Monday, December 31, 2007

Red Valentine Birdie

Love is in the air!!
I love the way this birdie turned out.
I put her on top of a mound of "ice cream" of vintage lace.
I cut the the flowers out of the same wool then stitched them on with silver thread.
I added sparkly centers with silver glittered pins.

Happy New Year to everyone!!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Remember this sconce

Heres what it looked like when I purchased this sconce.

I gave it a coat of primer

Ta da!! It is painted with soft pinks and pearl. I highlighted the raised area. I put in vintage lace, a very vintage millinary rose, I added the glass glitter to the leaves. I copied a vintage card that I had and added the heart...topping the whole thing off with my little pink bird that I dyed to go with the rose. It's going on Ebay!

Valentine Birdie

Valentines is just around the corner...I added a little silver sparkle to my birdie and pins, and glittery cherries, perfect for the New Year!! I gave it all a spritz of sparkle I also added a tag that I made using a copy of an original 1890 valentine handmade card. I'm putting this pincushion on my Ebay

Friday, December 28, 2007

Funny regift give-a-way

We have been managers of these Townhomes for over 7 years...We have NEVER received a gift from the owner. We have only met him 3 times...So Out Of The Blue...we received a box from this man...ummmm we were really excited...tore open the box (after shaking it, of course) and lo and behold....FRUITCAKE!! WHAT??!! FRUITCAKE...nothing in 7 years...then FRUITCAKE!. Who eats Fruitcake??? So, do you guys believe in regifting??? I'm going to give this BEAUTIFUL YUMMMMY expensive fruitcake to the first person that comments that they WANT it!! Yea!! I just know I am going to find SOMEONE that wants this DELICIOUS fruitcake.LOL
I would call her the winner, but really! Its a FRUITCAKE!! LOL
I think if anyone else tells me they like fruitcake...that Connie should
share the gift...what do you think!! LOL

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Here we go...

Now we are into the countdown to the New Year.
We woke up Christmas morning to SNOW???? nope, just so cold everything was white LOL.
Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! One of the things we do, is to go to a movie in the afternoon. We went to a cute new little Theater in a tiny town of Indenpenance. Stacey and I went to see PS I Love You...we were the only ones in there. That was pretty weird...but the movie...we bawled the ENTIRE movie!! No one said to take in tissues!! It was neat, we were able to laugh and talk...and not disturb anyone...every once in awhile one of us would be sniffling and the other would "SHHH!" like people due when disturbed...then we would laaaaaugh, then onto sobbing again! Dean went and saw I am Legend, he said it was really intense.
Now I'm off to put notices on everyones door, how to dispose their tree...1/2 the people don't listen!
I'm off to sew up some birdies today!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

I'm making progress!

Not only am I making progress getting well, I even got a start on a couple new projects. I found this gold wall thingy...any one know what these are called??
I sprayed the one on the left with "upshot" primer. The one on the right is the way I found it...I have paint it!!
It turned out really pretty, I used a few pinks and a touch of Pearl for a finish. This is how I start trying out different items... I will show you the end result soon.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Little story # 2

Ok, you know how when you don't feel good but things still have to get done...
I have a tenant that lives here that said all of a sudden her front door won't stay closed and she couldn't get the dead bolt to hold (the building shifted)
well...its kinda important to be able to close and lock your door...
so I bundled up...(did I mention that I'm also the maintenance man too LOL) and took her locks and knobs apart...found out what the issue was... So...when I was finished, I tried the key and it was a bit hard to turn and so was the knob...
I just wanted to go back to bed!!!
So I ran to the utility room grabbed a can...and went back and sprayed and sprayed and sprayed this stuff into every holes and usually drips so I had my rag and was wiping it down....but the cloth kept I kept spraying and spraying....
Now here's the problem...when I'm walking, driving...I don't wear my glasses....when the rain is coming down in buckets...(like it was) I don't wear my glasses, so...they usually live on top of my head....
ok, back to the story...
I finally put on my glasses and looked at the can of "PERMANENT BONDING ADHESIVE SPRAY"....OH CRAP!!!! (what else could I say!!)
So, I ran back to the storage shed...right next to where the BONDING spray was, was a can of WD my locksmith said not to use it, it will get gummy inside the lock...Well, it COULDN'T get any gummier and stickier then it was so...I sprayed and prayed ,and sprayed.....and prayed, I DID NOT want to have to replace those locks again!!!She didn't call me to say she was "stuck" in her all is well.
Well, I hope you enjoyed a little laugh about me....the bed sure did feel good when I got back in it!!!

