Friday, December 22, 2017

"Five for Fridays" Tammy Tutterow's Creative Team Candy Jar

Oh, it's a Bittersweet day.  I love Five for Fridays with these talented ladies, and always look so forward to seeing what they have created for these Fridays.  This team is coming to an end and that is sad, but I will certainly still be using Tammy's beautiful stamps and dies... and will defiantly  be staying in touch with Tammy and all these lovely ladies.
Tammy has been a friend of mine for years. We have worked many trade shows together. She has such talent and such a kind heart. I wish her tons of good luck in all her new endeavors.  Big, big hugs to Tammy and all the ladies!

If your looking for a fun last minute gift.  How about filling an old jar with candies and embellishing with these fun mittens?
I added the "for you" stamp of Tammy's also.  It's hard to see here ,but I stamped these mittens twice and cut out and colored the hears and mitten cuffs, raising them up with small foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.   It really gives it so much dimension.  I added some silver Stickles to the cuffs also.
This jar used to be my moms. I'm sure she used it for many years.  This will be a gift for my niece. I know she will treasure this jar.
I just attached the mittens with Adhesive Dots so that they can be removed so the jar can be used year round.
I'm a big fan of just embellishing things for the Holidays. It sure saves on space.  I certainly have plenty of Holiday bins in the garage. yikes!  I look for ways to reduce.

Stamps and Dies

Please pop over to Tammy's blog, give her some love, and see the beautiful things the ladies have created this week.

Hugs all around!!!


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas star using Fancy Pants Designs and sharing photos from Winter Wonderland at Sycamore Farms

Hello Friends!
I thought I'd squeeze in on more blog post before Christmas. Wow, I feel like I lost a week in there somewhere.  Are you sure Christmas is actually five days away???   We will be having our Dunn family Christmas as usual on Christmas Eve, and then our kids and Amy's parents here with us on Christmas evening.  Really looking for ward to being with family.

I have a  quick Christmas decor project up on the Fancy Pants Designs blog , if you'd like to check it out HERE

This was done using the Fancy Pants "Holiday Hustle" Collection.
Such a fun collection.

I really wanted to share some photos with you of Winter Wonderland and Sycamore Farms.  It was a gorgeous day for December in Nebraska! wow! unreal.   This is the first year for this event but it is at the same place that Junkstock is held. 
Wes and Amy were planning to go and asked if Jan, Keith , Dan and I wanted to come also.  I had thought about it when I first heard about the event, because it sounded really cool, but I wasn't sure who much walking I would be able to do, (and most of all if there would be uneven surfaces to walk). My foot just does not do well with that.
It was such a nice day, that we hated to pass it up, so we met for lunch  and then headed to check it out. I figured if my foot couldn't handle it, I could always find and place to sit and enjoy being there.  But it turned out fine.  I did the most  walking I've done since the accident.. and did fairly well.

There was so many pretty things to look at.
Below is Amy and Wes by the entrance as we were leaving.
We came late afternoon when it was light  and then stayed until dark to see the lights.

There were lots of vendors and lots of cool things to check out.

Did someone mention Shiny Brites?

How about cameras?

And if you had any doubt that buffalo plaid was the in thing...

There were so many cute photo props.

I had to laugh because I was just taking a random photo and when I looked at it later, I saw Dan and Wes both in the picture.   This is not the norm for my husband lol  He usually does not take in craft shows with me.  OKAY.. Never! lol   But this was a bit different because there were other things beside crafts... and remember it was just a nice day to get out of the house.  I have to laugh though, as he looks lost. lol  Slightly out of his element :)

This is the farmhouse.  This photo doesn't do it justice,. but my other photo of the front of the house turned out very blurry.

There were six of us there, but only four of us where willing to have these photos taken.  I'm sure you can guess who would not partake in this silliness. hahah

It was a really fun day, with some of my favorite people.  Maybe next year Jarad and Kate can come with us.  This year they were hosting their "Friendsmas" at their cabin that evening.

I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!
Enjoy time with friends and family!

