Monday, November 17, 2014

Stenciled jars using Hazel and Ruby Stencil Masks

Hi everyone!   I don't want to forget to tell you that today is my day up on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog the project I created is also done using these stencils, so I hope you will pop over and check it out.  I show the steps over there along with a finished shadowbox project using Fancy Pants and Hazel and Ruby.  You can see it HERE.  The two are teaming up all this week... so there is sure to be fun stuff and lots of inspiration on both blogs!
Here are links to both blogs.
Fancy Pants Designs Blog
Hazel & Ruby Blog

Okay... so here's the deal.  I'm pretty much in love with Hazel & Ruby Stencil Masks. lol Seriously.. oh my!  Like I said Fancy Pants is doing a swap with them this month so they were kind enough to send me some product.  Since I worked on my project for the Fancy Pants blog post and tried out the stencils.. my mind as been reeling on the things they could be used for.  ( again... their blog is full of inspiration).       I decided to make use of some old jars I had sitting around. This is a simple project that would make fun Christmas gifts.   I just used acrylic craft pant and a foam brush. ( put it on light, no completely covering).  I lifted the stencil off while the paint was still wet  with out any problem. ( stencil was then super easy to wipe off).  Once the paint was dry I scuffed it up a bit with a little piece of sand paper. (or even an emery board works).
Without sealing it with something, of course the paint could easily scrape up... so if you want you can spray it with a clear coat sealer.  I chose not too.
Here is what the Stencil Masks look like. You wipe them off, return them to the sheet and use them over and over :)  YAY, I love that!   This is one of the ones I used but you can see them HERE.

I put little dried red berries I had in my Christmas stuff in the jars and then added a little tea light.  But you'll see a larger one below that I did, that I think I'll use to put colorful hard candies in as a gift.

*** little hint*** if you buy the white tea lights you can paint them with brown paint and while the paint is still wet cover them with Cinnamon.  They look rustic.. and smell good.

Some I kept simple and some I dressed up with ribbons and pretties.
I glued little gems to the inside of the stars on this one.

It's hard to tell but all the others where done with a bit of a off white paint and the one below with white-white. I wanted to see how each one looked.  Really either was fine, what ever your preference is.  Some I roughed up a bit more than others also.  Just trying out different things to see what I liked best.
This is just one container, I just took photos of all the sides so you could see the Santa and deer :)

Brace yourself, because I'm sure it's not the last you'll see of projects using these stencils. lol  When I like something, I really like it.


Okay, sharing a few more photos from  my trip. These photos are all North Carolina.

Some favorites.     

Every day was just full of so many beautiful things to see. I was constantly in awe.  One of the best parts was enjoying taking photos.  I love to take photos.  I don't care of they are the best, or if I don't have super fancy lens... I just love it.  Some times when I'm with people feel like they are always waiting on me because I'm seeing something I just want so badly to get a photo of in just that certainly light, or angle.  Not on this trip.  My sis and brother-in-law are both "photo people" so it was great!  My brother-in-law is an amazing photographer and is always helping me with my camera and sharing tips with me.  Its so nice to be with people who are into the same things you are. I couldn't have asked for better travel companions.

No words for this.

The view from our balcony one morning.  That is my sis and brother-in-law picking up shells. Priceless.

When it's cold and dreary this winter I will just have to have one of these photos blown up poster size to pull my through. lol

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fancy Pants Designs "Hello" card... and I'm back!

Finally back, caught up on laundry and a few things around here, and actually ready to do a blog post! yay!  Feels like I've been gone so long. Well, it has been a while.  I was gone (away from home) 15 days! That's the longest I've ever been away. I missed the family and the pups but was so glad to be able to be with my Florida family to celebrate the life of my dear brother in law Howard after his passing. All of us here have felt very far away from our sis in Florida while Howard was battling cancer and so ill. It was good for us all to be together.. to be there with her... and to honor him.   Dan and I were planning to fly out but he wouldnt be have to get away from work for very long. My sis Jan and brother in law Keith ask me to drive out with them and to spend some time on the way home driving along the outer banks. I was an amazing trip. I have so many photos I'd love to share, (you know me.. so you can only imagine) lol, so I'll share them a few at a time.  Today I'm just sharing a few from Florida with family.   But first ... a card.   

