolie Swap.
Thank you Sarah for hosting this fun swap.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Crochet Edge Pillowcases

It's such a gorgeous beautiful day here.  Cool, overcast and breezy!

I took advantage of this beautiful morning to organized and cleaned out a box full of accumulated Christmas and assorted gift bags (by occasion) out in the garage. I'm so glad I have been keeping up being organized in the garage cupboards/closets.  It's a great feeling now to go there and find exactly what I need.
Another belated project finally finished.
I added 2 different crochet edgings to this set of pillowcases. Last summer I learned to sew pillowcases.  This set of pillowcases will be flying back with me to Minnesota, and will be used for our bed.
I used this pattern for the top pillowcase crochet edge from a vintage crochet magazine I found at an estate sale.  I collect old crochet magazines...I just never know when I will need a pattern
For the bottom pillowcase crochet edge, I simply came up with the idea myself.  I now wished I had used the pattern from the magazine.
My decorated Easter egg gift from Jacob, my 4 year old nephew!  He did it all by himself!
Thank you!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crochet Sunflower Coasters

So glad to be back!
I didn't take a break because I wanted to, but because for the last 2 months our lives were interrupted by life's hiccups.  We have been in this home for 7 years now, and it seemed like anything that could go wrong after another$$$  So very thankful they were things that could be fixed, replaced or tossed away.
After all of the chaos, I had a chance to sit down, relax, put my feet up, and enjoy iced cold Arnold Palmers.  But alas, it has been hot here and my glass would sweat and get water all over the coffee table! So out came the yarn and hook and made a quick set of 6 sunflower coasters.  Perfect for spring and summer.
 Our first red amaryllis of this season, and...
pink amaryllis.
So very lovely!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Baby Shower Invitations

 When my sister found out that she would become a first time grandmother and got over the shock...surprise, she immediately gave me the job of making the baby shower invitations!
 Once we found out the sex of the baby, I got busy!
I had fallen in love with the onesie baby card, and finally had the opportunity to make it.
I used assorted blue designer paper to accent the onesies.
The beginning of making 40+ cards!!!
What 40 plus finished cards look like!!!

I was so happy to be done making them.
It made it easy that I was pretty organized and assembled the cards in stages (onesie cutout, bows, stamping, ovals, ...).

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A New Life

Julian Anthony
March 13, 2015
8 lbs, 3 oz, 21"
He is perfect!
I'm a proud Grand-Aunt!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring is Here

Happy Spring!
So happy to be back to our so called "normal" life!
This is Daphne Moone our new family member.  She's 4 months old and a sweetheart!  We have adopted her.  At first our plan was to be her foster parents until we would find her a very sweet loving and caring family.  Well, Hubby simply fell in love with her and couldn't bear parting with her.
She's all ours now!

What a whirlwind last couple of weeks have been!  When something goes wrong in our life, there's a string of  more to follow.
Let's see: our computer crashed, front door knob broke, irrigation watering system needed repair, the vacuum cleaner belt broke and now replaced, and I had a nasty cold/allergy...

and of course while this is all going on, we also had good come into our lives.  My sister's first grandson was born ~ Julian Anthony, 8 lbs. 3 oz. 21" long.
We had very pleasant company (except for a little hiccup: my niece accidentally fill her gas tank with diesel on her way back to California...actually a big hiccup!...on a Sunday afternoon.  Don't ask how in the world she managed to do this, because I still can't figured it out!!!  As bad as this sounds, luckily for her and us, our whole family were able to help her in our own way with this situation, and a couple of hours later she and her mom were back on the road again!  A reminder to all of us how blessed we are to have the good times and the bad times!

March has been a very busy birthday month!  Lots of birthdays which at times is hard to keep track of all of them!!!

Well...I hope that now I'll find sometime to blog and have fun!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Computer Crashed

Our old computer totally crashed!!!!
What a headache!
New one up and trying to figure out how to work and re-establish all of my favorites!!!
I've a huge headache!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Year of the Sheep

This is the year for people born on the Year of the Sheep!
Be it business, love or health, everything will be in your favor this year.  Take calculated risks to succeed.  Your courage, optimism and enthusiasm will be infectious to people around you.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fasting & Feasting

Fasting & Feasting
Lent should be more than a time of fasting.
It should also be a joyous season of feasting.
Lent is a time to fast from certain things and to feast on others.

It is a season to turn to God:
Fast from judging others; feast on the goodness in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on unity of all life.
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.
Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; feast on divine order.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives; feast from affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.

Fast from hostility; feast on non-resistance.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal Truth.
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.

Fast from facts that depress; feasts on truths that uplift.
Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from shadows of sorrow; feast on the sunlight of serenity.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence. 

Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayer that supports.

~William Arthur Ward