Saturday, July 30, 2011

Picture Frame Hanging Tip

Picture Frame Hanging Tip

I came across this while blog surfing today! I am so going to use it for this project.  Of course that means that I have to actually do something.  Ever since I cleaned straightened up the craft room, I haven't done a thing but blog surf.  I see lots of cool things while surfing Pintrest and the blogs but I just don't seem to have the oomph to do anything...  Oh well, as Scarlet O'Hara said, tomorrow is another day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

You are Amazing

If you know anything about me you know I put things off.  Can you say procrastinator?  I made this for a contest but missed the deadline.  The focal point was to be blue, I think this fits the bill don't you? 


I used the pansy and amazing stamps from Papertrey Ink's Year of Flowers stamp set, stamped the flower twice with memento tuxedo black and colored it with copics. Cardstock is Navy from Paper Zone.  The designer paper is from minuet by Memory Box, I love the papers in this set!  I colored clear rhinestones with a blue copic marker.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

More 4th Decor!

Okay, I think this will be the last 4th of July themed post!  Well, at least until the next one.  :)  This is actually the project that got me started the whole 4th crafty spurt this month.







I have two sets left that I haven't painted yet and I think I am going to make them for Christmas.

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Last minute 4th decor!

After my flag was hanging up, I decided it looked a little blah, so I went shopping the day before the forth, looking for some flag bunting.  I think I have been married to a tightwad  frugal man for too long because everything seems to be more and more expensive to me!  I just couldn't see spending 18.00 at the hardware store for ONE bunting!  Even at Wally world it was 25.00 for three.  I can usually make something cool (less expensive) so I searched the internet and found this great flag bunting downloadLovely and Gracious is the name of the blog, I just love the name.  It is something I hope to always be Gracious and Loving to everyone.  After printing the flag download (thirteen times!), I cut them all out and after dithering on how to hang them (on a string to swag them or just straight across the railing) this is how it turned out:



I really like it!  I would have liked to have left it up longer but I had to take the bunting down early the next morning because frugal man was going to water the baskets and I didn't want them ruined.  They are safe and sound in the Summer rubbermaid container waiting for next year.  Maybe I will get them out again for Veterans day!  Oh and for Memorial Day! Ohh and maybe Flag day!  Hmm, maybe I will laminate them too!

Thinking, thinking, thinking...



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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Homemade flag for the 4th!

I knew as soon as I saw this post, I was going to have to make one for myself!

This is my version:
 

The directions on the blog are very easy to follow.  Hubby (thank you honey) did all the cutting and gluing, I just painted it.  The hardest part for me was adding the stars!  I didn't have a stamp that would fit so I made a stencil to get them all the same size. 

I really like how it turned out and I  think it will stay up for awhile.


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My new place to shop for cheese: My Cheese Shoppe in downtown Puyallup!

My friend Laurie has opened a cheese shop in downtown Puyallup!  Everything you ever wanted to know about cheese Laurie can tell you! I was in there on Saturday and overheard her as she was explaining to someone about a flavor in the cheese they were tasting and that the cows that eat the grass in this seaside area gives the cheese little pops of saltiness! Or something like that. It was just really cool! We bought some blue cheese with smoked bacon. OMG it was so good! I don't even like blue cheese, but it didn't really taste like normal BC, it was more like a provolone with pops of tangyness.

Here is a link to her Facebook page which has her website info on it.
If you are in the area I recommend you check it out.  She just opened a few weeks ago and is already working on adding another cooler and I think wine sales in the near future!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!






First visit to the Farmers Market this year!

Boy was it crowded!  One of our fist nice days this year.  It hit 80 for the first time in 301 days!  Everyone with a stroller, young child and dog were there!  I don't know if it was my mood (moody, me?), the heat or what, but I just wasn't getting in to being there.  
I did see some wonderful fruits and veggies but I didn't get any pictures because my camera decided it didn't want to take pictures anymore! The nerve!  I just get stupid lines across the screen.  Grrr.  
Luckily, (after awhile) I realized I had my iPhone and was able to snap a couple of pictures of some beautiful hydrangeas!  They are my favorite, I love all the different colors they come in.  These pictures show a few that I have not seen before.
The very top one is a Pink Deep Fuchsia color.  I was stunning!  I just don't have a spot in my yard to put it so I had to leave it there for some other lucky person.


I think this one is my favorite!  It is a very soft pink color and it looks to be a mix between a traditional and a lace cap hydrangea.  I would have bought this if my husband hadn't been with me.  I would have put it somewhere!  Maybe even the neighbors yard!  Anywhere close by just to be able to see it whenever I wanted.

Be sure to check out your local Farmers Markets this summer and help support the hard working farmers in your area!