" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Love Fall!

  The weather has been gorgeous. I have been working outside around the house mostly. I am on a crusade to get rid of crabgrass in our lawns. It is an up hill battle, but I intend to be the winner in the end. Anyway, my hands are real sore after pulling and raking up the debris. I will take a picture this Spring when I feel like I am in the homestretch.
   Our son's birthday is in September. I found a card I cased from Pinterest that I thought was wicked cute. Nathaniel likes the beach so this worked perfectly.
Perfect for Nathaniel!
 We went to Texas Roadhouse for a lovely celebration. I mentioned to the waitress that it was his birthday... little did I know that they would make him get on a saddle and everyone shouts: Yeee... Hawwww... Kristin his wife was laughing like mad in the corner booth. He was good natured and said he would get me back. I was innocent I tell you.
   The next weekend my husband took my sisters and I to Hobby Lobby in Bangor. It is an hour and 45 minute ride. It went fast because we talked about our latest finds for papercrafting. Rochelle had come across a new die cutter called : Revolution Advanced put out by We R Memory Keepers. It sounds interesting. It has no sandwich method because the bar is moved with a dial to go up and down to "press" the dies. The price is not bad either. I am going to check out reviews to see if it might be something I would buy. I will let you know.
  Anyway, Hobby Lobby was so fun. We spent two hours there.
Gotta get me some knobs.

Wonderful way to organize.
 I just love the variety of items they have in this store. I especially like the home decor section.

   The papercrafting section was great, too. They had Tim Holtz , Sizzix,  Martha Stewart and many more companies that I like. I bought a few small things from this section, but I had my eyes on the Thanksgiving couple that I wanted for our table this November. It was on sale, too.
Ready for Thanksgiving

  Well, October is the end of the fair season here in Maine. We went to the Fryeburg Fair this past week. It is the oldest and biggest fair in Maine, I believe. We went with my sister, Rochelle and her husband, Mark. They had never been before. It was the perfect day weather wise.
  We had a great time. The animals are the highlight for me. I couldn't believe how HUGE those draft horses are compared to other animals. I don't like to watch them pull heavy blocks, though.
Handsome horse

Liked having picture taken.

They were having fun.

Old McDonald's Farm
   I am now getting ready for a gender reveal party at our home next weekend. We are so excited to be grandparents for the first time. I have gotten wonderful ideas from Pinterest. I made a poster for people to try and guess the baby's birthday. I have the baby feet stamp so it worked out great. 
What a keepsake....
  I used Stampin Up's "Baby Firsts" stamp set to make a border on the bottom. I don't know the name of the set that the bear came in. I purchased this set online and the name of the container is wrong. I plan on mounting the poster and framing it, too. People will stamp the date with the baby feet and then write their names under the stamp. If baby feet are already on their chosen date, they just add their names under it. I made this calendar free hand with careful measuring. Love this idea.. thank-you Pinterest!
   As you can see the kids have already chosen the name of the baby depending on a girl or boy. I love both of the names. So happy for them. Praying for a lovely warm day in October, so that we can use the deck for lunch seating, too. 
  I am using my onesie die cut from Dynamics to make white onesies for people to guess the weight of the baby. I think I will make a banner of them for the front of the fireplace mantel, too. I will use pink and blue for paper, though. I will post more pictures when I am finished decorating the house. 
I made this!!!!
  I wanted to post this picture of a bundt cake I made
this summer. I love how it came out so pretty. I love
drizzling the white frosting over it. Just the right 
amount to make it tasty. It looks good on my green
cake stand, too. As you can see, I was ready to try
a piece.

 Fall if going too fast. Just like this past summer. We have had alot of fun, though. Not sure how winter is going to be. I heard it is going to be a bad one. We will see. I will just remember all the fun times  at the Fryeburg Fair. 



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Amazing August!!!

  I feel bad that I have not blogged for a whole two months, I think... Summer is such a busy time and when it is hot I am a slug. This is the end of August and things are cooling down getting ready for Fall. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons.
  Our garden this year did pretty well. I am especially proud of these sunflowers
Sunflowers from our garden.
that I grew this year from seed. I plan on growing many flowers this way to help save money.
  We grew cauliflower, but I think the grocery store's looked better than ours. We will not be growing that again. Also, the broccoli looked so good with the  leaves and all but the broccoli heads were tiny. Not enough to even have a meal. Not growing that again, either.
  The beans, however, are great. Giving some away 'cause we have so many.

