I love ladybugs, that is a given, but I also love using acetate on cards, especially when the acetate has a pattern on it. You might not be able to tell in this picture, but it does. This card had to be a monochromatic blue card. I will be sending it off this weekend for a swap. Just thought I would show it here first.
It is hard to tell, but this is all in various shades of blue. Hope you like it!
A good friend of mine and I made some paper a few weeks ago. Of course, it was before my surgery the middle of December. Well, I am going to show you some of the items that we put together. We had so much fun putting rosebuds, string, leaves, glitter, ribbons, and confetti into the papers that we made. I know they are much prettier in person, but hopefully you can see what we have made.
I have decided to get involved with swaps again. I just love making cards and sending them, then receiving ones back. It is fun getting things in the mail! So it is another day and I have gone back into my craft room and made a couple of the cards I needed to for the February swaps I signed up for. I am going to show one today because I just loved the sentiment that is stamped on it. It made me think about what my mind wanders to. If you really think about it, what does your mind wander to? I guess it really does mean that that is where your heart truly loves!
Well, I haven't been able to get into my craft room much due to my foot surgery, being in a cast, and not being able to walk. I finally went in there today and made a very simple card! I had a whole lot of fun doing it! Maybe I will get in there tomorrow to make another one. I used a ribbon technique that I saw in the Technique Junkies newsletter. The paper that I used had the green polka dot on one side and the birds on the other. I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.
A friend of ours is opening a new restaurant - A Seafood Bar and Grill - and we went to a practice run before the opening Saturday night. These are always fun evenings because your meal is free, you get an appetizer, entree and dessert. All you have to do is pay for your drinks and the tip! I had the most fabulous dinner last night. We started off with raw oysters which were amazing and had amazing sauces. I didn't realize that oysters could taste so different from different places. We tried three different kinds, two of which were from different waters in NC and one that was from Florida. I wish I had taken pictures of the amazing food, but I hadn't eaten most of the day and was halfway through my meal when I thought about it. My dinner was an amazing tuna steak with a mango chili sauce, fried green tomatoes, and an amazing mac and cheese that had gouda and heirloom tomatoes. The dessert was key lime pie with a blackberry sauce. Well, I was truly spoiled last night.
But the drink I had was amazing - it was a pomegranite and guava martini with guava foam and an edible orchid on top. Here is a pic of my amazing drink! One of these pics is taken with a flash and one is not. They both look good but not as good as this drink tasted and looked in person!
A few posts ago, I showed you a lazy susan that I was working on for my table in my sunroom. My sunroom has a wine theme going on in it, so this lazy susan, made out of a wine barrel hoop, is perfect for the center of the table in there. Well, I finished it this morning, and am really happy with the results. Let me know what you think of it!
I have taken over being a swap moderator on a yahoogroup for the Zentangle swap. I have never done Zentangles but have friends that do it and love it. Okay, well, if I am going to coordinate the swaps for something I have never done, then I am going to research and figure out how to do this. I didn't realize that Tangling was like Yoga, where there are names for different drawings. Really cool! I am now getting addicted and I am only in the beginning of my discoveries! LOL!
Well, I have started a notebook where I am trying out the Zentagles in alphabetical order. Here are pics of my "beginnning"! Don't laugh, just my first attempt at these things. I used to "doodle" like this when I was in high school and loved it, so I think this is going to catch on real quick!
I have a great friend on the West Coast that knows I love ladybugs! In fact, anyone who even knows me a little, knows that I love ladybugs! A friend of hers does quilted pictures, so she had her make me one. So can you guess what it is? Well, I gave you enough hints! Yes, it is a ladybug! I just love this! I am going to try to make a card that looks like this over the weekend and I will post what I come up with!
If you have followed my blog over the last few years, you will know that I have had two surgeries, now three, over the last two years. This should be the last one. I am hopeful that this year, 2013, will be a good year for me - since 2012 was definitely not! On December 14th, I had major foot surgery and have not been able to walk since. I will hopefully be able to walk some starting on the 28th, but we will see what the x-rays show.