Hugs, Vicki

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Embroidery Hoop Projects and Christmas gathering with the girls

So, is everyone finished with their Christmas decorating.  Even if  you are, here is a fun decor project that comes together really quick..... so you might want to plug in your glue gun girls :)
I'm sharing some embroidery hoop projects that my sis and I made.  Each one is a little different and unique from the other. There are so many fun things you can do with these. You and personalize them to your liking.
Luckily my sis decided a while back to hang on to these "biggies" instead of getting rid of them, and boy I'm glad she did.  We put them to good use.
   * If you don't have any, you can get them at most any craft store.  I had also ordered some in sets from amazon.

I decided to age mine by staining it a darker brown. I just used some brown spray mist I had on hand and it worked great.   After that, all you need it whatever you want to add and a glue gun.

It was hard to get a good photo of mine with the battery operated candle lit in it at night, so above is it  during the day and below at night.
I didn't glue the candle in, because the on/ off switch is on the bottom of the candle... but the candle sat  in there nicely with no problem.

This is the other one I made. 

Here is my sis with the two she made.

Aren't they gorgeous?!?!
She left the wood hoops natural for this one.

 For the one below she used washi tape on the edges of the hoop, and it looked so cute!

I love the simplicity of this one so much. She has a lot of great places to hang hers. There is so much amazing natural light in her house also.. so these are going to look gorgeous.

I've made a number of embroidery hoop projects the past few months. 
Here are a couple if you missed them.

Home Sweet Home embroidery Hoop wreath

Summer Lov'n embroidery Hoop wreath

I hope you get a chance to give one a try!


What else went on this week?  Well, I had the girls over for a little down time last night.  Don't we all need that about now?   It's always such a great time with these ladies. I'm so blessed to have them for friends. I truly mean that!  Each one of them have the kindest hearts! They are just people that you WANT to be around.

We each brought some cookies to share.

Oh, did I mentioned I say, wear your slippers and pajamas? lol  I was determined it was going to be a relaxing evening for all of us.  We just ordered pizza and sat around and chatted.  Trust me, there is never a lull in the conversation. ( Oh, yeah, there never is with me around lol).  Actually we all chatted a bunch.. and it was great!
Once we had room, we  had cookies and hot chocolate.

Life is good.

I hope you all find time to step away from the hustle and bustle of this time of year ( even if just for a little bit)  to spend some time just enjoying your favorite people.  It's the best gift you can give yourself!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs all around!  Vicki

Friday, December 08, 2017

"Five for Fridays" Joy to the world card

It's THAT Friday!  Yes, it's "Five for Fridays" with Tammy Tutterow's  Creative Team.
It's that busy time of you .. I know. But I hope you can still find time to sneak a way for a little creative time. For me, it's just such a time to unwind.  Even if it's just sitting down to make a few gift tags or a simple card for someone special.
Even tho a love making cards and I always send Christmas cards, believe it or not, I don't send handmade Christmas cards, for the most part. ( I can almost hear the gasp). lol   I love sending Christmas cards, but I do not find it fun or relaxing to make 50 cards all alike, and I'm never ambitious enough to start months ahead.  So... long ago I  gave myself permission to not feel I needed to. lol  I totally enjoy sending Christmas cards, and I always seem to find some that I really like. 
  I do make a few each Season and I send those to my elderly Aunts. Or to some close friends elderly parents.
I decided to look up the history of Christmas cards. (link below)
 The  history of Christmas Cards

Tammy has some really great stamps for Christmas.  For cards, altered projects and gift tags.
You can check them all our here. /

Joy to the World

Please pop over to Tammy's blog for more inspiration from the Creative Team!


I have to say Happy Birthday to two of my three favorite guys.  Dan and Jarad (our youngest son) both had birthdays this week.

Now, I need to get busy making cookies before I eat these!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mistletoe and Memories

Hey friends!
Here we are, into the Hustle and Bessel of the Holiday season already.  I'm trying to decorate and do some shopping but I had to say, I don't know how those of you who live in warmer climates get in mood when it's sunny and warm outside. lol  It's been in the upper sixties here and so nice! I'm not complaining...but I'm a life long Nebraskan and this is not   One thing about Nebraska tho, .... just hold on because it can change in a flash.    I'm talking advantage of it while I can.  I know ice and snow will not be fun with my foot issues.

Speaking of Holiday Hustle here is a card I have up on the Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L blog using the Christmas collection from Fancy Pants Designs, called exactly that..." Holiday Hustle"
Click here to see tips on die cutting with  Adhesive Sheets and Foam shapes with foil.

