Happy Belated Fourth of July my friends! It's been a whirlwind around here these days, so sorry I haven't been posting as often. After being laid up recovering from my foot surgery, I was SO tired of being in the house, ... I'm wanting to be outside as ...

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"This art that makes me happy" - 5 new articles

  1. Fourth of July fun and painted canvas flags
  2. 4th of July wreath and 1012 Emporium
  3. Jar and Candle Felt flower tie ons
  4. To have and to hold card
  5. May Day Baskets
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Fourth of July fun and painted canvas flags

Happy Belated Fourth of July my friends!  It's been a whirlwind around here these days, so sorry I haven't been posting as often.  After being laid up recovering from my foot surgery, I was SO tired of being in the house, ... I'm wanting to be outside as much as I possibly can.
We had people here over the fourth, so I was keeping busy getting things lined up for that.
I wanted to share these flat burlap canvas flags that we made the last time our little craft group was here.  So today is the day... before July passes me by. lol
We also celebrated my sis's birthday when we were together.  I'm happy to celebrate her, any day of the year. She is and always has been such a source of love and support to me. I don't know what I'd do without her. A sis and a best friend all wrapped up in one!


Each one of use has a slightly different and unique finished flag... and each one was awesome!
I had made two different samples, so here is the smaller one hanging out back. The larger one was on the front door, (I just forgot to get a picture).

Like I said, we had people over for the 4th, so I had fun decorating.   I'll share a few photos. I always get too busy and forget to take photos during... so luckily I had taken a few before.  And even more lucky, I did manage to snap a few while everyone was here.


Nothing better then celebrating with people you love, and making memories!






We brought out our movie night Hot dog cooker and nacho goodies, as well as plenty of other food.  Lets just say, I don't think anyone went hungry. lol


And I love having all the concession stand goodies out, but this time it was just so hot,. I had to set them up inside otherwise everything would have been melted the first hour.




lots of fun to be had.
and poppers for the kids of course :)

It's alway so fun seeing the excitement in the kids eyes.  It seems like they are all growing up so fast.
Speaking of kids growing up fast.....
You may remember this ( not so little) guy, if you are a blog reader from years back.  Can you believe this is little Nathaniel?    He is such an amazing man now.   He is so smart and kind.  He always makes time for his old Aunt Vic.  Makes my heart happy.


And then.... speaking of  my heart being happy.  I am pretty darn sure I was in absolute HEAVEN when this photo was taken at the end of the night.  I long hot day of playing hard and then watching fireworks had these two sweeties worn out.   I jumped on this golden opportunity and strategically placed myself in the big comfy rocker and put some cartoons on.

My. Happy. Place.

If that wasnt a perfect end to a great day, I don't know what would have been.

I am so blessed to have so many amazing family and friends! Thankful everyday!

I hope your Independence Day was wonderful also!


Thanks for stopping by, my friends!

Vicki
    

4th of July wreath and 1012 Emporium

Hey friends!
The Fourth of July is coming up quickly, so I thought I would share a Pinterest inspired wreath I made.  I saw the idea of using this metal piece from Hobby Lobby, and then put my own spin on it.
Of course it can easily be changed out for different seasons or holidays.
When I went to Hobby Lobby to look for the metal piece... it was 1/2 price! yay! $20
The one I saw on Pinterest was filled with artificial flowers but I could see that there was enough space for potting soil, so I went with real.
I did see that Hobby Lobby had two sizes of these metal pieces. This is the larger size.



I'm so happy that Summer has arrived and I can be outside!  I have spent more time on the front porch and on the deck already this year than I think I ever have. I was SO ready to be outside!  I have even been able to take the dogs on walks. Working up to a bit further each day.  I'm still dealing with pain and swelling, but I am sure it's going to get better.  I just want it to come faster. lol  I am ready to have this behind me.

