Ok so this is what I've been working on lately! Dinasour quilts for my two grandsons. The oldest is 4 and the youngest is 1. But I'm making them both quilts that will fit a twin size bed. I've made quilts for the two granddaughters ages 6 and 8 also. So this quilt top is done and I need to start the second one. I like to handquilt my quilts once I get the 3 pieces put together. Besides I can't afford to have them done professionally. Altho someday I'd like to do that. But there are so many other things to save for. That is way down the list. So I continue to handquilt them. They don't get done very quickly using that method tho! LOL!
I also have some Christmas gifts I'm working on for my daughters. A few miniature projects in the works too for my miniature swapping group.
Busy busy busy!!!
I hope you're all staying busy as well! keeps us out of trouble!
For some reason Blogger is giving me a headache. It didn't want me to type until I messed around with some of the settings and then finally it let me. Wonder what is up . Probably mad because I've been gone so long! HA!
Here is a picture of my daughter and I at the rehearsal dinner. We had such a fantastic time at the shower, the rehearsal, my 3 daughters and I and my two granddaughters had a spa day the morning of the wedding. Then the beautiful ceremony and the fun reception! We were all sad when it was over!
I'm hoping with the cooler weather coming I will have more time to blog! We've had such a busy summer I've had limited time on the computer.
But I'm back and hopefully will have some things to blog about and pictures to show!
I don't like to show pictures of myself but I love this one of the two of us. So I thought I would share!
I've been so busy lately. Between getting things ready for a bridal shower for my daughter and doing some spring cleaning I've been pretty much straight out. So much to do. My energy ends up running out long before the day ends.
So here's a few pictures of the bedsprings I bought on Ebay. They were new looking ones and I'd would have rathered they were rusted. But the price was right for these. So I got out my spray paint I spray painted them with primer first and then sprayed a layer of a brown paint and then a brownish colored stone paint that I bought at the $ store. I just love those dollar stores. You can get so many things fro crafting there. So..... My husband looked at them and said "they looked like they're rusted." WooHoo!!! Yeah!!!! That's what I was going for! Thanks honey!
I'm using these bedsprings to hold a cone made from scrapbooking paper that I will be filling with my homemade caramel popcorn! My middle daughters idea because she loves it
I also bought some pint size canning jars at walmart and some bags of small garden stones at the $ store. I put a layer of stone in the bottom of the canning jars. I had some landscaping paper, used to keep the weeds out of the garden....and I cut circles from it to lay over the stones. Now I will be planting some flowers in the canning jars and the little circle of paper will keep the dirt from going down into the stones. At least I hope so! On top of the dirt of the flower I will put some green moss to dress it up. I also painted the lids of the canning jars in the same manner as the bedsprings. Tied a thank you card on the jar with the raffia and we have a sweet gift for the shower guests to take home with them and at the same time decorate the tables!
Don't forget to poke the pictures for a larger loook!
I'm trying really hard to find time to go thru all of my craft stuff. Treasures. Supplies. Lots and lots of stuff. I really need to thin things down to just the things I really want to work on. If I haven't learned how to do something or have more stuff than I need, it's going. So check out my auctions on Ebay. There may be something there you can't live without!
My middle daughter is getting married this summer. The Bridal Shower is in less than three weeks. So I'm working on getting things made. When the shower is over I'll post pics of how we used some of these things to decorate with. For now I'll just show you what I've been making.
I absolutely loved loved loved the flowers that Carol makes over at The Polka Dot Closet http://thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com/. Carol is an awesome lady. So talented and so very helpful. She shares so much with her readers. Giving tutorials and sharing so many secrets of how she does what she does! Most people I've found hold everything close to the chest but not Carol. She shares her how to's and I've learned so much.
I wanted to make these flowers that she was making so that I could incorporate them into the wedding and I was having a heck of a time. I shouted out to Carol and she helped me thru it. With her help I've finally got it worked out.
