Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fun With Chalkboards

Crossed a couple more things off my to do list. I made a couple chalkboards. The first frame I used was a picture. I removed the picture.
 I bought a piece of wood at Michaels to make a sturdy back for the chalkboard part. I cut it to fit. Then I painted it, sanded it and painted several more coats of paint on it. I then glued it into the frame.
Now we have a place to write messages.(-: Yes, we can use our phones but I like the old fashioned way of leaving a message for someone.(-:
The second frame I used was a sign. I painted over the sign with the chalkboard paint, sanded it and painted it with several more coats of paint.
 I thought it would make a perfect chalkboard to greet people that came in the front door. I can write whatever fits the occasion. I just quickly wrote the Happy New Year message so you could see how it looked. It did take me most of the day to get all the coats of paint done and dried but I think it turned out pretty fun(-:

Friday, December 26, 2014

Making Christmas Memories

I finally got Christmas ornaments with everyone's name and we were able to place them on the tree together. I have always wanted to do this. For whatever reason I never was able to.
This year I did! It made my day(-: Did anyone ever watch Days of Our Lives? I started watching when I was a teenager.
When I was growing up, I always wished our family was into Christmas and decorations like they were. Instead, I lived with an alcoholic mother who was never happy, to put it mildly. I always had the job of decorations. No one else wanted to. The tree was plain and simple. White doves and gold lighted garland. That was it.

When I got married we started collecting the hallmark ornaments. When the kids were in school we added their creations. We never forked out the money to get all the ornaments with our names on them. This year I searched the internet for something I liked and found these.
I got one for everyone. They are simple yet I think they look great on the tree.(-: Love them! They are made out of wood. The names are laser cut. Can't wait till next year to put them up again.
Hope you had an awesome Christmas!!!!
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Princess Is One

After a very scary pregnancy, birth and year of growing, the Princess has turned one! Her birthday was last Friday. I am late posting pictures! I have had her a lot this past week and had to catch up on Christmas shopping!!!!!(-: She is the joy of my life! I am the happiest Grandma in the world and I am so blessed to have her!

My kids both loved their "cars" so that's what I got her for her birthday!

She had her own whipped cream cake!

She loved it and was very well mannered while she just took a small sample each time.

The cake melted before she ever really got to dig to speak!
All decked out in her Minnie Mouse outfit.

She is telling everyone she is ONE!!!!!!

Playing with her drum. She loves to make sound and the drum was from her great aunt and uncle!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Raging Creek

We have had about 4 inches of rain from the big storm that arrived last night. More on the way supposedly. It is awesome. We need rain so badly here. It has been a long time since the creek was this high!
This creek was bone dry this past Summer. Not even a drop of water. It was scary. I have lived here all my life and have not seen the creek dry up completely that way. SO I am jumping for joy over this storm! We are finally getting some rain here in this severe dry area.
Let the flooding begin!(-: The plants and trees are going to love it!(-:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Coffee Talk

Are there still people that make their own coffee around?
LOL Yeah thought so! (-:
I accidentally dropped my carafe and broke it. I was pretty bummed when I found out a new one cost 25.00 plus shipping! Seriously? Why not buy a whole new machine? So that's what I did. I ordered a new 14 cup Cuisinart because that has been my favorite so far.

I know a lot of people like those fancy Keurig things. I drink a lot of coffee and I would go broke if I had to buy those all the time. Nope, for me it's a big coffee maker and my trusted friend, Folgers!
Yup I am old school. And, so proud of it! My kids tease me all the time! I don't go to Starbucks or Dutch Bros. At  4 bucks a pop for that stuff I can buy a lot of Folgers!

When I broke the carafe, of course I still had to have coffee until my new machine arrived, so I borrowed a different carafe from work.
The only problem was, it didn't fit under the filter basket because of the pause and serve feature.
Well since I was getting a new machine anyhow, why not take that off?
Come to find out it just pops out. Presto! Coffee is ready in half the time!
Why didn't I remove that thing before? I never knew it was so easy! So if you are struggling to wait for the coffee to finish and you are like me and don't like to take that first cup by using the pause and serve feature then just pop that thing out and your coffee will be ready in a flash! I bet it works on other machines as well!
Your welcome!

Oh and one more thing. I found mine at Macys cheaper then amazon. Even with free shipping! Surprises never cease! Can't wait until tomorrow for it to arrive.(-:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Semp Order

I ordered a one pound bag of Semps and they arrived yesterday. Since I had the Princess I was unable to get them planted. First thing this morning I got out and got that done. There were about 100 babies. I ran out of pots. So I ended up putting several in one pot. That's o.k. I can separate them later.
It was lightly raining outside so it made for a nice day. Can't wait to see them grow.
Terrible picture. I tried, it just didn't want to focus I guess. LOL It was the one time I didn't come in and check to see if the picture worked or not. So that's what I get! There were a lot of those little things.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Watering Can Wreath

I saw one of these wreaths at OSH hardware. I really wanted to buy it but it was 69.00. When I got home I researched the prices and found that I could buy the watering cans for between 3 and 5 dollars. Guess I could make my own. Adding it to the list of projects for next year.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Project

