Friday, June 5, 2015

Crochet Baby Yellow Blanket

I had some time on my hands while watching TV in the evenings, and made a crochet baby blanket in less than a week!
I had been wanting to try out the corner-to-corner (c2c) crochet pattern.  The blanket measures about 38" x 38".  I ran out of yellow yarn and did not feel like running out to get more, so I used white yarn instead for the edging.  I'm still debating if I should add a little embellishment in a corner...for example a few small crochet daisies or something.
The crochet edging is a simple one I just came up with.  The first row is done in single crochet all around.  The second and last row was 3 single crochets, and then chain 3 and single crochet in the same stitch in between 3 half double crochets.

This summer I plan on making baby blankets to donate to Warm Up America!  I'm currently working on another one in blue using a pattern called Tiramisu.   

Thursday, June 4, 2015

White Orchid

For Mother's Day, I gave Mom an orchid plant.  
She loves flowers and all kinds of gardening.  By the way, I get that from her.

Well this little orchid flower broke off her plant and landed on my kitchen counter.  A little gift to myself I guess; and I'm so surprised it lasted so long!  It died the day after Memorial Day.  I would change the water on a daily basis, and it looked so fresh like a daisy...well in this case as an orchid!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Birthday Greeting Card Book

 This is my completed altered birthday greeting card book.
Well almost done... I need to add a title to the cover page.  I did add the adorable 3-D card I received from Tiffanie. 
 This book is made of saved special greeting birthday cards I had been holding onto for a long time.
 I used a pretty long grosgrain ribbon to tie close my thick book.
 For the covers I used chipboard and covered it with colorful scrapbooking paper.
So many beautiful sweet memories being brought back of family and friends.

This is my new agenda/calendar system...LOL!
Hubby & I don't like a cluttered door fridge, but lately I'm finding out this is the best way to remember things at our age!!!  Especially when I make appointments first thing in the morning.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summer Grilling

Let the summer fun begin in Minnesota ~even though is not officially summer~!!!
I left Arizona on a very hot day; thankfully I didn't experienced it.   Jack and I had a terrific flight and landed on a sunny MN day.
 Years ago I used to participate in recipe swaps.  Each swap had a different theme.  For this one swap we were to share a grilling recipe(s).
I collected all of these recipes and put them together for Hubby and I for summer grilling!  I also added a few easy to make appetizers, cocktails and dessert recipes to go with our main meal.
 This is one recipe I contributed, and it's delicious!
All recipes are 6" x 6" decorated and embellished cards.  The frame was part of a gift (handmade calendar).

 Bon Appétit 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

To Do: Summer Garden Projects

While attending a stamping class at a friend's house, Vivian had a new project done to inspire me!
She put together this gorgeous Topsy Turvy Planters, and 
this gorgeous welcoming display.

I'm definitely making the topsy turvy planters with all kinds of summer herbs, and tweaking my front door entry display this summer.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Saved Seeds

If weather permits, I'll be out in the garden.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Altered Christmas Greeting Card Book

My box of saved stashed greeting cards is getting smaller and smaller.
I collected all of the remaining Christmas greeting cards we received last year, and put them together in a handmade book.
 For the covers of the book I used chipboard from a cereal box.  I covered the chipboard with scrapbook paper and used a recycled a handmade Christmas card for decoration.  I used bits of ribbon and string, leftover tags, and made a little birdie of leftover punched outs to make it more festive looking.
 ~It's a 2 ring book~
~Spine of book~
I noticed more and more family and friends are not sending out Christmas cards as they used to.  I hope this tradition doesn't die out.

At Christmas time I will display this book on our coffee table to look through and reminisce.   Hopefully we'll add more to it or make another book.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My Smash Book Style

I used to do a lot of scrapbooking, but stopped and put all of my supplies away.  I think the reason I stopped scrapbooking is that I let life  be consumed by a busy work schedule, the grieving of my Dad's passing; and lots of other family changes.
Even though I stopped scrapbooking, it didn't keep me from collecting pictures, ephemera, mementos, and so on.  I'm happy that I have found joy in scrapbooking and other forms of journaling again.

I just learned about Smash Books and I like the idea of it.
This is my first attempt at it.
I created my first Smash Book -in my own style- using all kinds of saved cards, tags, paper, ephemera,  letters, mail, calendars, brochures, tickets, etc...that I have collected and meant something special to me.
I didn't go out and purchase the standard Smash Book, but used my own  scrapbook album for this purpose.  I'm pretty happy with the results.

It's going to be a busy summer...!!!
But what is a Smashbook? 
An unplanned and on-the-move scrapbook is the easiest way to describe it. The principal behind it and the basic elements are quite the same, except for preparation and presentation.
1. No planning is required for making a smashbook. If there is a holiday journey you want to record in a smashbook, you simply start pasting pictures and other items on each page each day. In a scrapbook, however, one usually start making it AFTER the holiday is over.
2. A smashbook is a journal in which one pastes pictures, embellishments, memorabilia et al on the go. In a scrapbook, planning is essential.
3. Smashbooks do not follow a certain pattern throughout the book. Each page is like a new theme and design. It celebrates “messy”. It is a great activity for those who are not good with arts and crafts. But in a scrapbook, the theme is usually uniform. It also lays great emphasis on creativity and craftsmanship.
4. Smashbook is generally a notebook on which you scribble and paste. It comes with a half-pen-half glue stick instrument which is very handy if you want to instantly write or stick something. Scrapbooks, however, have pages and layouts pre-planned. There is a specific slot for a picture and a fixed spot where you can write.
5. Smashbooks undoubtedly save time and money. You save time planning the layout, picking out decorative items, arranging memorabilia and then buying all the supplies... all of which a scrapbook requires.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I'm Thankful...

My morning view!
I'm thankful for the sacrifices of those who put their life on the line for our freedom!
via Facebook

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...