Saturday, March 31, 2012

BAGGARAGGS GIVEAWAY


Robin over at BAGGARAGGS is hosting a wonderful giveaway!

"Chronicles is a very special angel that will help to remind you that your history is important, to track your story - your tale in life!  Robin is a talented artist and writer.  Most of her creations have a story - once you begin to read about them you are whisked off into a whimsical world!  Each of her dolls and "beings" have that special "Baggaraggs" style.  There is not doubt when you see a Baggaraggs creation.

Be sure to visit Robin and enter for a chance to win "Chronicles" by April 14th!

~*~Lisa


Friday, March 30, 2012

TGIF! IT'S SNOWING


This is a pic I just snapped out the door at work.  Yep.  It's snowing.  I feel so bad for the robins.  There seem to be a larger amount of them this year.  All puffed up standing there lookin' around like "what the heck is going on?"  Don't know if they've had a chance to build their nests yet.

Although I feel bad for the birds, it's a nice excuse to stay in and feel cozy and thankful and hopefully find time to have fun catching up on projects.  I hope you can do the same this weekend!

~*~Lisa


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"BEARLY" MAKING PROGRESS


Well, making small bits of progress here and there.
This is the result of the sketch I shared last week...the pieces are cut and sewed...



...and stuffed.  Working on stitching it all together.  Hope to have this silly old bear done this weekend.



And some more doodles I hope to turn into tucks or ornies.  This cat posse consists of four brothers: Herbie, Howie, Hughy & Harold.  They are like chameleons...they can be mysterious black cats with autumn-orange noses, or shabby chic Victorian cats of an off-white color with floral noses, or country cats of muslin with homespun noses.  Hope to share these soon also.....so much to sew....so little time!  That's okay...always something fun to look forward to that way, right?  Hope your week is going well so far.  We had a teeny-tiny bit of snow in the air this morning.  That's okay too.  Looking forward to enjoying those warm summer days ahead!  Hope to catch up with you all soon.

~*~Lisa



Saturday, March 24, 2012

AROUND THE HOUSE


Haven't been feeling well so haven't been stitching, but finally got some spring items out.  (forgive the bad pic - took it with the phone) A while back I did a swap with Granny Trace and she sent her wonderful woolie chicks, calico bunnies and a woolie apple pinkeep among other goodies (yes, she spoiled me!).  The little blackened wax cone hanging from the shelf peg has a flickering tea light in it - perfect to have on during a cold gray windy day like today.  It came from Patti over at Primitive at Heart who just opened her selling blog: Jager Hollow Primitives.  She has some great grubby wax items available there.

This hall tree bench is something we just purchased.  Need to find something to get the tape residue off of the mirrors. I've been wanting one for years for the entryway/laundry room.  It will go in after we paint...yuck, I HATE painting!  Right now the room is a dusty teal called "teacup blue".  Have no idea what color to go with.  It's a REAL small room with a white stackable washer/dryer and a dark red door and brownish floor with no windows.  Need to pick a color that makes me want to be in there. LOL!

Finally, I thought I share a pic of our vintage boilers we use to store our pellets/corn in for the stove.  They need a good polishing.  In the summer when we don't burn they will go out in the garage.  They are a welcome sight in the fall.

Hope your weekend is going well.  Working on a couple patterns to share with you - hopefully soon!

~*~Lisa


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBIN!

Happy Birthday to Robin, a.k.a. The Cranky Crow!
I hope your day is blessed.  Thanks for being such a great blog buddy!

~*~Lisa

Monday, March 19, 2012

CREATIVE EFFORTS

Well, I didn't whip out a doll or decorate a room, but tonight I put a little effort into being creative by staining some fabric so that it will be ready to go when the time comes. 

Started to turn one of my doodles into a workable pattern

And against my better judgement, I'm attempting once again to dry some oranges with cinnamon (who would've guessed orange & cinnamon smell so good together?)  I hope I don't burn them this time (that does  not smell good).  Which reminds me...time to go check on them!  If you're in a creative funk or downtime, taking little steps every day is a good thing! Don't feel like you have to tackle entire projects at once or you may get overwhelmed.  Just do a little here & there and when the creative juices really start to flow, you'll be that much farther ahead!  Now go do a little something, even if it's just dusting off your sewing machine or vacuuming your craft area...YAY YOU!!!

