Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Seventh Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge

Really loved that Linda changed up this tag and ran with a bright blue color combined with snowflakes.

Linda's very awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors this challenge and I was inspired quite a lot by the colors on tag number seven, the layered snow flake, and the jumping deer.  

I was quite pleased to have even included the pinecones! I didn't see any stars, but I was really happy to give a new embossing folder a try and I love how it turned out. 

That big snowflake I used as a base was actually a dollar store ornament. It's super pretty as it's already all glittery. 

Really love how it all worked out well together! Super pretty! 

Happiest of Hump Days! I'm just cresting the hump with these ornaments!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Sixth Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge

This jello mold was a lot of work, but so much fun! Linda's very awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors this challenge and I was inspired quite a lot by the glitter on tag number six. 

Linda's sixth tag reminded me of snow. I had been wanted to use this little ballerina since the start so I ran with turning her into the Sugar Plum Fairy.

I used white out on her yellow leotard and then covered the whole thing with glitter to make it look like snow. I perched her on a spray painted faucet handle. That crystal dangle was an earring that I lost the mate to. Love the sparkle! That little piece of ribbon came from Linda's shop! Love that variegated look!

This one might be my very favorite....but I still have a troll to work with...Let's see how that one turns out!

Happiest of Thursdays to you. The weekend is around the corner!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ryobi Rocks & a Quarter a Call for Memorandum Monday

Just spent a couple of days in the frozen tundra part of New York. Tug Hill, home of the Amish, lots of farmers, and my 'rents. Mom cooked us up a delicious Turkey Day meal, we hung out with Dad Pratt, and went and visited Aunt Marilyn. She lives next door to where THE MAN grew up so it was interesting to see how the neighborhood had changed. They painted the pool house yellow (the nerve) and the Amish have bought up lots of farms, including Jonny's across the street.

After watching a little Amish girl walk down her driveway, Marilyn mentioned that she had installed a phone in the milk house for them to use. A quarter for a local call and fifty cents for long distance. See, the Amish are pretty old school and drive buggies around. They certainly don't carry cell phones! As far as tools go, they have specific rules around ones that are powered with electricity. As in not using them. That being said, I'm sure they would not approve of my very newest new prize of awesomeness.

Hot diggity dog. It's a freaking green battery powered hot glue gun. THAT ROCKS!!!! See, the last hot glue gun I had died in a blaze of glory, prompting me to get quite bitchy. The replacement wasn't good enough as it had a ton of glue strings, so I upsized it to another that didn't have a long enough cord. THE MAN noticed that Ryobi had just released this new tool and we have a bunch of batteries already so it's a match made in heaven.

One battery lasts two hours. CAN YOU IMAGINE! Hot glue heaven without a cord! And only one tiny drip in all that time! Let's give THE MAN a fist pump for taking such good care of my needs!

Tomorrow I'm back with the sixth jello mold for the Funkie Junkie Tag Challenge and then later on this week I'm giving some things away for Visions of Sugar Plums. Yes, hot glue was heavily involved!

A quick shout out to Sian who hosts us for Memorandum Monday

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Fifth Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge

The fun part of these jello molds is that every single one is different. So very different!

Linda's very awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors this challenge and although she is already on tag nine, I'm making some headway! I was inspired quite a lot by the colors on tag number five.

I used some pretty gold trim & gold sparkle paper with some little beaded twigs. So pretty around the bottom of the tree. 

Really love these bottle brush trees! I spent some time this past weekend using them on a different project that I can't wait to share! Tomorrow, I'm back with another jello mold! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Forth Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge

I believe I am finally catching up! I have a couple of these in the hopper to show you this week!

A huge thanks to Linda and her awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique who sponsors this challenge. I was inspired quite a lot by the colors on tag number four and the poinsettia flowers. 

I wanted a poinsettia flower so badly that I took one apart I had and remade it smaller. I just used a little leaf die cut I had and cut out a bunch of petals.

 I used vintage velvet holly under the flower. How do you like that gold believe I used across the bottom of the jello mold! THANKS to Lisa for hooking me up with that word!

I'm back tomorrow with another!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Piglet the Possum for Memorandum Monday

Last week I forgot to tell you about our unexpected visitor to Build Club. Piglet came via a have-a-heart trap with Volunteer Dan so he could be released into the wild. Really Dan had caught him
late the night before and Build Club starts at 8, so he brought him over to show us before he drove him a little ways away to run free into the wild near a creek. Turns out Piglet was getting into the garbage. Before you feel too badly for him, keep in mind he choose to finish the huge chunk of rotten cheese while in the cage for dinner that Dan had used as bait. So he had a full stomach and still quite a bit of attitude.

