Monday, January 30, 2017

T Stands for Warm Winter Wishes.....


Hello everyone!!! How was the rest of last week and the weekend for you?? We've been working on the house...duh.... The ditch is dug for the plumbing... did i tell you about that?? We had to dig 35 feet of ditch about 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep ... all by hand... It took us several days with just hubs and i and the neighbor helped too... Thank goodness for good neighbors.. let me tell you...That was a major hurdle done for us.... 


Mudding and sanding in the craftroom continues.... We had to redo and wrap some waterlines that we forgot.... frozen pipes reminded us... wasn't that nice? ....no..... So thats done... We are very VERY close to having half the room done... walls...ceiling ...period! And that is the side that most of my craftroom will be on... think worktables/countertop... island... But then we will start work on the other half... 

 That half will have shelves and be mostly a storage area...I don't think that will take half as long.... We will be doing the 'mud' a different way that hopefully will be better... The side i'm working (sanding) on now we did following a YouTube video... maybe that video would have worked for a professional but not us... It just made more work for us... live and learn...
We even bought some lights! Woohoo!!! I almost ended up with some fancy ones but we procrastinated too long. Have you ever done that? See a good sale and wait too long to take advantage of it???  Yep somebody scarfed those puppies up... Oh well... I think what we bought may not look as pretty but i think they will do a good job... and thats the main thing.. I need to SEE ! It is after all a converted garage... so its a little dark...  

OH! And one last thing... ALL the doors upstairs have been replaced and new trim put in and baseboard all down the hallway... Now its just waiting for me to caulk and paint it... Always something...never done... Now do i work on the craftroom or the trim upstairs?????lol  I hope you enjoyed the sketches.. You know me always doodling.. :)  Happy Happy Tday!  Thank You Ms. Elizabeth for being such a wonderful host.... If you'd like to meet a great group of ladies for T please pop over to Elizabeth's and join the party... Hugs! deb

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Is this January or April????

Seriously...... its 65 degrees F here... I have my windows open! I'm not ready for Spring yet... and all the bugs and heat... I need..NEED more Old Man Winter..........


Bet you don't hear many people say that.......... but i don't live in an area that gets many terrible winter storms... If i lived in the Northeast ..yeah i'd probably be ready for Spring.... Above is a Christmas present i received this year... What a great name for a coffee company...lol Love it!



What have you been up to this week? We were creating magic..... Poof! We magically made this window disappear! This is the back of the house .... Last year or so we made the double metal doors that were on the left disappear... they were rusted through and through and to us were a security issue... just another place someone could break in on the back side of the house and we began to view that window the same way.. so we decided to take it out...It was on the right.....  The siding matches almost seamlessly... If the rest of the siding was as clean as the new you probably couldn't tell... Abracadabra!!!



We've been digging ditch too but i've had some time to play... You know what they say about all work and no play... I have a friend who wants her PostCards in an envelope so i decided to attach a piece of writing paper to the back of it and write her a proper letter...Again using up the scraps i have laying around... 


 Then i decided to make a BookMark with more of those stickers ....The butterflies were a hole punch and i put orange paper on the back side of the BookMark so it would show thru.....





And i was so enthused with recycling that i thought i'd share this new video i found on YouTube... Its by Cat Hand... I just love her and i love what she's made here...Its about 10 minutes long .. so if you have time and like this sort of thing check it out... 



And finally my Tea People how about a peek out my window...shhhhh... don't scare them away... Do you see those two cuties cuddling in the top middle left... ?  I hope you enjoyed your visit and i'll be around to share a spot of tea with all of you! Hugs! deb









Sunday, January 15, 2017

T stands for posTcards.........



I thought .....  maybe .... with alot of us in the US dealing with rain, ice, snow and just plain dreary conditions maybe we could use a bit of color and art in our day with our tea..... or coffee.. or you get the idea.....


The above posTcard was created by our fellow T partier Eileen .. She made this in her hotel room while on a trip! and it all started with a picture off the side of a tissue box... It has wonderful silver highlights on it! 



The above posTcard is from Eileen too.. and it started life as a paper towel used to wipe up paint....


The posTcards above and below are also by Eileen ... aren't they exquisitely simple yet lovely? And yes theres been some oatmeal raisin cookies happening around here...  :)



Some posTcard arT found its way to my mailbox from another fellow T partier... Krisha!!! 


I just love this bright cheerful ART posTcard above....



A closeup of this posTcard reveals some wonderful shades of colors. Krisha made the above posTcard while having some arty fun with her granddaughters....... T people please note my yummy cherry coke zero.........



The above posTcard is one i sent ....The background happened by chance as i was trying to cover the chipboard... i was trying to blend it out and suddenly looked at it and liked it..lol  The rest is from recycling an old calendar ...... The quote says 'There's more to balance than not falling over' ...... 
Now i know if you've been visiting me for a while you've seen these mushrooms i sketched and house before but i made a new posTcard with them.. the little birds are stickers...... I've decided this year.... i'm going to concentrate on using all the little bits and bobs i've accumulated  ... and theres alot....  in my posTcards... I keep finding things and saying 'Oh this will make a cute posTcard one day and then i set it aside and forget about it until i find the next 'cute thing'... 

So there may be some 'odd' posTcards in my future and the future of my swap partners while i stretch my little brain and figure out how to use this stuff... I hope you've enjoyed looking at all the posTcards i've received and sent over the last couple months... Enjoy the rest of the T party and the rest of your week...!!! Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Life.............

 Life..........marches on doesn't it... ups and downs... the good days and the not so good...  but i have found that as long as i keep a little bit of art in my life I can get through the bad a little easier... you?  Above is the clam picture colored with Prismacolor colored pencils and Gamsol... If i could do it differently i would not put the black circles on the bottom half of the clams... i would have left it a solid color... I find it too distracting..  but hindsight is 20/20...


I hate my printer.....On the left is what printed out. If you enlarge it , you can see the streaks... On the right is after i recolored what came out of the printer... I shouldn't have to do that... But at least it was still usable as a card after i colored it......Thats a card on the right with a pretty scrapbook paper as the background... AND your getting a glimpse of Christmas present from hubby... a full set of Prismacolors!!


Above is what's been going on this week... digging ditch to rerun some drain lines.... sigh.... we knew this was coming but sooo dreaded it... another week and we'll be passed it 'knock on wood' but just not fun times.... woke up this morning to frozen pipes (clear now)...sigh.... sure will be glad when this 'rough patch' is over... funny how 'rough' times or 'bad' times all seem to come at you at once... 
And then lo and behold the sun will come out again... Like this little bright spot from my friend in Tx..... she sent me a kitty mug for Christmas.... AAAaawww... All you stopping by to say hi brightens my day too...  

Time to shake off the blues and get back down there and sand in my craftroom...... theres only one way thats getting done.... and thats by working thru it... Happy happy T Tuesday everyone... I'm a little early but i'll be around when the kettle whistles... Hugs! deb

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Kudos......


I give great kudos to all my fellow T Party People who celebrated the Holidays and still managed to join the T party... I was not one of them.....  :( Too much cooking and visitors and such i just could not make it happen...



But i'm here now bringing in the New Year with a house project post....warning.... lots of photos.. but i will try to keep my words brief..(cough, cough) ...  Above is a mirror we bought at a local auction... Granted i paid too much... i think.. but then i'm cheap... We paid $15 but i thought it was OLD and solid wood... Its neither....but it is still COOooool... :) 


We took the back off and kept track of all the screws with a magnet.....worked really great.....


All these pics should enlarge if your interested in a closer look... You can see the rubber seal all the way around it...took it off and removed the mirror.....


Flipped it over and now you can see the original color (or the color it was when i bought it) If you look in the lower right hand corner you can see where it was broken... 


We glued that and put clamps on it over night...


Then i spray painted it that oil rubbed bronze and highlighted it with copper.....You can see it better below..... And here it is hanging in the Guest Bedroom....


You can see the copper highlights here....




..and here.....



One more show and tell.... Remember the finished closet in the Guest Bedroom?


Well while on a flea market scavenger hunt last year i found these handles and could not resist!


 I paid  $20 for the pair... too much , too much but again ... another case of me falling in love with their quirkiness.... I'm glad i got them....who knows.. they seem one of a kind... maybe they are by some famous artist and i just don't know it..lol 

And finally for my T people over at MsP. Elizabeth's and Bleubeard 's.... My usual cup of coffee in my usual chipped coffee mug along with my most recent sketch... If you click it large you'll see its clams inspired by a picture i saw in a National Geographic magazine... lol   If anyone is interested in coloring it i have the black and white line drawing......I'am so looking forward to another year of T partying with you... Happy New Year everyone!!! Hugs! deb
PS... if anyone is wondering.... the header picture was taken in a little shop in Sacramento, CA....