Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Door hanging (made from a Dollar Store tray)

Oh.. I know, I have a bit of an obsession with making door hangings with Dollar Store trays but I just cant help it :)  They are fun!  If you want to make one for yourself. Here's some hits.
  I made some "Hello" ones before for Summer,but it was time to change out for Fall.  Before I had used the Tin trays. This one is much larger. It's about 20 inches across and it's plastic. I found this try and the other trays I've used at the Dollar Tree.  It's silver color but totally just lightweight plastic. Black on the back.  I lightly painted the edges with cream acrylic paint. After is dried, I just rubbed my orange and yellow Cat eye Clearsnap inks over the raised dots on the tray.



This is what the back of the tray looks like.  Black plastic.  I  did used a hot glue gun to add the leaves and burlap and it wasn't a problem.

I ran a light piece of sand paper over the raised bumps also, so some of the sliver would show thru.

From there I just added papers to the center of the tray and went to work making the simple banner I hung on wire.( I stitched the four different papers together).  Did some embellishing and added ribbon to hang it from.
* remember when you cut your banner pieces to cut them a but longer then you need so that you have enough to fold over the wire to attach them :)

I took time to machine stick around all the banner pieces and then it really doesn't show up that much :(  The large Chipboard letters are from Paper Studio. I painted them, inked the edges a bit and then used the ( non brush) end of my paint brush to make some polk a dots on them.

So there you go... a simple and cute Dollar store craft for you door.  Now... Crafty away, my friends!


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What else is going on?  Well, with Fall, comes one sad thing.  I'm going to be sad to see garden bounty come to an end.  Oh, how I have loved having a garden this year!!!


Yesterday, I was headed out of town and this guy was hulling this trailer full of amazing JUNK, I mean TREASURE.  Oh, how I wanted to flag him over!!  My mind reels on what all might be in there. lol


Griffin update.  Can you believe this is "little Griffin"??  I took photos of my brother and sister-in-laws Grand kids over the weekend, so I have to share.   I'll share a couple at a time... since there are eight.    I know many of you who follow my blog, know Griffin and would get a kick out of seeing how he has GROWN!  Quite the handsome young man.

And remember his baby sister Halle?  Now a babe anymore either! They just grow up SO fast!  What a little sweetheart she is.

More cuteness to come.


Time to get some Dinner in the works.  I hope you all have your week off to a great start!
Thank you for coming to visit me and not forgetting me, as I haven't been blogging as often as I used too.   Life just keeps calling with fun things to do:)

Back to you soon!

Vic

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It was a "Banner" day with the girls. Crafting... Fall Banners

Well, do I have your attention now??  Or did I just make you hungry? lol   I made these Pumpkin Parfaits for the girls when I had them over for a little crafting yesterday.   I found the recipe on pinterest. Here it is on this blog ...Cheryl Style (Pumpkin Parfait) 
It is yummy!
I love pumpkin anything!
It's really cooled off there this week and it's been rainy and gloomy. But these girls will brighten up any day.  We got together to work on some Fall Banners.  I have been working on some for the upcoming Flea Market my friend Lynda is hosting in a couple of weeks.  Below is my sis in the aqua sweater, my friend Deb next to her, and my friend Julie behind.   We met for breakfast in my little towns "Corner Cafe" ( that's really the name by the way) lol  before we got started.  There is just something about a little small town cafe that I just love.  Next time I'm in there, I'll take some photos.  It's just nothing fancy that's for sure, worn tables, mismatching coffee cups, farmers talking about the weather.... but so sweet!  I better take quiet photos with  my phone. I cant imagine how crazy they would think I was if I whipped out my big camera and started clicking away. hahaha


I have to show you this tho.


