Monday, October 05, 2015

Halloween Door Decor

Happy October Everyone!
Last week I was lucky enough to get to create with goodies from "The Little Blue House".  I'll be sharing some of the things I created over the next couple of weeks, but today I thought I'd share this Halloween Door Decor I put together to dress up my front door for October.   The frame is a wood veneer frame from Micheal's that was just painted with orange acrylic paint.    The papers are from Pebbles Inc.
All this month on the "Little Blue House Blog" they will be sharing fun Halloween projects, so I hope you pop over there throughout the month to check out all the creativity.
For those of you who .. like me, don't  live close to Keller TX, they do have an online Store here.
 You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram, to see all the fun things they are up too.

Here is a little step by step of how I created the medallions.  IF you would like a more detailed tutorial, here is one I did in a blog post some time ago.   STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL

I'm really enjoying it on the front door as a nice change from my usual wreaths.  I also love that it's light weight enough to be held by just a suction cup :)

Thank you Little Blue House for always having such CUTE things to create with!!


Another Beautiful wedding this weekend!
My cousin Craig's daughter Jerri, got married this weekend .  Jerri and Dustin had their ceremony at the State Lakes.  It was a beautiful setting for a wedding.

Jerri was a gorgeous bride.

My cousin Craig and I are the same age, so we were buddies growing up.  Although he lived in SD where my Grandparents and other Aunts and Uncles lived, we made lots of trips there to visit family. He lives here now, and this is where he raised his two girls. What an amazing Dad he is.
I couldn't resist pulling these photos side by side. lol  The first one was taken ... oh, only about 50 years before the other ( which was taken at the wedding on Saturday).  The first one was of us holding kittens at Grandma and Grandpas farm in SD.

Below is my Uncle Al. (Craig's Dad).   Uncle Al is my moms only brother.  I cant begin to tell you how much I admire this man. A quiet man,  gentle, kind, and hardworking to a fault.

90 years old, he makes the trip from his farm in SD to see his granddaughter get married.     When the wedding party was supposed to go into the crowd and each bring one person onto the dance floor to dance with... she goes to him.    It was a ROCK'N song... not a slow song.......... but does he  shake his head no?   I think NOT!   

And I thought I couldn't admire him more.  What a guy

That topped the night off for me.
Great day all around.

I'm hoping your weekend was a good one.  As always, thanks for stopping by and letting me share my crafts... my family , and whatever else comes along, with you :)


Saturday, October 03, 2015

World Card Making Day with Fancy Pants Designs

It's World Card Making Day!  Today over on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog we are celebrating with lots of fun cards..... so I'm hoping you'll pop on over and check them all out.  HERE
Great cards the girls have shared using the "Flutter Collection".
Here is mine. 

I hope your week was a good one.   We are still trying to get our deck and door projects finished. We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Good thing, because who knows how much longer the weather will hold out. Not fun working outside when it's cold.
The deck still needs to be power washed and stained.  Staining will be a big job.  I just know we are glad the construction part of things is pretty much done.

We might not get to use it this year...but we will break it in good next year.

Really, the deck and door construction have pretty much been what we've been up to.  Oh.. and cleaning up the mess at the end of each day.  

For Throwback Thursday this week on Facebook instead of a photo I posted this article.  I wanted to share it here also.     Those of you who have been visiting my blog for some time, have probably heard many stories about my mom and seen many photos of her.    Well my dad was the second half of that amazing duo.  He unfortunately has been gone many more years thanmom.  He passed away back in 1986.  I loved him with all my heart.  He was an amazing Dad!   Hard working , determined, loving, friendly, funny guy who would do anything for his family and friends. No one ever stayed a stranger from him long.  He was a character!  My mom was the quiet dad would talk to any one any time and say anything he felt.
He loved his family endlessly.  And my mother... well she was his world. In the end it was her he wanted by his side.  As always.. she was.  They were an amazing team.     I could go on and on about my parents. I admire them more than  anyone.  I was so blessed to have them as parents.     I think of them everyday.
Every milestone in our family and wish they were still here to share with us.   But I know they are watching.
Now that I have myself all teary. (geez)     I started out just wanting to share this article.   I was only a year old , so I don't remember it , but I know all six of my siblings do... and how scary it was.

