noun: a small piece or amount of something, esp. one that is left over after the greater part has been used.
synonyms: noun: fragment - piece - bit - shred

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Ice, Ice Baby!

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that all are looking forward to a very happy New Year.

Now that most of us are settling back into a normal (snort, snort, NORMAL?) routine, we're getting back to some of those things we've been neglecting in order to get ready for our holidays. One of the things I'll be doing is going to a hockey game. I **HEART** HOCKEY!

Although I hate the cold outside, for some strange reason it seems to be entirely different when it's cold inside and there are two teams going at it on the ice. There is no feeling of cold, just the feeling of anticipation of what will happen next. Which team will be able to shoot the puck, make the next goal, wave their stick for success? How many fans are screaming, cheering, booing and jeering? Terms like icing, slapshot, blue line, hat-trick, high stick and hip-checking (not to be confused with the very common "breaking a hip") are thrown out like crazy, as each and every fan wants to see something different from their team of choice. OR, we just want to see them cream the other team. (Oh, did I say that out loud? Oops, my bad...)

We hockey fans get wound up worse than a cuckoo clock that won't shut up and WE LOVE IT. There's nothing like a goalie making a save, a defenseman making a great pass to a fellow defenseman, watching a power play and seeing those jerseyed players skating around like they own the ice. There's also nothing like people looking at you strangely when they see you tying your husband to the seat so he can't get up and yell (aka...getting in your way because you're short). The emotion and the anticipation are uncomparable to anything I've ever seen.

Keeping in mind that I like the game just a little (hee hee hee), I made this card for a masculine card swap that I participated in with my monthly card swap group. Did I mention that I like hockey?

Cardstock (Barnwood Solitude Blue) by Pebbles, Inc.; Pattern paper by unknown source; Stamp Set (D1233 Power Play) by CTMH; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko; Memento Danube Blue Ink by Tsukineko.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Snowman Friends

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! These last couple of weeks have been hectic, which has not allowed me to post as I would have liked. But, here I am, back at the helm, wondering (yes, STILL) just when this white stuff is going to go away.

This white stuff has caused havoc and chaos to an otherwise calm and dreary winter, and I cannot wait for it to leave. Heck, I never asked it to visit in the first place! Roads have been closed, transportation of all kinds has slowed, and we are all trying to just muddle through until it stops. Any time now, snow, we're ready.

Although I never have been, am not now, and never will be a fan of any weather below 80 degrees, I DO enjoy looking at the pristine whiteness and glistening of new falling (notice I did not say fallen...once it's fallen I want it gone) snow. And snowmen; I DO enjoy looking at snowmen. When the snow falls, they are everywhere. Children and adults alike are out there laughing and having a jolly good time inventing all types of snowmen and women; their yards holding big, friendly looking round people with hats and scarves.

Now, although I enjoy a cute snowman as much as anybody, I DO NOT want to go outside to make mine. I rather like sitting IN my craft room, with a cup of tea, looking OUT at the pasture, fields and mountains on the other side of the glass. While I'm doing that, I can work on my own little snowfriends without freezing to death, which is something I think is quite important. Not the snowmen necessarily, but the not freezing to death. Call me selfish; I can take it.

I would like to introduce you to two of my snowfriends who have made their journies forth from Ohio to Washington not once, but twice. These little guys started out in Akron as wooden forms, sad and hopeless, looking for someone to cheer them up and make them into beautiful and fun creatures. They arrived here in Washington ready to be made over into stars of their own snow reality show. Fortunately for them, I knew just what they needed. While they were visiting, they were fussed over, dressed in snowman garb and elegance, with glitter, buttons and whatever else a snowman would need to turn from wooden to a real boy (oh wait, that was Pinnochio...sorry, my bad). Once they were made over, they returned to Akron to have a little snowman party (I'm told there were around 500 snowguests!) and do a little mingling. I'm sure they had a great time reminiscing about the olden (well, wooden) days of being plain and unloved. After the party, my little snowfriends returned home to me accompanied by 18 friends, all of whom are just as unique, beautiful and full of personality as these two. I guess winter isn't all THAT bad, as long as it's winter somewhere else.

