Thursday, December 30, 2010

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

A couple of weeks ago, I was running late while getting ready for church. I wanted to wear my new sweater and under it, the beautiful, vibrant purple, cap-sleeved blouse that I had worn one time. I turned the iron on, just to take out a couple of pesky wrinkles, and when I put the iron to the shirt... yes, that's right, it burnt an ugly hole in the front of the shirt. (Did I mention I'd worn it ONE time?)

So, what's a girl to do? I threw it away, then it hit me! Pull that shirt out of the trash now! You can use it for crafts!!! So I pulled it out and thought about what I might do. Immediately I thought of the plain, silver headband that Lumpkin wears. I wasn't sure if she would be willing to part with it in order for me to beautify it, but she was convinced when I showed her the beautiful flower below.

(My model was on a date, so I stuck it on my head. Too soon, I might add, as I had to cut the super glue out of my hair...)

I gotta get a new camera. I had a heck of a time trying to show the true color. Didn't happen. I guess we know what Mama's buying with her tax check this year!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Home this evening after a lovely day with my family at Dad's.

I'm thinking we need a darker curtain behind the tree for optimum photo taking...

The above is where most of the day is spent. First preparing the feast, then just hanging out talking. From the look on Aunt Bev's face, I'm sure my Dad has said something a little sketchy... if you look really hard, you'll see me in the background.

Lumpkin wanted a picture with her Papaw.

And her cousin David...

Half of this group said, "Sure! Take my picture again!" The other half, not so much.

These are the Christmas gift boxes I snazzed up for my Sisters.

And these are the pretty paper flowers made from book pages that I sat inside the box, on top of their gift.

And these are the pendants I made, that no matter how I tried, I could not get my cheap camera to take a good close up of.

They're owls, not woodchucks.

All in all, a pretty spectacular day. My family is the best!!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bronzed Beauty Just In Time For Christmas!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Picture Frame Redo

I've had this picture frame since Lumpkin, well, since I started calling her My Little Sugar Lumpkin. 16 years ago, I was in a sunflower phase. It hasn't matched ANY of my decor for some time now, so I decided to update it to fit into the color scheme of my new bedroom. My room is a lovely shade of light blue/green and my accent colors are pink and white.

I started out mixing red and white paint until I got the desired shade, but it fell flat. I then decided to add a metallic pearl white to it and that was the touch it needed.

Yep. That's my little six month old Lumpkin. She's sitting on the ugliest couch EVER after just waking up on her first Christmas morning and she has a cold. Even when she feels bad, she's still a little ray of sunshine!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

We Have A Giveaway Winner!!!!

I was really hoping more people would enter the drawing to make it more interesting, but it worked out for those of you fine friends that entered, making your chances of winning spectacular.

The winner is Frenchy of Le Chateau des fleurs by Frenchy
She said "One to grow on brooch but i love a lot of things that you are selling ! GREAT giveaway and following you back ! Bisous"

Here is a pic of the beautiful gift she will be receiving...

(It's the brooch attached to the necklace at the top left)

Thank you all for entering. Be sure to visit often! I like giving gifts!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Don't Be Shocked! I'm Posting Projects!

This project began last Spring when I went on the Goodwill Shop and Hop. I don't remember which location I picked this baby up at, but here are several before shots.
It is a nice-sized wooden box. I thought it might be perfect for Lumpkin after a redo.

Note the lovely gold toned eagle.

The two coats of Behr black paint (courtesy of the Shop and Hop swag bag) happened prior to the move. I mod-podged the zebra print scrapbook paper to the lid.

And now, a beautiful sight to behold... a completed project.

If it were up to me, it would have a little bling added to it. Maybe a crystal knob to open it with, maybe some other shiny pretties... but it's not about me (this time). Lumpkin prefers the understated and this is for her. Love you Baby!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Spirit Week and An Ugly Christmas Sweater

It's Spirit Week at Hauser High School this week. Lumpkin is on the JV Cheer Squad. Each day has a different theme. Today was Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.
Of course, we have no such animal in our home. I made a couple of trips to thrift stores, no luck. I didn't want to try and find one to buy, so... a trip to Goodwill and ta-da!!! A plain red cardigan (Grandma sweater in Lumpkin Speak) and a visit to Hobby Lobby, then home to spend the evening getting the Spirit Day sweater into Christmas mode. After all, we can't have Lumpkin not participating in Spirit Day!

Sweater before the bad elf began...

A sparkly plaid Christmas flower!

Christmas Tree with fuzzy ornaments and jingle bells between the buttons...
A scary candy cane, holly leaves with berries and some sparkly pom poms later...
A Christmas sweater worthy of a 16 year old's greatest fashion nightmares!!! ;)

P.S. 5 inches of snow later, SNOW DAY! School was cancelled.

Monday, December 13, 2010

I'm a Winner!!!

Artwork by Cindy Adkins

I LOVE my blog friends! I found a new friend (Frenchy) at

Le Chateau des fleurs by Frenchy

and entered one of her drawings. I WON! It is the beautiful print above done by my wonderful blog friend, Cindy Adkins of

Cindy Adkins Whimsical Musings


I Owe It All To Him

If you haven't done so, check out all three blogs today!

I'm so excited to win!!!! I love it! It's perfect! Almost like she made it just for me!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Belated Giveaway

I am soooo late in doing my one year blog-aversay giveaway! All you need to do is:
1. visit my website (link below) and tell me which item or set that you like best.
2. Most importantly, if you are not a follower, you must become a follower of my blog.

The winner should receive their gift in time for Christmas!

Just Jewelry

Monday, December 6, 2010

No Job, But I've Been So Busy!!!

Not our house, but you get the drift...

I haven't found a new job yet, but it has been crazy busy. After the move, we've been settling in to the new house, cleaning, painting and unpacking.
I chose this pic because the paint is so close to the color I chose for my new bedroom. And because my awesome roommate helped me paint... We spent 3, yes I said 3, hours removing two layers of wallpaper from ONE wall. Crazy!!!

I am not stressing about a new job because I know it will happen. This is the best and most relaxed I've felt in almost two years. They say everything happens for a reason and I believe it! I was miserable, but would never have left that job on my own.

I can't believe Christmas is almost here! I have not completed one craft or gift project that I intended to do in the last month. I hope to finish all of the tedious chores this week so I can begin creating by the weekend! I have a Christmas Bazaar that I'll be working on Saturday. I will have a booth for my Just Jewelry business. Please visit my web page if you haven't had a chance to yet. I have perfect Christmas gifts priced affordably!

Have a great week my blog friends!!