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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Quote Me...

Quote in a frame
Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm!  How's your week been?  Hope it was productive and that your weekend was relaxing.  My week was hectic, and the weekend fun.  Hubby and I got to watch two of the cutest EVAH boys in the world overnight Friday and all day Saturday.  Lots of laughing and playing, which are two of our favorite things to do!  Today, I've got soup in the crock pot and have started on a project for next week's blog.  At least I've gotten a couple of things accomplished, seeing as I'm still in my jammies!  Remember in (at least) one post where I said my favorite thing was my jammies?  Yeah, can't beat 'em!

Same quote as above; differently done on canvas
Another one of my favorites, as in things to read and find, are quotes. Quotes of all kinds, from humorous to serious to inspiring to thought-provoking.  I have them posted everywhere, from in a frame on my wall to written in a book to taped to a drawer.  Sad, but true.  I am a quote junkie.  Does anyone know if there's help out there for me?  I'm thinkin' I'm in some serious need of intervention.  

Bible Verses using my MIL's name
8x8 scrapbook page
Now, when I say quotes, I'm talking the real quotes; the cool quotes.  NOT the ones we all heard growing up that sounded like our parents were crazy, such as "Stop crying or I'll give you something to cry about!"  HUH? Where in the heck of parentdom (if you'll remember, I also like to invent words) did that come from?  Does that even make any sense? Why would I be crying if I didn't have a reason to cry in the first place?  Is there some secret that I'm not aware of?  Or how about the infamous to us all, "Knock it off or I'll knock you into next week!"  Is that even geographically possible?  Can that actually happen?  Really, I'm pretty sure that's why I'm so befuddled and confused today; none of the things I heard growing up made any sense at all.  What about that "Don't go crying over spilled milk."  Why would they tell me that when I didn't spill my milk?  And I NEVER understood the one about letting the cat out of the bag.  Who in their right mind would put a cat in a bag anyway, and why?  Seriously, I think therapists are getting rich off of us due to our quote-inventing parents for all the damage they've done!

Another canvas
Quote says: "My future's so bright
I gotta wear shades."
No, the quotes I'm talking about are the really awesome ones, such as Mark Twain's "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear." Wish someone would have told me that a long time ago! Did you know there's more to that quote than just that sentence? Well, there is, and it goes like this: "Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word." You can thank Pudd'nhead Wilson for that; it was on his calendar. :D How about "It is curious--curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare." to make you think? That one is also by Mark Twain. The guy's a genius in my book. Some of the best quotes ever were attributed to him.

One more canvas
Quote says:  "Music is love in
search of a word."
Quotes come from all kinds of sources, such as teachers, books, daily life events, church services, etc.  Almost anywhere you look,  you will find one that will grab your attention. How about Audrey Hepburn?  One of her most memorable (in my mind, anyway) quotes pertains to everyday life and how she looked at it. "For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed.” I have always admired her for her outlook on life and her giving spirit, after everything she went through in her life.

My FAVORITE Eleanor quote
Or Eleanor Roosevelt, who is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum from Audrey Hepburn, but was a generous and caring individual, with her own strong convictions that turned into a bazillion quotes. Hers are some of my own personal favorites. There are many, both witty and serious, to peruse over for hours. I'll bet many of us didn't realize (including myself) that the quote "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart" originated from Eleanor Roosevelt.  She was one strong woman, having suffered some tragedies of her own, only to rise above them and inspire others. While we may think of her quote as "just words," they really do give you cause to stop and think.

4x6 card
Quote says: "One day, long, ago... there
lived a woman who did not whine, nag or
b***h.  But that was a long time ago...and
it was only that one day."
And how about some of the wittier ones that we hear all the time? The ones that make us laugh so hard we cry, or at some random point in time on a completely different day, we start cracking up to ourselves? You know, the ones where people look at you and you just know the men with the white coats are coming? Yeah, some of those stick with me because they usually remind me of something. I can't think of anything better to lift my spirits if I'm down, inspire me when I need it, or make me start thinking, than a good quote.

