August 23, 2016

Another School Year Started!

 School is back in for us. We're on our 2nd and 1/2 week and life is settling back in to our normal.
The kids just had their 11th Birthday and are now in middle school. They don't have to be there until 9:25 a.m.
Kind of nice to not have to beat the pots and pans so early in the morning any more.
(Me, Anna, & Tate)
They seem to be coming home not nearly as tired as they used to so, hopefully, this will be beneficial. I know it already is for me. I hate waking up early and having to be everyone's alarm clock.
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I'm in my FALL mode now. Still working on a few Teacher orders but also busy with some Black Cats and Witches.
I've already dyed and stained these. They are awaiting their embellishments and then I'll list them in my Etsy shop.
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We have a really nice Hospice Thrift Shop in The Villages. Every now and then when I remember to stop by, I find a little treasure or 2. This past week I was able to find this.
The wooden spools will make great bases for my meeces. The large board was a great find at only $3. Saw a few pieces of furniture that I might like (some storage cabinets). I'll go in on Friday and see if they are still there. If they are, they'll be calling my name!
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We had our last "Hoorah" at the lake on Saturday.
The Youth of our church came out to tube, play V-ball, and swim for the day. We had 81 kids from the ages of 14-18 and approx. 30 adults from 10:00-2:00! That's the biggest group that we've had out here. We got a Port-a-Potty to keep our sewage system from any overload problems which was our main concern. We had it cleaned out last year and added new pipes for the drain field so all is working well. Still, one worries especially when you've had problems in the past.
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Well, I have no excuse to not get out the mop so I'd better go and do that while Audrey is resting.
Fall will be here soon and I'm looking forward to being back in the 80's instead of the 90's.
My best to you as you get the kids (and grands) back in school!
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Vicky




August 11, 2016

Summer Swap!

I participated in Amy from Bumble Bee Lane's Farmhouse Summer Swap!
 I received my swap gifts from Becky at Ginger Crème Hollow
Everything was wrapped up so nice and Prim!
 Such lovely goodies!
 I collect Rag Dolls and Becky made me such a cute one holding her pet crow!
Her fabrics are so pretty!
The pillow is quite lovely, too!

 A pin cushion, a silver star ornie, a note pad....
 ...some bowl fillers with the same material as the doll and pillow!
She also included some melting tarts that smell wonderful!
Thank you, Becky for your generosity and thank you Amy for hosting yet another wonderful Swap!
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Vicky

August 2, 2016

Salt Therapy!



 This was my view last week.
And this is pretty much what I did every day.
Well, some of this .....
And, some of this (my daughter trying to help me back up)!
It was great! Some much needed time away.
We left our handicapped daughter, Audrey, with her older sister one day and her wonderful caregiver for the last few days.
It did all of us a world of good!
A baby Stingray right at my feet!
We love staying at the Summer House on Crescent Beach.
It's our favorite 'go to' get-away.
And the best part is.....
We always leave with a smile on our faces!

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Vicky







July 11, 2016

ANYTHING GOES!

Our OFG Team and the FAAP Team on Etsy are collaborating and having an "ANYTHING GOES" Celebration!
What does that mean? As an Etsy buyer, it means NEW things from some of your favorite Etsy sellers AND, possibly, some coupons to help with your purchases! Here's a link to a small movie to see some of the items for sale.
Also a link to Etsy in case you want to stop by.
If you do, place these call letters ATGCele in Etsy's search bar. OR, just look on my right side bar at the top and click on the 'Anything Goes' Label.
But hurry as it's only for 4 DAYS!!
Thanks for your support!
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Vicky