I said in my last post that I would share some photos of our big family Thanksgiving.  This year Jarad and Kate invited us all to have Thanksgiving at their new home.   They moved in a few months ago and have been working away on projects.  This was an old country school house that had build on to by the previous owners. ( And elderly couple that had lived there for many years).  
I cant even begin to explain the unique charm and character of this house. Jarad and Kate are so happy there.  It's only about 15 minutes from us, so that makes this momma happy also.
Kate ( my daughter in law), is a teach in this small town, so it's a perfect fit.
Back to Thanksgiving.  It was just a wonderful day!  The weather was so nice nice we could even be outside!     I  know we are all thankful to be able to be together no matter where it is, and renting the Senior Center works well for us, since there are so many...... but..... having in in a home was just amazing!    
It was the first time most of the family had seen their new place, so it was fun for Kate and Jarad to show them around the house and acreage.

Below is a photo I snapped as we were having the blessing.  Maybe not appropriate for me to take a photo during the blessing but I am so happy to have this photo.  It just warms my heart.
As you can see, there is always plenty of food! lol Everyone brings food (and trust me, we have some pretty amazing cooks in the family).  No one went home hungry :)
  Pictured below is still not everone that joined in the day.  Wes and Amy both had to work until 2 so they came later.
Of course we missed our other siblings from out of state and their kids and grand kids, but we message and send videos back and forth with them as well as facetime.

We are all thankful to be together.  I feel so blessed to be a part of this big, crazy family!
When I look at this picture I can just see Mom and Dad smiling.
( Dad would nudge mom and say "Look what you started" ) lol

I didn't take tons of photos. Instead I just enjoyed the moment.
You know how I love photos, so when I came home I have to admit I was a little bummed knowing I hadn't taken many.   Well, that all changed when I uploaded my photos from my camera.
This has happened before, and I LOVE IT!
Someone ( Nathaniel) had picked up my camera and left me some surprise shots.
These made my day!!

Photos like these are just the BEST!

I look back on photos from family gathering from previous years and I can't believe how these kids have grown up!
I know a number of you who have been coming to my blog for years, know these faces.
Hard to believe Nathaniel ( in the photo below) is now the bearded 21 year old in the photo above!

And Lyndsay is now a young  woman living on her own and working in the big city.
 Of course I have project and layouts with photos of all my nieces and nephews in my files, and it's so fun to go back and look at how they have grown and changed.  That's what I love about photos. They can just take you back to another time.
I ran across this catalog cover from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage with "little" Lyndsay on it. awwww

I will always be a lover of photos. 
Now days we all have phones with cameras at our finger tips.  That's great, but we have to be sure to download and save them, or to occasionally print some off.  We seem to do that will professional photos but for me there is truly  nothing better than candid shots :)
I've always had a soft  spot for the everyday photos.  I think they say so much about who we really are.

Keep clicking away my friends!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share!

Hugs, Vicki

Friday, November 24, 2017

"Happy Holly Days" framed decor / Five for Fridays with Tammy Tutterows Creative Team

Hello friends! Hoping all of you US friends had a Happy Thanksgiving!
 (I'll be sharing some photos from ours in an upcoming post).

It's "Five for Fridays" with Tammy Tutterow's Creative Team.  It's always a fun inspiring day when all the girls share new projects they've been working on.   Here is the link to Tammy's blog where you can see what the others have created.  On Tammy's blog you can also check out the links to each of the ladies personal blogs for even  more inspiration.

During the holidays I really love finding fun things to alter that are (usually pretty inexpensive), and turn them into fun little gifts or home decor.
This was a frame that I found at the Dollar Tree.  It would have looked cute painted also, (which was my first though), but I decided I liked the look of the silver.

I used Tammy's Happy Holly Days stamp

As is all of Tammy's stamps.... It's fun and easy to color!.
I used Prismacolor markers on this.

Copic for the shadowing
and a little Stickles on the Holly leaves

I used the Frayed Posies die to create what I hoped would pass as a poinsettia . I think it pulled it off pretty well. :)  I used red felt that had some glitter.
And who can resist a vintage button right?

You can find Tammy's products at here

It came together easy and was relaxing to create. 
Again, I think this would be a fun craft project for a group. Maybe a next time the girls are over for some crafting we'll do this project.

Thanks so much for   stopping by and be sure to pop over to Tammy's blog for more  creative inspiration.