I can remember when the photo below was  taken like it was yesterday.  I was Christmas Eve.  As always, all of us and our kids. ( probably 25-30) at the time, were in mom and dads rec room in the basement opening gifts.  I think that us kids had gone together to get them a microwave ( when microwaves first came out).  Some when went to take a photo of mom and dad. Dad picked up the Styrofoam from the inside of the box and put it up to them , so it framed them , and gave momma a kiss on the cheek.   I LOVE this photo!

My dad was not physically a big man.  But he was larger than life!

If you have a memory of your dad that you'd like to share..... just anything, even a silly story. I'd love to hear it!  Please share :)

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share.


Monday, September 28, 2015

A canvas making day with the girls

Hi everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend.  It was a beautiful Fall weekend here.  
Last week Jan, Karen and I got together at Jan's house, to work on some canvases.  I had previously made   the "Be Happy" canvas I have a photo of a little further down in this blog post. ( Like the one Jan is holding that she made).  It was one of the canvases that I sold at the last flea market.  It ended up that Julie bought it.. so obviously she didn't need to make another one lol. That's why it's just Jan and Karen and I working on these on this day. Juls was working :(  We missed her.
Jan made the "Be Happy" canvas and Karen worked on a canvas for her grandson... using the colors of his room.

The letters used on the canvases were Hazel and Ruby  
 The arrows we just created ourselves using masking tape.
This is the canvas Jan was making , she just didn't have the gems hot glued on yet.   It's hard to see here, but that is metallic silver paint.

My sis spoiled with with my favorite coconut cake for an early birthday.   I can not describe how how amazing this cake is.   They are from Sams. We always get them from our bridal and baby showers also. It is delish!!
It was a great day.  I always enjoy the time I spend with these girls.  Karen and I laughed at how quickly the hour and 15 minute drive from my house to Jan went..... when her and I were chatting all the way. lol


What our weekend consisted of ....

Yes, that IS the back of our house.   While we are doing the deck expansion, the plan was to replace the sliding door with french doors.  Oh, you have no idea how long I've been waiting for this to be done.
Anyway.. this is what it looked like Friday.  Nothing but a huge tarp over it  Friday night.

The trim isn't up... but by last night... we had a working door!

Yesterday while Dan was working on the outside door trim and other things, I took the pooches for a walk. It was such a beautiful day.

They are getting more and more used to each other every day.

We still miss our Molly dog so much some days. When I saw this..... I thought... THAT is just how I feel


I have something I want to share with you , because it's SO beautiful!!  This is my friend Lidy Barrs.  She is the owner of The French Garden HouseYou can read more about her on her blog
Right now she has a post up with a Fall Home Tour, that is simply amazing.  You wont want to miss it.
You can see it here.    Fall Home Tour

It's Monday...... it's a beginning of a great week!   Jump in head first and make it the best!

Thank you for stopping by!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mini Canvases using Fancy Pants Designs and Sharing Autumn Decor

I think I have found a new love.  Well, I already love creating on canvases, but I have had a stash of these little flat 5x7 canvases in my supplies for some time that needed some love.  I used Fancy Pants Burlap and Bouquets Collection, Brag Cards as my focal point for these canvases.

These canvases are inexpensive, and you can find them almost anywhere... even the Dollar Store.  Sometimes do you think about how much  time ,effort and love you put into making a card? And if your lucky the person  saves it.  Why not make it into a little piece of art they can set out and enjoy for a bit?

You could also add a little hanger to the back so they could be hung on the wall.

This Brag cards  are just adorable.  Once you add the card, you can embellish all you want or keep it  simple like I did with the one below.