For Andrea...

  I have so many sisters that we draw names to celebrate our birthdays. I got Andrea so one of her gifts was this portfolio like photo album. I had a ball making this. Ginger from My Sister's Scrapper made one, so I just ran with her idea.
  I used my favorite paper, Graphic 45. It is their Secret Garden collection. I embellished the front with some metal items. I also used a stamp from Rubber Monger that I had picked up from somewhere.
   The inside has a pocket on the left for tags and such. The opposite side has a waterfall for many photos to go.
Inside album portfolio
 Again I used more of the Secret Garden
collection. Love the colors and the little girl in the garden. Hope Andrea likes it.

  I have been having alot of fun this summer. Russ and I went to Canobie Lake Park with my sister, Rochelle and her husband, Mark. It was a little hot that day,but we enjoyed the rides.
Too Scary
 I would not go on this ride. It goes way up and then drops you little by little. No way... I don't like heights. Good picture though...
  We had a lovely birthday get together for my sister, Rochelle. It is so nice that they live only a few miles away from us.
  I made a double pocket card for her birthday card that included tags with pictures of her as a kid. This is an easy card to make. I love it. You have to use double sided paper to get the nice effect you see in the picture.
  My sister, Chris, used this same double sided technique and put it in her 8 x 8 mini album  as a page. I think I will use this idea, too.

Double pocket fold card
   Again, I used Graphic 45 paper collection called Botanical Garden. I love the pockets that came with it. You can see that the paper is double sided with the purple pocket edge.
Inside the Rochelle's card.
  I love the bunny I used inside the card. I am not sure where I got that from, but I am into bunnies lately. I used a ruffled ribbon around the circle and stamped, "Happy Birthday".
Geese on Madawaska Lake
  We just came back from a week long trip to Northern Maine. Boy, did we have fun. It is beautiful country up there. We stayed at a camp on Madawaska Lake. It was just on the edge of the lake and it was perfect. We could hear the loons every night and most mornings. We golfed and ate our way through Stockholm, Caribou, and Limestone. What fun!                         While we were away the funeral of  Elaine's mother was held. Elaine is my best friend. This was not a surprise since her mother has been struggling with Alzheimer's for  a long while now.  Her mother was such a lovely person. She is at peace now which is a comfort to her family.
 I made this card for Elaine after I got back from camp.
For Elaine

I used Stampin Up's Garden Silhouettes and Close as a Memory stamps for this card. The ink is also from Stampin Up: Old Olive and Brilliant Blue,
  I leave you with a slide show of some of the fun we had at Northern Maine. I hope to post more often now that summer is winding down. Looking forward to the cooler climate. Happy Labor Day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Such a Romantic Wedding!!

Mr. and Mrs.
    What a great weekend for a wedding. The weather was perfect, really beyond perfect. Not too hot , not buggy, or too  windy;  it was just right.
     This was our son's wedding day. It was an outside wedding so I was praying for good weather and God answered our prayers. We couldn't be happier with Kristin as a new member to our family.
   York Harbor Inn is a great place to hold a wedding. The staff there did a great job in getting the reception just right. The food was awesome. Everything went smoothly.
   We are relaxing after such merriment. Watching our garden grow and me working in my craftroom on projects I am either anxious to start or finish.

      I have not done much in my craftroom lately. I have loved working outside
Wedding Card
in my garden. I did make a wedding card for Nathaniel and Kristin. I used
an embossing folder from Sizzix and stamped a flourish at the top. The sentiment is from Stampin Up.
Fresh from the ocean
 We had a lovely time with family on July 4th. The food was fantastic. As you can see we had lobster and clams at my sister, Rochelle's home.

  The spirea has bloomed on our patio. I love the floating pink blossoms. We sit out on the patio in the morning hours to watch our gardens grow. June and into July has been wonderful here. The wedding is over so now we get to sit back and relax and enjoy the summer. Hope you are enjoying yours.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hectic Fun!

 What a hectic few weeks we have had this year. Our son's upcoming wedding this June is right around the corner. We have prayed for good weather for this event and it looks like our prayers will be answered.
 I attended Kristin's bridal shower a few weeks ago and had a great time. She has great friends and a lovely family that we got to meet . They gave her wonderful gifts that will make her honeymoon fun. The hat and sunglasses were just a few great ideas. She got flip flops for each day of the trip. Great ideas....
Ready for the trip!
   Their wedding card was fun to make, too. I used Baroque Motifs as the main part of the design. I had already printed out the Mr. and Mrs. part and just used a Sharpie to dot around the letters. Then I stamped the flourish and added pearls. It came out pretty much as the card I had cased on Pinterest.
Baroque Motifs from Stampin Up!

