So today was one of those days that I just couldn’t get it together. My darling dear husband purchased me the new Android Galaxy 4 for Mother’s Day, an upgrade from my 3G iphone. I had talked about switching to an Android for no particular reason other then I was curious. Well my curiosity soon turned to frustration when I starting having issues with the downloading all my favorite apps and text messaging. I work in Austin, but decided to take the day off to conquer the phone issue I have been having. The morning started off a little rough, after realizing that I did not have one ounce of sun screen in the house (my daughter Brazos was having a field trip, which include being outside most of the day). So we kicked off the morning by going to the store, buying sunscreen and then on the the school. Next came the idea of going on the field trip, Perfect! that would work out great, I could get my phone issue fixed and then join her for lunch. But after visiting Best Buy and realizing it could take an act of of Congress, due to short staff in the morning hours to have my phone done by lunchtime, I went on to the Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop, Texas. This park sits along side the Colorado River bank in walking distance from historic downtown Bastrop. I love this old iron bridge. I so enjoyed the time with Brazos, and was successful in replacing my phone which only took a couple of hours. Do you hear the sarcasm in my voice? Ha! I’m a creature of electronic habit, and am a proud owner of the iphone 5. The bonus: I was able to download A Beautiful’s Mess new app and doodled my way to happiness.
I believe in rainbows, butterflies and iphone 5′s! Hoot! Rebecca
Over at Simon Says Stamp in Show the challenge is about using your FAVORITE INK PAD! the reason I am emphasing PAD because I started my scrapbook page with the idea of ink. AND my favorite INK is the spray inks. dyflusion by Ranger Ink is MY FAVORITE!
So I started out with inking a rectangle piece of wood brown and creating a Gone Fishing sign
to go with the picture of my son and my dad aka Pops
AND then a little light bulb came on and I thought I should go read the Simon Says blog post again, the first time I read it was last Sunday night… and you guessed it, I found out it was YOUR FAVORIE INK PAD, so have no fear, I grabbed my FAVORITE Tim Holtz Distressed Ink PAD and went to work creating a distressed backgroundFinished Off with some twine and stickles
So there we have it
‘Give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish feed him for a lifetime’-Chinese Proverb
I actually found this idea in a Country Garden magazine in Autumn of 2011, they used sticks, cedar tree branches and berries as their autumnal floral decoration. So my thought was to use all the beautiful wildflowers that are filling the central Texas landscape. We have had this broken rake for a while, but the stubborn thing would not rust, Yes I know it was made not to rust, but I wanted to give is a more rustic/vintage look, not the black, so brown spray paint did the trick
Using vintage clear apothecary bottles, I attached them to the rake using zip ties
Burlap and lace ribbon were cut to cover the zip ties. Any fabric can be used here, this is where your creative style can take over
Next was to attach twine to the back for handing
Now let’s bring on the flowers. I started by filling the glass bottles with the wildflowers
Then I cut branches and flowers from around the yard ans just adding them, sticking the stems in and around the bottles
Adds a nice welcome to my front door
Come, sit and enjoy. Do you have time for a glass of tea? Summer is almost here. Hoot! Rebecca
Over at Simon Says and Stamp Show challenge this past week was to use those small papers. So first I lined my kitchen table with my stash of itty bitty teeny tiny papers along with 6×6 packs. After a little glue, washi tape, twine, paper and brads here is what I have,the weekly cards for April and May. Random placement journal cards.
Life is Beautiful. Hoot Rebecca
True Confession, I LOVE sweet rolls, I have a weakness for the amazing fluffy bread with cinnamon and sugary icing. My obsession really grew when I discovered Hruska’s, located between Austin and Houston on Highway 71. So it began the tradition treating myself to Hruska’s on Mother’s Day. A time to go riding with my family and stop by Hruska’s. Now okay, Hruska’s has more then just cinnamon rolls, they serve One of the Best Burgers in Texas, kolaches, breakfast sandwiches, cookies, you get the idea. Now they are also known for cleanest bathrooms, gift shop but also has all the amenities of a convenient store And of some of the CUTEST things. BUT, for me it is all about the sweet rolls
Here is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to make Garden Stakes. First I painted small wooden shapes (picked up from Hobby Lobby for $1.99) with black chalkboard paint, any paint would work.
Then I glued cooking skewers to the back using E6000 glue
Let them dry overnight
I painted the names with regular acrylic paint and sealed with a varnish spray. Added a ribbon for cuteness.
Here they are in action, Now if only pulling weeds was that easy.
My decorating style has made a full circle the last couple of years. My worst enemy is the CLUTTER BUG, serioulsy looking at my desk right now, is a pile to my left and a pile to my right. So I had decided to go minialmilist. Simple. Less means more right? A tabletop does not need a lace doillie or a nic nac just a purpose. Well it hasn’t quite worked out for me, I always felt there was something missing on top of the tabletop with ONLY a lamp. So after receiving my lastest issue of Romantic Homes Magazine I have decided to go back to the frilly, girly, lacy, flowery person that I am. I was inspired by the June Issue with the focus on roses; light pinks; sea blues and whites. I love the combination of the all of them. AND it just so happens that over at Simon Says Stamp and Show their challenge this week is to create something by inspiration. So I started with this old suitcase and spray painted it turquoise
Cut pretty paper and used spray adhesive to adhere it to the inside of the suitcase
Gathered different items that I thought might work on this project, ready to start to glue
Now for the frilly girly ribbon. Yes it is a wonderful beautiful mess
Found an old mirror that will work out great
Now to embellish with flowers, buttons and pearls
Ready to display old photos, I love this photo of my Great Grandmother at her class reunion in 1951. My great grandma is the woman on the far right. Isn’t her hat FABULOUS?!
Now that is my style! Hoot! Rebecca