Here is a picture of my foot when they were taking out the stitches, but before the final cast went back on.
Most people know that my favorite color is purple, so the cast had to be purple.
My husband and daughter, Dave and Brittany, have done so much to take care of me, that I had flowers delivered for them. I appreciate them so much for all they have had to put up with.
I am working on a lazy susan for my dining table that is utilizing wine corks. I am not finished but thought I would show you how I have begun to put it together. I love the design I have so far, but if you have other ideas, please let me know. I have not finished, nor have I glued the corks in place so everything can still be changed.
This year, I am going to do what I have seen several other people do. I have set up a jar that will be used for our family to write notes of Good Things that have happened throughout the year. We will then open this jar up on New Years Eve and read the good things that everyone has jotted down throughout the year. I think this will be a great thing to do so that we will remember all of the things that happened throughout the year that have made us happy, smile, and just feel good about our lives together. I hope that you will think about doing something like this as well.
The jar that I used is actually one that a neighbor made for us. They used chalkboard paper and paint on this jar so this can be used over and over. Because this was given to us by a neighbor, I thought it was perfect to use since we will also be thankful for the things that others make and give us.
A good friend of mine bought me a bird feeder last year that was made of old lamp parts. The lady that made these bird feeders had her items highlighted at the State Fair and was such a big hit. I love eclectic items and this is an amazing piece that I have in my backyard. The birds love it! I love the colors!
Today I am posting another photo that I took on our vacation in October. I thought this metal dog was fascinating when I saw it at the Biltmore Gardens and so I took a picture of it. I love the colors. This dog reminds me of my beagle, Snoopy. I probably should have purchased the dog and put it in the back yard garden, but just a picture of it now will have to suffice! Hope you enjoy it!
I showed you some glitter glasses yesterday that my daughter and I made, so today I am going to show you the polka dot bottom glasses that we made at the same time. Again, the glasses were purchased at the Dollar Store. We used acrylic paints and a q-tip to make the polka dots and then sprayed the glasses with a fixative so that the glasses could be washed, etc. We had a lot of fun making these glasses. As you can see, we used a bunch of different colors but my favorite was the purple and gold ones since these are the colors of East Carolina University. My daughter is a freshman there this year and both her dad and I went there so we are definitely an ECU Pirate family!
These glasses are great as gifts and can hold anything you might want to give someone - cookies, candies, small present, gift card, etc. Your options are limitless!
My daughter and I made glitter glasses over Christmas and gave them to friends and neighbors. They appeared to be a real hit. It was fun making these glasses. We bought the glasses at the Dollar Store and then used painters tape to make a smooth line at the top. We painted the glasses with modge podge, sprinkled glitter over them, and let them dry. After the glasses were dry, we sprayed them with a fixative so that they could be washed after use. We are definitely going to be doing this again!
These are really easy to do, I hope you will try them.
Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope that this year finds everyone doing well. I, for one, am glad to be done with 2012. 2012 was not a good year for me or my family. I have decided that 2013 is going to be an awesome year and I am going to do everything that I can to make sure it is that way everyday! I am going to post different things this year on my blog and not just papercrafting, so be ready to see photos that I have taken or other crafts that I have done throughout this year.
When my husband, Dave, and I went on vacation in October, we took a lot of really fun and unique pictures. Today I am going to post one of my favorite photos that shows a bee on a flower. I took several of these type of pictures. There were so many bees and so many gorgeous flowers, so you may see several of these types of photos throughout the year.
I hope that you will enjoy my blog this year!
Happy New Year's Day - Go Big Red! (Nebraska Cornhuskers)
I am 53 years young and have been crafting all of my life. I first starting doing crafts with my mom when I was 5. We did ceramics and entered them in state competitions. I won first place on several of my creations. I have done all different kinds of crafts but have become very addicted to cardmaking over the last 7 years. I love being able to design, create, and work with amazing people all over the world. I am now expanding my crafting to all sorts of things - most of which you will see on this blog over time.