Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mother's Day Lighthouse Garden

I have REALLY been wanting to make a little fairy garden. I've thought about size, where I would put it, what I definitely want in it...and I went to Michael's to scope out supplies....and wound up instead completely coming up with an idea for my mother instead!

First I saw this seashell shaped planter. And it all took off from there. I bought what I could at Michaels...and then purchased the sand and glass rocks elsewhere. Oh, and I found the air plant in seashell in Charleston at the it!!!

So, you can't really ship a fairy garden, so I had to wait to gift it to my Mom. Then, originally I planned to put it together for her...but changed my mind and decided she and I would do it together. That way it was a fun activity to do together and she was able to put things where she wanted...bonus!

First we added the sand.

Then we added the rocks to make the "water"

Then we added the flamingo, lighthouse, sand dollars, starfish and the message in a bottle.

It came out great! Really awesome part? THE LIGHTHOUSE LIGHTS UP!!!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

New Shark Stitchmarkers!

Yes, I already have shark stitch markers. But, since shark-themed crafty items bring me joy,they're pretty inexpensive AND they take up no additional room because they all fit in my stitch marker storage...AND these were REALLY ingenious...I ordered them!

Silly Sheep Designs doesn't usually carry this set, they were created ahead of Shark Week. The were really fun to unwrap...everything was in a pretty cellophane package with a floral decoration. There were stickers and a bag of tea AND a shark water toy!

All the stitch markers were shipped on a storage ring to keep them together (love that) and I love the jaws moves! The jaws open and shut! It'll take some self control to keep from playing with it when I have it hanging from my knitting!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Late Mother's Day Gift

Look what Little Man brought home for me today! He made this cute little man dish with a beret hat as the lid in school. He knew he wanted me to have it for Mother's Day but it was chosen for the art show so he was only able to bring it home today. Then, as he was running home with it in a paper bag he fell and dropped it right in the driveway outside of our house. He and Hubby both heard the horrible clink of pottery hitting concrete and Little Man was sure that it was broken. He started crying and was too afraid to look. Luckily, once Hubby checked on it, it was only chipped below the smile...and the chip was in the bag, so I'll be able to fix it and Little Man was able to give me my present with pride.

I couldn't mind the late present too much...I still have my gift for my mom. I sent her her card, but her gift isn't something that could be shipped...I'll share all about it in a later post!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wonder Woman!

Back in March for International Women's Day I cast-on the sleeve of what will be my Wonder Woman sweater. I haven't gotten the chance to work on it as much as I would like, which at first sent me into a panic. I had originally planned to have the sweater done to wear to the movie theater when I saw Wonder Woman. Yeah, that wasn't going to happen. So I decided that my new goal is to have it ready for the Justice League movie in November. This goal will work well for a couple of reasons. One, Wonder Woman is in that movie too. Two, I won't be wearing a hot, heavy sweater during the summer!

I came up with the idea after seeing this pattern. I'm giving it my own twist though, so you'll have to check back to see what direction I'm taking it! I am still using two strands of yarn held together like the original pattern, so it definitely won't be a lightweight sweater!

I may not have had my sweater done but I had flip-flops and sunglasses my brother had gotten me to wear. Funny store about the sunglasses. YEARS ago...we're talking preschool age....I had a pair of Wonder Woman sunglasses. I wore them on a ferry ride while on vacation and they fell off into the ocean. For YEARS I would say how there was probably a fish wearing them like the Incredible Mr. Limpett. So this past Christmas my brother bought me these to replace them! This time I'll make sure not to lean over any rails while I'm wearing them!

Have you seen Wonder Woman? What did you think of it?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Screen Porch Redo

 It was time for some new screen porch furniture. We wanted something that would be a little more comfortable for lounging...and we found it at Lowe's. We wound up unpacking it all in parking lot and stuffing the car full of the pieces to get it home when the box didn't fit by 1"...and there was a metal frame inside it so we couldn't just squeeze it. Have you ever done that? Unpacking in the parking lot? Hubby and I hurried to get it done before anyone we knew saw us!

Our old furniture that we've had since the first year in our last home:

The new furniture! I loved the blue accent pillows because it ties into the blue used in the walk-out basement. And pineapples? LOVE!

The new furniture is so comfortable you can LIE DOWN! In fact, Hubby took a nap out there the very first day! Sitting out there listening to the fountain is so peaceful.

If you're looking for us this summer you know where to look for us first!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Homemade Sushi with Little Man

So Little Man LOVES sushi...which is awesome because he's into trying new things,but can get pricey because he's a growing kid. He also started talking about making sushi at home so he could pack leftovers for lunch.So, I broke out the Sushi Magic kit my sister had given to me ages ago. I bought ingredients over time, and then when Hubby was traveling (he's not a fan of sushi) Little Man and I made a sushi feast! We made nigiri (rice "balls" with sushi on top )and we made rolls. Some came out nicer than others, but they all tasted great! Little Man had a great time playing with combinations and was so proud to take his lunch the next day and show off some of his hard work!

We also had miso soup and edamame to round-out the meal...look at the huge smile on his face!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Italy Stamp Set

I was browsing on Instagram a few weeks ago, which I love to do, when I came across cards made with a stamp set from Newton's Nook. They all had Italian landmarks, and had different themes...and I just had to make some of the projects! I ordered my set of the stamps and they arrived in a sheet from which I can individually stick them onto my reusable stamp block. I went a little nuts stamping, coloring and cutting out landmarks...I look forward to showing you what I use them for! I just love the little cat gondolier...and how versatile the set is! They also have London, Paris and New York themes, but the Italian really spoke to me!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Little Man's Card

I just love the card that Little Man made me for Mother's Day! Not only are the colors awesome, and the words,and the gift....he drew me skinny!!! 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Mother's Day Prep

I've been waiting for a good use for this paper for my mom (when I saw it I knew I had to grab it to make something for her)...and a Mother's Day card was just the thing! And having fun stickers to add some dimension to it spruced it up...having a well-stocked craft room sure comes in handy!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Wreath "Making"

I went to A.C. Moore where I saw these wooden letters and thought of putting together a wreath for our front door. Between the letter and wreath I spent about $5...and I had the paint already in the craft room. I love the pop of color it adds to the front door! And it was so quick to put together!!