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Sunday, February 18, 2018

HAPPINESS
BLOOMS FROM
WITHIN

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Some Home Love Touches

Just a few touches of love around our home.
I know Valentines is over, but I can't bring myself to continue enjoying the holiday.



 I treated myself to flowers!


 Heart napkins from Target Dollar Spot brighten the kitchen counter.

 "Treasure the ones you love" & "Be Mine"

 New pinkish kitchen towels, and a little reminder...
LOVE is in the air,
So WASH your hands!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Barn Door Valentine Card to Hubby

 Hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day!
This is my Barn Door card for my Valentine which he loved!
 The Barn Door actually slides to reveal my sweet sentiment to my Valentine.
I wish I could take credit for the creation of this adorable card, but it was one of four cards we made at last Saturday's Make-&-Take at Vivian's.

...and this was card from my Valentine...cute!

~All you is need is LOVE~

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cleaning Makeup Brushes & DIY

Great News!!!
I'm golfing today and our weather couldn't be absolutely perfect!!!  I'm going to take it easy though, so I don't re-injure my left arm/shoulder which is feeling 90% so much better.

 My post for today is about keeping my makeup brushes clean and it's super important & hygienic for your skin!  I have been wanting to do this in awhile, but something would always come up.
I'm embarrassed to say I had not cleaned my brushes since I've had them (years!!!).

I simply used running warm water and baby shampoo to wash each brush.  I squeezed a little shampoo unto the palm of my hand, and then I took my wet brush and twirled it and scrubbed it gently into palm.  I repeated this process several times until water ran cleared.
Here they are squeaky clean!!!
 I used an old clean towel to squeeze the excess water from each brush, and then I laid them out on our patio table to completely dry.  I did this on a very sunny and deliciously warm day.

I badly needed a little glass jar I could display/keep my makeup brushes, and finally found one.
It actually is a recycled candle glass little jar from the Dollar Tree.
Once the candle completely burned out, I thoroughly washed the glass and upcycled it!  After watching several YouTube tutorials on how to create a Mercury Glass Look.
I'm actually pretty happy with the result, but I think a little more practice is called for.  It wasn't messy or difficult to do at all!
I'm sorry to say you might be seeing a lot more Mercury Glass Look DIY's from me in future posts...and I have lots of glass vases/jars!!!

The best thing to hold unto in life is
each other.
via Pinterest

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Denim & Lace Flower

Last summer I attempted to learn how to make a flower using fabric and lace.
This was my first attempt:
 I did a lot of Pinterest inspiration research and read/watch lots of tutorials; and this is what I ended up with.  I'm happy with my first attempt, but I would like to practice more and hopefully I'll end up with a variety of different flowers. 

 I turned my flower into a brooch and currently making this simple denim tote prettier.
I'm spending today going through my sewing stash and hopefully by the end I'll have a variety of flowers to use in my altered projects.

My other goal for this week is to make a few Valentine cards to mail out to very special people💝, and one to my Sweetheart!

Whatever is GOOD for your SOUL,
DO THAT.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Embroidery Hoop Wreath Inspiration

 Last week I was so inspired to make a very simple wreath using an embroidery hoop.  Ann from On Sutton Place shared a post on how to make a very easy floral embroidery hoop wreath.

 I've had this 14" embroidery hoop forever and had been wanting to make a wreath using it.  It's not the size Ann uses to make hers.  My goal for this year is to use what I already have on hand.
I did a little more rummaging through my craft supply, and found the silk flowers and greenery (both from Michaels).  The ribbon is from Stampin' Up! that I've had for several years now; and...

...I knew I wanted to hang it from our living room wall mirror.
I love it's simplicity and lightness, and it's perfect for this time of year...I think!
The silk flowers and ribbon are tied onto the embroidery hoop, and can be easily removed.  That way I can decorate wreath according to holidays and seasons.

A little update on my shoulder injury:  I have good days and bad days!
So on the good days I tend to take advantage of it and make the most of the day!  

Focus on the GOOD!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

I'm at a place in my life where
PEACE is my PRIORITY
&
negativity cannot exist.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Let It Snow But Not Here

I'm so lucky to be back in Arizona where the weather is absolutely perfect this winter!
Here I am at my Girlz Christmas party in December.  We had a sock exchange and these are the pair of socks I ended up with.  Perfect thick warm socks for MN winter weather this year.

I have been pretty much taking it easy lately due to an injury to my left shoulder and arm.  I have been in pain and sleeping poorly; but lucky enough to have found a great chiropractor who's currently treating me.  I'm hoping that by the end of this month I can go back to normal and enjoy life again.
As of today, this is my first post I have been able to do being able to type with my left hand...this is progress!

So lately it has been pretty much catching up with reading and watching lots of Netflix, Acorn and YouTube DIY tutorials.
I guess this is the only way I'm forced to sit and not do anything which was absolutely so difficult in the beginning...I just wanted to pull my hair out and scream out in frustration and pain too!!!

Word of Caution: Watch out for slippery floors!!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday, December 29, 2017

I Was NICE!

Thank you Dear Hubbie!!!

