A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Monday, June 23, 2014

swaps going out in the mail tomorrow

Here are two swaps going out in the mail tomorrow...

one is a 4x4 chunky swap... what grows in your garden or what is in my garden...

some similar them to that..

and the next one is a journal page on the way... nothing says being on the way or traveling like reading!

If you would like to see how I did this technique a tutorial can be found here


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bow Tie Tuesday

So at work we started this still thing Bow Tie Tuesday. 

Only the admin ladies can play.  There are guys at work but there is a reason they cant play and thats a good enough explanation LOL

Here is a pic of us the first Bow tie Tuesday

Thats me in the center of course.  All Bowties are done by J.Govan Designs.  I have a link to her information my other blog which can be found here   Jacquetta is the one with glasses and the bun on her head.  Diana looks like a chip n doll and I was not the only one who said it either LOL
Yes I know I could just share her links here but its a shameless plug for my other blog ha ha
So I was watching youtube and saw that HGTV had a fathers day bow tie no sew style.  I was telling jq that I watched it and she said that is how she got started so I said to myself why not give it a whirl...
The link to the video is on my other blog... I know I could share it here but once again shameless plug for my new blog
(just in case you needed it again LOL)
i dragged out my dread glue gun, fabric, ruler, scissors and ruler and here is what I created...
eeeehhhhh it was alright  The band in the middle was tooo skinny so I says I will try one more time.
It was worse the first one.  I tucked and twisted and pulled and got glue strings all over the place.  Good news is I did not burn my fingers...
bad news, the dog was chewing on something so I had to go fuss at him in that process.... 
I lost my scissors
I lost my middle fabric piece (never did find it and had to cut another one that is when I realized I lost my scissors and the ruler and the marker)
as I mentioned above lost my marker
Lost my ruler
all that work and I got a blah... Totally disappointed.
I was not quite ready to go to bed yet so I said to myself.. Karen why not try the denim fabric. 
I took JQ advice on the second fold of the bow I did not fold it over like the video suggested in the middle I cut off 2 inches so my measurements was 8x5 and I folded the ends about 1.5 inches.
When I folded the it the second time I put glue on the corners in the back.  They were not staying down.
The fabric was much stiffer so the fold was easier to form...
Here is my third attempt... I am quite proud of it.... if I do say so myself
I glued a pin on the back of it, instead of the part that wraps around the neck.
It has been decided to save it for next week! 


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fathers day gift

Me and my mom painted some terra cotta pots to make a bird bath and feeder ... here are the configurations that were possible...

and the winner was.....

Drum roll please

Ok so the picture was wonky
here are the specifics...
16 inch saucer

2 twelve inch pots I believe
I cant remember the smaller pot size ... maybe 6 or 8 inches?
The glue was liquid nails that you need one of those metal tube things to squeeze it out of..
We used exterior paint and put on several coats.  I bought a quart of each color and had plenty left over for other projects.  You could mix the two and get a third color if you so choose.

I laughed when many blogs claimed this to be a cheap project.  It totaled about 100 if you did not own any of the products listed.  Well the three pot one is about 100 since we did not use the third pot it was about 80

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wedding center pieces

I searched all over my town for glass pieces to make a center piece. 

I threw my hands up in defeat and decided on this... which is my sisters wedding colors anyway so it all worked out.

I wanted the guest to be able to write on the top plate and not glue it down.  Pinterest had some lovely ideas but after I did some research I am not sure if that is going to be the best idea


I would probably go with the oil sharpie but I would need 25 of them.  bah humbug...

The particulars...

all items found at the dollar tree

1 white plate (though they called it a bowl on the sticker) this was the square design
1 glass candle stick (we picked the one with the circle base)
1 black dinner plate

The plan is to fill it with bubbles or candies wrapped up or maybe mini bags of m&ms that are black and white..