Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Polka Dotted wineglasses...

The other day I was sad, thinking about my folks.  Dean reached into the cabinet and brought out the polka dotted wine glass Jill sent me and I couldn't help but smile.  He knows me so well and knows that would make me happy...the wine helped too, of course.   

I got to thinking how lots of people like polka dots and thought how fun "game glasses" would be to have in the cabinet... in team colors of course. So I decided to try my hand at making a few glasses I could give as gifts.  

I got my supplies and got to work.  I didn't want words or anything, just simple dots.  Dots are awesome.
First I made these using pouncer sponges by Martha Stewart. 



Then I decided to do a gradual dot pattern and made these...

lots of dots on the base...

and then I made these with different sized dots....

The dots took longer since I had to let it dry between colors but I love how it turned out.   Now I can just pair a couple glasses with a little vino and have a fun gift for my sports fan vino drinkers....or margarita drinkers.  I used BIG glasses y'all!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy, happy...

This leopard frog was in our yard the other day.  There were two of them!  The other one leaped into the bushes but this one sat still for a little photo shoot.  I love frogs and toads.  I love finding the teeny weeny baby ones.  So cute!

I love seeing the frogs and toads in our yard again.  But it is also bittersweet.  Ginger kept them clear but without her, they seem know it is safe to come back.   She would terrorize, and to her distress, eat them on occasion....Mojo knows better! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Side yard redo...

Whenever we move, we tend to redo the yard....or at least spruce it up.   This house was no different.  In the 7 years we've been here, we have added foundation plantings and several beds along with cutting a veggie gardens.   But there was one thing we put off until this month.  The side yard.

Our side yard is a weird shape and skinny and flat out ugly.  At the gate, it is 7 feet wide but by the backyard it is 5 feet wide.    I've always wanted to do something with it, so for my birthday, Dean got it started with the help of a sod cutter.   
Our neighbors love us...they got to re-sod part of their front yard for free!

Here is it in it's almost naked glory.  

We went and bought lots of mulch and have begun reworking this little space.  Dean did some shovel work to form a curved bed and we put in the deer grass from the front yard.  It needed more sun that it was getting.  I have to do a stepping stone by the hose but it already looks much more inviting.  The butterfly bush will get large too and is already attracting lots of butterflies.

The yellow plant is butterfly vine and that will grow over the lattice by summer's end.  The birdbath was being thrown away by an elderly lady.  Her handyman was taking it to the curb as I drove by.  I backed up and I asked for it and he put it right into my car!  I intend on mosaic-ing it one day this winter...
BTW, if you don't know what deer grass looks like in bloom, click here.  It is gorgeous and blooms in the fall.

close up of the butterfly bush...I love this stuff!

looking much more inviting than before...still a bit of clean up to do..

The area ties into the backyard better now...needs a gate or arch....Dean?

The basil was basically added to give this spot a bit of green.  If it does well, I'll leave it but if not, I'll move it to the veggie garden.

I whacked it down and made 2 pounds of basil butter (27 sheets) with it right after taking this photo!

We still have much to do but by next year, this should be a really nice space.  Now, if I can just talk Dean into building me an arbor......

Friday, August 15, 2014

dress up....

Dean and I attended a gala in New Orleans last Saturday...

we clean up okay....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


someone has her permit...

Monday, August 11, 2014

"Welcome Gnome" Wreath

I was in the mood to make a new wreath for September.  I was in a store and all their spring/summer stuff was 80% off so I grabbed a gnome and some mushrooms.  It wasn't until I got home that I realized the mushrooms were glass and the gnome was heavy and oh by the way, didn't have anything remotely in the way of ATTACHING it to a wreath on it.

Yep, I love how I paid attention to that particular purchase.

Anyhoo, I mulled it over and grabbed Dean's drill and a teeny drill bit and drilled holes through gnome dude's feet.  Lots of holes.  Then I E6000'ed 2 nails into each heel along with wiring both boot toes with floral wire. It sounds easy but it wasn't.  One of his boots was solid resin and the bit kept getting stuck.  Once it got stuck IN the boot and pulled out of the drill.  Egads, that was a lesson in patience. 
Then the wire didn't want to thread correctly.  Probably had something to do with me NOT lining the holes up because I was "winging it."  But I did it.  

On to attaching gnome dude to the wreath.

Needless to say, punching holes into a plastic wrapped straw wreath I had also wrapped in fabric and then again in burlap wasn't the easiest thing to do. But I persevered and used a metal ka-bob skewer to make holes.  Don't ya love sophisticated tools?
Once that was done I had to cram gnome dude onto the wreath into those holes that oh by the way, had closed up because the wreath is made of STRAW. 
At one point, I thought I was going to cut his feet off or stab myself...seriously.  I was cracking up by now because it was so ridiculous.  

After finally cramming gnome dude and other stuff onto the wreath ("u" pins are da bomb!) I attempted a bow.  I'm not a bow maker.  It took me 5 tries to get it right. Well, sort of right.  I wired that sucker up super fast before any of the loops untwisted.  

This damn gnome wreath about killed me.  Talk about a labor of love.   I never realized you could actually SWEAT while making a wreath in your own air conditioned home.  That being said, the wreath looks EXACTLY how I had envisioned it.  

Saturday, August 9, 2014

cooking and crafting...

I made Dean's cheesecake of the month installment.  White chocolate with fresh raspberry sauce.  It is a crust less cheesecake which was nice for me, less work!   I am using the recipes out of this little cheesecake cook book I bought years ago for half price. The only thing I did differently was to halve the recipe for the sauce and heat it to thicken it a bit before running it through a sieve.  Everyone loved it.

I also made a really tasty pasta.  I tried the basic recipe from something I saw on pinterest but added mushies and sun dried tomatoes.  I also added one of my basil/olive oil cubes.  Oh my gosh, it was so good, I made the same thing twice in one week.  Here is the link to get the recipe.  The best part is this lady's blog is terrific.  I love her little cartoons!

My niece is having a birthday today so I spent some time whipping up a swimsuit cover pretty pool colors!

I used a new yarn joining technique I found way, pinterest!   Anyway, it is easy and makes smooth transitions....   Here is the link.  

I also got another surprise in the mail!!!!  Jill sent me a little goodie for my birthday!  The owl chime and gloves were the first to be put to use!  

The turtle is a thrifted wooden toy she re-purposed into a pincushion.  Too cute!  She also zen-tangled the box and made me those robot bookmarks.  I adore bookmarks.  The one reason I don't use a tablet to read is because I love bookmarks so much!

Thank you Jill!
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