Friday, May 28, 2010

A Thank You Gift for the Garden....

Can't life at times get so crazy? 
Lately I've been working quite a bit.  I'm blessed to have the work, but  that means I can't always do the fun things I love to do.  One of those is blogging and I haven't had the time to be on the computer.  I miss not sharing with you, so tonight I'm taking a break from work and showing you something I created for a friend.  Our bible study group had  our second annual  weekend getaway at  my friend Denise's cottage. I wanted to take a thank you to Denise for her hospitality.  I knew she loved royal blue, so here's what I created just for her. 

A piece of garden art that she can enjoy in her garden.
I love the way the blue just glistens in the sun light.

I enjoy creating these. 
 Selecting the different pieces of glassware is a lot of fun for me. 
Can you tell what the different pieces are?

Each of the individual pieces of glass
 were found at the local thrift stores.

We had a wonderful weekend together.  We spent a day thrift store shopping which was quite a bit of fun.  I had them all on a hunt for glass pieces for more creations. Here was one of our many stops.
We even did a craft project that I will be sharing with you.

With the hustle and bustle of life, it's alwasy nice to get away and share it with a great group of friends. Hoping you have a wonderful holiday weekend spending time with family and friends.  
I'll be linking up to the following creative sites....
Saturday Nite Special

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Precious Photos

I had to share with you these sweet photos a client asked me to use in one of my latest projects.  When visiting my house, she had seen a cloche I had made with an old photo from when I was a child.  She wanted to give her mom a Mother's Day gift with a photo of her children,  and she also wanted one for herself.  She  asked if I could create something special. 
 Here's the cloche I made for her....

These photos absolutely precious. . 
This photo is of the two sisters with their children and grandmother.


I mounted the photo on some chip board which I covered with decorative paper.  I added some buttons,
a flower and my favorite beaded garland.

I then printed out a saying
 which I thought was perfect for the photo!

Here's the cloche that she had made for her mom.....

Doesn't the white plate go perfectly with the colors of the photo?

I embellished it just like the other cloche.

I have used this saying for many of my projects.....

I actually made the cloche.  It was a vase. 
I turned it upside down and glued on a candle stick for the stem. 
 I added a decorative ribbon, button and heart pendant.
It was an easy project that made a wonderful gift.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a chance to get out and enjoy the spring weather. 
 I'll be linking up to the following creative sites....

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mother's Day Gifts....

I've wanted to share with you what I made for gifts for Mother's Day. I snapped a few photos of what I made before I wrapped up the gifts. I love bloggging and sharing with you but I've been pretty busy with my business so finding time to get to the computer has been difficult.  I wish I could be like many of you who post daily, I just can't seem to find the time.    We celebrated Mother's Day on Saturday.  I made dinner for my mom and her husband, my in-laws, Aunt and my family.  It's funny....Why on Mother's Day are all the moms doing the cooking!   Here's one of the gifts that I made.  Just a sweet little frame with a saying that I happen to love.

Many of you have seen my tiered platters that I make.  I posted some of them HERE.  I decided to start making some outside garden art to sell.  Whenever I get one of these ideas  to sell an item I like to try it out as gifts, to see how people like them.  It's funny, that's exactly how I started my wedding cake business years ago.  I made a few wedding cakes as gifts for my college roommates who were getting married and on a tight budget.  It was a great advertisement,  and a year later I had my own business.   I did that for quite a few years, and then decided to try out something new.  I started a custom drapery business.  I made my own draperies and then some drapes for family, and before I knew it, it became a full time business!
So here are my latest items that I am selling.  These were gifts for my Mother's Day guests.

I really enjoyed making these. 
 They are placed on a pole and go outside in the garden.

I like the green and gold combination.  The cut glass really  
 sparkles in the sun light.

I wrapped them in some clear cellophane
and topped them off with a pretty pink bow.

I guess I'm frugal cheap.  I can't bear to pay top dollar for a store bought card.  I fumbled through all my paper stash and here's what I came up with for a handmade card.  I printed off the saying on a piece of vellum. The flower was from a floral stem I ripped apart.  What to see how to  save some money by doing this.
 Take a look HERE.

