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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bird House Chandelier

I finished my Birdhouse Chandelier this week!  I found this broken chandelier when we went junk'in the last time- in fact I found 2 chandeliers.  I will show pics of the other at the end of this post.   I spray painted the chandelier after I had taped off the glass section.  Hubby cut the dowels to fit into the arms to make it easier to glue the birdhouses to them.   See the snow bank in the picture below?  We still had one big snow bank - even when the temp was around 70  degrees!  Thankfully, it has finally melted!

The fun part was painting all the bird houses!  I bought them from Joann's but I did sand the birdhouses after I painted them to give them a worn look.  Also, that covered any boo boo's I might have made with the paint.  It was fun trying to match colors to see what would work.  A glue gun worked to attach them to the chandelier.

I had some fun acrylic pieces that I glued to some of the bird houses.  Each house is a little different. 

Now to get hubby to hang it on our front porch! 

I am working on another few birdhouses to put out in the yard.  One BIG birdhouse is going to go to Everett, our grandson!  That is a work in progress- here's a peek-

And I am still working on a different chandelier - but I want to use it as a planter.  I will let you know how it turns out along with more pics of the bird house for Everett!  Have a great day!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Stampin Up Window Box Tutorial

I decided to do a video with instructions on how I made my Easter Baskets this year.  Now, I haven't done a video in a while.  I had some issues with blurriness and my camera doesn't tape for very long.  As I mentioned, I have ordered a new one!  Yay!  Can't wait to get it!!  But I did learn how to merge one video into another one!  That was fun!  If you want to see more pictures- look at my last post!

I love how the die from the Window Box Thinlets makes the edges of the basket.  Anyway, hope this tutorial helps you to make these cute baskets.  I will have to do some more videos so I can get better at them!  As always, if you have questions- Let me know!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Stampin Up Window Box Easter Baskets

I am loving all the time I have been spending in my studio!  The time just flies by!  The last couple of days I have been working on Easter Baskets.  I used Stampin Up's Window Box die to make the baskets this year.  They are smaller than I usually make but so cute!  Big enough for a bunny and some eggs. 

I had some Easter paper left over from last year that worked perfectly for these baskets.  I used the dies below.  The scalloped die was used to make the rim of the basket that you can see better in the bottom picture.   

These two baskets are my favorite!  I thinks it's all the bunnies on the paper.  Hard to believe Easter is just around the corner.  I see the forecast is for the temperature to go to 60 degrees in a few days.  I can't wait!  I am hoping the snow will melt so we can have an Easter Egg hunt on Easter!  I will keep my fingers crossed!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Clothespin Fun!

Recently, I purchased the Make It Market Halloween Pin Ups from Papertrey Ink!  They were having a sale!  I couldn't resist.  I think they are the cutest thing!  I will be ready for Halloween!   I made these and attached them to the Clothespins that they provide.  I know you can use them for much more but I love the fact that I can attach these to bags ( they send some of those too) and Pocket Letters and even put a Magnet on the back and put them on your refrigerator.  But it got me thinking about decorating Clothespins.

I had some larger Clothespins that I used Washi tape to give them some color.  I put a magnet on the Chef's clothespin so I could attach it to my refrigerator.  I always have a recipe that I want to try and I can use this to keep it out- so I don't forget!

I love Papertrey Ink's products!  Here are a couple of pictures of the stamps and dies I used.  I put them in a plastic Stampin Up container.  I put the dies on a piece of Magnetic sheet I bought from Joann's that was an 8 1/2 by 11 size by Darice.  You can cut it down to any size  you want. 

We were snowed in yesterday so I had plenty of time to play around with this set!  I am sooo ready for the weather to improve!!  But they are talking about more snow this week.  Save me!!

It is supposed to be warmer so I am praying it will melt!  Hope your day is fun!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Surprise Party!

Last weekend, my family thru me a surprise retirement party at my sister, Rochelle's house!  Yes, I was surprised!  I thought I was going to a Pampered Chef party!  I had even picked out what I wanted to buy!  I am still surprised that they pulled it off without me even having a clue!  Anyway, it was fun, fun!   I think these cards are appropriate since I though it was a "Chefs" party!  The chef is from My Favorite Things stamps.   I love using my Copic Markers to color him  Of course, I need to practice,  practice.

The inside of the card says it all!   It was such fun seeing everyone! 

The decorations were fabulous too!  Loved the money tree- I mean money flowers!  The banner was priceless! 

I swear it seemed like every corner of the house was decorated!  I really enjoyed seeing family and friends!  I will remember this party for a long time!

  The sayings around the house were funny!  I loved the signs in all the food too.   The food was fabulous!  "The Joy of Retirement is having nothing to do and All day to do it" was my favorite!  Or "What do you call  a person who is happy on Monday- Retired"!

I am getting used to being retired for sure!   Certainly less stress but the sleeping in late and not having to worry about appointments or schedules is a big plus!  I love being able to do what I want with no worries about time.  I worked for 40 years in the banking industry so it is quite a change for me.  One that I am ready to embrace! 

I have all the cards I received from family and friends at the party on display at my  house.  I think I will keep them up for a while!  

Update:'s snowing today!   Bummer! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Princess Birthday Card

Did you ever start a card with no idea of why?  That is me lately! I guess because I have just been to Disney and saw all these little girls running around in different Disney Princess dresses- I wanted to wear one too.... I mean make one too..!!!  So I started to do some Punch Art to see if I could recreate them.  What fun! 

