Thursday, December 8, 2016

Chalk Painting, Waxing, and Market Streeting for Memorandum Monday (or Thursday if you are keeping track)






Goodness! I'm writing this post Sunday night, but due to Sugar Plums, it won't be posted until Thursday! Anyhow, it's still a Memorandum even if it's a bit delayed, right? I actually started my weekend on Friday, but then worked Saturday on our new Habitat House (which in itself is a story and a very good one, so stay tuned) and then went to Sparkle with our new fancy smancy Volunteer Trailer for work (which is also another story and an awesome one at that so again, stay tuned).

Market Street was a freaking wind tunnel and I was so cold, I'm still cold if that makes sense. I wore a wool sweater and stood by our heater, but it wasn't all that pleasant if you weren't moving around. The people were nice and some lady told me lots of stories about Habitat in Uganda, which would have been way more interesting inside and over a hot cup of tea. So it was quite a relief on Sunday to get caught up on laundry with binge watching Netflix and doing a little painting in the garage with the wood stove.

Interestingly enough this little table is my first foray into chalk painting & wax. In fact, the drawer has brown wax on it because it was dry enough for me to try and it's kinda really cool how vintage it turns something with hardly any work. The whole thing will get done at some point this week, probably.





































I'm also looking at my Tim Tags all together in one place and contemplating their display. Gunna have to build something and I can't wait. I'm guessing I'll get on that this weekend as well as actually decorate all three trees. I have been enjoying them up with the lights, but they are naked at the moment!

Well must rush off and finish off the week. Waving over at Sian who already Memorandum-ed this week!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Oh Deer Noel Container for THE CUTTING CAFE


Regina from over at THE CUTTING CAFE wanted us to decorate a container using her Christmas files this month. I was pretty sure this was going to be super fun and I wasn't disappointed! Printed out some of the paper from the 3 D Christmas Tree set which I used like washi around the top of this clear paint can. Then I cut the actual trees out of the file. Aren't they awesome! 

Wait, you need to see them from a different angle...

So much fun!

Those trees make a most excellent backdrop for my happy deer. I used the medium and small one here, but really they can be resized. And if you don't use them as a 3D item, they can be used flat on a card or scrapbook page. 

The paper that is included as a printable file is super cute too!

Gotta love a file that is really versatile! Happy Hump Day!




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

One for Me and One for You for Visions of Sugar Plums



























I was really digging these vintage silver pitchers when I found them the other day while out junking. I decided to make a little Christmas bouquet for both and give one away! Leave me a comment on which one you like the best and if you win, I'll send it your way!





































The little bouquets come right out for ease of storage (and sending) and also so you can reuse the silver pitcher for a different season. I'm always changing stuff up around here myself! Best of Luck!

Well, we're at the very end of Visions of Sugar Plums, but you have some blogs to visit and some sponsors to check out, so there is still inspiration left to be had!



The following sponsors are providing prizes for Lori's Hop and are totally awesome! Check them out!

The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 giftcertificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 giftcertificate
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

And, if you get a chance, make a winter or Christmas themed project for more chances to win over at Lori's Chouxchoux Paper Arts Blog! Fun times! Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Vintage Door Knob Angel for Visions of Sugar Plums


Glad you could stop by! I'm hanging with a fun bunch of peeps who are crafting and blogging for Visions of Sugar Plums, hosted by the lovely Lori Hairston. I'm here with a giveaway! Check out this vintage angel made from two vintage hankies, a spingle, door knob, and the hardware around a lock.





































My angel is holding a glittery dove and has a pretty flower with gems. She needs to fly home to your house! Leave me a comment to win her!

And once you get that outta the way, take a stroll through these blogs:


Lisa Bzibziak

This challenge is being sponsored by the following folks who have some awesome prizes up for grabs:

The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 giftcertificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 giftcertificate
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

Well, Happy Monday! I'm off to link my project over at Lori Hairston's Chouxchoux Paper Arts Blog as she's having an awesome challenge! Come join me by linking up your Christmas or Winter projects!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Glittery Snowflake Decoration for Visions of Sugar Plums





































Hello! So glad you are here! I'm hanging with  Lori Hairston and her sponsors who are hosting us all for Visions of Sugar Plums. Lots of giveaways, inspiration, and also a challenge!


Let me show you my giveaway and then on to the rest of the hop!


 I 'm here sharing my big dollar store glittery snowflake! I used some vintage upcycled foliage, and recycled ribbon with some pretty glittery ornaments to make a little decoration for you to display or give away as a gift! Please leave me a comment here saying you'd like to win! Now on to the rest of the hop!



A huge thanks to the sponsors who have an awesome list of prizes:

The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 giftcertificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 giftcertificate
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
TheTwinery:  Sample Pack

Enjoy the hop and don't forget to leave me a comment! I'm back tomorrow with a new prize!



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Glittery Layout for Another Freaking Scrappy





































We are making Christmas layouts this month over at Another Freaking Scrappy! I just so happen to already have a photo I want to scrap! Look at this girl of mine! So grown up and all ready to march in the Parade of Lights here in Corning.





































Here is a close up of that pretty stamped ornament (thanks Jean) and that vintage foliage. I picked the title glittery as Lexi was wearing those little battery powered lights since the parade is in the dark. So pretty.





































Really loving those gold doilies on all this pretty Christmas paper! I am so pleased with this page! First one of the season!