On the same subject of unexpected, someone stopped by with a fairy garden to thank us at work. I am enjoying it so much! Isn't that adorable?? Love the little copper fairy! Nice job super awesome person with your RAK! Happy Fairy Garden Dance!

I spent nearly all weekend crafting. When I wasn't crafting, I took a break to do some sanding. This little table is quite the trainwreck. I've been dying to try some chalk board paint with some of that fancy wax everyone has been using...Annie Sloan I think it is? I know you need grooves and there are lots of those on this table!

Wish me luck! I'm off to Monday!

Also, a quick shout out to say hi to Sian who hosts us for Memorandum Monday!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Winter Wonderland Bendi - Bendy Box for THE CUTTING CAFE

Woke up this morning to our first snow. Well, I knew it was falling last night, but I was not motivated to get up off the couch to check it out yesterday evening. We had started a fire and it was all kinds of toasty in here. The fire & snow must have inspired me to try my hand at a Winter Wonderland box. I figure this time a year you can never have too many boxes to stash gifts in! Especially one that makes the recipient want to keep the box!

I imagine this will be a good box to stash some tea in, perhaps some mulling spices for cider, and also some hot cocoa mixes. It was originally a cutting file for a bendi card sold over at THE CUTTING CAFE, but I upsized it. It's pretty easy to upsize a file, you open all of them at once and scale them together. I then place each cutting file (this box takes three to make) on it's own tab and cut each out seperately.

Gave me a good opportunity to show case the Oh Deer paper from Close to My Heart. I used a the wood pattern one for the very top so the metal leaves and snow flakes would show up. Love those baby pine cones too! I found those in the wild while camping this summer.

Washi tape works awesome for giving some contrast! And those little feet are gold ornament hangers I had in my stash! Added some glitter to make it look like snow!

Hope your Sunday is awesome! Mine involves some sanding & a wood stove and I can't wait!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gold Leaves & Silver Pitchers Junkin' Treasures

It's been ages since I've posted about finds! I guess I don't get as much time anymore to go digging for awesome stuff, but the other day....scored this frame, those two little silver pitchers, a pile of wedding crafting stuff (a very very small sample in this photo) and that gold Eiffel tower. I think it's possible that frame might work for the water color my Mom did, but it needs some repair work first and some spray paint.

Check out that detail! So pretty! I can't wait to work on it this weekend! Hopefully will have a little more time before the snow flies!

Oh those cool silver pitchers! And check out all those pretty pearl pieces and those gold leaves! I have a huge bag of craft wedding stuff that I'm currently hoarding.

Hope your Thursday is bright and shiny!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Third Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge

I knew that I wanted to branch out a little (pun intended) with the third tag and mix it up a little. Started digging through the hardware to see if I had something a little bigger that would support this big sauce jar top I had spray painted up a glittery blue. Low and behold this vintage brass door knob did just the trick. All of it is stuck together with some epoxy, my almost favorite adhesive. (Hot glue is first, but in this case it was too heavy to stay together)

Linda's very awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors this challenge and she is already on tag eight so I had best put a move on it! I was inspired quite a lot by the colors on tag number three

This is part of the reason why that brass knob worked so well! I didn't even have to spray paint it! I cut out a very large dove to mimic her peace bird and added the word Noel to match the other bird. Some pretty snowflakes and glitter match up with her snowflakes, although mine are white.  

Linda also had a pop of green in her tag on the olive branch, but I chose to run with a lighter green to match my nesting material. Do love spanish moss! And did you spot those little pearl branches? Back tomorrow to talk about my recent haul of pretty wedding stuff tomorrow. It's not polite to do a happy dance in public when you have scored big on the craftside of things, so I didn't, but boy did I want to!

Happiest of Hump Days to you! Just a few more days and we're weekending! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Second Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge

Oh goodness, these are so much fun! I'm so glad that Linda's very awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors this challenge and she finds the time to make something creative to inspire us! This little tin has a little deer on it and those soft pine trees because she used those on her second tag

She also has a nice pop of red on hers and that 25, that I used on my jello mold.

I did add some little vintage silver stars on the top of my trees that I came up with on my own. Made me super happy!