~*~Lisa

Sunday, March 18, 2012

PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY

When I walked into the back room this morning, the sun was shining through the window and cast a beam on the sewing table.  It was as if it was beckoning to me:  come sew! LOL!  What a beautiful day. Well, it's 7:50 p.m. and I still haven't done any creating.  Pulled some leaves out of Mom's shrubs, went shopping, folded laundry, helped my daughter study for the big test tomorrow and played a little bit of frisbe with her.  We'll see what tonight brings when the moon lights up!

I did manage to throw this together this morning. It sits by my swap bunny from Jennifer at Stitchin' Thyme.  Have to do more - seeing some great spring decorating going on out there!  Very inspiring! Thanks to all who share their decorating and creations.

Hope you have a good week!

~*~Lisa


Thursday, March 15, 2012

THRIFT FINDS

Had a chance to head out and visit some thrift shops last weekend and a little consignment shop today at lunch.  Found the candlesticks for make-do's at the Salvation Army and the little handstitched wall quilt at the consignment shop-thought about tea-dying it? I'm not a fan of the white in it.

Found the faux fur at the Sal. Army and will use it for Santa suit trim.  The little transferware bowls were at the consignment shop. I didn't buy them for me as I don't collect transferware, but I do admire it!

This is my favorite find: I love black roosters and I found the cast iron roosters for $2 each at the consignment shop.  The colors match the colors in the fabric from the Sal Army that I might make kitchen curtains with.  Have to find something to put inside the little wooden frame.

Well, I had so much fun finally getting out to thrift.  I love seeing all of your thrift finds! It makes me want to get out and hunt.  Hope you all have a great weekend working outside, stitchin or thriftin'!

~*~Lisa


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

STOMPIN' GROUNDS & WIPS

This is a picture of the beach about 5 minutes down the road from where I grew up that I took a few weeks ago (the camera was still set on sepia and I didn't realize it LOL)

Here is a picture of the same area of beach I took tonight.  The ice is broken up and melting.  The arrows in the picture are pointing to the two towers of the Mackinac Bridge that connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.  (you can click on the pics to enlarge)  On the horizon to the right is Mackinac Island. I have a special place in my heart for the bridge as my dad was one of the ironworkers who helped to build the "Big Mac".

This is a view from the middle of the beach.  If you look really really hard you can see a lighthouse in the middle of the picture.  Beyond that is Bois Blanc ("bob-lo") island.  

Here is a picture to the right of the beach.  You can see the "crib light" at the end of the breakwall to the right.  Just beyond the breakwall is the mouth of the river that runs through our town.
The sun was sitting when I took the last three pictures-it's interesting to see the difference in the sky.

I guess growing up I never realized how beautiful Lake Huron and the Straits of Mackinac are and how blessed we are to have this in our "backyard".  Soon this empty beach will be filled with sunbathers and laughing children.  Iron ore freighters and sailboats ferryboats will be floating in the distance.

Here is a pic of some WIPS.  I have a lot of clipping and turning and stuffing to do!
Thanks for letting me share my stompin' grounds and WIPS with you! Can't wait to see what you are working on this week!

~*~Lisa


Monday, March 12, 2012

DOUGH MUCH FUN

Our young friend Michael has been creating art since he could hold a crayon.  Give him a stack of paper and markers or a box of clay and he can sit and create for hours.  The Hulk above is his latest creation.  I love it! I remember watching the original show growing up all the time.  Recently Michael began his own series of comic books.  He's a scout, plays football, baseball, fishes and does all kinds of stuff, but I believe he loves art just as much!  Kids creating - so COOL!  Thanks for letting me share your art Michael!

I've been playing with salt dough myself:

It was nice of the cat to let me take a break from tracing and cutting to make some salt dough ornies.  I even thought she was taking a break too when I saw her relaxing in the first good sunspot of the year.  That is until my daughter showed me this horrific scene:

SLAVE LABOR.

It would appear that the cat enlisted the Guinea's to trace and cut while I was taking a break to have fun with salt dough.  While I encourage creativity, I do not condone this type of behavior.  The poor guinea's were working for kibble after being promised fields of fresh timothy hay.  They have since been returned to their habitat and the cat has been grounded from using the sewing machine (see previous post).  

Hope your week is off to a good start!

