Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Gnomist



I came across this article about The Gnomist and it absolutely moved me to tears.  We all cope with life the best way we know how and at times we may feel so utterly alone.  

This is a story of how one woman started something inspirational and magical to help cope with things in her life and how she affected others.

This is a beautiful example of how ones actions can cause a ripple effect and touch so many lives.  

Be conscious of your thoughts and actions. 
Make a positive impact on the world. 
We could all use a little love, compassion & kindness.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Lighthouse & Fairy House

I wanted to show you the delightful Lighthouse and Fairy House that Hubby made and surprised me with in September.  I didn't post them right away because we have been looking for a "tenant" for the fairy house.  






We noticed that we actually have a "tenant" in our Lighthouse.  We have seen him here the past few days and we are glad he has found a home in our Lighthouse.  I love watching the little lizards and I am especially glad that he eats bugs and SPIDERS!  Maybe we should give him a name.



My Mom suggested that while I looked for the perfect "tenant" for our Fairy House that it would be cute to put out a "For Rent" sign on the door.

This past week I got this tiny "For Rent" sign in the mail from my Aunt Bev.  I am not sure if she and Mom plotted together to find the "For Rent" sign while Mom was out there visiting, but I think this sign is absolutely adorable!


So, if you know of any Fairies looking for a place to live, let them know we have a place available.

Love & Laughter!
Shelly



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree!

As promised, here are some finished pictures of our Christmas tree.  I am still in a bit of shock that I got all the ornaments and tree topper done and it is still BEFORE Christmas! 
This will go down as one of my great accomplishments of 2015!






Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 7, 2015

Star Ornaments and Tree Topper

Here are the final ornaments that I made.  I do have ideas for more ornaments, but I need to cut myself off or I will not get anything else done.  I have been sucked into Ornament Making World!  Send reinforcements!

Star ornaments and tree topper made out of toilet paper rolls.  I flattened the toilet paper roll and cut into 1/2 inch strips.  I then glued the strips in a form of a star.  After the glue dried, I spray painted the stars white.  After the paint dried, I sprayed them with glue adhesive and sprinkled glitter on them to give them a little sparkle.  This, too, was an inspiration from Pinterest!


What do you think?



For the tree topper I just kept gluing the strips until I was satisfied with how it looked.


After I took the picture I hot glued a strip/circle on the back so I could slide the tree topper over the top of the tree.

I will post pictures of the completed Christmas tree very soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Planter Box Centerpiece

I am so excited!  Hubby got my planter box centerpiece done today!  I wanted a planter box so I could change out the decorations for the seasons and as a focal point for our freshly painted dining room table.

Let me tell you Hubby exceeded my expectations!  He made this planter box so that it has two ways to use it.  One side the box is 1 inch deep....




And when you flip it over the box is 2 inches deep....



I thought this was absolutely genius and I loved the fact that he made it out of old barn wood.

I added a burlap runner to the table and filled up the planter box with greenery, poinsettias, a mason jar with a candle and 2 cute birds and wah lah our Christmas centerpiece...




I can't wait to decorate this adorable box for other seasons!

Candy Cane Ornaments

Yesterday we went and got our tree and yes we got a real tree and I am a very happy girl.

The tree is still a work in progress and I will post pictures when it is completed, but here are the candy cane ornaments that I made for our tree. Again, my inspiration came from Pinterest.



I went to the dollar store and bought plastic candy canes which come in a pack of 6.


I then wrapped them in fabric strips.  The picture doesn't show it very well, but both the gray and white fabric have a snowflake design.

I also decorated our dining room table.



I picked up the birds last year at Target, because I thought they were adorable and reminded me of Ernie and me because we both actually have hats like these birdies.  I picked up a bunch of Poinsettias from At Home [1st time visit to At Home and OMG! I love that store!] and the greenery is from our tree. 

Now I am off to work on some more ornaments...

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, December 4, 2015

Cinnamon Stick Ornaments

You are not going to believe this but I found some ornaments on Pinterest, of all places, that I just adore.  Yep you guessed it, I decided to make some for our tree.

99% of our Christmas decorations did not make the move from Wisconsin to Georgia, so we are starting completely over.  Technically, this is our 2nd Christmas in Georgia, but since this was our Christmas tree last year...



We definitely need some Christmas tree accessories.

