Saturday, August 19, 2017

Preparing for Christmas: Poms Poms & Bling

Styrofoam Mini Pom Poms and Blingy Christmas Ornaments for 2017
While cleaning and organizing my Christmas craft bin from last year, I found extra small styrofoam balls, mini pom poms, beads, rhinestones, and other odds & ends.
Not wasting a second I started working on some Christmas ornaments using these supplies and more.

These were a cinch to make.
I used glue and small straight pins to secure the pom poms to the styrofoam balls.  Right before I added the last 2-3 pom poms, I would secure the ribbon or string to the empty space.  Then I would go back and fill in the empty space with remaining pom poms.  Lastly I would add the ribbon and I was done.

 These type of bling ornaments were a little more time consuming due to the fact that the pearls and rhinestones took time for the glue to dry.  I would work on a small section at a time and let the area dry and adhere.  While drying, I would work on the above pom pom ornaments.
I donated several to our Church's Gift shop, and I also taught the Guild's craft group how to make them for our upcoming Christmas Bazaar.

I craft so hard, I sweat GLITTER!

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 him๐Ÿ’™
If I can't bring my dog, I'm not going!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

~close your eyes & feel the summer breeze~
via Pinterest

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 ๐ŸŒž

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What A Deal!

All for $5!!!

I'm walkin' on SUNSHINE๐ŸŒž

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 
via Pinterest

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 ๐ŸŒž
via Pinterest

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.
via Pinterest

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

For Dolly

Last night & this morning we had the best and coolest weather for the last time here in the Valley!  My doors and windows are open and letting the cool breeze air out our home.  I'm enjoying every minute of it!

I guess once you get to a certain age you know more people you care for, and there's always some health issue going on.
I made this card for Dolly.  She's such a sunny cheerful and positive person, and when she smiles at you, you know she loves you! But in the last year she has had a year of bad health.  The last incident for her was being rear ended on her way to church on Easter Sunday.
I made this card especially for her.

Isn't nature wonderful!
I had a Mamma Quail nest in my big geranium pot out in our patio for the last 5-6 weeks.  She was so good about taking care of her eggs, and letting me water the pot.  I tried not to disturb her at all, and she would stay very still while I water the plant.
I waited patiently to see the little guys, but I didn't get the chance.  As soon as her brood was hatched, the new family was gone.  Silly but it saddened me that I didn't get to meet the babies.

Sneak Peek:
 I am working on some Christmas ornaments to sell, and ...
 donate to our Church's gift shop.

I plan on having an Open House Christmas Craft Sale this coming year right after Thanksgiving.  So lately I've been working like a Santa's Elf in my craft room!

Do not be afraid to fail,
be afraid not to TRY.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Homemade Candy Dots

Over the weekend I learned to make my own candy dots!
It was a very easy process and super cheap!
A year ago I watched a YouTube tutorial on making your candy dots or enamel dots; but when I saw a fellow crafter make them, I decided to give it a try.
I am glad I did!  It was super easy and the results were fantastic.  
 I bought one bag of Pony Beads at the Dollar Tree store, came home and followed the instructions:
 Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Place beads as shown in picture above.  Place cookie sheet in oven carefully to avoid beads all over the kitchen floor!  Bake for 15-20 minutes; depending on your oven.  If beads are not done to your satisfaction, leave a little longer in the oven but do not forget!!!  Beads will not burn, but get flatter and rounder.  When done, remove from oven and let cool completely.  Voila!

Here's a sample of the real candy dots I bought and used in a set of cards.  I've had these beads for over a year, and was using them very sparingly and wisely.

My next project is to learn to make Perler Beads into candy dots!

The best way to start a
is with a cup of
~Heather A. Stillufsen

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wedding Anniversary

Happy Saturday!

My friend Luann requested I made her 2 wedding anniversary cards for her friends.

~interior of card~

Thank you Luann for being a great customer.  I really appreciate that you think my cards are "worthy".

Girlz Day Out
Several weeks ago 3 of my friends and I went bowling, and we had a blast!
As you can see from the scores posted, I really stink at it...LOL!

Luann, ...

Joanne our pro-bowling star, ...

and Moi, loving my bowling shoes!

Showing off my very first crop of  Key Limes.
Juicy and delicious...must make a Key Lime Pie soon!!!

Today remember that a good attitude and a smile can take you a long way.
~Heather A. Stillufsen