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Enchanted sand castle

Enchanted sand castle

For Mother’s Day I requested a late afternoon trip to the beach. We got settled with our shade structure, pail, snacks etc. Out of the corner of my eye I saw this cool looking sand castle. I went over to take a better look. I was amazed! The details were incredible. There were little stairs leading to arched door ways, balconys, turrets. Every thing was made out of nature. It even had windmills made out of two feathers tied together with seaweed. When I walked around to the front of it and saw that it was a Mother’s Day sand castle, it almost put me over the edge! Anyway, had to share it. There is one incredible unknown sand castle artist out there who made my Mother’s Day just a little bit better. Thank you!

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First sweet peas

img_1674I got a late start planting the sweet pea seeds this year. The snails had a feast on some of the new shoots but a few survived. I bought a six pack of small plants at Ace Hardware just to insure I would have some blooms. It won’t be a bumper crop this year but at least we will have a few sprigs to enjoy. This vase was a thrift store find and the perfect size for a small bouquet for the kitchen window sill.

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img_1650About a month ago, Avery and I went for a walk. I can spot free stuff like a hawk and was drawn to the curb of a cute little house that was for sale. They had pulled many pots and things to the curb. Although I was tempted to grab the pots, I resisted. I took a peek inside them though. Good thing I did because I found a big healthy amaryllis bulb. I took it home and put it on our front porch. It took some time but now it is in full bloom. Spectacular!

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So a few years ago I found this wallpaper border at Deseret Industries Thrift Store in Sacramento.  I was drawn to it because it looked like something Marsha, Jan and Cindy would have in their room.  I liked the owl and the bird the best so I cut them out carefully (the paper was pretty fragile) and used spray adhesive to attach them to textured card stock. I LOVE to sew on paper so I used a zig zag stitch to secure the card stock to pre-made white cards.  Because I find it hard to leave well enough alone, I glued mini glass marbles to the eyes to make them shine.  These have been great to give as gifts and they are super fun to make!
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Completed Tote!

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I see owl eyes

img_0596Whoa! Two posts in one day.  I am getting out of control already!  I am just dying to share my Owl Tote with the world.  On a recent trip to Savers (one of my favorite thrifting haunts) I found this amazing crochet throw.  It is pictured in my header picture.  The colors and circular patterns were calling to me and for only $7.99 how could I resist?  I have been having this major urge to make tote bags and especially tote bags featuring iconic 70’s images (owls, butterflies, turtle.. get my drift?).  I got the throw home and I took it out of the bag.  All of a sudden, all I could see were hundreds of owl eyes staring at me.  I was giddy!  Now I know some people would never THINK of cutting into something like that but it was too late.  I had to see my vision become a reality.  I used new fabrics and a piece of navy gingham that I had gotten at Salvation Army (aka Salvie’s Boutique).  Here is a picture of the project in process.  I am having technical diffuculties getting the picture of the finished tote and will post this later.  I have to say I LOVE THIS BAG!

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Here we go!

Ok, so I use to think that blogging was only for narcissists.  People who wanted to write about themselves and tell the world about it.  I would never think of doing that myself…until my good friend told me she was starting a blog.  I checked out hers and soon I was hooked!  It was a fun to keep up with her and see what her family was up to.  Even though we talk on the phone quite a bit, the blog was a great way to see pictures of her family and read her daily musings.  She introduced me to other blogs she thought I might like and now am hooked on those as well.  It is inspiring to see and read about other people who are sharing their creativity and artful lives via their blog.  I am happy to say that I am ready to try this for myself.  I see it as a digital scrapbook and diary of my daily life… So here we go!  Thanks Ms. Samba2nite!!!

Me, circa 1970.  Ready to shop!

Me, circa 1970. Ready to shop!

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