I love displaying my quotes or giving them for gifts.  There's just something about a quote that almost everyone likes AND you can find a quote that's PERFECT for whomever you're making a gift for!  One of the most fun, thoughtful and from-the-heart things you can do!  And you can quote me on that!

Picture frame by Michael's; Pattern paper and embellishments from several sources; Canvases, 4x6 card and 8x8 scrapbook page done using Heritage Makers digital scrapbooking program.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I'm Versatile...I'm Versatile!...

Hello,  Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! This is a little different blog today because I have this fabby little button that you see entitled "The Versatile Blogger."  And I totally wanted to share it with you!

What is it for and why do I have it?  Well, it's like this: Stacey at Real Southern Living nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award.  Yippee!  I'm excited beyond words that she thinks my blog is cool and that I've got some fun projects. THANK YOU SO MUCH STACEY!!!!  Please, take a few minutes to check out her awesome blog.  I can't tell you how many times I've been inspired by something of hers I've seen (we will NOT be discussing the "Toodie has stolen some of these ideas" aspect of this inspiration).

In order to properly accept this award, there are a few things I'm supposed to tell you about myself...Seven things, to be exact.  Hmmm.  I have to say that's a hard one because I'm actually pretty boring (can you spell B.O.R.I.N.G.?) in real life.  I just make everything exciting up.  What to do; what to do?  Ok, digging from the deepest, darkest areas of my brain - AHHH SCARRYYYYYYYY! - I will try to come up with something that not everyone knows.  Here goes:

1.  I love to sew and actually have a little tiny home business that I started last June called "Lil Miss Addie" that I named after my little granddaughter, Addisyn.  Yep, that cute little Addisyn who is sitting on the right hand side of the page up there. Hi Addie! 

2. I met my hubby (aka Mr. Scrappin) on  Now, you may think that's not all that uncommon these days and you're right,'s probably not all that common to win money doing it. hahahhaa  A certain friend, who shall remain nameless (LINDA) signed me up for a one-month subscription AND said she'd pay me $50 if I responded to just three hellos.  Fast forward almost five years and the rest is history.  :)  BEST $50 I EVER MADE!  And, just FYI, Mr. Scrappin was the third hello.  

3.  I was in the roller derby.  Yes, I really was.  Never got hurt doing the derby, but got hurt twice doing family skate night at the roller rink.  Go figure.  The second injury ended my skating.  I still have my stuff, though; can't bear to get rid of it. 

4.   I am a fan of all types of music, with the exception of rap and soprano opera, and my stash goes all the way back to records.  You know, those round, black things that had tons of white noise?  And while I completely prefer music to television, you DO NOT want to come in if you hear Kid Rock playing.  Why, you ask? Because I only listen to him when I'm extremely angry and need to expend some of that mad energy.  LOL  True story.  

5.  Both of my brothers are over 6 foot; my sister is almost 6 foot and I am...NOT. EVEN. CLOSE.  I am 5'2" HOW did this happen?  Inquiring minds want to know! FYI, I USED to be 5'3", but apparently the height committee decided I wasn't worthy anymore.  Pooh.

6.  I do not know how to swim.  No, I really don't.  I'm afraid of the water and it's like moving a mountain to even get me close to it.  I will admit though, that it's very pretty to look at from a distance.

7.  My dream is to visit Ireland some day.  It just looks so beautiful and, since my maiden name was Irish, it just seems fitting.  :)  Oh yeah, Ireland, for more than just a couple of days.

Now that you know a little something about me, you will all need to raise your right hand and repeat after me:  I WILL NOT MAKE FUN OF TOODIE TICKING OFF THE HEIGHT COMMITTEE OR BEING AFRAID OF WATER LIKE A LITTLE BABY.

Since I've been so lucky to be nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award, I would like to pass that nomination on to some of MY favorite blogs that I feel are pretty versatile.  As well as fun, charming, name it.  A versatile blog to me is one that makes me laugh, keeps me interested and makes me want to steal, er, um, borrow...hmmm...let's just say "adapt" those awesome ideas shown.  So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite blogs (and their owners) that I hope you will take the time to visit.  Each one has some great ideas, recipes and crafty or repurposed items that you will absolutely love!