Made with the Fancy Pants "True Friend" Collection

As you know, if you have been a reader, I come from a large family.  I'm the baby of seven.  We are a very close family, and all started out in Nebraska, but two of sisters and their families have lived away from here for years now.. but we still see them often.  This sister (Sharon) in Florida and my other sister (Donna) in Arizona.  I still have a sister and two brothers here in Nebraska.  One brother who has passed.    My sister Sharon and her husband Howard started out in Nebraska so both their families are from Nebraska. Lots of Florida AND Nebraska family from both sides in these photos. We love them all!   Although it was a sad time, being together made it so much better. I know Howard was smiling down on all the craziness and loving seeing all of us together.

Getting to hold and love on little ones I hadn't even met in person yet... was amazing! You know people can say all they want about Facebook, and it's drama, ect ect... but I have to say for me it's been an amazing way to keep up with family and friends.. and I wouldnt trade that for anything.  Even though I had never met the little ones in these photos in person, I felt like I knew them.  I've seen so many photos of them, and read so many posts their mommmas have made about them.  I knew what their voices sound like from videos, watched for news about how their first day at preschool went , or even when they are running a fever.  So Facebook CAN BE a GOOD thing :)    
  Today I just watched a video of baby Aria (top right photo) taking her first steps by self. Yay Aria!

The weather was beautiful all the days we were there. In the photo below we were out in the backyard at my sisters looking at the alligator in the water.  (something Nebraskans don't see every day) lol

You can see him in this photo...but trust me .... he was there.

While we were there my niece and her husband took us all out in the boat for the afternoon. 

And this Nebraska girl was enjoying every minute of it !

As I looked through these photos to find ones to post today, I stopped on this one and tried to wish my self back there, as I heard the wind whipping outside my window and new the white stuff was falling.  Yep.... we had  snow last night. Poo! I'm so not ready for winter.  I almost cried when I had to finally put my flip flops away on the weekend.

The best part of the time there was spending time with my sis. Her mind was kept busy while we were all there and there was so much going on but it's going to be hard now.  I know her heart is so full of sadness and how much she will miss her love of  52 years. Please keep her in your prayers if you would.  Thank you

I have more projects and photos to share ...but I'll do a post every few days to break it up. 
Thanks for coming by.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fancy Pants Designs and Add a little Dazzle blog hop

This week there is a fun Blog Hop going on with Fancy Pants Designs and Add a Little Dazzle. There are some great projects from both teams posted on each blog.  Below is a peek at one of mine and a link to the full project and how to.

Fancy Pants Blog
Add a Little Dazzle Blog

I loved working with Fancy Pants "True Friend" Collection and the Metal Sheets from Add a little Dazzle.  I'd  never used the metal sheets before, and was so intrigued.  I went into this project really unsure of what I was doing and when I was finished ended up really loving it.  Loving the process and the project.   You can see the Full Project and all the step HERE on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog.


On a personal note.  It's a sad time for our family.  My brother in law Howard passed away today.
No more suffering for pain.  But please pray for my sis, she's lost her best friend, and her heart is broken.  Our family lost a big piece today.  Howard has been a part of this family longer than I have. Being the baby of seven kids and coming along much later in my parents lives.. (as a bit of a surprise) , I had two sisters already married.    We've had lots of joys in our family over the past few years, weddings, babies... the good stuff.  We're thankful for those.   But it's times like this that it's hard. Hard to let go of people we love and have been a part of our lives for so long .... and hard to watch the ones we love that are left behind hurting.

I'm going to be heading to Florida ( where my sis and her family lives) and will be gone a couple weeks. Wes is going to help Dan out here with the pups and things around here.   I will catch up here when I get back.      

