Monday, June 27, 2011

Garden Pictures

We have had sooo much rain lately-it's nice weather for pulling weeds. I didn't think I would have much of a garden this year because I had let the weeds take over so much last year- but I think all my hard work is starting to pay off. I lost a couple of plants to either weeds or the winter- but that happens some years. Here are some pictures of the garden I took yesterday. I wish I didn't have to work and I could just spend every single summer day out here- I love it so much.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Artsy Bloggers Sunday!!!

I'm sorry I have not been checking in a lot- so much is going on in my life right now.  We are adding a couple of new customers at work and work has been very hectic- and after work we spend a lot of time out in the gardens.  I did manage to get some more done on Pedro's outfit- but I need to finish sewing it before I can share.  In the meantime- I have some artsy blogger links to share.  Each week a group of my friends share with each other what we have been up to- and post to our blogs to share with our readers too.  If you have the time please check out what my friends have been doing this week :) 

Estate Sale Chairs
Cherie is still working on finishing up the awesome deal she got on estate sale chairs.

Mo(o)re Gourd Whimsies
Creative Paperclay Design Team

Laura-Taz's Corner
Art Journal Pages and Babysitting...

  Beading Arts
Free-form peyote stitch and wire work...what could be more fun than combining the two?!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
3D Paper Tole work is very popular on The Continent. Watch this video illustrating how you can take your decoupage into the next dimension. 

Creative Dreamer
June turned another year older, and is sharing "Seven Simple Ideas".

I'll be back tomorrow with some garden pictures, but I have to share this right now because they are so delicious and I'm so proud of our garden.  This is a picture of our first strawberry harvest.  Aren't they beautiful??  See ya tomorrow :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Orphans of Sainte Cécile

My talented friend has written a book titled :

"The Orphans of Sainte Cécile"

Miko and I have recieved our copy and we sat down this weekend to have a read.

  It's a sweet book filled with lots of pictures of the magical dolls Patricia creates.  Marie is the main character and we follow her story as she is placed in an orphanage when her Father goes off to war.  I cried at the end- the book is so very sweet.  Patricia has written the book in English and in French- so you can even learn a little French too- and the book comes with a  cd of Patricia reading the story to you in her lovely voice- also in English and French!!  I highly recommend this book- and Patricia's dolls.  I am lucky enough to own 3 of her dolls- Amelie (that lives in the Candy House) was my very first one! You can visit Patricia's website and find her book here :

and you can visit her blog and etsy store here:


Congratulations on your book Patricia- Miko and I love it !!!!!!  

Monday, June 20, 2011

Lots Going On!!

Wow- life is keeping me hopping right now!  We are very busy at work- lots of good changes coming up.  Between work, keeping the house tidy and the gardens I am not getting lots done in the crafts department.  I have been managing to sneak only small pockets of time here and there.  Remember Pedro- my naked doll?  His Niche is all painted and ready for him to occupy.
However- Pedro himself is still awaiting his new outfit.  I managed to make him some new pants and a new shirt- but there are lots more accessories to add- Pedro does not enjoy looking this plain!

Since I don't have much to show you that I have been working on.......let's look at some new goodies I bought for the Candy House!  Christine from sells the cutest little crocheted animals.  Here are 2 that I recently purchased from her etsy store- a little mouse and a cookie monster!   They are so tiny--I took one picture with my thumb in for scale.  Amelie is in love with them- they are perfect for her play room- thank you so much Christine!!!!  You can find Christine's etsy store here:

While I have been so busy I missed the very last Creativity Challenge from June at and I was pretty bummed to have missed it.  The theme this time was Artist's Choice and this would have been my entry.  I worked on this piece for at least 2 or 3 years and it's one of my favorite creations.  These panels are polymer clay tiles in a mosiac.  Each tile was hand cut and carved by me and then handpainted.  The little niches/houses  hold polymer clay prayer boxes and I can add more prayers to the piece until the niches are full.  I was so proud when I finished these- mostly for sticking with a project this size and not quitting :)  Thank you June for holding the Creativity Challenges- I  will really miss them!
Before I go do some work I'll leave you with some garden pictures.  Hope you have a good week- I'll be back tomorrow with a very special post :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Artsy Bloggers Sunday!!!