Once you visit these blogs, you will not be able to resist going back.  I promise.  I really, really promise!  I will be sending mail to these bloggers to let them know they've been nominated by me (YAY for nominations!) and I hope they will accept the award when they see it.  :)

In order for me (and the bloggers that I've nominated) to accept the award, these are the rules to follow:

1.  Grab the Versatile Blogger button from above.
2.  Thank the person who gave you the nomination.
3.  Include a link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
4.  Share seven things about yourself.
5.  Nominate 15 of your favorite blogs ~ gotta pass that love on ~ it's well deserved!
6.  Inform each nominee by leaving a comment on their blog.
7.  Include this set of rules in your post so YOUR favorite award winners will know what to do.

Once again, I'd like to thank Stacey at Real Southern Living for giving me this award. Thank you Stacey for liking my blog!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Coasterrific Wall Hanging...

Mod Podge the verses on and let dry
Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm!  I hope you have all had a fantabulous week and that another one is in the works for you!  Did you have beautiful weather where you are and, if you did, what did you do with it?  We had some nice days this last week; a little chilly in the morning, but just perfect by mid-day.  Oh, how I hated to be working when it was nice outside!  But work I did.

Mod Podge cardstock on the coasters
The weekend, now - that's a different story! Weekends are mine; all mine!  I slept in; hubby and I got to have an over-nighter with the most fun twin boys we know; and I got to play a little in my craft room today.  Really, I did!  And yes, I enjoyed every darn minute of it!  I finally got to do a little something to hang in my bedroom, which is B.O.R.I.N.G. Yep, boring. Did I mention boring?  Said boring bedroom hasn't been painted yet, although hubby and I have been wanting to get around to it.  The problem is that there are so many "get around to its" that we sort of have to prioritize.  I know, I know, it makes me sad too. Never in my wildest dreams as a little girl did I ever think I would have to prioritize.  And I don't like it.  Just sayin'.

Attach ribbon between coasters
While we haven't gotten to the painting part yet, that doesn't mean that I can't actually hang something on the walls, right?  RIGHT. And let me tell you, there is NOTHING on our walls. How did this happen?  Soooo not acceptable! Ok, well, there is ONE thing hanging on the walls...a belt rack.  Oh yeah, how exciting is THAT?  Woo hoo!  Mhm.  I am underwhelmed at the lack of decor, and a belt rack just really doesn't make me feel and happy inside.  Someone has to do something, right?    Well, of course, that someone is me.  And I just made our first EVAH wall decor for the bedroom. Only three and three-fourths years later, but hey, who's counting?

Cording added to close "seams"
I had an idea a while back to make a little hanging to go between our closet doors, where we have about six inches of actual wall.  Not a lot you can put in a small place like that so I've been contemplating for a long time about how to spruce that little area up.  A few months ago I had the brilliant idea (yes, I did say brilliant!) to put the verses of the poem we had on our wedding announcement onto separate "somethings" and make it cute. Mhm. Notice how I said a few months?  Cuz that's what it took me to figure it out. What kind of "something" can you put poem verses on and make them look decent?  My first idea...coasters.  Because I had some.  No, not the stone or tile coasters, but the cheap and ugly advertising ones you can get from a bar. Check out that picture above and you'll see what I'm talking about.   

Gauzy ribbon for fun
Now, before you go thinking that I visit bars a lot, let me just tell you that I actually needed those coasters to do another project (that has obviously never been done) so I asked the waitress at a little bar and grill across from where I work if I could have some coasters. Uh, yeah, I really did that.  I'm not opposed to begging.  I'm not proud of it, but it works. People wonder what in the world you would want those ugly things for and they look at you with pity and hand them over.  Try it sometime.  Of course, those coasters have been sitting in my craft room for quite a while now, waiting for me to get them out and play with them. Well, today was the day!  Except I didn't really know exactly how to make my hanging non-boring.  It needed dimension of some sort, so for a couple of hours I wracked my brain.  And then I opened up that drawer that had been holding those coasters and took out those little tiny canvases.  Yay me - a project has begun!