I made this while waiting for the roast beast to cook. Hope everyone had a nice feast and are now looking forward to the next Holiday(-:

I used the same technique as the last stitchery copying the saying and picture onto fabric using the printer. It is so simple. I wish I had known about it before. I might have made more of these fun little things. After I stitched around the flowers/pots I painted them with acrylic paints. Super fast and easy. (-: The nice thing is it didn't cost a thing to make and if I get tired of it I can toss it and make something new.(-:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What I Have Been Working On

I found these rabbit bodies online second hand. They were cute in a 90ish way. I re did them up to make them Primitive Rabbits.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

HaPpY hAlLoWeEn

Happy Halloween!!! Have a great day and safe night!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rice Krispies Ear

Anyone ever have this going on in their ear? It is annoying to say the least. Went to doc yesterday. He thinks it is allergy related. I have a lot of pressure like when you go up in the mountains or on a plane etc.  I have not done either to have this happen!
He said there is bulging in the ear. Fluid behind eardrum or something.
It won't clear up and I have tried everything over the counter for it. So I got RX for Flonase yesterday and will try that and see if this ear will clear up. I may be in the looney bin if not.(-:

So fun to get old. NOT!(-:
Also I need a bump removed from my finger that is bothering me a lot. Doc thinks it is a cyst. So referred to Ortho hand specialist. Yippee. Same hand I cut finger off with the lawn mower. I think it is related to that incident. That finger was split like a banana and they sewed it back together. So I am sure it is a problem from that. Middle finger could not completely saved because the top part was cut off, but it works well. No problems there. Just the bump on the index finger is painful when I do a lot of typing. So off it will go and then I will be typing at lightening speed again! (-:

Hope all is well with you! Have a great day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Beach In A Jar

It is much better in person.(-: But you can kinda see what it looks like(-;

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Think Pink Day 2014

I had to get a few pictures of GP with the Princess before he left for work.
Today was Think Pink Day. That is why everyone is all pink! So cute(-:

The pink petunias just made the perfect backdrop for the picture.
The morning glory is taking over that area. It has grown 20+ feet this summer!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Light By The Sea

I ordered a hanging, mason jar, solar light top. I thought it looked cool and would be fun to make a miniature beach garden in a mason jar. Fully charged, this little light lasts all night long!

It looks totally awesome all lit up at night. I couldn't get a picture of it lit up, so you will have to take my word for it.
I still want to add a few more miniatures to it, but this is the basic jar light. I need to go to Michaels and get a few more things. I used what I had here to try it out first.
I hung it next to the sink fountain where Sid and the other sea stuff is.
I am still looking for a large mouth solar light lid, because I think a bigger jar would be nicer and more room for decorating. The small mouth jar is tricky to get the stuff in just right. I used tongs to place the sea shells. It is a fun project though.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Done Fishing?

I found this cute Sid the Fish from Carruth Studios on Amazon and thought why not order it?
Well it arrived and I could barely find it in the box!
Not only was I not satisfied with the product but it was not advertised correctly.
This fish was a wall hanger. They said on Amazon it was a fish you could display on the ground...if you could find it that is!
Seriously it was maybe 4 inches long. More like 3.
Well I complained and sent it back. Free postage of course! So they asked if I wanted to order another one. I said not the same one, but a bigger size. Well lucky for me there was a BIG Sid!

So it came today. Seriously, it was broken! Was I upset?
Yup I was a little upset. I wrote another complaint and they said they would refund my money and to just keep the broken fish. No need to send it back. So that was a new one. I have never actually got to keep something that I got a refund on. SO that made me a little happier.(-:

Sid has a broken fin on one side. He is still basically a wall hanger but hanging will not be his fate.

This fish is bigger at about 8 inches long. Again advertised as 11". That is a lot different. The broken fin is on the side that will face away, so more then likely no one will ever  notice it.
Still it just makes me mad that they sent it broken. After looking through the box there were no pieces that matched the broken area! So how could it be sent in one piece and then break in transit and have no broken pieces in the box? Plus he was not wrapped in bubble wrap. He was just sat in the box on top of shredded papers.
Here is what Sid looks like out in the garden in a pot of snake plant.(-:

So I guess I should be all done fishing right?
Well no. I still have a whale to catch! Lucky thing it is in an online auction!
Stay tuned for a whale of a story...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Heads Up!

There's a new kid in the garden and he is sure to turn a few
heads! Seems to like his picture taken as well. LOL

And yes he does have a name...His name is Tommy.(-:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pond Fun

A couple of river otters have moved in. Not much water around here besides the pond here. Long walk to the river.
The creek is still dry. Hoping for rain next week!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Morning Walk With The Princess

We have got a lot of use out of this jogger. Thanks to a visit to a Simply Plants sale.(-: It is the perfect thing to cruise around the property with. Klara loves it too(-:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Garden Princess

Got this little outfit for her and she has almost outgrown it. Thought I should get a picture before it's to late(-:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014