I would like to welcome you to my blog. I am very flattered that you came for a visit. I would like to invite to grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy your visit.
Hope you have a wonderfully blessed day! And know that you made my day blessed by stopping by. :D

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Charm School Saturday... well Sunday

Charm School Saturday... Maybe should be Sunday ...

Liz from http://rosevignettes.blogspot.com/
is having a Charm bracelet show and tell...

Well here are mine...

My beautiful jewelery... at least it is to me

the whole lot.

This is my wonderful charm bracelet..

you notice that most of them are hearts...

plus the one charm of my girls and I a long time ago

each one has a story behind it...

the top one on the right is one of my Grandmothers pendants...
second comes my last pendant from my dad... two years before he died

next is the heart with a key... my hubby :D

glass heart with rose inside... from my oldest daughter

my angel that guards over me... from my mom

my heart shaped watch (which is why I got the bracelet)
my Saint Christopher...

the charm with my daughters pic

pink heart from my five year old granddaughter

(her favorite color)...

my diamond heart from hubby two christmas' ago...

and last but not least

a pink heart from my youngest daughter.

See what I mean... means more than anything I own!

my wanna be charm bracelet that I forgot all about lol

My favorite watch!!!

but broken :(

My favorite watch that works

all my rings... sorry about blurry pic...

Hope you enjoyed all of my jewelery.

I know not much... but what there is...

Hope your Labor day Sunday is full of love,

alot of remembering our armed forces!!

And Lots of family too!!!

Remember to Live well, Laugh often,
and to LOVE much!!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Lettering Tutorial

Here is my first slideshow... Maybe....

I am hoping this one works... I have tried for the last three hours to get this done... lolol...

Wish me luck... This is supposed to be lettering tutorial...
Hopefully this will work all... Enjoy...
It did work, I checked!!! lol

Here is the finished product!!!

I will include pics after I get the hummingbirds painted on... but no Tutorial!!
Since this is my first try at birds...lol... Maybe someone should wish me LUCK!!???

Remember to Live well, Laugh often,
and to LOVE much!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A new look..what to do with an old gate... AND don't forget Robin's Nest Christmas Stocking swap

DON'T FORGET... Robin's Nest Christmas stocking swap... enter at...http://therobinsnestcountrycrafts.blogspot.com/
for you change to join!! :D

How do you like my new pics on my blog??? I changed my pics of t2t... to what my benches look like... that way I can start to sell some...
And the pic at top is one my youngest daughter took for 4-H about her Junior year of high school... that was 6 years ago now lol. But still, it is my favorite SUNSET!! There are three of the sunsets with this hue,... all taken the same day... all three are on my walls!! (My brag wall ;D) Hope you all enjoy it!!

My lilac bush has a new friend!! I don't know how well you can see it... but the little inhabitant... loves to make all kinds of little nests! Unfortunately... it is not my kind of nest!! Check it out...

Since some of the cooler weather has returned... we have some very pretty flowers coming back

to life. Hopefully there will more to follow...
My old falling apart chair seat... with these lovely purple petunias!!

This is my new find... about two weeks ago... auction...I need some ideas on what exactly to do with this old gate...ANY ideas???? As you can tell the post that goes into the ground is still attached... I would like to leave it this way... so anyone with ideas are greatly appreciated. Please HELP!!

Remember to Live well, Laugh often,
and to LOVE much!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Giveaway...Butterfly tutorial... and how I use a ladder

is having a great Christmas swap!! Everyone should go over and check it out!!

Here is my first tutorial...

hopefully this makes it easier

paint butterflies!!

first of all here is my inspiration for monarchs!!

My magnet I keep on a metal wall sconce.

second, I sketch out the size and shape of my butterfly...

the next part is to paint the body of the butterfly...

Here is when I start choosing the colors for my butterfly...

I mix them till I get the color I like... in this case I used red.. yellow... and white.

Each part of the wing is painted a different shade of orange.