You really need to talk a gander over to her blog http://thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com/ and check it out! You'll love it. And be prepared....take a cup of coffee with you or your drink of choice 'cuz you're gonna be there a while!!!!!
So now here are some photos of things I've been making. I found the tutorial for turning a picture frame into a chalkboard and I have that made. I'm going to write a little saying on it for the shower. I also found a tutorial for the hearts and made them into a garland I'll drape using baling twine my husband had out in the garage. If you want any of the tutes let me know and I'll share the links. Don't forget to click on the pictures and look at them enlarged!
The little adirondack chairs will be on the top of the wedding cake. She's been looking and looking and couldn't find exactly what she wanted. Well hubby and I were in a store called Herb Philipsons yesterday and I found these. Ya just gotta love all this new technology.....I took a picture with my phone and sent it to her and asked her if these were what she was trying to find....and they were! Gosh back in the day you could never do that. You'd just have to buy them only to find out they weren't what someone wanted. Now just take a pic with the phone and send it to them...instant response! Not sure what we're going to do with them to get them ready for the top of the cake....we'll see! Wouldn't it be cool to have a bride and groom doll sitting in them......gosh where could I get those I wonder? Any ideas?
OK now on to making the garters and some more flowers to put in my two granddaughters, from my oldest daughter, hair as they are the flowergirls. They were in one aunts wedding 2 years ago and now they're in another aunts wedding. And they just love it!
Any color, your choice! $26.50
You can contact me personally if you'd like thru my blog or check them out on ebay using the link above. While you're there please check out my other auctions! Thank you!
This is what's been keeping me busy the last few days! I finally managed to figure out a way that I was comfortable with creating these. I don't use a form like some have done. I used cardstock that i cut out a pattern, covered it with fabric and the covered the outside with the hat straw. A bit time consuming but oh so nice! I love them! And I made plenty of them!
I hope your week is off to a great start. Unfortunately here we're having another snow storm! I am so hoping this is the last hoorah for snow. I've had enough already!
Thank you so much everyone for your help! I sincerely appreciate it! I hope to have some new pictures soon of the installed and painted window and door!
Can someone tell me how to respond to comments directly to the person that left the comment rather than just as a reply on my blog post? I'd really like to be able to send a response right to the commenter!
I'm so impatient to try to find answers to some of these questions I seem to have!!!
If I could get this dollhouse done before nice weather starts up, I would be over the moon. It's such slow going because for me the construction is so hard.
I'm so excited that I found a door for the lower section.
Now to get it painted and touch up all the siding paint that I've messed up with taking old windows and doors out and adding the newer/nicer ones. I'm thinking of painting the door white to match the windows but then painting that square the the oval window sets in, brown to match some of the trim on the house.
I lost a piece of this kit that was to be used for the porch roof, which would be the little balcony for the door on the second floor. I'm so hoping when I get to that point I won't get frustrated and let this sit for another 5 years. I'm hoping I have the perseverance to figure out how to fix that and move on. As soon as I get this painting done that will be the next step.
Here is the bay wondow for the front of the house.... You can see that the window is too big for the opening where there was two windows.
Now I have to cut the window opening a bit more so the window will fit in there and figure out how to attach the window to the house. I need help.....do I just glue the window to the outside of the house? All the windows in this house slide into the window opening. This bay window does not. There's nothing to slide in. It's flush on the back. I did a google search to see if I could find some info but I found nothing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It's things like this that frustrate me and it's hard to drag myself back. I'm just not up to the challenges anymore that this house is creating for me. But I'm bound and determined that I'm going to finish this!
Is this not the most gorgeous thing you've ever seen? Look at these teeny tiny jars of fruits, veggies and more. I just love love love them.
And you must run right over to http://elrincondemaluga.blogspot.com/ and sign up for a chance to win 3 of these jars! I have my fingers crossed that I am going to be a winner! I would just love love love to have some of these in my collection. She also sells on Etsy so you can always go there and buy all that you desire! She does such beautiful work.