We have a running joke around here that every time Dan mows we have a  storm or something so branches or leaves fall all over the neatly mowed grass.  Yesterday he had no more than put the mower away and rain started. Dropped a few Catalpa blooms.  I do love those trees tho.



As promised in my last post, here are some photos of the last trip to 1912 Emporium with the girls. We love this place.  It's in Wayne NE, but they have now opened a new store in Omaha, called Prairie in Bloom. Oh... and they sell on line!   Here is the website  1912 Emporium



The store has a great variety of things.  They have some of the best greenery and can candles anywhere, as well, and all the amazing home decor.


If anyone could walk in here and come out without purchasing something.... they are much stronger than I. lol

The amazing sunlight coming this old building just seems to make everything that much prettier.


Whoever is doing the staging is doing a great job.  One cool vignette after another.

See what I mean about the beautiful lighting?


Well, it's Fathers Day, so I cant leave you without posting a photo of my daddio.  He has been gone from this Earth for 33 years, but I think of him every day.  Those of you who have followed my blog for years have seen and heard much about my sweet momma..... but had my dad been around since I started blogging.. you would have heard a lot about him also.
He was one in a million. He was a hard worker! He was the type of guy who would give the shirt off his back to anyone he thought needed it. He was a jokester with a HUGE heart!  He loved  God, his wife, children and grandchildren fiercely!
He was amazing!
Love you dad


Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.
Thanks for stopping by!

Vic
    

Jar and Candle Felt flower tie ons

Hey friends!
Here we are almost half way thru June already. Whoa! slow down Summer!
I finally have my cast and boot off my foot, (after four long months), so I'm ready to enjoy being outside every chance I get.
I haven't been creating much, for that simple reason.  I have freedom! yay!  My foot it still hurting and I'm still limping around but with time that will improve. Poor foot has been thru a lot.

I recently did make some of these Jar and Candle tie ons, so I thought I would share some with you today.  I used Tammy Tutterows gorgeous dies from The Crafters Edge.
You can see them all  HERE


I was at the Dollar store and saw they where carrying the blue tinted Ball jars. I just couldn't resist getting some for projects. I have some of my moms old blue ones, but I wont use those for projects. These jars really are pretty, and not too pricey.
I like the idea of making things for jars and candles that can be removed and used again, so I started making these tie ons, instead of gluing things directly to the jar or lid.






 I have been using Tammy's flower dies for so many things, from stitching projects to gift bags.


Oh, and I have to put in a photo of these little sweethearts that bought me of  farm eggs, garden green and .... radishes that Lyla is very proud of. lol

In my next blog post I'll share some photos of the trip the girls and I took to Wayne to the 1912 Emporium. What an amazing place!  So many cool things to check out.
On the way home we stopped by and saw the farm that our friend Karen grew up.
I don't think I will ever get this gorgeous place out of my mind.  It was just surreal how peaceful and pretty it was.


Her parents have both passed, but her brother does an amazing job keeping this place up.



Something really special about this place.


The entire back yard was filled with so many beautiful flower and colors of Iris that I had never seen before.

A lot of love and labor went into that place.  It was really a treat to get to spend some time there.


I would have been happy to pull up a lawn chair and an iced tea, and spent the entire day.

I hope you car all enjoying your Summer so far.
I have been working on my deck plants and feel so thankful to be able to enjoy doing that this year.


I will be back soon with a fourth of July wreath to share, that I just finished, and some photos from our girls trip to Wayne.  Until then..


Hugs, Vic
    

To have and to hold card


Hey friends!  Hope you are all doing well.  It's been so gloomy and rainy here for so long, I'm holding my breath just waiting for some sun shine.  Enough is enough.  Give me some sun :)

I did receive something fun in the mail to brighten my week tho.  And it was a total surprise! I had no idea that Tammy Tutterow had some new stamps and dies in the works, until they arrived on my door step. Thanks Tammy!
I made my first card with them today.
 Isn't it just a sweet set?
So many different things you can do with it.

