Monday, May 26, 2014

Simple Things

Hello all!
I thought I'd share a picture from the winter.

As the temperatures start to heat up, I thought I'd look back to remind myself it will get cooler once again.

From Floret Flower Farm's this moment

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Yesterday's Sunset

Hello all!
Just wanted to do a quick post tonight. Tomorrow I am going to be organizing some fun purchases I made. Also, I will let you all in on my latest hobby (because, reading, gardening and jewelry-making isn't enough, right?).

I happened to glance out our sliding doors and saw the colors and thought "Kodak Moment!" The colors came out differently in the picture. They didn't look nearly as orange, but I kind of like this. I like the orange coupled with the dark grey of the clouds.
Ok, well I'm off to work on my e-course, Blog Life, from A Beautiful Mess. I have been waiting for school to end so I can start the course! You can find their shop right here. Hopefully there will be improvements coming to the blog.
See you tomorrow!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Summer Begins!!!

Hello all!
Today I am free from school, free from homework, exams, papers.....It is a truly wonderful feeling!
That being said in about......three weeks (maybe four) I'll be bored and longing for school and the classes and the homework.....what can I say I'm a nerd at heart :)
But right now I'm free and happy and I want to share my first summer read!

I have been saving this book since February! I am so excited because I have read all of Sarah Addison Allen's other books! I love her style and I'm so happy that she's still writing (there have been a lot of authors I love who only write one book, so sad!)
Oh and yes, the shadows in the pictures are me....oops :)
~ Happy Reading Everyone ~

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Simple Country Wisdom

Hello all!
I'd like to share a book with you. I checked this out from the library and after I checked it out again...and again, my parents got it for me for my birthday.

Simple Country Wisdom: 501 Old-Fashioned Ideas to Simplify Your Life
by Susan Waggoner. Copyright © 2009 by Hearst Communications, Inc.

This book gives so many great tips and ideas that I had never heard off. One tip I have used is vacuuming the edges of the room so that the room looks clean (totally works!). Not only does this book have wonderful tips and ideas, the photography is gorgeous (what else would you expect from Country Living).
~ Happy Crafting Everyone ~

Monday, May 19, 2014

Simple Things

Hello all!
Our little Redwood and Cedar trees after watering.

~ B

From Foret Flower Farm this moment

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Packaging: Part 3

Hello all!
Here is another packaging method for earrings.
This is the one that I use. My mom pretty much came up with the design from her experience with card-making and crafting in general.

These are super simple! All you need is:
- paper (a heavier weight preferred)
- stamp of your choice
- ink pad 
-hole punches (in the picture above I have used a
rectangle and a round to fit the lever back hooks)

Oh and to add a little pizzazz you can always use Stickles (glitter). So simple, so cute!

This is the newer version I've been using. It's a lot quicker to make and it allows you to see the earrings a little bit better.

This is the original packaging. Very simple, but I like it. I used white and black paper as the backdrop for earrings, but I have found that the earrings show up on white paper a lot better than black paper.

What makes me love this packaging method is the ease of storage. To store these, you just need a sealable bag or container and when you need to take them to a craft fair, you can take that bag or container.
I've found some other packaging methods on pinterest and google that I'm curious about trying. I'll definitely let you guys know how they turned out! 
~Happy Crafting Everyone~

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Country Gardens: Summer 2014

Hello all!
I received a wonderful treat in the mail. I tried to wait (school is almost over and with it comes boundless free time to read) but I couldn't help myself.
I read a couple of articles before I put I aside, but not before I saw these pictures.
*Disclaimer, the cover page and article are copyrighted by "Country Gardens" Magazine, published by the Meredith National Media Group.*
Now that's over with, let's look at some pretty pictures.   :D

I just wanted to step into the pages with a glass of iced tea and enjoy a quiet afternoon. I was so mesmerized by the pictures that I didn't even read the article. 
I just wanted to share this wonderful magazine with everyone. I had been buying each issue when I went to Barnes and Noble and then it hit me: why not subscribe?! That way I'm guaranteed to get each issue of Country Garden goodness.
I hope you guys pick one up next time you're at a magazine stand or a bookstore, or even your local library (if they have it). It's well worth it!
~Happy Gardening Everyone~

Monday, May 12, 2014

Simple Things

Hello all!

I just wanted to share a sunny sky that made me smile.

I hope it can brighten your day as well!

From Floret Flower Farm's this moment

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Hello all!

Just a quick post to wish that all you moms out there had a wonderful, stupendous Mother's Day!

Please ignore the kitty print background  :)
My mom's dessert request.
I hope you all had a wonderful day (moms or not).

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day Treats Pt. 1

Hello all!
Well, as I am trying to be ahead of the game, holiday-posting wise, here is part one.

I wish I could say the idea is all my own, but sadly it is not.  My mom, being a crafter, gives out little treaties to her coworkers. She asked me if I wanted her to make some for my coworkers. Well I said yes ma'am!
She has made a couple of holiday treats for me and below you will find the candy that will be going into the Mother's Day treat bags.

I got them the good stuff. I hope they like!
Happy Saturday everyone!
~Happy Crafting Everyone~

Friday, May 9, 2014

T.G.I.F. and Something New

Hello all!
Who can't wait for the weekend?!

Well, to kick off, here is a new pair of earrings. A friend at work asked me to bring in some blue earrings for her mom; well, I knew I had some blue, but I thought I should include some brand new stuff.

I'm sorry the first picture is so dark. It was cloudy as I took pictures, so some are great and some are dim. Ok, so this pair has gunmetal instead of plain ole' silver (you've got to spice things up a bit, right?). I used two spacers and oval-shaped Tiger's eyes. The top spacer is one that I've had for awhile but hadn't been able to use. The middle spacer is super small (should have taken a close up, realize that now) and I use it all the time. It is a round darker silver spacer, with crescent-like notches all around. As you can see I twisted the wire on two of the headpins. The top wire.....I'd like to say that artistically it just didn't need a twisted wire finish, but the truth is that by this time I didn't want to twist anymore wire. It's something I need to work on......but I might go with the artist integrity bit :D

Thursday, May 8, 2014

How you doin?

Hello all!
I thought I would share a hilarious photo of my little baby, but first a story.

There once was a kitty named Iris. This kitty was ever so pretty. Until, sadly one day, upon the pretty kitty's behind, her mama found a boo-boo that was not so pretty. The pretty kitty's mama was quite concerned. And in a flash, in a moment...... the pretty kitty was coned.

Ok, now that's over with (please excuse the awful rhyming), here is my pretty kitty.

*Iris' Thoughts*
*How you doin? I'm so sweet and pretty. Won't you take this @#!$%&* cone off of me. Wink wink*
(Yes my cute little girl has the mouth of a sailor and a truck-driver combined)
My darling girl is wearing the cone of shame because she had either licked her tushy raw or had suffered an injury. She has been in the cone for awhile and with some ointment au natural, her tushy is looking fine and dandy (apart from being bald).
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Happy Wednesday!

Hello all!
A quick little pick me up from the garden.

I hope these little guys brightened your day. I know I've seen the name for these, but I can't remember it right now. I'll have to look it up. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Simple Things

Hello all,
A fun, awesome and favorite pair of shoes!

I just love these shoes :) Hope you can find something to bring a smile to your day!

~ B

From Floret Flower Farm's this moment