I need to figure out how to add a link on the side of my blog list for give-aways. Could someone give me some pointers as to how I can do that? I'm very challenged computer wise and I've tried to do this in the past to no avail. If you could give me some easy instructions I would so greatly appreciate it!
I had to take a break from the dollhouse for a few days to make hair bows for my grandaughters. You know, there is just not enough hours in the day to create all the crafts I want to do. Jeez! I have more bows to make but these two were a good start. And a headband using handmade Korker ribbon
And I finished up the comforters I started for the 2 grandgirls about 5 years ago. My daughter bought the fabric. I just needed to sew it all together. The middle shabby is all one piece. From JoAnns fabric. I sewed the striped border on. We love this fabric.
So they're both done. And then I got back to the dollhouse and I finished up the porch floor finally.
About 6 layers of Polycrylic sealer later......
I have to cut the ends off on the right hand side of the porch and finish glueing in a couple more sticks in the far right corner/back of the porch. But that shouldn't take more than a few minutes and then I can start constructing the porch.
I'm looking for a couple of doors and some louvered shutters if anyone has any that they would care to part with. I would pay you a reasonable amount of course or perhaps you would be interested in a trade of some sort. I'd really like to find a door with a window in it and some nice door trim for the bottom floor. I think I might have a door that is all windows to use for the top balcony. I've been replacing all the windows etc from what came with the kit because they aren't very good quality. But my funds are very limited these days so I have to work mainly with what I have on hand.
I have a large bow window to go on the front of the house. You can see that sitting up on top on the roof. A safe place for it don't ya think? LOL!
I am determined to get this dollhouse done!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely love this house and it was a dream come true for me to be able to purchase it in the first place. So I am trying really hard to be focused and to get it done!
I'm leaving you with a picture from out my kitchen window. A Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal. Aren't they beautiful? Did you know that the bright colored birds are usually the male and the muted colored ones are the female? For safety reasons.
Cheerio! May you all be having a wonderful weekend wherever you may be.
Thank you so much everyone for your comments and advise! I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to do that! I've decided to go along with all of you and place the porch sticks horizontal and stagger them! Yesterday morning I gathered my supplies and layed it all out. Cut the rounded ends off the sticks and sanded and stained them.
I ended up not using that golden oak stain because it was too light. I just happened to have a spray can of a hickory color so I used that. I found the spray can of satin at a lawn sale one summer a few years ago. I didn't know stain came in a spray can. So easy to use! Just lay your wood out, shake the can and spray away. No mess!
I think the color looks a little bit reddish but I think once it dries better and I add the polyurethane it will be even better! I can't wait to get to that point! I can't wait til the railing is up and the plants are hanging and the wicker furniture is placed! I'm so excited!
But first I have to work on getting these glued down. They're just laying there right now so I could get a pic to show you how it's coming along!
Thanks for being here for me and helping me along!
I need to start this post off with an excuse I suppose. Well maybe not so much an excuse, maybe more a reason why I've ignored my blog for so long. Actually it's quite simple, real life had gotten in the way. So much to do and so little time to do it all. The thoughts have gone thru my mind as to whether I should give it a go again or admit that it had been so long I should just hang it up. I decided to give it a go! Or at least a try.
And I'm going to start off with a question to you. Well to those of you that may still be around and will see it! LOL! That may not be too many people!
I am back to working on finishing my dollhouse. It's the Bellingham farmhouse by Duracraft. The inside is mostly done, I have a bit of shingling to finish on the roof. And since I've replaced the windows that came with the kit with better ones I still have those to finish ripping out and painting the new ones.
I also need to finish the porch! And this is where I need a little help! I want to add wood stir sticks to the floor of the porch to have a wooden floor. Before I do the railings. My question is: which direction should the stir sticks go? I can't for the life of me decide.
So please help me out!
Would you choose the straight out from the door method on the left or the staggered from left to right across the porch that is shown on the right?
Don't forget to click on the picture for a close up view. I think if you click once and then click again the picture gets even larger. Then you can really see all of my goofs. Ha!