Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

February 25, 2016

February Flew By

Seems like it was just Christmas and now February is almost over.  So far the winter has been manageable.  The snow has melted off quickly after each storm.  It's been much easier to get errands and things done this year than last.  My computer had a weird virus issue so my computer guy fixed it and upgraded me to Windows 10.  So far, not a fan.  And my mouse goes crazy and zooms around on it's own despite my changing the settings.  Does it anyway.  

So keeping on with my craft projects both new and WIPs, here is a window crystal I made for my dear friend Yvonne.  

I stashed these 3 tiny ribbon amulet bags in a little ziplock.  They needed to be stitched on the sides. The red velvet one was already stitched but I added the gold beads around the edges, key and the hanging thing.  Added beads to the blue and peach ribbons and their hanging loops.




Another project I saw on Pinterest.  I found the little Adirondack chair, flip flops and wine/cheese tray online.  Then it was just a matter of getting a large/wide enough vase and some sand.

Glued the wine/cheese tray to a flat rock.  Obviously the beach glass and shells aren't to scale!


Michael's was having a huge sale on my fave beads.  But the strands are so beautiful as-is that I didn't have the heart to break them up to make something with them.  On the other hand, I also wanted to showcase them somehow.  I ended up gluing the top loop to this aluminum bar, and adding a hanging chain which also had to be glued in place on the bar.  



While in Michael's, I also spotted a pocket watch case, which I've been trying to find to do that beach glass with tiny sand dollar project.  I also felt like doing a super fast beaded cross stitch magnet, which just took a couple of days to complete.  

I treated myself to a Mardi Gras King Cake this year.  I haven't gotten one since 2010 so I went for it. I get them from Haydel's Bakery in New Orleans.  I always get either the Queen or King package. This year I got the Queen and it comes with beads, doubloons, a porcelain figure, package of coffee, and souvenir Mardi Gras magazine. 

The cake is so incredible.  I really just like the icing but the whole thing is really good.  I gave huge hunks to both Marsha and Val.  

Beeeeeeads!

 I've been cooking and baking a lot lately too.  This is a spinach feta quiche.  Yum.  

Thumbprint jam cookies, which are tasty but really dry.  I could not figure out what I did wrong.  The next day it finally occurred to me that I misread "One and a Half Cups Butter"  as "One and a Half Sticks Butter", which means I only used 3/4 cup butter.  

Hope to have some other stuff to post one of these days.....not much going on this time of year.  Still too icky to do any day trips!

18 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of the beach scene (no surprise there, huh?). It's adorable! Reminds me of the beach scene I made to keep me inspired as I write. Gives me a sense of calm and warmth during the cold winter months. Yummy, I love King Cakes. I miss eating them fresh.

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    1. I wish I could get you the beach scene w/o it upending cause I don't have room for it. lol Trying to find someone to take it off my hands. The king cake was definitely yummy!

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  2. I especially like the little beach scene. ONe day I'll have to take some pictures of my room boxes. I have a garden potting shed, a back garden, a Chinese room and a market stall. Sadly they are just gathering dust.

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    1. I would love to see them Val! Did you make them? I just love doing stuff like this, but yes....dust collectors indeed.

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    2. I didn't make the boxes, but chose the contents and arranged them. Not clever enough to do carpentry.

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    3. Well that's actually what I meant....lol I can't do carpentry either!

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  3. Wow - you've been busy! Love the little Beach scene! Winter usually fuels my creativity too, but it's been a hard winter for several reasons, so I've been doing almost no arts or crafts. I am ready for spring.

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    1. Thanks Dawn! That's how I was this time last year when we were getting nonstop snow. I had no motivation to do any crafts except cross stitch.

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  4. I desperately want a tour of your home some day. Your creations are off-the-charts fun.
    Have you heard of hamantashen, JoJo? I'm not sure I spelled that correctly. They're cookies that we Jews eat during Purim - which is fairly soon I think. I don't know. I just like the cookies. They look like yours, but the edges are folded into triangles. They're divine.

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    1. Thanks Robyn! My house might scare you a little....While I find my craft room fun & calming, Russell's a little scared of it and my bff Marsha is like, 'oh man...it's busy in here...' Just think if I had a bigger house and more room to display ALL my cool stuff! hahaha I looked up those cookies and they sure look good! The recipe sounds pretty easy but it sounds like the folding part is the most challenging.

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  5. It looks like you have been keeping busy!!

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    1. Yes....my creativity crashed and burned last year so I'm making up for lost time. I just knocked out 16 artist trading cards in less than 2 days.

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  6. You are always so so busy doing all your great crafts. Glad you treated yourself to the cake, you deserve it. LJ

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    1. Thanks Lady Jane! And I just found out that March is National Craft Month. How great is that?

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  7. beautiful photography and amazing creations..

    http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

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  8. So lovely,you are so talented.

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