Friday, March 17, 2017

My Lucky Charm Necklace and Earrings

Top o' the mornin' to ya' - and Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I love celebrating St. Patrick's Day because, after all,  I do have a wee bit of Irish blood in me!  I believe I have more Scottish blood, but I do have some Irish blood - so I'll KISS THE BLARNEY STONE!  In celebration of this special day, I made a green garnet necklace and earrings.  The necklace has a sweet little antique brass connector that has shamrocks on it.  I wore this necklace and earrings today to meet a friend for lunch - Mexican food.  I was wearing a cream-colored shirt, which looked beautiful with my green garnets.......until I dropped some cheese enchilada on my shirt.  LOL!  I just can't seem to eat a meal without getting it somewhere on me.  The cheese enchilada "drop" fell just beneath where the end of my necklace falls, so I looked very classy indeed!

Have a great day - and drink some green beer (or a Margarita)!  Happy St. Patty's Day!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Easter Morning Jewelry

One of the new hobbies I've been enjoying is making jewelry.  If you think stamping is an expensive hobby to have, try making jewelry.  It will bankrupt you to a whole new level!  But man, oh, man is it a world of fun and the creativity is insane!  Here's a necklace and earrings I put together with Easter in mind, although you could wear it all during the spring.  The pastel blue pearls give these pieces a nice touch of spring.  The antique brass connector is filled with blooming flowers.  My favorite element to add to any piece I make is, of course, bling in the form of rhinestone rondelles.  You can see more of my jewelry in my Etsy shop at www.madebyjimmisdaughter.etsy.com.  I'll have more jewelry coming up soon - it just takes some time to photograph things and get it in my shop - and I usually have a limited amount of time to do it!  Have a lovely day and we'll talk soon.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Home Sweet Home Sampler

Good Morning to You!  One of my favorite things to make is samplers - and here is one that I made for a couple of friends who recently moved into new houses.  For the first one I made, I used red and black because I absolutely love red accents in my home, but then I got the idea to make the houses really colorful - they kind of remind me of the homes I saw in Bermuda!  I think they turned out so cute.  I used My Favorite Things dies for the houses and a variety of different scrapbook pages.  I framed mine with black frames, but the colorful houses also look very cute in a white frame.

I spent last weekend working on these and it was total and complete therapy!  It's renewed my love for samplers.  Working with paper is good for the soul! 

Have a great weekend.  I'm off to make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing.  My daughter is turning 22 tomorrow and that's what the birthday girl has requested.  GOOD CHOICE!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Jar

Hi, All!  Tonight our Bunco group is getting together and I want to give the hostess a little somethin' - and here it is!  In honor of St. Patrick's Day this month, I had to try out a jar.  I love it!  The leftover green knobs from my Christmas jars came in handy.

 
Hershey's gold nuggets are perfect inside the jar - looks like a pot of gold!  I have finished the samplers I've been working on and I'll post them tomorrow.  I was really happy with how they turned out.  Gotta run - have a marvelous day!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Sympathy Card

Hello, all!  We have a beautiful day here in Katy.  I love days like this.  The sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky, and I'm wearing shorts and flip-flops on February 22nd.  That's why I love Texas and that's why I live in Texas!  I've been doing some stamping.  Unfortunately, sometimes we need to make sympathy cards.  I have a dear friend whose father passed away over the weekend.  I think this card is a nice card for a sympathy card, but when you have a classic design like this, it really is suitable for any sentiment.  I like it especially for sympathy cards, though, and made this one for my friend.  It's sad to lose your dad.  I know all too well what that feels like.  Ugh!  It's awful.  Here's my card.


Guess what else I'm doing?  I'm spray-painting jar lids in my garage.  Ha!  I can't let St. Patty's Day get by without a jar holding Andes mints.  I'll share it when I'm finished.  I'm also currently working on a small sampler that I'll show you soon!  Have a good day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

My Love Affair With Jars

Happy Friday!  I love it when the weekend rolls around.  My family is all home and everything feels right with the world!  I've been wanting to tell you about my recent love affair with jars.  I just can't get enough of them.  I made some for Christmas gifts and just recently made some for Valentine's Day, and I'm already thinking about St. Patrick's Day and Easter.  Use a jar that has a screw lid.  I've tried Mason jars, but I prefer jars that have a single piece for the lid.  Drill a hole in the center, spray paint the lid whatever color you'd like, and then add a beautiful drawer knob to make it look beautiful!  If you have a knob that is flat, you can Super Glue it to the lid, eliminating the need for drilling.  My dear husband drills the holes for me and is even kind enough to cut down the screw so it doesn't show on the inside of the jar, but if your husband isn't willing, flat knobs work!  Of course attaching an adorable tag finishes the project off nicely.  Here are several I made for Christmas gifts using a round crystal knob, a diamond-shaped crystal knob, and an oblong crystal knob.  They are perfect for hostess gifts.  What I like about jar projects is that you can save your own jars.  Spaghetti sauce jars and jelly jars are perfect.  I have a nice little stash going of jars I'm saving for future projects.  I'm telling you, I'm in love with this!

