Thursday, December 31, 2015

Candle Box

 I made my daughter in law a box for Christmas this year using black chipboard and the papers from Graphic 45 French Country Collection.  I love the rich colors and the vintage home grown aspect of the paper.  My daughter in law loves sunflowers and chickens and I think this paper works for the two of us.  The box is 4"x4"x8" and the sides are split down about 2/3 of the way all the way around.  I covered all surfaces with the various papers from the collection and added chip board bits and ribbon from Stampin UP!

 Opened the box contained a candle that had leaf imprints circling it.  I  really like the way this box turned out and may end making a few more for gifts during the year.  While they look like they take a lot of work it can be done in a couple of hours. 

 The lid is some flower bits I had from other projects that I glued together into a sunflower ornament on the top of the box.

Another view of the back side of the box.  All sides were covered but these were two of my favorite. 

WOYWW #343 and a couple presents I made

What is WOYWW?  It stands for What's On Your Workspace Wednesday and each week a group from around the world gets together to share their spaces, what they are working on, and other aspects of their lives.  Julia has been kind enough to handle the mob each week for over 5 years now and it has always been a lot of fun for me and the other to link up and see what's up in the world.   Click on the link above and check it out. 

Happy Holidays!  I hope everyone had a great Christmas and is looking forward to the new year.  My son and his family came down from Tennessee and spent the week before Christmas.  It was so much fun seeing how they had grown and how different they were from the last time I had seen them.  Teresa is in first grade now and talks all the time about all things Star Wars and scientific.  Hannah is a girlie girl and if it sparkles and can be worn she is pleading...please Grammie.  Charlie is walking now and has one of the most beautiful of smiles.  Heather and Michael hosted them at their house and hosted Christmas dinner and we all had a lot of food and fun! 

On Christmas Day I was headed out to Heather's house and fell, face planted on the front drive, causing various degrees of damage to my left knee, left elbow, right shoulder, and back.  I went to the emergency department and they said while they couldn't see anything that was obviously broken I did have some soft tissue damage and tendons injured in the fall.  I now sport a shiny hot pink and flowered walker that helps me get around when needed and a swollen knee that limits just about all that I am capable of doing.  I have an orthopedic doctor's appointment on Jan 7 to find out if he can tell me more...I doubt it but I will go and hopefully he can get rid of the ouchies for me!

Okay!  Now on to my desk this week...
Yes I know...what a mess!  I was starting to sort through some stuff after I finished the girls canvases the other day and never made it any further....guess it will give me something to do while my knee heals. 

Speaking of canvases....  Here are a couple canvases I made for my granddaughters...

 I covered the 12x12" canvas I made for Teresa with some left over tissue paper that was blue and covered in multicolored snowflakes.  I used modeling paste and a stencil to make the snowflakes and snow at the bottom of the canvas.  Fearful for little fingers prying the blingy bits off I stuck them down very well with Glossy Accents and covered the hat and the hand panted letters with it also.  I love buttons and bling so I used a couple buttons shaped like birds in nests in the tree on the far right. 
you couldn't see the Glossy Accents on the hat very well so here it is up close.  Like I said I stuck all the blingy bits down with it also.

Hannah's Canvas is a little more difficult to see in the light with such a light background and dark gingerbread man and name.  I think I would have used a little lighter brown in retrospect and a darker background.
I found some more buttons in the box that had to do with the gingerbread theme and stuck them to the canvas along with a little more bling.  Hannah is all about bling, bracelets, necklaces and girly stuff. 

You can barely see the snowflakes on the canvas above so I took pictures of them and the bling that I shared in these two photos.

Okay that is it for me for today.  I will be back tomorrow to share a candle box I made for my daughter in law. 


Wednesday, December 9, 2015


It has been a while since I last participated in WOYWW and I have a million reasons I can come up with but I think I will spare us all the excuses and just get on with it...

My desk today...
 I am in the process of making the granddaughters a couple of canvases so they can have a Grandma painting as my oldest granddaughter Teresa calls it.  The snowman when finished will have Teresa's name on it.  The music canvas is for Hannah and will have a gingerbread girl dresses in jewels and all sorts of finery! Hannah is Miss Prissy while Teresa is our more analytic girl.

I have done a lot of crafting and journaling but can't find pictures right now so will go with what I have!!  This next picture is of a calendar swap I am participating in.  Not a good picture because the stars are stenciled on with glass bead medium.  Looks fine in person but not so hot here!
 Made a few new cards for Christmas...still don't have a Christmas letter or cards addressed but...I am working on it!  These three cards are from the Close to My Heart collection called White Pines.  I can't send cards with what I call "naked" envelopes so I usually stamp something on them!

Next is the Close to My Heart scrap book pages from the White Pines Collection:  They always come with two pages to do and and I found the third one online...  It is a page set done by another CTMH person.  I am glad my daughter got into this business cause I love scrapbooking memories. 
page 1
page 2
This page was online and directions can be found here .
Life is good.  DD is coming over with pad Thai, chicken wraps, edamame, and Starbucks coffee!  We are going to eat lunch and then put up the outside Christmas lights. 

Hope everyone has a great week.  Looking forward to getting back into the swing of WOYWW... it is a lot of fun!  What is it? Click the link and check it out!