The next step is to take a fine brush... I use a scripto brush..

Start making my black lines to fill in around the outside of the wings

I start coloring in the black lines with a 1/8 inch brush.
draw the lines of the wings with scripto brush...
to look like the butterfly

Start making the dots on the bold outside of wings...

You have your butterfly

and then this is how they look all finished :D

My next tutorial will be a how to on...
lettering your words...
how to hold your brush...pen...
and write!!!

Now for how I use a ladder...
Do I climb one???
NO!! I would fall off!!
So I use them to hold all of my pots!!
Hubby don't like them... he has to mow around them

Have a wonderful day!!
Remember to Live well, Laugh often,
and to LOVE much!!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Daughters Give-a-way... Mistreatment Club.... AND Fat Friday...

First of all, my daughter is having her first GIVE-A-WAY
Scoti has a pic on her blog of all the goodies.
so if you would like to add your name to the drawing please feel free

Second, I am including my curtains, or should I say Mistreatments...
The Nesting place is having a Mistreatment club show and tell... so here
are mine:

My living room one and the doorway to our bedroom curtains:
these are table cloths.. cut in half for three windows, and stapled
to a one by two, and hung at the top of the windows with L brackets...
and then I used straight pins and put the fringe of the top of the staples...
for the bedroom doorway... i used a tension curtain rod in the doorway...
and folded the table cloth in half and hung it over, used ribbon to tie it
back and voila!!! Curtain valances... I should say...not curtains.

My kitchen valance... just a board with material stapled to it...
then placed under the curved cuts of the cabinet above... and once again L brackets!

This is my batroom mistreatment, just a 4 yard piece
of material, I used the clips to hold in place a bunched
up pieces of material, and some more ribbon, and viola!

Here are the ones for the window. same idea... and that be all she
wrote on my mistreatments!! Hope you enjoyed the show...

Next, as everyone knows it is Fat Friday...
I don't believe I will be doing much running this weekend...
So I am planning on doing alot of project working...
and cooking.
To go along with that here is my recipe for the day...
It is for... Cinnnamon Rolls (They are really good ones!! I love to
bake them... and the icing is melt in your mouth!!)

Cinnamon Rolls
Preheat ove to 350 degrees:
1 tsp. sugar
2 pkgs yeast
1/4 cup warm water

Mix all of this together let set until good a bubbly!
I let is set for about 10 -15 minutes.
Then add
3 eggs
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups warm water
2/3 cup oil
mix well.

Add 7-8 cups flour, adding one cup at time.

Turn out onto counter lightly floured; Knead for about 5 minutes
will be slightly sticky still. Roll out onto counter with rolling pin.
Roll to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Melt 1/2 cup butter or margerine,
spread over your dough.
Mix these ingredients well;
2 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
Sprinkle over butter with this mixture, kind of heavy.

Starting on the long side, roll carefully. Using sharp knife, cut the into
1 inch thick slices. Place each slice on greased cookie sheet, or jelly roll pan.
(I leave a bout 2 inches between each roll.) Place in oven and let bake
350 degrees for 30 minutes. They should rise without any problem in
the oven as they bake.
Glaze them with this while still hot;
2 cup powered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup orange juice
Mix well, drizzle over cinnamon rolls. And ENJOY!!!
They are great for breakfast... you get your bread, along with
your orange juice too!! :D We don't count the calories thou ;)
Remember to Live well, Laugh often,
and to LOVE much!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday... my newest projects.... and results of the pay it forward!! YEY!!

Well today is Thursday... I figured I had better get to work... so here goes...
This is all the pieces I used to start a child's bench... a foot board to a twin bed... three slates from an old bed... a could have been chopping block (a piece I got when the cabinet company close by went out of business for free) and two legs... off of who knows what...

Well here it is put together... it took about 1 1/2 hours to get it all to go together... once I finally found all of my screws... (don't say it... I know I lost them again!!! or still can't find them??)

