Frames, Frames, Frames

Hey y’all,

First I need to tell you that I won’t be on her for about a month.  Please keep checking back.  Let me tell you about the adventure I am about to embark on.  First my husband, son, and I are going to KC to see his side of the family.  We are having a mini family reunion for a handful of days.  Then, we are going back to the part of KS where I lived and where we shared the biggest part of our married life.  We are going to visit friends and more family.  Then, my hubby is driving home, my son is going to go hang with his grandparents for a bit, and I am flying to Washington to see my wonderful friend and her wonderful family.  Then, I am flying back to KS for about a week.  Then, my buddy that I first met in high school and I are flying back to my home.  She is going to stay for a week or so.What a fun time.  After that my son has prom and he will be graduating from high school.  Just in case you were wondering….he has already fulfilled all of the needed credits to graduate.  He is going down to help his grandparents get their house ready to move (and to enjoy their company).

On to my frames!

A little back history.  When my sister died I bought a lot of frames.  Most of them were aqua because she loved the ocean and beach.  I filled them with a lot of memories.  After her funeral I kept some of the pictures out but I put a lot of them away.  I have several empty frames.  After painting the scrapbook room I have been trying to organize, get ride of things that I don’t ever use, and get rid of clutter.  I was trying to figure out what to do with the frames.

I really do love them and they match my newly painted upstairs.  The obvious answer is to put pictures in them.  I did do that to one.  I put a picture of when Brad and I took two of the grandkids to the aquarium.  I have a cork board where I put quotes that I found that inspired me.  I am going to use the cork board for something else so two of the quotes I framed.  Here is the result.

All three of the frames clustered together. I didn’t keep them that way.

One of the quotes I really like.

The quote says, “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.  It was a little too small for the opening.  I had a piece of aqua burlap that I trimmed down.  I then attached the paper to it.  Awesome!

Another quote that I love!

This really looks awesome in person.  The paper is glittery.  It says, “Anyone can find the dirt in someone.  Be the one that finds the gold.  Proverbs 11:27”.

I still have more frames but the quotes didn’t work for the frames.  I need to find more pics or quotes.  Or come up with another creative idea.

God bless!

Gluing a Puzzle

Hi friends,

Gluing a puzzle together sounds easy enough – I have done it once before – but I decided that I wanted to make it easier this time (and better).

When putting my puzzle together (I started it on Thanksgiving with a few family members.  Then my granddaughter, daughter-in-law, and husband also added some pieces.) I started it on a thin board.

*side note* My husband did something so easy that my grandkids have enjoyed so much over the last few years.  This thin board is one that my husband drew a quick race track on for them to use hot wheels to race on.  It took him less than 5 minutes.  He used a black Sharpie.  It slides behind our piano when not in use.

I did the puzzle on this board so I could move it to another table if needed.  It probably took me three weeks to complete it.  It was 550 pieces and I did most of it on my own just doing a few pieces at a time.  We are going to have an “ocean” themed room so my husband and I decided to frame the puzzle.  The first step is to glue it.

So….after the puzzle was complete I laid out three pieces of wax paper (larger than the size of the puzzle) right beside the board.  I (with my hubby’s help) slid the puzzle from the board onto the waxed paper.  Then we slid the wax paper with the puzzle on top back onto the board.  I used Mod Podge to glue the puzzle.  A tip was to use Mod Podge with a matte finish so that there wouldn’t be any shine.  Before starting the application I pushed down on the puzzle and also pushed in from the sides (running my hands over the top from the sides towards the middle) to make the puzzle as flat and tight as possible.  Using a medium sized paint brushed I applied Mod Podge all over the top and sides of the puzzle making sure that every piece was thoroughly covered.  Then, drying time.

The purpose of the wax paper is to create a surface that won’t be harmed and for easy removal of the puzzle afterwards.

My puzzle turned out great.  I am planning on framing it myself.  I haven’t got to it yet but my puzzle is securely in one piece waiting for me.