 





Aren't they fun?  I made a canister set that I put Christmas candy in.  The red canisters look cute with Valentine's Day candy, too!


I also painted some lids for Valentine's Day and they are super-cute!  This can be a relatively inexpensive gift, unless you use expensive knobs or candy, but they are special because you made them yourself!  The tags finish it off perfectly.

 
Have a wonderful weekend!  Try making some jars yourself and share them with me.  I'd love to see what you come up with!
 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day Card for 2017

Greetings, my friends!  I hope your day is off to a great start!  I wanted to share my Valentine's Day card with you for 2017.  I copied this directly from Maile Belles' card using all Papertrey products.  I love the softness of the colors.  The paper is White and Soft Stone.  The inks are Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz, and Sweet Blush.  I don't have the stamp set Maile used, but I used what I had on hand and it worked out just fine.  If you have a "Love" stamp, just stamp it three times in different colors, add your black "You," and it really pops.  I love this idea!  I added the Silver Glimmer Paper circles (which is a Stampin' Up! product) to add some bling because you know I love bling.  Hope you enjoy it - and Happy Valentine's Day to you!




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mom's 87th Birthday

Good Day to You!  Yesterday was a special day for our family.  My mom turned 87 years old!  We took a road trip to Brenham, Texas - which is a wonderful town that we lived in many, many years ago.  I went to elementary school there and had many birthday parties at the city park.  We still have good friends there - and had lunch with one of my mom's dearest friends, Marice, as well as her daughter, Marla.  We ate at the Funky Art CafĂ© and had quiche.  It was fun to hear mom and Marice visiting about the good old days back in Brenham!  Don't you think my mom looks phenomenal?  She's the young lady in the middle!


 
We had a fun day and already have a date planned for them to come see us here in Katy!  Happy Birthday, Mom!  You are beautiful!


Last weekend we also had a family birthday party for mom.  As many family members as were able came in to town and we had a good time together.  We ordered pizzas in and had chocolate fondue with all the trimmings.  It was a great birthday for mom with children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and in-laws.  Now let's look forward to reaching 88!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Embroidery Fun

Good morning to you!  I've been exploring some new hobbies lately, one of which is embroidery.  I really enjoy it.  I have so much to learn about it, but there's something that draws me to it.  I love that I can say anything I want on an empty canvas and turn it into a pretty picture.  I took a beginner embroidery class at Michael's and it set me on fire.  There are so many things I want to embroider, but it's hard to find the time.  I'll get to it, I just need to be patient!  I really want to get back to my cross-stitching, too.  I'll get there......someday.  Here is the project we made at Michael's in the beginner class that set me on fire.  I couldn't wait to get home because I knew I had the perfect frame for it.  I can't wait to make more!


 

Since I had so much fun making this "amour" picture, I tried to make an embroidered baby picture for a friend whose daughter had a baby girl.  I didn't do the greatest job with it, but I'll get there.  I guess it's true that practice makes perfect.......and I need lots of practice!

 

And here's the baby card I sent along with it.  See?  I really do still stamp and make cards.  LOL!

 
I'll be back soon with some Valentine's Day things I've made!  Have a good day.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Yes, I'm Still Here!

Hi!  Yes, I'm still here!  I haven't thought about my blog in the longest time until a friend informed me that if you go for a long period of time without posting anything, your blog can be deleted due to nonactivity.  WHAT????  That concerned me and I panicked because I have years and years of stamping ideas and instructions that I've posted and I certainly don't want to lose all of that, so I thought I'd better say hello!  Life has been good.....and I mean VERY good.  I've been keeping busy.  I'm still taking care of my mother, who is about to turn 87.  We stay busy - there's just always something going on!  I'm still stamping, I'm still making jewelry, and I'm getting back into cross-stitching (which was a hobby I adored before I was introduced to Stampin' Up!), and I'm even trying my hand at embroidery, which I really like.  I have lots to learn about it, but I really do enjoy it.  It reminds me of the saying, "So many crafts, so little time."  I'm thoroughly enjoying my retirement; no regrets whatsoever!  Life is different now, but I was ready for "different" and am happy with the changes.  The slower pace suits me well and I love taking time to "smell the roses," so-to-speak!

I thought I'd post a couple of tags that I recently made, just to show you something crafty.  A friend of mine, Susan, held a very nice tag swap right before Christmas.  We needed to make two different tags for any occasion we wanted to.  I selected Christmas and Valentine's Day.  I thought they turned out so cute!  If I had been smart, I would have taken pictures of all the tags I received in the swap, but most of them were Christmas tags - and during the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I needed tags, so I used them.  Now I'm kicking myself for that, but here are the two tags I submitted.





Can you see all of those tiny little pearls on my Valentine's Day tag?  What a pain, but without them, the tag isn't nearly as classy or cute, so I just had to add them!  The Christmas tag looked so cute attached to jars of Christmas candy.  That was another crafty thing I enjoyed over the holidays.  I spray-painted tons of jar lids and added knobs on top, thanks to my hubby who drilled all of the holes for me.  I'll share more of my jars with you soon!

It's been so nice to blog again.  I'll have to try to keep this up.  As I've always said, it's my version of scrapbooking!