Friday, June 16, 2017

Currently...

Coffee and my computer in front of me, a sweet, calming sound of rain coming from my window, and I find my way here, to share what I've been up to in some time since my last post.  Again, sorry it's been too long...

Dear Son and I recently went to The Aquarium!  Can you tell?

Well, not to go on about excuses, but simply, work got crazy for a while there, affecting my time for family, myself, and anything else at all... So I decided that while the money was nice, my quality of life was really taking a hard hit. Back to some kind of normalcy, once again, I am finding the time to read...

(Here's what I'm currently reading.)

I am finding the time for my arts and crafts again, thank God.  Artistic creativity is truly a therapeutic life-line for me.  It both drives me, and calms me, and it just plain makes me happy!  So, let me see... The latest projects I can share with you are as follows...

Going back to April, I crocheted this cute little blue bunny for my grandson, for Easter!..  He loved it!


I followed THIS WEBPAGE for the pattern.

Next, I LOVE the elephant bookends I made!...

(Trunks up mneans good luck!)

...inspired by THIS TUTORIAL.

Come May, and inspired by Cali Black, from the Facebook group, Dice & Deal, I got out my paints...


and created this page in my art journal!

Then, inspired by Ilene McInnes...

(Here I used coffee filters and paper doilies)

I pulled out a small, old fan, and tried my hand at spin-art!  Oh my gosh, I was like a kid, having so much fun with this, and wanting to make more and more!  I can use these in artwork and on journal pages!..   Based on my first experience, however, I do strongly suggest covering all surrounding objects and areas.  I would also suggest a smock, or old clothing!...  Yup, a VERY good idea.  Trust me on this!

Based on THIS TUTORIAL...


I made a hot glue stand/caddy for the desk that I craft on!

Come June, I made a bunch of these tags...


...inspired by Dawn, on THIS VIDEO.

Come around time for income tax refunds, I am happy to say that I was able to finally make a few good investments...  one of them being a decent car to drive in, and another was to have my sewing machine repaired!  Yay!!...  Inspired by Tina, at tellHimthanku... 


I was able to sit at my sewing machine, and make my own fabric traveler's notebook!!  You can find THE TUTORIAL HERE.  I hope to journal many memories of the travels I've taken in my new car, long or short, by myself or with family and friends..   AND I look forward to making more creations with my sewing machine!  It's so nice to work with tools that work properly for you!

Which brings me to one last project, I most recently put together, here in my craft room!  You may remember my old craft room in a walk-in closet, but I have since upgtaded to an entire room..  Yes, a REAL ROOM!! Someday, I hope to share more of that with you; but in the meantime, here is a really nice little craft-organizer I just put together...

(Well, actually, it hangs at about 42 inches long.)

Inspired by Josie, in THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL, I'm so glad to get all my washi and various decorative tapes out of messy plastic bins, so that they all are organized and easy to find here!   Being organized cuts down on stress, and that's ALWAYS a good thing!  Am I right?!  This was a breeze to put together; and the cost was minimal, everything coming from a local dollar store!

So-oooo, I guess that about wraps things up for now.  I hope my latest endeavors will inspire you in one way or another! It's all been fun and many blessings for me!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and hope to see you again soon!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

It's National Mad Hatter Day!

Have I gone mad?



I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers.
But I'll tell you a secret...

All the best people are.
(Alice In Wonderland)



Friday, September 16, 2016

Autumn Leaves ATCs

Just a quick post to share a set of four Autumn Leaves ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) that I made today..  



Inspired by Shemi Dixon, in THIS VIDEO tutorial, these little works of art were quick and fun to make, and are absolutely beautiful set out for seasonal decorating.  I plan on making little easels to better display my ATCs, and any other little masterpieces such as these...   But you could just as easily scrapbook with them, or maybe just glue magnets on the back to hang on your refrigerator!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Baseball Birthday Banner

Just want to share this quick post today, of a birthday banner I made for my grandson's 1st birthday! Take me out to the ball game!....  As you can see, the theme for the big day was baseball!
 

 To make this highchair birthday banner, I used red card stock for the pennants, white poster board for the baseballs, then some glue and/or double-sided tape to adhere the balls to the pennants, I used a red magic marker for the stitching on the baseballs, then I used stencils to paint the "O", the "N", and the "E", in blue acrylic paint, on each one.  Once the paint dried, I then punched holes in the upper corners of each pennant.  After running ribbon through the holes, we could then hang it in the front of the tray of highchair...  

Finally, we were ready to begin the customary cake smash! Hard to believe he's turning a whole year old already!..  And he's taking his first steps too!

Gotta run...
But thanks for stopping by today!


    

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hey, Remember Me?

(Sigh)... Am I really here?..  And for my next question,  "Is anyone else here?"

Life has had its twists and turns, and still it is ever changing and rearranging.  Honestly I just hang on for dear life sometimes!  Long story (or stories) short. I have moved, and I am presently working two jobs...  (which should explain what little time I have to blog.)   But I am most happy to say that I am now a very proud "Grammie"!!  So-oooo, taking in all the good and the bad as I go along, no matter how crazy things may seem sometimes, I still do my best to always count my blessings!  It's a wonderful life!..   I'm just sorry it all has directed me away from the world of "Blogland" the way that it has.  Sadly, sometimes I have even considered taking the blog down, as I just cannot give it the attention I wish that I could anymore.  I guess I can only ask for any followers still out there to just let me know if I'm worth the visit...  I'd be happy to try to post what I can from there.

For now, while I'm sure many of you are already jumping ahead to share a multitude of inspiring Autumn crafts and decorations, I thought it would be nice to show you a wreath I recently made for my front door, still in the spirit of a wonderful Summer that's not over yet!

I enjoyed making this...  Well...
Actually, I made two!  One for me,
and one for my daughter.

Made with 99-cent pairs of flip-flops, you could probably catch them now on sale for 50 cents a pair! The base of the wreath is a metal wreath, purchased from my local Walmart.

(I cut approximately 50 or so fabric strips in each color)

I cut a good many scrap-fabric strips, roughly about 3/4" x 5" each, to tie onto the metal wreath, thus filling in the empty spaces in between the flip-flops.

(Once these were painted, I sprayed a protactive sealant on them, 
and then added decorative centers,)

Finally, I made flowers out of cupcake papers, but quickly found that glue wouldn't hold them to the flip-flops, like I hoped...   So, I ended up stapling the flowers onto them, carefully hiding the staples under the top layer of flower petals.  (I don't know how someone else would go about this, but it worked for me!) 




Well, here it hangs on my door, finally, before Autumn calls upon me to set out my pumpkins and scarecrows instead!...   Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope I've inspired you to try making one yourself, be it for this year or next!   




Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ba-na-na!!

Any minion fans out there?...
How about crocheted minion fans?


I just finished this pair of minion flip-flops, inspired by THIS VIDEO.  I used wiggle eyes and bottle caps for the eyes; then, I used black ribbon to look like the straps of their little goggles...   I've still got two more pairs to make now!


I think I'll make myself some iced coffee, 
and then...


I'm off to make Ba-Na-Na Bread!

Hope you all are having a great weekend!
I hear it's gonna get warm over the coming 
week.  Keep cool everybody!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sing Like The Birdies Sing

Did a couple of quick doodle-birds tonight, inspired by Ilene's video at the Facebook group International Crafters.


I'll probably cut them out and use them in my fauxbonichi, or maybe in my art journal sometime. They were so easy and fun to do up quickly, that I'll probably make more!..   (Anyone remember this song?)

                

C'est magnifique!
Thanks for stopping by!