Sunday, March 31, 2013

altered bottles and Easter

This is my smallest Grand girlie and she and I are making an altered bottle at Altered book club. I love this photo and this is how I want all of my little Grands to remember Nana - someone who loves them and wants to be with them and take time for them. We made two bottles for her and my bottle was pre-made because I knew most of my time would be spent on her.
This is my bottle. I did it with tissue paper and paint. I did do the "jewelery" for my bottle there at AB club.

My smallest Grandgirlie and I made the egg garland on my fireplace mantle. My DH was so sweet to get me these beautiful flowers that I was not going to purchase because I thought they were too expensive. So that makes them even more special to me! All my ceramic bunnies were made many years ago when I was into ceramics. There is Linda's altered spool on the mantle too!

 Here is our delicious meal! We had a spiral ham, green beans, Mac and cheese by my sweet little MIL, sweet potato casserole which is my sister's DH's grandmother's recipe, rolls and pickled beets and eggs that are in the Southern Living magazine this month. The recipe has a little too much salt but maybe they didn't intend for you to eat the beets - just the eggs . They are wonderful even if they are a little salty. I'll just reduce the salt next time and definitely will make them a next time!
This is my table with a vintage tablecloth, my Grandmother's dishes, Vintage family silver and glasses. I made some little bird nests with Chinese noodles and chocolate and candy eggs. There are more ceramic bunnies.  I have not taken down Jeri's Valentine Hangie that is hanging on my antique cabinet because I'm still enjoying it at Easter.

 That's me on the left, my tiny little 88 year old MIL, and my friend, Cherokee all having a good laugh. I don't know if you can tell or not, but my DH collects Santas.
Cherokee and I are cleaning up. This picture shows more of Grandmother's dishes, my lemon cake I made for Easter with a basketweave on it, and the little chocolate nests.

I had a great day! I hope your Easter was as fun and blessed as mine was.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bird themed Altered spools

These are my altered spools for a swap with my online art group, AAWA. I did two because my good friend, Claudia wanted one too when she heard that I was doing a bird theme. She loves anything with birds. The front of the spools will also hold a small picture if you'd like instead of the watercolored bird. The little wire nest with three bead eggs can be removed and worn on a necklace if you add a jewelery ring or clip. I added some fun feathers and some bird washie tape to the back of the spool.  The other spool will go to Pam. I hope that she enjoys it! I know I will enjoy my spool that I get in return from Linda because it is bird themed too although different from mine. I will post it after I get it Saturday. These were fun and I think they turned out really cute!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Two other cards with Diecuts from our swap

Here are two other cards that I did that were inspired by my Pinterest board pins. I had a Pinterest Party the other day with 7 other friends and we came to my house and spent the day creating art inspired by Pinterest.
The vine in the first card and the frame for the bird in the second card were from my diecut swap with my friend, Jean. She really gave me some great dies and I will really enjoy using them all!
The Ferris Wheel and the bird are both from Stampin UP.

Tim Holtz's tattered flower challenge

Thanks to my sweet friend, Jean who did a die cut swap with me, I had some of the tattered florals to do Tim's challenge. I needed to send Jean a thank you card anyway for sending me some wonderful diecuts. I did a very shabby chic card since it is a tattered floral challenge!  I think the lace stamp in the background looks like it could be a stocking for a can can girl.
Now I'll just cross my fingers that Tim will like it and send me some free goodies!