Wow- what a fantastic weekend I have had!  I traveled home to see my family and visit an old, dear friend.  I'm really tired out but so happy.  If my family is reading- thank you so much! Anyhow, it's time for me to share some links from some artsy bloggers! Each week we share with each other what we have been up to- and post to our blogs to share with our readers too.  If you have the time please check out what my friends have been doing this week :)

Laura-Taz's Corner
Mail Art, and Postcards, Plus a Big Thank You! 

Beading Arts
Copper tubing makes wonderful copper beads!

Mo(o)re Gourd Whimsies
Gourd and Paperclay Apple Tree 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Follow this tutorial to make a pretty and practical seed kit featuring seed planting strips.

Estate Sale Chairs - Part 2
Cherie attaches the seat covers and starts on the backs. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Another Unfinished Project

Sooooo.....what have I been up to lately?  While I was on blogging break I was cleaning like a mad woman. I have been cleaning my craft room off and on for well over a month now- I cannot believe how much stuff I have collected from friends and family's donations to my artful life.  I'm getting close to finding an end to the craft room cleaning- but usually when I clean that room I find unfinished projects that just beg to be worked on. This is one of them. Meet Pedro. I made him in high school in art class and I've kept him all these years. Pedro would really like some clothes and a place to hang out in where everyone can see him.

Last year I made a grandfather clock from a battery powered clock my Mom bought me at the thrift store.  You can see it here:  I had a piece left over from the back of that clock that I have been saving and I thought it would be a perfect niche for Pedro to be displayed in.  I have just started painting the niche in a colorful pattern and I drilled a couple of holes in the back so I can attach a wire or ribbon to hold Pedro in a standing position.  Next week I am going to attempt to make Pedro a new outfit- which will be a real big challenge for me- so stay tuned for more :) 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Time is Flying Away From Me!

I'm starting to miss my crafts a little bit. I'm still scrambling to clean things up outside from last fall and rescue my poor garden. On our back deck we have some chairs that have seen their better days. I decided new chairs were not in the budget so I decided to fix the ones we have. Here is the before:

A little sanding and a can of spray paint and they look much better.  Now they need new cushions- which is in the budget :)
This morning when I walked out to the car to go to work I spied this in the garden- there were no open flowers last night when I was out weeding!  What a beautiful way to start the day, huh?

I'm still steadily making progress on the weeding.  Here is a couple of shots of the garden- looking a little better each week.

Dale asked me if I mulch after I weed, but I really don't.  I know it would be smarter- but I put down bark in small paths through the beds and I don't want to put anything else down that takes away from the bark pathways- so I just weed.  It's good exercise, right?  That's what I tell myself anyhow.
I'll be back tomorrow to show you a project I've been working on at night when it's too dark to weed anymore.  Before I go I have to show you the beautiful plant my sister sent me for my birthday.  Isn't it sweet??!! I hope I can keep it alive- I'm great at outdoor gardening-but I always seem to kill indoor plants-so cross your fingers for me!!  Thank you sis if you happen to read this!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Artsy Blogger Sunday!!!!

It's time for me to share some links from some artsy bloggers! Each week we share with each other what we have been up to- and post to our blogs to share with our readers too.  If you have the time please check out what my friends have been doing this week :)

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
See how to make zero-calorie fortune cookies for your next party. Hint: they're made in the craft room - not the kitchen.

Recovering Estate Sale Chairs
Cherie gets a find at an estate sale and shows how to recover old chairs. 

Beading Arts
Wire tutorials and resources galore on Beading Arts this week!

Creative Dreamer
June is having problems with watercolors, come see what's going on. 

