Saturday, September 13, 2014

CRAFT BAZAAR SEASON HAS BEGUN...INVENTORY BUILDING

While all of you are settling into a "back to school" routine those who make crafts are digging in with full force to get our inventories built for the holiday craft season.  Daily we troll blogs and Pinterest for new ideas and old ideas with new twists to inspire us.  Yes, we crafters are busy little bee's right now.
 
Because I live in the state of Washington, home of the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to cater to some of our local Seahawks fans.  More blue, green and white will be showing up in my inventory.
 
 
I have a soft spot in my heart for this sweet saying, perhaps others will like it too.
 
Halloween will be here soon with all of its spooky d├ęcor.
 
 
Thanksgiving is sometimes an overlooked holiday but hopefully these gratitude sentiments will be  appreciated.


 
 
Christmas trees are a must for the upcoming season
 
 
 
 
I always try to have non holiday items available, people are always looking for gift ideas.  This is a simple wood tray that might be just perfect for a daughter, sister or friend.
 

 Of course anything that has to do with family are really good sellers.
 

 
Sayings on canvas also make great gifts.
 
Now let's hope I can keep the crafting energy going so I will be ready for the craft bazaars.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

NOW THAT'S A CROCK

When my neighbor moved she gave me this crock that she had in her sun room with a pot of geraniums in it.  As you can see it has a crack in it so it isn't worth a lot of money but I just couldn't throw it away.
I have moved it around the family room trying to find a suitable spot for it.  I even put silk flowers in it last fall, a poinsettia at Christmas time and some American flags in it for the Fourth of July but here it is now bare again.  Then it hit me, it needed something to set it apart and from just an ordinary beat up old crock.
 
 
As usual my Silhouette cutting machine came to mind.  I turned the crock around to a better side and applied this sweet bee.  I am now happy with it, it can be plain with nothing in it but yet I can still put seasonal things in it too.

(That is my grandmothers Singer sewing machine cabinet that it is sitting next to, I think they were meant to be next to each other.)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MILK CAN MAKEOVER

 I recently picked up this cute little milk can at Michael's Crafts, it was on sale for half price which made it only $5.  Unfortunately the blah and boring finish wasn't to my taste.  So what's a crafter to do?  Well you dig through your craft supplies and get to work.
 
 
I chose to do something with burlap and rack - rack, which turned out to be perfect partners.
 
 
 I bought the spray paint at Lowe's the other day, not because I had anything in mind to do with it I just happened to love the color.  This particular brand, Valspar, worked perfectly on the metal because it is primer and paint all in one and is recommended for metal, wood and plastic
 
 
Here is the finished project.
 
  I am pretty much in love with this little baby and think it looks just right next to this plaque I made a few months ago.
 
 



Along with the pre-made burlap flowers I decided it needed something else so I just started looping twine around to make this flower.  I added a little bling for the center and was pretty happy with the result.

And that my friends is my accomplishment for the day.  I must now do something productive like fold laundry and make dinner- ugh!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I LOVE IT WHEN SOMETHING GOES RIGHT

Sometimes things just work out right and by this I mean Mother Nature's beauty.  All four of these beautiful blooming flowers are within five feet of my front door.
 
This basket is full of these blossoms in yellow, red and purple.  I am not sure what they are called but they sure know how to put on a show. 


               This is an astilbe plant and  one of my favorite perennials.  I just love the plumes of pink.
 
 
Hosta plants are grown more for their beautiful leaves with variegated leaf colors but they do also send up flowers too.  The blooms don't last long but these are just in their prime.

 
 
 
 
 
This hydrangea is just starting to bloom.  It was a Mother's Day gift a few years ago from my son and daughter-in-law and had pink blossoms on it but when I planted it into the flower garden it switched over to purple.  These plants will do that depending on the fertilizer you use. 

Along with crafting I love gardening, (well not the work as much as the results) and find lots of pleasure in watching plants thrive.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Early Summer Family Stuff



It seems the summer season is upon us here in the PNW; mild temperatures, sunshine and a little rain here and there, flowers blooming, baseball, strawberry season and a ballet recital.
 


Little Miss Dawson had her first ballet recital on May 31st.  Here she is with her bouquet of flowers from her mom and dad.



My son Dustin and my hubby Jim waiting for the recital to begin.  I believe they were talking about motorcycles and all the fun days ahead for them to go riding.  They have both waited patiently (or maybe not so patiently) for some dry weather so they can get in some trail riding.

 
 
Grandson's Matthew and Spencer kept us busy all spring with baseball games.  They will soon be moving across the state to the Spokane area.  That is going to be tough on this grandma, they have never lived more than 10 miles from us.
 
(Matthew)


(Spencer)
 
I just love it when the flowers start blooming, early June seems to just burst with colors.
These iris's really took off this year.  Last year there were maybe 6 blooms on the whole plant, this year they decided to put on a big show.


Of course my hostas always do well in this bed which is on the north side of the house.

 
This is my hardy geranium in full bloom.  The honey bees absolutely love this plant.


Here are some planters I have planted for the deck.  I am not sure how much longer the pansies are going to tolerate the weather though, they detest heat and we are coming into the warmer weather for July and August..
 
 I am loving New Guinea impatiens, these are starting to put on a show.


I don't usually keep signs when I make them but I really liked this one so it has found a new home on my front porch.


Here is a watering can I have had for awhile and had the brainy idea of giving it a makeover.  It is just vinyl that I cut with my Silhouette cutting machine.



What would early summer be without a few batches of strawberry freezer jam?


This is such a treat in the middle of winter.
 
Well that's all the happenings from around our house for the month of June, I am looking up forward to the next couple of months of beautiful summer weather.