THANK YOU KELLEY L. for overseeing the safety and non-melting of my little friends. Mucho appreciation! :)

Vintage Snowman: Wooden form by Darice; Vintage Image courtesy of; Stickles Glitter Glue (Diamond) by Ranger; Mod Podge Matte-Mat from Plaid Enterprises.

Snowman with Hat: Wooden form by Darice; Pattern paper by Over the Moon Press; Cardstock (for hat) by Recollections; Ribbon by Offray; Buttons, googly eyes and snowflake button from unknown source.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Let It Snow

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! I hope that everyone has had a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday with friends and/or family to celebrate with.

Our Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful. A few treasured guests, lazing around, playing games and can it get any better? It was heaven! And then...


Am I happy about this? Well, nooooooooo. I am not one of those snow bunny creatures like my daughter. While I would rather lay on the couch reading a book in weather like this, my daughter is exactly the opposite. She loves the snow. Really? There is something definitely suspicious about a child of mine loving the snow. How did this happen? Where, oh where, did I mislead her? Sigh... At the first sign of snow, Sarah will jump into her snow gear, scream, and run outside to take in the wonders of it all (while my wonder is just how long it will last). She LOVES the snow, and I DO mean LOVES it!

Now, if she still lived nearby, upon coming in from that fluffy white stuff she calls "fun", I would have her change into some warm jammies, fuzzy socks, grab a blankie, and have some hot chocolate ready and waiting. With marshmallows. Yep, that's what I would do. And that hot chocolate would be in a BIG cup on a cute coaster. But, alas, Sarah does not live nearby anymore, and that cute coaster sits alone just waiting for her to put a cup of hot chocolate on it.

Sorry, Sis, you'll just have to look at the cute coaster for now...maybe soon we'll have a mug of hot chocolate on it...

Coasters from Lowe's; Rubber stamp by The Angel Company; StazOn Solvent Ink in Timber Brown by Tsukineko; Permanent Markers in Red and Blue by Sharpie Markers.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Food for Thought

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! Whew, it is COLD here! We had a little snow today and the temperatures are very low and expected to go lower. Noooooooo! I'm NOT ready!

With that cold comes the week of Thanksgiving, which usually has quite the chill in the air. I've seen it when it's terribly icy and freezing, leaving me to wonder whether or not any company would be able to make it over! Hopefully, that won't be the case this year! I'd really like to have a nice, cozy, lazy day.

We probably all have Thanksgiving traditions, whether they be foods we prepare, games we play, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, or just napping after eating. That's part of what makes this holiday so much fun. There are no expectations of grandeur, unless you put those expectations on yourself. The preparation of the food is usually started the day before, tables are set in the morning, food is cooking all day, and families are chatting and helping each other get ready for the big day.

I'm pretty sure everyone has a Thanksgiving food favorite; I know I sure do! Mine is the stuffing that I try each year to emulate. My former mother-in-law made THE BEST stuffing in the world and each year I hope to the heavens that mine turns out semi close. A few years ago, my oldest son, Adam, gave me the highest compliment when he said, "this is as close to Grandma's as I've ever tasted." I was beyond the moon with that statement! Although it wasn't exactly like hers, it tasted so close that I was thrilled!

For this Thanksgiving week, I share with you two of my favorite recipes. I actually made these recipe cards up for someone as part of her gift package, but the recipes are so yummy that I decided I'd share them here as well.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding: Cardstock and pattern paper by CTMH; Photo corners by 3M; Recipe stamp by Great Impressions; Acrylic pumpkin by Doodlebug; Pumpkin stamp by CTMH; Quilled pumpkins by unknown source; Kaleidacolor Rainbow Ink Pad (Autumn Leaves) by Tsukineko.