Thanks friends, Vic

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Canvas and a Fleamarket recap

We lucked out and had a great weekend for the flea market the weather was nice. Crisp Sunny Fall days!  Lots of people came out.  I'll share lots of photos below, but in keeping with my routine.... first a project.   This is a 16x20 Flat Burlap Canvas.   I used mists to create the background. Stencils, markers and paint for the letters. (Mists for the flower also, as it was originally light pink)

here you can see that the canvas is flat.   Kind of a fun different base to work from. I found them in a number of different sizes at Micheal's.

So , more about the Flea Market.   My friend Lynda hosted it at her place just off hwy 30 Near North Bend NE.   Super convenient as it's just a couple miles from me.  I mostly sold crafts so she was kind enough to let me sell inside her shop with her things,but the entire huge side yard under the trees had many vendors.  I sold most of my big things at my flea market a couple of years ago.

Here are some photos from inside the shop.

You can see the redo of Lynda's home and shop in my previous post.  It's just amazing what they've done.

Lynda has a ton of darling things.  I did  a number of canvases, banners, ect...

So many fun things to look at.

Check out these caramel apples she makes. ( she makes the caramel from scratch)  They are SOOOO good!  She sold over 30 between 9am and 11am lol.

The vendors had a little bit of everything.  I tried to not look too much... and discipline myself. Seriously, I am trying to simplify and have less. If I look... I just know I will find a bunch of things I NEED!! lol    I did pick up a frame, a few vintage juice glasses and a necklace.  Trust me.. that is good for me.  
There was lots of tempting things for a girl like me. yikes!

Something for everyone's taste.

Check out this darling little set.

IF I would have kept looking, my fear was that I'd come home with more than I took!!

There was a constant flow of traffic all day both days.   It was fun to meet new people and to get to see lots of friends!   Which is always my favorite part of something like this.   Huge thanks to everyone who came out, and especially to Lynda and Tom Cerny for hosting such a fun even on their beautiful land.
You can follow Lyndas shop on facebook  "Florals finds and glorified junk"
and if you are on Facebook and aren't already a friend of mine.... please friend me :)

Thanks for letting me share.   Today is chilly and rainy here, and I'm thinking it's a good day to stay in and catch up on some things around here.  I hope what ever your doing to get your week started .... makes for a good Monday!     

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S   I have a project up on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog today.   I'd love for you to pop over and leave a comment for a chance to win the True Friend Collection!!   HERE

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Globe Bowl on a pedestal

Do you ever have something pictured in your mind, even go to the point that you pick up the stuff to make it  ....but then just never quite get to the point of making it happen?  Okay seriously, we all do right? Please say yes, because it seems to happen to me quite a bit.  I had seen a bowl made of a  globe way last year, and loved the look of it. It had pincones in it for Fall and it was gorgeous. I love the blue/aqua colored globes but the other colors like the one below and the black ones really get my attention.  While I was out one day last Fall at the Estate Dispersal Sale I found this globe, and the prince was very reasonable . I was excited to get it. Yay, finally had a cool globe for a bowl. But...
for some reason it just sat and sat on top of my Fall bins in the garage until it finally it  just got packed way with my Fall Decor.  This year when I get my Fall Decor out, there it is. Ugh!  I decided, well, if I'm not going to make something for me, I'm atleast going to whip up a couple of quick bowls to sell at the Flea Market this weekend, because I am not packing these two globe haves away again.
So much for me and my big plans. The saga continues.

Yes, that's one sitting on my dinning room table, and yes it does look like it's staying there... because it is.  Not selling it.... I like it. lol  (Changed plans again).  The one I first saw had a low base but I wanted a kind of pedestal, so I used this candle base I had. I debated about painting it ,but then decided I liked the contrast of the black.  You can use E600 to attach your base.    What did I do with my other globe half?  Well, you know I love my sissy, and she always shares with me :)

I also thought about painting the inside of the globe but thought it might be cool to mod podge some old book print page pieces inside.   I'm glad I did, I love the look.

