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!
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Projets de Papier

Those who know me best, know I love to art-journal, and I love keeping planners as well. (In fact, it's become a necessity.  I'm not getting any younger, and I'm afraid my brain isn't getting any sharper!)


Allow me to re-introduce my little family of journals...  
(all named, just for fun!)

From the left, clockwise...
I use the purple Day Runner, Amy, for craft planning;
the black Miquelrius, (as my fauxbonichi), Rowena;
the black Franklin Covey, Lily, is my home planner;
and my little pink Piazza Filofax, Sara,
is a planner for my purse.

I love picking up little "goodies" to use 
with all my journals...  like stickers and washi tapes.


I love trying out new pens or pencils..


Previously I've shared my art journals, and/or the various pages I've created; but I've found that time does not allow what it takes to do that kind of thing on a daily basis anymore.  I don't have time to drag out the gesso, the tools, the stencils, the stamps, the inks, the ump-teen colors of paints, the ephemera, etc., etc., etc....  So I was discouraged.  I found I couldn't do what I loved, until I was introduced to what's referred to as a "fauxbonichi".  It's a journal of one's choice, be it a 99-cent notebook, or a more expensive journal, depending on one's preferences; but the idea is to journal, scrap, sketch, paint, color, etc., etc., all in one book...   (in my own case, on a smaller, simpler scale) I create a page either everyday, or whenever time allows.  It's my book, about 8" x 6" in size, and there are no rules!


I can use pencils, pens, crayons..   Nothing too complicated here!  I even joined a group, Fauxbonichi Journalers, on Facebook.   Here, members can share their work, their ideas, their suggestions, and artistic prompts...  I really love this style, or method, of journaling!

It just fits my lifestyle best right now.  Some pages are done very plain and simply, while other pages may be more elaborate and colorful; but I enjoy looking through the work I've put into it, from time to time, and I most love the memories I can look back on!

Here is a crafty paper project I recently did.  These Jar-Shaped ATCs are inspired by THIS VIDEO.


I added my own homemade soda bottle cap embellishments, and then made the ATCs into refrigerator magnets for myself and a friend.  Without the caps, I still think they would make cute bookmarks, recipe cards, journaling spots, or maybe as photo mats for scrapbooks or mini albums!...

Well...  That's it for today.  
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, July 3, 2015

Baby Blanket!

I feel so badly that it's been so long since I last posted.  Admittedly, I am sidetracked by Facebook, and Pinterest, and other things going on in my life, in general.  Sadly, I've even considered taking my blog down, but I was afraid it would be an action I'd regret.  I still love Blogland, and the friends I've made here.  So, here I am, and I'd just like to take this time to post a most wonderful bit of news with any of my followers who are still hangin' in there with me...

My baby is having a baby!!  

I'm going to be a "Grammie"!!!   I am so happy, so excited, and so truly blessed!..  And you just KNOW I had to get out my yarn and crochet hook for this!


I just finished a baby afghan, done in a basic granny square style, in the colors Dear Daughter picked out.  Originally, we were going to throw in the color yellow too, but "Ick, spit, sputter, bleck, pew-y, ew..  YUCK!!!"  I tried it several different ways, (frog, frog, frog..  rip-it, rip-it, rip-it!) and yellow was just not working nicely with the other colors.  So blue, green, and white, was the color-combo I went with, in yarns by Red Heart with Love.


All ready for my first grandbaby!...   And yes, if the colors didn't clue you in, IT'S A BOY!  He's due around the end of August!!!  And quick like a bunny, I'm preparing my home for all the quality time I look forward to spending with him!  I just recently picked up a baby swing, and a stroller...  I already have a high chair, because I never could part with the one my own babies used, when they will little.

I'd like to sew up a baby quilt, but we'll see when I can fit that in.  Here's just a little somethin-somethin that I whipped up most recently, on my sewing machine.


This was just a practice-kind-of project.  I like it, but I just don't know yet what to do with it.  Maybe I'll make it into to the top-front of an apron???..  A trivet?...   Or just stick it in a frame, and hang it up on my kitchen wall?  That's probably what I'll end up doing.