The Fancy Pants Blog is always full of inspiring projects if you have time ... check it out :)

Those of you who have been readers of my blog for a while now, know I have been on a mission to simplify.  Simplify in many different aspects of my life.  Purge.  Have less.  Keeps whats really important,... get rid of the rest.  This is a HUGE step for me, because I have always been a  keeper and a saver of all things!  I've always liked organization, but I like STUFF!     I have really been working on this.  It feels good to get rid of things now. That's not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is convincing myself I don't need  every other cool thing I find at a fleamarket. lol     I do love decorating. And I love decorating by being thrifty or repurposing something.  That's the fun of it all!  Nothing like a good deal!
I could tell when my decorating taste really started to change.  I defiantly started liking things more "simple" than before.   I enjoy decorating for Holidays but I don't begin to put out decor anything like what I used too.
I thought I'd share some photos of my simple "Autumn" decor.

That arrow IS from the flea market last weekend. ( hanging head in shame)  ...but I just couldn't resist!!

Luckily the colors in my living room and dinning room are "Fallish".  I just change out the Spring/Summer Flowers and photos to Fall.

It's not feeling like Fall in the house without a  Mulled Cider candle or two burning, and some bittersweet.

I made this simple circle garland last year.  I'm so glad I decided to save it, I still love it.
I always leave my fiesta dishes out on the counter.  Once because that's what we use.. and two, because they are too pretty to put in the cupboard lol   I just put the red and  aqua ones away and left these more Fall colors out.

My sis, turned me on to these fun pillow covers you can find at Hobby Lobby.  I just change them out for the Season. They are inexpensive and are often 40% off.    When you use the same pillow form and just change out the covers, it saves you so much space.  You only have to pack away the covers.

My little crow sits happily in the wreath by the front door.

And , how lucky am I? my friend Karen grew gourds this year.... and shared her bounty!!  Arent  they beautiful?

The little scarecrow couple stands out at the edge of the yard.   ( They don't scare my enough to keep me out of there, but that poison ivy  does!! )

I love Fall.  There is one thing I always miss when this time of the years comes.  That is the drive  mom and I would take each Fall to the Apple Barn.  We would get apples for mom to make pies.  Have cider, and enjoy the beautiful ride there and back.
I can remember taking the photo below, just like it was yesterday.  I asked her to stand there so I could take her picture.  As crazy as I'm sure she thought I was with my photos, she humored me.  I'm so thankful now for these photos and these memories.

Take photos my friends.  Don't just take them... print them off.  It's important

Thanks for letting me share


Monday, September 21, 2015

Florals Finds and Glorified Junk Flea market weekend

Hey!!  Before I do my next "crafty" post, I thought I'd just share some photos from the flea market weekend at Florals Finds and Glorified Junk (hwy 30 just East of North Bend NE).     It was such a beautiful Fall weekend for a Flea market.

 Absolutely perfect weather!

Tom and Lynda have such a  great place and in a perfect location, right off the North side of the hwy.  Lynda always has everything done up so cute.
Her little boys were selling the pumpkins, gourds, zucchini and other produce they had grown.

I didn't get around to take photos like I had hoped. I kind of just took photos from where we were.  This guy had some amazing pieces!  I promised myself to try to be good and not come home with more than I sold. lol   I bought a couple of wooden arrows( I'll share a photo in my next post) , but other than that, I did pretty well. ( patting myself on the back).
I have been selling some of my Longaberger Baskets.  I still have plenty, so if there is something your looking for email me.  Selling reasonable.

There was all kinds of fun things to look at and tempt me.  My sis was selling also.  She sold her wicker pieces  right away.

I sold a number of Fall and Halloween banners.     I also sold a lot of canvases.  Those I actually had sold before a ever got to the flea market so, that was  awesome.

Like I said, it was just an enjoyable day.

This is Lynda's darling little potting shed!!!

This is where Jan and I were set up.   Just past the awesome truck, right at the entrance.

Jan and I were both happy to have cleared out some closet and garage space and made a few $ .   This flea market was just Sat, so Sunday was just spent putting a few things a way and chilling out.  Dan had to work this weekend so I was on my own for dinner.  So you can imagine I was  thrilled when Wes showed up and offered to grill.  YAY!!!   No cooking for me! And he's always good about cleanup also.

It was just all around a nice weekend , spend with Jan and Keith, ... and Wes.    And running into all kinds of nice people at the flea market.  You cant beat that!

I'll be back with a crafty post to share, but I'd love it if you'd pop over and see my project up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog today HERE.