Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
This week has been very busy for me. Recap.
My new granddaughter was born early Monday morning. If you have been to my blog this week, then you already know this, but bear with me. We are all beyond excited with our new arrival. Izabella is our miracle baby. Her daddy almost died from cancer, and he was told he would never father children. Several years later we are blessed, and Izabella looks so much like her daddy.
Went to see the baby, and then I took my parents to put flowers on all the graves Monday afternoon and Tuesday. Wednesday, I spent all day at my mother's doctor's office, as she had to have a stress test.
Thursday, was the first day I had to myself, and I ended up going grocery shopping. Oh, how fun...not!!! I hate grocery shopping.
Yesterday, Friday...I went with my friend, Betty Ann and we bought some balloons to put on the lamp post at my son and daughter in laws house. We wanted to surprise Robin and welcome her and Izabella home. Baby Izabella and Robin were discharged from the hospital late in the afternoon instead of the morning as planned.
In the afternoon I again ran to the grocery store, and bought a few things for Steven and Robin's supper so they wouldn't have to cook, as they were both very tired.
Yesterday, was also a fun mail day for me. I received my fabric package from Lenna. I won the handpainted fabric in her blog contest.
I will get all of my blog giveaways mailed out on Tuesday. I apologise to all for not getting them mailed sooner. Thanks for your patience. Hopefully, things will settle down here.
I was finally able to sit down and make some envelope corner bookmarks last night for a quick and easy swap that I signed up for.
I cut the sealed envelopes so they would have a 4 inch side. That way the bookmark would stay put on the page. I just did some basic stamping, rubbed the edges of the envelopes with ink, and stippled some ink on my envelopes and fancy cut the bottoms. I started off with colored envelopes that had been down cellar, and had sealed shut from dampness. Perfect for this project. I just added a bit more glue to the part of the flap that needed attaching.
I made two butterfly and two beach themed bookmarks. Now, to get them mailed out to my two partners.
I have been doing more yard work, and today I bought a couple of metal trellis's for my clematis.
The yard is starting to look good, but I still have a lot of weeding to do in my back flower garden.
Anyway..here are picture's of Betty Ann's clematis.
Don't you think this flower is beautiful? I love it!!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Nina creates some fun dolls, clay pieces, and does some absolutely, wonderful beaded pieces. You name it, she can do it. Check out her blog, and see her latest creations. I usually don't care for SteamPunk, jewelry, but I really like the bracelet Nina created, and put on her blog.
Anyway, take the time to check out her blog, you won't be sorry. http://ninaoriginals.blogspot.com/
Monday, May 24, 2010
I haven’t been able to post on my Google blogspot blog in several days. I don’t know what the problem is. On my edit page I can do everything, but post a new message or edit a message. So, tonight I am trying Window’s Live for the first time. Don’t have a clue on how anything works with that program.
My daughter in law was scheduled to have a C section later in the week, but baby Izabella was having none of that, waiting for her birth to be scheduled. Last night my daughter in law’s water broke, and Steven and Robin made the trip to the hospital. Izabella entered the world this morning at 1:41 A.M. Mom, Dad and baby are doing well. We are all relieved that our little miracle has arrived. Our new granddaughter weighed in at 8.6 pounds, and was 20 inches long.
This morning, Tom and I drove to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth to meet our new grandbaby. I took a ton of pictures, but I haven’t had a chance to download many of them yet. Our new granddaughter has really chubby cheeks, and she looks so much like her daddy.
Today has been crazy busy. After coming back home this morning, I drove my parents and aunt to the Cape
to put flowers on the graves for Memorial Day. Tomorrow, I will be taking them to put flowers on the graves in Fairhaven and New Bedford.
I will try and download more pictures of our precious, new granddaughter as soon as I can, but here are a few for now. Bella, has already melted my heart.
Sucking her thumb. Just like her daddy did.
Izabella with Daddy and Mommy
Clematis in my backyard
I wanted to post a few pictures of the clematis that are blooming in my yard the other day, but couldn’t. So, I am adding the pictures tonight. I love the new double one that is in the middle.
Well, it’s been a very long day, and I am really tired. I am watching the Boston Celtics. Drats!!! The Celtic’s lost.
Oh, and more wonderful news. Tonight I found out in an email that I won, a prize on Lenna’s blog. http://creativelenna.blogspot.com
My prize was hand painted fabric that Lenna painted. This has been just the most awesome day!!!!! That’s it for today, I am off to bed.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I took out the sewing machine this afternoon with all intentions of making a few more fabric Artist Trading Cards that I need to get done for my giveaway, but I got side tracked and ended up making a little book.
Do I have a use for this book? Of course, I don't. I don't seem to keep much of anything I make. Do you? But, not having a use for something, and making it anyway is what I do. :-)
I cut muslin fabric into approximately 6 1/2" x 6 1/2 " squares. After ironing the fabric I pounced with a brush several colors of Encore' metallic pigment inks onto the fabric. The colors that I used were...burgundy, blue, green, purple, pink and peach. I forgot I had those ink pads. Then I watered down some gold Lumiere paint and spattered gold flecks onto the fabric with a fan brush.