Baby sea turtles. So cute!

Have a blessed day!

Summer Wreaths

Hi friends,

Last summer I made a summer wreath for my door.  When one of my friends visited she really loved it and I told her that I would make her one and bring it when we visited.  I made her one and then another friend that we visited over the weekend.  They are almost the same.

Wreath for NC friend.

Wreath for NC friend.

Wreath for FL friend.

Wreath for FL friend.

I added different flowers and different color sunglasses and sand toys.  On the NC wreath I added a few butterflies.  The directions on how to make the wreaths are on another post.  If you are interested, just go to the category Other Crafts and scroll down.  It will be easy to find.

I am getting ready to bring out our wreath that I made last year.  I am going to have to re-glue some of the items but it shouldn’t take too much effort.

Hope all is going well for you!

God bless!

 

Easter Umbrella?

Hi friends,

I haven’t been on here in awhile but I am back!  Today I want to show you what I did for the grandkids that are living with us.  Instead of the usual Easter baskets we had a little fun.  I saw the idea on Facebook.

Abby's Easter umbrella.

Abby’s Easter umbrella.

Matthew's Easter umbrella.

Matthew’s Easter umbrella.

The umbrellas were on clearance at a very good price so it was economical, too.  The kids loved them.

Hope your Easter was awesome!

God bless!

Front Door Decoration

Hello,

Before I get busy with the last week of the year on PL I wanted to show you what I did last weekend.  I saw something similar in a magazine and wanted to attempt it.

Cutest door decoration.

Cutest door decoration.

I had been looking for an umbrella to use.  I was even willing to buy a new one.  I found this one at a thrift store.  I did have to change things up a bit.  First, the inside spines were not metal like on a traditional umbrella, they were wood.  In  the magazine they had bent some of the metal spines out to put the flowers in.  We couldn’t do that with the wood.  Secondly, the handle of the one in the magazine was curved and hooked around the hanger to hold it on the door.  This one had a straight handle.  Brad drilled a hole into it and we tied a ribbon on the umbrella so it could hang from the ribbon.

We got the hot glue gun heated and then decided how we wanted the flowers.  We trimmed them down so the length wasn’t quite so long, put some glue on the stems and a few lower leaves and arranged them in the umbrella.  Once we had all of the flowers in the umbrella we tied and hot glued a ribbon around the umbrella so that it wouldn’t open any further than we wanted it to.  That way the flowers would stay snug inside of the umbrella.  The last touch was adding a few flowers to the ribbon.  It really didn’t take long and the results are fabulous!

God bless!

Flowers for Abs

Hi y’all,

Today I am taking a break (just one day) from PL to show you a flower arrangement that I made for my oldest granddaughter.  I had originally ordered the bicycle flowerpot for me (my bedroom has a lot of bicycles with flowers decorating it).  When it came in the mail it was all plastic and pretty childish looking.  I almost tossed it but decided to make Abby a cute flower arrangement.  I bought the flowers and cut them down to size.  Abby helped decide where they should go.  I hot glued them into a Styrofoam ball.  I figured they might get tugged a bit since they will go in her bedroom.

Finished flower arrangement. Turned out really cute!

Finished flower arrangement. Turned out really cute!

It really is cute.  I am glad I decided to make the best of the cheaply made flowerpot.

God bless!

A Fall Wreath

Hello friends,

I bought the goodies to make a new fall wreath at least a month ago.  Finally I threw it together.  Me and my hot glue gun.

The first thing that I did was wrap wide decorative burlap around a straw wreath.  I had two rolls of the burlap.  I wrapped tight and only hot glued at the very end of the wrapping (why chance burning my fingers when everything was staying in place just fine?).

Tightly wrapping the burlap around the wreath.

Tightly wrapping the burlap around the wreath.

Burlap is hot glued onto the wreath.

Burlap is hot glued onto the wreath.

Then I added a roll of thin ribbon around the burlap.  I hot glued it on the back of the wreath every time it looped around.