I still enjoy art journaling...


but in time, I found it too time-consuming.  I stumbled upon a simpler form of art journaling/junk journaling/scrapbooking/planner-keeping, in what's called a "fauxbonichi".  While I still keep track of appointments, etc., etc. in my Franklin Covey planner, or purse-sized Filofax, I now find myself unwinding, nearly every night, writing, or doodling, or scrapping in my fauxbonichi in a fraction of the time it takes to spread out my big art journal and all the gessos, paints, stencils, etc., etc...   I joined a group on Facebook, called Fauxbonichi Journalers, where I find a good many sources of inspiration, prompts, and challenges.  Here are just a couple of pages I've done, just for example.


A simple ball-point pen, a set of colored pencils 
or crayons, and I'm good to go!!!


I LOVE it, and it just fits me better these days!
Most recently.... 


I still enjoy crafting, every now and then.  Here are some paper cupcake-liner flowers I made.  I love the bright, pearl-like colors!...


Here, I made some flowers with dryer sheets! 
Again, I love the bright colors!


By the way, I still love to bake too!..
(assmbly-line-style banana breads!)


Well, that's enough for now, I guess.  I hope to stop by Blogland a little more regularly than I have lately.  I'd love to share more soon, if I can, and I'd love to catch back up with everybody else here too!  It seems as though I'm ever evolving, but that's what life is all about, right?!  You just roll with the changes, and thank God for every day!..   Much love to you all!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sing

I decided to play along with One Little Word.  
The art prompt for this week is "SING".

(Quote by Emory Austin)

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Step Right Up

Time for another round of Wednesday Hodgepodge, at From This Side of The Pond...  I hope you'll join me as we take a look at this week's questions!


1.  When did someone last suggest that you "chill out"?

Answer:  That would probably be yesterday, when I was quickly...    No, frantically trying to take the garlic bread out of the oven, before it might start to burn. Dearest Son saw this happening, and knows his mother WELL!  "Energy..  Good energy, Mom.  Remember your blood pressure", he tells me!

2.  What most recently caused your heart to melt?

Answer:  I think it was when I saw a video on Facebook, that showed a baby, after having been fitted with a new hearing aid/device of some kind, could now hear his mommy's voice for the very first time... People seem to re-post that one a lot, but it makes me cry every time.

3.  "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.  An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered."  Your thoughts?  When did you last experience an adventure or an inconvenience?  Does it feel the same in hindsight?

Answer:  Hmmm..  Well, I think my job is an adventure EVERY DAY!  At first I hated it, but now, honestly I love it!  Another thought comes to mind, though.  A friend asks me to come to a quilting class every Saturday morning.  I like to stay home Saturday mornings because it's my only day where I can wake up and just be LAZY for the morning.  No alarm clock!  No makeup, no fuss!  No slamming down that fast cup of coffee, and racing out the door!..   BUT, the last couple of Saturdays, I decided I really should go; if not for myself, then at least for my friend...  Well, it turned out I really had a great time, BOTH times! 

O.K., fine...  I don't imagine you could classify a quilting class as an "adventure".  But no need to twist my arm this time around.  I think I'll be going again this week.  As you can see, I'm making a new set of place mats for my dining room!

4.  A Wendy's Frosty?...  Root beer in a frosty mug?..  Or a frosted chocolate cupcake?  Of these three, which one of these frosty treats is your favorite?  

Answer:  Oh, as much as I love a Wendy's Frosty, I'm afraid the chocolate cupcake has got it all over the other two contenders!  I LOVE cake, in any form..  8" double-layer, 9" triple-layer, sheet cake, cupcakes...   It's all good, but most especially with chocolate frosting!!!

5.  Would you say your life so far this year has been more like a circus or a symphony?  Explain why...

Answer:  I would say like a circus.  The transition into the new year was rough for me.  Things are slowly, gradually, getting better.  I'm adjusting...   But between the job and what must be done at home, I would have to say my life is more like a circus.  Sometimes, I would just love to sit for 30 minutes to just veg-out, and maybe hear some kind of a beautiful symphony....  But nope!  

