Saturday, June 25, 2011

Are Ya Wearin' Blue?

Well, I am!  Celebrations are taking place 'round the world in great anticipation of the movie, The Smurfs, in 3D!  June 25th, 2011 has officially been declared Global Smurf Day!  And as soon as I heard about it....  Well, you might have guessed, I was ready to join right in! 


The movie opens in theaters, nationwide, on July 29th, and it does bring back memories of how we kids would sit around the t.v., watching Papa, Brainy, Handy, Painter, Smurfette, Baby Smurf, and all the others!...  Said to be no taller than "3 apples high", I've heard there are actually over 100 of these little blue characters in existence!  I remember their smurfy language, and their little mushroom houses...  even the theme song!  Remember?  "la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!"  (It wasn't hard to remember those lyrics!)


Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make the trip to the Big Apple for the weekend, where people are dressing like smurfs to break a world record! Sounds like fun, but true blue fans who are left behind, can still be found celebrating through Facebook or Twitter.   As for me, I will do so from my own little place in Blogland.

Join me for a piece of cake?!
 

Now, I had heard about this new Smurf movie in the making, quite some time ago.  I can't even remember exactly when that was, but I know it wasn't long thereafter, that I felt inspired to turn a blue skein of yarn into a brand new doll..   A smurf, to be precise!  Knowing nothing of how long it takes to make a full length movie, I kept waiting for some word on when this one would premier, so that THEN I could introduce her to my Blogland friends....  But to my surprise, it took a little longer than I expected! 

So what do you think?..  Do you like her?! 


Standing slightly taller than 3 apples high, my doll is actually about 18" tall, and I've named her Daisy Smurf!  The basic body pattern I followed is one I've mentioned favoring before.  I just love this particular pattern, having made various dolls from it for years now!   You can find the pattern, for the original doll, "Sprite", right HERE.

Well, I sure had a smurfy-good time
visiting with you all today!  
Thanks so much for stopping by!

   

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tag Theme "Seven"

Various projects and responsibilities have prevented me from participating in the last couple of challenges hosted by Rebecca, at Blog Challenge Garden, and I was really starting to miss playing along...


But I seem to be catching up a little now, and I gave a couple days' thought to the newest tag challenge theme, which this week is the number SEVEN!  My mind wandered and pondered over movies, songs, and various collections I have about the house.  I thought about books...


...and even THE "Good Book", remembering how Jesus, with his disciples, fed thousands of men, women, and children with only seven loaves of bread and a few small fish.  "And they all ate and were satisfied."  (Matthew15:32-37)...   Well, I felt the Holy Spirit in me!  And I felt that creative inspiration!..  Can I hear an "Amen"?!!


(Sigh)   Unfortunately, it turned out I DIDN'T have the stamps, images, nor even enough ink in my printer at the moment, to transfer all this spirit onto paper!..  So-oooo, I tried to think of something else.  Eventually, it seemed like I couldn't come up with anything at all, and that I might even have to skip a third weekly challenge...  I felt a little discouraged, but oh well....   I began to focus on other things.

As we've been getting a lot of rain these days, and the temperatures have cooled significantly, I thought I should seize the opportunity!  I began flipping  through my recipes, with the intention to start some baking.  Suddenly, I ran across a little scrap of a recipe, and next thing I knew, my brain was racing in reverse!  I ran to the corner store, grabbed a bottle of 7Up, then headed right back home again.  No, I wasn't thirsty, and I never did drink the soda!  I just wanted the label!


Now I have a much nicer looking recipe, for 7Up Cake, along with a couple other tags I've already made, to add to my own personal scrappy-cookbook!  It's a slow work in progress, but that cookbook is really special to me...


and I'm just loving it more and more, as I keep adding a mixture of recipes, photos, artistic embellishments, and all the happy memories that I can possibly fit in there! 

Oh... And as for that soda?...  Dear Son was looking at it for a minute, but I told him straightaway, "Uh-uh!  I'm making cake with that tomorrow!" 


Now I half expected a look from him, as if my face had turned green or something; but he knows me well!  He just shrugged his shoulders, said "o.k.", as if no big deal, and found something else to drink!


He likes when he smells good things baking in the oven!..  And I love that he likes that!  In fact, he just put his request in for Chocolate Chip Cookies...   No need to ask twice!  Cookies always sound good to me!

Thanks to Rebecca for hosting Tag Tuesday,
and thanks to everyone for stopping by today!
   
    

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Possibilitarian

Today Debi, at Bloggerette Sorority, is hosting a Garden Party!  All participating Bloggerettes are called upon to show their gardens, no matter how big or how small.