~*~ Lisa

   


Saturday, March 10, 2012

THE REAL MOONLIT STITCHER


Okay. You got me.  The cat does all the sewing.  I'm just the front-woman.  This weekend she's going to be stitching up some dolls that I've traced and cut out (I really do the tracing and cutting - you know, the whole opposable thumb thing.)  

Have a creative weekend!

~*~Lisa


Friday, March 9, 2012

SAY NO TO PINK SLIME FOR OUR SCHOOL KIDS



http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-usda-to-stop-using-pink-slime-in-school-food


"Pink slime" is the term used for a mixture of beef scraps and connective tissue (formerly used only for pet food and rendering) that is treated with ammonia hydroxide to remove pathogens like salmonella and E coli. These so-called "Lean Beef Trimmings," are produced by Beef Products, Inc.

Even apart from safety concerns, it is simply wrong to feed our children connective tissues and beef scraps that were, in the past, destined for use in pet food and rendering and were not considered fit for human consumption.

Due to public outcry, fast food giants like McDonald's and Burger King have stopped using pink slime in their food. But the federal government continues to allow its use in school food and has just authorized the purchase of ground beef which collectively contains an additional 7 million pounds of pink slime for consumption by our nation's children.
Tell the USDA to STOP the use of ground beef containing pink slime in the National School Lunch Program!

[You can follow the progress of this petition, including the latest media coverage and more information on pink slime, on my daily blog -- The Lunch Tray (www.thelunchtray.com)]

The above info was taken from www.change.org

Monday, March 5, 2012

BUNNY HOP SWAP


I joined the "Bunny Hop Swap" hosted by Wendy over at Ravenwood Whimzies
and was paired up with Jennifer of Stitchin' Thyme.  I received my pkg from Jennifer today at lunch and I was so excited!  She sent a large shelf sitter bunny that I have fallen in love with:

He is stuffed firm and has a pink wool nose.  His scarf has faint purple lines in it that match the heather bunch he is holding.  I love the way his ears flop.  His arms are attached with rusty safety pins - love!

Had to share a picture of his bunny buns - look at that cute little tail.

Then there is this little gal.  She is made of osnaburg and her dress has little bunnies and polka dots on it with matching fabric on the inside of her ears.  She is holding a roll of beautiful spring fabrics!

Jennifer was kind enough to include an Americana saltbox notebook, yummy wax tarts and grubby ornies (see top picture).  Thanks so much Jennifer - I love everything.  And thanks to Wendy for hosting this fun swap!

~*~Lisa



Saturday, March 3, 2012

WINTER WONDERLAND


The weatherman was right! We got slammed last night.


It really is breath-taking to look at.


This is a picture of our driveway...that doesn't exist.


But Hubby is taking care of that.  Now just have to wait for the snowplow.


We made it out! This is the view from the road.

I'll take this any day over floods and tornadoes.  I feel so bad for the folks who have lost their homes, and I know some of you may have got hit harder than this.  Our stuff will be gone after next week...it's supposed to be in the '40's.  Woo-Hoo.

~*~ Lisa




Friday, March 2, 2012

RUSTY THIMBLE MARCH GIVEAWAY


Brenda over at The Rusty Thimble is giving away this awesome bunny for her March Giveaway!  Be sure to hop on over to sign up by March 31st - there are many ways for you to win.  If enough folks sign up, Brenda will be giving away a 2nd prize also.  You can click the pic to get there - Good Luck!

~*~ Lisa


Thursday, March 1, 2012

HERE I AM STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU


The view out my patio door this morning as I was drinking my coffee.  Oh what a beautiful, cozy morning, I thought to myself as my daughter and I got ready for work and school...


The view of my car STUCK in the driveway after I spent an hour snow-blowing around it.  The snowblower is sitting behind the car because it ran out of gas.  Good.  They can keep each other company while they are waiting for my husband to get home from work and move them.



The view of the front yard as I walked up the driveway to the road to meet my neighbor who gave me a ride to work...after she gave my daughter a ride to school.  What a blessing friends are.  We are supposed to get 6-10 inches tomorrow night on top of this.  We might have to clean off the roof - it's wet and heavy and that's not good!

I hope you all are safe from the crazy weather that's been going on everywhere - it is that time of year.  Stay warm and safe this weekend!

~*~Lisa