Life seems to really have me jumping hoops, performing balancing acts, walking the high-wire...


and calling in the clowns whenever possible, to keep my spirits from slipping.  Laughter is always the best medicine, right?!

6.  Many people have been enjoying Snow Days!..  We certainly have plenty of snow falling 'round my neighborhood!...  What's your favorite song containing the word "white"?

Answer:  I really like the song, "Out of The Woods", by Taylor Swift....  "The rest of the world was black and white, but we were in screaming color; and I remember thinking...  Are we out of the woods yet?..  Or are we in the clear yet?"  (See the video)

7.  If you had to leave the city you currently live in, what would you find the hardest to leave behind?

Answer:  Definitely, my family...  (And if they ever left?  They already know..  They're taking me with them!!!)

8.  Insert random thoughts???...  

Well...  How about we head back to the circus!

Ladies and Gentlemen!...  In one ring, we have already discussed my job.  In the next ring, we have already discussed my duties at home.  Step right up to our center ring, to see what's happening next! Allow me to amaze you (ha! ha!) with my latest arts and crafts!  

First up, some ATCs; artist trading cards!..
All inspired by the Facebook group, International Crafters!

Card Number One...


Card Number Two..


And Card Number Three...


Next up, a little something to display them on...

I got out my yarns, 
and crocheted around a wire hanger, 


I added some beaded trims and lace...

And here's what I put together...


This will hang in my craft room.  Now, if I could just find time to make MORE ATCs!..  But I've been working on my crocheting too.  Can't share anything that's finished just yet, but hope to sometime soon.

Thanks to Joyce for hosting Wednesday Hodgepodge!
Thanks to The Graphics Fairy for the 
circus images used in today's post!...
And thank YOU for stopping by today!



Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ring In the New!

It looks like I will be working in three different art journals for 2015.  We'll see how that works out, considering what time I've got for just one, but this is the one I will be working with most of the time...


I chose the color of my cover in accordance to Pantone's 2015 color of the year, marsala...

After seeing how big the binding should have been on my 2014 journal, I went an inch bigger for this year.


I don't feel strongly for any major resolutions or goals of any specific kind this year, but I did eventually come up with a chosen word to focus on...


2014 was a good year, but December turned out to be a little bit of a rough, or disappointing, should I say, way to end it...  As much as I love the holidays, I tried not to let little things ruin the joy and magic of the beautiful Christmas season.  Sometimes, you just have to be tough, and rise above your problems as best you can, even if it takes everything you've got!  You just have to move on, keep your chin up, and simply PERSEVERE!..  "CARRY ON"!



So how do I move/carry on?...  Sometimes it helps to change the scenery a little bit.


I took the Christmas ornaments off my table-top, 3-foot Christmas tree in the living room, and switched the theme to New Year's Eve!   I thought I'd ring in the new year with silver garland, silver bells and little clocks that I made myself with cardboard, ribbon trims, and a stencil for the face of each one.

I changed the scenery in my Franklin Covey planner by inserting brand new calender/planner pages for 2015!


Fresh, clean pages to start off a fresh new year!  I may need to add new tabs still, as mine are starting to look a little ragged; but otherwise, boy do I thank God for this little blessing.  It helps me more than I really ever imagined!

What else helps to keep my spirits up these days?...   Well, I always love trying out new recipes!


Here's one I just made, called Magic Custard Cake.  Yes, dessert always cheers me up!..  Delicious, and easy to make, I'd say this recipe is a keeper.  The only thing that I changed in the recipe was that I substituted cherry-pie filling for fresh strawberries. You can find the recipe HERE.

All in all, I do believe attitude is everything!  You can either choose to let something drag you down, or you can buck up and move on!  Life is what YOU make of it...

(top quote by Mary Shelley; quote inside heart by Ralph Waldo Emerson)

If anyone or anything threatens to steal my joy, or my sense of peace, then why should I let them?!  All I have to do is "Shake It Off!"



Thanks for stopping by today, 
and best wishes to everyone for a 
blessed and very Happiest New Year ever!