Monday, December 30, 2013

T Stands for Taking Time

Hi Everyone!  I'm joining up with Elizabeth and Bleubeard for the final T Tuesday post of 2013.  Although I am looking ahead to a creative year and many more T Stands for Tuesday posts, as my title today suggests, I am taking some time to just sit back and enjoy life. 

Today I am enjoying some China Oolong Tea.  According to the label, Oolong tea is sourced primarily from the Fujian Province in China and was first produced at the end of the Ming dynasty, about 400 years ago.  Oolong teas are created by shaking the tea leaves during the picking process and then pan firing to semi-ferment the tea.  I confess that I never think that much about how all the different teas are made and found this very interesting. 

It went will with the home made bell cookies and a delicious triangle of Baklava.  The French beaded Lily is part of a custom order I am working on.

Thank you to Elizabeth for hosting this fun event, and thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read my ramblings and leave me a comment or two. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative 2014!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy New Year & Happy Mail

Hi Everyone! I had hoped to wish everyone a Merry Christmas before Christmas, but as we all know, life sometimes gets in the way.  Even in a good way.  A last minute change of plans left me with little time to wrap presents, clean, bake, visit everyone and make a blog post.  I was determined to remain stress-free and to remember the really important things, like my family and friends.

I received a very special card and gift from my friend Stacy of MagicLoveCrow

Stacy knows that I had been admiring the etched stones made by Deb of Geckostone on Etsy, and that due to other demands, Deb had put her shop on hiatus.  So she bugged asked her nicely to make me one as a gift, and she did.
 
Deb has a blog where you can see some of her wonderful art. She put so much skill and love into the stone, and I really love it.  Of course, she added a moose for me! I will treasure it always.

Stacy also gave me an adorable moose charm.  It is a little metal medallion that says "Live Large" on the reverse side.
I will have to come up with a special beaded project to show off both sides of this charm.

Thank you so much, Stacy (and Deb)! I love them both!

Monday, December 16, 2013

T Tuesday Christmas Tour

Hi everyone! If you are visiting via Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday blog link, welcome to my Christmas Tour! As you walk in the door, the first site is the Tree.
Due to the location it is nearly impossible to get a photo of the whole tree.  Most of the ornaments are handmade, gifts, or were purchased while on vacation as souvenirs.
I made the tree skirt many years ago from a kit.  It is all appliqued felt embellished with sequins, bells, and other bits.
In this close-up you can see two beaded ornaments I made--the red one on the right and the blue/yellow one on the left.  Those are little ceramic elephant beads on the dangles.  The two foxes in the log was the first ornament we bought the year we were engaged.  The flag one was also my favorite ornament as a kid--it is over 50 years old now!
Moving along...Santa greets us with a bag of goodies.  This I also made about 20 years ago out of a log and some wood.  His face, if I remember correctly,  is wall paper paste molded by hand and then painted.
Right above Santa is the reindeer corner.
 
 Here is the snowman corner--two of them are music boxes.
This soldier keeps the snowman corner safe!

Over to the right, the fireplace is all decked out, too.  Our fireplace doesn't have a mantle but rather a step up from the floor. The cowboy Santa fits right in with my Southwestern Living Room motif.  Do you see the Elvis Santa to the right?  The first needlepoint stocking was nearly completed when I went into labor with my daughter.  All it lacked was the name since we didn't know who we were going to be blessed with!
This is the wall of the fireplace--a mixture of new, vintage & kitsch!  The head was a plain paper mache one that I painted.  The Santa on the left and the Santa Sleigh on the right are very old, from my husband's family.

Shall we step into the Dining Room?  No surface gets away without some decoration.  By Christmas, the two side panels of the china closet will be covered with the photo Christmas cards we receive.  Just to the left you can see a snipped of holly that goes around the doorway that leads to the kitchen.  A kissing ball hangs there, too.  Mr. Moose is standing in his usual spot between the china closet and the buffet:
Thank you if you stuck with me to the end of this post.  Sit down and have a cup of tea--you've earned it!








Friday, December 13, 2013

Seasonal Flowers

Hi Everyone! Today I'm sharing some french beaded Poinsettia flowers that I made.  Did you know that the colored part of the plant which we call the flower is actually colored leaves? Although traditionally a Christmas plant, Poinsettias are native to Mexico and grow 12-15 ft. tall as a perennial.
Did you also know that there are more than 100 varieties? Or that that come in red, white, pink, burgundy, plum, pale green and bi-colored, among others?
I hope you enjoyed this brief lesson on Poinsettias!  Have a happy, creative weekend everyone!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Two for T Tuesday

Hi Everyone! I'm a little slow getting started today as I am still not feeling myself.  Yes, I know 3:30 pm is more than "a little slow", but it took me that long to figure out what to say this T Tuesday and what photos to take.  Without further ado, I am linking to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's T Tuesday with my post of Two.  Two scarves I recently finished, created with Two knitting needles, in Two different colors, and in Two different styles.
This one is super soft in a white, bulky type of yarn--my scarf-crazy daughter already has her eye on this one and I haven't even decided what to do with the edges (if anything) yet!
The second one was made with a ruffle mesh yarn that is edged with pom poms.  This yarn self ruffles as you knit it. Fun to make, it is not supposed to be warm but rather a fashion accent. This one is in my Etsy shop.

No actual tea today as I feel like if I were to drink one more cup, I will float away.  I've been drinking at least 3 cups of Green Tea in addition to my usual 2 cups of black tea. Plus water and Orange Juice.  Cold or sinus whatever, please go away!

Despite not being 100% I did drag myself out of bed early Saturday morning to attend the craft show.  It was crowded pretty much all day, and I was pleased with the sales I made.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Beaded Flowers

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to show some daisies that I made a customer as well as, some flower heads I stemmed for her. 
Here are 12 cobalt blue daisies with orange and white centers and dark leaves.
Here are 12 more done with lighter leaves.  Below are the vintage flower heads that I stemmed for her.  I did not make the flower heads but was willing to stem them because they were in good condition.

Tomorrow is my craft show that I hope to make.  The sore throat turned into a nasty cold.  I'm feeling better, but now the weather is not cooperating.  Rain ending in snow/sleet into Saturday morning is predicted. Oh, what are the chances that it should happen on just this day? 

Have a happy creative weekend!


Monday, December 2, 2013

T Stands for Ta Da Tuesday

I'm joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth today for T Stands For Tuesday.  My T today, besides being my standard cup of tea is a big TA DA! I finished the painting in two days, but the new floor took much longer than anticipated.  I still managed to get it all done before my daughter came home from school last Tuesday.
Here is a view of my desk with my much loved everyday cup which is half full of my fourth cup of tea for the day!  Unfortunately, I'm a little under the weather with a sore throat so I've been trying to drink a lot of green tea.  This is probably the neatest my desk has been in a long time--I even have space to work!
Here is a better photo of the floor.  Since this is a laundry room, we needed a durable floor and decided to go with this interlocking vinyl plank floor.  It is supposed to be waterproof also.  The color/pattern I picked is red hickory--I wanted something darker than what I had, and I like the look of the whorls and knots.
This photo looks towards the kitchen. Our cabinets are finished in cherry and the floor we did ourselves in red oak (pergo laminate flooring).  I was worried about the change in direction of the boards and how it would look, but I think it works okay since the vinyl planks of the new floor are wider than the kitchen ones.

I'm looking forward to visiting everyone who plays along on T Stands for Tuesday and to getting back to crafting!