Thursday, September 29, 2016

Poor Little Guy.......

...................I've had more words of late........ or truth be told i've a little more time on my hands as well... work on the house has slowed to a comfortable pace for me... hubby maybe not so much as he would like things DONE yesterday... lol   But i like the fact that i'm not working on the house from dawn to dusk... I've been giving myself little projects to get done during the day..Like today is paint the closet where i've caulked it and around $10the spare room window where i've caulked...  then the closet doors need to be sanded well and painted.... there ..... if i accomplish that today then i consider it a good day..lol 

Hubs is struggling.... I have decided that i want all six panel doors throughtout the house.... apparently installing doors is not as simple as take one off... put one on.... One minute it seems it will fit then it doesn't... He's been struggling two days on the spareroom door..... and we have gone thru  two doors... (thank goodness we found some at Habitat for $10 , normally 20-$30 at Lowe's... )I almost wish i hadn't asked for the door.... almost..  :)  I just thought it would really help bring this  house up to the 21st century....  He'll get it..... we'll get it....  or at least i hope so....I just hate to see him so frustrated... please send him some good thoughts and maybe an extra ounce of patience if you have any to spare...... :)

The poor little guy in the picture has lost his Momma.....  Probably about a month ago... She used to hang around the yard quite a bit with her baby and one day i noticed she was limping and her leg was quite swollen around the hoof... But she still got around quite well and ate grass and water and the corn i put out... and i had hope  it would get better.... but the last day i saw her she couldn't stay on her feet long enough to eat much and laid down quite alot...somehow i knew that would be the last day i would see her... 

The fawn , though still small, looked old enough to be weaned so i thought he might make it.... I don't know why i think of him as a male but i do... Oh he looked so lonely and lost for a little while... then i noticed that the Momma with the twins had kinda taken him under her wing.... She doesn't let him nurse ...hers don't nurse too much now either... but she does let him hang around...and i often see the ' triplets' together... 

But then there are days like today when i find him laying in our yard... all by himself ..... you can see how his spots are fading.... and i can't help but say 'poor little guy'..... I hope he'll make the winter.... I hope he can watch the other deer and see how to forage thru the Fall and Winter...... He's never been thru a winter before... I hope you'll send good thoughts his way...... poor little guy........ Hugs! deb 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Creativity Wednesdays.................


HI Everybody!!!  Trying on something new here at the blog ... I've just been making posts once a week for my Tuesday T party with Elizabeth and Bleubeard as i thought that was all i could handle with the remodel going on... but i've recently been invited to participate with Creativity Wednesdays by KathyinOzarks on her new blog Hummingbird Woodland Studio...... and i wanted to give it a go..... I hope i can manage to post every week...  
What you see above is the beginning of a gift card holder... I love to recycle/ upcycle/ repurpose whatever you want to call it and alot of my projects reflect that..........


You may or may not be able to guess that this started its manufactured life as a cereal box... that i cut to size , gessoed and then used Tattered Angel sprays on the background... the smaller tag was a clothing tag in a previous life... I glued the inside of a security envelope to it and painted it orange with acrylic paint... All the details are stickers i found at the Dollar Tree... I wanted to include a letter so i folded a piece of paper accordion style to the back... I really like that little trick... :)

 Now that brown wrapper helping to hold on the feathers some birds kindly donated and also helping to hold that 'letter' closed, you may not be able to guess where it came from.......Remember i said we were remodeling our house... Well we had some electrical done and when you cut open a length of wire well theres copper wire inside and one strand is wrapped in this paper... I've gotten pretty good at always keeping one eye looking for ways to recycle something.....
To finish it off i painted some paper orange and stamped with a flower stamp then cut it in a circle and glued it on to give a more finished look to the feathers...Stuck in my Starbuck cards and lined all the edges with a gold pen... It doesn't show up too well in the photos.... This was a little time consuming but fun too trying to figure it all out.. And its for a very special someone...........  who LOVES Starbucks... :)  I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit and i'll be around to visit everyone.........I can't wait to see what your up to! Hugs! deb

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Just Some More Doodling.........


.........i did while hubby was in serious recovery mode from surgery... this was alot of fun to draw and color... I wasn't sure at all if i could make the water look like a river ... but i think it does or at least a little creek. :)  



Here is the lined version if you'd like to print it yourself and color. I'd love to see it if you do! 


My wonderful blogging friend Violet sent my hubby this beautiful PostCard while he was recovering...Her FIRST attempt at water coloring!! Can you believe it??? You can check out her blog and see all her beautiful handmade cards and hear about life in Canada at Crafty Violet's Chaos .....


Speaking of cards..... my friend Eileen sent me a card the other day too! Just love the green!  

 .............she makes the most beautiful , intricate cards.... I don't know where she finds the patience... but you can find Eileen at The Artful Crafter website.... believe me she is the guru of crafting knowledge... She has helped me accomplish so many projects... 


