Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chim Chim Cherr-y

Oh, what a title..   I guess I've still got Mary Poppins on the brain, from a previous post!

Well, just like I thought it would, the weekend flew right by.  Not even June yet, and I couldn't believe the summer-like temperatures we've been getting here already!  After last year, I already knew to double our stock of ice cubes in the freezer, for not only ourselves, but for the pets as well.

When the weather gets this uncomfortable, our only relief is a tall icy beverage, as we sit no further than directly 2 feet from a fan running at it's highest setting!...  The problem is, I'm not very good at sitting in one spot, with nothing to do.  So the majority of my weekend was watching t.v., reading, and crocheting.

Here's what I crocheted...

The pattern is actually designed to be a dishcloth, but I just can't see washing dirty dishes with this!  So I decided I liked it better as a potholder, and simply added a back side, and a ring at the top!

Not comfortable with the holes in the pattern, though, and not wanting anyone to be burned if and when using it, I also sewed a thinly-padded insert to it before attaching the two sides together.

As you can see, while I was working on it...

my cat enjoyed sitting close by.
He loves playing with yarn just as much as I do!

I'm happy with how it came out, and it was just the right kind of quick, simple project to pick up and put down as I pleased over the holiday weekend.  If you'd like to see the pattern, to try it out yourself, HERE'S where you can find it!

I was glad to find some leisure time for reading.  I finally finished the book Gracie, A Love Story.  It's an older book, published in 1988, but I LOVED it!  Of course, written by George Burns, you could EXPECT it to be funny...   

But I found it very interesting too, reading about the old days of Vaudeville and Radio.  Best of all though, was a side of George Burns you didn't necessarily see in his comedy routines, or in his roles playing (Oh) God...   While reading this book, there was no mistaking how much George Burns loved his wife, known to the public as Gracie Allen!  I don't know that I've EVER heard any husband speak so highly and lovingly as did he in this book.  I loved reading every word of it, but not surprisingly, I was crying my eyes out at the end, when Gracie died, after a long battle with heart disease.  32 years later, George Burns passed away, just 49 days after his 100th birthday..   He was laid to rest at Gracie's side..  the marker at Forest Lawn Memorial Park reading, "Gracie Allen and George Burns-  Together Again."

I'm onto my next book now,  Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson.  

A friend of mine, from church, loved the book, and lent it to me, so I'll be starting this one today.

We spent a little time poolside over the weekend, just about an hour or so...  not any longer than that really...  But already I've got a little bit of a sunburn to show for it.  Next time I'll put the lotion on!...  We did a little shopping too, and I came across the tote bag you see here...

My daughter is a teacher, so I couldn't resist!  I'm SURE I'll make good use of it, with yarns or crafty supplies of some sort, right?!  Speaking of Dear Daughter, she's coming over for dinner tonight.  It's much too hot to run the oven, so I'm thinking submarine sandwiches might be a very good idea!...   maybe some cherry pie and ice cream for dessert?

Hope you're keeping cool,
and enjoying your day, whatever you're doing!
...And thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

And thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice...

Four things support the world...
the learning of the wise,
the justice of the great,
the prayers of the good,
and the valor of the brave.

Thanks for stopping by, 
and I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day Weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Spoonful of Sugar

I'm running a little later this week, than I would have preferred to, for this week's tag challenge, hosted by Rebecca at Blog Challenge Garden.  I could point the finger at many reasons and conditions, but one of them was a nasty bout with allergies!  It has definitely slowed me down, and it just kept hanging on, worst case I've had in years. My gosh, is it fresh in my mind the horrible taste of cough and allergy syrups I took, trying to get a good night's sleep, and trying to get better!  So it is little wonder to me, that somehow my mind went right to Mary Poppins when I heard the theme this week was a SPOON!

The little spoon I tied to this tag could use some polishing, yes... But I'm very happy with this tag this week!  I'm a big fan of the movie, the cast, and love all the songs!...  I used to even have the doll, and am sorry I don't know whatever happened to it.

"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!"  I definitely had fun making this tag!... And now I'm kind of excited to go hang this on my movie star "wall of fame", just above the entertainment center in my living room!  I think it's going to look great there! 