June 29, 2016

The Responsiblities of June

 I have been so busy throughout this past month. Didn't mean for it to be that way but had a few responsibilities to follow through on. I was asked to teach a couple of
art classes at Girl's Camp this year. I love to teach art especially to kids so I had no problem accepting this assignment. Mother Nature wasn't very helpful as the temperature soared and the heat index sat at a toasty 106 degrees the first day! How appropriate that this was our first project!
 The theme for the camp was 'Face the Son'. They'd decorated a lot of their sites with 'Beach' décor and Sunflowers so my second class was a given!
The Girls did great with sewing up their Sunflowers and not near as messy as the painting!
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I've been getting back to my creating/painting. I haven't had the urge to do much of anything lately so it was nice to finally find some 'mojo' and come up with some new designs. This is a smaller version of a personalized pencil that I make.
 They make great gifts for that special Teacher!
 These little Raggedy Flower Dolls are ADORABLE and so much fun to make. They are a design/pattern by Cedar Creek Primitives (Karen Stumbo). I made mine using Gingham fabrics. I'll be listing all of these and even more in a few more weeks when our OFG Team - Old Farmhouse Gathering Team - has a new "Anything Goes" celebration. We are collaborating with the FAAP Team so it should be a good one!
We finally realized the water isn't coming back to the natural levels anytime soon so hubby decided to have a new boatlift installed. We haven't been able to get the boat in the 'house' for over 3 years now. Watch it be this year that the tropical storms and hurricanes decide to come! That's what it takes to fill our lakes and rivers here in Florida and it's been dry for a while now.
 This little man spent the week at Twilight Camp! He is on his way to receiving his Webelo Badge in the Cub Scout program. They had Archery, BB Guns, a visit from the Swat Team, CSI Investigations, and some fun water play throughout the week.
I have broken my second toe on my right foot so I've been laid up a bit this week. Quite irritating limping along on a very swollen foot but my life doesn't grant me the opportunity to sit and nurse it. I can't get a shoe on and the blessed boot they give you is so cumbersome that it's better to do without!
 I received these in the mail yesterday and am looking forward to painting on some existing surfaces that I've already cut out. These are by Annie Lang. I LOVE Fall/Halloween!
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Praying for West Virginia. Boy, have they had enough already.
AND, of course, the people in Turkey. Will the evil never end?
Happy Summer to you and yours!
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Vicky

June 2, 2016

Blue and Gold Banquet and Summertime!

I forgot to share some pics of our Cub Scouts Blue and Gold Banquet that we had in April. It was the 'Minion' Theme but I can't remember the whole gist of it. I was in charge of setting it up so I did a little 'crafting'. Also made some Ziti for consumption by those little cubbies! Take a look!










This one is my little man. He'll be a Webelo Scout in a few more months! Such a goof ball!
We had so much fun but the best part is when it's all over with!
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School is out and we've started with water activities.



Of course, that's easy to do when you are surrounded by it! Here we come Summertime!
Hope yours is a good one, too!
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Vicky


May 11, 2016

Americana Pin Keep Swap

I'm still taking naps but was able to participate in Wendy's, @ Ravenwood Whimzies, Pin Keep Swap. I received my package a few days ago from Amy @ Bumblebee Lane. The design was supposed to be Americana  
and Amy did not disappoint. She has a very generous soul and I am so happy to be the recipient of such a lovely Pin Keep! Take a look at these pictures!
 
 
 
Isn't that brilliant!! LOVE how she used another spindle for the flag holder! Her additional goodies were wonderfully received, too! Some delicious smelling Yankee Candles, a Peppermint bar of soap, a cute note pad, and, some delicious vanilla/caramel Tea! I love to swap and Wendy always makes them fun. Thanks, Wendy! You can visit Amy HERE to see what she got from me!
I started painting a bit again. Trying to finish some UFO's that piled up in my bin over the last year.
Everything from School Pencils to Christmas!
I'll still take a break through the Summer but should be back in full swing come August. The twins are graduating from 5th grade this month and so my hands are busy with year-end projects and school parties. They were safety patrols this year and I'm in charge of their Hot Dog BBQ in another week. Piece of cake! Yeah, they'll have some of that, too!!
Hope your Spring has sprung and those nasty storms out there are far from you. We're hitting Summer now with temps at 90 already. At least we had a lovely Spring. Doesn't happen too often in my little corner of Florida!
 

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