In our defense, we lived in an apartment and really did not have storage for all the Christmas paraphernalia.  We now live in a house and I have the perfect spot in front of the window and by the fire place for a tree.

I am pining [pun totally intended] for a real Christmas tree this year.  The smell of a fresh Christmas tree and a crackling fire just makes me giddy.

And to really get the Christmas smell, I made these Cinnamon Stick Ornaments for the tree.  They smell SO good!



By the way, the dining room table I just painted makes an excellent backdrop for my photos!

I have more ornaments in the works and hopefully we will have our tree and tree accessories this weekend so I can put up the decorations as I make them. I will post pictures of the other ornaments as I get them done.

Shelly the Scrooge is totally getting into the Christmas Spirit this year!



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Garage Sale Table and Chairs Redo

In April while hitting some garage sales with a couple of friends, we came across a dining room table and chairs for a steal.  

Side bar: Above is the grammatically correct version to which I would typically say that I went garage saleing. I know that saleing is not a word in the real world, however, it is a word in Shelly World. My education from Toastmasters has made me acutely aware of grammar, but sometimes I just gotta be me.

I was very skeptical of buying this dining room set because it really needed some love to get it back to it's glory days.  We actually left the garage sale and after I thought about it a little longer we went back and picked this set up for $50.00. 

When I looked past the scratches, dings and the chair seats that desperately needed recovering, I could see that this was very sturdy furniture.  I figured with a little TLC that we could make this work.

Here are the before pictures:






I loved that this table had a leaf that folded up and slid under the table top! I would probably only use the leaf when we had company over so the leaf would typically get stored in a closet.  Extra bonus: More closest space!

I decided to paint the table and chairs with chalk paint because from what I had read it would not be necessary to strip or sand the furniture before painting.  

I had never used chalk paint before and on top of never using chalk paint before I decided to make my own chalk paint because Pinterest said I could.  You know everything on the internet is true, right?

Well in this case, it worked out very well for me.  I was able to make the chalk paint the consistency that I wanted and it took a couple of coats but it covered fabulously!  I decided not to distress this time and I figured if I wanted to change the color in the future I could distress it then and it would have a nice white undercoat.

Here are the after pictures:




My Aunt Bev helped me cover the chairs...OK she covered the chairs while I watched, but I picked out the material.  Isn't it cute?  Aunt Bev also helped me get the chairs all painted and I am so grateful to her for all her help!  I think this project would still be collecting dust if she hadn't helped me get it started.  Love you Aunt Bev!

Stay tuned for the centerpiece for the table that I have requested the hubby to make for me....

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Art Journal #3

I took some time this past week to work in my Art Journal.  I stared at the page and I had no idea what I was going to do.  

I found the word Curiosity and as I dug though my clippings the page just progressed from there.  I think this page was to encourage myself to just keep going and create a page...no matter how it turned out.  Love it or hate it...doesn't matter...just do it!   The process of creating is the important part and having FUN!  Good news is that I don't hate how it turned out.




Challenges:
Altered Eclectics - November Anything Goes
Moo-Mania & More - Lots of Layers



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Back in the Saddle

After a long break for personal reasons, I am finally back in the saddle.  It feels good to be creating again.  I sure do get wonky and my life feels completely ferhoodled if I do not take the time to be creative.

Here is a birthday card that I made for my brother's birthday which is tomorrow. The only other person in the world that has the same insane sense of humor that I do.  Sure do love that guy!




Inside of the card



Stamps:
Unity:  Autumn Pals

I also used a paw print stamp that I had and alphabet punches for the "Wild Life".  I colored the image with colored pencils and then coated them and the saying with Glossy Accents to make them stand out and have a 3-D affect.  The leaves were also made from a punch.

Challenges:
Bugaboo Stamps - Anything Goes - November
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes #287
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes November - Patterned Paper
Hiding in My Craft Room - Color: Chocolate Pie Garden - #224
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #59
Penny's Paper Challenge - Use 3 of anything #253
Pile it On - Leaves #94
My Whimisical Little World - Anything Goes - November

Winner:
Hiding in My Craft Room - #224













Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, August 24, 2015

Every Pretty Girl Deserves Flowers!


Check out this birthday card!  I really like how this one turned out and I think I am going to do another version of this one.  [I promise someday I will have a better camera that will actually take some decent pictures.]