Thanks to Rebecca,
for hosting Tag Tuesday each week!...
And thanks to all for stopping by today!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spring Fashion Lineup

After crocheting a pillow recently, and posting the photos, I realized maybe it was time for a little fashion makeover for my Goody Two Shoes dolly...   The outfit she was wearing is actually an outfit my own daughter wore, when she was just a peanut, so you can imagine how much I still LOVE that little outfit...   But looking at that photo,  I thought "O.K... O.K.!  Time to throw this outfit in the wash...   and maybe it is time for a little fashion makeover."  Something pretty for Spring would be nice, right?!

In the meantime, I had another doll waiting for an outfit too.  I found Dora at a neighborhood yard sale.  I thought maybe Dear Daughter, who teaches Spanish, might like her!  So, the time was right.  I got out my hooks and yarns, and I began crocheting a couple of matching Spring outfits for BOTH dolls!

These outfits are inspired by a pattern named "Love and Sunshine", dated 2007,  written by Darlene Cutler; and if you're interested, you can find it HERE.  Many thanks to Darlene, for all the beautiful doll patterns she shares!  You can find a good many more of her patterns HERE as well!  I followed much of Darlene's pattern fairly closely, but not entirely.  For my doll, who stands about three or 4 inches taller, I had to alter the pattern quite a bit.  The flower embellishments on the tops are my own doing. 

Now doesn't this look better?!  I'm pretty happy with how cute both dolls look now, but now I just hope Dear Daughter thinks so too!

Meanwhile, I've signed up for a couple of tag swaps.  First one up will be for Twilight tags, at Mini Album Scraps.  (By the way, there's still time to sign up if you'd like! This is gonna be FUN!)...   I've been watching the movie, and scouring through the book for what favorite scene and/or quote I want my tag to depict.

I've been torn, because the tag is supposed to be based on the movie, and not necessarily the book.  I really wanted to go with something that was relevant to both, but I think I've finally come up with an idea to focus on.  Now all I have to do is start gathering my goodies and scrapbooking supplies, and I can start making my tags!

Speaking of scrapbooking supplies, a very sweet scrapbooking friend, through YouTube, has just sent me an RAK package!  Just look at all the beautiful dies Sherri, 101shabbychic, has sent me, to use with my new Big Shot! 

I was so excited to receive these, and can't thank Sherri enough for such a generous gift!  I have no doubt, I will make very good use of all of these!  Sherri, YOU'RE a doll!!!  Thank you!.. Thank you so much!

And thanks to all for stopping by today!


Saturday, May 21, 2011

As One Door Closes..

Make sure you hang a tag on it!!

Recently, I came across an intriguing challenge over at All My Art.  There, I found Jeanie asking if anyone might like to join her in making  some hanging door tags!...   You know like the ones that say, "Do Not Disturb", "My Room", "Wipe Your Feet", or "Gone Fishing".  Well, as her own ideas for door tags first started multiplying, so she officially began her Door Tag Challenge!

Interested?..  If so, Jeanie's also offering to place your name in a prize-drawing for each tag you make!  While not entirely sure what amount of time I'll have to make my own tags, I did at least finish my first one!

"Do not Disturb" was not exactly the message I wished to convey.   My tag, more or less, just expresses that I'm busy at the moment with just one of the many things I love to do artistically...

..which could mean that I'm either drawing, or painting..
or maybe sewing, crocheting, or scrapbooking...

So I made this artist's palette with chipboard and cardstock.  Then I added colorful little blings to look like paints in several colors, along with a little water-color paint brush.  Of course, I couldn't forget to add a crochet hook!  I never liked crocheting with plastic hooks, so it was no great sacrifice to use it towards this project; and besides, I thought the color pink worked nicely with everything else!  Next, I added some sewing supplies.

These little spools of thread can be found in small kits, for very little cost, at your local pharmacy, grocery market, or dollar stores.  I've had these for so long, and never used them, so I just KNEW they were perfect for this project!  I thought the little vintage wrapper from some old sewing machine needles was a nice touch too!  Next, I added the plastic sewing needle, which again I thought the size and color, like a robin's egg blue, was just right to embellish this door tag!  I glued and stickled my flowers, and added ribbon at the top to hang it, and I was done!  I have left the back blank so far, seeing as I've not yet decided if I want to use it for pictures or journaling of some sort;  but I really had fun making this, and have ideas for other door tags now too!  I'm not sure yet, if I'll actually make more or not, but we'll see...

In the meantime, now that packages have been sent and received, I can now post about the Blissful ATC Swap, hosted by Wendy, for the month of May.

