Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ho Ho Ho... from Pendra's!

Love my new lil' cuties from my Sis
in their adorable little glittered knitted sweaters and hats...
she is the knitter in the family so they are so appropriate!!
 They sit on my old dry sink with my white church birdhouses
and under my beloved chalkboard...
 Thanks again to Holly from Down to Earth 
for the beautiful handmade boxwood wreath!  
I have so enjoyed decorating it for the different seasons! 

 My little snowmen... & trees made by my Father.
I just love the little framed snow face, embroidered
on old thick batting... that's a face you have to love!
 I made some handmade snowman ornaments this year...
Love their sweet little faces and rolled up felt noses!

My little trees this year were winter inspired,
 with snowmen, birds and birdhouses
 My sweet little bears in their hand knit sweaters and hats...
were also a gift from my talented Sister. 
And our stockings are snug in the sleigh,
handmade by my Mom, many years ago!
 My cozy living room

 My Mom gave me the gift of loving to quilt...
 This was one we worked on together and one of my
most favorites we ever did!
 Love the gold thread swirled on the trees!
 It sits on my dining room table.
I replaced my white stoneware on the long table
(a library table from my old Elementary School)
with my hand painted winter scene
 The Old Mill
 The Bakery
The Church and beautiful stained glass windows 
 and the Toy Store
 Once again my village was painted with my Mom and
a very cherished keepsake and memory!
 The deck outside the dining room got a little decoration
as well, white icicle's, a multi wreath and a cute
lil' Charlie Brown tree.  So pretty at night and lights
Hannah's path for her nightly walks out back!

  I made my own cards this year... I need to start in July next year though!
 I loved to work in the living room this year, especially with my helper...
 sleeping beside me!

 They turned out very pretty (although a little blurry here)
this year and I want to thank Karen from The Graphics Fairy 
for some of the wonderful graphics!  If I missed someone,
please let me know and I'll credit you!
 Santa Annie was very generous with our pets this year...
 Leyla loved her catnip filled fishes
(her Papa's a fisherman you know)
 But she pooped herself out and fell asleep with them!
 Hannah on Papa's lap said she's had enough entertainment now
and is looking forward to a long winter's nap!
My cherished Angel and Cherub
 wish you all...a very Merry Christmas
 safe, with family and friends!
And Happy Birthday to our Son, Adam!!
                                                               Holiday Hugs,
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Testing,'s here

Today my new computer came!!!  Whoo hoo!!  I'm so excited but also scared to death, because I am NOT very technology savvy!  I've managed to get my Wi-Fi up and running and open and make my provider my home page for Internet!


I've downloaded all the new programs that I purchased with the computer including Adobe Photoshop Elements 11...I'm soooooo excited about this one, maybe I can learn to fake make my photo's look better, I need all the help I can get!  I am very disappointed that my new laptop does NOT contain the drive that my camera card will fit into, so I will still need to keep my BIG home computer in the studio for my photo's.  I am contacting the people I ordered it from because it does have a drive but a little teeny tiny opening, not nearly big enough for my camera card...I checked on this with them before purchasing and they said it would fit!  I just hope we can get this corrected, so the BIG home computer can go too! 

Of course no instructions or manuals or even pictures with no words are included so I'm kinda winging it here! 

If anyone has any suggestions, tips or words of wisdom I would love to hear them!


p.s. I can tell all ready, something's changed... I cannot "Preview" my post before publishing it.  So if this is all funky, HELP, any ideas?

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sweet Dreams

Another old project turned into a "Sweet Dream"...

 This old frame has a place for 2 photo's and a mirror in the middle, a small shelf and pegs for hanging.

 I started off with some sweet papers from Anna Griffin... a pastel colored "Toile", my favorite!  Satin flowers and lots of lace and lovely buttons, paper doilies and my Big Shot and Paper Trey Ink Die Cuts.

 Cut to fill the openings for the photos, I played with my goodies until I liked the design and then glued!

I took the mirror out and used the backing board to paint with homemade chalkboard paint.  I mixed Plaster of Paris with a little hot water and my choice of acrylic paint, Folk Art's, "Strawberry Parfait"...doesn't that sound yummy?   After it was really dry, I primed it using a stick of chalk on it's side, rub the entire surface lightly and then dry wipe it off.  I hand wrote my own design on paper and using graphite paper and a stylus, lightly transferred it to the chalkboard and then just drew it all in with white chalk! 

I put all the pieces back together in the frame and it looks very pretty together, love the soft pastels!  I'm happy with my first attempt ever at chalkboard art!