Pink & Main



You know me.... I'm not a super fancy marker girl.  Here is all I used to color this card.  I added some clear gems to the cake.( if you are wondering with the dots are).
I love using foam squares to raise up the accent pieces once they are colored and cut out.  Sure adds so much dimension to the card.

I have to say that it's been great to be able to be in a boot now and have the case off.  I don't feel like I'm home bound as much.
This past week, I got to spend one of my first times out, doing something super cool.  Weston was recognized for the work he did for his community during the flooding.  You can see it here on the news . CHANNEL 7

I have to grab family photos when I can.  With the guys working opposite days, it's a challenge. Kate had a meeting that might so we wasn't able to be there.  Amy and her mom attended as well as my sis and brother in law.  It was so nice.


Super Proud of both boy and all they did.  Jarad is a volunteer Fire Fighter and EMT for his small town also.

Since then I also got to go see the band "Chicago" at an outdoor concert with Wes.  (NO rain that day... YAY).

The rain ( and a little sun) got my Lily of the Valley blooming, so that's a plus.  I love them. So sweet, and they remind me so much of my childhood. They don't last long, but I sure enjoy them!



Hoping all of you are enjoying a wonderful Spring!

I'm working on a new project that I'll be back to sure shortly.

Thanks for stopping by!

Vicki
    

May Day Baskets

Hey friends! May Day is just around the corner so I thought I would share some little Peat Moss baskets I made. If you have followed my blog for some time you know I make a sightly different version of these every year.

 Tammy Tutterow’s Fun little flower dies from the Crafters Edge worked perfectly for dressing up  these baskets.
 I just picked up some Peat Moss  cups and painted them with a quick coat of white chalk paint. You can either make a wire handle or use a piece of grapevine wreath, which is what I did this time.. I painted some little wooden eggs that I had found at hobby lobby and added those along with some Spanish moss to the inside of the cups. I had fun decorating them with some diecut felt flowers using Tammys dies and a bit of ribbon.
I, for one, I am Doing my best not to let May Day  pass by unnoticed. It was always such a fun time as a kid , and now a treasured  memory of my childhood. I love it!



Today I gave these to the girls when we got together for lunch. I did it today knowing I wouldn't  be able to actually drive around to deliver them on May 1st.  FYI, I'm SO ready to have this cast off!
I actually get it off next Friday, but then I will have another month of (no weight bearing ) for another month.


I guess I was so happy to be out of the house and socializing that I forgot to make photos. lol
But here is the corner cafe in my little down.  We are so thankful it was spared from the flood.



 


While we were in there I saw this photo of the Corner Cafe back in the day.  
Yes, it's on the "Corner", so this photo is from the other side.
It still feels like your stepping back in time when you are sitting inside.  But boy to I wish I could step right in the  photo below! cool!



It was a great visit with the girls,  It was Dan's day off , so he dropped me off and helped me inside with my scooter and then did the same when we were done.  Of course sis offered to pick me up and take my home, but Dan can load that scooter in and out of our car in a flash at this point. lol 
Lots of practice.


In case I'm not able to squeeze in another blog post before May Day, I'm wishing you a wonderful May Day now.  
If you get a chance to make someones day with an unexpected May basket... do it! Trust me, they will love it.  Even if it's a Dixie Cup of popcorn and M&M's with a pipe cleaner ( oh I mean, chenille stem) handle, like we received as kids!  It's still fun! 

 
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I know Chenille stem is the proper term now, but I had to look it up to see if there was any difference.  If your interested in some random information that you may never use again, read below. lol

 

Pipe cleaner - Wikipedia


A pipe cleaner is made of two lengths of wire, called the core, twisted together trapping short lengths of fibre between them, called the pile. ... Chenille yarn is made in much the same way, which is why craft pipe cleaners are often called "chenille stems". The word chenille comes from French meaning caterpillar.

 




    

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