Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pretty Peonies

What do you do with pretty napkins that are just too pretty to use as napkins?

Found them at the Dollar Tree store...Aren't they beautiful?

How about using them to decoupage some glass jars?

This one was a small strawberry preserve jar...

And this one was a pickle jar...

And now they're both pretty peony candle jars.

Hmmm, I wonder what else I can do with these napkins? Do you have any ideas? I'd love to hear them.

Have a fantabulous day my dear friends!

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Big Eyed Girls

Today I woke up in a very nostalgic mood. As I was thinking back, way back when I was a little girl, I thought about these three portraits of "big-eyed girls" (as we use to refer to them) my mom us to have. I remember one was dressed as a harlequin, the other a ballerina and the third, well I'm not sure what her costume was but I do remember she was holding an instrument. I often think about these portraits and how my two sisters and I use to pretend the girls were us. Of course we always fought about who was who...we all wanted to be the ballerina. :-) I wonder what ever happen to them?

As I was thinking back on these portraits and about happy memories of my childhood I couldn't help but feel a little sad too. To think I would never see them again just broke my heart.... But wait! Maybe, just maybe if I looked on the internet I might find them. Oh to be able to see them again...But I don't even know the artist's name...Hmmmm, what can I do?

I wondered what would happen if I Googled "big eyed girls paintings."

And this is what came up...I can't believe I found a picture of them.

They are exactly as I remembered them...

So many wonderful memories...

Gotta love the internet...Hmmmm, I wonder what else I can find?

Wishing everyone a fantabulous day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feeling Rosy and Pink

Although it's been raining all morning I feel oh so rosy and pink!


Well, have you ever found something you already had but had forgotten you had it?

This morning as I was putting some stuff away I found these...

I got them on our trip to Mexico last year.

I bought 4 plates...Each piece was sold separately and this is all they had otherwise more would have made it home with me :-)

I bought 4 cups....

but only 3 bowls...Believe me I had the store attendants looking everywhere for the fourth one but they just couldn't find it...I contemplated on not getting any at all because I wasn't able to complete the set, but it was just too darn cute to leave behind...Maybe one day I'll find it...

Wishing everyone a Rosy and Pink day!

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

A sweet valentines for all my sweet blog frineds!

Have a love-filled day everyone.

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, February 7, 2011

Love-ly Front Door

Today, as I was pulling out some of my Valentine's Day decorations, that little light bulb over my head went off again....Yay! I just couldn't wait to show you.

Since I've been into making wreaths lately I thought I would make one for my front door.... But what does this frame have to do with it? Well....

I used it to make a frame wreath.

Did you notice the cute little heart shaped wreath in the center? Does it look familiar? If you guessed it was the one I had over my framed mirror with the shutters I just made you are almost right. It's one just like it...A couple of years ago I bought three of the same at either Michael's or JoAnn's...Couldn't pass them up, they were on clearance!

I think that adding the red little glittered heart made it a little more "valentinesy"...I used a small metal hook I made out of some wire so that I may easily take it off and maybe hang something else for the different seasons or holidays. What do you think?

Wishing everyone a wonderfully creative new week.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.

I do love company.

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, February 4, 2011

Before And After

It's finally done!

A few posts ago I shared about a wall decal I had purchased at the Dollar Tree store and where I had decided to place it. Remember the picture below? If you'd like to see the post just click here.

I had mentioned in that post that for a long while now I had been wanting to paint the frame white and add to it some shutters I found at a thrift store. Well...I'm happy to say that it's finally done.

What do you think?

I think it turned out better than I thought it would.

Can't take all the credit though...Hubby did help cut the shutters down to fit...Thank you Sweetie!

Wishing everyone a fantabulous weekend.

Oh but before I go...

Just wanted to wish my beautiful sister Lucy a very

Happy Birthday!

I am truly honored, proud and blessed to call you my sister and my friend.

I love you tons.

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

How I Did It: Wreath Project

This is for all of my sweet blogging friends who wanted to know how I made my book page wreaths...Hope it helps.

List of things you'll need....

*Pages from an old book.
*Cardboard circle cutout form. (If you would like a template of the wreath form and leaf I used please drop me an email and I will email it to you)
*Glue ( I used a glue stick and a glue gun)
*Pencil with eraser.

Note: My wreaths are small because I recycled some cardboard circle forms that came with glass containers I bought. They were used to protect the lids. You can make your wreaths any size you'd like just remember they might look a little different if you use the measurements I use for my smaller wreaths. You might have to play around with different measurements to get the desired look.

First thing I did was covered the wreath form with strips of my book pages. They were about 1" wide and long enough to wrap around the form. You can use your own technique to cover your form. Mine took some time to complete, but it was the first thing I tried and it worked pretty well.

This is how I did it...Using the glue stick I glued the strips on one side of the form...

Then I folded each one and glued it on the other side. Cutting any excess as I went along.

I began with the inside circle and once it was done then I did the same to the out side.

Once your wreath is all covered it's all set and ready to be worked on.

Wreath #1: Kindergarten Technique

For this technique you'll need to cut out a lot, I mean A LOT of 2" x 2" squares :-) You'll have to guess how many you'll need...Sorry, I didn't count how many I used.

After you finish cutting your squares you're ready to begin. Grab your pencil and place a square on the tip...either the eraser side or if the pencil is not sharpened, like the one I'm using, then you can also use that side too.

Then you wrap it around your pencil...

Giving it a little twist...

While still on your pencil, place a little dab of glue from you glue gun on the tip and then place it on your covered wreath form.

I used my glue gun because the glue drys/cools fast and my little squares stay in place better while working on the rest.

I was able to place 4 little twisted squares snuggly in a row...widthwise.

Then all you do is continue to glue the little squares all around your form until it's nice and full.

And that's it...It does take a while to glue all those little square in place but I think it's worth it because the wreath turns out beautifully.

Wreath # 2: Leaf Wreath.

This one goes a bit faster and the results are equally as beautiful. All you have to do for this one is cut out paper leaves like this one (template provided above) out of the pages of the book and some out of fabric...I used muslin for mine. Fold them in half, lengthwise to create a crease.

Then fill you wreath up with leaves...As many or as little as you like.

I do hope this was helpful. Please let me know if you give these craft a try...I'd love to hear about it and see pictures.

Hope you all have a wonderfully creative new week.

Hugs and Kisses,