Cans are now separated!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A little story

I woke up early this morning, I'm propped up here in bed with my kitty's and hubby and box of tissues. Yesterday I HAD to go to the Christmas party. They keep track of who shows daughter offered to drive me up to Portland (she really just wanted to go to Ikea! lol) So that was nice. I am so fortunate to have a daughter as a best friend. I have had a chance to read some wonderful stories here in blog land...I thought I'd share a short one. One year my brother was going to be coming home from Collage. My mom had bought a huge box of chocolates for the, that was a BIG thing!! We never had deserts, or TV in our family.
I found the box of chocolates hiding up in my parents for two weeks I would sneak in and take down that beautiful box of candy, I would take out a few pieces, turned them over, dig out and eat the insides************AND PUT THEM BACK!! Then my brother came home, mom asked me to get this box of chocolate. OH! What was I thinking???? So I brought it to the living room. It got passed around.....the room got quiet. Mom was quiet shocked...I HAD to confess, there wasn't anyone else to blame it on!! ...There was a lot of laughing!! I didn't even get in trouble. Needless to say, it was never forgotten and always the topic at a get-together.**********************************************Thank you all for all your kindness about being sick! I think I'm on the mend!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I KNEW it!!

I KNEW that I was going to get sick...! Stress does it every time..goes right to my throat which gives me a touch of a fever. I'm going to take a couple of days off and see if I can keep from getting worse.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Busy Busy

I know everyone is busy this time a year...mine isnt fun. I have been cleaning and painting 4 large townhouses...I just dont understand why people dont understand what the word "clean" means, my stars!!! Nasty nasty! I have to laugh (sadly), what I'll do for up what others should have cleaned! I have been scrubbing and painting so much my hand is throbbing! It also means crafting gets put on the back burner for a few more days! Give me a couple more days and I'll be back on a happier note.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ice cream Pincushion

I, for one....LOVE ice cream anytime of year!! It is packed full of vintage lace..Yummmy! Whats your favorite kind of ice egg nog, this time of year! I'm sticking this on my Ebay
This travel suitcase looks a little washed out...bad lighting. I take this when I know I'm going to be sitting in the car for a bit, I use it as my traveling sewing birdie case.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Birdies ready for flight

These birdies are ready to take a long flight south...All the way to Australia!! Hope you like them Jenn and Jacqui!! Natasha...yours are next!! Hang in there!!
I was at Micheals yesterday...a gal that was working there said "Next week we get our first shipment of SPRING stuff" can you believe it!! I must say, for all the rain we've been having...I'm ready for spring...but in Dec???

Thursday, December 6, 2007

New use for broken Storm branches!!

I saw one of these when I was visiting in San Jose last year. I keep a little notebook in my purse so when I see something I like, I draw it out, when I got to the car I scribbled like crazy.. When I got home I had get one made while it was still fairly fresh in my mind, So, I gave them a shot, only took about 3 tries to get them the way I wanted . I think they turned out really cute. I still need to find branches for the large one, for antlers.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Time is flying by

Time is just getting away from daughter Stacey has the sweetest cat in the world, he's only about 3 those nasty crystals in his bladder so we had to take him in to get his bladder flushed out...we almost waited to long, so Stacey is so upset, hes what helps her to be able to live alone. The next morning when Stacey woke up she had a phone call from her boss, giving her another complex that now makes 4 , she also works for him on an hourly bases doing other jobs like evicting people from all 14 complexes,plus her job at the Picture People, so yesterday I thought she was going to collapse, she was soooo stressed out. Her kitty comes home today. My husband took on an extra job as a "rider" for the local UPS driver. Its the first of the mo. and I have quite a few people move out of our complex due to the rent increase, so I have to get those ready to rent, cleaning&painting. Just thought I would share a touch of a "day in the life" of Laurie. LOL..

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Sweet Cherubs

I almost cried this morning...My eye was a little itchy, whenever that happens I put some ointment on my finger and tap...well, the crusty(I cant stand the word scab) slipped off onto my I ran into the bathroom to look in the mirror...Whoopie!! Its all healed up, just a bit pink of the new, I kept looking in the mirror all is so clean and smooth.
Ok, I just had to share that with you. But look at these sweet cherubs I used glitter on the battery operated light and I glittered the part that is holding the pincushion. I added a bit of glitter to the bird. I did add this to my ebay.
We are having such a wind storm. We have these HUGE old tall trees that sway in the wind, I'm always afraid they will fall! We didnt have any snow. This storm is suppose to blow across the States.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Spoonful of Sugar***Birdies

I just added these two birdies to my EBAY, I have been listing quite a few goodies We're expecting a touch of snow today, but a big wind storm is on its way. Im going to take off and visit a couple shops, hope you all have a great weekend!


I found these cute little snowflake cello bags. This is how I packaged up this birdie

that I have sitting the *Snowball*

that is on my ebay.