Sunday, February 28, 2010

Day Lilies shake off the winter blues

When the snow is falling and then falling...then still falling My mind drifts off to warm, sweet thoughts.

This past July we went to visit friends in Upstate New York near Vermont.  Aww such a beautiful part of our country.  While there we went to a day lily farm.  It took my breath away.  To stand and look at endless gardens of lilies.  I want to share some of this with you.  Maybe it will shake off the winter blues.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Treasury Please Take a look

Just wanted to share that I snagged a Treasury!  This has not been easy for me to do.

Take a look....

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Spotlight is on The Farmer's Attic

I am so pleased and excited to have The Farmer's Attic in the spotlight this week.  Lucy has a variety of prim so take a look at the Spotlight section (click on the tab above.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Banners for your Etsy Shop

Banners are flying all over at The Banner Loft

Why don't you take a peek to see what I have to offer.  I reopened The Banner Loft because I love to work with digital graphics.

I can make you a custom banner also we will work together to get what you want. 

Please help me to get the word out about The Banner Loft  my Blog friends are so helpful and you are greatly appeciated too!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Unique Note Rack You have to check this out!

If you haven't found the beautiful treasures at Moore Magnets then don't wait to discover the beauty!

April at Moore's Magnets Shop has just made some unique note racks.  This is something we all can use.  Take a look and be amazed at what you will find.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Birds and snow

I need to make something clear, ahem...I wanted a big snow...ok we got it now I am done.  I didn't ask for days of snow....

When I am on my computer I can look out my window at our bird feeders.  Now understand that I am so afraid of birds BUT I enjoy watching them after all I am safe in the house.  Anyway we have lots of cardinals that visit and even make their nests in our bushes.  They are so beautiful.  We try to keep food out for them.  Suddenly the black birds have found the new feeding spot.  OMG they are relentless in eating all of the food up.

Picture this, I am on the computer working away and out of the corner of my eye I see a black bird run the cardinals off.  I tap on the window and they fly away for about 3 seconds then they are back.....grrrrrrrr

So I thought I needed to go outside myself to shew the black birds away.  This worked only briefly.  While out I took some photos of the cardinals waiting on the black bird to leave and finally one cardinal braved it and starting eating with him.

That is my story today....birds and snow.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mish Mash Monday Mayhem - having fun with a new craft

I have been so excited the past couple of days trying something new and I love it!  It is using glass tiles and also a glaze that is wonderful to use on so many things.  Below are two pendants I made a a set of napkin rings. 

Stop by Lafe's Hidden Treasures for a visit!  Glad to have you!

Napkin Rings

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Relax, look around, enjoy a Sunday read

Sundays are sure different now than there were when I was a child.  After the hustle and bustle of the week Sundays truly meant a time of rest and relaxation.

Up bright and early for church, home for a big Sunday dinner....then it was nap time for everyone in the house.  Once awake we just had family time.  It was just a warm and gentle day.

As an adult I really don't have a routine for Sunday.  When I was working I spent most of it dreading for Monday to come and be off to the crazy week ahead.  Nothing in paticular happens on Sundays is just another day.

How do you spend your Sundays?

Make sure to visit the Spotlight Section to see some beautiful china paintings by Painted Panache by Joann Y Wheeler

While you are at it take a look at this really mod bag!

Enjoy your day....

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Follow Week 5

MckLinky Blog Hop

Friday Follow~Reopened My Banner Shop

So I thought it was time for me to open my banner shop again.  The Banner Loft is now open for you to stop by and take a gander.  Let your friends know too.  I welcome Custom Orders and will work with you as to what you want. 

I love to make graphics I could do this all day and get nothing else done!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fabric Greetings Fabric Postcards

One of the greatest things about being with Etsy is all of the wonderful people you meet along the way. 

Alyce of Fabric Greetings is just one of many beautiful ladies on Etsy.  Her postcards are absolutely gorgeous.  She is a talented lady that also teaches quilting in her spare time.  Here's a little about her postcards:

I love sending cards - all kinds of cards for no special reason. So I started making these fabric postcards as a way of letting someone know they are special. No two cards are exactly alike, just as no two people are exactly alike. I have sort of made it my mission to convince people to send a card that fits the person receiving it.

Grab a cup of coffee and take a stroll around her shop I am sure you will find something for everyone in your life.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Going retro for a day is reliving my childhood

Some of the things that are so retro now was just normal for me but that is part of being old and refined I suppose!  Events that I remember are still so vivid.

It gives me the awww feeling to see interests in the good ol' days.

  • listening to and AM transitor radio
  • wearing all the paisley tent dresses
  • mini skirts
  • pop in a bottle
  • gas at 38 cents a gallon
  • swimming in a creek
  • protesting to wear pants to school
  • protesting to wear jeans to school
  • getting permission to use the phone
  • everyone rode the bus to school
  • listening to 45's and 33's
  • getting my first 8 track
  • rotary dial
  • bell bottom pants
  • flower power

Enjoy listening to favorite group when I was really young.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tips and Tutorial Tuesday - Liquid Starch

It is not often that you may need liquid starch. I never have until.....I was crafting and it called for liquid starch. Somehow I had missed that before I started. What now? No liquid starch in the house.

Grandma Shirl - Mom

Luckily I could pick up my phone and call my Mom who has the recipe for anything you want. Here it is and it dries clear also.

1 cup water
1T cornstarch
bring water to boil
in a cup mix cornstarch with a little water, enough to get it mixed
once water is boiling add cornstarch a little at a time until desired thickness

Now the thickness should be thicker than syrup but thinner than gravy! lol this is what Mom told me so I am passing that along to you as well.

There you have liquid starch. Mom said they used this all the time on clothes, etc where starch was needed.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Mish Mash Monday Mayhem (it covers everything)

Mondays are the days when working I dreaded the most!  Now Mondays mean a chance to set goals, seek inspiration and make new friends.

My plans this week include working in two areas that I am not comfortable in and seeing where it leads.  One is sewing the other jewlery making.  I have some fabulous ideas now to see if they can be created.

Don't forget to check out the Spotlight section to see who is being featured.

Visit the Village to see new shops.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

My first Challenge

So I belong to a Team, The Primitive Peddler that was having a Challenge.  Silly me signed up to be a part of it!  Well....after I did this I thought to myself how foolish...then I thought "Let's have fun!" 

This has made go beyond my comfortable boundries and try something new.  We never learn if we don't try something new.  I don't expect to win, I just wanted to be a part of it. I had fun!  Pattern and inspiration by Kentucky Primitives.

Here are my results, enjoy and have a great Super Bowl Sunday.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Reclaimed Beauty

As I sit drinking my coffee and looking out my window as I am typing...I see the beauty of snow everywhere.  Children are sledding, throwing snowballs, dogs running freely....ahhh the good ol'days when life was simple.  Oh to be a child again and see the world through their eyes.

Aniticpating the snow made the markets an event like Black Friday, pushing, lines, angry people.  Complaining about everything that wasn't a fault to any of us.  When I said, "I want the snow!"  I could feel the eyes piercing my every being, with a smile I moved along.

Constant updates to make sure my parents were ok as even though beautiful sometimes the unexpected may happen.  All is fine and they are enjoying the snow from the comforts of their living room.

Now my eyes wander back to my window.  The children count has much laughter.  My poor birds that visit daily their feeders are covered with snow....we will clear it for them.  Then I thought of this birdfeeder I found at my parents home.  It was in so much need of love.  I snatched it up brought it home and loved it!  Now it is new again.

Sometimes we need the vision of a child to reclaim the beauty in everything.


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