The theme, this time around, was "Let's Go to the Movies".   I'm guessing most of my visitors know by now, how much I LOVE the movies, so I was very excited to sign up.  My swap partner for month was Amy, at Ruby Moon Art.  Here is the Moulin Rouge card and goodies she made up for me!

Love the movie, the color, the sparkle!..  Thank you so much, Amy!!  I really love it, and it's such a gorgeous addition to my growing ATC collection!

Now, as I began to make a card for Amy and myself (I always make two!), it wasn't quite so easy deciding on which movie I might focus on in particular; and Amy didn't really express a particular favorite, so "what to do, what to do??".....   Then my thoughts drifted to the recent passing of Elizabeth Taylor, and the wheels of my creative processes began spinning!  I could do a sort of movie tribute!  So, in the spirit of "going to the movies", I put together an ATC in the form of a pocket...

and "featured" my favorite Elizabeth Taylor film,  

Tucked inside the pocket, you can see were two tickets... On the back of one ticket was an Elizabeth Taylor quote, "Big girls love big diamonds."   On the back of the second ticket was my own personal info/message for Amy.  With the tickets, I also added the small folio, on the right, of just some of the top films that Elizabeth Taylor is probably most remembered in. 

Here is what one side of the folio looks like, 
when fully opened...

And here's what the other side of the folio looks like...

I'm happy with how my little tribute came out, but for lack of room, I couldn't even include ALL my favorite Elizabeth Taylor films.  The two I wished I could have included were Little Women, where she played Amy March; and The North and The South, in which she played Madam Conti!

Well, speaking of movies, I picked up an old record album at a rummage sale my church was having...

Isn't it "loverly"?!!  My Fair Lady!..   Yes, I was very excited to find this; and yes, I still have a record player that actually works!  Every once in a while, I love to throw an old album onto the turntable, to hear Judy Garland, or Barbra Streisand, or whoever... just to unwind, maybe while I crochet a few rounds or rows on some project I may be working on at the time...    Anyways, as if that wasn't enough, I then found this...

..in the $5 bin at Walmart!  I've never seen this one before, so I can't wait to watch it!  

Thanks to all for stopping by today, 
and have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Strawberry Salutations

For this week's Tag Tuesday challenge, at the Blog Challenge Garden, the current theme is "strawberries".

Having no papers or stamps, embellishments, nor even any graphics on hand to go with this theme, I then began thinking to look upon songs, poems, or quotes.  I found a quote that inspired me, by Terri Guillemets,  at her website, The Quote Garden...

"Strawberries are the angels of the earth, 
innocent and sweet, 
with green leafy wings reaching heavenward."

Isn't that sweet?..  Well, from as young as I can remember, I always loved to draw...  pictures of all kinds.  There was a particular set of little characters I used to doodle all the time, I remember, so I decided to use them in my tag.  However, this time I would not be drawing them, I would be paper-piecing them together...   everything, down to their little noses, is cut by hand.  Now, of course, they don't look exactly like the little drawings I've done, but I'm happy with the paper-cut version!  The technique was fun!

Here you see my own artistic take on strawberry angels.  I didn't add halos, but I made their bodies and caps to look like strawberries, and then gave them their "green leafy wings", all set against a starry, sort-of-heavenly, background.  You can't tell in the photo, but the strawberries in their hands are raised for dimension; and the one thing I was sorry I forgot, was to glimmer mist the one little strawberry angel's wings, on the bottom left of the tag.  But here you have it..  I hung it in my kitchen window, just above my sink, and it makes me smile!

Well, as it so happened, Dear Daughter was coming for dinner last night, and for SOME reason, I had a craving for strawberries..  So I put on my Strawberry Shortcake apron and I whipped together a Strawberry-Pretzel Pie!

While I was at it, I baked a Banana Cream Pie too!  Both were delicious, and by the time we'd finished dinner and dessert last night, I'm surprised I could even MOVE!  With that, and the exception of the allergies I'm still suffering, all in all, I still couldn't have wished for a nicer evening with both my kids!

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

Saturday, May 14, 2011


By definition...

smorgasbord:  noun... a wide range of something;  
a variety.

...And that's just what I have here today!  A "smorgasbord" for a post!...  But after the little Blogger Botch-Up most of us have had to endure for over..  what?..  20 to 30-something hours now?... 

