Sunday, March 24, 2013

Homemade notepads....

 Hi all! I thought I had figured out how you all have something to share every single day. (you stay one step ahead????) Well if you do then I had it figured out now my problem is....I have to sit down and actually blog. I'm ahead but if I don't share then what good is it to be ahead? Ok so anyway, here's a couple of little notepads that I've been making. The ones in the picture above work as little easels and can be very easy replenished.
 Then there are these bingo notepads. There is something about these that just make me smile!
B-15 anyone??? Wouldn't these be great for family game night?
Well that is my share for the weekend with you all. Hope that it's a beautiful one for each and every one of you. Happy Sunday!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Brag books....

 Hi everyone! I know! Can you believe it? I'm back 2 days in a row with something to share with you all. Hopefully this is a good sign of things to come right? Ok so today I wanted to show you the little "brag books" or Brag mini albums that I made. I've shown you all this a couple of years ago but it was actually put within a mini album that I had sent to Suzie over at Our Happy Shack. But I wanted to show you that you don't have to just put them in a mini you can you use them all by themselves.
 They hold 16 pictures inside so that's a lot of real estate for such a small little thing but the best thing of all is that they are super simple to make. I has seen years ago a gal on youtube make these and so help me right now I can not for the life of me remember who it was but the concept has stuck with me all this time. If I can remember who it was or find the video I will add it later at the bottom of this post for you or if you would like for me to do a tutorial on it I'll be glad to. All of the belly bands are held together with a little bit of velcro but you can use whatever you like. On this particular day it was all about the flowers and butterflies for me. Oh wait....who am I kidding? Everyday in crafting is all about flowers and butterflies for me.
 But I did have one exception. It was this little brag book that I plan on keeping for myself. I went ahead and added the pictures to it so that you could see just how many pictures you can fit inside and how well they come together.
 As you open it up. Each flap or square has room for a picture.
 It makes it fun for people to be able to keep opening and revealing more cherished photos.
 Keep flipping....
Here is mine all opened up. Sorry about some of the flash spots on some of the pictures. I tried my best for that not to happen but nothing seemed to work. Nonetheless you can still get the jest of how it works and all.
Hope you all have a great day. Let me know by leaving a comment below if you'd like a tutorial. I'll be looking to see if I can find the video as well from where I saw this originally for you as well.

***UPDATE: I found the orginal video. I'm so sorry Bona I can't believe I couldn't remember that it was you that did this video. You can find it here. Please note that I did a few things different. For example my belly bands don't come all the way off they are glued on the back and also I didn't to the distressing on these, rather I just cut out about an 1/8" so it would fold easier and lay flatter.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Not a boring ole fireplace anymore...

Ok so here is what I had been trying my best to post for you all ever since I took down my Christmas decorations back around the first week or so of January and for some reason blogspot was having issues. (Nope this time is was not me!)
I loved using the candles in the fireplace so much during the holidays that I just couldn't bare not having anything pretty in it after all the Christmas decor was taken down and packed away. And since we don't burn firewood because of our allergies then it just sits there as a boring old black box. Well not anymore! Yippee! Just add a few sea shells a little fish net and waa laa there you have it. Hey it may not seem like a big deal to you all but if you had to look at something boring and ho hum all the time then you would see where I'm coming from here. Its a huge improvement I say.
Have a great day everyone...there's more to come but I'm not sure if I should overload you all right now with a ton of posts or try to spread them out a little.

Revamping an old picture frame beachy style!

 Hey everyone! Now that I can FINALLY post pictures again on blogspot I thought I'd share some things with you that I've been making. For those of you that have been reading my blog for a couple of years, you'll remember that I had posted pictures of how I had turned old fishing lures into artwork and had it hanging on my covered deck. Well after all these years and with blowing rains and all the mat board that I used started warping and I needed to do something else. Well, ever since Christmas I had been trying to think of something different to hang over my mantle in the living room and then remembered that the frame I had used for the "fishing lure art" was still in fine shape. Matter of fact it perfect since it reminds me of driftwood. So here is how it all started...
 Ever wonder how some peoples thought process works. Well mine usually starts out bouncing ideas off my best friend and sis Suzie from over at Happy Shack after I've already gotten something like the above picture going. See I just started grabbing things that I randomly had on hand here at home and then when I get stuck.....YEP you guessed it. Suzie usually fills in the blanks. And this time she LITERALLY DID! I knew I wanted to use some of these pearls because my mom's best friend had sent us her mothers stash of pearls and beads and such and so when I use them I make sure that I put on a project that I'll always remember her by. (Thank you Nancy again for them!)
Ok I'm not a hoarder but....some things from my childhood I have held on to for dear life and those pukka shell beads.....well those are uhhh just a little on the "older" side since I got those the first time that I ever saw the ocean as a small child and yes I've held on to them ever since. Well they weren't doing my any good just sitting around so I knew that I'd use those. But what in the world else will I find? So since Suzie is so good at mosaic and knows all about that she suggested using some sea glass and lots more shells and we both decided that the mat board was going to have to be that beautiful robin's egg blue that I love so much and that color is already in my living room so it was a no brainer. (Thank you Suzie for the sea glass and more shells! As well as letting me pick your brain all the time.)
So anyway, there is how I try to work a project out that is in my head and what I do when I get stuck on a project. What do you do when you get stuck? I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a great day all and I have more to show you hopefully today. I'm so behind in my sharing.
Bye for now