Monday, May 29, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5 Fun Beginning of Summer Things to Do with Bandanas

My Girl Scout Brownie troop around year 2000 hamming it up in their super cool flying cow bandanas!




Today's post is all about things we all
like to do and wear that's fun for our kids and 
for grown-ups too
and with 
summer coming up and this weekend being 
Memorial Day...
Patriotism and good memories of loved ones 
and fun times 
is on my mind and
were the inspiration for this 
perfect
beginning of summer post.
I'm talking about something that is a
staple in everyone's drawers
and camping supplies ~ good for
washing dishes on a campout
to 
making a mini backpack to tie
to a little pole ~ it's those wonderfully versatile
bandanas!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Sentiments ~ Scripture Quilts and a "How To"



Happy Sunday evening to you!
I thought I'd share a little on
something new I found recently:
scripture quilts...



Friday, May 19, 2017

Places to Shop with Sparkle on the Menu



Some days start off as normal
everyday run-of-the-mill days
but after 
morning eye appointment
where the doctor had dilated 
both of my eyes,
I wasn't just seeing stars
because of some eye drops...
;)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Blogger Thoughts and Special Moments...


Yellow coreopsis blooming in Arizona ~ 2016


Okay, sometimes we've just got to have
a totally random post... just because!
Here's what I've been up to
for the past couple of weeks now.

What I've been working on:

Getting gear for an upcoming birthday party
photography shoot.  Here are some of the goods:






I've been texting and talking back and forth
with our son about what kind of tripod
I should purchase for this upcoming photoshoot
as the current one we have is just falling apart ~ 
one leg falls off when
it's not convenient and the swivel head
sags so you have to hold it up with your left hand
{kinda defeating the purpose of the whole tripod thing}
;)
He suggested getting this bad boy!
It's the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 with a 3-way head.
It weighs in at 17+ pounds ~ and should hold up
our Canon camera and a mounted flash
no problem!

He also suggested getting the Fstoppers
flash diffuser to create soft light
on the subject being photographed.
I'm excited to see this in action!
Can't wait 'til it gets here.
XD



Learning programs

I'm currently working on learning how to 
create special "pins" in Canva and I'm also
beginning to work on editing photos
in Adobe Lightroom.

I can shoot pictures all day long
but shooting the right way
and then editing each photo in a new
program is tough.

Does it ever seem to you that there
just. aren't. enough. hours. 
in. the. day
to first read about using a program
then practice with it
then really do it.
{I fell asleep at the computer last night head fallen down
probably snoring
and woke up sometime after midnight. ;) }

Maybe you never get stressed out
but this week I. am.
It'll all be good and worth it when it 
all comes together, thankfully.
:)



Gardening

Friends gave us a couple of herb plants
so I've been figuring out just
what kind of ceramic pot or wooden tub
I'd like to plant these in.
I found one yesterday at Lowe's
so I'll be out photographing
in the garden soon.






Direction

Sometimes we are given dreams.
A new hope.
A new direction.
I feel that is happening for me, for us
my husband and I
right now.

Sometimes everything you've done
in life
just all comes together in one
special moment.
Coming to Texas has given us an
opportunity
to live a better, happier life.


Faith is something that is unshakeable
sometimes maddening
sometimes very difficult
but what someone or something else
meant for bad
God can make good.




Happy blessings to you,
Barb :)



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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Crafts to Make ~ A Shabby Chic Glamper



Our fairy girls have their own glamper now! ;)



Over Easter I found this 
wonderfully cute little 
wooden camper 
while looking for other craft supplies at 
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
with my daughter.




It was sooo cute that I had to get it!
I thought it'd be fun to turn this little cutie
{which is similar to the full-size "canned ham" campers}
into a glamorous camper or
"glamper!"




Wandering around, we found these 
wonderful Shabby Chic~style
Anna Griffin
papers for small projects.
Thinking they'd be perfect either in sheets 
or as individual roses cut out...
I put them into my basket, 
too.
:)


Supplies you'll need

(1) wooden camper
favorite craft paints in water-based acrylic
paint brushes
craft paper
white glue or Mod Podge

If desired

*glitter, silk flowers, small pot for "plants or flowers"

*lace for creating curtains for inside the camper's windows

*any other trims you'd like






How to Make Your Camper

*First, paint the main body of your camper.
Let dry.  {I painted part of the top, too
so that anywhere the paper didn't stick would show the "base color."}


*Paint the trim, door, wheels and spindles next.
Let those dry.

*After that, glue on cutouts {or parts of a sheet}
from your favorite scrapbook papers.
Press down hard to make the paper stick.
{This paper I used was pretty thick, so it took a while to soften
and stuck better once it was soft.}





*Brush on more watered-down glue or
Mod-Podge over top of the paper
to create a protective finish ~ fix any areas
that didn't stick well from beforehand.
Let dry.

*Decorate to your heart's content!
:)

This glamper's goodies

This little glamper has a miniature license plate,
some lace trim as an awning to protect
these friendly fairies as they 
come and go about their business, 
and more 
lace fencing surrounding their
miniature
rose and pearl garden.
Wouldn't you like a garden of pearls?
Me, too!
;)





These little wood crafts are sooo much fun to
paint and decorate!
As a family we used to make one or two a year
when my kids were little ~ they always
enjoyed painting everything!

I also had a Girl Scout troop for 6 years and
we painted lots of different projects
for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day
and other holidays
over the years.


This little birdhouse in the background is the one I kept ~ I used a lot of my saved-up broken china.

A similar project is the little birdhouse
I made about seven years ago
which I added pieces of architectural
trim to, painted and then used non-sanded
grout to plaster on pieces of broken china
to the roof.
{I didn't paint the roofs (rooves?) of these bird houses at all ~ just filled in later
with my tiny paint brushes along the roof line.}
I made seven or eight of these and gave
them to the ladies in my tea group
that summer.
They LOVED them!!!

Maybe I'll make a few glampers
for some new friends here...
and
It has been fun creating this little glamour camper
to share with you!

Sorry a little blurry ~ I am getting new glasses soon!



Blessings and Happy Trails 
to you,
xoxo Barb :)



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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wordless Wednesday ~ Our Yoda



In honor of my mother
who loved dogs...

"Mr. Yoda"

xoxo Barb :),



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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Laundry Day!

Favorite jeans drying in the springtime sun... :)


Happy Saturday, Everybody!
I'm enjoying today's beautiful mid-spring weather
with its warmer temperatures ~
perfect for hanging some laundry 
out-of-doors...


Friday, May 5, 2017

Tea on Tuesday ~ A Friendship Tea

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My friends Scott and Marian just sitting down to tea.


This past Tuesday I had some new friends over for 
a real tea~ something that has been missing in my life 
since we moved out of our former home...
:)



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Taking Tea ~ Chocolate Angel Tea Room

Sorry so dark! My iPhone has a "Live" setting on it and the computer won't let me
edit to lighten... ugh! :/


Just a super quick post today
to say tomorrow and Friday
I'll have two
wonderful tea stories
for you!

One more photo for today ~
sorry I'm running around like a
chicken with my head cut off...
A friend who is really a pretty new friend
just left Wagon Master a few minutes ago
heading back to Oregon,
lots going on and I realize I'm missing
old friends.


Happy to be hosting a tea
today for two more friends
who will be moving on to Florida
next week.

See you tomorrow, then,
and thanks for listening,
xoxo Barb :)



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