Sunday, December 17, 2017

Holly Jolly Snowman Tag

Hello everyone!
I'm hoping you all enjoy the 
Holiday Season
and 
"YES" it's crunch time,
9 more days to
Christmas.
For us it's just 8 more days since
we keeping the German tradition alive
and celebrating Christmas on
Christmas Eve. 
It's sure been crazy busy in the stamp room
and I have to apologize for not posting
but there were to many projects and
non were quite ready jet to post.
 One of the projects was this
"Holly Jolly Snowman Tag"
which was made with
Novembers Spellbinder
Die of the Month kit.
 The Snowman Tag idea came from the 
 Just a few rhinestones for a bit of sparkle.
 Sentiment is from the Recollections stamp set called "Christmas". 

 Perfect tag for a small gift of appreciation.
 Spellbinders November Die of the Month.
 Hope you have a Holly Jolly Christmas!
 Sadly in all this crazy crafting frenzy my 
Ara Shawl got put on hold.
Hoping to get it finished before the New Year,
keep the fingers crossed.  
Last but not least...
...another little crocheting project I been working on.
This one is a Star Baby Blanket.
Just a few more rows and it's done.

Still waiting on everyone to receive our 
Christmas cards before publishing it.
So please stay tuned
for the next post.

Wishing you all a
Holly Jolly Christmas Season!
Thank you so much for visiting!

Diana

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Old Books and Silhouettes!

Hello everyone
and
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!
I hope everyone had a blessed Holiday
with family and friends.
For us it was the traditional turkey dinner
with our oldest son and wife.
And no we did not join the Thanksgiving
shopping craze,
just enjoyed a few peaceful days at home, 
me in my stamp room,
working on Christmas cards and a little
project I had planned on doing last Christmas
"Old Books and Silhouettes"

You will need an old book,
mine is a discard from work, rescued before it went 
into the dumpster,
a little yellow and smelly but perfect for this project. 
 The fold is very easy, I found mine on Pinterest,
no glue needed, just tuck in the corners.
However I glued the upper corners of the
book pages together so they would not open up.
 Silhouettes were cut with Cricut cardritge
"A Child's Year".

 Ribbon and sparkly snowflake to decorate the tree.
 The bow was made with my bow maker.

A very simple but beautiful Christmas decoration made
out of a re-purposed old book.

What are you crafting for Christmas?

Hope you liked this little Christmas craft and try it yourself!
Thank you so much for stopping by,
have a wonderful week!

Diana

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thank a Soldier!

 Hello everyone
and
Happy Veterans Day!

Sorry, no craftsy post today!

Today I would like to take the opportunity
to thank all the Veterans
who proudly served this country
and defended our freedom,
and all the men and women in uniform who 
are still serving and are laying their live on the line
every day to maintain our freedom
 and keep us safe!
Thank you 
from the bottom of my heart
for your dedication and sacrifices!
My two favorite veterans,
my sweet husband of 28 years
and our youngest son!

Adding Army mom to my titles
after being an Army spouse for over
25 years was a very proud day,
however it also comes with lots of worries,
anguishes and a lot of other feelings 
which are hard to describe.

So, to all the Mom's, Dad's
and Spouses out there
Thank you for
supporting your soldier
 and all the sacrifices you have to endure 
by being a military family!

Thanks for stopping by
and 
don't forget
Thank a Soldier!
Happy Veterans Day!

Diana

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Autumn Foliage Card

Hello
and
welcome to another
Fall blog post.
The Spellbinder October small die of the month
arrived in the mail last week, 
of course I was dying to try it out
and since it included some cute leave dies
out came another 
"Autumn Foliage" card.
 I kept the card very simple
with brown and off white colors. 
 Little leave dies.

 Center and background panels are dry embossed with
QuicKutz embossing folder "Leaves".
 I think they turned out nice for a quick and easy fall card.
 Spellbinders October small die set.
Still doing Pumpkins...
...LoL, they are a little addictive!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Wishing you a great week ahead 
and
a wonderful and safe
"Happy Halloween"!

Diana

Sunday, October 15, 2017

If you dare...

...Beware...
Hello
and welcome to a
little taste of 
HALLOWEEN.
Halloween card production is in
full swing in my stamp-room,
hoping to get them all done today
and in the mail tomorrow
so they all make it to there destination,
as far as Germany, in time.
Happy Halloween with
"If you dare...".