Anyway, so there is the story of my project that only took a year to complete. lol


What did I do this week?

It felt like it was a week long party.  My birthday was Tuesday, but Dan and I celebrated Saturday night (even if it was just pizza and a movie at home) because thats really our fave thing to do. lol
I got together with my friend Julie for Mexican food Friday night ........ as you can see she always keeps me laughing.  It helps when your being sang too with a sombrero on your head in front of a bunch of people. geeezzzz  lol
   I got to see my old room mate who was in  town from Watertown SD.  And I spent time with a number of my friends over the last few days... and it was awesome!!   ( and it wasn't like it was a special birthday or anything.   Like I was turning 30 or something) hahahah Not even and "0" birthday.    I don't know how I can be so blessed with so many amazing people in my life. Seriously... I am blessed!!!

Jarad had class last night, so he and Kate took me to dinner tonight. It was SO great to get to spend time with them.  Wish Dan could have gone, but he had to sleep to be ready for work tonight :(
Love those kids.
Wes was over and spent some time ( my favorite thing is always time with the kids :)  gave me a gift certificate for us to go to Farmer Browns. I haven't been there for years. Cant wait.

And yesterday my sissy, made made the day fun... we shopped and hung out... had dinner.  It was a perfect day.   So many calls, texts, facebook birthday wishes, ect... I felt totally LOVED! 
THAT is a good feeling!

Remember if you live close Friday and Saturday is the Fleamart.

Fri Oct 10th and Sat Oct 11th
Hours will be 9-6 Fri & only 9-2 On Sat

Forals, finds and glorified junk
 972 Hwy 30  ( just East of North Bend)

If you see this know your there.   Vendors will be our in the side yard..but there will be crafts and things inside also.  That is where I'll be :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Fancy Pants Designs "Smile" Card and Fall Flea Market update

You can tell when I'm busy, because my poor little blog gets neglected. So sorry I've been away without even sticking my head in for a quick hello, but I have been a busy beaver.  The Fall Flea Market at my friend Lynda's place is coming up fast. Just a week and a half away now. Oct 10th and 11th.   But I thought I'd pop in and share a card and a couple photos.    This card is made with the
MEology collection .  Love the cheery colors of this line. (especially since I've been working with Fall colors endlessly!!lol

So... I've been working on craft projects of course. Canvases, banners ect.. and then going  through my vintage stuff  that I plan to sell. But  I since I'll be selling the majority of my stuff "inside" Lynda's shop, I also plan to sell, coffee and individual I've been busy baking.  Banana, Pumpkin, Zucchini and Blueberry .  Packing up the deep freeze :)    Lets hope we have a good turn out at the Flea Market.. and everyone is hungry, or we are going to be eating  muffins for a LONG time :)
If you are a follower here , you might remember last year I participated in a Open house at Lyndas Floral shop in town about this time of the year.  Well, since then her and her sweet little family bought this acreage not far from us, just up on the hwy as you come into  town.    I can not begin to tell you how amazed I am at the transformation that has taken place.  They have turned this place into a little haven.  The photos speak for themselves.
  Here is Lynda's Floral shop on the property now.  She is hosting the Flea Market yes, but she has a wonderful full time Floral Business here and does beautiful work!  You can also find her on facebook
Florals, finds & glorified junk

Here is what it started as

I thought you would be interested in the house also.   Before....

and After.
We are talking 5 months!   I don't know how they did it!
It's a gorgeous property!   There is open space for vendors during the Flea Market behind and to the East side of the house.  All shaded with beautiful trees.   HERE is the post I did with some photos from the last Flea Market she hosted. ( which was her first. So I'm sure it will continue to grow).
If you live in the Area, I hope you can stop out

Fri Oct 10th and Sat Oct 11th
Hours will be 9-6 Fri & only 9-2 On Sat

Forals, finds and glorified junk
 972 Hwy 30  ( just East of North Bend)

Fun photo opps too

 Drive on over :)

Hope to see you there!