Sweet Potato Balls: Cardstock by Bazzill; Pattern paper by Great Impressions; Chalk by EK Success; Photo corners by 3M; Acrylic embellishments by Karen Foster Design; Chipboard element by unknown source.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Prince of Stickering Village

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! It's been a dreary weekend, with a little snow falling down at my house. Not my favorite thing by any means, but many people around me seem to like it. Personally, I think they're crazy.

A couple of days ago, I had the cutest little visitor ever, wanting to know if he could make invitations for his birthday. Well, shoot, how could I turn down a handsome young man? Of course I had to say yes. Ahhh, some days it pays to be nice. I got the pleasure of helping my little friend Ewan make his very own birthday invitations, with a theme of Sleeping Beauty. Yes, you heard me correctly, I helped HIM, he didn't help ME. Prince Ewan had it all upstairs in his creative little mind how he wanted his invitations to look.

He came armed, ready to work, with vellum, pink and blue ribbons, and dimensional Sleeping Beauty stickers. Prince Ewan wanted to make pink invitations for the princesses, blue for the princes, so we set about starting His Highness' project. First, I printed out the wording on some vellum; forgetting that it smeared, I grabbed it out of the printer and had to promptly start again. Uh oh, His Royalty had to wait just a tad longer to start.

Prince Ewan picked out the paper he wanted to use and we set about cutting, punching, stickering and making sure each and every invitation was up to his royal standards. We couldn't possibly let any invitations out that were less than perfect! His Highness sure can attach stickers with the best of them! I'm pretty sure I could learn a thing or two if I paid really close attention and stopped daydreaming. This project went sooooo fast and, before I knew it, my handsome little guy was on his way home, back to his own castle. With some very awesome birthday invitations. I did manage to get a hug, though. :)

I always knew if I waited long enough, my prince would come.

Cardstock by Bazzill; Vellum by Recollections; Dimensional stickers by Disney; Ribbon by Offray.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Viva La Veterans!

Hello everyone and Happy Saturday! Although I try to typically post on Sundays (just for my own sanity's continuity and no other reason), I really wanted to do a salute to our veterans, who have so long protected our country at whatever the cost may be.

I just so happen to have a veteran in my family; my big brother Tim. Or, as I call him still, Timmy. :) He has been my personal hero my entire life and I am proud to call him my brother. His service, as well as all of the other veterans who have, do and will work for our country, sometimes came with a price tag attached. In many personal, professional, emotional, intricate ways, our veterans have given up so much for us to be able to keep our freedom, without us even having to bat an eye. There is no cost for us; just our veterans and their families.

In my brother's case, one of his greatest personal costs was when he was not at home when our mother passed away. She had not been ill, and no one expected anything like this to ever happen; still, 26 years later, I cannot help but feel sad when I think of how he must have felt when the Red Cross had to find him out in the middle of an ocean to tell him of this news. I am breaking into tears as I write this, not only for him and the loss he suffered, as he and our mother were close, but for our mother to have had to miss out on a terrific son. I remember when he arrived; I remember how sad he was; I remember how strong he tried to be for the other three of us (we have a brother, Craig, and a sister, Mary); I remember him driving us to the funeral home the day of the funeral and him sticking his arm out the window to touch another car hood as we were driving (the lanes are soooo close together) and he was singing the then AT&T jingle of "Reach Out, Reach Out and Touch Someone" to make us laugh so we could handle the rest of the day. I remember someone pulling out in front of him in horrible traffic and him calling them a "boodiehead" which still cracks me up to this day. I remember like yesterday when he was getting back on the plane to go back out to sea and he put his sailor hat on my head. It was a time of no words; we had just said our final goodbyes to our mother and he had to go back to carry on his country's duty. He went, and I was so sad and so proud at the same time. He probably doesn't remember this, but I do. And I still have the hat. :) And I still say boodiehead. :)

