May 21, 2015

All kinds of Celebrations!

Our OFG Celebration continues! If you have a few minutes, you might want to stop by these shops and see some of their creations!
There are sooooo many more so if you want to see them all, stop by ETSY and type in the search bar TOSCOFG to see more or click on the picture in my upper right hand corner!
I won another Giveaway from the talented Brenda at the Rusty Thimble. Wasn't expecting these so it was a BIG surprise for me!
Love these little tucks!
You can find Brenda HERE!
I've been busy finishing up orders for Teacher gifts: Teacher Appreciation and End of the Year.
School is out in another week so I'll be shutting down my custom order work and just leaving my READY TO SHIP available in my Etsy shop.
Visit HERE to see what I have and if you want something custom made, get your order in NOW! Here's just a few things I've recently listed!
I'm getting ready to go and watch my 4th graders in their school parade. They are celebrating 'World Fair' and always do an awesome job throughout the school! It's an all day affair about the different countries and cultures that make up our World. It ends this evening with visits to the class rooms to see all that the kids have made. I love our little rural school!
Wishing you a wonderful day as you get it started! Hot here.....looks to be a LONG summer for us!
Have a good one!

May 4, 2015

Painting Some Americana!

I love painting anything in our Patriotic colors! I've had so much fun this last week finishing up my items for Summer and the month of July. I have a couple of small paintings that I'm working on and they'll be the last of my craft items. I always close down for part of the summer when the kids get out of school but this year I'm going to stay open. I'll just cut off the 'custom' orders so I'm not having to cut wood in 95 degree weather!
I got started on these Uncle Sam's and realized I didn't have any flowers for them. SO, off to Michael's I went.
Silk flowers can be expensive! These weren't too bad as I got them 40% off. My eyes are ALWAYS open and looking for sales!
The next few photos are all made in similar fashion.

I used a tin pail, a terra cotta planter that I painted, and this old tin cup found at a yard sale.
This next one I made using a piece of 2x4 and dowel. I like to make some of my Make-Dos this way.
I thought, with the purchase of a 'Summer/Patriotic' item, I'll include one of these 'God Bless America' Blocks.
These are also made form 2x4 studs. I've painted them with acrylic craft paints, sanded around the edges, decoupaged with good scrapbook paper or stenciled, and then applied the vinyl lettering. I always coat a layer of Mod Podge over the lettering to prevent any lifting. Hope it's a good enough incentive as Summer sales are always slow.
I've also made these easy plaque/signs.

I love it when a craft comes with an 'Easy' button!
The signs are already in my Etsy but the Uncle Sams will be listed in a few more weeks along with these girls.
The little girl on the far right is already gone to a good home and a good friend but the other 3 will be available soon.
School is almost out. I'm looking forward to summer slowing down and lazy afternoons. The kids are getting old enough to help themselves and that makes my life easier as I continue to care for our handicapped daughter.
Hoping those of you to the North of us are finally warming up. Mother Nature has finally decided to give us a bit of a Spring so we're enjoying the cooler mornings and breezy days.
I've got one more Giveaway before Summer kicks in so stay tuned!