Tuesday, June 29, 2010


My daughter and her family and my hubby and I went to see The Lion King on Saturday in Portland. Boy was it impressive, the costumes, the music, and the lighting were unreal. I have never had the opportunity to see a Broadway show, (and probably will never even make it to New York). It is wonderful that they are taking these shows on the road so that people from all over can see them too.

I downloaded these images from the Lion King web sight because cameras were not allowed during the performance.
Picture below is the young man that played Simba.

Here are the two actors that played young Nala and Simba. They were awesome.

Of course there has to be a bad guy, this is Scar, the evil uncle to Simba

Pumba and Timon stole the show. They were HILARIOUS.

Here is my daughter, her sons and husband. We were patiently waiting for it to begin. I was able to sneak a couple of pictures before it started.

Here I am with hubby. We were just as excited as the grandsons. I even wore my animal print top so I could get in the spirit of things.
If The Lion King ever comes to a city near you it would be well worth the money to go.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Today's Yard Sale Finds

I hit three yard sales today and found a few 'new to me' treasures.
First off I found this BRAND NEW purse with the tag still on it.
As you can see it was regularly $40 and I got it for $3. Woot! Woot!

I paid $1 for this set of 3 metal trays. These are so going to meet up with some spray paint soon.

One sale had tons of Goose Berry Patch cookbooks. I limited myself to just three at $1.50 each.

I found this adorable twin quilt for my granddaughters bed...$5 for it and a pillow sham to match.
And these three prints were $1 each. I probably will be painting the frames black and maybe covering the mats with some scrapbook paper. I may even change out the prints, who knows where a project like this might take me.
Not bad for about 1 hour of my time and $16.50.

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Pretty Posies

After seeing flowers all over blogland I decided it was time to try my hand at making some.
There are many various mediums and techniques to use making flowers. You can use ribbon, fabric and even paper. I am sure there are more but that is what I have started with.
I went to Youtube and just typed in fabric flower tutorials, there were a gazillion videos to choose from.

For this one I used 1/2" wide wired ribbon (about 30" in length). This one is made from fabric. I just cut out about ten 2" circle of fabric then folded each on in half then in half again to form petals, using hot glue to secure the folds. I then glued the petals to a piece of felt about 1 1/2"around.

This was also from 2" wired ribbon.
This ribbon didn't have the wire in it so I just did a running stitch along one side and pulled it up. Then I just started rotating it until a rose began to form.
This small flower is actually made from card stock. I cut out eight flowers with a punch then misted each one with water to soften it. I then wadded each one up to crinkle it then flattened them out and layered them on top of each other. I then punched through the center with an awl, inserted a small brad, then pulled each layer away from each other and fluffed until I had it the way I wanted it. I then spritzed it with some antiquing solution. This one is also wired ribbon but only about 1 1/2" wide. I pulled up nice and tight.
So here are my finished flowers. I can't wait to learn more techniques to make some more flowers.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Inspired By Anthropologie Botanicals

I was looking at the Anthropologie Web site for wall decor and came across these two pen and ink sketches that were reproduced from an 19th century sketchbook. Well, they were a teeny-tiny little bit out of my price range at $498 each.

So I did what any frugal penny pinching woman would do, I made my own version.

I found some botanical images in my computer fonts and cut some out of vinyl. I applied the flowers to an artists canvas and put ribbon all around the edge to frame them in. I figured I saved about $981 by doing them myself.

{Sorry about the poor quality of the photo, I had to take it at night in artificial light.}

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vintage Birds Nest

I follow a blog called The Graphics Fairy that offers free downloads of vintage pictures (if you haven't had a chance to check her out I would recommend doing it soon, like AFTER you read this post,lol). I found this cute birds nest, which was just black and white. I downloaded it and then colored the eggs with a colored pencil. I also lightly colored the leaves and part of the nest too. I then Mod Podged it onto a canvas that I painted black. I also did a fun technique with the black paint {I explained how I did it below}. Adding some cute blue polka dot ribbon finished off this project.
Look closely at the canvas part and you will see a pattern that I created by blotting the wet paint with a wadded up paper towel to gently lift off some of the paint. Love the effect it made and I apologize that it can't be seen better in the picture. Trust me, it's cool!
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I have seen all kinds of washer necklaces throughout blog land recently and was inspired to make some of my own. The necklace on the left (below) isn't made with a washer but with a jewelry piece that came in a package with a bunch of other beads. I just laced it onto a ribbon and tied the ends.
The one on the right is made with a washer, a scrapbook embellishment, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge and beads.

Wow, I get sidetracked easily. I started out the day working on vinyl lettering projects and ended up making jewelry.

Fun Computer Decor

I recently posted (here) about some vinyl that someone had jazzed up their computer with. I liked it so much that I thought I would give it a try. Although I like yellow I would have done this in lime green if I had that color of vinyl. I may still make some changes to this 'cause I'm not 100% in love with it.
Stay tuned, I feel some experimenting coming on...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thrift Store Finds

You know how sometimes you just hit it lucky at a thrift store? Well yesterday I hit it just right at my local GW and found these soft pale gold Pfaltzgraff dinner plates for .79 each. I thought they would be pretty used for a fall table setting.
Then I saw this beautiful cookie jar/crock. After knocking a few people out of the way {not really but I would have if someone stepped in my way} I casually walked over and SNATCHED this puppy off the shelf. I noticed it was 50% off all green tags for the day. The original price was $4.99 so I got it for $2.50.
I love it when that happens, it makes my day to find a bargain.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pretty In Pink

I bought this plain jane tray from Goodwill for .99 a couple of months ago. Adding some scrapbook paper and ribbons turned this from PLAIN TO PRETTY, don't you agree?

I am linking this post up at The Girl Creative for the 'Just something I whipped up" party.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Great Vinyl Idea

Make It And Love It dressed up her laptop with vinyl. I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS! Go check out all of the other wonderful things she has done with vinyl using her Silhouette.

Inspired by Wordle

I recently came across Wordle, a website that arranges words that relate to a subject in random order that they call 'word clouds'. I thought it would be fun to put some words together that might be related to what a little girl could identify with. I am thinking about adding a few more words to this group. Any suggestions on words to use? I would love to have some input from all of you wonderfully talented bloggers out there. If I use your suggested words I will definitely do a link back to your blog.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

And the winner is......ME!!!!!

That's right, I won a giveaway from Dawn at Momza's House. She is an absolutely inspiring lady who can put into words the most hilarious adventures of her life to her tenderest of trials. Go check out her blog, you won't be disappointed. She is so real and down to earth that you will want to pack up and move to Colorado and be her neighbor.

The artist who drew this is Nathan Sharp. I had never heard of him before Dawn featured him in her giveaway but I am sure we will be hearing more about this talented man. He is amazing. The detail that he puts into his sketches is superb. Check out Nathan Sharp Studios.