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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Project Re-Do!

Hi All:
When I was in Henderson last month I stumbled upon these "blocks" of wood. They appear to be manufactured so I took a picture so I could re-create them. I'm sorry the pic is not that great as my "smart phone" isn't very smart or I'm not.... One or the other. :)
So.... I found a couple of 2x4 ends that pretty much matched up. Did a little sanding to smooth out the edges and I was ready to go. I applied a bottom of black DecoArt paint. Then Tim Holtz crackle paint by Ranger in Faded Jeans. I added shading with Tim's Distress Ink in Faded Jeans and Black Soot. My letters are grungeboard (painted black).... Again by Tim!
These were sooooo simple to make. I love that they have such an old rustic/painted fence look. I'll be making more of these.  Hope you are all having a great weekend!
Happy Trails!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hey Pink Gals:
First and Foremost, I want to thank Beverly for featuring me for Pink Saturday. Thank you so much and I appreciate you! Welcome everyone who is visiting from Pink Saturday! IF you're my regular followers Please visit Beverly and share your own Pink! The theme this week is Autumn Flowers and Foliage.  
I wanted to share my version of Autumn and Foliage to show you what Lincoln, California’s Autumn means to me. Not so yellow, orange and brown,  but definitely RED (they started out Pink!). Oh my, the things you can do with Pomegranates.
My trees (3) are ready for harvest and these babies are as big as softballs. There is alway a question on how to seed the poms. It is a lot of work but well worth the effort. Here's my version:
  1. Fill large pot with cold water
  2. Cut Poms in half or quarters and place in water for about ten minutes or 30. :) 
  3. Using your hands, just start breaking the Pom apart UNDER the water and using your fingertips pull out the seed. 
  4. The seed will drop to the bottom and the white fleshy parts and skins float to the top. There you have it!
 Since I get sooooo many, I've become quite creative in my use.
I love pom martinis and with fresh squeezed juice, well, what can I say.
(courtesy of five dollar dinners

Pom Sorbet with Mint, This was sooooo yummy.

Once I harvast my Poms, I'll being sharing more recipes like cheesecake with a thickened Pom sauce, Pom smoothies, and Pom jellies.  
Although we do have beautiful leaves falling here in the country and the air is finally getting a little crisper, the dust is terrible in my pastures and house.  I'm ready for rain! . It was 90 degrees just yesterday!
Happy Trails and thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Baby on the Way

Hi Everyone.
A short little post today. A couple of weekends ago, we had the baby shower for my niece Katie. Even before that, My SIL came over with all her Pinterest ideas to make the decorations for the fun day. She is quite the hostess and everything turned out wonderful. We had a fun time and I wouldn't let her put it together without adding dimension with some ink and bling. If nothing else, adding ink around the edges of a project makes everything pop!

This was a great way to provide favors.... Make your own candy station. Plastic bags and ribbon and you're set.

I just loved how the banner turned out. A little edging with the Martha Stewart punch put the finishing touches.

Too Cute.
Katie, Looking Happy and Healthy.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Create today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

More IU 2012 Paint Can Swap

Have you ever heard of a Paint Can Swap? I hadn't. But oh what fun I had. My Paint Can Buddie (PCB) was Faye and she is a huge Sully fan.  What to do???? I made a Sully can!.
The idea behind this was to spell out the word "INSPIRATION" with gifts and stuff them inside the can. I had so much fun (well maybe not) trying to figure out things for each letter.

So now I'm hooked on Ice Resin and I made the actual word. I figured she could split them up and use them on something. :)
Faye's dog recently passed so I made a little mini album for Emma
If you get a chance to host a swap or sugggest one. Pick a word and go for it. This was a great idea and so much fun. :)
Have a great day!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Inspiration Unlimited

Good Morning Everyone!
I'm writing today about my trip to Vegas (well, Henderson). As most of you know I traveled to Henderson and spent a few days with some amazing teachers and some wonderful women. I can't tell you how afraid I was to go to this event. It was pretty much the unknown to me and I knew no one. Let me explain.... I did meet people online and participated in some swaps so I had a plan to meet up with these women when I got there. BUT.... I was still chicken. :) I started panicking and getting cranky and overwhelmed. BUT.... I stepped outside the box (Tracy Weinzapfel and my good friends who support me) in pursuit of my goal to teach and eventually open a studio where we can all come together to create.
Let me say, I was welcomed with open arms. My fear melted as I met each and every one of these women (tearing up now). Each of these women have stories to tell and we all have our burdens to bear. I found myself laughing and crying as if I've known them forever. AND we all just clicked.
I wanted to share the littlest thing than no one knew about. I was so afraid I would have to sit with a group that was already established and then feel uncomfortable. You know..... I walked into the room and MY girls saved a seat for me every time. Tiny and HUGE all the same.
My dear friend Patty. She was my Secret Sister and boy did we have fun!!! I love her!
My other Secret Sister. Over the Top Janet! What a kind, wonderful person.
Faye! My dear Faye is going through some difficult stuff right now but her generous soul shined through and she will prevail!
My New YOOORker Renee. What a doll and I loved listening to her. :)
Leslie, My Paint Bucket partner. Wait till you see my "cowgirl" bucket. Too sweet.
I have a ton more pics that I'll be sharing soon but I wanted you to see these amazing women. And, guess what? Inspiration Unlimited is NOT a cult as some have posted! It's just so awesome, that everyone keeps coming back and it's hard to get in. Get on the waiting list first thing October 7th!
Happy Trails my friends and thank you for a wonderful time!