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It’s A Go!

I saw this idea on… Pillows A-La-Mode… It had been done by her daughter-in-law

I just loved it!…

and immediately knew I would be making one for my daughter-in-law

You see… my son and her have bought a new home… and I thought it would make a great house warming gift plus birthday presentu15530543

They moved in today and her Birthday is Sunday…

I looked for a star to make it with and was about to order one off of the internet when this metal one was found marked down at a dollar store… It was quite nice… the size I wanted… 14″ X 14″… also had a Welcome Sign ( 10″ long) at the bottom… hung with small chains…

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This was going to work perfectly!

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No matter what color or design on it… because it would be covered with lots of photos

I went through all of my photos deciding on which ones would be good for this project…

I included of course the 3 kids… “Mom and Dad”… Uncle Doug… my daughter-in-law’s parents… Wickett, their puppy and both my husband and I…

This is who our “Little Family” consist of…

I printed out the photos on white paper…

It was to be a collage of photos of our family decoupaged with Mod Podge… a type of craft glue that adheres so well and also coats and makes the surface glisten…

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After cutting and taping the 100+ photos to the star on all points… I glued them and coated them with the glue… Yes, it took a little time… but, oh so worth it!…

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One point of the star designated for each Grandchild of mine… and the rest scattered photos of the rest of us…

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This glue is some marvelous stuff… I hadn’t tried this technique for many years… but, my heads a spinnin‘ about other things to cover…

I love it!… and usually I’m my own worst critic

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Even, my other son and husband gave me kudos for this project… and if they give their approval… I usually say, “It’s a go!”

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Homemade Love!

I always make something homemade k5865489 for someone at Christmasand whether they like it or not… I will probably never know… I’ve made fleece throws $(KGrHqV,!lUE4lsbK!mUBOVrbG)3Ew~~60_1 … embroidered k2257904… made ornamentscookies/breads, etc. …

This year my daughter-in-law had the kids make each other a gift… My 11-year-old granddaughter, Kennedy …

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… made her little brother, Carson… a “Viking” tied fleece throw xprd82544_m… He plays peewee football k10305399and that is his team’s name… He threw his arms around her… You have to know he’s 8… and said, “I love it!” k10853419… to her surprise… The love at that moment was pure bliss!…

and he in turn who loves to make things with wood… was to make her a Lego table 6537611904p… because they both love building with Legos LEGO_logo_svg … I wasn’t present when that event happened… but, I’m sure it was received with love STA0001also…

My oldest Granddaughter, Taylor

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surprised us all by taking her little brother, Carson…

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shopping for ornaments and then making cards with him to attach the ornaments to… We learned this after receiving our precious gifts

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I have to give credit to their Mom for instilling the gift of giving from your heart in them…

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and I’m sure some day this tradition will be passed on…

It’s Done!…Why Did It Take So Long???

I’m beginning to wonder about my painting things lately… This chair seemed to take forever… Is it the chair???… It is hard to reach… being so low and the seat sits back so far… Is it the paint???…. no, I usually use acrylics… and then put a coat of polyurethane spray over it… Is it being retired… a little lazy??? maybe… I actually think it might be that I’m a little older and it just takes me longer… and I have to admit… I lose interest easily…

But, I have finally finished painting my son Brian and his wife Melanie’s Adirondack blue chair

I hope they like it…

    

My starting sketch…

Completed chair!… What do you think?

My starting sketch…

Procrastination… An Artsy Thing???

Have you ever had a hard time getting started on a project?… even if it’s something you really like to do?… I have been asked to paint a chair for my son and his wife… It’s an Adirondack chair in shape… but, not wood like the older ones  … this one is a brightly colored plastic type… blue in color…

I’m not just going to paint it… I’m going to paint a beach scene  on it… The ocean… a sandy beach… palm trees … maybe a hammock  … a parrot   for sure … and a sign depicting Margaritaville

They want it to be fun… to sit by there pool… I have a few ideas… but, getting started is sometimes the hardest part… and then I get so involved I can’t stop until I’ve finished it completely… It’s all or nothing!… I went through all of my paints … to check what colors I have and what I will need… I might not even have to buy any…I had more than I thought

… A few new brushes might be good though… I let my Grandkids paint every time they come over… Something they love to do… So at times my brushes don’t get cleaned out as good as they should

  

… That’s OK… because the enjoyment they have is worth it… and I love to see their creativity  … I believe they might take after their Grandma… Isn’t that neat!… Oh, well… enough procrastination! … I think I’ll get the scene sketched out on the chair… and then I’ll have more incentive to paint this project… It will be fun!… I just needed a little pep talk to myself to get me started… Thanks for listening!