I stamped several images on the cover, back cover and on some of the pages in the book with Memories and Stazon inks.
Thought the cover needed more color so I added a silk flower with a copper button in the center.
I was going to stitch the binding by hand, but since the sewing machine was out I zigzag stitched the book pages together, and now I have to finish pulling threads for a fringed edge.
Art can be added to the inside pages by gluing images or whatever in the book. I don't know why the scanned image shows wavy lines in the material, because I don't see them when I look at the fabric.
After making the book, I did go back to the sewing machine, and made the bird atc's. I also made another mermaid. I couldn't resist.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I used colored pencils to color the mermaid, and rubber stamped the Voice of the Sea Speaks to the Soul. Added a sheer polka dotted ribbon, and a shell charm to complete the card.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I left Thursday morning, to spend a few days in Yarmouth with my cousins. I always have a great time when I go to Cape Cod for mini vacations. I love visiting the small shops, quilt stores, thrift stores and of course going to the beaches and eating delicious seafood. I live less than an hour from my cousin's, but I always enjoy my visits.
After, I cross the Bourne Bridge I travel down Route 6A. 6-A is scenic and has lots of lovely old homes. The scenery is always beautiful no matter what season it is. Traveling the back roads of the Cape is the only way to see how the Cape use to be, before it got so commercialized. The old half houses, picket fenced yards, stone walls, flowers...so pretty.
I made a stop at Tumbleweeds, quilt shop on 6-A on my way to Yarmouth. The wisteria was absolutely beautiful climbing on the wooden trellis as you enter the shop. Wisteria can be found blooming all over the Cape this time of year, and you can see it growing wild on the sides of the road.
I also stopped at Colorful Creations, on Main St, Hyannis. I love this scrapbook store as the owner carries a great selection of paper, stamps, and all kinds of supplies. I was looking for new Tim Holtz products, but I didn't find any new items, as their new product shipment hasn't arrived yet.
At the store, I did buy 2 small stamps that were 75% off. I also bought a mermaid stamp. So, between the ocean/beach themed papers, and finding a mermaid stamp that I didn't have, I was happy.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
With no computer, I decided to work on some projects that I had been thinking about doing for some time.
I completed a bracelet and earrings set and also a ATC.
Then I rummaged thru some of my fabric stash, because I bought a new rubber stamp that I wanted to make a small fabric project with. I rubber stamped an owl image onto fabric. The owl isn't completely done yet. I'm not sure if I am going to make it into a pin or add it to a necklace. I'm leaning towards a pin. What do you think?
I want to at least add beads to the eyes to the little owl. The owl is 2.5 inches high and 1.5 inches in width. I bought the owl stamp at Michael's for $2.49. A saying also came with the owl. The image is rubber with a cling backing that you mount on an acrylic block. The same day I also bought another bird image from the same company.
For the ATC I added a small magnifying glass charm that I bought from a bead shop in Falmouth, MA a few years back. I bought several charms for 5 cents each. Fantastic bargain, don't you think? I punched a hole and used a brad to attach the charm to the ATC.
Late in the afternoon I started another bead project, a necklace, but I haven't finished it yet. I will post a picture when that is done.
My computer was back home last night, and is now working fine. Thank goodness.
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving comments. Come back soon as I am always adding something new.
Wendy P, Diann S, Angie H, Sherri Auld, Dawn, Shirley, Carol's Crafts, Chris, Nancy B.
Thanks for your encouragement and nice comments. I hope you will enjoy the little fabric birds.
Have a great day and keep on creating fun things.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
This afternoon we went to a cookout at my son's. When I got home I was busy taking in my plants off my deck, as the temperature is going to drop, and there will be a frost tonight. Today was sunny, but really chilly and very windy.
Anyway, while taking in plants I was getting buzzed by hummingbirds as they chased each other away from the feeders. I ran into the house and got my camera, but the little birds are so fast, and the light was fading so the pictures that I snapped aren't the greatest.
But, here are a few pictures that I snapped off. Kind of blurry because I was trying to zoom in real close as the bird rested on my plant hanger. They love sitting on top of the hanger, and also on the tomato cages in the garden. I will post more pictures later when the birds aren't quite so spooked as when they first arrive and when there is a little more sun. I hear the hummers before I see them, as they make a high pitched twitter.
The orioles around the yard have been serendading me for days. I have no idea where they make their nest every year, but I wish it was in my yard.
I love to listen to the birds in the spring. Don't you?
The cardinals around the yard are busy collecting nesting materials. The tufted titmouse is sitting on eggs in a nesting box.
And, I hadn't seen a scarlet tangager in years, and coming home from my mothers this afternoon I saw one dead on the side of the road. I was saddened to see that beautiful red and black male that must have flown into a car. :-(
Anyway...I will post more hummer pictures as I get them.
Happy Mother's Day.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Anyway, before I headed to the doctor's I made a quick trip to Tuesday Morning. I found some great buys.
