Saturday, September 23, 2017

Little Red Wagon

Hi Everyone and especially Arlynn.  I found this yesterday at our Sam's Club in Florida.  What a cute Christmas Décor piece.  The little Red Truck is all the rage this year.
This truck is about two feet long.  I love the Christmas Trees in the back. Sorry Arlynn, tried to send this picture by email but no go.  Thought you would like to see it.  This may be too big for your decorating but it still is adorable.
Back at you soon.  See you later and play nice
Donna



Thursday, August 24, 2017

I am Really not missing





Hi everyone
Wow I did not realize it had been so long since I posted on my blog.  I have been doing quite a bit of crafting and sharing on YouTube.  Check out my channel.  You can find it under paperdreamer 1.
Don't ask me why I have two different names.  When I first got on YouTube, I didn't realize that I should use the same name as my blog.......Now it is too late to change it. Anyway if you check out this channel you will see that I have been busy.
Now today on the other hand, I am having some trouble crafting.  About 4 or 5 days ago I sliced a little tiny piece of my finger while using my mandolin.  (SHARP)!!!  It really isn't that bad but it is right at the tip of my middle finger on my left hand (I am left handed).  Every time I try to do something it starts to bleed again.  UGH!  When I put a band aid on it I am very awkward. I have been doing my fall décor.  It is nice to see those fall colors but the temperature at 90+ sure doesn't feel like fall.  We are supposed to have a lot of rain through the weekend due to a tropical Low just off the coast of Florida.  So far not much at all.  I feel for those folks on the Texas Coast who may experience a hurricane later this week.  Been there, done that and don't want to do it again.
I am including a picture of my outdoor décor by my front door.  Just something a little cute to welcome folks.
Won't be long now till the snowbirds return and we run, run, run for another 6 months.  I really enjoy the quiet time during the summer, but I know the snowbirds are necessary for our economy.  Besides, we have a lot of good friends who are seasonal. 
Well that's about all for now. I am going to try making a fall wreath this afternoon if my band aid doesn't drive me crazy.  Hmmmmmmmmmmm. maybe I will just find a good book to read.  Haven't read Nora Roberts latest.  Kindle here I come.

Take Care and Play Nice
Donna

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chit Chat Update, Craft Outlet Haul and a Lantern Swag

Hi everyone
Well it's been a week since I sat here to write and I don't know where the time went.  My house is back to rights and the guest room is waiting for the next company which happens to be August 4. Son #2 and his wife will be here but only for the weekend.
I am enjoying my new wreath work area in the shed and it helps to keep the rest of my crafting space a little more organized. Itching to start some fall and even Christmas project.  I am planning on making a fall wreath and also one for Christmas soon even though I won't be using them for a while.
Can you believe that I am already planning how I want to decorate one of my Christmas trees!!!!.  I am thinking a color theme of gold, lime green and purple.  I have the gold ornaments but will need to get the other colors.  Hobby Lobby has some great stuff out already but no sales yet. 
I have one more New England Patriots wreath to make and then I can get on with some other projects.
I am thinking of scheduling my videos with certain themes in the coming months.  One theme will be called "Company Cooking". We like to entertain small groups  (2 couples) for drinks and dinner and I have some easy recipes that allow you to enjoy your company and not spend the whole time in the kitchen. What do you think?
Another series will be home décor and the final subject will be mini albums and other paper crafts. The timing is what I am working on now and I will keep you all informed of the progress.  Hard to believe that August is just around the corner. The snowbirds will be flocking back to Florida before very long.
Today I am including the haul and lantern swag video.  Enjoy




Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weight Watchers Progress Report and some Chat

Hi All,
Yesterday was my weigh in at Weight Watchers.  I was VERY pleased to post a 2.2 lb. loss.  Was not really expecting that, but I will sure take it. 
As I mentioned before we have had company all this past week. Our son, his girlfriend and their two 1& 1 teenage girls have been here since last Monday. 
We have had a great time but I am tiring out.  They have been to the beach a couple of times and Friday all day in Orlando at Universal Studios.  I think they have had a good time.
I am looking forward to getting back to my crafting ( the craft room is also the guest room).  I have received 5 orders for New England Patriot's wreaths so I will be busy. I am looking forward to decorating for fall and I will be making some fall décor items coming up soon. Actually my favorite time to decorate is Christmas, but fall comes in second.
I still have a couple of patriotic items to change out but I am not doing too much new until I change out for fall.
Just going to put a turkey in the oven for dinner later. I love a turkey dinner.  Wait, that's fall flavor isn't it?
Hope you all have a great rest of the day.  I will be back with some more crafts next week.  The kids leave tomorrow evening.  See you all later and play nice.


Mini Album Part Two



Hi Everyone,
Just realized that I did not post the second part of the Mini Album on my blog. The video has been put up on YouTube.
It really came out super cute.  I am attaching two videos here. The first is part two of the Tutorial and the second is a short walk-through of the finished project.
Enjoy










Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Ring bound Mini Album that slips into a cover

Hi All
Today I started a new series making a mini album.  The paper I used is from recollections Hot Buys called Fashionista.
I have linked the video instructions below.  Made it in real time so you get to see all my mistakes.  Not mistakes just artistic manifestations LOL
The sizes include in today's part one are:
OUTSIDE COVER: Two medium chipboard pieces cut 6 1/4 x 4 3/4 and one cut at 6 1/4 x 1 1/2.
COVER PAPER OUTSIDE: cut one a 6 3/4 x 12 and score at about 1/4 inch around to create a straight line.
INSIDE COVER: one piece cardstock 6 1/4 x 11 1/2 and one at 8 1/4 x 3 1/2.
PAGES: 6 pages cut at 6 x 11.
See the instructions below:



See you tomorrow with part 2



















Sunday, July 2, 2017

Weight Watchers progress and a Grapevine and flower Wreath





Yesterday I posted a YouTube video about my Weight Watchers progress and I also shared a wreath that I made for our bedroom.  My weight loss this week was only .2lbs but considering it was our Anniversary week, I will take it.  Got to get back to tracking though. I have not been doing this well. As far as the wreath goes, I wanted to make something different for our bedroom that I can leave up till fall.  I think it came out great. What do you think?
The video has about a ten second pause (don't know why), but hang in there cause it resumes.
Today we are having company for dinner.  I am cooking chicken, ribs, coleslaw, corn bread, corn on the cobb, baked beans and a fresh apple pie.  Hope they eat it all cause I don't want any left over LOL
Here is a picture of the wreath on the bedroom wall.
You can watch the video below