Tim has always held a special place in my heart; not only is he my big brother, but he's so caring. Ok, I know he probably won't agree with that because he's always telling me it's time to send me back to the adoption agency but, really, underneath, he is. I think. Well, come to think of it, he DID eat my ho hos one time, so maybe not. Hmmm...might just have to rethink this whole being nice to my brother thing. Guess I should have thought this through just a tad bit more. hahahahaha

Really, I have very fond memories of my brother, who thankfully is one of the good guys still. I can remember very early days of him protecting me, feeding me, talking to me, taking care of me, and just being there. He even came all the way to my apartment from his house (which was a bit of a drive) to vacuum for me after I had my neck surgery and couldn't do it myself. HA! How can a brother be mean and still do that?

I did this layout one day several years ago while sitting back and reflecting on some personal moments. I hope it does justice.

While I've always been appreciative of my big brother and have loved him beyond words, I am also very proud that he chose to serve our country, along with many other men and women. They have all given something, and I hope we all have been able to learn from them, appreciate them, and most of all, support them. They are why we are free.

Card stock by Stampin' UP; Metal embellishments by Memory Makers; 3d embellishments by K & Company; Ink by D.O.T.S.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's Chili In Here

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! I hope that all is as right with your chilly world as is possible, as it is with mine.

Wow! Has it ever gotten cold now. Temperatures are reaching down into the 30s (which do NOT make me happy!) and making me snuggle in deeper with my jammies and blankie. Yes, I said blankie. You got a problem with that? Cuz I LOVE my blankie and my blankie LOVES me! True story. Just ask me.

As I get up and attempt to face the world in the mornings, my psychic mind can see that I'm going to have to have something really warm and comforting for dinner, because these dreary, cold days leave me longing guessed it...something warm and comforting. Things like soup, stew, chili, just about anything that my crock pot or oven will prepare for me. Ok, ok, I was dreaming a little bit there...I have to actually PUT the things in the crock pot or oven since I haven't taught them yet to do it themselves. My one attempt at it was sorely lost as my kitchen appliances laughed at me. You will never know the humiliation I suffered at the hands (well, cords) of those beastly things.

HOWEVER, all is not lost! I still have my trusty dutch oven that I can always rely on when the others do not feel like cooperating. And I pull it out a lot during the colder temperatures because it, unlike my other appliances, loves me. It's been with me since I was 17, when my mother gave me a set of stainless steel pots and pans and this lovely piece of cookery was included. Yes, I love it back!

When I make chili, soup, name it...I use my trusty little friend. One of my favorite things to prepare in it is this recipe for chili that I tried and fell in love with. It's so tasty, filling, and easy to do in ANY pot or pan if you have a crock pot that sasses you at every move. Yeah, take that, Crocky!

Red's Famous Pumpkin Chili: Cardstock by Bazzill; Double sided cardstock (So Delish - Everything But the Kitchen Sink and So Delish - Spice Rack) by TPC Studio; Adirondack Dye Inks (Pesto) by Ranger; Spiral clip by Making Memories.

Cornbread: Cardstock by CTMH; Double sided cardstock (So Delish - Everything But the Kitchen Sink and So Delish - Spice Rack) by TPC Studio; Chalk by EK Success; Rubber stamp (Bread) by Stampin' UP; Memento Dye Ink (Danube Blue) by Tsukineko; Chipboard by unknown source.

I really hope you'll try these recipes; they are sooo good AND good together. So, when it gets a little chilly, try some chili. :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Boo Day to You

Hello everyone! Happy Halloween and Welcome to the Farm! I cannot believe this month is already at its end and Halloween is here. Time sure flies when you're not paying attention. sigh...

