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' d├ęcor 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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March 31, 2016

Taking Some Time!

I've really needed it! Taking some time off to regroup and rest and take care of things that seems to have fallen apart without my attention. I've always said my 'art is my therapy' and it is, however, it can be a bit too much sometimes when you overload yourself.
So, I've been slowly, and I do mean s-l-o-w-l-y, getting some forgotten projects done while, intermittently, taking naps.
Awwwwwe, the restorative nap! Not always so as there are time when I wake up grumpy and even groggier than when I went down. We have a handicapped daughter (she's 29 years) who requires my constant care. She has a seizure disorder and, when she has them, lots of times it mean no sleep for me at night. Now that I'm not out at the 'saws' and my paint table, I can take a little more time to catch up on zzzzzzz's that I've missed.
I made this for a sweet lady who comes in a couple of times a week and takes care of our daughter. It gives me some time to get our for errands or 'me time'. Sometimes I stick around the house and work outside but it's my time to do what I want. She is our Angel and requested a sign. So I made it for her.
Also just a couple of Easter/Spring gifts for the kid's Teachers.
Our eldest son came in last night to drop my grand-dog off. He has a weekend trip up north and so I said we'd 'pup sit' for him.
Hanns is a handsome fella! He is purebred German-German Shepherd not Amercian-German. He is HUGE! Scared me to death the first time I met him as I am not a fan of big dogs but he won me over fast! He is so sweet and gentle which really surprised me. So, I'll watch him for a few days and we'll solidify our bond just a bit more!
Right now my Etsy shop is closed but I'll be opening back up in another week.....only for a month, though. I'm closing for the summer and anticipate being back for the Fall with some new pieces. Hopefully those summer months will give me the time I need to finish those 'forgotten' projects and allow me some extra time for naps along the way.
Hope your Spring has sprung and you're blooming where you're planted.
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Vicky

January 20, 2016

Mid-January Greetings!

Well, here we are in the middle of January and I'm just now posting. One could look at me and think I've been lazy....but I haven't been. I'm having another busy month! So glad I took a few weeks off around Christmas. I'm still having a hard time getting my head back into the game. I've not created anything new except for these as I've had my hands full with orders. Hoping to finish these today with added buttons and ribbons.
I helped a friend out with her daughter's wedding last week. She had some old doors that needed to be painted and distressed. They had a beautiful outdoor wedding and she propped the doors onto trees.
 There were 2 of these and she had them propped against 2 trees that were side by side to make it look as if you were coming 'in' to the seating area.
 This one was also propped against a tree for decoration. The place was wooded and done up so lovely. Lights were in the trees and the 'wedding party' was gorgeous!
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I've been working on a large order of chalkboard signs.
Just some 1x4s cut into 12" pieces with rounded-over edges and a wire for hanging. Similar to this but with out the apple or ribbon.
I'll be finishing up all 25 of those today and shipping them off to a company for their individual office signs.
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These guys were left-over from Christmas. I will eventually finish them up and get them off of my table so I can have room to put more items on there that require finishing touches. SIGH.
 She was supposed to be a little Valentine Raggedy but she's still sitting nekkid in my green tub. If I can get this week behind me I might find time time to clothe her!
 Orders for these are starting to come in. Really pretty to put/keep up anytime and so fun to make!
I was gong through my inventory and discovered I had this. Didn't have any photos taken so I listed it back in my Etsy shop.
That's my motto for our home!
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Hoping your New Year has started off on a positive note. We're pretty cold here in Florida. I'm actually enjoying the cooler temps as it's keeping the dreaded 'hot flashes' at bay.
Easter is around the corner. Coming early at the end of March. I need to have a Giveaway so stay tuned in!
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Vicky

December 26, 2015

Before and After!

I got busy with the Holidays and I bet you did, too! Just can't do everything I used to but I still come close!
I wanted to share a few things I received BEFORE Christmas came from some of our awesome blogging friends!
The FAAP Team (Folk Arts And Primitives) had an Ornament Giveaway and I was one of the lucky recipients! I won Bernard from Danice of Homespun Hannah's Blog.
He is so cute! Thank you, Danice!
I also received my Swap package from Amy @ Bumblebee Lane Cottage.
 Everything was packaged so nicely and I was immediately greeted with a handful of peppermint kisses which, of course, I tasted!
 This Santa doll is so cute! I put him in one of my stockings for decorative purposes before the real Santa came.....yes, I did it with care!
 Some Moose Munch and Snowberry tarts! YUMMY for all of my senses!!
 I LOVE hand crocheted dish cloths. I always purchase some at the craft shows I attend. They last a long time!
 This photo does not do justice to this lovely pillow! I just love it!
 Wonderful goodies from Amy of Bumblebee Lane Cottage . Thank you, Amy! You made my Christmas extra special!
This was after Santa came and before he left our home. We still had 2 other families come in the next morning. We were all spoiled! That's what I get for having 6 kids!!!
Sure hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright!
I'm looking forward to a New Year and want to wish Everyone the BEST that 2016 can bring!
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Vicky