Wednesday, April 24, 2013

2 x 4's and Scrapbook Paper

Hello again!  I am sure that  I  mentioned to you dozens a couple of times about my three daughters. I am one proud mama!    My middle daughter is transferring colleges in the Fall and will be moving 4 hours away.  (I don't know how I am going to handle this).  She is my "sunshine girl".  She loves to be outdoors and is a very nature loving person.  I often call her my "hippy child."  She should have been born in the 60's.  She loves to swing and walk barefoot in the grass.  She is a fan of John Denver and loves his song, "Sunshine".  Lol.  I wanted to make her something to have that would remind her of how much I love her.   So-- I made this sign for her to hang on her wall.  Hope you like it.  Try to make one of your own.. it's really easy!  I have included a tutorial.  Thanks for visiting me. Come back soon!

First, find a piece of wood the size you want your sign to be. Choose your scrapbook paper colors and cut them to fit your board in whichever design you choose.

Next, I painted the edges of my wood, but you don't necessarily have to do this.

Now -- glue your paper down on the wood with modge podge.  I made my own. (50% elmers glue and 50% water).  Smooth out the wrinkles as it dries.  Put a layer of modge podge on top of the paper too.

Add all your letters, embellishments and pictures last.  I modge podged my letters and then I used double sided tape (lots of it) and pop up dots on the rest.  I took my matching ribbon and just used a push pin to hold it in the sides of the wood. 

Good luck and please send me a picture if you make one of your own!

Bicycle and Dump Truck Planters

Hello friends!  Happy Wednesday to you!  Have I ever told you  what wonderful, talented, amazingly crafty friends I have?   Well.. I have lots of them!  One of them is named Teena Sorrell.  She made the two flower planters pictured below.  She lives in the country and enjoys sewing, gardening and belly dancing.  Yes.. that's right.  Belly dancing. She is also VERY talented at costume designing.  But -- today we are going to talk about her planters.  She found this old bicycle on her property when they first built their home.  She  stored it up waiting on the right inspiration.  This past weekend -- she set to work and created this beautiful bicycle planter.  Don't you just love it?  She also salvaged one of her son's old dump trucks to use as another planter.  It is just so cute!  I don't have an old bike -- but --since I have not rode mine in over 3 years, perhaps I should get busy making better use of it! 

Thanks for dropping by today.  See you soon!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring-time mint Lemonade

Hello blogging friends! This weekend was so beautiful!  It was just screamin' "Lemonade time!"  I just had to make some homemade Country Time lemonade.   Seriously, I used to spend all this time squeezing lemons and mixing sugar and trying to get that "just right" taste.  Then,  I discovered Country Time.  With a few additional lemons and some fresh mint added... you can't tell the difference.  Well, actually you can.  It taste a little better than fresh squeezed!  It didn't take too long for these two pitchers to get emptied!

Hope you enjoyed your weekend.  See you soon!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Chalkboard Painting on Tin

Hello friends!  I am back in "wedding mode."  We plan to have sparklers at the wedding in December and I wanted something to put them in.  I found this tin for $1.50 at a flea market.  It's about 16 inches tall, so it's pretty roomy.  I thought it would be perfect to hold the sparklers.  I painted some chalkboard paint on it and "prettied it up" a little.  Hope you like it!


Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Stampin up Cards

Yesterday, we had  our Stampin Up "Make and Take" at Robin's! We made 2 cards and a scrapbook page that is just adorable.  I wanted to share the 2 cards with you today.

It's always so much fun at "Make and Take" at Robin's!  Thanks for the chance to make such beautiful cards that will be so hard to give away!  Lol!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Old 1960's Metal Pantry Cabinet Make-over

Hello friends!  Hope your weekend is going well.  My sweet husband helped me with a project today.  This old metal cabinet belonged to my mom and she used it in her kitchen as a food pantry for years. (I think she purchased it in the 1960's.)    She gave it to me about ten years ago to use as a tool cabinet for Tracy.   Well.. Tracy recently built a tool closet -- so that left this cabinet unused and very unloved looking.  And you know me -- I refused to throw it out beside the road.  I picked out a pretty green color and Tracy so sweetly  painted it and  touched up the inside of it for me!  I plan to put it in my craft room.  Never can have enough storage space for craft stuff!!  Hope you like our cabinet re-do!
Look at all that storage space!
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Just Dreamin'.....

Hello friends.  I don't know about you; but I sure like to dream.  It's so fun. It's not that I'm not happy with what I have.  I know I am blessed and I am content!  But -- I love to dream, too.  I know you've all played the game in your head  --  "What would I do if I won the lottery"?  And, of course, after we have all relieved our entire families of all debts and donated a large sum to the church... we start dreaming about what we'd do with the rest of the money.   Here are some pictures of a few of the things I would like to have.  Just wanted to share my "dream ideas" with you today! 

 I love the combination of cream cabinets, dark wood and the green accessories in this kitchen.  The wooden beams on the ceiling are just beautiful too!  It just looks so clean and fresh.  I don't dream of cooking in it-- just pulling out one of the stools at the island and looking at cook books.   Of course, I will need a bowl of fresh green grapes to snack on too!