I bought a scrap booking/crafting tote with shoulder straps that has all kinds of pockets, a detachable key ring, padded camera pouch, cellphone, eye glasses and wallet pockets. Also has pockets on the outside. Inside...more Zippered pockets and large Velcro pockets. The tote was filled with 13 items...3 rolls ribbon, 2 clear stamps memories and create, floral metallic rub on's, 2 packages photo corners, chipboard words, chipboard clock faces, index tabs, journaling spots, a package of felt butterflies, a package of felt flowers, and a package of glossy chipboard pieces...price $19.99.
I also bought another package of Tim Holtz grunge board alphabets with a 2nd package of circles attached for $7.99. I picked up 2 packages of clear fall stamps 4 images per pack..$1.49, package of fall napkins for 49 cents, a 6 x 6 quilt template for $1.99, 5 clear containers of assorted colors of flowers for $1.99 each. I bought those more or less because I liked the containers.
I then headed to the doctors office. The doctor found a few precancerous spots on the tip of my nose and on my left checkbone under my eye. Got the area's zapped, and then on to Michaels looking like a drunk with the puffed up bright areas.
I bought some sterling silver earring wires, beads to match a lovely abalone with swirled sterling silver focal bead...pricey..glad I had a register receipt for 40% from last week.
KC&Company decorative lace square that was on clearance for $1.99, some accent rhinestones for $1, some Prima Flowers..large gold leaves on clearance for $1.99. I thought they would make pretty wings.
Clearance Hero Arts clear stamp set for $4.99, several packages of stickers for 49 cents, a package of clear $1 stamps that has the word photos, and photo related sayings.
A clearance $2.99 package of 54 photo mats 4.5 x 6.5 scrapbook paper...My Minds Eye Home, a set of 3 wood mounted women's faces rubber stamps on clearance for $3.99. A large wood mounted stamp on clearance for $5.99, a large square clear acrylic mount for $2.49 and a 2 stamp bird rubber set that uses the clear mount also for $2.49.
Then on to WalMart...where I bought some herbs...flat leaf parsley, basil, rosemary and dill. I also bought a pink calla lilly plant, and 2 more clematis.
Couple more stops.. one to the Dollar Tree...to buy bubble gum...fruit flavored Dubble Bubble..I love bubble gum. :-) I also found some nice stickers there and 2 packs of baseball card holders for use in a 3 ring binder for ATC's.
Then to pick up a prescription, and finally home.
I had a great day other than the stop at the doctors office. How about you...did you find any bargains today?
Now, to make my necklace and work on a few other projects that are rattling around inside my head.
Oh, almost forgot to mention. The hummingbirds are back and have found my feeders. Now to have the camera ready to get some pictures of the hummers.
Goodies from Tuesday Morning
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I needle felted angelina fibers around the cabochon. (unfortunately the sparkly fibers don't show up well in the photo), but if you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see the sparkly fibers.
The Follow your Dreams is ribbon, and I used beads on the eyes.
My first bearded iris bloomed yesterday, and the orioles are back singing in my apple trees. I filled my hummingbird feeders, and I can't wait for the feisty little birds to return to my yard. My lilac's are in full bloom, and when the wind blows their scent fills the air with their heavenly scent. Lovely.
Have an awesome day.
Monday, May 3, 2010
I love anything to do with the sea, and I love mermaid art so that is where the inspiration came for this new project.
I added some curly fibers to represent seaweed, and then added a little shell, and rubber stamped the word goddess. The mermaid was cut out of a leftover piece of mermaid fabric that I had from a fabric covered lampshade that I made awhile back. See photo below.
I bought this lamp because it had a base that was scallop shaped, and could be filled . The lamp is filled with shells that I picked off the beaches of Florida. As you can see, I liked the mermaid fabric so much I also made a table topper with the material. Everytime I find mermaid material...I buy it! :-)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Today I thought I would make a few fabric ATC's using my new fabric. I also wanted to try out my new sewing machine for the first time.
I haven't figured how everything works yet, as the new sewing machine is very different from my older machine. I guess it would help if I really read the instruction book first, but that would be too easy. Anyone else hate reading directions and like the trial and error method better, like me? :-)
The new machine had lots of fancy embroidery stitches and my old sewing machine doesn't. The stitching is messy on this first batch of ATC's, as I kept changing stitches frequently, and the needle seemed to be jumping around. I also haven't figured out the stitch lengths that I am aiming for. :-(
I probably should have practiced on scrap fabric before tackling a project.
I drew a little bird pattern and cut out the birds in different fabrics to go with the background fabric they would be matched up with. I then attached the birds onto my fabric backgrounds.
I rubber stamped onto the ATC's with Stazon black ink, but it seemed to have bled somewhat.
I then glued on silk flowers and jewels for embellishments.
I scanned my finished ATC's instead of using my digital camera, and they appear darker than they actually are. I'm also not sure why the pieces all look different in size when they were uploaded to my blog. I clicked on the small photo size. Strange.