It has been a great Christmas and at the same time it has been not too good; but I'm thankful never the less.
I have not been feeling too well; which in turn I didn't go all the way out for the holidays.  We were lucky enough to have the tree up.
Hubby has been suffering from lower back pain, and I from my left shoulder due to a fall in mid-October.  Finally we both ended up seeing our Chiropractor on Wednesday.  We are feeling better, but we have a long ways to go.
Besides dealing with shoulder pain, I have other medical issues that need to be treated and taken care of.  So in the New Year off to see my Doctor and get well soon.
So...in the meantime this is so Me:

We are looking forward to New Year's Eve with some friends here at our home.  We hope to be able to have a bonfire out on our back patio; and wait for the New Year to ring in.  No muss, no fuss...simple meal, merry drinks, great company and comfy PJ's!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Oh Holy Night
the stars are 
brightly shining
It is the night of our
Dear Savior's
Birth

Friday, December 22, 2017

Coffee & Christmas Tea Station

 Last night I did a little re-arranging in the kitchen.  I was lucky enough to end up with a little empty corner to set up a coffee and a Christmas Tea station.  In this corner of the kitchen we have sort of a bar cart on wheels.
Hubby and I are only morning coffee drinkers.  During the winter or colder weather I enjoy drinking hot tea throughout the day; and what better way to remind me to take a hot tea break.
The Santa Claus cookie jar above the station will get filled with homemade cookies tomorrow. 

This side of the kitchen counter is almost all set for tomorrow's Christmas cookie baking day!
I just need to run to the grocery store and pick up a few ingredients I missed on my last shopping expedition...argh!
So far I plan on making Christmas Sugar Cookies, Melting Moments, Almond Crescents, Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Glaze, and a few more if time allows.
This will be my first time in a very long time to make Christmas rolled out Sugar Cookies and I will actually try to iced them as prettily as I can.  We'll see how those turn out.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Displaying Christmas Cards

 I get so giddy when I receive Christmas cards in the mail!!!
This year I thought it would be great to display our cards in a different way.  I was so inspired by this easy display, that I had to make one for myself.
All it takes is one hardcover book and folding all of the pages in half.

For my folded book, I decided to leave the cover on for sturdiness.  I'm still looking for a pretty silver tray to display our card holder to make it look more festive.
After I put away our Christmas cards, this folded book project will turn into holding incoming mail, notes, and more on our desk.
The cute adorable Santa Claus is new this year.  I won this at our annual Bunco Christmas party.

This Christmas season has been way too short to get every thing done like in the past.  I tell myself not to stress over it, and simply enjoy the moment!

Share Your Cup #275
Cooking and Crafting with J & J  #128

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Merry Christmas Plaque

 At Saturday's annual Make & Take Christmas party gift exchange game, I was so lucky to come home with this beautiful Merry Christmas Plaque.  It was handmade by the ever so talented Sally who I simply admire so much!
It is a 12" x 12" square piece of super heavy tile, and very nicely decorated with this Merry Christmas graphic.  I'm pretty sure she used her Cricut machine to make it.  I love it!!!

Vivian our very gracious "hostess-with-the-mostess" made this adorable Tomten...one for each of us.  She just recently returned from Germany, and she was so inspired by these little guys.  She says they were all over the place.

According to Scandinavian legend, the tomten is the protector of the farm through many generations. He is very small, usually dressed in grey or blue, has a long beard and wears a red cap. His only demand is a bowl of rice porridge on Christmas Eve. Ah, but if the farmer happens to forget, there will be trouble. Instead of protecting the farm & family, the tomten will play tricks on them. Tomten is the Swedish name. In Norway he is known as nissen, in Denmark as nissemanden and in Finland as tonttu.

I'm displaying my new Merry Christmas plaque and adorable Tomten on our bar cabinet for this season.

The following pictures are most of the handmade gifts exchanged at the party (I might be missing two...I think):
~from left to right~

Vivian holding her new "Some of my Best Friends are flakes" framed snowflake, & a gorgeous lighted snowman painted on reclaimed wood,... 


A Merry Star made from reclaimed wood by Vivian, and a painted snowman on a hurricane lamp,...



A State of Arizona nail string art frame, & a Christmas Tree using die cut leaves from card stock and beautiful decorated with snow and cardinals throughout the tree.  It actually sits on a piece of pretty stained wood and votive candles on each side.



The gorgeous Joy gift box contained very delicious homemade toffee and other delicious treats plus a candle.  The JOY wreath was so cute, too!  I have been meaning to make one myself...



A beautifully decorated lantern with a tree that lights inside, and Sheila sporting her new hand knit scarf & hat.



A huge mesh ribbon wreath, and my handmade lantern,...




The Lady on the left ended up with a handmade beautiful Christmas quilt table runner and an absolutely stunning Christmas glass dish...also handmade by Mardy.
One of the Ladies ended up winning the cutest hand painted Reindeer plate. 

This Lady won two hand painted pictures made by Sheila our resident artist, ...

...and Moi with my "cheesy smile" and beautiful Merry Christmas plaque.