Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Another Brief Blog Break

It's been a difficult month with the passing of my mom.  Just when I thought I was getting back into a 'groove', we had to suddenly put our little 8-year old Cocker Spaniel, Ava down on Sunday.  

Ava had something called Hemangiosarcoma.  It is a tumor that usually affects the liver or spleen.  Hers was on her spleen.  There usually are no signs anything is wrong until the tumor ruptures and causes, in some cases, instant death.  Ava became ill in a matter of hours and by the time I rushed her to emergency, it was apparent she was barely alive.  We were able to hold her and be with her until the end.  I'm so, so sad.

If you have pets, you know how attached we become to them and how quickly they become a part of the 'landscape.  
It's just a bit overwhelming right now so I'll take a little time off.  I'll be visiting your blogs as much as I can and look forward to returning when I'm feeling up to it.

Thank you dear friends for understanding.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Weathered Wood Garden Signs

I don't have a very 'green thumb'.  I admit it.  I keep trying though.  Every year.  It helps to have a sense of humor about your shortcomings so I decided to create some signs for the garden (of course they're fun to use even if you DO have a 'green thumb'!)  I'm making multiples of these so they will be for sale in my eBay shop on APRIL 1 and are also available through my Facebook Marketplace shop right now.

I have a lot of reclaimed wood but you could use any scrap wood you may have.  I give the wood a white wash first.  This is important because the images are printed on white tissue paper and you want the tissue to kind of 'disappear' when applied to the wood.

Lots of sanding by hand and using my sander help to make the tissue 'disappear' into the wood.

I love this verse!  I thought it was also a great way to display God's word in the garden.  I normally like the NIV but for some reason, I really liked the King James for this verse.

Patience pays off when the tissue disappears making it look like these have been hand-painted directly onto the wood.

It's still a bit cold here although the flowers ARE starting to make an appearance and the grass is starting to grow so hopefully in the weeks to come I can get out to the garden beds and begin getting them ready for another attempt at making SOMETHING bloom this summer!

It may not FEEL like Easter but it IS and I wish you all the most blessed Easter as we celebrate the risen Savior, 
Jesus Christ!

I'm sharing with you one of my favorite songs by Selah called "Glory".  It was a great comfort to me as we sat with my mom before she went to be with the Lord.  It's such a great description of all that awaits when our Lord returns.  Because of His sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection, "one day death will retreat and wave it's white flag"!!  Amen!!

On any given week (depending on how busy I am!) I love to participate in Link Parties.  These gals put a lot of time and effort into hosting these parties so I always want to show my appreciation by directing my readers to these blogs. 








Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Birds On A Wire String Art

Welcome to the March Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! So this month, I chose to create/make Birds on a Wire String Art.

Now it figures that the thing that grabs my attention doesn't have a link to the original source.  It has been reproduced many times by different people but no source for the pattern/idea is ever given!  Here is where I first saw it on Pinterest. Others have recreated it but no where is the source given so if YOU know it, let me know so I can give credit!

I used small 5/8" brads, a small hammer (smaller is better -- it's easier to get into the tight spaces) and needle nose pliers. You'll need the pliers often to hold the nails while you hammer (again, tight spaces . . .). You can use any type of string but I like the wide color selection of embroidery floss so that's what I used.  

I started by printing the picture out in black and white.  I took an old piece of fence board and white washed it first and distressed a little.  Laying the picture on the board, I pounded in a few random nails to hold it in place.

You do want to try to keep the nails evenly spaced and at the same height.  Once they were all in, I used the pliers to bend or straighten the nails and looked over the top of the board to see if any needed to be pounded in more.

Next you simply tear off the paper pattern and you're left with

your birds, ready to be 'strung'.

There are different 'styles' of string art. Some use very little string so a lot of the background is showing through. I kind of went for 'more' string to give more of a solid look since the background was white and I wanted the birds to show up better.  Simply start at the bottom of each bird by tying the string in a knot, then begin outlining first. 
I would suggest reading the great instructions at The Marathon Mom's Blog.  She shows you how to outline and wrap the string with great pictures and instructions!

It's up to you how many times you want to go over the piece to fill it in.  

Next I added the wire for the birdies to rest on.

I love this quote so decided to add it to this piece.  I simply printed it out on tissue paper and then used watered down Mod Podge to apply it to the board.

Once it was dry, I sanded it to fade/age/distress the lettering.

I love how this looks on my dining room wall!

NOW, let me just say that this is NOT the quick project I THOUGHT it would be.  It's SIMPLE enough, but let me tell you, pounding in all those nails is a bit challenging and winding the string takes some patience because if you're not careful, it will unwind and unwind a lot which can be frustrating.

That being said, I think I will definitely be making more of these haha!  There are lots of sights with free patterns but really, you can take ANYTHING and by simply outlining the shape, create string art.  Just don't plan on doing this while anyone is trying to nap!!

Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!
Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop
Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey • 
Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Kelli - The Olympic Nest
• Lynne - My Family Thyme • Beverly - Across the Blvd.
Debra - Shoppe No. 5 • Lauren - Mom Home Guide • Pili - My Sweet Things
Julie - Sum of their StoriesGwen - Geez, Gwen!
 • T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet • Kenyatta - My Design Rules
Lauren - Mom Home Guide • Deborah - Salvage Sister & Mister
Gail - Purple Hues and Me • Terri - Our Good Life • Lisa - Blogghetti