Friday, August 18, 2017

Fancy Dress Card

 I made this pretty doily fancy dress card for my Sister's daughter-in-law's birthday back in June.
For this card, I had to learn how to make the dress using a paper doily.  I followed this Doily Dress Folds tutorial.
I didn't quite do the bottom part of the dress correctly, so mine is a little bit different, but I think still super cute!
 ~interior of card~

 My birthday gift to Mariana was a set of earrings and ...
a bracelet in her favorite color.

Sassy since Birth!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thrifty Finds

This past weekend, there were hardly any gargage sales to be found near me.  Luckily I did run into one, and found some goodies like the above cherries & berries fake fruit.

All for $10
I rescued another knitted doily in excellent condition, and a rubber stamp with a great summer quote.  A very pretty popppy tea towel, two machine embroidered potholders and one hand embroidered tea towel.  I also found a pretty Americana box, a Beatrix Potter 1983 birthday plate and curtain rod rings to use for an upcoming craft.  Not picture is a dinner serving fork, because I always need extras.
The 1983 plate reminds me of my baby brother's birthdate.  I am 20 years older than he is!!!  Now I'm in search of a 1967 (brother) & a 1971 (sister) plates).  I am working on another little project. 

There is no such thing as too much junk.
There is, however, such a thing as not enough room.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Farmers Market Sundays

I love coming home on Sunday mornings right after making a quick stop at our local farmers market.

Besides flowers, I came home with small new baby red potatoes, tomatoes, onions; ... 

and treated myself to a very delicious rhubarb & peach scone with my coffee while enjoying Sunday's entertaintment.

~no rain, no flowers~

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Key Limes

The last of our Key Limes from our AZ tree.
Great for ceviche, beer, Margaritas, Key Lime Pies and much more...

You're my main squeeze!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jack's Portrait

Jack at Sky Harbor
by Catherine, 8 years old

We met Catherine at Sky Harbor Airport (Phoenix, AZ-07/24/17), and Catherine fell in love with Jack!  She and her two sisters want a puppy so badly.
Anyways, after she was all done meeting and loving on Jack, she came back later with this portrait of of himπŸ’™
If I can't bring my dog, I'm not going!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

~close your eyes & feel the summer breeze~
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sip & Craft: Luann's Wreath

 My friend Luann asked me if I could teach her how to make a book page wreath and she did a terrifice job!
Luann made this wreath all by herself, following my very simple instructions.
We went in search of sheet music books and the rest is history.  Luann rolled all the pages at home, and then the rest was done at my place.  One day we had a Sip & Craft session to glitter all the cones; and another Sip & Craft day to finally assemble it to the base.
 She already had the frame.  The picture is of her and her Hubby Kirk from last spring while vacationing in Lake Havasu, AZ.  I believe it was taken on the London Bridge.  
It goes perfectly in her bedroom!

Craftiness is Happiness

Friday, August 11, 2017

Preparing for Christmas: Tart Tins

Vintage Tart Tin Christmas Ornaments for 2017 
I found a whole stack of tart tins to alter into Christmas ornies!  These are diamond shape, but I also have round and heart shaped tins.
I went through all of my Christmas embellishment stash, and found all kinds of goodies to decorate these tins.
First I glittered the inside of all the tins using silver and snow!  Days later I started decorating them...and voila!

I have about 20 more to go!

too many ideas
not enough time

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Crochet Bookmarks

This is my first time making crochet bookmarks, and I had fun making them.
I didn't use a pattern, and simply created it them as I went along.

Some I have given away as a little token, and the rest I will donate to our Church's gift shop.

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer 🌞

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What A Deal!

All for $5!!!

I'm walkin' on SUNSHINE🌞

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Sister

For my sister's birthday, I made her a pair of earrings and a bracelet using Swarovski crystals.
She also received a very pretty birthday card I made for her at a stamping make-&-take.
Plus I made her a crochet bookmark and the little crochet bag to hold her jewelry.

a little sparkle 
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Visiting Raccoons

Surprise surprise!
Three raccoon siblings climbing up maple tree in front our home.

Heliophilia: (n.) desire to stay in the sun; love of sunlight 🌞
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Staying Cool

What to do when trying to stay cool and out of the heat?
Find cool refuge in the craft room and work on making some jewelry of course. 
My new summer earrings, and...
a new necklace.
My favorite combination...silver and turquoise.

Summer should get a speeding ticket.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Phlox 2017

~Phlox from our garden~

has a

Thursday, August 3, 2017

MN Summer 2017

~Finally in cool Minnesota for the summer~

Get rid of the desire
To climb a tree
Or run through
The sprinklers.
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