I can't believe how easy it is once my brain kicks in and comes up with the ideas for how they should go together!!!

all of these different colors... makes my head hurt!! lololol

and here it is with a coat of primer on it...
I hope it will be really cute when finished!!

I am thinking of making it a reading bench.. it would be really cute for that... at least I think so...

And for those of you just waiting to see if I actually do finish a project... :D
For those of you that don't remember what it looks like... here is what did look like...

Here is my latest bench FINISHED with BUTTERFLIES!!! :D
Don't you just love them??? I REALLY DO!! (all except the one on the bottom... but it is granddaughter's (sissy's) favorite one!
Don't look a the pic too close you will see my shadow lolol.
(If you do look really close... at the very bottom of the bench you will see what I used to do the monarch butterfly... on of my magnets!!) Go figure ;-)
And here is what the whole bench looks like!!! O THIS ON IS MY FAVORITE!!! Since I have painted the butterfles on it... you wouldn't believe all the butterflies that we have seen!!!
This one is the one that I got a red ribbon on at the fair...
I wonder what I would have gotten ... IF I had finished it before fair???? oh well... story of my life!!

As for my pass it forward... well we have two winners anyway!!! YEY!!
Scoti of http://redcinnamonprims.blogspot.com/ Red Cinnamon Prims...
used to be the fate of a daughter, sister, and mother... but she changed it ;-)
And Oonagh which has no profile...
so Oonagh if you will email me your address,
I will gladly send you, your goodies that you won!!!
Congrats Ladies!!!!
I will try it again at a later time... see if I can give some more away...
Next time I will enclude a pic...
so maybe more will join us!! :D
Anyway... for those that like to catch my daughter Scoti's blog...
as you can tell ... she changed the name...
so I am off to do the same ;-)
Everyone have a wonderful day!!!

Remember to Live well, Laugh often,
and to LOVE much!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Pay It forward....

Well all I am still trying to get six signed up for the pay it forward... I have two!!! Scoti and Oonagh. I still have 4 more places to give away.... Please check it out!!!! (reason for six total is I won two pay it forwards...and it looks like I have 4 but one deleted... and Scoti hit the comment button she posted twice... Her decission was to only count once.) So please post here!! :D

Enjoy your day... don't forget to hug someone... and get one in return...
and oh yes, to Live well, Laugh often, and to LOVE much!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Don't forget Pay it Forward... My playlist is UP!! and here are my hummingbirds. AND THANKS!!!!!

Don't forget to check out the
"Pass IT Forward"
from yesterday!!!
Leave me a post!!
I have spots for six...
and Scoti only has one...
her decision.
(She is my oldest Darling Daughter) :D
Check out here blog!!!
See my lovely grand babies!! :D
We are gearing up for a guess the youngest daughter's
name... but that will be after the
'pay it forward' is over.
Thanks to the youngest daughter,
she helped me get my play list up

(It only took two hours +) lol

(I think she has had enough of
mom tonite!! LOL
Just so she could get a few minutes
to read her emails!!)
Boy, don't you just love them!!! :D
I know I do!!!!
Thanks dear.

I have to keep Margo's rule...
and Post at least one
pic!!! So here goes!!

the ones I chose were of
the hummingbirds waging war
over one of the TWO
Hummingbird feeders here!!!
I have seven of them, vieing for
one feeder at a time!!!
The red bandanna one
was the first one here...
and no one rates higher than he does!!
He chases all the others away!!
He is the head honcho here :D
I have to agree it really is hard to get a pic of these little things...
They are soooooo fast!!! I wish I could move that FAST!!
Just think of all the things I could get done!!!


Don't forget to check out the "Pass IT Forward"
from yesterday!!! Leave me a post!!
Scroll on down and leave me message...

