Friday, December 27, 2013


My house takes on such a bare and blah look after Christmas.  The tree looks sad without the gifts under it and the decorations all over the house seem to lose their excitement.
This year I decided to transition my entryway from a snowman menagerie to a wintery snowy wonderland.
Here are all the snowmen and a Santa decked out along the narrow ledge with mini lights and "snow" (which is just soft batting).

I just moved this window frame in from outside with a twig wreath that I sprayed the heck out of with spray snow and added a country looking gingham bow to it, leaving the lights and snow in place.

Silver glittering snowflakes adorn the corners.
This should take me through at least until the Valentine decorations go up.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Baptism, Snow And The Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching and it seems like every day there is something going on.  Places to go and loved ones to enjoy, there are parties and book club and festivals too.
This is just a recap of the last few weeks around here.
Spencer just turned 8 so it was time for the big day.
Baptism day.
 Dad Jason did the honors of baptizing him.
Look at Spencer's head, you can see a hand resting there.  It was just the reflection on the glass partition but I thought it looked like an angel's hand, kind of cool.
Our daughter Natasha, grandsons Matthew and Spencer and son-in-law Jason.

Here is Spencer with Jim and I. 
And this is Spencer with his other grandparents.
Big brother Matthew played music on the piano for us at the baptism, that was a real treat.
Then the snow hit last Friday, just in time to usher in the holidays.
Just a few days later we got another batch of snow and unusually cold temperatures.
Paige got to spend a lot of time in the house with the outside temps reaching single digits, she was really liking her little stint indoors.

 This is Miss Cally, she is almost 20 years old and because she likes to wet on carpets she must remain an outdoor cat.
We fixed Cally a bed out of a cardboard box with a small door cut out and a layer of fleece, a heating pad and a fluffy cat bed on top to keep her warm during our Arctic blast.
Our sweet Dawson came for the day while mom is at work and daddy has been hunting trying to get a shot at the elusive elk.  She is so much fun, she insisted on going out to play in the snow which resulted in this cold little nose.
Most of the house is decorated and the outside lights went up last Saturday.
It really is starting to feel like Christmas.  Now if I could just get busy buying gifts.
I wish for peace and happiness for all of my blogging friends.  Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


 With one more craft bazaar behind me I can finally breathe and relax.
This year was my second in-home craft bazaar and I am happy to say that even though it was a lot of work it certainly was worth it.  I had six wonderful friends that worked well together to make it all come together and must admit without them it wouldn't have even got off the ground.
We had about 12 different vendors that made items to sell.  Nearly all of it was hand made.  We had handmade dolls, ornaments, signs, snowmen, jewelry, soaps and scrubs and much more.

I will let you just stroll through the pictures.

Friday, November 15, 2013


With just 7 days until the bazaar the pressure is on.  I probably won't post until after it's over.
Now if my health will just hold on, no colds or flu so far. 
I hope I didn't just jinx myself.


Thursday, November 7, 2013



This is just a portion of my inventory for my craft bazaar.   With just 14 days left until I need to set everything up I am feeling a WEE bit of pressure.


Thursday, October 31, 2013


Trying to stay ahead of the game by introducing new crafts I recently ordered these cute trees from The Wood Connection.  They have the cutest wood cutouts that you can purchase and then paint and decorate to suit your own taste.  Hopefully these will be good sellers at my bazaar this year. 

For these trees I painted them with Apple Barrel (21463 Antique Parchment) paint.  In order to get the glitter to stick you paint the front surface and while the paint is wet you lay it directly on glitter that has been spread out on a cookie sheet or piece of wax paper then let them air dry.

I found this idea (HERE) from Pinterest, of course.  Simple to make with clothes pins, paint and embellishments.
I am really liking the chalkboard look and some of the lyrics from Christmas songs make the best sayings to use.
I will be posting more photo's as I get more projects finished.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


This time of year gets a little busy in this workshop craft room, just as I am sure Santa's Workshop its buzzing too.
Inspiration from Pinterest
Inspiration from Pinterest

And yet another inspiration from Pinterest. 
This is my own personal design, (I know you thought I only stole ideas now didn't you:)

I picked up these letters last spring while I was in Utah at The Wood Connection in Murry. 
Click HERE for a link to their web site. They now ship so you can order directly from them and they will gladly ship it to you.

All I did was paint the letters white, cut out scrapbook paper using the letters as a template and added embellishments.  The snowflake for the "o" doesn't have paper on it,  I just painted it white and while the paint was wet laid it on some glitter I had spread in a box, it works like a charm to hold the glitter.
Here is a close up of the snowflake so you can see the glitter.