I finally have a rough sketch… Believe it or not this helps…

PS…Do you think that we all have a little trouble with the time being just right to begin an art project… Is it an artsy thing?… I always seem to say,

“I have to be in the right mood!”

… Just wondering what you might think…

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Photo – Two Subjects

I came across these little T-shirts I had saved… These little shirts are almost 40 years old… Worn by my baby boys … The older being “Doug” and the younger being “Brian”… I remember putting their names on them… like no one could tell them apart, ha, ha!… My mind wanders back to those days … Their different looks…their different personalities… their different out-takes on doing things … their closeness after many years of trying not to be… Their attitudes… their likes and dislikes… Their compassion shown in such a different manner from each other… their direction taking such different paths   … Life moved in and put its mark on these little fellas… Such was done by luck , purposeful actions, unforseen happenings, their individual insight, their strong… loving hearts, their emotions and the unrelenting fact of fate! Two people… both male… but, both unique!… One picture… but, such different stories “Two Subjects”... and I love them so much just for those reasons!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Gift…

I found this small green vase at the thrift store that I frequent… just had to have it! … Why you ask?… Because it was so “UNUSUAL”…

At first I thought it reminded me of fresh green grass in the early Spring… then, the more I looked at it… it reminded me of the tops of green onions… My first Spring flower will go in it!… It could also be used as a candle holder… Any Spring color of candle would do!… What do you see?

 

“Sounds I Love”…

I know summer is around the corner for sure …when my husband gives maintenance to his lawn mower …and starts it’s engine…I love that sound of the first cutting of our grass…It makes me happy! …It means my husband is in his glory…He will be a happier camper  as they say…The warm weather is here …and I can go bare foot  or wear my sandals …My toes just love to be free…My husband can make anything work I think…He can tinker  and bring life back to any piece of machinery  …You might think it’s on its last rung of the ladder …but, he doesn’t give up in trying to make it come back to life…What some people throw away is his next project…We went shopping the other day…Since we are home together every day…we accompany each other on our endeavors…We headed out for a wallpaper border …went to a couple of stores…”We don’t carry it any more”, they say…So out to Blankenbaker Ln. to the Blinds store that has a lot of wallpaper…it is a trip to me…but, he said, “Let’s go!”…and after looking a little…we found the perfect one …well, he found it…I praised him on his good selection…and then to Garden Ridge  since we passed right by it… where I spent the whole day by myself one time… He was great in letting me look to my heart’s content …Again he was the one to find several things for the bedroom we are redoing…His looking definitely paid off..Again I told him how he was making such good choices!…He in turn said, “Yes, I did…in choosing you!”Was that not the sweetest!So we returned home with our purchases and put them in their areas…they looked great!…I do believe this second summer of retirement will be even better than before…The sounds I have heard …have told me so!

“MY KIDS!”…

Sounds of summer echoed through the school each April and May…it started early!…The windows were opened on the these days to catch the warm breeze…we watched and heard the lawnmowers  from  the Board of Education  passing by our windows…the guys stood on the type of lawnmower they used…a hefty type  for all the lawns they had to cut…We just kinda worked through the noise and the smell of fresh-cut grass  as they passed by…a wave from one of the workers every now and then…We were lucky in that we were on the front of the building and saw almost every thing and every one coming and going…At first we didn’t want to trade rooms,  but it seemed to work to our advantage after all…We had several fellows in our room…that did cut grass  at home…One of the guys loved talking about lawnmowers to Mr.Coleman, the male assistant and Mr.Coleman was happy to oblidge…He just loved talking to the kids…So every now and then this student would ask “Do you have riding mower?”, Mr. Coleman?”… and giggle…because it had become a little joke between them that Mr.Coleman didn’t have a riding mower……Our other student cut grass for his Grandma all the time…his Mom and also he would ask the neighbors…He really liked making an extra dollar…and it seemed his folks were encouraging him in the right direction…One time our Mr.Coleman had a knee replacement…We called him on the phone we had in our room to check on him …Shane asked to talk to him…and the first thing he said was, “Do you have a riding mower?”  and then proceeded to laugh until he could hardly stop…He knew he had made a joke …and I knew we were doing good with our kids…Those sounds of laughter told me so!