Friday, July 25, 2014

Sweet find on a very hot day.

It's official...I AM NOT A SUMMER PERSON. Heat just renders me useless. No inspiration, no creativity, no desire for ANYTHING...Well, maybe just to sit in front of the fan. Hee, hee, hee.

So today as I sit in front of my fan trying to think of something, anything to do so that I don't go crazy I decide to look through my iPad and iPhone pics and organize them...And look what I came across...
Back in November my brother in-law-brother, Julio married his very beautiful fiancĂ©e, Traci. I was so excited because they asked me if I would agree to create their cake topper. Of course immediately I said yes. Back then I was sworn to secrecy, so I couldn't show it to anyone until after the wedding. And if I recall correctly I promised you all that as soon as I could I would share....Well, here we are 8 months later...Better late than never? :-) I think it turned out so cute.
This is it on the cake. Needless to say I was totally ecstatic for being bestowed such a sweet honor.

And this is the happy couple on their special day.
 (Picture courtesy of their FB and taken by More Than Words Photography.)

Thank you all for stopping by.
Stay cool everyone and stay creative.

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Vignette and Old Transformation

As I was working on a new vignette for one of my living room's side tables I realize I had never posted about one of my most favorite thrift store finds transformations...
This is the vignette I was working on.
Here's a closer look...I love adding anything bird related to my vignettes. Love the sweet little nest.
And this is the after of my thrift store transformation...It's a vintage, broken, balance scale transformed into a lamp. When I found this piece it was missing the two balance plates (not sure that's what they're called) the arms and top part that held them in place.
At first I wasn't going to pick it up, even though it was only a couple of dollars but, Hubby thought it was too pretty to pass up. Plus, he had faith that I would eventually come up with a good use for it so he convinced me to get it. I figured it was probably worth taking for a couple of bucks even if it was only for the beautiful prisms...Well, after some brain storming a light bulb went off...Hee, hee, hee, pun intended...And after a bit of cleaning some paint and some wiring I had a brand new lamp...And now it's my most favorite lamp I own. Needless to say,  I was very happy Hubby convinced me to pick it up.
Since I transformed this thrift store find before my blogging days I have no before pictures to share but below is a picture I found on Google of what it would have looked like at one point in time.

As always, I'm thrilled you stopped by for a visit.
Wishing you all a beautifully creative day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our 4th of July Road Trip

Since it was going to be a four day weekend for us this past weekend we decided to take advantage of it and take a road trip.

We drove for many hours and over many, many miles of beautiful US roads and highways. There is nothing better for the soul than taking in God's beautiful handy work.
We crossed several state lines.
And we visited 3 National Parks.
Stopped by one of the most awesome dams ever built.
and  a very unique monument.
Whew! No wonder I'm pooped. We've been back for two days and I'm still trying to recuperate :-)  But you know what it was so much fun and we all had such a good time, it was all worth it.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Wishing you all a beautiful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stars and Stripes Craft

I always love to decorate our home for all seasons, holidays and special days and the 4th of July is no different. And I always try to make a little something to add to my decor. This year I worked on a beadboard flag for our porch...
My parents recently renovated their kitchen and literally gutted it completely out. Of course me, being the sentimental/You aren't throwing that away, are you?/I can make something out of that and still keep a little part of my childhood alive/ person that I am I grabbed as much as I could and ran :-) This piece of beadboard was one of many things that made it back home with me...Hee, hee, hee.
I always get these weird looks from my dad when I ask him for what he thinks is junk...
You'd think he'd know me by now...Anyway, when I saw this piece of beadboard, right away I envisioned
what its next life would be. I love how it turned out. 
To think it started out as this...
And it was so easy too.  Just a little paint, some painters tape and contact paper. 

First I taped off a section with painters tape that would be the blue field of the flag and painted it white...White!? Hold on I'll explain in the next step.
Then I cut some stars out of contact paper and stuck them on. The white is for the stars because the next step is to paint over the stars with blue for the field.
And then I peeled the stars to reveal the white underneath. 
Sorry, I thought I had taken pictures of the rest of the steps but I guess you all know what came next. Alternating red and white paint for the stripes on each plank and a bit of antiquing glaze and voila!
So what do you think? Oooh, I spy with my little eye another project I need to tackle soon. That bench is in dire need of a new coat of paint...Hee, hee, hee.

Thank you all for stopping by.

Hugs and Kisses,