Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hearts Everywhere

Todays post is all about love and hearts....

Out for our daily walk, Mr. FT and myself happened upon a red bush. 
All I could see was love!
The love of getting poked with wire, 
whipped in the face with branches,
traipsing back to the house to fetch the pruning shears, (half a mile)
and of course Mr FT's heart health, which requires
 trudging through knee high snow carrying a bundle of frozen sticks back to the house.

The branches sat on the heated floor and thawed for a few hours.
  They were slowly and gently bent to form half the heart and secured with wire. 
 A few branches were harmed in this process but all were used!

 I wired both halves together and finished them with red Christmas bows.
  I think it's a conspiracy and they just recycle
 Christmas ribbon with some heart packaging. 
 Ever notice how those Valentine chocolates always seem to taste slightly stale. 

The Ladybug Tree. 

 I secretly love the snow, and there really is nothing
 better than a walk on a warm winters day!
The Ladybug Tree picture was one of those days.
Happy Valentines Day!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Glimpse Into My Wildlife!

It's been awhile since my last post but I really haven't been up to anything that is blog worthy.  I could post about how many feet of snow we've pushed but that would probably just make you bored and tired.  I could post about the purge that has begun in preparation for our next big renovation, but then I might have to run to the dumpster and start hauling it back in the house.  
So I will talk about my wildlife!

Our friends were over for a visit and as they were leaving, we decided to see if we could get a glimpse of this big guy, which was taken this summer past.

Instead, I spied this little fellow perched in one of the trees that our local porcupine feasts on.

If you missed my other owls, you can see them here!
That's my wildlife!  Pretty wild eh.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hope this isn't you today!
Not the best way to bring in the New Year.

Speaking of New Years, did you make any resolutions?
I decided to continue with my yearly resolution of being organized.
 I feel last year was a success. 
 I didn't end up like miss Barbie above....bless, 
 and I built this:
 It has inspired me to do more custom organizing in 2015. 
Believe it or not it still looks like this....

Except the Crock Pot isn't as shiny and I think one of my cookie sheets is M.I.A.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chai Gift Cards

Today  last year I had an idea.   I dug out some card stock from my stash.

I headed over to The Graphics Fairy and had a look at her labels.  Thanks again Graphics Fairy.

  I found one that of course had tea
 written all over it...
"Galon de Coton" means "Drink Tea and Enjoy!"
Don't read that Magali or Heathers' daughters.  
(I am pretty sure they don't speak
 the same French I do!)
I don't think anyone speaks the same French as me!

  I downloaded it, modified it to make it personal,  and printed four per page.  I tore the labels with a ruler into equal sizes as  I didn't want the edges to look cut. (Actually my scissors were nowhere to be found.) 

  I sewed each one  onto a piece of carcardstock

I grabbed another piece of cardstock, and sewed it onto the back, so that  I formed an envelope with a label on the front. 

Two holes were punched in the top.

 My homemade Chai was put into plastic bags from the dollar store and each card was tied with some ribbon.   To see my chai mix recipe, click H E R E !

Now I don't have to sit and hand write a whole lot of cards.

People who speak French know to drink tea and enjoy.....


Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Christmas Ornament Exchange and a bit of Trickery!

My first ornament exchange was full of trickery! 
  The imposter was Vicky from  "Life on Willie Mae Lane". 
 She was also the one who coordinated this amazing exchange and sent me my parcel!
My package went out to Linda from A LA CARTE and I now have a new friend.
  She is a creative inspiration to me and you should RUN and check her out!
Thanks Vicky for this new friend and a fun exchange!!

It was exciting from the get go.  I received an email from Vicky telling me that my parcel would be late!   The person who got my name was waiting on an item before she could send it out!    I think I had a banner across my head that read "SUCKER!"  Yep I fell for it!  You gotta get up pretty early to fool a turtle.....What time do you get up Vicky?

And then notification came!!
  Off to the post office I ventured.  The post office worker informed me that I couldn't open this huge parcel until Christmas......but I had to blog on the 13th????  She insisted....DECEMBER 25th.  She tried to keep the parcel but I wrestled her down to the ground, grabbed my package and darted out the door.  Off to my sisters to unwrap the parcel.....again another wrestling match, this time with a fur baby.
  Nothing was going to get in my way. 
 Not even a hundred pound dog!

Finally after all of that,  I  untied my box of treasures.....

I LOVE HANDMADE ORNAMENTS....Look how cute these are!

This is just pure genius!  A plastic wineglass with the base removed becomes a cloche!  So beautiful.
Sorry for the blurry picture.  I had to drink the wine and then try to shoot.  Easier said than done.


So cute.

A beautiful Christmas towel and yummy yummy chewy mint candies in a cute tinted  jar complete with a Christmas lid.  In the hand stamped burlap bag, was the gorgeous handcrafted clay ornament.

HMMMMM I wonder what was in there. 
 I didn't see anything...it was empty....are there refills?
These little gems caused the delay of shipping the package.
  I say, "What little gems?"

  There were no delightful, mouthwatering, heavenly chocolate covered pecans
 roasted to perfection......
Nope, not one!

And then this happened 
I think that innocent looking snowman ate all my goodies!  He's not just another pretty face.

Thank you Vicky!
Check out all the fun we had over at here at
Life On Willie Mae Lane
So thoughtful and so much fun!

Friday, November 28, 2014

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas Tree

I seem to acquire a lot of crap in my craft room.
  Most of it just sits and collects dust, but every now and then,
 an "AHhhhhHA" moment strikes.
I blew the dust off, choked a little, and this was the result.

Materials needed:
white paint and brush
dollar store light set (battery operated)
cardboard (cereal box style)
hot glue
styrofoam peanuts

 Create a cone from your cardboard.  Hot glue it into shape and give it a quick coat of white paint.  DON'T GET HOT GLUE ON FINGER AND THEN PUT YOUR FINGER IN YOUR MOUTH....JUST DON'T DO IT!!!

 The tricky part was trying to insert the lights into the peak of the tree.  With a lot of luck and pinched fingers from my small needle nose pliers, I was able to pull the lights through pre poked holes in the cone. 

 Then it was just a matter of gluing the styrofoam peanuts onto the cone. 

Thank goodness the lights worked......
Always check the lights
 to make sure they work before 
you put them in your tree!

To top the tree off, I used a napkin ring.
I think the tree thought I was proposing....
To see my tree collection click here and here!

The result was a tree, numerous hand injuries
and no hot beverages for a few days! 


And for a little Coco Chanel
I base coated the form with pink paint, applied packing peanuts, sprayed tree with some spray adhesive and sprinkled glitter all over.  Some dollar store jewels cascade down and dragonfly embellishments adorn the top....ahh COCO!

  Mr. FT calls me Sparkle and keeps slipping dollar bills in my stocking???

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