Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Brown Paper Bag Projects for this Year

This year for the 4th Annual Brown Paper Bag Swap I came up with something I really liked and really last minute.  I always have great ideas, but never seem to come up with the one I want to send or am happy with until after the mail out date.  Strange.....I know....but it is just the way my brain functions.
Any therapist out there with an answer to my problem???

 I made some eggs by covering plastic Easter Eggs in brown paper bag strips and then painting them.
I used a deli style plastic bowl for the nest and covered it in brown paper bag strips first and then added some ????, I can't think of what you call that stuff.
Brain Fart!!!!

I also made my partners a matchbox ornament. 
I covered the box with brown paper bag and then added a paper rose to it.

 I also made each of my partners 4 cards out of brown paper bags.
I made the owl out of brown bags and then embellished with printed paper and colored pencils.

and then I made the envelopes for the cards out of brown bags and lined them with printed paper.

I'll post the beautiful piece I got from Ellen tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

FlowerFairies and LadyBugs

I thought I'd share a few of the things I've made over the last couple of months.  I've kept really busy making things and it has actually been nice.  The computer is so addictive.

 I made these little Flower Fairy dresses for my friend Melinda.
They are made of paper and embellished with all kinds of goodies.

 I also made a couple of Flower Fairy matchbox ornaments for Melinda.

 and a Flower Fairy Ornament out of flowers, a bottle cap and a photo.

 I bought this little Lady Bug basket at the thrift store.
  It was all green and kind of plain,

 I spray painted it black and added some ribbon.  I think it looks much better now! 
A very quick and easy transformation of a simple thrift store item. 
 I hope Jill liked it!

I also made Jill some Lady Bug cards and a couple of matchbox ornaments and I crocheted her a tawashi.

I've got so many other pretty things that I made and received to share. 
Till tomorrow......

Friday, July 22, 2011

I Have Internet Service Again, Whoo-Hoo!

We have our internet service back again!!  I'm so excited to get back to see what everyone's doing and share my stuff with all of you.  I have so many things to post, buy I'm going to start with my flower garden "stump" and our front porch.

 This is two of my grandsons, T.J. and Jordan in front of our house at Easter.  Although the boys are cute, the porch and the yard left a lot to be desired.

 This is the "stump" that I planned on planting flowers all around to kind of hide it.

 Here is the stump after digging through the roots for a couple of days.  I know several of my neighbors were really wondering what the heck I was doing.  All I had to say is "just wait and imagine".

Here is the stump in May after adding a few plants and some gravel.  My neighbors are still shaking their heads and saying "Okay???" 

 Here is my stump now. 
The photo really doesn't do it justice.  Earl and I added rock gravel and then we got some river rocks to border the bed.  I'm still going to decorate it up with fairies and a door.  It is still a work in progress.

We extended the flower bed out some more in the front and on the side of the house.

 This is the top of our front porch.  Earl and I both really enjoy sitting on the front porch to drink our coffee and I love to sit out there and read and crochet.  The porch was kinda "rough" looking though.

 Now the top of the porch is painted white and looks so much better.  It's still a little rough, but the white really brightens it up and makes it look finished.
I LOVE it!!

 Then the floor of the porch got a paint job too.  One side is the before porch and the other with the beginning of it's new green makeover.  Such an improvement! 

Here is our finished porch.
It is so nice to sit out there and not have the crappiest looking porch on the block.

another view with my Jace enjoying some cool water on a hot day.

Thank you Earl, Ezie, Mallory and Jace for helping me with such a big project and for getting it all done before my mom and sisiters came for a visit.

Oh yeah, my neighbors seem to be very happy about the paint job on the porch and now they even like my flower bed. 
Imagine that!

My DIL made this up using the pictures of my 5 oldest boys. So funny!

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All 8 of my kids

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My 6 Grandkids

My 6 Grandkids

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You are emotionally stable and willing to find common ground with others. Your friends and family often look to you to be the mediator when there is conflict. You are easy going and accepting. You take things as they come. Avoiding conflict at all costs, you're content when things are calm. At Your Best: You feel connected, trusting, and fulfilled. You feel at peace with your place in the world. At Your Worst: You compromise your values to make sure peace is maintained. You give in to bullies. Your Fixation: Harmony Your Primary Fear: Causing conflict Your Primary Desire: To preserve things as they are Other Number 9's: Marge Simpson, Ronald Reagan, Audrey Hepburn, Jerry Seinfeld, and Abraham Lincoln.