Thin ribbon to add some fall colors.

Thin ribbon to add some fall colors.

I attempted to make a bow.  It was the first time and it didn’t turn out so great.  I added another tied bow on top of the bow that I made (along with an orange pumpkin) to try and make the bow look professional.  I think it will take some practice to get better.

I had bought some sunflowers and leaves from Michaels.  I separated them from part of their stems and put them together to make a small bouquet.  I tied it together with a burlap string and then hot glued them (lots of hot glue used) to the wreath.  I hot glued the bow on top of the bouquet.  Finally, I attached a few of the leftover leaves to the wreath.

A close up of the bouquet and bow.

A close up of the bouquet and bow.

The finished wreath.  Love it!

The finished wreath. Love it!

I love how it turned out.  It really wasn’t very difficult and it started me learning how to make bows.  Win – win.  A splash of festivity to our house!

God bless all of you!

 

 

Mail Call

Hi friends,

I got a handmade card in the mail today.  From my fellow scrapper (and card maker), Terri.  She has been stamping a lot more lately.  🙂

Fun surprise in the mail.

Fun surprise in the mail.

Terri used a variety of leaf stamps and used a variety of ink colors.  She had some of the stamps be more dark with the ink and some with a lighter covering of ink.  She added some glitter (probably my favorite thing) to hi-light the leaves.  Finally she made a tag and used alpha stickers to spell out autumn.  She tied floss on both ends of the tag and adhered it to the front of the card.

What I like best about homemade cards is that someone cares enough to spend their time making the card and then giving it away.  Secondly, I often use them in my scrapbooks.

Hope your day is uber wonderful!

God bless!

Summer Flip Flop Wreath

Hi friends,

A super easy (and inexpensive) project.  I made a wreath out of a pool noodle, flip flops, flowers, sunglasses, and sandbox shovels.  We already had the pool noodle and sandbox shovels (although I promised my grandson I would replace the sandbox shovels).  The flip flops, flowers, and sunglasses were from Dollar Tree.  I saw a similar one selling on Pinterest for $80.  Not this girl.  😉

The hardest part was making the pool noodle want to stay in a circular shape.  My hubby rolled it up and held it in place a few times.  He then took a dowel that fit into the ends of the rounded pool noodle and hot glued it into the ends.  The dowel was only 6-8″ long.  We also put hot glue onto the ends of the pool noodle to help hold it together.  Finally, we used duct tape.

The pool noodle is put together and we are gluing on the flip flops.

The pool noodle is put together and we are gluing on the flip flops.

We figured out the pattern that we wanted the flip flops in (I did get children small flip flops) and then started hot gluing them on alternating which way they pointed into the center.  To add stability to the flip flops we put 1/2 toothpick into each side of the flip flop  They virtually disappear when they are pushed down into the sole.  We used another toothpick to push down on the ones going into the shoes.

Finished summer wreath.

Finished summer wreath.

The last flip flop overlapped the other slightly.  It was fine because it was at the top of the wreath.  We added a pair of sunglasses to the top of the wreath.  The ear pieces folded into the straps of the flip flops and we added hot glue.  We pulled the flowers off the stems and hot glued one in between each flip flop.  Some of them are kind of squashed but it covers up the noodle and adds a splash of red.  Finally we hot glued the shovels onto the bottom of the wreath.  There are a few places that the pool noodle peeks through but I think it is fine because it is just another summer toy.

Hanging on our front door.

Hanging on our front door.

I love this wreath.  I always feel so accomplished when I finish something like this and I REALLY like it.

God bless!

More Terri Cards

Hi friends,

Here are a few more of the cards that Terri made.

What fun cards these are.  Love the tag!

What fun cards these are. Love the tag!

Terri used the same scrapbook calendar for the decorative paper as she used on the previous post.  She matched envelopes that she already had to the decorative paper and cardstock.  I love the homemade tag on the top card.  She did a great job!

God bless!