" 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. "

Monday, August 13, 2012

August Birthdays and happenings.....


   August is a busy month for my family with many birthday celebrations. I have been making cards like mad to keep up.... These two cards were for my brother, Hal and my sister, Rochelle.
For Hal
For Rochelle
  For Hal's card I used Tim Holtz's jalopy die cut. I played around with it, using an embossing folder, and painting it different colors 'til I ended up painting it black with some color showing through. I added the Tim Holtz  gears and put acetate in the back to give the windows a more interesting look. The time piece die cut is from Tim Holtz, too.  I had seen this saying somewhere so I just printed it out and used a spellbinders label die cut with some bling from Heartfelt Creations. I hope he liked it..I took so long to make it I was late for his actual birthdate... Oh well...better late than never.
We are trying our hand at cake decorating.
   For Rochelle's card I was on time..It helped that we were having a birthday party for her at my house. I love Stampin Up's owl punch. You can use him in so many ways. I cased this card from a card I pinned on Pinterest. I went back to try to link it here, but I couldn't find it to save my life. I used different colors and added the hat and balloon. I used my Cuttlebug tree bark embossing folder to make it more interesting. It was a fun card to make.  I think Rochelle liked it.
Black-eyed Susans

Some of my milk glass collection
   Her party was alot of fun. I used flowers from my garden as a centerpiece. I was inspired by Donna Hebert's blog on tea time. She has beautiful tablescapes. She blog is linked here: Donna Heber Designs

cherry tomatoes

   We have been busy with harvesting veggies from our very first garden together. The tomatoes are starting to turn red. We hope to make spaghetti sauce using a Christmas gift of canning supplies from Russ's sister.   
   The other exciting happening is to our home. We have hired a carpenter Patrick McDonnell  from Augusta. He is doing a fab job on building our deck. We are so thrilled to be getting this project done. We have wanted to do this all summer and decided we might as well do  it so we can have use of it for part of the summer and all fall. It's not completed as you can see, but I will post more pictures when it is fully done.
View from inside where the windows were....

Some electrical work needs to be finished.

View from outside

Towards the backyard

Side steps

Towards the road

I took the film off the door glass, better viewing.

   As you can see the railings, trim, and electrical need to be finished. I can't wait to put out the barbecue grill, umbrella and table, and wicker furniture. It seems to be just the right size. Check back for more pics when Patrick completes the deck. Hoping for tomorrow... Happy August!


  1. The cards are fabooo!! I love the pictures of the deck! I can't wait to see it finished! Enjoy the bounty from your garden!

  2. I love watching people's progress on a building project, especially one so beautiful and that anticipates many happy hours of family time and relaxation with loved ones upon completion! Is the back door new too?

  3. I love my card and Hal's card is wonderful! Love Tim Holtz stuff! My party was so much fun! Thanks for having it! The deck is beautiful! and your garden is spectactular! Everything is falling into place! (not to mention the great news today!!

  4. Hi Connie,

    Wonderful projects! I just adore the antique car. I'll have to look for that die. Looks like you have been very busy working around the house. Your deck is gorgeous and I love the glass doors!