Looped ribbon at top
First verse
First, I cut up (GASP) the poem out of one of my extra wedding programs.  THAT was really hard to do! Who cuts up their wedding program?!  Uh, me.  But ONLY because I had extras.  Somehow, it felt really wrong to be doing that.  I must admit that I almost didn't succeed.  And I had to talk myself into it, slowly and patiently.  Getting out my trusty Mod Podge, which is one of my very bestest friends in the entire world, I adhered the verses to the small canvases. Breathe in, breathe can do it!  As I was letting the canvases dry, I cut cardstock squares in a size just a tad bigger than my coasters and adhered the cardstock to one side of the coaster.  I did two coasters for each verse, as I had a plan.  Yep, a REAL plan, just like those people that know what they're doing.  I felt so special!  ME, with a PLAN!

Second verse
After everything was dry, I trimmed the cardstock around the coasters to get them back to their original shape and sanded the edges with an old nail file to remove any rough edges.  I chose a wide ribbon that I'd been saving (it came from a beautifully packaged order I received not too long ago) to use for the hanger, and started to adhere it to the coasters. Placing the coasters cardstock side down, I hot glued around the edges of the coasters and placed the ribbon in the center of a coaster and sandwiched it in between with a second coaster.  I folded the top part of the ribbon down and glued the edge inside the two top coasters  to make my hanging loop.  See?  I TOLD you I had a plan!  This long ribbon was going to hold all of my verses together.  After all of the coasters were attached to each other, I attached some cording that I've had for YEARS (literally!) around the edges to cover up the seams.  So far, so good!

Third verse
Next, I cut up some gauzy ribbon that I had left over from a previous project and just randomly placed it on top of the front of each coaster.  I then applied hot glue to the back edges of the canvases and attached them to the front of the coasters.  Hey, this was pretty cool!  I was actually liking how it was turning out! Trust me, that doesn't happen often.  Something seemed to be missing, but I didn't want any huge embellishments on these simple verses.  Looking around in my craft room (it's amazing that I can actually find my way back out of there), I found some small self-adhesive pearls that I had used on our wedding invitations.  What better place to use them?  On our wedding poem of course!  I'm a genius!  Oh, did I mention that the cardstock was also used for our wedding invitations?  I'm sensing a theme here!

Last verse
Love those embellies!
With the bottom verse being quite short, I had room on the canvas to play with, but I couldn't really figure out what I wanted on there.   Nothing floral or big; I wanted this project to stay simple so that we could enjoy the verse and not have it get lost in the embellies.  Looking through my alphabet stash, I found letters with the initials of our first names - hey, this might work!  I hot glued those on, and attached some more self-adhesive pearls in a different color to look like the ellipses at the end of a sentence.  I like it!  

The final product!
Loving that ribbon hanger!

I'll hang it just where I said I would, and I'll smile every time I see it.

Canvas (2-1/2x3-1/2) by Artist's Loft; Cardstock (Chocolate Fleur) by Lasting Impressions; Mod Podge Matte-Mat from Plaid Enterprises; Self-adhesive pearls (Ivory and Ice Green) by Kaisercraft.
Poem originally by Sandy Roistan.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Just a Tee Spool of Thread...

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm!  And Happy Easter to you all as well! I'm sure this past week was spent by quite a few of you preparing for the Easter celebrations and traditions you all hold dear. :)  Not me...I did nothing.  Nope, nothing. Nada.  Zip.  Zilch. Well, if you want to count working, working, getting rear-ended, working, having a melt-down and working, it was nothing.  I have to admit that this past week has been one of the most stressful I've had in a while so I quite literally came home each evening and fell onto the couch.  And prayed that hubby wasn't hungry.  Apparently he was...thank GOODNESS for Wheat Thins.  :D

Poor ugly tray  :(
Today I actually have dinner in the crock pot (I KNOW, freaky!) and had some time to work on a couple of things.  Not that I DID, it's just that I had the time.  Seriously, you all should know by now that just because I HAVE the time does not mean that I USE the time.  Do not make me retrain you all!  Quite a bit of today was spent trying to get Baxter to come inside.  It's quite windy here and he does not like the wind, so...he promptly stuffed himself between the door and the chair outside and would not move.  I tried and tried to open the door for him to come in, but he was too petrified.  FINALLY.  Now he's whimpering under the table, but at least he's inside.

