Saturday, August 18, 2012

Been Such A Long Time, I Know

Has it been since July FOURTH, since I posted last??!!  Oh my gosh, well, it was impossible to focus on anything but the wedding since then, but it all was a period of time I'll never forget.  Call me biased, but my little girl was the prettiest bride I've ever seen!  What a mix of emotions, as it was truly my greatest honor to walk my baby girl down the aisle...

Oh, but then, to give her away to the groom, knowing she would no longer carry the name, my last name, that she was born with...  Hoping, as she takes this new step in her life, that she'll always be happy, and that we'll still be close.  I just had to be brave, and keep my emotions in check...  and then just KNOW that I wasn't losing a daughter...  I was gaining a second son.  I like to think of it as "I am now a very proud Mom of THREE!"

Well, there's so much to go on and talk about in this post, since I'm so behind; but I've done so much in what spare time I had during the past month!  I'm gonna TRY to keep the chatter to a minimal, but at least share as many pictures as this post will allow!  First, I was in an "Itty Bitty Shaped Mini Album Swap" at Mini Album Scraps.  These albums had to be 4" inches in size or under, and had to be a specific shape.  So I decided to go with the Spellbinders-Shapeabilities dies, "Nested Tea Cups".

Measuring at about 3 x 3 1/2", this was a fun little project!  As you can see, I love to add my crochet embellishments whenever I can!  I wouldn't necessarily call the finished piece practical, but simply artistic and decorative.  I display it with my small collection of teapots and tea books...  Here is just a sample of it's tiny pages.  I'm still deciding whether to make a YouTube video of this to show the whole thing.

Here are the albums I got back from the swap.  Beautiful work from the girls at Mini Album Scraps!

Next I made my first stick pin easel card, for another swap I was in.  I loved how this came out, and look forward to making more cards like this (pins or no pins) in the future.  Here it is at first glance.

Then the cards opens up, to act/display, much like an easel, and you find the small collection of stick pins I made.

I made one card for my swap partner, and one to keep.  Here you see the beautiful card Krystal sent me, in beautiful shade of purple!

Another swap I was in was for the next in a series of Twilight tag swaps, at Mini Album Scraps; this one being for Breaking Dawn Part One.  Here are all the tags, including mine on the bottom right, with the white crocheted flower.

Here are the July Tags I made for Tag of The Month, at The Altered Paper.  I used the Greeting Farm stamp, Abbey, for these.  I have not yet brought myself to seeing the justification, or financial setback, of buying markers that cost nearly/over $5.00 a piece yet, so I simply use various brands of colored pencils.

Considering the fact that I really don't expect my little masterpieces be hanging at the Smithsonian or any place like that, and for my purposes, I just feel happy enough with my finished results.   I think these came out cute, yes?

Here are some "row house" ATC cards I made for another swap I was in through Facebook.  I made them to look like gingerbread houses, representing, I thought, my love for baking.

The upper crocheted-ruffled edging on the roof is meant to look like icing, then the little girl in front of the door is made with a Paintbox Poppets stamp, "With Love", by Christine Haworth.  I got some beautiful houses back, by way of happy mail, and will show them all when I can eventually get pictures taken of them!

When first seeing these birds at Scotty's Place, I knew I had to try them.  I found the pattern for these little cuties HERE, big thanks to Dorothy!  I definitely plan to make more into magnets and plant pokes!!

Having finished filling an art/junque journal recently, I made myself another.  Tamara (from Crochet with Tamara) might recognize the very sweet image centered on the cover!!  She saved an old bag from a local store, and thought I might like to use it for something.  The little girls are so cute, and much like the characters and faces I used to draw when I was a kid! (still do!)   Well, there was the same image on both sides of the bag, so I used one for the cover of my journal.  THANK YOU Tamara!!!...   If anyone would like to learn how to make an art journal yourself, from all/mostly recycled materials, Jennibellie shows you how right HERE.)

Here are my "introductory pages"...

Then here is a deer I painted, as realistic as I could get using the pathetic brushes I work with, and the 50-cent paints I used...   

But I'm very happy with it!  I took pictures at a State Park we went to recently, with the family; and all the photos of the deer I saw there came out blurry!  Disappointed, I just figured, "I'll PAINT MY OWN THEN!"  I think he came out kinda cute!

Next is my own little tribute to the Summer 2012 Olympics, held in London; a two page layout that unfolds into a three page layout by adding the pocket page which holds newspaper articles I saved from the Olympiad.  The medals, painted in gold, silver and  bronze, all hold journal spots where I wrote of my favorite/most vivid memories of it all.