I can think of a few MORE special words 
for the day, boys and girls!

  (Can you hear my imitation of Mr. Robinson, from SNL?)
I can't believe how long it took the "maintenance team" to fix this.  I think I was starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms!..  But wait..  What do I see?  What do I hear?  Here it is, Saturday morning, and YES!

Oh, HAPPY DAY!!  We're finally up and running again!...  And I can finally PUBLISH this post!  I think I hear angels singing!  Do you?

Well, I guess I'll start with Mother's Day.  It was wonderful!  I went to church in the morning, where every Mom there got a flower just like this one!  

Isn't it pretty?  It's still hangin' in there, just as pretty as it was on Sunday!

We've really been enjoying the gorgeous weather throughout the week. I'm afraid my allergies are kicking in, though, and I'm paying the price!  It's definitely slowing me down, and my voice is not sounding too good at the moment, but it's not knocking me down completely...   at least not yet

I participated in the Blissful ATC swap for April, and am finally able to post pictures of that.  The theme for the month was "steampunk", and I gotta tell ya.  I have a hard time wrapping my head around what that's about at all!  I've seen it everywhere, and I think it looks great, but to call upon myself to come up with something of the sort??...  It was a real challenge, and I wondered if my results were more punk, than steampunk;  but this is what I came up with, for my swap partner, Toni, at Time 2 B Creative.   This is the front of the card I made for her...

...and this is the back of the card. 

In the meantime, here is what Toni sent me.
This is the front...  I love the colors already,
and just look at this butterfly!

...and this is the inside, when you open it!!

How AWSOME is THIS?!..  I LOVE it!
Thank you so much, Toni!

After finishing up on this swap, I then finished up a TP Roll Spring mini-album I made for another swap I was in (and for which I am still waiting for one back... 

My swap partner seems to be running VERY late with mine, so we'll see what happens there, I guess.)

Missing my crochet hooks, as I've mentioned, I began working on a throw pillow for my room.  If you remember, I bought a new bed set, and I LOVE it, but the color is a real challenge to work with. 

I wanted to crochet a throw pillow.  Walmart did not carry an assortment of colors that I could even hope to make due with, so I had to special-order my yarn from elsewhere...   Hobby Lobby, to be specific.  The pattern I used was "Grandma's Garden Cushion", found at The Royal Sisters.

The colors I used were, Antique Teal, by "I Love This Yarn!";  Dusty Blue, by "Vannah's Choice";  Paradise Blue, by "TLC Essentials"; and Black, by Red Heart Super Saver.

I'm thinking I might make my Goody Two Shoes dolly a new dress using the left over yarns I still have.  Maybe done in white to break up all the dark colors, with touches of teals in it?  What do you think?

Well, soon after making the pillow, I bounced right back to my scrapbooking supplies, and made this vintage-looking oval plaque...

..which was inspired by Fiona's, HERE.  After making this, I paper-crafted another little something I've always wanted to try...

C'est une chaussure en papier!   

It's a paper shoe, done in a Marie Antionette style!  I finally got around to making one, after seeing a UStream tutorial, made by Kimi, at Unique Scrappiness.  You can find a number of tutorials to make various styles, at YouTube, such as this one HERE.

Onto my next project, I most recently discovered a new take on crocheted flowers!

This "extreme" flower may look small in the picture, but the hook is actually a size Q hook, and my flower actually measures to just over a FOOT wide!  You can find more about this HERE.  It is suggested that you use 5 or 6 strands of yarn, but I chose to use 4.  I will be pinning mine to a styrofoam circle, and hanging it up on the wall, but this was so much fun...  very quick and easy to do, that I think I might make another to top another throw pillow!  Wouldn't that be cute for the Spring and Summer seasons?!

Well, I'm already moving on to my next projects, both crochet and scrapping.   I have plans to reorganize my little craft/scrapbooking corner too.  As one could have guessed, a few more tools and supplies, and already I need to reorganize!...   Remember this little peek?

Yup..  That was about IT!  Just a couple of spice racks and a small table to work on.  It's only a 3' x 3' space, so it's a real challenge, making it into a functional little corner to work in, while still catching my favorite t.v. shows or movies in my living room.  Maybe I can show you more of how this comes together in my next post...  We'll see...

Anyways, I'm so glad Blogger is finally up and running again, and that we could spend some time together today!  What a nice way to start the weekend! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!