" I am a dreamer. I am , indeed, a practical dreamer. My dreams are not airy nothings. I want to convert my dreams into realities, as far as possible. "

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Into July!

Hal"s cake

   Where has the time gone? We are already into July and I did not blog the whole month of June. Summer goes too quickly.
   We just came back from New Jersey where we had a great time surprising my brother, Hal, on his upcoming 60th  birthday in August. His wife,Charlotte and daughters, Jill and Cindy, planned a great time with family and friends.
   It is hard to surprise Hal since he tries to figure out everything. But they were just too clever for him.
  It was a great time, but glad to be back home in Yarmouth, Maine.
Fun for all...
 These are scenes of the Fourth of July barbecue that Hal and Charlotte, with help from their friends, put on every year. We got to go this year 'cause we were there.

What beautiful weather for the Fourth.
The food was fabulous.
The box

Hal's daughter, Jill, is expecting their second child in August. I made a card in a box for the baby's arrival.
   I have the Spellbinder's die for this project. It is so much easier than measuring and folding, plus you get two decorative edges that you see in the pictures. Love it.
It fold to fit in an envelope.
  I used some stamps from Stampin Up for the animals and bunny die cut for decorating and filling the box. Some images I took off the computer to add more pink color. Did you guess that they are having a girl?

The back has a pocket for money holdings.

Another type of lettuce
  We have been weeding our garden for three days straight. We have not planted as much as we have in the past. I have a section for cut flowers. The lettuce is really doing well.

One type of  lettuce

Garden project done!

   This garden project I wanted to do last year but never got around to it. I found the buckets at The Christmas Tree Shop for a song.
  I stained them and sprayed a rubber protection on the inside and sprayed outdoor poly to protect the outside.
  Filled the buckets with soil and bought annuals.
  The pump my sister found for me at a flea market. My husband anchored the pump to the bucket with bolts after putting pieces of wood across the back of both buckets.
  Love how it came out. Next year I might put it in front of the mailbox.

Two fellas with sttawberries

  We went on our annual strawberry picking trek with my sister, Rochelle , and her husband, Mark. The fields were full of huge strawberries at Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham. We had a great time. It only took about 20 minutes to pick what you see in the picture. We froze quite a bit after eating strawberry shortcake for a few days.

A beautiful day for family fun

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The ducks were a hit....
 In June we took a trip to York's Animal Kingdom with our son, Nathaniel, and his family. What a blast! Evy thought it was great fun.
   We saw so many different animals. Evy loved the ducks, though. She could walk right up to them and feed them.
   We saw an ostrich, zebras, monkeys, and many more.

A long day for Evy...

Well, July has been a busy month. I am sure the rest of the summer will be equally fun. We are planning a trip up North in the Lake Madawaska region. That should be wicked fun. We will be golfing, junking, and looking for craft stores. 
   Will be blogging after we get back to let  you know what all the goings on there are up country . 
    Enjoy the rest of the month of July!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Month of May

  Sorry it has been so long since my last post. No excuses. I just didn't feel like blogging. Not sure why... I have been busy, but I usually blog first thing in the morning when it is quiet here. I guess I need to get back into my routine and stop being so lazy.
Evy's album
    I have been working on an album with just pictures of my granddaughter in it I want to set it on  my coffee table, so that I can look through it whenever I need an Evy fix.
  I bought the directions for this project from J Ann B Designs. She gives you written directions plus a video to help you. She really does a good job. It was worth the 8.00.
  Here are a few pictures to show you the result. I am not done with putting pictures it it yet. Working on it. Also, I did not really like how the back looked so I shortened it.

Photo mat with button
The back
 I added some charms to make it look pretty. The buttons add a nice little touch, too. They also help you slide the photmats out more easily.
From the top
  I am using Graphic 45 paper for this project. I love this paper and all their collections. I save this paper for only really special projects.
  The hidden hinge is used here just as if you were making a regular mini album. I really enjoyed making this one. I can't wait to finish it with all the pictures of Evy I have to put in it. It might be awhile to get it done.

   Evy is growing up so fast. Love babysitting with her. She is so much fun.

Evy at our house.