  We are so excited about the wedding. We have been keeping busy with garden chores such as trimming hedges and trees in the yard. This has been brutal work with the heat and so much trimming to do. But it looks good and we are done!!!
All done...

  The garden is coming along nicely. Russ has worked hard to get it off to a good start. He just finished making trellises for the peas. I haven't take a picture of these yet, but I will for the next post.
  We are also trying to get the lawn back to a nice smooth "carpet" feel . We are fertilizing, weed killing, and watering our brains out. I think it has paid off; although we are by no means done.
  It is an on going process. Seeing good results helps us to keep it up though out the season.

Gardens and lawn looking good.

  My niece from my first husband's family is having a baby. She is looking good and ready to have it soon, I believe. I made her a baby card from some stamps that I  had purchased at the World's Largest Yard Sale at the Cumberland Fairgrounds this spring. It was quite a deal since I only paid $5.00.
  I also got a Mickey Mouse alarm clock that when you push the button you hear Mickey's voice. Again a wicked steal at $5.00. I will have to post a picture next time.
For Megan!
  You definitely need to go to this yard sale. They have it again in the Fall. I will be going again.

  The baby card looks so cute. I love the baby in the bathtub. I used Copic Markers to color the baby and tub. I used yellow and green 'cause I couldn't remember if she is having a boy or girl. I love making baby cards.
  Well, time moves on and the wedding is almost here. This spring has gone by so fast. I loved all the flowers and trees that have been in bloom. I wish they could last a little bit more into summer, but I will take what I can get. Wasn't the apple tree gorgeous. Looks better this year than last year.

Our crab apple tree. . so pretty...
  We will be watching our garden grow and working on our lawn for the rest of the summer. I hope we can get some golfing in this year. That is one of our goals.
  I hope to have a few pictures from the wedding to post next time, too.
  I will leave you with pics of our cauliflower plants and see how they grow....
They are actually taller than this right now.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spring is Here!!!

  I am so happy it is finally warming up.. I love it when we put the screens in the door and we can open up the house to let the warm air in. It has been raining off and on the last week, so I have not opened the doors as much as I want. I can't even get some painting done that is on  my list.
  What I did get done with help from my good friend, Elaine , and my husband , is a lovely cushion that we actually custom made together.
It cost me less than $15.00 to make.
  We went to Marden's and bought the foam, batting, and fabric. Russ cut our the plywood to staple everything to and this is the result of us all pulling together. Love it...Comfy, too.
   So that is one item off our list. The other was to paint the shed doors and paint the trim around the windows that Russ added to make the garden shed look wicked better. He did a great job. I just did the painting. Love how it looks. The picture does not do it justice, since I took it through the screen . Trust me, it is so much better.Thank you, Elaine. What a good friend you are to me.....
Taken through the screen window from our bedroom.
   I made a card in the box for my mother for Mother's Day. I made the smaller version which I had never done before. I like how it fits into a standard sized envelope. I used flowers, a bird, and birdhouse 'cause those are the things my mom loves. It is a little bit more work than the standard card, but really fun to do and very creative . You have to think of what to add to the inside of the card to make it fit the person you are giving it to.
Smaller than the usual card in the box.
Well with Mother's Day  is over and I am looking forward to working in my garden and buying plants this year. We already took a trip to The Garden Spot in Pownal. They have a lovely nursery.
  We also for the first time went to Longfellows in Manchester, Maine.
We really liked this place. They have a
big selection of perennials to chose from for my garden.
Longfellows in Manchester
   I bought some purple cone flowers, succulents, and ground cover. Russ picked up some veggie seedlings to be planted when it gets a touch warmer.
   Well, I am off today to my future daughter-in-law's bridal shower. I am so looking forward to getting together with everyone to talk upcoming wedding. We are praying for sunny warm weather as the ceremony is outside in a park setting. What a busy spring it has been!
Soon to be newly weds......