We all ordered Denver Omelets. The waitress said that comes with either ... wheat toast, and English muffin or a cinnamon roll .. what would you like?   ummmmmm......
Seriously? You had to ask?!? lol  So home made cinnamon rolls, huge omelets with hash browns.  We all ended up only being able to eat half our food.  I knew it would be a way bigger breakfast than any of us were used too, so I didn't make lunch ...just those pumpkin parfaits, but like Julie said, we all slightly exceeded our calories allotment for the day yesterday!!! Oh my!!
#totallyworthit

 Once we could actually comfortably sit down... lol, we started working on our banners.
I had all the framed letters printed off ahead of time.  They are from the Crafty Secrets "Creating with Vintage Halloween CD"


Of course I have to share them all. Each one of different from the other. All beautiful!

Here's Julies


Here's Jans
Here's Debs


Here's mine


And here is another one of mine I had made the day before as a sample for them, as what we were making.



I'm sorry it's been a while between my blog posts, between a lot going on, I have been dealing with migraines more often. I'm sure the weather is playing a big part in that.  I've been working on getting this post done since yesterday and finally just got up because I couldn't sleep, and am finally finishing up.  I'm hoping to be able to do the Alzheimer's Memory Walk tomorrow, so I hope this Headache goes away and stays away!!

                                            Alzheimer's Association Donation Link here


I hope you have all a great week!  Craft on!  and Enjoy Life!

Vic

Monday, September 01, 2014

Autumn Banner using Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage

Today is Crafty Secrets Linky Party Day!  Although I've stepped back from the Design Team ..simply to take a little "me" time.... I obviously still love creating with Crafty Secrets.  Oh.. and love Sandy and all the girls... so today I thought I'd play along.   I know they would love it if you would join them also.   You can read about it here on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog , see gorgeous samples and get the links to all the DT Blogs along with links to those who are playing along.
I decided to create this "Autumn" Banner using the "Creating with Vintage Halloween" CD.


There are so many great papers and images on this CD.  It's one of my very favorites to work with.
I love making banners, and I really enjoyed making this one. I just haven't spent much time in my studio this Summer, I've been so busy with other things, but it felt good to craft again.


There is the "Creating with Vintage Halloween CD"



Keep in mind also that Sandy has a huge sale going on right now ... as she  wants to go completely digital and has all her printed stock on sale 50% off but she has also just put together 6 amazing theme packs for $19.95  at over 70% off the original retail price! They include: Summer, Girlfriends, Christmas, Little Boy, Little Girl and Halloween.  



  You will find all of these  blowout packs on the front page of the online CraftyVintageGirl.com Store.  


I hope you have a fantastic week my friends!! ENJOY!!!

Vic

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's a Fall Welcome... 16x20 Burlap Panel

Well, I'm still pushing along, trying to make myself accept that Summer is coming to an end.  I do love Fall, just not what comes after it so much.  I've been working on a few things for an upcoming flea market.  I found these flat 16x20 Burlap Panels that have been so fun to create with.  I wish I would have put something beside this to gauge the size for the photo, because if you don't look at the measurements... you might assume it was a card or something. lol  Actually it's quite large..




You can see here, they aren't like a traditional canvas.  Kind of fun and different.  I found them at Micheals.


Yesterday was National Dog Day... so I was thinking of all the pooches that have been a part of my life since I was a kid until now.  Each one has a little piece of my heart.

Keebie- ( Top left)- started out as my older brothers dog.. until he went to Korea for the Army.. then Keebie became mine.  Keebie stayed home with mom and dad even after I was first married, as he was getting quite old by then.  What a good dog!
Ralph-(Top Middle)- Dan's and Mine first dog together. Ridiculous name was Dan's choice. lol We loved that dog like a child. Sweetie heart!!
Pokey- (Top Right)- Santa brought him to Wes and Jarad when Jarad was 2 and Weston was 5.  That dog put up with a lot. Most faithful dog ever! We had him until Wes's first year in college.
Aly-(Bottom left)- Aly was special. She just stole everyones heart. Kind, obedient ...sweet Aly. It's still hard for me to even think about her without tears. She was my best friend.
Molly-(Bottom Middle) Molly is independent. She comes to you when she wants attention... and when she's had enough, she walks away. lol That's just her personality.. and we love her just the way she is. lol She has been with us 12 years and has a lot of health issues.  At this point, we just pretty much let her have what she wants and do as she pleases.  Attention, naps and good food :) She LOVES Wes! and he loves her.
Daisy- (Bottom Right)- Daisy.. oh Daisy... She is a rambunctious, in your face, little lovey dog. We had been used to two old dogs when we got her, so her energy level took a bit of getting used too.  She is the best cuddler! She hates to be cold so she will get as close to you as possible. Gotta love her!