I made the flowers from a paper punch and added some dots and some bling in the middle of the flowers. I used adhesive foam dots on behind some of the flowers to give them a more 3-D effect.   

I used a mask to cover up the top of the jar and then I colored in the jar with colored pencil and used glossy accents on the jar to give it a shiny, glassy look. The card border was created using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:
Unity: MAR 2015 KOM [Always begin Again]

Challenges:
Coffee, Chocolate & Cards - Use a sentiment #98
Hiding in My Craft Room - Any Holiday #213
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #47
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything Goes #241
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes #92
Unity -  Friends with Flair 08/28/15

Saturday, August 22, 2015

It's Your Birthday!

Here is a birthday card that I made for my sister.  I used gold and bronze metallic water colors to color in the girl's hair and added a blue border around the edge to add a bit more color.  For the sentiment I stamped on sewing pattern paper with brown ink.  Sorry there is a bit of a glare from all the shiny metallic paint.



I love old sewing pattern paper because it is semi transparent and has a antique look to it. 
I also put a scrap of it behind the flower.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:
Unity - JUL 2015 KOM  [Halo Dirty]

Challenges:
Coffee, Chocolate & Cards - Use a sentiment #98
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes #275
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned Paper AUG
DigiDesigns - Use Ribbon, Lace or Twine
Hiding in My Craft Room - Any Holiday #213
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #47
My Favorite Things - Sketch #242
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything Goes #241
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes #92
Unity [Be Inspired] - Sketch or Color
Unity - Friends with Flair 08/28/15


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Oh Hoppy Day!

Next week is one of my brother-in-laws birthday.  He is always randomly singing something and I remember him singing "Oh Happy Day" from the movie Sister Act 2.  

I saw this little froggy with his "Oh Hoppy Day" and I knew I needed to use it for my brother-in-law's birthday card.  Quite possibly, my sister-in-law won't thank me, because I can imagine that this will get him singing "Oh Happy Day" all day. LOL 




For this card I combined two challenges; a sketch challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack and a Color challenge from My Favorite Things Card challenges.

Thanks for checking me out!

Challenges:
Jo's Scrap Shack - Sketch #101
My Favorite Things - Color #27
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes #274
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes - August
Hiding in My Craft Room - Happy Birthday #212c
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #46
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything Goes #240
Sister Act - Anything Goes #119     
My Whimsical Little World - Anything Goes - August   

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Art Journal #2

This was super fun for me to do.  I used my favorite color, purple, for the background and did some stamping and splattering on it and I love how the cutouts ended up not complete covering up the background.  




Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes

Friday, August 7, 2015

Get your Halo Dirty Birthday Card

Below is a birthday card that I made for my very sweet aunt for her birthday.  

I love the sentiment on the inside of the card and I found an angel in my holiday stamps to go with it and I just masked off the word "Believe" that was across her dress before stamping and it worked out perfectly!


Inside of the card


Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:
Unity: Oct 2014 KOM [love & joy for the holidays]
Unity: Dec 2014 SMAK [moments like these]
Unity: Mar 2015 KOM [always begin again]
Unity: Jul 2015 KOM [halo dirty]

Challenges:
Clear it Out: Theme: Anything Goes  Stash: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes #273
CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper - Use patterned paper
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #45
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes #99
Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Tie it up - use ribbon or twine
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes #91
Sister Act - Anything Goes #118
Unity - Friends with Flair 08/07/15

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Celebrate in Style

Here is a card that I made for my beautiful and sassy sister-in-law who always makes me laugh.


Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:
Unity Feb 2015 KOM [happiness LOOKS GORGEOUS]

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes #272
Sister Act - Anything Goes #116
Unity Friends with Flair 07/31/15
Digi Designs - Hand Colored Image
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Flower in your image
Top Tip Tuesday - Bingo:  Pearls or Gems, Sentiment, Flowers

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hiya! Kids Birthday Card

One of our nephews is taking karate and is doing an excellent job!  I found this karate boy image at Polka Doodles that was perfect for our nephew's birthday card.



Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:
Unity - April 2013 KOM - You Make My Heart Puffy
Polka Doodles -  Karate Boy

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes #271
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes July
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #42
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything Goes #236
Sister Act - Anything Goes #115
Unity - Friends with Flair 07/24/15

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Art Journal #1

I absolutely love cutting out pictures and words out of magazines.  I am a hoarder of magazine clippings.  It really doesn't make a lot of sense to just collect words and pictures and not use them so I decided to start an art journal to incorporate my clippings and explore different creative techniques.