Love that little deer! I'll be back tomorrow with another version of these...this time I used a door knob, so it's a lot different!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Getting Your Card On for Memorandum Monday

Last Wednesday Build Day was not all that wonderful. Since starting this new job where there aren't usually hugely bad days, that in itself was remarkable. I chalked it up to some of the old dudes staying up too late watching the election. Interestingly enough, really no one talked politics. There was an argument over how to attach the molding to the kitchen island. Heated discussions over using adhesive vs. an air nailer aren't all that common either and I got a glare when I suggested "why not both" like the taco commercial.

Thursday afternoon I went to the hairdresser where I usually am entertained by funny stories about Kristen's boy who gets up to all kinds of mischief on a daily basis. This time 'round I asked her about Trump's hair. Not to be hair-ist but I am extremely concerned about having a president with bad hair in this day and age of make up artists and hairdressers. She maintained it was a piece but the lady next to her said it was colored and real. They both agreed it was a style from the 80's. Here's to hoping that someone soon talks him into a nice trim and perhaps a color more fitting a 70 year old. Malania I am looking at you...

And that is all I am going to say about our new president. You can roll around Facebook for more since it's chuck full at the moment of dire predictions, memes, and people fighting. Enough so it's been a struggle this week to push past those posts to find the cool cards, happy scrapbook pages, and awesome projects. So just a quick shout out to keep those coming. We need happy over here in the States since right now we're all kinds of icky, cranky, and our underwear are most obviously in a bunch.

The card party I went to at Teri's on Saturday was just what the doctor ordered. We dry & heat embossed, glittered, glued, and put together Christmas cards left and right. Some of the girls there hadn't ever tried embossing so it was awesome to share that with them. Doesn't it always seem like magic when the dry embossing powder gets all pretty all at once with the heat gun?

I was a smidge nervous as I made my cards. I had just gotten word that Luke who just joined Junior Soaring was going to be flying for the first time in a glider. Paired up with Lexi learning how to drive in my car, I was thankful for the glass of wine that Teri offered. So, forgive me if a card or two are just a little crooked!

In all, I nearly made all the cards that I usually send, so a pretty productive crafternoon! If you are interested in trying a card party in your neck of the world, we just set up stations and each person had to bring enough card kits for everyone to make two cards & the accompanying envelopes. Here's the cards I brought.

Hoping this week is happier than the last, but it's already starting out that way so I'm thinking it will!

Join me in a happy wave over to Sian who hosts us weekly for Memorandum Monday!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Glammed up 3-Ringer Binder for LESSology

I was in love with the cardboard three ring binders I got from a training class. So much so I'm still hoarding a couple! This one came out to play with our challenge over at LESSology to get organized! In a couple of weeks I'll need this folder to store all the warranty info from appliances on the house I'm working on.

Enjoyed pulling out a summer paper packet and glamming it up with gold doilies, washi tape, and some sequins.

These little flowers were upcycled. I just cut them off the stems, dusted them off a little and added some gold paint to their edges. So pretty!

Look at how cool that looks! Not bad for a freebie folder! Now I kinda want to make another! Hope you get to play along with us this month at LESSology! HUGS!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The First Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge

Last year just about the time the last Funkie Junkie 12 Tag was done, I started planning for this year's tag. Which means I went junkin' at the ReStore. I had also happened to see a pin where someone used a cookie cutter and glued it on the top of a jello mold to create a little scene. Pair that up with finding 12 jello molds and I was ready to rock and roll! (And yes, rest assured that the troll doll WILL make an appearance whether or not Linda has anything that even resembles a troll in a challenge)

Fast forward to now and I've got two of these under my belt. They are really addicting. This one was inspired a lot by the gold and the stars Linda had on her first tag.

Really liked the trees and the hills of snow, so added some hills to my jello mold. Also had to use some music note paper to emulate the very delicate background on the tag. 

The actual tin was gold embossed which is a really cool process on metal, except it gets super hot. Added a little red berry for color and a pretty white flower! The base where I added the trees in with hot glue and fake snow was previously a little jar. I'm happy to be upcycling garbage into something cool. I can't decide if I will always use a bottle cap or will also use some cookie cutters. Time will tell!

I did also want to mention that Linda's very awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors this challenge. I always like shopping there! You should check it out!

Happiest of Hump Days to you! Tomorrow I'm back with my LAST LESSology project!