My dogs............


Exciting stuff this week...... Dan picked our first apples off the apple tree we planted.  He was so proud! lol

Wes stopped here last night on his way to work. It was good to see him. He was putting on his new camera for the first time.  I have to say reading all the negative things about  law enforcement lately in the news and on Facebook really bothers me at times.  I know there are good and bad officers just like there are good and bad of any other profession. There are  many good ones out there risking their lives to protect ... we just don't hear enough about those.  I guess this is something I think about even more now that MY son is one of them putting on a uniform everyday. It's scarey.


Before I close, I wanted to make sure I showed you this incase you miss it. Crafty Secrets is offering this great SUMMER Super Pack Blowout for $19.95 and it is FULL of a crazy amount of great stuff.
You can find it HERE



Okay friends ...... have a GREAT week!!

Off to try to make something else while I have this mess out. lol

Vic


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A simple "Hello" card

It seems that these days ..fun simple designs just call to me. So today, a simple card with a fun design is just what you get. lol   I picked up these papers a long time ago and keep seeing them over there in the rack in the corner of my room... just sitting there, and I keep thinking how much I love them. Finally I sat down this afternoon for a little crafting time. ahhhhh  nice!  The card shape is from AccuCut


I own this Die and use it so much.  It's been a great investment.  AccuCut A2 Card-Scalloped #1 NC213



Oh, I also wanted to show you my chalkboard painted globe.  I finally found a spot for it.  I'm getting a kick out of finding different sayings for it.

Since I haven't been blogging as often, a lot more goes on between post. I need to catch up! (wink).  Yesterday was (daughter-in-law) Kate's Birthday.  We loved having them out for dinner and a visit.  Being a teacher, she is back in full swing with school now. It makes me happy that she loves her job so much. When I ask her how she likes it, she always has positive things to say.  I can tell it's what she's meant to do :)  And she's so good at it!

We got away for a long weekend last weekend with my sister and brother-in-law to a little cabin we rented on a lake about 3 hours from here.   It was our first time there, we had just found it online, so we weren't sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. It was AWESOME!


We hiked around a bit each day. The cabin sits by it's self on the lake, and is hiking distance to the river. the guys took the kayaks out.  No kayaking for me..but I did go out in the paddle boat if that counts for anything. ha!

It was a great little cabin. Super cute and comfy inside also. So when we got to hot outside, it was great to be able to come in a relax. ( as you can see the guys doing here :) 

Early Saturday Morning I got up and got some great shots of the fog on the lake.  It was so quiet and beautiful.   The entire weekend was really nice. We hated to leave.  Looking forward to making plans to go back again.


Before we left I even managed to squeeze in a cut .. that was much needed.  I skipped color this time. I usually go a shade darker in the Fall, but I'm not ready for Fall... so I'm not ready for that their. Both can just wait, as far as I'm concerned.  I'm not ready to give up Summer yet!

I hope things have been good for all of you. I always appreciate you stopping by.  Thank you!