And I promise to quit playing with the color... lol on my blog... just getting help from children learning all about this ;-) So please bare with me :D And thanks again to everyone that reads my blog!!! My youngest daughter laughed at me last nite... I got really excited when I visited the sites of some of my favorite blogs... and FOUND MY BLOG listed!!!! She thought I was as giddy as a little kid!!! (And I WAS!!!) It is sooooo nice to see that there are those of you reading it :D Just want to say thank you again!!!!!!!

Enjoy your day... don't forget to hug someone...
and get one in return...and oh yes,
to Live well, Laugh often, and to LOVE much!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Pay IT Forward!!!!!!!!

I have played "Pay IT Forward” twice, I won
first from Stacey at http://theblessednest.blogspot.com
and the following day from Kim at http://simple-needs.blogspot.com

So here go the rules:
This is how it works, the first three people who comment on this post
I will send you a surprise.
Then you are to post it on your blog and
the first three people who respond you send a gift too
and you just keep it going that way.
The gift can be something you have,
or made, or bought.
or flee market items.
Please keep your gifts small,
(maybe something you could fit into a manila envelope or regular envelope).

And this is where I differ:
Being as I won twice...
I am going to give away to the first six...
So go for all
Good Luck, and HAVE FUN!!!

don't forget to hug someone... and get one in return...
and oh yes, to Live well, Laugh often, and to LOVE much!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Back to work on my t2t and not to forget my flowers too

Sorry my pics don't want to load right... so I will include them later... Please forgive me!!
I am going to have to start loading them first... then write what I want to say... that way everything is like it should be. lol ;-)

Time to get back to work.... I can only fool around so long lol. I had my nephew for the last three days... His last three before school starts!!! He had a blast... Got to work in the yard... (use the RIDING mower... and play the kittens. We got four new ones yesterday from the grandkids house... They just got weened... and the kittens have started laying in the street... Scoti is afraid they will get run over... and kids... they just want them to come to Na`Na` house so they can see them lol

and I found 4 babies that one of our mommy cats had!!! In the rain!!! Go figure...so they are up on the porch... out of the weather... and mommy cat... Ebony... is loving it!!! The cats aren't allowed on the porch any other time!!! (I can't stand to trip over them when I walk out the door)

As some of you remember I did my latest bench for the county fair. I didn't get the saying I SO wanted to put on... well as of today... I got the saying written on it.... just waiting for it to dry really good so I can paint the butterflies on it :D Well, here are a couple of pics of the saying!!!

I will take more after I get the butterflies on... hopfully later today... but ......
Here is a full pic to refresh memories ;-)

Here is the table that I am working on for the Breast Cancer awareness!! It has a tiny drawer in on side... and a lovely table top. I was the blond furniture type... with gold trim... I painted it all with a coat of green... then spray painted the pink on top of all it... including the gold trim metal pieces on legs. Now I want to use wax on the edges... and some of the top for wear... and then paint it all another color... and sand it down.

I am just not sure whether to paint the top coat as white... or black... and whether or not to paint some flowers (pink of course) on top... Let me know what you think!!! PLEASE??? I need some help here...
Sorry... I have the box I keep my paint brushes in on top.

Here are also some pics of my latest flowers blooming... yayyyyy!!
Morning Glories.... Naked Ladies...(some call them resertion lilies)... and my newest addition... Angel Trumpet bushes... it had its very first bloom yesterday!! And it was still open at 10 am!!!!! Somebody needs to tell it that is should be sleeping by that time of the morning... since it is a night blooming!!! I hope to get some pics of it tonite with lots of blooms open!!!

here is the angel trumpet (the white one)
Hope you enjoy the pics as much as I enjoy the blooms!!! :D

Last of all but not least....
Tomorrow I will post for a "Pay it Forward" I have recieved two.
So I will do mine for six winners....
I finally figured out what to send... I will take a pic...
and post all of this tomorrow...
so don't forget to come back and check it out!!!
don't forget to hug someone... and get one in return...
and oh yes, to Live well, Laugh often, and to LOVE much!!