Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Wreath

Spring in New England! If you live here, you know that it is a very unpredictable season. You can wake up to either a snowstorm or a beautiful sunny day. Give me the sunny day! We have been enjoying a few days of gorgeous weather. Seems like just last week I was up to my ankles in water in the basement. Oh, that was last week!

It was time to put up my spring wreath! It has been good to me over the past few years. No need to buy a new one! I just added this cute little garden lady. I bought her at The Dollar Store a few weeks ago. I have not done anything as far as crafting is concerned, since the basement flooding. I was in the middle of a spring project that I will hopefully share this week.

I hope you are enjoying a beautiful spring day.
It is raining here today, but I won't complain about it.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thank you!

Thank you so much for all your thoughtful comments on my blog yesterday. When I wrote that post we had over 6 inches of water in the basement and the weather had been gloomy for days and I was having a small pity party for myself. Others in the area were not so lucky. They are still at shelters and have not even begun to deal with their water problems. The dumpster is here and now we are in the middle of cleaning the basement of over 26 years of what should have been tossed long ago! The water is almost gone and the sun has been shining for two days. Things are looking up again.
Thank you all for those thoughtful comments!
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Water, A Beautiful Sight

This is a picture of Block Island, a small island off the coast of my home state Rhode Island. It is beautiful. However, water is not beautiful when it is in your basement. That is what we found in our basement today. It has been a very rainy month of March! We have been in this house for over 26 years, we have never had any water. Now, we are calling for a dumpster. Most of what was down in the basement has been lost. Talk about being forced into spring cleaning! Oh and I should mention that a tree uprooted in our yard and caused us and others to be without electricity for more than 12 hours last night and into the morning! That was fun! And not to mention we lost an hour, but with the day we are having maybe one less hour of it is not a bad thing. I always say, worse things can happen and they have. The water is being hosed out the front door and down the street. Let's just say crafting is on the back burner! That said, I hope the stove still works!

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

White Tank Top

I was at Ann Taylor Loft right after Christmas. They had already started putting out their spring clothes. As tempted as I was to buy their white tank top with blue yo-yos, I knew it would be on sale soon. Then I thought I could try and make one, so last night I did.
I had a white tank from last summer, leftover blue fabric and a bottle of tacky glue. It came out rather cute. I may try to make one in another color. I made this tank just like the Ann Taylor Loft version , but I am tempted to make another one and add a few buttons and maybe a few green leaves, too.

Here is the ATL shirt. It started out at $25 and is now on sale for $15.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Four Things I Love

One of my favorite bloggers, "A Little Birdie Told Me So" had a post about four things she was loving right now. She tagged everyone to list four things that we were loving right now. Right now and for the past few months I have started my day off with a bowl of hot oatmeal. I like to add jam, peanut butter, granola, bananas and chocolate chips to my oatmeal. But not all at once! On most days it's just a bit of jam!

The first thing I do when I go downstairs is make a fresh pot of coffee in my french press.
For years, I struggled with making coffee in a drip coffee maker. I mean my coffee was horrible! I have been using a french press for about three years now and loving it!

This is the magazine that is inspiring me right now! Love, love, love it!

I saw this red Jessica Simpson bag at Macy's last Monday. It was on sale, but still I just could not justify buying it. I went back Friday and it was still there. I really loved it and I never buy an expensive bag, until last Friday. To me it is a year round bag and I love the color red for summer. I am really loving this bag!
What are you loving right now?

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Green, again!

Okay, another green craft, I can not seem to stop making things from brown bags. I am a big fan of gift cards, I like to give them and also receive them! Making these cards, I could do a little paper crafting and a little sewing. The best of both worlds!

There was a scrap of paper leftover, so I made a cute little handle!
Now, I have to wait for a special occasion to buy a gift card!

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

100 % Recycled

If I forget to bring my own bag when I go shopping, I will ask for a brown bag if the store offers them. I am glad I had a few at home after I bought the "Green Craft" magazine.

I made this gift bag from the brown bag pictured above. At first, I was going to hide the black lettering, but after looking at it, I like how it looked peeking over the top.

Could every day be my special day?

Still loving the birds and running out of brown bags!

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Green Crafting

Last week I bought a magazine about green crafting. The magazine has so many ideas about what they call repurposing items. I guess repurposing is the new trash to tresure. The magazine has inspired me to make a few things. This is my first finished project.

It all started with a Starbucks hot coffee cupholder. Crafter, Linda Manning Findley thought of a way to make a Christmas tag from the holder. I would of never thought of making a tag like this, I am glad she did! It was a nice project for a snowy afternoon last week.

I covered the holder with a newspaper print paper and distressed the edges.

Then, I added a pink cut out flower and a few leaves.

Next, the tag needed a brown satin ribbon tie and a little purple and yellow trim. I added a cute saying, " Make the most of everyday". I have already collected a few more holders to recover or should I say repurpose. The only thing pink about the tag is the flower, I wish I could of taken a better picture. Note to self, work on photography skills!

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Friday, March 5, 2010


A little friend of mine is learning how to read. I was at her house when she opened up a set of 20 books she ordered from school. Well, I offered to make her a few bookmarks and she accepted. I like to make bookmarks and it gave me a reason to use a new stack of glittery paper I bought a few weeks ago.

They turned out rather sweet!

I have had a few requests for more bookmarks.
I hope to get to them tonight.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tea Time

This little sewing project has been on my to-do-list for about a year now. Sunday, I searched through my fabric and found these cute leftover pieces. It was my first attempt at making a tea bag holder, so that meant making a pattern. Which was really very easy, it is a rectangle about the size of an over sized index card.

It can easily hold 4 bags of your favorite flavored tea. There is also enough room for a few of your favorite sweeteners. Do you have a favorite flavoured tee? You can see I prefer chai. Which is also delicious cold.

The trim adds just that little something extra.
I think this is a great idea for the tea drinker who always seems to be left out, when the world seems to be dominated by coffee drinkers. At least in the northeast, we love our coffee, whether it be hot or cold!

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Running Low

I found these cute little journals in my craft cabinet the other day. I am not sure where I bought them, but it is time to paper them. The box where I keep all my "just in case" gifts is getting a little low. You never know when you might need something small to give someone. Or maybe your daughter may need something small to give someone.

They will fit perfectly in your pocketbook.

I bought these little birds do-dads last week. They are so cute!

I love this trim, but I am running low on it, too. Maybe, I will take a trip to Jo Ann's today and see if they have any more, I hope so. I better remember to take my 40% coupon with me.
(No trim at Jo Ann's, I left without buying a thing! A first for me, but I should use what I have at home.)

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Recipe Holder

I am so tired of making the same paper crafts. There, I have said it. One of my New Year's resolutions was to be more creative, I am going to try and keep that promise. That being said, I made this little recipe holder for my daughter. It has a few of her favorites and a few of mine. I am going to ask my Mom to write down a few of her's, too.

It seems almost every time my daughter comes for supper I make this recipe. All you have to do is add your favorite chip for dipping! It is great to make if you are having Mexican night!

I have been making this recipe for about ten years now. We have it every year for Thanksgiving dinner. I always bake it for 15 minutes longer than the recipe says. I also find it better if you make it the night before. I think it would be nice to have with a ham dinner, too.

I put an insert on one page, so my daughter can add a few of her favorite recipes. I made this carmel apple dip and it was very good! I have another small project that will reveal the rest of the recipe.

I had to really look at all the stickers and do-dads to find these cute little kitchen images.

I had to add an upclose picture of this cute little red bird, just because!

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