Campfire Pies
A fun summer campout treat idea.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Healthy Thinking

Well- I completely fell off the healthy thinking wagon while I was on break.  I had some issues at  home and work that were causing me stress and when I'm stressed I tend to turn to sugary treats.  I'm pretty much back to where I started from- but I am continuing to feel stronger- so that is a positive.  When we first started working outside in the gardens and trying to finish up outside chores we neglected last year I felt like I was not going to survive it.  The first week I was in so much pain- I think every muscle in my body hurt.  It's getting so much better every week- if I can get my strength completely back and do things effortlessly again I have vowed to never ever let myself get weak again.  It's funny, but every time I accomplish something new I feel so darn proud of myself.  The strawberry patch looked like a hay field, but I kept pulling weeds and moving plants to a new row and finally putting down straw for the path and my goodness I was sure proud the day I was finished and I could see the pretty rows of plants again.  We've started to eat healthier again- for some reason it's so much easier to eat better in the summer months.  Maybe because it's not the focus anymore- there's just so much to be done that who has time to think about eating all the time?  I don't know- but if I can keep up the exercise and good eating I'll hopefully be back on my way to losing again- and being STRONG!  Yesterday I finished cleaning the room the treadmill is in- I can actually walk up to it now- so I think I might start walking/jogging on the treadmill for a little bit each week too.  Strong muscles definetely feel better than weak ones :)  So how about you- are you on a healthy thinking mission?  How is yours going- do you have as many self imposed set backs as I seem to?  I'll be back in 2 weeks to tell you how I've been doing again :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

More Goodies and More Garden

I have some more great things I have received in the mail to share today. First, I have this beautiful room setting I won in a giveaway from Dale at Isn't it beautiful?? I have it tucked away right now because I think I have to think of a special project to use it in. There is a rug, a folding screen, 2 sweet little pillows and a footstool. I love them all-thank you again Dale ♥ Dale sells her minis on etsy too- check out her shop if you have time- all her work is amazing--

Next, I have to share this gorgeous bag that my sweet friend Laura from sent to me for my birthday.  The pictures cannot do it justice- it's incredible!  I love the colors so much and you can see how wonderful the embroidery is on the close up picture.  The tag that was on the bag says it was handmade by the Mayans out of the hand woven and embroidered traditional clothing known as huipils.  Each village has it's own unique style of embroidery.  I don't even know if I can use this everyday- it may have to be a special occasion bag because it is a treasure.  Thank you so much Laura- I really love it and you too.  I'm lucky to have met you-you are one of my very favorite people:) 

Now......on to some more garden pictures.  I am slowly making progress.  Here is one small little area that has a lot less weeds (well, except for all of the pulled weeds all over the path- I guess I could have swept that up before I took the picture): is another area right across from it that is still screaming for help :)

I did manage to get all of the weeds out of the small blueberry patch and I started tucking the raspberries up into the wire we've strung to keep them in check......
After almost 2 weeks the strawberries are finally weed free and straw is down on the paths.....
Look at all those beautiful white flowers that will turn into berries for my belly!!!
Here are a few things that are blooming.  When your garden is as full of weeds as mine is it sure is important to notice the blooming things :)  This is a little tree my husband bought me years ago.  The bees LOVE those yellow flowers and when you are weeding near it there is a constant buzzing music from them.
This is one of the two apple trees.  We hardly had any apples last year, but it looks like we'll make up for it this year.
Here is a close up of the little forget me nots- they are one of my very favorite flowers.
Here is a shot of the lilacs.  Last year we hardly had any flowers and this year they are loaded.  It smell heavenly in my yard right now.
This last picture I just think is cool.  I was taking a picture of the lilacs in the wind and this is how it turned out.  Almost looks like I tried to do that in a photo editing program, doesn't it?  I'll be back tomorrow to try to get back on track with Healthy Thinking.  I really have not been working on it at all, so I guess it's time for me to get back on track again and blogging sure does help me stay on track with that.  See you tomorrow!