We don't get any trick-or-treaters out here; it's too far and probably too dark for most people, not to mention our long driveway. So...I just pretend like we're getting some and decorate anyway. hahaha

I was going to post a more "fallish" project in today's blog, but I decided that since it's our last day of October and Halloween to boot, I'll just post a little card that I made for my monthly card swap last month. It's one of those cutesy ones that just kind of makes you smile. :)

Cardstock (Concord Grape) by Bazzill, (Bright Green) by ANW Crestwoods; Pattern paper (Tim Coffey Halloween I Want Candy) by K & Company; Trick or Treat rubber stamp set by D.O.T.S.; Phrase stamp by Imaginations!; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko.

As we leave October and begin a new month, let me just leave you with this message: YOU ALL HAVE A WAY SCARY BOO DAY!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I've Been Framed!

Hello, good Sunday morning and Welcome to the Farm! It's raining here and uber wet, so what better excuse to stay inside than that? And, we all know what staying inside entails: the craft room! BWAH HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oops, didn't mean to let that evil laugh come out!

Remember when we were younger and got in trouble for something we didn't do? How many of us said these words: "I've been framed!"? I know I did. Probably only because I had seen it on television in the police shows, and in movies. hahaha Of course, when I was younger, I didn't even know what it meant, but I knew that people were getting off the hook by using it, so I figured I'd try it out too. Ahem, not that I actually got into any trouble; I'm just saying I used it cuz I thought it was way cool to say. Yeah, that's it!

These days, I still say it when I'm messing around, but I actually smile to myself every time I make a picture frame because that's the first thing that comes to mind. I don't know why; it's probably some kind of holdover from my youth.

Of course, now that I found crafting, I LOVE to alter things, as well as work on my cards and scrapbook pages, and I have really enjoyed altering picture frames. That way, I can "frame" anybody I want and still get away with it. HA! What could be better than that? Now, I can honestly say I've framed lots of people; my kids, my friends, my husband, and the list goes on. If they only knew...what a sad, sad moment for them when they figure it out. LOL. In my project below, I actually framed myself, along with my husband. WHAT THE HECK was I thinking?!

Picture frames are so much fun to alter, because they can be suited to ANY mood. Fun, mellow, exciting, fast, clowning around, serious, etc. There is never any end to how you can make a frame look. Sometimes I match decor and other times I just use what I like. There is no hard and fast rule, and that is what makes it so fun and easy. There is such a huge variety of frames on the market as well; you don't have to settle for something you don't like. Some have clocks, some have multiple openings, etc., and there is definitely something for everyone's project.

Clock Frame: Clock frame by KaiserCraft (all clock parts were included); Double sided cardstock and phrase boxes by Around the Block (Imagine and Happy Day); Flower on top of medallion made from the front of an old greeting card (thanks Shelly!).

Fall Frame: Frame by Sierra Pacific Crafts; Double sided cardstock by Scenic Route Paper Company (Pink Coral Dots) ; Chipboard letters by Heidi Grace Designs; Flower and large brad by Making Memories; Autumn Saying by Daisy D's Paper Company; Gauze ribbon by unknown source.

If you like the idea of personalizing and altering a picture frame, check out your local craft store, thrift store, your own supply of frames, and change it to something you love. Don't be afraid to "frame" someone; it's all harmless fun on a rainy day!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Canvassing for Friends

Hello and Welcome to the Farm! Another week has flown by, the chill is definitely in the air, and we are all starting to head indoors where it's a little warmer. Indoors, where the warmth, coziness and homeyness surround us. Where we can relax, read, nap, or create to our heart's content. And where, even if it's a little chilly, we can grab something warm to drink or put over us and be content anyway.

This last weekend, two of my favorite friends celebrated birthdays. I love to make gifts for my friends because I can individualize them to definite and specific themes, personalities or colors. In this case, I made two different canvas projects, one a mini book and one a set for putting favorite pictures in. While both projects use canvas, they are completely different and suited for each friend's own unique self.

Although using canvas may seem a little intimidating, it is actually so simple to do! You can do ANYTHING to it and it will almost always turn out wonderful. For both of these projects, I simply rubbed stamp ink on the canvas in three different color layers, applied a little Mod Podge, added my pictures and sayings, and applied one more layer of Mod Podge to seal the projects. Yes, it really IS that easy!

