Friday, January 30, 2015

Longing for Spring

Being an avid gardener, in the middle of winter, it's very frustrating. It seems like we receive temptation in the mail everyday. This past month we received at least 20 seed catalogs. Why we need 20 is beyond me, as we really only ever order from a handful of companies every year. I secretly think the hubby requests the masses to just frustrate me. Revenge is sweet. right? We've perused through them planning out what varieties of seeds we want to plant this year. Some will be repeats from past years, some will be new additions. I mean what's a girl to do in the middle of winter? Sigh! I am impatiently waiting for spring to arrive so I can get out there and get to work.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Arrrrrrr! A Pirates Life For Me Matey!

I purchased these little pirate annies a few months back and thought I would share them with you all. Aren't they just the cutest? Ok, ok, I know you want to know who made them. Well Cyndy Weeks from Crafty Stitchers did. Cyndy is very talented. She makes the cutest raggedies. Look at the attention to details with this pair. From the gold earrings, the gold coins that adorn the clothing to the buried treasure map, Cyndy has created some piratelicious annies. Cyndy has a facebook page and also sells through etsy.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Life Is Better At The Beach

I'm thinking this is going to be my mantra this week. It's only Monday and we have woke up to this....
And more is suppose to be coming. Anyway, until the weather cooperates, I'll just have to look at this block set and keep believing. The blocks are available on our website. Until next time....

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Lil' Valentine Love

It's been forever since I've posted and I figured I'd dive back in and show you what I've been working on lately. My friend Cookie, does daycare and I made these little buckets for her day care kiddos. Aren't they the cutest?

When it's nice out, the kiddos usually take a walk and come visit me every once in awhile. I added the kiddos names to the front of these little buckets in vinyl, along with a heart and arrow on the back. I'll fill them with chocolate kisses and also some chocolate dipped pretzels.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Black Eyed Susan Explosion

This year my black eyed susan's exploded everywhere. In the spring I was so excited to see their serrated edged leaves peaking up through the soil. That was until they were everywhere. I love black eyed susans but not this many.
So I separated some into pots and gave some to my neighbor. Well once they bloomed there were still lots and lots. This variety has small flowers about the size of a quarter, bot like Rudbeckia Goldstrum's which I have some of them too, just they are planted elsewhere. Anyway, there were over 1000 tiny blossoms in my rear bed area. I can't imagine what next year will bring as the seed heads are out there and are starting to dry. I've told the hubby that if they explode again this next year, we will be digging them up and planting them along the side of our driveway on the property we own rurally. We don't live there yet, hopefully one day, but my dream is to line the sides of the driveway with black eyed susans. Until next time...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday's Treasures Featured Artist

My Tuesdays featured artist from It's Better Handmade Guild on Artifre this week is Nancy of Wyvern Designs. I am so far behind in posting these, hopefully I'll catch up soon!
Anyway, back to the featured artist....Nancy began crafting as a young child. Often bugging her mother and sister as they sewed, so they would give her scraps of fabric and lace to fuel her creativity. In high school, Nancy took an art class and decided she wanted to be an artist/craftsman. Nancy says she loves to draw and paint as well as make jewelry. Her current passion right now is to work with polymer clay. She considers herself "A Lack of All Trades...Master of None" as when she sees a new medium or technique, she has to try it.
She currently resides in New England with her husband, 3 children and adorable pup, Odin. Nancy says she loves it there, enjoying all the seasons that part of the country has to offer. Be sure to stop by Nancy's artfire studio to check out her work. She also has a blog and sells on goodsmiths. Until next time...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sandsculptures in the Sand

I wanted to share with you the beautiful sand sculptures that are created each day in the sand at Ocean City, Maryland. It's fascinating to watch them being built and transform into works of art.
The artist always creates sand sculptures based on bible passages. Here are two I took at night....simply beautiful.
He has collection jugs set out for donations. I was very delighted to see that he is still inspired to create and share his work with the visitors of Ocean City. He's been doing this for over 30 years...
Until next time.....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Some Beach Somewhere