Of course, in MY case, the issue is more a question of real or faux!   When moving to the home which I now reside, I waved a sad good bye to what little lawn I had as it was, to come to an apartment building that sets on nothing but black tar.  I have never been happy about it, but then I don't like to waste much time pouting about it either.  There's a quote that's become one of my favorites, and this is how it goes...

"Become a possibilitarian.  
No matter how dark things seem to be, or actually are,
raise your sights and see possibilities.
Always see them, for they are always there."
(Norman Vincent Peale)

I've been referred to as tenacious.  Where there's a will, there's a way; and no doubt, I can certainly be strong-willed, depending upon the challenge.  But I love the word "possibilitarian".  It tells me I'm not a quitter.  It tells me I'm tougher than I think, and I won't let anything or anyone drag me down.  It tells me there's hope.  It tells me if life hands me lemons, then make lemonade!...


And it says to me, if I can't grow a garden, then I'll just make my own!  The Christmas Cactus on the left is real.  It never flowers, but I just keep hoping maybe someday it will.  The smaller plant on the right is an African Violet, and it too is real.  It does flower occasionally, but one of our dear kitties knocked it over one day; and while it still looks fairly healthy, I fear it will be some time before it flowers again. The flowers in the middle are fake, but they still brighten up my tiny little window sill.  


I crocheted the cozy for the jar that these flowers set in.  It was a very quick and simple pattern, but it makes for a very pretty vase, in this case!  If you'd like to try to make one yourself, you can find the pattern HERE.  The only thing I did differently, was to crochet more rounds, so that I could gather a more ruffled looking top.  The holes were already in the pattern, so it was easy to weave some satin ribbon and tie a bow.  I added my flowers, and I can hardly remember even thinking about black tar!

My kitchen window gets absolutely no sun at all, let alone ANY kind of scenic view anyone would want to look at, but remember...   I'm a possibilitarian now!   


I went ahead and planted this little trio; and looking at them, they make me smile instantly!  You can find the crochet pattern for the flowers HERE, and the crochet pattern for the ladybug HERE.

Another set of flowers can be made by recycling the bottoms of old plastic bottles!  


You can find out how to make your own right HERE.  Once I had the flowers painted, I just added some button centers, some wooden skewers, covered with florist tape, for stems, and voila!...  I had another painted pot full of bright and cheery blooms!  I love the little red bird who plays on my window sill, and keeps me company as I wash dishes! By the way, do you see that cute little butterfly?  Debbie made that for me, when I first joined the Blissful ATC Swap!  I think he looks very sweet in my kitchen window!

"Things turn out best for the people
who make the best out of the way things turn out."
(Art Linkletter)

Well, speaking of butterflies, I've found making them to be very addicting!  


I made a third one recently, by crocheting some fun fur around the edge of its wings! 


I just think they're so much fun, I'd love to make MORE!  I may not find a lot of butterflies flitting about the pavement outside my door, but they certainly add a most welcome element of whimsy, I think, as they flit about the inside of my home!

Well, last but not least, I may not grow my own fresh tomatoes, but a true possibilitarian can still bake the store bought ones into one delicious Creamy Burrito Casserole!  


I made this for the family, for dinner the other night, and it was agreed by all this recipe blew my old recipe right out of the water!  We've found another family-favorite recipe that's a keeper!  If it looks good to you too, you can find the recipe HERE, at One Crazy Cookie!

Special thanks to Debi,
for hosting our Sorority Garden Party!

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today,
and thanks for stopping by!

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Yard Sales -n- Butterflies

As I've already mentioned, I'm tickled pink that the garage-n-yard sale season is back in full swing now, and I went to a few.  There was one house that had a little somethin' that I've been wanting for a while now...


I don't really like making videos; but when it becomes necessary for simpler craft display and blogging purposes, so far the process has been miserable!  I've been using a bag of split peas, propped on a box of some sort, with my camera somehow propped on top of all that, and still having a large degree of difficulty with it.  So, then I looked into the prices of new tripods, and I decided I'd rather deal the bag of peas!

But then I hit the jackpot at this one yard sale!  There, sitting in the owner's PREVIOUS owner's driveway, was this little gem, absolutely calling to me!


A tripod for my camera, and for only $10.00!  Woo-hoo!!!  "I'll take it!"....  Of course, ask me if I LIKE to make videos, now that I have the proper equipment?  No!  Again, I DON'T like public speaking.  But at least, if I have to, the process will be MUCH easier now; and I think I'll put those peas to better use by making some homemade SOUP instead!

I've been working on some tags for a swap I'm in, but am taking a small break from those, to try my hand at butterflies!