On this page, I fell in love with my "mistake".  I used a brayer to try and smooth out the picture of the beautiful house and field of flowers and it just added more wrinkles and to my horror peeled up some of the picture.  I thought everything was absolutely ruined.  I walked away and when I came back to see if I could fix the picture some how; I looked at it with fresh eyes. 

I kind of liked how it looked a little faded and aged; it took out the perfect, like I had just cut it out of a magazine, look and I decided to leave it as is.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that art journaling isn't about the perfection; it is about the process.  I will love and I will hate some of the things I create, but that isn't the point.  The point is that I am creating and I am letting myself just BE.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Story Time #1

Today I am introducing Story Time.  The Wisconsin winters could be really long and the hubby and I would occasionally write short stories on these cold, long winter nights.  I would find a few words from an online random word generator and we would both come up with a story that included these random words.

It would be so fun to see how different our stories would be and to see where our imaginations would take us.

I am going to do a short story today to spark my creativity as I have so many projects I want to do I am not sure where to start.  I need to get the creativity brewing!

I went online to Creative Random Word Generator and generated the following 4 words.



da da duh [Law & Order music]  Here is my story*:

I am 43 years old and I travel everywhere on a skateboard.  Many people believe that I am way too old to travel by skateboard, but I think they are just jealous of my hot pink skateboard with electric blue glitter stars with rad color changing light up wheels.

I believe they have a paranoia that my eclectic and carefree style will corrupt the masses and soon everyone will be doing crazy and fun things.  Oh, the horror!  Pssh, I think it would do some people good to lighten up and do something crazy fun.

The other day I was skateboarding in the park and I saw this sweet handrail and I decided to attempt a railslide.  I had never done this before, but I had seen it done on TV many times; so really, how hard could it be?  I made the jump and got myself and the skateboard on the rail and things were going fab until I lost my balance and went ass over tea kettle on the sidewalk.

I laid there quite awhile looking up at the puffy white clouds, and brilliant blue sky until the stars swimming before my eyes went away.  I slowly began to take inventory of my body parts to make sure they were all still working.  I had only taken inventory of one arm from fingers to shoulder, when I felt something wet on my back.  At that moment I decided that my body inventory could wait until I figured out what I was lying on.  Eww! Eww! Eww!  I landed in a wad of spit!  I would have rather have broken a bone then landed in spit!

I quickly picked myself up and dusted myself off.  I only had minor scrapes and bruises and for my 1st attempt at railsliding that was not too shabby! I decided that in the future I should do a little more research on skateboarding techniques before attempting them for the first time.  

*This story is completely fictional and made up.

I challenge you to write a short story using the 4 words above.  If you like, you can leave a comment with a link to your blog with your version of Story Time #1 or email your story to percolatingspark@gmail.com, please put Story Time #1 in the subject line.


  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Christmas Card #9

I really liked the Christmas in July theme so I decided to do another one.  Here is card #9. 


Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:

Challenges:
Bugaboo Stamps - Anything Goes July
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes - Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes July
Hiding in My Craft Room - Red, White & Blue with a Twist #206
Simply Create Too - Get ahead for Christmas



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Christmas Card #8 of 52

It's Christmas in July!  Here is Christmas card #8:



Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:

Challenges:
Bugaboo Stamps - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes #268
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #236
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra July 2015
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper - July 2015
Hiding in My Craft Room - Christmas in July #206
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #40
Pile it On - Flag Colors #75
Simply Create Too - Get ahead for Christmas #89

Friends are Like Stars

Here is a birthday card that I made for a good friend of mine.  I just love this saying! 




Thank you for stopping by!


Stamps:
Unity - smak kit Dec 2014 [moments like these]
Unity - KOM Jan 2011 [to the moon and back]
Unity - smak kit May 2014 [day dreaming]

Challenges:  
Bugaboo Stamps - Anything Goes
Clear it Out -  Theme: Your Style  Stash: your fav  Mine is silver embossing powder and anything BLING!
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #40
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes #95
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything Goes #234
Sister Act - Anything Goes #113
The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes #TPE305
Loves Rubberstamps - Celebrations #158
Unity Friends with Flair 07/10/15