Monday, February 25, 2008

Birds, Bee, and More Girls if You Please!

Happy Monday! I'm going to try and get this post done before Awesome Guy comes home and Madeline decides I've have had enough time to myself. :) The flu has finally left this house and I hope it's left yours too!

First thing to report is that I got my wonderful prize from Dawn at the Feathered Nest! I won her giveaway and she won her contest too! Woohoo! I was SO excited to see this:


I would post what is looks like here, but I'd rather you go over to her blog and check it out for yourself, along with her latest creations! This piece is amazing! The mat is an antique, scrolled detail that you just don't see these days. The girl is lightly colored with her own feather sweet. The brooch at the top is TO DIE FOR! Jewels and crafted makes me wonder who wore this brooch before it came into Dawn's capable hands? Where did she go when she put it on for a special occasion? Play? The pearl buttons are used to hold the hanger and the key...I love old keys! The hanger is so delicate and the lace...what is it's story? She's hanging in my family room right now, but I think she will end up in our bedroom. I have all my wedding/love items in there and she will fit in perfectly. THANK YOU DAWN!!!! xoxo

My second bit of news is that my bee girl is on her way to her new home! In my auction, I said I would wrap her beautifully. After she sold, I remembered that I am the Queen of gift bags! I pulled out my many bins of fabric and came up with this:




I figured she could use it to hold her laptop if she has one, or an art journal, or whatever she fancies! :)

Next up is a peek of what I've been working on. Lillian asked me to make a bunny girl (she has a neat story behind her). I drew a bunch of girls one night and have painted two...Alice and a Fairy wings yet! The books behind them are my favorites...leather bound and SO old. Been in the family forever and hold all the great ones. I used to read them all the time...each page so delicate...yum!
Lastly, but CERTAINLY not least, is an award from Kim at Kim Hart Originals! If you haven't already, you need to check her out! I love her little guys! Thank you Kim! This is my first blog award and I will cherish it! :)

So here is what the award is about:
"This prize has arisen from the daily visits that I dedicate to many blogs which nourish me and enrich me with creativity. In them I see dedication, creativity, care, comradeship, but mainly, ART, much art. I want to share this prize with all those bloggers that entertain me day to day and to share this prize with those who enrich me every day. Doubtlessly, there are many and it will be hard to pick just a few, the people I will name today deserve this prize, as do the very long serious list of bloggers I also enjoy to read, but I will name the first 4 and will leave the rest of the work to all the bloggers that visit other's blogs and are nourished by them.

The rules of passing on this award are as follows:- post award in your own blog: [Post who gave it to you]- indicate its origin and a link to the site. "

These are my picks:

Adri's Art

La La La Illustration

My Collage Art

The Polka Dot Pixie

That was hard! I have lots that I read and need to add more links to my blogs I love section. To those I nominated, I tip my hat to you! :) If you find out about this before I tell you, I'm sorry...Awesome Guy is waiting for me to pull dinner out of the oven...I must run!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood

Originally uploaded by victorianladyaz1
Happy Saturday! :)

I have a spa party today for 7 eight year old darlings. I'm going to paint 70 little toe and fingernails and they are going to make soap!

I still wanted to share something with you all today...this is an oldie. That is Lillian around 2 years old in her nursery. It was a Winnie the Pooh watercolor theme. That tree matches her comforter and was made out of muslin that we painted. The trunk is made of cylinders stuffed with polyfil. The tree leaves are the valance for the went all the way across the window. Each leaf was sewn, turned inside out, veins were sewed on, and then painted with watered down acrylics. We thought it would be a weekend project LOL. It took 6 months...every time someone came to meet Lillian, we recruited them to help make leaves!

Friday was a dud. I could not accomplish anything. The fates had determined that I would not make any progress with my day. I'd share the failed emmissions testing, the little infirmary I'm running, but why focus on that? Around 7pm, my still sniffling, coughing daughter told me she was bored. She wanted to paint.

Yes! We decided to give up on the day and paint for FUN. :) She painted a Valentine's Day ball and paddle that got sent home with all her homework. She did a beautiful job! I painted an Alice in Wonderland that I had already drawn a couple weeks ago. We had such a nice, relaxing time and had some good Mommy/Daughter time. She growing up so fast, but she's still a little doll.

