Thursday, June 20, 2013

Texas is hot........... so I get a lot of crafting done....

It's hot.......... really, really hot.........  which means that the boys and I spend a lot of time at the pool, and in the air conditioned house...  Don't get me wrong, I do love the laid back style of summer.  Spending each day relaxing and crossing off tasks on my lists...  Such a contrast to the busy school year, and we don't want to have tooooo much fun while the hubby is working without him... lol...


So I saw a really awesome antique hotel key holder at my local antique store recently.  I absolutely love it, and my mind immediately went to all of the cool things I could do with it... like store my necklaces and hangy type jewelry on it.  But with a price tag of $150+, I did not bring this one home.  I knew that I could make something similar with a stash of Tim Holtz metal numbered tags that I had in my scrap studio.  So.... this beauty was born:




My hubby worked hard on it for me in the 100 degree plus garage, and I painted and embellished it... I love how it turned out, and it leads me to tons of other projects that my hubby could make me... mwahaahaahaa.... and the list begins :-)







So, ya.... the whole natural leaves wreath thing was beautiful for about 2 weeks, then it gave up and played dead....  Who knows, maybe it will make a reappearance for a Halloween decoration... now that is recycling....  Anyway, I transferred my embellishments to my lemon wreath, and I think it looks great... a lovely Summer wreath anyway........









I also put together this 30 inch grapevine wreath with a cotton strand and some burlap ribbon... oh snap!  So rustic and Texas-ey....  I love it......









I covered an old Goodwill find {$5} two tiered coffee table thingy with some old pillows, a coffee sack, and some carpet tacks... I love how it turned out, so much better than the original.  It would be hard to paint because it has laminated wood and plastic edges so 'ain't nobody got time to rebuild that thing'... I think it is well improved now as a bench...








I am trying to decorate for the 4th of July, slowly but surely....  I love the Americana style, would probably leave it up all year if I could.....














I hope everyone is finding some time to relax, and time to craft this summer... remember not to drive yourself crazy with one event after another... unless {of course} you like that sort of thing ;-)  As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord and the couch this summer......

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Prepping the nest for Summer...

I am getting started taking down all the Spring stuff around the house now that the kids are out of school... I guess that would be officially Summer???  Anyway, I wanted to leave my Spring goodies up until the last minute because I really love them all so much... but I know I can make the nest look just as good for Summer as well...

So we did some pruning of the Spring growths in the yard, and I was able to collect some wonderful sprigs of great leaves...  I had an old frame that I {tried my best} to paint black, but the Texas humidity got the best of it...  Needless to say, that's not the kind of "distressing" I was going for...  but I saved it knowing I could do something with it...  I fashioned the sprigs with wire around the frame, created a quick banner out of brown paper, striped ribbon, American Crafts Thickers {letters}, and painted up some old SU chipboard hearts for a pop of red.  I think it turned out lovely, and I can always add more sprigs as they shrink and wither, or just leave them brown and dried for a Fall twist...  dunno yet....











Here is a quote that really means a lot in my life right now:  "If we had no Winter, the Spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." Anne Bradstreet....


I had tons of things break down on me, go wrong, people wrong me in grandiose ways, and a famine of sorts financially going on in the last weeks...  But I'm keeping my head up, things are turning around and getting fixed...  bills are getting paid eventually...  and I realize that things aren't as bad in my life as other's may have it, and I should just buck up and deal....  so that's exactly what I am going to do :-)  


Happy Crafting everyone!!!