After a couple of coats
In BETWEEN the attempts to get Baxter back in the house, I finally got to do my thread tray! I've actually been wanting to do this for quite a while now, but haven't had the chance. But today, I DID IT!  YAY ME!!!  Come on now; say it with me!  The clear box that's been holding my thread forever just isn't big enough or what I'm really wanting, so I've been biding my time (for a lllooooonnnngggggg time) trying to find the perfect thread and bobbin holder.  I had something specific in mind, but just wasn't able to find it.  I checked out Ebay, Amazon, the craft stores, etc., just to find that what my brain was picturing wasn't anywhere to be found.  Pooh.

1-3/4 inches apart in the row
Enter this tray (yes, this poor ugly tray) that I picked up at my one of my favorite thrift shops a few months back.  I passed it up a couple of times, even though I knew I could use it for something, but the color just wasn't giving me any inspiration.  Finally, after about the 49th trip through (seriously!), I grabbed it.  For just a couple of dollars, I figured something would come to me eventually. Eventually took a while.  On one of my last search adventures for the perfect thread and bobbin holder, it occurred to me that this poor ugly tray could be my answer.  What I was really looking for was a holder that I could store my thread AND it's bobbin TOGETHER.  Not in separate spaces or holders, but TOGETHER.  Because I am truly OCD and NEED to be able to grab them at the same time.  Fine...YOU call it lazy, I call it OCD.  Either way, I now have it.

Using a ruler for row spacing
It crossed my mind that this tray is quite a nice size and could store lots of thread.  You know, as in, I already have lots, but I need more lots. :D  You sewers, quilters and thread hoarders completely understand, don't you? And it would be easily accessible; no searching for the bobbin that's somewhere else and digging through the spools of thread to find the one I want.  And seriously - how stupendously simple!  Not to mention, I can see every color at just one glance and know exactly what I have so I don't end up buying the exact same one over and over.  I'm going to go with money saving on this too, just for the sake of  excitement and justification.

Finished project
Anyhoooooo, to make my thread holder, it was very simple to do, with not a lot of different or expensive items needed.  Spray paint, my tray and some golf tees.  Add hot glue and...waa laa (or however you spell that!), my thread holder!  Really, it was THAT easy!

Holding spools/bobbins
I gave my tray a nice washing and towel-dried it.  After that, I took it outside and gave it a couple of coats of spray paint.  I only painted the inside as I wanted the outside to still be dark, but of course that is totally a personal preference. After it dried for a couple of hours, I took out the trusty golf tees that my hubby has been collecting for YEARS (bwah hahahaha - actually, I got them off of ebay super cheap!) and applied hot glue to the bottom of the tee.  Using a ruler, I spaced them approximately 1-3/4 inches apart .  Once a row was finished, I left the ruler there as a spacer and added more tees to the next row.  I just continued this  until I had the tray filled.  Originally, I had planned to use only the tallest tees, but since some of my spools of thread are shorter, and since I have some random bobbins with no matching threads, I decided to use all sizes.  Super easy, super quick, super organizational!

Of course, I HAD to immediately put some thread on it to see if it was really how I wanted it, and it was!  YAY ME!  I now have my thread with matching bobbins TOGETHER on their very own tees and can tell at a quick glance whether I need to thread a bobbin, buy a new spool of a color, or decide which color in a family I don't have.  

Trust me, just a tee spool of thread makes your day much more organized!  And it's colorful, just like those Easter eggs!

Ultra Cover spray paint (Grape in gloss) from Rustoleum; Golf tees in random sizes from PrideSports.