Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Walk in the Sun..........

I figure i better pop in here and let you know i'am still in the land of the living.........Wow allergies.......which i don't get often really laid me low...........still giving me the occasional sinus headache but doing much much better............so many green and growing things are starting to bloom so that must be it..........

Today was so beautiful though.......temps in the 60's , sun shining......do you know how good the sun feels on your face after you've been inside sick for awhile.......yeah it was that kind of feeling today..........just soaking it all in.........

I have no pictures to show you........nothing new to share.......resting .....reading........letter writing.......doodling........all good things to do when your not feeling well..........things will be getting back to normal around here soon.......i'm feeling so much better.......talk to you real soon! Hugs! deb

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sick over here.........

...........uuughhh........give me some time
........to clear my head.....think its
just allergies.......but boy it just wears
me out when i can't breathe thru my nose....
Just doin' what i have to do and napping
on the couch and coloring my poppy 
flower..........be back soon!
Hugs and a sniffle! deb

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Lava Lamp............


...........................is so cool when its cold..............it starts forming all these weird formations as the wax warms up.....its not nearly as entertaining in the summer...lol..... The bears?? I have somehow amassed this collection of bears.  I adore the one with its little hat on with the flower in it.......and the wizard bear....need i explain? lol  The moon and stars on his hat glow in the dark!  And the little cool frog in the front..........given to me by my bestest friend back in TX....well he and his peace sign just seemed to belong there.........next to the lava lamp. :) All this keeps me company on the top level of my craft table....


Thought i'd show you how the tote bag is going........slow......lol...I'm a little further along than this picture shows but its the most recent picture i have...........I'm liking it........I wish i would have made the decorated part larger but i think i was so intent on just covering up the logo that i didn't think about going larger than the original logo.....oh well......The most important thing is i'm having fun doing it.....
**House Update........The carpet is in!!!!!!! Let us rejoice!!!! Let us not bemoan the fact that it does not exactly match the carpet on the stairs........do not dwell on that....be happy i have carpet........sigh........I have to say it is close.........maybe i only notice because i'm a stickler for details.......but......... I'am told it is better carpet than the original......and it does look better quality......i'm just a matchy , matchy kind of person.....

But oh my the difference carpet makes........i will never underestimate it......lol...........the house already feels warmer.....to sink your toes in new carpet .....ahhhhh....the new carpet and paint give the house that 'new house' smell again.......lol or maybe i'm just loopy from the fumes huh? :)They have yet to finish the cabinets but that is the only thing stopping me from saying we are all done. They are suppose to be here tomorrow to do that (Friday). We've started moving things back in......uncovering things.......then we'll have to rehang pictures and such.......its all good.......just breathe.......Hugs! deb

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sharing my Stumblings.........

I know , i know.......if only i could keep my Stumblings to myself....problem is I like to Share........(insert evil laugh here)....and...who better to share with than YOOUUUU my hapless friends..........I have even found a vehicle with which to assist me with my evil plans of spreading senseless trivial knowledge....... It is called StumbleUpon.com  . I gave you the link....its free, all you have to do is sign up.   I use it to Stumble around the internet to strange and sometimes wonderful, beautiful and otherwise entertaining websites that i probably never would havfe found on my own and .......some are just too incredible to keep to myself.......Some make me smile......some make me laugh outloud, some i just sit and stare in awe but most of all some of them just make me  want to share what i've found......

I'm getting quite a long list under my Favorites just waiting to be shared with someone......Ofcourse these are things that i enjoyed or
found interesting.....theres not guarantee you will too but i hope at 
least a few will strike your fancy........I'd love to make this a weekly
thing .....so let me know if you like it...it will help me decide if i should keep sharing my stumblings with you.....Here are a few to get us started.......


Dreamy ...........   I LOVE the stain glass windows and just the curviness of everything......not  a straightline anywhere.......and all the plants........not sure if i want to live here but it sure is delicious to look at...................

Turn the Sound up  ..............This was incredibly fun to play with.........thunder......nature sounds.....crackling fireplace...set your
own mood.......Fun!

Cat Lovers Only.........   You may have to be a cat lover to enjoy this video but i thought it was so funny....even made hubby smile.
Keep your eye on the cat! 

Well theres a sampling of whats been keeping me entertained lately.  I hope you like them too.....Before i get outta here I want to thank everyone ever so much for all your kind words on the Enchanted Tree.....I just love it and i'm glad you do too.........I have a couple more in the works of different colors......i'll show you those when i'm done....  ***House Update..........they are FINALLY done texturing and painting and are now working on the baseboard of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. At first they were going to replace it all and now they are him hawing about it.....saying theres nothing wrong with it......um......all the corners are separating from being wet.........sigh.....so we'll see.......Carpet man comes tomorrow...woohooo!Carpet!!! I've missed it so! Hugs! deb


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Enchanted Tree Reveal............

When i saw this seed pod lying on the ground all i could see was how much it looked like a little tree.................A little bit of paint and glue and some shiny bling bling and i could have THIS!


A family member who's opinion i value told me it looks just like a Debbie Tree.........looks just like something i would make.......to me that says i have a 'style'..........a certain way i create.........not sure why but i like that :)........I know i have many styles i like...I'm a very eclectic person and i'm sure if you stick around long enough you'll see them.......but this? This is definitely a Debbie Tree......lol

What to top off that pot with really thru me for a loop or i would have been finished a while ago......I mean i had to put SOMETHING there......it was pretty ugly......i tried to top it off with moss.......and that just made a terrible mess.....i didn't know that moss was so messy and just fell apart so easily! I thought of using moss for some other projects.....i might have to rethink those.......I have a couple different ways of using the polymer clay to finish off the top of the pot.....i have an extruder and i was going to try to make some 'grass'........i also thought of a spiral 'snake' filling the pot.....ideas , ideas, ideas........but i really like these balls....i think they give it a real whimsical look and i like that........

