Wednesday, April 24, 2013

plugging along while waiting for the garden

I have been plugging along...jumping from project to project while waiting for warm weather.  The biggest project we've been working on is our staircase.  I didn't take any pictures-but our house is very old and the steps had actual rounded out grooves from years of people walking up and down them.  My husband and I fixed the bottom half of the staircase a couple years ago and I finally convinced him to take some time to finish the top half.  What a difference.  I have been slipping and falling down the stairs when I had my arms full of things for so long- and now I have level steps that I don't fall down!!  Hooray!! 
I have also been slowly working on Houseworks kits for the kitchen of the 1960's themed dollhouse.  I have just been purchasing the basic pieces for right now until we build the house.  This was my very first time working with enamel paint and it was a big learning experience for me.  I think I really like how they are turning out- I haven't decided if I will need to tone down the gold color yet or not.  I will eventually have orange countertops.

I finished the mermaid rug for the bathroom in the Candy House.  It's hard to take pictures of this room because it's so small. 

I found a small christmas ornament in my mini stash while I was cleaning so it got a new coat of paint and I glued a string and bead to it for a pull toy in the playroom of the Candy House.

I've been looking for a crocheted afghan for the Candy House for awhile and finally found one that matched the room perfectly.  It is incredibly fine and beautiful in person.  This is the link to the etsy shop I purchased it from- a very sweet and talented lady.

Then.....I was sidetracked.  My Mom sent me a package of items she thought I might like that she was getting rid of.  In the package was an old photo album.  It was not in the best of shape-the spine was crumbling and it had cracks in the cover.  I fixed the cover, ripped out the spine and rebound the old pages in between watercolor pages to make myself a new journal.  I am in love with it- it has re-sparked my interest in journaling...something I have been struggling with for awhile.  I am going to do the entire journal in the brown, cream, yellow, silver, gold and teal color scheme you can see I have started with.  It is such a joy to be working in a journal again and having fun with it instead of struggling.  The pages with the people in the middle are the original pages from the album where you would put a picture.

Before I go I thought I would show you a card I made for a wonderful couple that is celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  I really hope they like it!  Hope the sun is shining where you live today!!!

Oh....and this is what my desk looks like in the craft room now- a major clean up is on tonight's agenda :)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Still working on my patience

Remember last week when I showed you my garden?  Here are three pictures from this morning-April 19!  At least Miko thinks it is great fun :)  Hope you all are having warm sunny days today!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April Garden

I thought I might post some pictures of my garden as it looks right now.  There are a few little early green leaves trying to survive down underneath all that brown- mostly pansies and sedum.  Sedum is a tough little plant :)

Monday, April 8, 2013

behind again!

ugh- it's been awhile since I've posted.  We are having a cold spring and it throws me into a bit of a blue mood.  Everything I do seems to be in slow motion and I have not progressed very far on any of my projects.  I've been spending a lot of time under a blanket reading books :)  Anyways- I may as well show you the small bits of progress I have been making.  First off- I finally finished the owl I have been working on and now he watches over me in the craft room.
I printed off some pictures from the internet to make some art to hang on the walls of the candy house bathroom.  I have a picture of Marie Antionette (because Amelie is french and misses her home) and four pictures of sweet treats.  I made the frames from skinny sticks and an old necklace that I painted.

I've started work on a rug for the bathroom in punchneedle.  I really love punch needle-it's so relaxing and small enough to bring with to work on at lunchtime or while waiting for appointments.  I drew out a mermaid holding a lollipop :)  I'm almost finished here, but a little bit of work left before I can take it off the hoop.
I still work on the doll I have been turning into Marie Antionette and my husband helped me make a room box for her to sit in.  I have a lot of work to do on this scene still, but I love how it is going so far.
Now I have to go try to catch up on reading some of your blogs- I am so far behind now!  Have a lovely week!!