This is the first one I put together.  I made my own template, which measures about 5 1/2" wide x 4 3/4" high.


On the back I attached a pop-tab from a beer ahem..  I mean, soda can (grin) for hanging purposes.  You see, I don't just save them for bracelets!  Always remember to recycle!


Inspired by Fiona, and Cynthialoowho, these are made from cardstock, and whatever crafty supplies and materials I have on hand to play with...  laces, ribbons, flowers, buttons, beads, etc, etc..  All I needed now was my hot glue gun, some E6000, and from there, the sky's the limit!  Just let your imagination fly....  like a butterfly!!

I'm going to hang these two up now; but I had so much fun making them, that I think I'm seeing red and pink ones in the very near future!   Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope everyone's keeping cool as these summer temperatures are already on the rise again.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pink and Green

Yup, that's it!..  Nothing but pink and green today!  The theme for Tag Tuesday this week was "soft pink and green".  Hosted by Rebecca at Blog Challenge Garden, participants are welcome to use any image they please, but must stick to the colors indicated.

I must confess, this was rather convenient in a way, as I had started several tags around Easter time, in pink and green, but never did get around to finishing them. So, this was finally the fire under my "behind" to DO so!  I had the image and stamps done on them, but not the backs, and no trims, ribbons or embellishments of any kind yet...   So here's how I put my tag together...


I stickled the butterflies, and added various types of tiny floral embellishments. I green-glittered the larger leaves, added rhinestones for the larger butterfly's body, and used a green satin ribbon at the top.


I'm now using my tag as a bookmark!

After finishing that, I stumbled upon a very quick and simple craft project, HERE, that I thought was cute.. and "Oh well, WHY NOT!"  I mean, with the movie wall of fame going on above my entertainment center, wouldn't this Popcorn Box Journal be cute on the coffee table?!


But what does this have to do with pink and green, you ask?


I'm sorry!..  Why, the green bowl of popcorn, of course!  
Would you like some?

As you can see, my little notepad is coming in handy already, helping me to keep track of which project(s) I should or shouldn't start next....

Gee, while I've got the popcorn out, why don't I bring out some other goodies to serve my guests today?!  The temperatures were much cooler today, so I couldn't wait to get out my cookbooks and fire up the oven!  


Today, I made Peanut Butter Banana Bread.  You can find Bev's recipe for it HERE, on her blog, One Yarn After Another.  (I hear she's celebrating 200 followers!)  Oh, this bread smelled so good!..  But just as soon as I'd taken it out to cool on my kitchen table, and I was already popping more yummy goodness into the oven; a full mini-muffin tray of one of Dear Son's favorite snacks...  Sugar Donut Muffins!  He's been asking for them!  If you'd like to try making some yourself, you can find the recipe for them right HERE.


Looks good, doesn't it?  Try some!  
And let's have tea too!   

Yes, June's looking like a very busy month!  Here it is, nearing the end of the school year.  I remember going to bed with much on my mind last night; but I woke up this morning, got my coffee, headed to my computer..  and for some odd reason,  I just felt like starting this day differently.  I grabbed the guitar I bought back in April, 2010.  It's been quite a while since I've even had a chance to play with it.  Dear Son doesn't seem to show the interest I'd hoped he would in it, but I look forward, as Summer approaches, to at least learn more with it myself!  


I still feel a little awkward and clumsy with it so far; but at the same time, since last picking it up, months ago, I'm pleasantly surprised that I've remembered so quickly, what I thought I'd probably forgotten!...  Wait a minute.  What does this have to do with pink and green, again you may ask?

Well...  Ummm...  Er... 

Oh yeah!..  I forgot to tell you!  My good friend Kermie stopped by!   (Yeah, that's right!  He's green!)  He thought that maybe we could have a little jam session, and asked to take a turn with the guitar!  Well, sure, Kermit!  Sing! Sing a song! 


 "Caribbean Amphibian..
He likes to hop in the tropical sea.
Caribbean Amphibian..
A frog in a coconut tree!"

Oh that was awsome, Kermit!...  But now you've got to tell me.  Did I hear there's going to be a new Muppet movie coming to theaters in November this year?!  

 "Oh, yes, that's right!...  Kissy Kissy!
And moi will be there too, bien sur!
Isn't that right, mon cher Kermie?!"

My gosh!  Miss Piggy?!...  You just never know who's going to show up here, do you?!  But you DO know, of course, I'm a big fan, and I can't wait to see it!...   Hmmm...  November.  What do you think?  Just in case, maybe I'd better write it down in my popcorn journal, so I don't forget?

Special thanks to Rebecca for hosting Tag Tuesdays!
..And thanks to all for stopping by today!