I have a couple more trees in the works........i won't show you all their steps.......unless i do something different than this one.....I was hoping i could find a large variety of metallic paint colors but its pretty limited......I found a garnet red that really is more salmon colored.......an aquamarine and a sapphire.......With any luck i'll soon have an Enchanted Forest! Hugs! deb 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

In Honor........


................of Monopoly announcing their new game piece is a CAT , i thought we needed another Jinxy post! Look at this silly boy...is he loving a two story house or what?  My hubby was floored when i  wanted to buy a fake tree for the house.....me ? a fake plant? NEVER! But...but..I LOVE trees and i love any chance to bring the outdoors in.......But Jinx and his penchant for eating live plants really puts a damper on having alot of plants in the house....I have to try to out fox him whenever possible.....
In our old home i had a fine collection of cactus and succulents.....I'm not sure which one taught him a lesson :) but he left them alone....any other plant i have pretty much has to be a hanging plant to keep it out of his reach.....thats just the reality of a life with a cat.....so.........as much as i wanted a tree i was not gonna spend alot of money on one just to have him chew it up.  So this FAKE tree is my compromise . Personally i like it.....to me it does not scream fake and i got a great price on it at a furniture store that was going out of business and selling everything.......No one.......


............and i mean no one like my placement of the tree........I like it there on the landing......to me there is enough room to get around it going up the stairs.....All the other stuff you see piled there is from the flood.......thats where we stacked my books to get them out of the water....sigh.......The wall behind the tree....going up the stairs is where our family portraits will hang.....So, do you leave a tree where you like it or do you move it because hubby and family members tell you it looks odd there....? 

In other news.........this has been one busy house lately ....our weekend hiking got kicked to the curb when construction company called and asked if they could work over the weekend...HE** YES!So they spent two full days Sat/Sun mudding the walls all the way up to the ceiling.......taping everything off........they were a no show Monday but that was okay...i needed out of the house and took a nice loooong walk around the neighborhood......then they showed up yesterday Tues and did more taping and papering windows etc...... and this morning they are already here getting ready to blow texture on the walls........then they will knock it down and maybe......hopefully ....cross your fingers and toes and eyeballs and whatever else you can manage to cross they will paint by Friday.........please, please,please.....cause then the carpet guy can come and the window blind people can come and hang the blinds we bought for the vaulted windows.......we ended up with double cellular blinds in a light color that i'm hoping will block some heat and sun but still let in some light.....good compromise i hope......

Getting long here but after mentioning Monopoly i really wanted to ask if you like playing games?? I LOVE playing games but no one else in my family does......Hubby's step father loved playing games so much that he really burned everybody out on it......why? why do i always show up late to the party??  My mother in law was pretty much done doing arts and crafts when i came along. She used to do craft shows and such.... In another life if i had shown up earlier we would have had so much in common.....I think when my mother had me late in life (she was 38) it just set up that pattern for me. LOL! So what games do you like to play?? I like card games...Spades especially...but Rummy too.....I like Clue and Pictionary....Parcheesi......Chickenfoot with dominoes....Trivial Pursuit.....fun, fun, fun........Hugs! deb











Monday, February 4, 2013

Rollin' , rollin' , rollin'...........


Still working on the little Tree..........You might be wondering what i could possible be using these little balls for.............well that will be revealed next post........when i reveal the finished tree....... These little suckers were deceptively difficult to make.......i don't know if i should be admitting to that or not........i mean how difficult can it be to make little round balls out of polymer clay??? I tried to use the airdry clay like i did in the pot but i could not get them to smooth out....no matter how i kneaded it and rolled it , the balls still had little cracks in them...so hence the polymer clay.....

For me it took several tries to actually get a 'round' ball........When you are working that tiny you just can't roll it between your palms or you end up with an oval shape....or a beveled shape ......whatever shape it was it was not round........if you needed any other shape than round i could have hooked you up!lol..........Well finally i figured it out, that i needed to use the very tip of my index finger to roll the ball on my palm ......once i got the hang of it ,l it went pretty quick but geesh talk about a learning curve......then i baked them in the oven the required time and you know what???Clay gets lighter after its baked........not in color but in weight.....is that a revelation only to me?? Did you guys know that?? lol.......OH! and i added a wood block to the base to make it more stable, covering it in some really cool scrapbook paper......Stay tuned! The finished tree will be making its debut this week!

Friday, February 1, 2013

They Followed Me!............

..............tumbleweeds followed me all the way from Texas! Honestly i have seen more tumbleweeds since i moved to California than i ever did in TX. In TX there was  a house along a busy street and every year when they decorated their house for Christmas they made a tumbleweed snowman.........It was SO cool..........The newspaper did a story on them once and they said every year they have to travel further and further to find large tumbleweeds.....Well they are plentiful here.......i could ship them some......there are tumbleweeds on almost every street in the development...it looked like we were being invaded....' Invasion of the Body Snatchers!!!' LOL! 

For the space of about 30 nano-seconds i thought we could make a tumbleweed snowman for our yard but i can't even imagine how much white spray paint and time that would take.....uughh....

Plans for a little hiking this weekend.....Ohlone Wilderness Trail at DeValle Regional Park in Livermore.....From online observations looks VERY hilly.....not sure how far we'll get but it will be fun.....suppose to be gorgeous views if i can get to the top of any of the hills.....But we are talking 2 and a half miles of nothing but up, so i don't know.....probably biting off more than i can chew...its a habit of mine......lol Have a great weekend!!! Got my fingers crossed for the 49ers.....loved them ever since Joe Montana played for them.........yeah ......i'm that old.......Hugs! deb