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.

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...

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.