Here's a "scribble scrabble" page I made, based on an art prompt from Jamilola, whom you can find HERE.  (Her YouTube channel is "Poetspice")...   All you had to do was scribble all over the page.  Sounds pretty simple enough, right?... 

But THEN (see HERE) you had to create pictures/art of some kind from the scribble you just threw all over your page!  To color everything in...  Nope I did not require a $100.00 set of magic markers.  I just used my 64-count assortment of CRAYOLA CRAYONS!  Yup, that's right!   As I got going on it, turning it left, right, up and down, it would seem I sure had animals on the brain more than anything else!  Can you find them all?  Actually, there's an angel in there too, dressed in blue!  (Well, that's what it looked like to ME anyway!)

I recently learned how to make washi tape (HERE)...  "What is washi tape", you might ask?  It is a decorative adhesive tape, originating from Japan, made from bamboo, tree bark, or hemp, but with a feel much like our basic, pick-it-up-anywhere-for-cheap masking tape.  I can use it in scrapbooking, recipe keeping, or as an embellishment when making cards, tags, or for wrapping packages, etc., etc...  So, I was all for making my own!  I had so much fun making it, in fact, that I was starting to feel addicted, and thought I might need intervention!  Here's just a sample.....

...of the 26 designs of washi tape I made; and I still want to make MORE!  Here's the book I made...

...which, if you're interested, Jennibellie also shows you how to make (HERE).  It stores my entire collection of new homemade washi tapes!

I've recently ran across another video that shared how to make soda/plastic bottle beads!  So pretty and recycled!! YAY!!!

Did you notice them dangling off the upper spine of my new art/junque journal?  You can find the video tutorial to make these beads HERE.

Now I keep a ready supply of plastic bottle strips, in a recycled spice jar, so that I can make more, in any color I want, at any given moment!  Here's another example where I used my new beads...  I recently made some mermaid ATC cards, embellished with these very same beads...

Here's another mermaid ATC card I made, using a clear rubber stamp, "Awashed", from the Gorjuss collection...

The shell was made with just a dollar-store chunky stamp, which I just fussy cut and glued to the card.  Then I added a flower to her hair, and of course, I HAD to add glitter!

I started an afghan for Dear Daughter.  She picked out her color, but I picked out the pattern....

...appropriately named "Wedding Bells".  The pattern comes from a book I picked up at a garage sale, called "Annie's Favorite Quick and Easy Projects".  (copyrite 1999, Annie's Attic, LLC, Big Sandy, Texas)  It's much bigger than this already, and I'll show another picture of my progress soon, where you'll better see the pattern of "wedding bells".

In the kitchen, I most recently tried my hand at a new recipe that Shana (from Blaze-in On: Life On A Wanna-Be Farm) shared with everyone on Facebook! (I'm not sure if she ever shared it on her blog, but I'm sure if you asked her, she'd point you in the right direction!)

Following Shana's recipe, I made a nice big batch of Homemade Pay Day bars...  And oh my gosh, is this recipe a keeper!!  In fact, my daughter and son-in-law came over yesterday, and Dear SIL ate FOUR!  Despite my encouragement to him to eat as many as he wanted, he said he had to make himself stop!   I was just so glad that all the kids liked them so much!  I know I have to stop MYSELF from eating too many at once!  (Thank you Shana!)

Finally, barring I haven't forgotten anything else, here are the biggest, most time-consuming projects I've been working on in the past month.  Here is Dear Daughter's Maid of Honor, and two bridesmaids, holding the mini albums I made each of them.  (This photo taken at the rehearsal dinner.)

And then next, you see the album I made for myself. The flowers on the front cover are from the corsage I wore on the day of the wedding.

It is still very much a work in progress, and I actually just picked up the MANY photos, processed, printed, and paid for, which I plan on packing into it, as many as it will hold!   I hope to show the album in it's entirety (not necessarily every photo, but the basic construction and design/embellishment of it), on video, eventually.

So-oooo, I think this about covers everything, and should explain my absence for so long a time.  I guess I wasn't too good at keep the babbling down to the minimal, like I meant to, so if some of you just skimmed through this one, that's o.k.!  I've just missed keeping in touch with my blogging friends, and hope to keep up the pace a little better, now that things have calmed down and returned to normal around here.

I couldn't be happier about the weather lately.  The sun is shining, but the temperatures seem to finally be cooling down some!  I'm actually turning OFF the fans around here, because I'm COLD!...  I think I'll leave you with one last photo of a big, beautiful sunflower, hanging from over a neighbor's fence, which brightens my day every time I see it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
and hope everybody is enjoying the weekend!