My "Life and Love" canvasses were for my wonderful friend Mary, whom I work with every day and dearly love. She lifts me up on my bad days and makes my good days even better with her humor and liveliness. My "Little Dudes" canvas mini book was for my awesome friend Ronelle, whom I also work with and who has so graciously allowed my husband and I to become a part of her family's life as Aunt Toodie and Uncle Marty. Both of these ladies have the grace, love and laughter that is so hard to find so much of the time, and I love and treasure them as an asset to my life.

Life and Love: Canvas (8x8) from Art Advantage; Adirondack Dye Inks by Ranger in Caramel, Terra Cotta and Lettuce; Mod Podge Matte-Mat from Plaid Enterprises; Quotations (The Woodstone Collection-Simple Inspirations) from Cloud 9 Design; Photo Corners from 3M; Alphabet letters from Doodlebug Design, Basic Grey, and two other unknown sources.

Little Dudes: Canvas (4x4) from Art Advantage; Memento Dye Ink by Tsukineko in Danube Blue, Bahama Blue and Ladybug; Mod Podge Matte-Mat from Plaid Enterprises; Alphabet stickers from unknown source; Toy and hat stickers (Boys Only) from Renae' Lindgren for Creative Imaginations, Inc; Cardstock from CTMH.

These two projects were so much fun to do because I knew they would be appreciated by each of the recipients. If you're looking for a new project or something fairly quick that will always turn out great, grab some ink, Mod Podge and pictures, and start canvassing for YOUR friends.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Hello, Happy Sunday, and Welcome to the Farm! This is the strangest time of year for me...kind of warm during the day but cold at night. I just never know how to dress; wish I could stay in my jammies all day. There's just nothing better than jammies...and hot chai tea...and a nice comfy blankie...and a good day in the craft room. Ahhhh, my favorite kind of day!

I've had a lot of those jammie days over the last couple of months (minus the crafting part) and, while laying around looking pitiful between naps, have had the time to think about projects I would like to work on. Of course, there haven't been very many done, but I'm trying to rectify that now. :)

Recently, I received a WONDULOUS (wonder and fabulous combined to form a really cool new word here!) Halloween goody box from Margaret, a fellow Two Peas swapper. Oh my gosh, I cannot BEGIN to tell you everything that was in that box, but suffice it to say I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it all! As a small and personal "thank you" to Margaret, I have crafted this "BOO" saying for her. It isn't much compared to all the funderful (fun and wonderful combined to form another really cool new word here!) things I received from her, but I made it specifically with Margaret in mind and it comes from my heart of hearts. I truly hope she likes it! There's just nothing like receiving heart-made (heartfelt and hand-made combined to, you got it, make another really cool word here!) gifts to make your day just a little better!

This particular craft gift was relatively simple to do, but did take time for the paint and Mod Podge to dry. Basically, I took raw wooden letters and painted them; adhered pattern paper with Mod Podge; sanded and inked the edges; applied Mod Podge over the top to protect from dampness; and adhered medallions and buttons.

Fun, colorful, Halloweeny, and I did most of it while in my jammies. Try it!

Wooden letters from Darice; Craft Smart orange acrylic paint and Mod Podge Matte-Mat from Plaid Enterprises; Double sided cardstock from Heidi Grace Designs (Jeepers Creepers/Words Decor); Shimmer glitter paper from Heidi Grace Designs (Tangled Web); Sparkle cardstock (Witches Brew) from Cloud 9 Design; StazOn Jet Black solvent ink by Tsukineko; Buttons on medallions by Doodlebug Design; Spider buttons from Blumenthal Lansing; Miscellaneous buttons.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Coffin Up Some More

Happy Second Day of October and Welcome to the Farm! We're having an awesome Indian Summer here, and I am enjoying it as much as I can. Mr. Scrappin is working around the farm, Toby is doing his dog thing, and I am in my craft room (when I'm not resting). What a nice, relaxing weekend. I hope you are all having a great weekend as well.