 Spooky house was stamped with Recollections stamp set "Halloween".
 Scary cat was cut with Cricut cartridge "Chic and Scary".
 Sentiment from Recollections set "Halloween".
 Ornate fence from Cricut cartridge "Potions and Spells".
 Tree and crow were cut from Cricut cartridge
"Chic and Scary".
"If you dare..."
Would you ring that doorbell on trick or treat night
???

  Pumpkin knitting again this year.
I'm hocked on this adorable
fall decor.
They are wonderful stash busters
for all the leftover yarn I accumulated over time...
...And they make wonderful little fall gifts
for family and friends.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
I hope you liked my Halloween preview.
Have a wonderful week! 

Diana

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Happy Fall Y'all!

Hello
and
 welcome to my 
last day in September
blog post.
Wow, October 1st tomorrow,
how did that happen?
Not sure I'm ready for summer to end
but I thought maybe 
making some fall cards will get me in the 
mood for Autumn.
 I recently decided to join the Spellbinder 
"Die of the Month" club and
these cards were made with Septembers 
beautiful small die set, perfect for the fall season.

 A splash of gold paint on the acorns.
 Sentiment from Stampin'up set "Happy Fall Y'all".


"Happy Fall Y'all"

Thank you so much for stopping by,
hope you all have a beautiful weekend
and a great week!

Diana


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Playing with Gators!

Hello
and
happy weekend to y'all!
If you read the title and thought
I was playing with real Alligators,
sorry I have to disappoint you,
this is a more tamed variety I was playing with.
  But nevertheless the little critters got me
a little frustrated at first
but I finally got the hang of these adorable
"Alligator Slippers"
aka
"Crocodile Booties". 
 I used Red Heart Soft yarn in colors white, off white,
dark leaf and guacamole.



 The pattern for the Crocodile booties can be found in the 
"Happy crochet book"
by Carolina Guzman.
Sorry,
I hope Carolina isn't to madd but
 I just had to rename them to "Alligator Slippers",
Gators are just a bit more common in our 
home state of Louisiana then Crocodiles.

Well, as Summer is coming to an end so did
my Summer knitting project.
I finished my Fade shawl.
 At the last minute I decided to change 
the last color from green to blue 
and I think the color switch turned out pretty good.
This was one of the biggest knitting projects I done
in quiet a while
but it was a so worth it
"Love my Fade"!

Thanks so much for taking time 
to visiting my blog!
Hope you have a wonderful week!

Diana

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Vanity Makeover!

Hello
and
Happy Labor Day weekend
 to everyone!

Since I have been home on vacation for a few days
I finally gotten around on catching up on some 
things who needed attention.
Cleaning out the garage, shed and basement, washing windows...
 just to name a few items on my long list of things to do.
I also finally gotten together enough courage to 
refinish the little vanity/dressing table 
I purchased at a moving sale for $15 a few years back
and yes, 
I unearthed again while cleaning out the garage,
the things you find while cleaning. LoL.

The vanity actually came with a mirror attached to the back
but since I'm reinventing the purpose
 I decided not to reuse the mirror. 
Here is the vanity before the makeover.
Love those cute ornate legs.
 After doing a little research I decided to use Valspar Primer,
Chalk Paint and Sealing Wax. 
Our local Lowes had quite a few color choices
but since I wanted the piece to be neutral I 
picked Valspar Chalk Paint in  color "Kids cloves".
 I cleaned the vanity before applying the Primer
 and then let the primer dry for a few hours before applying
the chalk paint.
 Depending on how many coats of paint you need
make sure to let them dry thoroughly
in between applications.
 I let the paint dry overnight before applying
the sealing wax the next day. 
 I was surprised how easy it was to apply the wax and how fast it dried.
 By evening we were able to move the piece to it's new destination.
However I waited another agonizing 24 hours before putting anything on it
aka decorating it.
My new cute little desk in the basement
which holds now all my knitting/crocheting needles
and other knitting paraphernalia.  
I also kept the original hardware.  
Honestly,
 this was way easier then I thought it would be
and may I say
it turned out quite cute 
for my first makeover project.

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Have a wonderful
Labor Day weekend!

Diana