This is her table set that she uses
in her playroom. I bought that months
before she was born. 
 I made this retirement card for my brother-in-law, Tom. He really loves going to Disney World, so this was the perfect card for him.
Love this one if her thinking about
what I am saying.
  I used the Mickey that was in our room at the Beach Club resort in Orlando. It was part of our welcome package. I loved it so much I brought it home and used it here. I just cut off the bottom and used Mickey's head.
  The sentiment is a stamp I picked up somewhere in my travels from Northwoods stamps.I do not know where the paper is from since I used some scraps I had in my stash.

   In March we drove to Columbus, Georgia to see my sister, Phillis and her husband, Cary. They just moved there and we wanted to check out their new home. When we got back I had been working on this album that my sister, Rochelle taught us to make using file folders. It was  so easy.
  I added this cover to give it a more album look using the ribbon you see on the side. I punched two holes in the spine and two holes in the pages and went to work.
  Rochelle has a blog called Creative Corner which is a blog that I follow and is listed on my blog. You should check out her posts.
  I used some Graphic 45 cards and some prima flowers to give the album a finished look. The clock you see is a magnet that keeps the album closed. Love it...
  The inside pages had to be kept simple or it would not close properly. I made a flap and some pockets, but it will hold quite a few pictures.
Inside album
  I got together with my sisters, Rochelle, Chris, and Andrea. We worked on making these favors for a graduation party for Andrea's daughter, Emma.  It is so hard to believe she is graduating from high school this June. Where does the time go?
  Rochelle had everything cut out and we just assembled the favor. Love how they came out.
  The die cut is called Curvy Keepsakes from Stampin Up. You can make so many different designs using this die cut. You should go on Pinterest and put "Curvy Keepsakes " in as a search and you will be amazed on what you can do with this die cut.
Graduation favors

Hard at work

The perfect gift...
 Mother's Day was wonderful. The kids came over and we just hung out with Evy. Nathaniel helped us change out our computer. We bought a new one and so he worked on the technical stuff to get it up and running. He is a genius at computers.
  Kristin and Nathaniel gave me some lovely flowers. They look so pretty. They also gave me a mystery puzzle cause they know I love mysteries. You read about the mystery first and then put the puzzle together to solve the mystery. No picture to go by. It is a real challenge but loads of fun.
Playing with Evy
   I love seeing the kids and of course ,Evy.
  It is always a treat to be together and see what a wonderful family God had put together. I feel so blessed.
  I am looking forward to working on  my gardens and getting some yard work done.  I hope to be blogging more,

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Birthdays Galore!

Happy Birthday, Evy!
I have been right out straight working on birthday cards for the month of January and February.
  Our granddaughter, Evy, is turning one year old. So hard to believe it has almost been a whole year since she came into our lives. We are so blessed.
  She loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so I made a Minnie Mouse birthday card for her. I got the idea from a card I saw on Pinterest. I changed a lot ,but kept the layout, pretty much.
Minnie is so cool!
   The inside of the card I pieced together from graphics I found online. I fussy cut Minnie and the balloons and arranged them under the sentiment.
She is be a one year old. 
For Kristin.
   Hope Evy likes it!  Well, at least some day she may appreciate the cuteness of this card.
 Our daughter-in-law, Kristin, and Evy both have a birthday
Bette's card
  It is a lovely stamp set that you can use in so many ways. I fussy cut around the rose after using my copic markers to color the rose.
  I embossed the background with the same floral design and added the leaves and ribbon. I used a Spellbinders die cut for the Happy Birthday sentiment.
  I made another birthday card for my sister-in-law, Bette. She is my husband's sister and what a delight she is to me.
  I used Stampin Up's owl punch and the Top Note die cut. The branch and leaves are from Memory Box.
  I like how I did the eyes. Kinda cute, huh? Birthday's are done until April. Whew!
Tri-fold pocket 
  My friend, Elaine, sent me a pin from Pinterest that was a video tutorial in French. Now, I do not speak French, but I used the internet to translate the written words on the video. I felt pretty proud that I could do that and get this project done. I have put the video in here in case you would like to see this girl work.
  I had to convert her measurement from centimeters to inches. I made a few mistakes but I think I got it right.