Can you believe i remembered my promise from last week???  Here is the nautical light i found for my closet... What do you think??   Now it obviously hangs on the wall in this picture but i need it to hang from the ceiling and we found everything we need to do that!! I think its going to look incredible... and definitely give a nautical air to the bedroom... (there will be two in the walk in closet)

And now for my T People! Such sweet ladies i get to visit with every week from Ms. Elizabeth and Bleubeard's blog... Another recycled photo but gosh darn its pretty isn't it??? To think everything in this photo is STILL packed away..... ! Oh well it is what it is... We are steadily , if slowly progressing on the house... the devil is in the details you know.. but i can't see putting all that effort into the insulation and sheetrock.. plumbing etc... and then rush thru the finishing details like caulking  etc... So i'm taking my time... as i do a window .. hubby hangs the blind and we move on... 

Today we spent the whole day working in the CRAFTROOM!!! Woohoo!!!  ... Alot of it spent just picking up and cleaning up as that room has turned into our catch all... We did put some mud on the wall... we are considering not texturing this room as i think i'd like to be able to paint murals and such on the walls......... :)  

If you made it this far .... and i know i'm getting a little long here... with all the T hopping we have to do i try not to get too lengthy but you know me sometimes i just can't stop! :)   For those of you who might want a raccoon update.....

The raccoon has made himself scarce....... We took the spiked tube off the post....you know with all the tacks i spent days gluing on...well he just blew past that sucker!!! lol  total waste of time...... AND we took off the dome we had on there for the squirrels because we found something that takes care of BOTH!  Or i should say Eileen did... You know the lovely lady who sent me the green card.... see ... i told you... she KNOWS things! Its spooky.... lol  She sent me a video of a guy using aluminum roof flashing to fashion a tube around the post... they can't sink their claws in  it!!! I saw the raccoon try a night or two then i haven't seen him since! Works like a charm!!! Well everyone i better let you mosey on... I'll be around to visit everyone on our appointed day!! :) Big Hugs! deb

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hot... Hot.... Hot.....

 ...........I'm so tired of hot and humid....I'm about as tired of it as this squirrel looks....  took this photo just the other afternoon... Hot... I'm ready for Fall! But i see another week of close to 90 F degree temps for all this next week...uuuuughhh.... 
 Oh its been a crazy week.... You?  Doctor appointments and beginning to work on the house again... won't be long and i'll have my Master Bedroom Closet back... woohoo!! All the caulking is done in there now i have to paint over it... Hubs is working on the shelves in there and remember those whale tails...? He's working on turning that into a place for us to hang our pajamas etc... Its really going to be cool. He's talking about cutting the top of the board like waves.... go hubby! 
 Above is a PostCard i made... i found the stickers at the Dollar Store and the tag was a clothing tag i repurposed... the background is Tattered Angels sprays with a sealer on top ..... I tilted it in the second picture so you can see some of the gold highlights i added... 
 .......another sketchbook page... it doesn't show up well but the fish are shiny silver... I have a thing for shiny silver fish..... its all Monterrey Bay Aquarium's fault.... ever since our visit there i can't help drawing some now and then..... they were amazing... 
 They had a room that had a tank all the way around the top near the ceiling that was the most beautiful blue and had a school of silver fish in there swimming round and round.... took my breath away....I tilted the page hoping you could see it better but i don't think it helped... this is all done with a black Pitt Pen and Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol... the silver is a silver marker.....i hope you will click to enlarge........This is another drawing that kept me occupied while hubby was recovering.........

I don't know about you but i hope next week slows down a little.... I need to paint the closet and stain the shelves going in there... Oh did i tell you i found the PERFECT nautical lights to go in there?!! Promise... promise to show you.... The beachy bedroom is coming together...lol 



Apologies to Ms Elizabeth and the Tgang for recycling a previously used coffee pic....  But ... It is the same coffee in the same mug every morning in front of the same laptop...lol Just the drawings may change...lol   Promise to do better next week.  Big big hugs! I'll be around to visit! deb

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Breath of Fall..............

GoodMorning everyone.... or whatever time of day you are visiting.... As i write this its 7:30 am.... I'm yawning over my first cup of coffee.... Hubby (obviously feeling better) just dashed out the door to the neighbors when he saw a big earth moving truck go by.... tonka toys you know... boys will be boys...lol The neighbors are clearing some land to build a small house..... Summer and Fall around here are fighting it out.... one day summer-like one day Fall... But there are signs that Fall is winning....  The fawns are losing their spots.... the velvet is coming off of the buck's horns....the birds are gathering on the wire and in the trees.... the days are no longer baking me and the nights have a crisp feel to them.... you KNOW i'm in heaven......... :)

I almost didn't make it this week my T people. But i'am squeaking in albeit a little on the late side.... If you 'd like to hop around and visit with a lovely group of ladies just visit our hosts Elizabeth and Bleubeard on Tuesdays and link up . You can ramble on about anything .. we are just chatting over T after all.. lol The only requirement is that you have something drink related in your post...

There's been some MailArt PostCards going on around here ..... i cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is to open your mail box and find a colorful piece of art in there...  The tulip in the header is from one of my swap partners Krisha....She painted this with leftover paint and her finger!! Isn't she amazing?!  The bear is my postcard to her..... cereal box chipboard.... the little squares in the back ground are cut from junk mail then gessoed over and painted with my first attempt at ombre...And the bear is done with texture paste that i colored black and put thru a stencil... the stars on top are washi tape.....I see some more postcards like that in my future...  :)  

My second cup of coffee is calling my  name and i need to get around and visit all you lovely people.. :)  Big big hugs! See you soon! deb