Heather - The Good Life said...

Congratulation to the newly weds. I love the photo of your daughter with her husband; he looks so proud and she looks so incredibly happy (and beautiful). Wishing them a lifetime of wedded bliss. Take care, Heather

Debi Y. said...

Congratulations to your daughter and her new hubby - I wish them all the best. :)

Faith said...

Lucy.....Congratulations on the expansion of your family...Your daughter makes a beautiful bride. And you are stunning proud mamm, and I cried reading this for kept a stiff upper are strong lady. It is so nice to hear from you and keep up on your comings and goings, as we have not seen much of you, stop down for stome coffee and chit chat...


Bubbling Arroyo said...

Congratulations to the newly weds.
And yo have done loads of interesting work all this while.
Good to hear from you again.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Congrats to your daughter!!! She looks beautiful!!! And I absolutely loveeeeeeee all your projects!!

craftattack said...

Wow what a lovely post. stuffed full with a wedding, loads of goodies, and a beautiful daughter. Must have been a strange feeling giving her away, but I am sure her husband will look after his treasure! Love all the fantastic things you have made, you must have been working non-stop! Hugs, Valerie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...


Both you and your daughter looks stunning!!

So many pretty things here to look at today!!

I enjoyed seeing all of it!!


Beverooni said...

So good to see you back blogging and awesome to catch up with wedding pictures and all that fantastic card/scrapping you've been doing. Makes me wish I participated just so I could get some of those beautiful things.

Luna said...

Oh my friend !...your daughter is looking so pretty,i know how you were feeling ,I went thru that with my son.Pictures are so pretty too.Al you had made too,I prepared a few souviniers for my son's wedding too.We had a great time planning everything but also with some tears on ayyes.but like you said a had gain one more daughter , she is wonderful,from Tennessee , lovely girl....and now they are very happy as couple,enjoying their marriage ,traveling together,going here and there.god bless your daughter and mine too.
Congratulations and enjoy them too.

Great post.

Luna :0)

Chatty Crone said...

If that was you in the first picture with your daughter - you BOTH are gorgeous.

The wedding was beautiful. And my goodness - you must have been working on it for months - no wonder you haven't been blogging.

Everything was lovely. And you do have another child (?) a son.

Love, sandie

Andrea Plotts said...

What an awesome blog posting! You have been a very busy lady! haha! Congratulations for your growing family and to your beautiful daughter! Looks like the wedding was just gorgeous! :) I love that you shared all these awesome links for how to's Im totally going to try those beads and make those cute little crochet birdies! I just love all of your creations, and your deer is adorbs! I think my favorite thing is the scribble scrabble page.. SOOO stinking adorable how it turned out!!! Its good to see you blogging, and thanks for stopping by my blog! ~Ande

glor said...

Beautiful daughter and her new husband. Mom was quite beautiful herself!!!! You've been one busy lady, all these wonderful goodies. The weddings books are gorgeous. Blessings to all.

Audrey Pettit said...

Yay, Tina! I was SO excited to see your comment on my blog this morning, and couldn't wait to pop over here to see what you've been up to! Super huge congratulations on your daughter's wedding! She truly was an absolutely stunning bride! And how fun to see all your projects. The way you were talking, I wasn't expecting you had been able to make much.....but my jaw is hanging open at all your crafty projects you've done! Love that you dabble in so many different types of arts and crafts. Your swaps are always so fun, and I love the art journal stuff. Your scribbling page is just amazing with all the hidden animals. Totally love those soda bottle beads, too. And the new afghan looks gorgeous so far. Love your Olympics journal pages and love your handmade washi tapes. You are just sooooo creative! :)

lydiapuenteharris said...

I love how complex your scribble scrabble page turned out- i haven't shown off mine yet but it's pretty basic- it was fun though. I love all your projects everything is so good.the wedding books are very special keepsakes. Thank you for sharing that linkbto the beads they came great tok. :)

Leann said...

Hi Tina

Glad to hear that the wedding was a huge success. I wish them all the happiness life has to offer!

You sure do keep busy don't you? Love the ideas of albums for the girls! And all of your other craft projects are wonderful as usual.

enjoy your cool temps we have some too!


DaCraftyLady said...

congrats to the newly weds...what a beautiful bride, I can relate on not posting with the heat and vacations I have been absent a lot too. Looks like you have been busy making some pretty books... ~~Debb

Love the plastic beads