So now I have an Alice to go with a Bunny girl Lillian asked me to make. And my bee girl sold! I'm so tickled that she'll be hanging on someone else's wall! :)

Hugs to all!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Spongebob Applesauce & A Happy Life

Hello Everyone! :)

Today is a crazy day. Lil got the flu even though she got 2 flu shots! Her cough is so bad, she is going in for a chest x-ray today. Then I have a party plan due for a Star Wars party and I still have to clean the house and get it ready for my Mother-in-Law who's coming to visit. I'm lucky girls...she is great! :)

Before all that though...I wanted to say hi! :) I'm all caught up on what everyone is up guilty pleasure of the day! I have a few things to share too! First is what Lil and I did for her snack day. It was her turn and since we aren't allowed to bring in anything homemade, we jazzed up this pear applesauce with some Vintage Spongebob! lol I started out so carefully, but it still looked messy. With 24 to do, I went to town and ruffled them up quickly. I don't know how you girls do it! :) Lil cut the circles and applied the stickers. I try to get her to be crafty because I think it's important to start that early, but also because I want her to craft with me when she gets older! :) I take her to tea for this reason too! Lucky for me, she likes both things! Here it is:


Next is my very first Esty purchase!~ This was so exciting! I fell in love with this magnet from Suz at ahh! surprise, delight, & joy!


I could NOT be happier with my purchase! First I got a sweet convo from Suz, then fast as lightning, my package came! There was even a cute glitter embellishment on the outside. Ever so carefully was my magnet wrapped in tissue and shreds with a nice note and even a bottlecap pin freebie! Thank you Suz! :) I adore it all!

The list you see with it has been on my fridge for years. I wrote it one day when I had figured out my priorities. I used to focus on Lillian first, but that wasn't right for me. I see it now that awesome guy and I are the trunk of our family tree, and our children are our branches. By nuturing the trunk, and the roots of our relationship, the branches are nice and healthy. I used to have my 1st priority be Lillian, and that wasn't good for the family...the trunk suffered. I used to think that once I married, I didn't have to work on my relationship with awesome guy anymore...that it was solid. It was solid, but it can't just be still needs constant nuturing from both parties. So anyway, I figured it out, put it up on the fridge to remind myself, and all has been well since. The icing on the cake? When awesome guy came and filled out his part. He's not a professional fisherman, btw, just not sure what his ultimate job is. Oh, and the genie refers to my party biz. Didn't want to confuse ya!

So you can see why Suz's magnet was perfect for us! And for my little piece of paper on my fridge! :)

Have a GREAT day all and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

P.S. I still don't know what to get awesome guy...any suggestions?

Friday, February 08, 2008

My Bee Girl is Done! Bzzzzy weekend ahead!

Hello Everyone! My Bee girl is finally done! I never quite know how it's going to turn out when I'm doing it, all I know is that I'm having a blast! There is a freedom in it, even if I'm squeezing five minutes out at a time between work and motherly duties/pleasures. Most of the time, Madeline is happily hugging my leg while I'm at the table...I know that adds some cheerfulness to what I'm doing. :) She is up on ebay right now.

My Bee girl wants to remind everyone to be true to themselves. I made her because it made me happy. We all have something that we have to do or else we get grumpy. Be true to yourselves! Do what makes you happy! And throw a load of laundry in when you can! Unless laundry is your outlet, then just go crazy! Then come to my house and do mine! lol Thank you all for your comments too. I'm so glad to have met you have no idea. :)

Now I have to pack for this weekend's party...a chef party for a 5 year old girl named Madison. She likes fancy dinners so they will have sugar rimmed champange flutes with their self-made pizza! Happy Birthday Madison!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Please vote for my blog friend...

So she can win more supplies to make even more beautiful things! Isn't this darling? It is from Dawn at the Feathered Nest.

The contest is at Amy's blog Charming Sam Studio.
The voting ends Feb 13th ~Good luck Dawn!!!
~ Please click here to vote ~

This is her entry:

Don't forget to check out her is a true gem! :)

Monday, February 04, 2008

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies and Other Things

Take a whole bunch of ingredients...Add a sweet Lillian who is finally getting over her cold and asked for some
Mommy Daughter time...

Don't forget the Gooseberry Patch book! Yes! She is great at cracking eggs!

And you'll end up with these yummy treats!

These are the cookies that I was talking about in an earlier post. It is not my recipe, Shawna Brock from Eglin AFB, FL submitted it to the folks at Gooseberry Patch. Zoom in on the picture of Lil with the book to see just how pretty it is! My oven is off by 50 degrees and I only back them for 10 minutes so that they are chewy, but here is the recipe as listed in the will love it! These are headed to awesome guy's work.

  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar packed
  • 1 c. sweetened, dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1 -3/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. butter softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 t. vanilla extract

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; blend in remaining ingredients. (the dough will be crumbly, it's supposed to be.) Shape into walnut size balls; place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden. Makes about 2.5 dozen.

These cookies are pretty and would be great for Valentine's day! Thank you everyone for wishing Maddie well...she is all better now! Lilllian got it too and missed three days last week. She was well enough to go back today. :)

I have my bee girl mounted and have painted a background, but am going to change it up a bit. My Valentine girl didn't sell, so I'm second guessing myself a lot. It's still fun though :)

Have a great Monday all! And make those cookies! You'll be glad you did! :)