October is here and, with it, comes the beginning rush of trying to get some pre-holiday crafting accomplished. Whether it's Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, we all want to get our ducks in a row and get done what we can. Today, I was working on finishing up another coffin for Halloween. This one is larger than the two previous ones, THANKS KELLEYLO FOR TURNING ME ON TO IT AND SENDING IT TO ME and it was a lot of fun to see if I could come up with something different. Well, I tried...and failed. BUT, it's all good since I still like the outcome of my project. I actually ran across a blog from Linda McClain titled Catered Crop and fell in love with the crackle coffin she had done. I loved it so much I was drooling. Sorry, I know you don't want to hear that, but it was seriously awesome!

Alas, my project did not turn out in the least like hers. I guess I need more practice with the crackle medium. In my defense, I had never used it before and was a little afraid of it, but that's ok, I'll be better next time. I think what went wrong was that my craft room was quite warm and it completely dried the medium before I got back to it. The end result is that I don't have the awesome crackle that attracted me to Linda's coffin (ooh, that sounds kind of morbid, huh), but I still have a project I'm happy with.

After I took the hardware off of my coffin (this is just so much easier than trying to go around it), I painted it with two coats of black acrylic paint. I only used two because I kind of have a light hand and some of the raw wood still wanted to show through. After that was thoroughly dry, I applied a coat of the crackle medium. My intent was to get back to it while it was tacky, but not dried completely, so that the medium would cause my top coat of paint to crackle. Unfortunately, it was too dry and didn't produce the result I was looking for. At any rate, I still applied my top coat of acrylic paint, which was purple. While I didn't get quite the great crackle I was looking for, I did get a slight crackle and weathered look, which I am still happy with. Next time I'll know that I need to get into my warm room a little quicker for the medium to work correctly. :)

While my project was drying and "weathering," I attempted to make a medallion. I have attempted it before, with no success, but this time I DID IT! Yay me! hahahaha I have the dexterity of Frankenstein trying to crack an egg, so this was a major success for me. Woo hoo! If you have never done a medallion before, there is a great instructional video Making Accordion Fold Paper Medallions by spottedcanary that is super easy to follow. Try it, it's really fun!

Once everything was dried and put together, I put the hardware back on my BIG coffin and put my embellies on. And presto, it's done.

For the coffin, I used: Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in colors Black and Eggplant and Delta Ceramcoat Crackle.

For the medallion, I used: Double sided cardstock (Jeepers Creepers/Words Decor) from Heidi Grace Designs; Shimmer glitter paper (Tangled Web) from Heidi Grace Designs; Sparkle cardstock (Witches Brew) from Cloud 9 Design; Lavender bat button from Doodlebug Designs.
Ribbon and Halloween "Boo" and bat buttons I've had in my stash and cannot remember where they came from.

If you're looking for a fun, quick project for your Halloween holiday, consider having someone over and have them help you Coffin Up Some More. Enjoy!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Coffin Up

Hello! Happy Monday (make that Happy Thank Goodness It's Over Monday!) and welcome to the farm! Hope everyone had a great weekend and that the week to come is a good one. :) Fall is in the air, the weather is getting cooler in the evening, colors abound, and everything is changing.

When colors change and things get a little chillier outside, I start thinking toward the upcoming holidays. Halloween, with all the little ghosts and goblins making their annual treks to the neighbors for sweet treats, is the first of the holidays on the schedule. Candy is bought, parties are arranged, costumes are made, and little people everywhere start getting excited to dress up. Wow, can it be that time already? Yes! Now, to steal the candy from the kids and not get caught; that is MY goal for Halloween. Shhh, don't tell, I don't want them to know I'm coming.

