I found a tutorial for making cute little sweet peas on Judy’s Craft Room and decided to try it on some ATC’s. I had all the “ingredients” which consisted of two Stampin’ Up punches, the “old” butterfly punch and the five-petal flower punch. I think they turned out really cute! Thanks Judy!
I worked on several projects this summer. I repainted our wooden Adirondack chairs which were a dingy white from when I originally painted them about 5 years ago and now they are a lovely forest green.
Years ago I inherited a sewing cabinet from Jay’s grandmother. It was painted dark brown and was actually quite ugly but I loved the shape of it and hung onto it. Recently I had it stripped and then I antiqued it white and it is now a side table in one of the bedrooms here in the mountains. I thought it came out quite well!
A smaller project was one I had seen online and pinned it, hoping to do it one of these days. It is a picture frame backed with chicken wire and it makes a cute “bulletin board” in my kitchen. I couldn’t staple the wire on like the instructions said as it was too thin so I used heavy-duty duck tape to tape the wire on. Below are a few photos of the frame:
More tomorrow, hopefully, on some smaller projects I’ve been working on!
Yes, it’s fall already! I can’t believe the last time I posted it was spring. Summer whizzed by here in the mountains of North Carolina! One of the reasons we love being here is the produce – the best corn, peaches, tomatoes…and now great apples! We have several apple trees on our property, none of which are cultivated but we do get some good-tasting apples. Not very pretty…but the insides are delish!
Here’s a basketful that Jay picked. . .
And here’s what I made with them – apple butter!
Jay brought some home for friends and everyone loved it – we do too! Peeling was tedious of course but Jay helped and the recipe is so easy, you let it cook in the crock pot all night. For some reason I feel very domestic when I’m here!
I also had some time to make some baby cards for friends – one boy and one girl.
I’m working on my Christmas cards and some gifts, none of which I can post here yet! I’ll be working on a lot of other projects so I hope to be back soon!
Today really felt like spring here! After a few days of muggy, warm weather and a big thunderstormy day yesterday, today was cool and sunny. Jay and I went to an Orioles/Red Sox game and it was a beautiful day to watch a spring training game.
I’ve seen lots of spring wreaths and spring decor online and saw one that was easy to do. Here it is:
I took two grapevine wreaths and set them on top of one another. In the middle I placed some moss that I had on hand, set the bunny in the middle and cut up a couple artificial flower stems I had. Then I added a few speckled eggs from my Easter things. I think he’s cute!
And here’s a banner I made to hang on the mantle in our family room:
The chipboard shapes were covered in dictionary pages and edged with ink. Then I painted the letters, stamped lightly with a sanded look stamp, and painted the scalloped circle. I got some little wooden half eggs from Michael’s and painted them, then stamped a flourish in gold on them. I glued them on top of a bit of moss. The little scalloped circles at the ends are stamped with a bird and a nest.
I’ve been busy working on some new Red Lead swaps. The one I just finished is an ATC swap called “She Makes – She Sews”. Red Lead has some awesome new sewing and stitching stamps and stuff. Here’s my ATC:
The requirements were to use any Red Lead stamps and/or collage sheets and their new wood framettes which you can see here. Aren’t they adorable? They come with many different words on them, they’re so versatile. I want them all!
Photos of my creation for the Red Lead “Sweet Friend” Shadowbox ATC swap coming soon!
The year is almost over and I haven’t posted as often as I would have liked. One of my resolutions that I hope to stick to is to post more often. I certainly make enough stuff to be able to do that!
I know Christmas is over but I didn’t show off a couple things I made because I didn’t want my sisters peeking before they received their gifts! Every year we choose a name and we have to make that person something hand-made and special. For the other two sisters we can make something small if we want to. This year I made an ornament for all three of my sisters:
I saw this in the Somerset Holidays & Celebrations and thought it was so cute! Mine is a little different, but essentially the same. The little bottlebrush tree is mounted on a small tart tin that has music score in the center and silver tinsel around the inside. I decorated the tree with little glass beads, then brushed on some glue and sprinkled the tree with coarse glass glitter and mica. The tree stand is a small wooden knob from Home Depot that I painted and distressed, then put a little bit of lace around it, tied a little red bow (mica on it also) and put it all together with hot glue. The star is punched cardstock and glittered. Lots of glitter – which I think makes everything look special!
I made this ornament for Matt and Jen:
I would like to make them an ornament every year. I started out thinking that I would use the traditional anniversary gifts as a guideline so last year, their first married Christmas together, I made an ornament out of paper (you can see this in my post from last Christmas.) This year the traditional gift is cotton. I had fully intended to, and I did try to, transfer the photograph to a piece of muslin. However, it was not looking like I had hoped so I gave up and just used the laser photo on the silver coaster. I punched a hole in the top and the bottom of the coaster with the crop-a-dile, put a ribbon for hanging in the top and hung a Tim Holtz facet from the bottom. Glitter, of course, was added around the photograph. This photograph is of Matt and Jen on their first anniversary with a little cake Matt made for Jen. They are so cute together!
Last project to show today. The sister whose name I drew for this Christmas was Lesley. This past summer she and Ernie got two Sheltie puppies, Mischief and Sassy. Of course, their lives are now all about the dogs! So I thought I would make her something with some photos she has taken of them:
I purchased the shadowbox frame this fall when we went to Archiver’s in Buford, GA on the way up to North Carolina. (Don’t I wish we had one of those here!!) I’ve had tons of dog stuff for years, fully intending to do some scrapbooking about my dogs, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet! Anyway, I thought it came out quite cute and Lesley really did like it.
Now – on to a new year, lots of projects, some home organization and a few more resolutions!
Happy New Year!
but I have been busy! Back and forth from NC to FL since my last post – back here for a Labor Day Weekend with Matt and Adam – two sisters here for a visit – and crafting in between!
As promised, here are a few photos of our new outdoor patio/kitchen which we have hardly used this summer because of rain! These photos were taken on Labor Day Weekend when we had one beautiful night.
Two of my sisters, Lesley and Diane, were here this past week for some girl time. We had a good time shopping, eating, hiking and crafting!
We also made some Halloween Chunkies! Here are mine:
So – it has been awhile but things have been going on! I’m looking forward to one more month in NC before we have to leave for the winter, which already makes me feel sad. I’m hoping to get my Christmas cards started and I’m attending two workshops with Bonnie at The Art Room in Franklin – can’t wait!