Hope you get a chance to play along with us!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Seventh Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge


Really loved that Linda changed up this tag and ran with a bright blue color combined with snowflakes.


Linda's very awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors this challenge and I was inspired quite a lot by the colors on tag number seven, the layered snow flake, and the jumping deer.  





































I was quite pleased to have even included the pinecones! I didn't see any stars, but I was really happy to give a new embossing folder a try and I love how it turned out. 





































That big snowflake I used as a base was actually a dollar store ornament. It's super pretty as it's already all glittery. 


Really love how it all worked out well together! Super pretty! 

Happiest of Hump Days! I'm just cresting the hump with these ornaments!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Sixth Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge





































This jello mold was a lot of work, but so much fun! Linda's very awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors this challenge and I was inspired quite a lot by the glitter on tag number six. 




Linda's sixth tag reminded me of snow. I had been wanted to use this little ballerina since the start so I ran with turning her into the Sugar Plum Fairy.


I used white out on her yellow leotard and then covered the whole thing with glitter to make it look like snow. I perched her on a spray painted faucet handle. That crystal dangle was an earring that I lost the mate to. Love the sparkle! That little piece of ribbon came from Linda's shop! Love that variegated look!


This one might be my very favorite....but I still have a troll to work with...Let's see how that one turns out!

Happiest of Thursdays to you. The weekend is around the corner!



Monday, November 28, 2016

Ryobi Rocks & a Quarter a Call for Memorandum Monday




























Just spent a couple of days in the frozen tundra part of New York. Tug Hill, home of the Amish, lots of farmers, and my 'rents. Mom cooked us up a delicious Turkey Day meal, we hung out with Dad Pratt, and went and visited Aunt Marilyn. She lives next door to where THE MAN grew up so it was interesting to see how the neighborhood had changed. They painted the pool house yellow (the nerve) and the Amish have bought up lots of farms, including Jonny's across the street.

After watching a little Amish girl walk down her driveway, Marilyn mentioned that she had installed a phone in the milk house for them to use. A quarter for a local call and fifty cents for long distance. See, the Amish are pretty old school and drive buggies around. They certainly don't carry cell phones! As far as tools go, they have specific rules around ones that are powered with electricity. As in not using them. That being said, I'm sure they would not approve of my very newest new prize of awesomeness.





































Hot diggity dog. It's a freaking green battery powered hot glue gun. THAT ROCKS!!!! See, the last hot glue gun I had died in a blaze of glory, prompting me to get quite bitchy. The replacement wasn't good enough as it had a ton of glue strings, so I upsized it to another that didn't have a long enough cord. THE MAN noticed that Ryobi had just released this new tool and we have a bunch of batteries already so it's a match made in heaven.

One battery lasts two hours. CAN YOU IMAGINE! Hot glue heaven without a cord! And only one tiny drip in all that time! Let's give THE MAN a fist pump for taking such good care of my needs!

Tomorrow I'm back with the sixth jello mold for the Funkie Junkie Tag Challenge and then later on this week I'm giving some things away for Visions of Sugar Plums. Yes, hot glue was heavily involved!


A quick shout out to Sian who hosts us for Memorandum Monday

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Fifth Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge


The fun part of these jello molds is that every single one is different. So very different!


Linda's very awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique sponsors this challenge and although she is already on tag nine, I'm making some headway! I was inspired quite a lot by the colors on tag number five.




I used some pretty gold trim & gold sparkle paper with some little beaded twigs. So pretty around the bottom of the tree. 

Really love these bottle brush trees! I spent some time this past weekend using them on a different project that I can't wait to share! Tomorrow, I'm back with another jello mold! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Forth Jello Mold of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie Challenge





































I believe I am finally catching up! I have a couple of these in the hopper to show you this week!


A huge thanks to Linda and her awesome store, the Funkie Junkie Boutique who sponsors this challenge. I was inspired quite a lot by the colors on tag number four and the poinsettia flowers. 


I wanted a poinsettia flower so badly that I took one apart I had and remade it smaller. I just used a little leaf die cut I had and cut out a bunch of petals.





































 I used vintage velvet holly under the flower. How do you like that gold believe I used across the bottom of the jello mold! THANKS to Lisa for hooking me up with that word!

I'm back tomorrow with another!



Monday, November 21, 2016

Piglet the Possum for Memorandum Monday













Last week I forgot to tell you about our unexpected visitor to Build Club. Piglet came via a have-a-heart trap with Volunteer Dan so he could be released into the wild. Really Dan had caught him
late the night before and Build Club starts at 8, so he brought him over to show us before he drove him a little ways away to run free into the wild near a creek. Turns out Piglet was getting into the garbage. Before you feel too badly for him, keep in mind he choose to finish the huge chunk of rotten cheese while in the cage for dinner that Dan had used as bait. So he had a full stomach and still quite a bit of attitude.



























On the same subject of unexpected, someone stopped by with a fairy garden to thank us at work. I am enjoying it so much! Isn't that adorable?? Love the little copper fairy! Nice job super awesome person with your RAK! Happy Fairy Garden Dance!


I spent nearly all weekend crafting. When I wasn't crafting, I took a break to do some sanding. This little table is quite the trainwreck. I've been dying to try some chalk board paint with some of that fancy wax everyone has been using...Annie Sloan I think it is? I know you need grooves and there are lots of those on this table!

Wish me luck! I'm off to Monday!

Also, a quick shout out to say hi to Sian who hosts us for Memorandum Monday!