 Next I took an old bottle I had with a wood top... that I didn't like at all.  So I painted it with the same strawberry acrylic paint, when dry I applied some crackle medium and when that was tacky and almost dry, brushed on a cream colored paint.  It crackled beautifully!  The bottle has a light blue green tint and I found a pearlized button almost the same color and tied it with ribbon around the neck with a strand of fine cream colored pearls.  Next I found a sweet rose graphic from Karen at The Graphic Fairy and Mod Podged it onto the bottle.

 I think it turned out so pretty and is perfect for the new Guest Bedroom, just inside the door.

 I hung a tin roofed birdhouse hanger with lovely glass knobs right underneath for guest's to hang there coats or robes on.  I put this right inside the door so it is the first thing you see when you enter the room.

And here's the wall as you enter the room, see the empty space beneath it... I'm working on a small quilt rack to go below it and fill in the space and to have a place to put extra quilts or towels for my guests.   I have a few more projects to share and then hopefully the room can come together and I can do a full reveal.

Until then... Sweet Dreams!


Sharing at:
                       Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
                       Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy
                       The Scoop at Cedar Hill Ranch
                       Tuesdays at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
                       Be Inspired at Common Ground
                       Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo
                       Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
                       Blog Hop at La Belle Epoque Home

Saturday, March 30, 2013

All Happiness...


My hope for you this Easter is love and happiness
 with your families, friends and loved ones!

I'm sorry for my absence lately, my computer and health have not been cooperative!  A new computer has been ordered and set to be delivered April 5th.  My health...that's a different story, but I see the Dr. on Tuesday, so hopefully that will be "fixed" as well.

                                          Love and Peace,

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Treasures For A Song

I was here in Blogland one day visiting with my friend Kris from Junk Chic Cottage (you have to go see her gorgeous "bright, white and sunny" home) and she was sharing her day thrifting at the Goodwill.  I had been anxiously awaiting our trip out thrifting all week.  I thought we were going to the Goodwill, but upon getting there it was an ARC Value Village.  It's all the same...  treasures for a song.

Here's what I found:

These 2 pieces have the softest shade of pink.  The little basket with the handle will go right into the guest room.  And the other is a candy dish, that I will use as a cupcake stand... love the soft hint of color in both of sweet!

I love this sweet little bunny and it will make a beautiful vignette paired with a some cute little Easter eggs.   My favorite piece is the Hen sitting on her eggs... a soup tureen that will find itself housed in my French Farmhouse kitchen shelves!

The large bell jar has a slight hint of grey, and I have it sitting on top of another grey tinted cake stand, they looked so perfect together.  Sitting next to the large bell jar is the cover to a cheese ball set, I like it because it is all clear and  paired with the right size glass plate will make another beautiful cloche.  Sitting in front to the right is a teeny, tiny bell jar, that will also make a very sweet little teeny, tiny cloche.

My little bunny and mother hen are real hams...  I found this cute little silver dish, maybe a sugar dish?  And a white glazed handled urn.

This sweet little silver sugar dish is just perfect to make a pin cushion.  I have seen a few of these out there on Pinterest and they are so beautiful.  Adding some lace, buttons, ribbons and pearls, it will be lovely!

This white glazed urn will be getting a makeover too.  I've already ordered a 6" moss covered ball to sit on top.  I think it will be very pretty and add some color and height to a Spring vignette I've been thinking about!

I just had to show you again, the teeny, tiny little bell jar that I am going to make into a sweet little teeny, tiny cloche!  It may be teeny, tiny but it is so cute!

My grey tinted bell jar and cake stand had to make another appearance... it is just so BIG with attitude!

You can't see my glass plates too well in this photo... they are etched with Iris's and the long slender leaves.  The edges of the plates are ruffled and follow the outline of the flowers and leaves.  There was 6 large plates and 8 small, but I only wanted the one set and as they were sold separately I could do that...but I still felt bad breaking up the set.  I thought they would be very pretty with some dollar store candlesticks  or vases added to make a 2 tier stand... I've got to keep an eye out for them.

And lastly you can see the grapevine wreath covered in colored Easter eggs.  The wreath is in need of a little repair and has that well loved look, but the color of the eggs are so pretty, soft robin eggs blue, mint green and a few colors in between...they even have the little brown specks!  I haven't decided if I'll fix up the wreath and tie on a BIG burlap bow, or if I'll remove the eggs and make a few little nests for vignettes.

It's always fun to find things on my list, to save items and re-make them into beautiful decor for my home!  I had a very good "Thrifting" day... Mr. P. didn't fair too good, but next time it could be him finding treasures,
treasures for a song...

Have a GREAT Weekend!


 Sharing at:
                    Feathered Nest Fridays at French Country Cottage
                    Open House Party at No Minimalist Here   
                    Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo 
                     Be Inspired at Common Ground 
                    Junkin Joe's at The Cottage Market 
                    Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage