Girl Scouts

My five year old grand daughter is going to be selling Girl Scout cookies in a few months and I am excited for her.... I thought it would be fun for her to make some "cookies on a cookie sheet" for either a Girl Scout swap or just as a little thank you gift for a cookie purchase.
 My daughter had a bag full of rectangle shaped pins that worked out perfectly for the cookie sheet.

I used metal tape to cover the pins and then using a hole punch I punched out a bazillion little circles (cookies) out of thin chip board.
I dabbed Elmer's glue on the metal covered pins and glued the circles in place. Lastly, I handed them over to Miss Chloe and she gets the fun job of adding all the chocolate chips to all the cookies.
I am sure she has her eye on getting a patch for selling the most cookies.. the little cutie-pie~
big hugs,


School Spirit

When I was in high school a lot of my friends wore handmade knitted or crocheted scarves with the schools colors. I desperately wanted one. It never happened. If I had known how to crochet or knit myself back in the day, I would have made my own. *sigh, I want a do-over* I have made my two grandkids even though they are in elementary school school spirit scarves. I even made them hats to go along with their scarves! Their school is having a beautiful fund raising dinner at a super exclusive house on the extension.... oooh-la-la.... So, I thought I'd go old school and whip up a scarf and hat set to be auctioned off at a silent auction at the event. I know, I know..... so "1980's" But I couldn't help myself~ I created a stand for the hat and scarf using some foam core--- hoping to make it a little less "grandma made an auction item" and over all make it a little more desirable.

I also whipped up a crocheted cheerleader using the schools colors of navy blue and yellow. I loved making this doll, it was an easy pattern to follow, although the next time I make it I will tweak the pattern a little bit. I didn't like the oval shape of the head... or the eyes and the mouth. Other than that, I love it!
I think I'll whip up some scarves and have the grandkids give them to their teachers. Might as well start a trend! Make them desirable once again!
big hugs,


Yard Work

Or should I say "yarrrghd work!" I've been steadily working on my backyard moving things around getting a large space opened up so I can build my newest pirate store. I had to move several large clumps of orange flowered Cannas from the area I'm wanting to build on. I decided to transplant the plants along part of my fence which will add a nice tropical flare to this area.

I L.O.V.E the large leaves on these plants! Luckily, they transplanted very well and seem to be doing fine even in this hot weather we've been having.

Of course, once I had the last Cannas plants divided and planted, I decided I wanted the planting area to be a little larger! Twice as big to be exact. Which meant one plank all around the deck had to be removed. (half way finished so far) I had to build a retaining wall under the deck to keep the dirt in the "planter box" area. Now, I not only have a larger area for the Cannas plants to spread out and flourish, I have another area to display some pirate treasure. Aaargh!
Besides transplanting plants, I have had to transplant a few pirate treasures throughout my yard as well. 
 Which begins the whole domino effect...
The upside is, its good to get reacquainted with things I forgot I had *wink* and of course, make ROOM for some new additions.... like this Poseidon/Neptune statue that I bought this past weekend. I placed the statue next to my pirate bar. I thought I'd whip up a sign for the bar, maybe calling it "Neptunes Waterfront Bar"  I thought that'd be funny since the bar is beside the pool~ I am contemplating painting the statue either copper with some green verdigris, or painting it gold. Still undecided on that... The Neptune statue is missing the three pronged Trident that sits on top of his spear. I will either replace it with something similar or possibly add a large conch shell to the spear instead. Stay tuned for his transformation..... 
I would like to create a large basin around the bottom of this statue and fill it with seashells...... could be so darn cute!
big hugs,



I made a cover for the  stack of painted pages I painted when I was bored  journal pages I had amassed.

I reinforced the side of the book cover with thin chipboard covered in metal tape. I attached the dragonfly brooch to the cover with E6000 and then for added cuteness I used thin copper wire and stitched it to the books cover. The large silver dandelion embellishment is a Darice embossing folder imprint which I used metal tape with as well.
I do not like to journal at all, but I do like making things.... so I guess I would put this book into more along the lines of being a glue book... or even a smash book.

Yes, that's my story and I am sticking to it...
I added an old vintage letter to one page that I simply sealed closed against the page with a sticker.... you just know at some point someone is going to peel off that sticker and read the letter... I would.

I also added an old envelope to one page and stuffed an old art piece of mine I had in a box into it....

I like the process of making something....  cutting, gluing, painting, distressing... you know.
I added a lot of scrap booking paper to this book as you can see. No excuses, I just love the images on the paper.... I buy it then never use it, I am sure you can all relate! I decided to start actually using it! *gasp* I added some velum over some of the pages for writing, and some I am planning on doing a white-wash finish over the top making another area for writing... (not that I am going to write in it)

 Recently though, I am especially fond of being able to set something aside and work on it at a much later time when the mood strikes. Although I don't consider any of these pages "finished" as of yet... I am happy to set them aside for now....
 I have other thoughts on my mind..... As part of my Birthmonth gift to myself (starting in September) I have decided I want another pirate store in my backyard. I have been looking online for some plans to build one and I think I have found the perfect plans for building such a store.
Isn't it fabulous? It is a biggie, 10 x 12... I may have to make it 10 x 10 to fit the space I was wanting it to fit.... but it looks easy enough to shorten. (I hope!) Of course my version is going to be a pirate store not a green house, but the basic frame is something I can use.
So, now comes the HUGE domino effect that is going to be underway in my backyard with all the plants needing to be moved and transplanted, along with finding new spots for the pirate props. Adding more drip irrigation... and then of course the actual building of the pirate store itself. All doable... but eiy-eiy-eiy... what am I getting myself into?
big hugs,



Still feeling artistically restless... I pulled out my acrylic paints thinking that might soothe my artistic soul...

It didn't.

Although, it was nice to paint...for a while anyway.

The upside? I now I have a huge stack of painted papers to do something else with. *wink*
I think next I'll try my hand at making some art journals.
big hugs,


Keeping Busy

I have been busy in my studio making some new necklaces. I whipped up an Alice in Wonderland necklace~
Here is a close up of the fun dangling charms.
A blue necklace made with glass beads and a piece of a blue dyed abalone shell.
I feel like I should be "doing something"... I have no idea what that is--- and until I figure what it is, I thought I'd keep myself busy.
Here is another necklace with some abalone pieces and pearls worked into it...
I love the image of the Virgin Mary inside the rose. Beautiful~
I also made a Holy Cross necklace using some vintage pieces of a rosary and some glass beads. The gold plating on the Cross itself has worn away. I wonder if the gold on the Cross was worn away because it was held often in someones hand as a source of strength and comfort... I'd like to think so~
Maybe I'll try my hand at doing some painting next.... Its like I have a creative itch I just can't scratch!
big hugs,


San Juan Batista

This past weekend we went to San Juan Batista to par-take in the vintage street market they host every year. It was lovely, cool weather perfect for walking through the streets of the town hitting all the local's yard sales before going to the vintage market itself.

I just HAD to get this three tiered raccoon objet d'art seeing how there was "the mother of all raccoons" in my backyard this past year. *wink* It was only $8-- that is practically free!

 At one yard sale I spied this bag full of treasures...
I was intrigued... a dollar you say? Whatever they were... they were going to be MINE.... so, you ask, what are they?
Bamboo and fabric lanterns. Twenty one of them.... mine-mine-mine. Perfect for my pirate yard!
*slight pause for major cuteness* Here is my neighbor's cat Bear hanging out in amongst the plants in the lagoon watching me playin'... cute...
 I also scored another block, this one was only $6... and is the heaviest one I own to date. I also scored on the anchor for only $4 and the little aged brass pot for $1. What treasures!
I also got to visit with my friend Susan and my new friend Stephanie (who is now the co-owner of Bella Dona in San Juan Batista. They are both so sweet and it is reflected in the great vibe their store has.
 They swung open the gate to their stores courtyard which was filled to capacity with vintage treasures. This gate is located on the main street of the vintage market and it was so cute, it just pulled the people from the street into their business. Smart thinking girls! It took me forever to get a photo without any people in it *wink*

I managed to find some treasures locally...  I scored two wrought iron candelabras for only $7 for the pair.

These two masks were a little pricey... The large one was $10 and the smaller one was $6. C'est la vie~ I buy things so cheaply all the time, I can occasionally spend a smidge more than I normally would on a few things--- and it makes good business sense in the long run when you keep your "pickers" happy. 
I scored on the huge Asian statue.... it was only $10. The little carved wooden statue $1, and the huge shell $3~
 Next Saturday I am going to be having my own yard sale... *sigh* it is totally going to bum me out as I'd rather be going to some then having one!
big hugs,