Pull out the cards for pictures or for jounaling.
 These pictures show the inside of my tri-fold. I had a fun time working on this project. It did not take long at all.
  I think you could substitute the envelopes for paper. Just remember to leave both ends open for your pockets. You would not have to color the edges to hide the white of the envelope.
  I think I might try it on another one .
This would be great to add to a mini-album or a folio.
 I added pull tabs.

My written directions
  I took a picture of my written directions, if it would help you with making your own tri-fold pocket projects. Have fun!
 We are off to Disney World again. Looking forward to a restful time there. We just finished shoveling and snowblowing our driveway, so putting our toes in sand sounds mighty good.
  Thanks to Jenna for house sitting for us. It makes us feel like we can go away and not worry.
  I am going to try and do blog posts of our trip, but I have to use my iPad and that can be tricky. My posts may be short.
  Thanks to Don Small for snowblowing our drive while we are gone. I hear there may be a Nor' easter while we are gone. I hope not..
Happy Winter.....

Monday, January 25, 2016

Christmas Came and Went!

Love punch art!
 I finally got over all my ailments and feel human again. Russ and I got the flu/cold and thought we would never get over it. I feel like blogging again and doing my papercrafts again, too.
  This is a card I made for Christmas for a friend. I love doing punch art even though it is alot of work. I used SU's word window punch for the mouths and I have a die cut that looks like a book. Too cute, don't you think?
Christmas tag for dinner setting
  I found this idea for a Christmas table setting on Pinterest. You use a candy cane tied to a bit of green and then add the tag. I loved using my papercrafting tools to make it look festive.
  We came back from Disney in October. I worked on an envelope mini album to give to Jillian who went with us. She is a good friend to my niece, Emma. They had a great time , so they told me. We had a ball.
The album was wicked fun to make. You can use your scrap paper to cover the inside pages. I made some pockets and flaps to get more pictures in it. You trim the outside edges of the envelopes to make a pocket where you can put photo mats inside.

The cover of the envelope album

  I love making these mini albums because they work up so quickly and are easy to do. You just take the envelope flap and feed it inside the next envelope. There are tutorials on Pinterest all over the place on how to make these mini albums.That's where I found the directions on how to do this one.
An upper flap
A belly band
I thought Jillian would like to put her own
pictures in her album. That is half the fun of
doing an album.

 I am finishing up another envelope album  that
will be done in no time. I will post pictures of
that one when I am done. I am putting the pictures
in because I am giving it away. I had to put a clasp
on this one because it is too thick to close
nicely like this Mickey one does.


The back with Mickey die cut
 Finally, I wanted to post a picture of the
peanut butter balls I made for Christmas
Inside the mini album
this year.I really loved how they came out.
Again the recipe is on my board on Pinterest.
They tasted great and looked great. I will be making
these again.

I hope spring is around the corner soon. And we
didn't even get the snow that everybody else
got . Thank goodness.....

Monday, October 26, 2015

One Man's Dream!

What a great room!
We wandered through the Walt Disney museum at Hollywood Studios today. It is called One Man's Dream. I love how they change up on of the exhibits.
   This room caught my eye as I am an avid Mickey Mouse collector. I love the bookcase that holds all things Mickey. It also has books in with the other collectibles. I am thinking of changing my collection to include other items.
  This picture will help me remember how much I like this exhibit.
   We were at Hollywood Studios for the morning. We were able to do Toy Story Mania. Russ beat me as always. It is such a great ride.
Everyone heads here first.
 We headed for Epcot. To eat at the French pavilion. Yummy sandwiches were just right for us along with a ginormous chocolate chip cookie.
French pastries

   We decided to try and use a fast pass to get on Test Track. It worked out great cause we could get n in 30 minutes. We got there just in time. There was a 75 minute wait for everyone else.
  We went on Soarin probably for the last time cause they
are closing this ride for February and March to
add another track. 
  We had a lovely snack in Sunshine Seasons where I took this picture of the balloons. So pretty.  I am ready for bed so I will close with balloons. 
  Tomorrow we go to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.