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bunny Hop

  I had wicked fun yesterday with  my sister, Rochelle. We worked on favor baskets for our up coming Easter dinner at Warren's in Kittery, Maine.   We decided this year to make reservations at one of our favorite restaurants.
Looking good....yummmy, too......
  Rochelle had had a Stampin Up party at her home
with our demonstrator and friend, Cathy. She showed us how to make the baskets and bunny
outlines. Rochelle and I took it to the next level.
  I had to take my husband to the eye doctor, by the time I got back Rochelle had made all the baskets and the bunny shapes. What a worker!
  I helped her with gluing the ears on and putting a circle on the back for covering the ears.
Bunny tails... hoppity hop...
Cute nose...
We used SU Rose Romance pink ink to give the bunnies a pink hue. So cute. Rochelle bought the tails to put on their butts. I really not sure where she bought them. You will have to "hop" over to her blog at  Creative Corner Studio   Check my blog list,too. . She has some cute projects going on. I hope she has uploaded the Betty Boop card. She showed me it yesterday and it is adorable.
  Anyway, we used Stampin Up's owl punch to make the cute heart nose. It was the perfect size. We used a black marker for eyes and whiskers and we were done.
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  We will put one at each plate before people sit down to eat.  I think it will be a nice touch.
Rough Royal River

Russ and I have started walking again along the Royal River in Yarmouth. It is quite high this time of year due to the rain and thawing. But it was awesome to see.
  I guess I will get back to my other projects. Looking forward to Easter dinner. My mom is sick with bronchitis so I have been taking care of her. She is better now that she is on antibiotics. We hope to go to church on Sunday. Praying for better health.
  Have a happy Easter Sunday...


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Finishing up ....

Rehearsal dinner invites all done....
   I am so pleased that I have the wedding rehearsal invitations all done and ready to go out on May 1st. I love the design 'cause it is simple and to the point. The wedding has a beachy theme so I went with the shells in between initials for Kristin and Nathaniel. I am praying for a beautiful day in June.
   I also finished the Vendor thank you cards for Kristin to use. She asked for a design to match the wedding theme. I used the same stamps I used for the wedding invitations. I really like how they came out. There is a slit in the middle to include a gratuity for the vendor.
   I used my  SU ticket punch, which I love. to make the corners
Getting ready to be thankful......
a little different. The words were typed on  my
computer with different fonts that I have on Microsoft Word.  Kristin is really doing well on her checklist of things to accomplish before the big day. I love how organized she is with the preparations.
  With all the wedding projects done I am turning my attentions to projects that I would like to finish.There are two such projects right now.
  I decided to make a box for the wedding album I made for pictures of the wedding that  probably won't make in the official wedding album by the photographer.  For example: engagement photos, Kristin's wedding dress selection, bridal shower, ummmm... rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, getting ready for the wedding... Pictures like that.
So easy to make..

  I used the black chipboard and cut it with my new cutter I purchased from Stamped Designs. Jeanette is downsizing her store and having a huge sale right now. This cutter was only $10.00. It was a steal and it cuts chipboard like butter. I used 1 inch wide black cardstock to put the pieces together. Score the strips in half and put strips on the outside corners where you don't want the sides to open out. As you can see the top opens out.
Closed box

I am in the process of decorating the box which
is the most fun. I will post pictures of the finished box and wedding album when I am finished.
   Another unfinished project is my 8 x 8 mini album.  I used Graphic 45's By the Sea collection. This is my new favorite paper by this company. I am also using it to make an 8 x 8 mini-album. I am thinking of selling this  album or keeping it for my self. e days for recipes.
  I like to work a little on one project and then turn to another one. It mixes things up a little. My husband made me a stand for my IPad so that I would not get it messy when cooking. I am using Pinterest alot these days for my recipes.
  I painted the stand black and it looked so drab, so I decided to use my Granphic 45 paper to give it a little color and zing. I think it came out pretty good. Finished!!

Before....very plain
After.... a little zing...

 The paper is awesome. I fussy cut some shells out of the paper to show off the theme. My IPad fits in the groove behind the shells nicely. Looks nice on my counter, too.
  I am going to go back and work on the two unfinished projects: The wedding album box and the By the Sea 8 x 8 mini-album. These things take time.....
  I leave you with a picture of a metal ferris wheel I saw two weekends ago while junkie with my sisters in the Bangor area. This one I thought was gorgeous. I costs $200.00. Nothing I could afford. But I happened to see a tutorial for making a paper ferris wheel on Youtube. I am thinking about making one for me.. Not sure I can do it. Need to finish other projects before I give it a whirl... Hee hee, hee....