We finally went on our family vacation at the beginning of the month. We took 5 nights and 6 days to go back down the ocean, hon! It seems like forever that we been there and much had changed, including us.
This was the view outside our room. We were beachfront. This hotel use to be right on the beach but years ago, Ocean City did a beach replenishment program and the oceanfront properties on the boardwalk have an ocean wall built along with a widened beach to keep the stormy seas at bay. Our hotel was at the end of the boardwalk and had dunes built in front to protect it, so we were as on the beach as you can get now. Anyway, it was delightful to be able to sit on our balcony and watch and hear the waves. I was worried just how I was going to keep up my daily exercise routine while on vacation, but my family provided the answer. Not being early risers, them not me, I was able to get up and get my exercise in every morning. We went bike riding the first 3 days. Forgot to take a picture on day 1 but it was just a regular bike, so no biggie. The other 2 days I walked the boardwalk from start to finish all 2.5 - 3 miles of it (depends on who you ask as to how long it is!)
For some reason Ian and I decided that we would take Sean with us bike riding. Now Sean doesn't bike ride so the plan was to rent one of the small 3 seater surry bikes and take Sean along. Well when we got to the bike rental place, which was right outside our hotel, they only had larger surries for rent, so we went with that. Well let me tell you, they need all 4 people to peddle any distance and at more than a snail pace. We managed to get about 3/4 down the boardwalk before we had to turn around as it took us 1/2 hour to reach that point. So I really had my work out for the day that day!
Ian and I rode these fun cycles on our third day. They were interesting once you got the hang of how to steer them. We made it from one end of the boardwalk to the other in the hour we had. Sorry the picture is so blurry but forgot to wipe the condensation off the camera lens. Once we returned to the hotel in the morning from my morning exercise, we would get breakfast and then head off to do some serious mini golfing...
and some more....
and there was at least 2 more days of mini golfing...but forgot to take pictures one day. Betcha you can guess who the picture taker in the family is?
We went to the beach and Chip and Ian went boogy boarding. Ian hasn't been since he was 8 years old and then he couldn't go out too far into the water, so this time it was much more fun for him.
Sean and I vegged out on the beach for a bit. Sean built sand castles in the sand while I watched the boys boogy boarding.
We ate at lots of our favorite places in Ocean City and found lots of new favorites.
or should I say, the boys ate and I took pictures....
Best caramel corn ever! Well I did eat plenty and some things I probably shouldn't have, but I did try to be good and skipped the ice cream at Dumser's. My kids use to call it dumpster when they were small as they couldn't remember it's name all the time.
We played skeeball and went bowling....
Ian bought a stunt kite and went kite flying...
Sorry the picture isn't clearer. Ian learned pretty quickly had to make his kite do what he wanted. Soon he had other people asking for his advice on their kite issues!
Our vacation time went faster than we wanted but all in all we had great time and the perfect weather...
Can't wait to go back next year to visit again. Until next time....

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday's Treasures Featured Artist

Ok, so I stink at keeping up with blogging....hoping to get back on track and catch up with posting the featured artist from my Artfire group and just life in general. The last month and a half a lot has gone on....some bad, some good....guess you can just say life, really. Ok, so back to today's post. My featured artist this week is Caty Ann's Creations on Artfire. Cathy is a jewelry artist and has been working at her craft for the last 7 years. This busy mom and grandmother hails from North Western Ohio.
Cathy first started making jewelry for herself and family members. Soon after she began offering her wares for sale. She currently sells through her own website, on artfire and has a zibbet shop. Cathy has been selling online since 2008 after surviving stage 3 breast cancer or as she puts it, she kicked cancers butt! Gotta love her outlook! Anyway, Cathy also has a blog where she features other artists as well as her own work. Be sure to check out her out online at the links included.
Until next time....