I used the items in the picture below - along with the Oval Punch ( not in picture).

As always, I checked out Pinterest for some ideas!  I love this Screen Divider Card! I used both the front and the back of the card.
Check out the link below for instructions-

Also, I love this idea and I had the punch so I used it to create the top border. 

Anyway, I was finishing it up and thought... Who would want this card?  I have two adorable Grandsons - so no help there...  I thought of my niece's little girl, Amelia.  When I asked her Mom when her birthday was- It's March 28th!  Perfect!  I knew there was a reason I made this card!

Here are some close ups of the dresses!

I think I am adjusting to this retirement thing.  It really is different not going to work everyday.  I am working on cleaning the house - we sent 3 bags the size of trash bags to the Salvation Army last week!  I can't believe how much stuff accumulates!  Working in my craft room whenever I want is very cool too!  I think this retirement thing is growing on me!  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Retirement Thank you cards

Well, I am now officially retired!  Last week we spent the week at Disney World in Orlando!  What better way to celebrate!  I was busy before I left trying to make all the Thank you cards that I needed to send.  I love Stampin Up's new Stylish Stem dies!  I layered the small die on top of the larger one to give it some dimension.  They are so pretty and really easy to make!

I received so many flowers from everyone!  The bouquet below was from my employer, Norway Savings Bank.  I was there for almost 15 years!  The flowers below are from  Skillins's Greenhouse in Falmouth, Maine!  They do a fabulous job!  Aren't they  beautiful!  Believe it or not- they are still beautiful after a week away on vacation!  That's me below- did you see the little boxes I made with Stampin Up's Curvy Keepsake die?  They were fun to make since I made them all different and filled them with Hershey's kisses.    I am still getting used to being retired!  I really miss my wonderful staff.  I think that is what has been the hardest - not seeing them everyday.  I am trying to keep busy so I won't wonder what they are up to....

 The next couple of pictures are of some of the flowers I received.  I thought it might be nice to see them since we are in the middle of a blizzard here in Maine!  Boo Hoo!  I was hoping Spring would be closer..It is supposed to be 6 days away.  Hard to believe!  They are talking about more snow on the weekend but not as much as we are getting now- 18- 22 inches!!  Really...!!

I can't leave you without at least one or two pictures of our trip to Disney!
This one is of the fireworks at Epcot!  My favorite!
The one below is of the new attraction at Animal Kingdom-River of Light!  I loved it! 
I will leave you now- since hubby and I are going out to snow blow so that we won't have 2 feet to blow tomorrow.  Fun! Stay safe!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Thank my Lucky Stars

Today was my last day of work!  I am now officially retired.  Wow, it seems so weird to type that. I have been at my current job as bank Manager for Norway Savings Bank for 15 years - in banking for 40 years.  The title of this post says it all.  I have been fortunate to  have worked with some wonderful people. That is what I will miss the most.  I made the boxes above for my staff.  I wanted them to know that I realize how lucky I have been to have worked with them and to have known them! My heart is heavy right now because I will miss seeing them every day.  I have wonderful memories of our time together.  We shared a lot of laughs - that is what I will remember most.   Now on to new adventures!!

I have had so many people ask me "What are you going to do?" Well, I know I will be spending more time in my craft room!  It is great to have a hobby that is so much fun and relaxing!  I can't believe how time flies when I am working on a project! Of course, I hope to spend more time with Hubby
( who is already retired) and the Kids and Grand kids.  Spring is coming and with that gardening and just enjoying the outdoors.  I am hoping to have more time to get back into cooking too.  My Hubby has always been the main cook for our family- I would like to experiment with new recipes.  That could be good or bad for my poor hubby!

I found the instructions for these adorable boxes on Pinterest!  I know they are featured in the Stampin Up catalog.  I added some bling to the top of my boxes.  The height of the box itself  is 2 inches -  the cover is 1 inch wide.  But you can make your boxes any size you like.  Here is the link to the Serial Stamper and the instructions -

I used the largest Star die to make my boxes so the strips are scored at 1 1/2 inches.  Also, I used two 9 inch strips to make the sides of the boxes as well.  The best part is the fun in decorating them.

So I have joined the ranks of the Retired!  Hopefully, you will see more posts.  We are planning another trip to Disney.  That will be fun as always!  I am ready for the new adventures to begin!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Valentine's Day Easel Treat Box

I made these for my co-workers for Valentine's Day!  I had fun coming up with different things to put in them.  I still have this awful cold- I am into my 2nd week!  I think I will survive but my energy level is very low!  The picture below shows what I was able to put in the treat box that is on the front of the easel.  I would have done a video but my voice is so awful with the cold- I sound like a man!

The cupid has a tiny clothes pin that I hot glued to the back. The little square you see with the heart has a Ghiradelli chocolate square inside.    I love the saying I used on the tag- "All you need is LOVE but a little CHOCOLATE now and then, doesn't hurt"  How true!  I found the instructions for the Easel Treat box on Pinterest -

Easel Treat Box

I did add a paper clip that I had tied bits of ribbon around it and then hot glued a little rose.  I love the Prima doll stamp that I have in my stash.  I also made some Teacup treat holders!  These are filled with Hershey's kisses.  I think these are adorable!  Hope your Valentine's Day was fun!