 What a beautiful bathroom!  I would stay in that tub till I looked like a prune!  (Which might not take too long at my age.)  I think I would need to add a few green plants for color and toss in a few throw rugs.  That floor looks a little cold.  Of course, with all my money, I could add heated floors!

This is my dream bedroom.  The wallpaper may be a little much.. but I love the windows, the bedding, and the colors.   I could flop down in that chair and pin things on pinterest all day!
This would be an adorable guest bedroom.  The green color is just gorgeous I would have to add a wicker tray sitting on the end of the bed with some magazines and snacks for my guests to enjoy!

I believe I could live on this back porch.  I think I would add the porch bed swing pictured below too.  I love the white wicker and fresh flowers.  I just can't imagine how I would keep all the pollen off it though.  My couches on my back porch are covered in pollen!

My idea of heaven. Cool breeze, Dr. Pepper, comfy swing with pillows, and a stack of craft and decorating magazines.  Oh yeah.. and my cat Ace curled up beside me!

With a garden shed like this to work in --I would  have the most beautiful floral arrangements!  I love the windows and the aged look to it.  The birdbath and beautiful flowers would attract all kinds of birds and butterflies!  You see that ladder in the tree beside the house??  Well, I would use it to climb up on and hang all my bird houses.

With this backyard pool and BBQ; I would invite you all over every weekend!  Tracy would love to grill out with these appliances on hand!  Notice the fire pit in the right hand top corner.  How neat would it be to jump out of the pool and warm up by that after an evening swim?
I hope you have enjoyed my dream home tour! Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Saturday Scrounging Finds

Hello Friends!  It has been quite awhile since I shared any of my "Saturday Scrounging" finds with you.  As you all know, I love to find a good deal.  Here are some of the things I have collected lately.  Hope you enjoy looking at my little treasure finds!

I love vintage playing cards. My paternal grandparents were card players and seeing vintage cards reminds me of them.    I purchased  these from a Estate Sale for $2.00.

I found this vintage tea set at an Estate Sale for $8.00.  It just screamed "Spring"!

This vintage bread box is in excellent shape and was a road side trash find!  Cost - $0.  Seriously, a dear friend of mine found this in a trash pile on the side of the road! She was so sweet to give it to me!   I love it.

I have always wanted one of these wire baskets for my kitchen but never saw any for sale anywhere.  When I saw this one marked for $2.00 at the Antique and Thrift Store, I knew it was time to snag it up.

I found this old radio on our local online Yard Sale site for $4.00.  I did some research and it was made by   General Electric in 1947.  I need to clean it up a little, but I just loved the way it looked!  It's a pretty large size too.
These two little birds just chirped out to me when I saw them.  They were only $2.99 for the pair at our local Antique and Thrift Store.

This hummingbird feeder came from the  same trash pile that my friend lucked up on.   The bird feeders pictured below were also retrieved from the same place.  One of the bird feeders was still new in the box.   Hey .. it pays to go scrounging!  I had planned on buying a few more humming bird and bird feeders anyhow.  How can you get a better price than free?

I hope you have enjoyed  my little treasures.  Thanks for looking!

First Dance Wedding Plaque

Hello friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I sure did.   Michelle over @ Someday Crafts  saw this adorable First Dance Wedding Plaque  that  Rebecca and Christina from made.    I thought it was such a wonderful idea.   She wrote down the lyrics to their song from their first dance at their wedding.  Then, she put the title on it with chipboard letters and placed it on a decorative stand.  Isn't that just a darlin' little keepsake???  Tracy and I don't have a "wedding dance song" -- but---  we do have the song from our wedding ceremony.  It was "Just you and I" by Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gayle.  Oh lordy -- I am telling my age!    I think I may make us one of these.   After 23 years of marriage; we might need a little reminder of our first love song.  Lol!

Thanks for droppin' in on me!  Have a great day!

Friday, April 5, 2013

S'mores Gift Basket

Hello friends!  I wanted to share this little S'mores Basket with you.  I made this last fall as a "thank you" gift for a friend.  It was stamped with the Stampin Up' set "Under the Stars".  (I just love this set.  It's so perfect for camping photos!)  The little bags were made with my cricut cartridge Basic Shapes.  I included four marshmallows, 4 graham crackers, 2 bite size hershey bars, and some grillin' sticks in each package.  They turned out so cute.  Hmm.. makes me want to go start a fire in the pit... but since it's raining; I guess I'll just grab a good book and hit the bed!  Thanks for droppin' in to see me!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring Chalkboard Art

I am still having fun with some of my chalkboard frames.  You probably saw the "He is Risen" that I wrote on it for Easter.  I wanted to change it, but still keep a Spring Theme.  So... this is what I came up with.  Hope you like it!  Chalkboard art is so fun!  If you haven't tried it.. get into it!
  Thanks for visiting me.  Come back soon!