Monday, June 30, 2008

Testing, Testing, Video!

I am performing a bit of an experiment here, so bear with me! I am able to shoot small videos on my digital camera. I figured out how to upload it to my computer and then to photobucket. I am hoping you can see this! Brodie is a bit of an athlete. Our neighbors gave us this giant plastic jungle gym for my daycare kids to play on. I placed Brodie's tennis ball on top of it, assuming it was out of reach, but to my surprise, she can jump up and get it. We just stood there with our jaws dropped! So can you please leave me a note if you can see the video? I am on dial up and don't know if it will load. It took a while just to load it on the photobucket site!! Thanks!

Monday, June 23, 2008

How Patriotic are YOU??

As some of you may know, I dabble a bit in painting from time to time. Nothing major, but sometimes there is something I want for decor that I cannot find in the stores. One example of this is Patriotic or Fourth of July decorations. I do have to admit that there is more on the market than there used to be, but not a lot of it is to my liking!
I found this pattern book several years ago in Michael's that had some really cute patterns for wood decorations with a Patriotic theme. I immediately painted some up! Now, several years later, I wanted to add to my collection. I took the Uncle Sam pattern from another sign (he was with Lady Liberty) and isolated just his head, and cut out and painted him. This is how he turned out:

I had another idea in my head for a decoration-I don't know how I came up with it-I may have seen one somewhere, or something like it-I don't know.
As far as I know it is original! It is a primitive heart, with a blue field in one corner, that has been cut off and re-attached with wire. I painted it with barn red, ivory, and country blues instead of the traditional red, white and blue. I hope you all get the gist of it from the photo. Cody thought it was a boot...wha??

I also made a really cute altered Frap bottle for the upcoming holiday. I wanted something really cute to stick in with one of the Uncle Sam heads I made up, to give to my friend, for driving Cody to school. I got these Hershey Kisses at Kmart, that are blue with silver stars on them.. I stuck them in the bottle with some red ones and then decorated the bottle with some patterned paper, stained twill and ribbon, and some punch outs.

Last, but not least, I made up a bunch of cards a while ago at a ladies' get together. I borrowed my friend's Loads of Love set. This design was found on SCS and originally done in shades of blue. I can't remember the SCS member that originally did it, but it is in the gallery over at SCS. I love how she layered everything, and thought it would be cute in shades of pink, for a gal.
I colored the image with Prismacolors and OMS, using blending stumps. I gave this card to my friend, along with her Uncle Sam, and her bottle of kisses!

Thanks for visiting, have a great Monday!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New Buzz and Bloom Project is up!!

Click HERE if you want to check out my new project, my album of Treasured Christmas Recipes. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sweet Sixteen...

I just got done making 96 birthday invitations for a certain niece of mine. I wanted to keep them simple since there were so many, so I utilized a library pocket design and my Cuttlebug. She was in love with them, and I was very happy that she was so excited. They really did not take long at all!

So, I have been quiet for a week, been working almost full time, and suffered a HUGE toothache that lasted for days. Apparently I have been grinding my teeth again. The dentist polished my tooth down a bit so they don't hit together anymore, and hopefully it will heal and that will be it! I just finished and uploaded my latest Buzz and Bloom project, so as soon as it is up, I will let you all know! Thanks to all of you who go and check my Buzz goodies out and leave comments for me. It means a lot!
Have a great night!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Hello Monday!!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was very warm here. I went to camp and washed Mom's windows on Saturday. Yesterday we ran to Plattsburgh after church to pick up a few things. Cody's fishing pole broke Saturday night and my faithful readers know that he can't go without a fishing pole! So we braved 90 degree temps and fought off the crowds and went to town.
So here we are, back at Monday, asking where the weekend went! Last week was a long one. Daycare every day, as well as several craft projects that I was hired to do.
My first was a mailbox that I was commissioned to paint for my sister in law for her husband for father's day. I realize this tractor is red, but it was a commissioned piece, so red, I will paint!

The next is a galvonized bucket that my friend Peggy asked me to dress up for her. I love how it turned out!!

And last, but certainly not least, take a look at this piece of heaven!! Peggy and I looked up a place on the way to Malone a week ago that advertised baked goods on Fridays and Saturdays. I was hoping it was an Amish home, as we have a lot of Amish in our area, and it was! Peggy treated me to a a dozen glazed doughnuts, and boy, were they good!! There was actually 2 dozen worth of doughnuts in this one dozen, they were the size of breakfast plates!

I am currently working on some Patriotic woodcrafts and hope to get them posted in a few days.
Our card ministry ladies got together on Friday night and made 98 cards for the church! It was a nice get together!!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

New Buzz and Bloom Project!

I have two more new projects up on the Buzz and Bloom Blog! Here is a sneak peak:

Have a Blessed Day!

Monday, June 02, 2008


I know it has been a while since I have been around. Spring has finally established itself in Upstate NY, and things have been busy! Gardening, landscaping, projects, etc. Then there is always work, school, and everyday life. Awards ceremonies, mechanic and doctors appointments? A woman's work is never done!
A few bits of news to catch up on:
We ((very)) unfortunately had to get a new car. Not new, but new to us, that is. It was a very disappointing hurdle to have to deal with, but we didn't have much of a choice and bit the bullet. So here is my new ride!

Being June now, turkey season is officially over! Can you sense my excitement?? Peter did get his second turkey a week ago, on Memorial Day Monday. It was another Tom, with a double beard?!?! Here is a closeup.

It is going to be a busy couple of weeks, full time work scheduled, along with several craft projects that I am doing. Father's Day gifts, Sweet 16 birthday invites for a special niece, card ministry workshop on Friday night, and Buzz and Bloom due dates approaching!
Hope you all have a great Monday!