Vicki

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Canvases, milkpaint table makeover, and Catherines planner

Well, my plans for this week were to start working on some Fall canvases and other Fall projects for an upcoming Fleamarket, but boy am I having a hard time giving up on Summer.  It was pretty obvious when I laid out three canvases to work on backgrounds, and the first two were in Fall colors and BAM.. just like that ... I was back to Summer colors .....   That this is going to take a little more discipline on my part to THINK FALL! ahhhh

I decided since I'm going to be making a few of each style when I do projects for this Fleamarket, I would do all the canvas backgrounds at one time ... let them dry , and then move on to the next step. Not that I would do all the backgrounds the same, (trust me, I learned a long time ago, repeating my projects like an assembly line, is not something that works well with me. Just cant do it.)  My plan was just to do backgrounds of same size canvases with this style of flower.  I thought it would maybe lessen the mess by doing it this way.  Again, wrong, it seems, I'm just kind of a messy crafter no matter what. HA!
I have to say, creating the backgrounds is my favorite part :)  Even though it's the messy part.




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There is something I wanted to share with you all, if you haven't already seen it on Facebook.  If you are a follower of mine you probably know that Catherine Scanlon is a dear friend of mine.  I love her and am so proud of all her successes in the art industry over these past years. She is so talented and so deserving !
She is now in the process of opening her own studio of teaching... and it looks so amazing!   It's called Merrymeeting Art House and you can see the site and some cool photos here.

On the side bar of her blog you can find links to her publications, to her online classes to  where to buy her stamps and stencils ect.  Cats blog   Art From the Heart

Can you tell I'm kinda proud of her?? lol   Well I am!!    But what I really wanted to tell you about is her new printable planner for your "coloring pleasure".  Oh my .. it's awesome!



Here is the link so you can check it out.

My Artful Life Planner






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 Other than making messes, it's been kind of a quite week.  It's good to have a week like that now and then right?

This is one of the other projects I worked on a bit.  I found this table at a Flea Market for $13. It was all just the brown wood.  I knew what I wanted to do with it, I just dread painting. :(    My friend Deb had this grey milk paint left over from a table that she had done, and kept encouraging me.  I finally jumped it and did it. Actually the paint went on like a dream, and I love how the table turned out.


Still canning.   Still week, some tomatoes for chili that have peppers, onions and garlic in them.  And some jars of salsa.

We seem to be getting more yellow squash rather than regular zucchini.  I've always used zucchini for baking but read that they can be used interchangeably, so I made these zucchini muffins with the yellow squash.  They turned out great. Good to know.


Funny, after posting these photos I guess I did get more done this week than I thought.  And I thought it was a uneventful slow week. lol.

Have a happy day my friends!  Thank you so much for coming by!

Vicki

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

"Hello" Card using Fancy Pants Nautical Collection

Summer is going by way too fast for me!  Kids are getting ready to head back to school already. (easy for me to say.. since I don't have any school age kids :) lol    I was in Hobby Lobby the other day and it's all Fall and Christmas stuff... eeeek!   I'm still loving the sunshine and Summer colors. This card is done with Fancy Pants Nautical Collection.  I love how each of the Fancy Pants Collections are filled with gorgeous papers and elements that work for any themes.. ...   Nautical Card?? hmmmm :)


Everyday Photo #1

I'm enjoying Summer, just doing a little of this and that.  I've certainly been at the cabin more this Summer, simply because that's where the garden is, for one thing.  Yesterday Daisy and I went for a boat ride with Wes.   I must say I am a little alarmed by the "Asian Carp" that have invaded the rivers. Seriously!  I thought I was going to get hit by one, as they jumped out of the water. THREE ended up IN the boat!


Everyday Photo #2

The garden has been doing very well!  I've been working on canning tomatoes.  It's times like this that I really miss my mom.  This is something she and I did together a lot.  I seriously don't think I could do it without that piece of aqua Club cookware that used to be moms.  We used it every single time we canned. Sweet memories.

Everyday Photo #3

This year we planted a number of fruit trees along the edge of our lot.   The squirrels have been battling us constantly for their bounty.   I found this on the kitchen counter the other day.  Do you think my husband is proud of the lone peach he has managed to save from the squirrels?? lol


Super exciting week around here. lol   I think I'm still resting up from last week ( camp week).
I hope you are all enjoying your Summer!  I'd love to hear about what you've been up to.  Gardening, vacationing, spending time with the grandkids?

Thanks ..... as always, for stopping by!

Vicki