Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year Approaching......

I hope you will click to enlarge..............

I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and you're headed toward an incredible New Year......



This New Year holds alot of changes for us....hubby retiring, selling and finding a new home in a different state......

All of it scary and exciting at the same time....You can plan and plan and plan and cross your T's and dot you 'I's and STILL something can go wrong.... You just have believe you've made the right choices...the right decisions, looked at it from all angles... and then take that leap.... Posting might be a little scarce around here as i finally get down to business and get to packing what i can pack.... a move is still quite a ways in the future as hubby cannot seal in his retirement pay until April...but we will be taking pictures of the house and showing it and such......

If hubby is not 10 steps ahead he's not happy. But i figure thats better than the alternative..... :)  I have boxes and paper coming out my ears just waiting for my attention........ I'm going to start with the stuff we don't use much.... to include alot of my crafting supplies... So probably not much crafting going on until we find our Forever Home....which i KNOW is out there somewhere.... Its gonna kill me.  If i don't have something crafty in the works i'm just not....settled...if that makes sense... I will leave a few things out but the majority will get packed. 

So you know what the New Year holds for me....What about you?? Hugs! deb

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Hoildays My Tea People!



Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus would like to take you on a trip around our Christmas tree this year.....Nearly everything is new...... Just when i've decided to put owls on my tree they become hard to find...or at least ones i like... The berries are new...the first time i've ever put them on a tree and i like them!



This angel was made for me by a sweet little girl a long time ago and i think she looks just perfect on the tree.....Lower left you can see a cardinal........




More of those new balls and  see that little one in the middle...those are the ones i made last year out of cabinet knobs... and you can see the wooden snowflakes...




........Another owl.......



 ................I hope you'll enlarge each picture....... It took me a little while to get my tree together this year.... just feeling a little scroogie for no good reason at all............  I think its the knowledge that we will be packing every thing up soon to move....... the Realtor will be coming around after the first of the year to take pictures... and very soon every thing will be happening way to fast........ I feel like i just unpacked.......

I'm afraid no liquid refreshment in this weeks post.......But i'd still like to join Elizabeth and Bleubeard. If you'd like to see some more Tea related posts hop on over there for a visit! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SnowFlakes are Falling.............

 ..............Well not really......and if they are its only in the nearby Sierra Mtns OR inside my home.........lol.......  Please, please click on this snowflake picture to enlarge so you can REALLY see them.  I had a tough time deciding which photograph to put in the header because i wanted you to see them BOTH large. In the end i chose the white sparkly one because i'm just a glitter kinda gal.. :) 

I didn't take any step by step photos of these projects because they were really pretty easy....  The one in the header is a wood snowflake i think i bought at Michael's I painted it white and while i putting a clear coat on top i added the super fine glitter while it was wet.. I had some leftover gems from last year's project....remember this?   It will join the snowflakes i hang on my window every year.  i did not find a beaded snowflake i liked to add to my collection so this one will have to do.....

Michael's has the most spectacular collection of wooden snowflakes to decorate.......I decided to stain a bunch of them. This actually took awhile.....as the wood REALLY soaks up the stain. I thought it would only take one coat as i did not want them too dark but it actually took 3.  Then i put a clear coat on them and then used RubNBuff Gold Leaf on them. When the light hits them they are gorgeous...


Another project that has kept me busy are these angels.....7 to be exact............. I've had them a very long time........at least 15-20 years and little did i know hubby hated them all these years....lol Why he waits til NOW to tell me i have no idea......I thought maybe it had something to do what color they were. Honestly it was an ugly brown cardboard color and i had always planned on painting them SOMEDAY... well someday came this year....lol......I don't know what they are made of something really heavy duty though... with texture....Reminds me of really heavy duty cardboard but its more than that.....  SO first i painted them all a bright shiny gold then i used antique gold around the edges and finally a little warm brown around the edges......... Honestly i like how they turned out. Hubs still doesn't like them. He says its something about the head....I'm not fond of the way the head was made either ....Maybe i could decapitate it and give it a wooden head at some point.......I'll have to look into that maybe next year.... 

Using my current fav coffee cup this morning enjoying my Half Caff Folgers coffee......... I'm so sorry i'm a little late to the party this week........Its so dreary around here lately i had a hard time getting good photos. I tried to wait for the sun to peek out but with the heavy fog and storms expected i don't think thats gonna happen. :) I'm joining Ms. Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T Tuesday...won't you join us?  Hugs! deb

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mother Earth...........

.........received a drink from Father Sky today. If you look close you can see a raindrop on the window.. :) So thats my drink for Tea Tuesday......... I'm sorry i'm late... I almost didn't post. I just could not find an inspiring photo to post....... Its been raining steadily since early early this morning... glorious rain..... 

California is the only place i've lived that it can rain all day and you come away with maybe  half an inch of rain , if your lucky...  Rain was scarce in TX too but.... BUT when it rained it RAINED.. buckets!  Stormy, windy.... several inches of rain in a couple hours... it was an event!   Here it drizzles.......mists........but today i've actually had rain in the gutters... flowing out the downspouts... a good rain......... and its suppose to do it tomorrow......... 

No complaints here.......ever....... 

The dreary light from the rain soaked clouds still managed to set aglow a new Christmas Cactus bloom.  The white one is about finished and the pink has started to pop......... So pretty with the light through the petals........  I hope you have a fabulous T Tuesday. If you'd like to visit with some more T drinkers pop on over to Elizabeth's and Bleubeards. They love to have you for Tea. Big Hugs! deb