Monday, May 31, 2010

Planting zinnia seeds

Today I went outside and worked on removing all the weeds growing in my zinnia bed. I had to do it in 10 minute increments. The heat was making me sick. I am pathetic in the heat!
I finished up this evening. I found 8 packs of zinnia seeds, so I sprinkled them on, tamped down the dirt, and gave them a sprinkle of water.
In six to eight weeks, I should have some of these beauties.

Can't wait:)

Saturday, May 29, 2010


loved ones-this Memorial Day weekend.

Have a safe weekend, everybody!

Friday, May 28, 2010

The 15 cent nightstand

Who would want this old nightstand that looks like it had a run in with a dog? Ummm-that would be me!
I did my usual priming (I used up three nearly empty cans), two light coats of paint, antiquing with a little brown craft paint rubbed on with a damp rag, and some light sanding of the edges.
I lined the drawers with some thrifted, strawberry contact paper. (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-the best novel in the whole world. The infamous fork-the best back scratcher in the whole world.)
Taaa daaa-a new nightstand. Can't beat that with a stick!
Now I have a place to put all the craft books I've been ordering. (Yes-that's my guilty pleasure! and thank you, Jessie, for gifting me Pretty Little Presents. I love it!)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Growin' up

In the last six weeks, Mr. Cutie-pie has nearly tripled his size!
As far as puppies go, he's been fairly easy. He gets into a little mischief once and a while-but so far, so good. Yep-we're still in puppy love!
Such a handsome lad, don't you think?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quarter of a century ago

Not too shabby, eh???

(My cousin, Michelle, called me last evening to ask me to if I could find the castanets she had brought me home from Spain-28? years ago. I could have sworn they were in my 'hope' chest. I didn't find the castanets, but I did find our prom pic-circa 1985. Teehee-please remember it was the 80's! Check out them thar gloves! And I was thin! And Larry had some? hair! Good stuff-I tell ya!)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Funky scrappy camera strap

This afternoon-I made this funky scrappy camera strap-using funky scraps (of course) and some interfacing. I guess I actually covered the strap, I didn't make it. I mostly followed this tutorial.
A friend asked, and I obliged. It was fun!

I think she'll like it. I hope she likes it!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

On the line

New pillowcases-I embroidered these cases last evening and today. I washed out the stamp and hung them on the line-even though it's a rainy day. Our balcony above protects the clothesline somewhat. I love to embroider!

Hummers-they are really enjoying the clothesline this year and I am enjoying them.☺

Friday, May 21, 2010

The hummingbirds are back

And I'm so happy they are. These amazing creatures entertain me from May until September every year without fail.

Here is something interesting I've deduced-even if my feeder is not up yet in the spring-the hummers come to the exact spot (hanging right in front of our door) looking for it in May. Therefore, I've concluded they must be the same ones that are coming back year after year. Amazing, really, when you (I) think about it.
Here's a hummer resting it's weary wings while sitting on my clothesline. I took this photo yesterday morning through the screen. The sun was just starting to burn though the fog/mist.
This one was taken through the glass door. At least it's beautiful, little silhouette can be seen!

You can see last year's hummers here and here.

Hummingbird Food

1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Boil one minute. Cool.

Fill up your feeder and let the amazement begin!


And just for fun-I've edited the photo of the angelic hummer from last year to look even more heavenly!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It's Wash Wednesday

Today it's Wash Wednesday on Garden Mama's blog.

I shared a link to this post on last week's Wash Wednesday and she shared my photo of this baby quilt- which now belongs to Melissa all the way in Australia (which may come in handy-she's pregnant- but maybe not so much if it's a boy!)-on today's Wash Wednesday.

Hehe-I'm tickled! (and thoroughly tired and confused from all those links-I won't blame you if you are too.)

In full bloom

This is what a 19 year old rhododendron looks like. We planted three but one got diseased, so we pulled it out quite a few years ago. I used to trim them-but not anymore, obviously!

I wanted to capture the blooms before they fade away:(
They say 'busy as a bee' for a reason. These guys were very busy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

A bracelet, a tablecloth, and fake napkins

My daughter gave me this bracelet yesterday. She told me it was an early birthday present (very early-my birthday is in December). I was so pleasantly surprised! Can you guess what it's made from?
Yes-spoons or forks-I would guess. My child says-"When I saw this, I had to get it for you, because I know you love weird stuff." And she's right!
Now on to the tablecloth and fake napkins. (I call them fake-because we don't use napkins-just our shirt sleeves. Tehe!)

After I was done with the Broadturn bag, the leftover sheet/fabric was lying in a pile on the floor. I picked it up and looked at it and thought that because I like the yellow print so much-perhaps I could make a tablecloth with the leftovers. So I ripped the edges down to a square/rectangle, pressed and hemmed the edges, then tada!-a new tablecloth.
Then I picked up the scraps-folded them, stuck them in napkins rings and called them fake napkins.

~Can you tell I love repurposing?~

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Broadturn bag

This afternoon I thought I'd work on the Broadturn bag from Handmade Home. I used this lovely, yellow floral, thrifted, holey sheet. Apparently I'm into yellow-it's what I seem to always gravitate to. It didn't take long. This bag was really pretty easy to make, although I did have a little trouble sewing the bottom on. Ah well, it's good practice.

24 projects from Handmade Home (by Amanda Soule) done, 9 to go. I'm in the single digits now. Yeehawwwwwwww!!!!!!!

Dishes o' eye candy (or spools of thread)

Oh my goodness, good ol' Goodwill was good to me again this week! 80 (yes, I counted) old spools of thread-mostly wooden-for $2.10 including tax.
I was giggling quietly to myself as I scarfed these little beauties up. I may stack some on my spool rack, but for now I'll keep them in these dishes on my night stand.
Dishes o' eye candy are so yummy!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Marshmallows aren't just for campfires

I was getting ready to make Rice Krispies Treats for Ladies Missionary and I got a hankering for a burnt marshmallow. (Carcinogens......mmmmmmmmmmm!)
Do you want to know something that's really good? Spread good old peanut butter on top of your Treats-yummy, yummy! I only spread it on a few of mine. My mom is a Rice Krispies Treat purist!
Original Rice Krispies Treats Recipe:

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
- OR -
4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies®

***I do everything the same except I like to use 4 tablespoons of butter and 7 cups of Rice Krispies***

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. 2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

Prom collage

I have to milk these prom photos for all they're worth. And they're worth a lot!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Family art table runner

Since I was home all day yesterday-I ended up getting my mess of a house cleaned. So this morning I thought I'd try to make the family art table runner from Handmade Home.
I used the same kid art that I used for Meg's art tray, a piece of old muslin curtain, a piece of a shower curtain, scrap fabric, an inkjet fabric sheet (I've had these for years-but never used them-expensive!), and ric rac.

I ended up sewing the back on wrong side out (when turned). Oops! I didn't feel like ripping it out, so I pretended that was the way I wanted it. It's the back after all! And I should have sewn the ric rac on before I sewed the front and back together-but I didn't. I ended up lightly hot gluing the ric rac on. Doesn't look so great, so I may try fixing this later. Or I may not.

23 projects done, 10 to go!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Road of Dendron

My rhododendron are starting to bloom.
And it's making me (and my table) very happy!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

I found these this morning.

I saw this quote from Abe Lincoln (I love Abe) this morning on a friends Facebook page-

"God bless my mother; all I am or hope to be I owe her!"

Happy Mother's Day!!!