Along with all the preparations for the fun, us crafters like to get our projects out to celebrate the holiday. Witches, bats, ghosts, Frankenstein; you name it, there's a decoration for it. The decoration I'm sharing with you today is an altered coffin (actually, two altered coffins, if you want to be technical). Yes, you read that right, a coffin. A plain little inexpensive wooden coffin that can be found at just about any craft store this time of year. It can be dolled up just about any way you like: paint, paper, marker, etc.

It just so happens that with my two coffins, I painted and used Halloween paper and doodads. (Doodads is the official name of things that cannot be described any other way, in case you're wondering.) While my poor husband was in town with the track team alllllll dayyyyyyy, I spent a quiet Saturday in my craft room, just Toby and I, getting these coffins together. And, for once, I got smart and actually took the hardware off of them BEFORE I started on the altering part. Wow, who'd a thunk it? Me...actually doing something the easy way...well, I guess there's a first time for everything.

For both coffins, I used Making Memories Scrapbook Paint in Monarch.

For the "ghost" coffin, I used double sided cardstock from Heidi Grace Designs (Jeepers Creepers/Words Decor)to line the inside and to cover the top. The ghost die cut is from My Mind's Eye. Ribbon from American Crafts. "Boo" word and ghost buttons I have had a long time and do not know where I got them. I'm sure something similar could be found at any local craft store.

For the "spider" coffin, I used sparkle cardstock (Witches Brew) from Cloud 9 Design and shimmer glitter paper from Heidi Grace Designs (Tangled Web). Spider buttons are from Blumenthal Lansing. The black "ribbon" around the bottom of the coffin is actually a roller skate shoelace that I found laying around. "Boo" word and checkered button I have had a long time and do not know where I got them. Again, I'm sure something similar could be found at any local craft store.

As Halloween nears, be sure to find that perfect costume, get out those awesome scary recipes, and start coffin up the fun!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Letter Rip...

Happy Saturday and Welcome to the Farm! What a lazy day this is, with cloudy, gray skies and a little bit of a breeze. Just makes me want to stay in bed and read a book, along with having a hot cup of chai tea. Yep, maybe I'll do just that. You have my permission to do the same. Feel free to nap if you'd like; I won't tell!

This blog has to do with letters. Yup, I said letters. Alphabet ones and the ones you send, both. It's amazing how many things we do with letters; we read, write, imagine, embellish, doodle and scribble with them. Sometimes we even make up words that aren't yet words (well, I do anyway!) and they become vocabulary staples. You know those fun words such as, prettiful, beautimous and, my personal favorite, boodiehead (which I got from my big brother years ago - 1985 to be exact - I still use it to this day). Ah well, we can't all have the name Webster now, can we?

My first project is the letter "R" that I am doing for a Halloween Banner Swap on Two Peas in a Bucket. We all have a letter for the phrase "Trick or Treat" and mine was "R" (16 of them to be exact). I did have fun with this one, and I even had my mother-in-law, Twyla, up here helping me. There we were, just the two of us (and my hubby and Toby who kept popping in to make sure we weren't doing anything illegal or that might require the necessity of calling our homeowners insurance agent) having a great time configuring. What a great way to spend a dreary afternoon.

My second project is for an Address Card Swap also on Two Peas in a Bucket. You really should check them out, they have some great swaps and awesomely talented guys and gals on that site! Cardstock used is left over from previous projects and by varied manufacturers, such as CTMH, Stampin Up, Bazzill; Ribbon by American Crafts and K & Company; can't begin to tell you where those little flowers came from, except to say my friend Linda gave them to me. LOL!

Please, enjoy, and when you're finished, grab a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever beverage you delight in; grab a blankie and your favorite jammies; find a book, or magazine, or anything with letters, and enjoy the rest of your day.

Cardstock by The Paper Company; Glitter Spiderweb Paper by Heidi Grace Designs; Witches Brew Spooky Moonlight Paper (used for Letter "R") by Cloud 9 Design; Spider buttons by Blumenthal Lansing; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko.