Saturday, March 25, 2017

Week in Review


Making Roses


First Day of Spring


Spring Cold 

My creativity came to a screeching halt this week when........

Happy Weekend!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Cold

My creativity came to a screeching halt this week when I came down with one awful cold.  My hubbies idea of sharing.  Just kidding, but I did catch his cold and it hit me extremely hard.  Not one to be sick often and always on the go, I haven't given a thought to much else this week except for getting back on my feet.

It always seems like I go brain dead when I get sick.  It takes me a few days to figure out how to make myself feel better.  Mr. K is no help either he just looks at me and asks when am I going to get better.  Poor thing has no idea how to care for someone.  He has gotten better over the years.  At least now he figures out how to feed me something.

Every year I make "Thieves Oil" and keep it in my medicine cabinet. You can find some good recipes on the internet to make some yourself.  That's where I originally got mine.  I never take over the counter cold medicine because there are so many nasty chemicals in them. Anyway yesterday I finally remembered about it and rubbed some over my chest and sinuses before going to sleep.  This morning I felt soooooo much better. It is a very old cure that has been used for centuries and I really  believe it does help.  It certainly hasn't hurt. My chest has cleared and so have my sinuses.  I repeated the same thing this morning.  Wow,  I can breath again and my cough is almost gone.

Earlier in the week the weather was beautiful but then the rains and winds returned.  I so want to just sit in the sun.  That always makes me feel better when I am getting over a cold.

I know wellness is on the horizon because as I lay here in my bed I have my tablet turned on again and I am researching new ideas and projects.  That's always a good sign that I will be back to normal soon, thank goodness.

I have a couple of really large projects on the horizon, too. I plan to lay new flooring in the upstairs bath.  Already bought everything, now it is just a matter of getting my energy back.  I also plan to empty my smaller China cabinet to repaint.  Have everything purchased for that project, too.

I'm hoping for some gorgeous Spring days next week.  This is the perfect time of year for a drive to view the wildflowers.

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

First Day of Spring

Yesterday was the first day of Spring.

 Today even though it is a bit cloudy outside, flowers are in bloom .  So I went out in the yard and snapped a few pictures.

I love all the flowers that bloom this time of the year.  My yard is just starting to come alive.

With Spring and Summer in mind I finished a small project today.

I had a vintage metal strainer I thought I would re purpose for a summer yard decoration.  I saw a similar one at a vintage sale not too long ago.

I began with some cream colored seam binding.

And the metal strainer.  These are pretty easy to find in second hand stores.

I began by cutting lengths of the seam binding long enough when doubled to extend about a foot beyond the rim of the strainer.  Next I threaded them through the holes spacing them evenly abound the  piece.

Once I had all the binding attached I tied chandelier crystals to the ends of every other set of seam binding pieces.  Leaving half of tales with no crystals to catch the wind.

Then to cover the binding ribbons where they are threaded through the strainer on the outside I made rag roses out of muslin fabric torn about 2 inches by 12 inches and hot glued them to the strainer. After that I glued a rhinestone to the center of each rose.

I also glued 2 more roses to cover where the fine ribbon at the top, I am using to hang this piece, comes through the center. 

And here it is finished and blowing gently in the breeze in my backyard.

I think when the when weather turns and we have no more rain I will hang it from a tree branch so the crystals will catch the sun and the streamers will catch the wind.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Making Roses

I finally figured out how I injured my side.  While working in the garden I was pulling and moving large plant containers.  I must have pulled a muscle while pulling one across the patio.  By Saturday I was feeling much better.  That is when my husband was kind enough to share his cold with me.  So, needless to say it was a rough weekend.

For today's project I decided to take it easy and play with a new toy for my Big Shot machine that I ordered on the Internet.  It  cuts out a rose.  Actually 3 roses at a time.

It makes the prettiest shabby roses.

This die cuts 3 layers of paper at once.  Just use 3 pieces of card stock to fit the rose die.  They cut out looking like this.

I used 2 shades of distress ink on the edge of the petals, a pink and a stone color to give the finished roses an aged appearance.

I like to lightly spritz the entire piece with plain water to make it easier to roll and bend the petals.

Next I tightly rolled the rose from the small end to the large center.

Next I bent the edges of the petals and loosen the rose a bit before gluing the coil to the base. On the back side I used my large succulent die to cut out green for leaves.

By cutting the die cut out in 4 pieces I created the rose leaves.

These I distressed with green ink.

I also cut out one of the smaller succulent pieces in green to create a calyx and glued the calyx and the leaves to the back of the rose.  I ended up making 3 leaves for each rose blossom.

When the glue was dry I used Stickles to add a bit of sparkle to the bloom and leaves.

I really love to make paper flowers and this will make it so much easier.  
These are so pretty and delicate. I think I will find a lot of places to use these roses.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

week in Review


3D Bunny Head


Vintage Style White Porcelain Car


Day in Bed

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Day in Bed

Well, this isn't good.  I woke up this morning with a pain in my side.  I tried getting up and sitting out on the patio.  But that was a no go. But while I was out there I saw the first little hummingbirds of the year.  Time to fill the feeders when I feel better.

Feels like a pulled muscle, maybe. And kinda hurts when I breathe.  Don't remember doing anything to myself but I was working in the yard yesterday.  Getting old is for the birds. And it never hurts when you do something but, just sneaks up on you later.

I have a couple of new projects on my work table that will have to wait for another day, too. And worst of all today is the day the city inspector is scheduled to show up for the inspection of our new HVAC system.  Hubby will need to take care of that for sure.

I am not one to be quiet and lie around.  So many things I can think of that I could be doing.  Not to mention it is such a gorgeous day outside.  I know I bought flowers just waiting to be be planted plus I bought 3 new wine barrels.  One gets my transplanted lemon tree that has out grown it's container and the other 2 I plan to buy vines for to grow over an arched trellis.

But all that is on hold until I feel better.  I can't remember the last time anything knocked me off my feet for a day.  I say one day because that is as long as I can stand not being on the go. My hubby is always after me to slow down and take it easy but I am just one those people that are always on the move.

So from inside by my window looking out I am dreaming up new projects.  Stay tuned.

Happy Spring Day!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Vintage Style White Porcelain Car

While visiting a vintage store I found the cutest little porcelain vintage style car.  This little car measures about 5 inches long.

Most of the gold had rubbed off over time, so using a fine brush and liquid gold leaf I repainted the gold back to the parts were you could just barely see the original gold had been.

I have no idea what the original purpose of this little car was but I chose to fill it with faux plants.

I began by filling the cavities with green moss.

I love succulent plants.  I have them in my garden and now in my decor.

I began by cutting all the pieces out with my Big Shot, inking the edges and curling the petals, then glued them together to form my little plants.

I made 5 little plants and glued them to the moss.

Also added the little pink bird.

A blue dragonfly and colorful flat back pearls to match each plant.

It looks like I am going to end up with a house full of succulents but I just can't stop myself from making more of them.

Happy Crafting!