Here's a tip....I always decorate the envelope to match the card.   I just rip a piece of scrapbook paper and glue it to the bottom of the envelope.   I even do this if I am sending a card snail mail.  It's fun to open the mailbox and see a splash of color and your card will surely get noticed. 

You still have time to get in on the giveaway over at Funky Junk Interiors.  If you missed my post check it out HERE and see what items you can choose from.  This sweet Vintage Baby shoe is one of the items up for grabs.

Thanks for stopping by. I always enjoy you visiting and leaving a comment.  I'll share with you on Saturday what I got for Mother's Day.  It was my favorite color PINK.
and it had lots of bling and glam!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Let's Party!

I love a party and a party with prizes is even better!
Donna from Funky Junk Interiors has asked me to be part of her 2000 Follower Party Extravaganza.

If you haven't seen her blog, It's a must!  It's one of my personal favorites. Have you ever seen photos on a blog and thought,
"OH, I wish I was that CREATIVE!"
 I have a very traditional way of decorating, she has the eye for pulling all different types of items together and making something wonderful from those items.
See what I mean?

I love making lampshades, and sometimes the creative process can take me forever.  Take a look at this piece of Eye Candy...
Who would have THUNK IT
 Yep..  Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.

Donnas' having a week long giveaway party and I was lucky enough to be asked to be part of the giveaway. 
 So I'm offering you not one..not two...but THREE choices. 
Let's see some of the prizes you can choose from....

Is it a pincushion or a nest?
Option #1

Sweet Baby Shoe Pincushion...
Option #2

A Journal for Memories with Gift Bag...
Option #3

  I have other pincushions, aprons and journals that are offered in my Etsy Shop.
 Want an extra chance to win one of these items? 
Sign up to follow my blog, I'd love to have you visit me.

Head on over to the Funky Junk Celebration and let Donna know which item you would like to win. 
 If you sign up to follow my blog also let her know...
You'll get an extra chance to win.
 Some wonderfully creative ladies are also taking part in the festivities and there are lots of other daily prizes you can win.

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Feathered Lampshade

Did I mention how much I LOVE PINK!  Yep, I did. 
Well here's another lamp for the Tea Party Castle.  Once again my partner Sharon worked her painting magic
 and I decorated the lampshade. 

I can't do a thing with a paint brush.  No talent in that department. 
 My crafty tool of choice is a glue gun and some girly trim.

If it's PINK trim it's even better...
I just purchased a piece of maraboa feathers in the craft section at JoAnn fabrics and there you have it.  A frilly lampshade!

I added the trim to the top of the shade and along each side...

Do you have a "Plain Jane" Lampshade?  Get your glue gun out and some trim and you'll be amazed at what you can create. 
 If you love pink here's some eye candy from Bellas Rose Cottage.
What a great way to display some wonderful teacups!

Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. 
 Relax and enjoy the day by checking out these creative sites I'll be linking up to...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Graduation Memory Board to Treasure...

My latest episode of "Fancy That" is now airing on the local Cable TV.  The show is all about making a graduation memory board.  If you have a graduate this year or if you are going to be attending a graduation grab a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy the show....

Fancy That: GRADUATION BOARD from Shelby Tv on Vimeo.

This graduation board makes a wonderful gift for the graduate....

I just photo copied the 8x10 graduation picture and
 edited it by adding the school name. 

I used my circuit machine with the storybook cartridge to cut out the embellishments.

I also added a 5x7 graduation print.

I double matted all the pictures.

All the words were printed off on cardstock using my printer .
  I just used different fonts and sizes.  It's a lot less expensive than using stickers.

I found the perfect ribbon a Michaels Crafts for the board.

I have had this poem for quite some time. 
 I just love what it says...

The tassel adds a special touch.

I used acrylic stamps to put the saying on the board.

Here's the gradution board that I made my son last year.
  These were his school colors.

We also filmed a short segment that will be airing separately. 
It was a graduation centerpiece that is fun,
 festive and easy to make. 
 When it is on the air I will post the link.

I used different graduation pictures and lots of candy!

Well  I hope I got you thinking about creating a memory board.  If you have an up coming graduation party that you are planning or will be attending, consider creating a wonderful "Gift From Your Heart".  It is sure to become a treasured memory!  I'll be linking up to the following creative sites....

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