Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Clipboard - In Action!

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I thought I would share an action shot of the clipboard at a rehearsal!!

Using it last night was as nice as I had hoped!!

An added bonus - my dear husband (known clipboard stealer) has taken a hands-off approach to this one!!


Have a beautiful day!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Unexpected Beauty

This rose grew in our garden.....isn't it remarkable?

We rent our home and there are a lot of rose bushes on the property.  I've never had roses before and I have a lot of fun waiting for blooms to open so I can sniff them!!  Some are quite bland while others have that true, strong rose scent I remember roses having when I was little.

This rose caught me by complete surprise!  It's on a bush right outside our front door and it took me a few passes to realize what I was seeing.

A half and half rose!!  That straight line on the bottom where it goes pink to purple is right in the middle of a petal!  And it went like that through the whole rose literally making half the rose pink and half purple.

I imagine the bush was grafted at some point in it's life, maybe?  

It brings to mind that while things may happen in our lives that are unexpected, if we embrace it true beauty can occur.

Happy Sunday!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Functional Should Be Pretty!

I love clipboards.  Put a clipboard in my hands and I think I could rule the world!
Ever notice how people pay more attention to the person with the clipboard?

I bought one recently at Dollar Tree to use at theater, but never got around to using it or taking the plastic off.  It just wasn't...............pretty.  It was actually really frumpy.

Then other day I thought maybe it could be prettified with stuff I already have cuz Lord knows I don't need to buy more stuff to sit around here! :)

I sorted through some supplies and well, let's just say Magic Happened!!

Okay, it didn't really.  I don't think Magic and Four Letter Words are supposed to happen in unison!

But when it was done...the cursing, not the magic...I got this!!

 ~Cottage Clipboards ~

Dollar Tree clipboard
Acrylic paint
Foam brush
Wrapping paper/decoration
Modge Podge
Clear spray paint

Step 1:  Paint one side of the clipboard.  (I did one side at a time.)  I painted it two or three times to get even color.

Step 2:  Cut out the decorations from your wrapping paper or whatever cleverer idea you have. 

Step 3: Play around with your design until you like it.  IMPORTANT: Take a picture so you don't forget how it goes when you go to glue it on.  (Yea.......)

In case you are like me and start a project without doing any reading or following any of the excellent tutorials out there.........don't glue it on with a glue stick and then Modge Podge wrapping paper......Cursing Incident #1.

It doesn't work like that.
On to.....

 Step 5: Spray the paper, especially thin wrapping paper, with the clear spray - on both sides   And, use smaller scissors cuz those big ones are dumb for small stuff.

Step 6:  THEN Modge Podge your decorations to your board.  Spread the Modge Podge over the painted area, and layer on your decoration.  Layering caused me much stress (Cursing Incident #2 - after this it's all good!!), but the camera also came in very handy for keeping track of which pieces to lay down first.

Step 7:  Give it about 15 minutes or until it's dry to the touch and Modge Podge over the top of the whole thing.  I did this 3 or 4 times.  And I was done!!!  Soooooooooo preeeettyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!  I lurve!

And now for a few notes on the whole deal.....

Notes:  On the Modge Podge bottle there are instructions for getting a smooth finish with fine sand paper and steel wool.  I didn't do this step and so I do have some slight brush stroke lines.  Very minimal.  However, I will do this again and will take the time to do this extra step.  I blame lack of planning and my lack of patience for putting this gorgeous clipboard into action!!

Easy and pretty!!!  

Like me!!

Wait.....did I say that outloud????


I really hope you like this as much as I do!!!!!

Now I will rule the world with style!!!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Lovely Day!

 My youngest nephew turned 15 the other day.
It is hard to believe that in 6 months he can be driving!
I remember him in the hospital...I remember him toddling around in a diaper!!

It all happens so fast!!

In honor of time passing I thought I would capture
the day in some pictures of things that I may too often take for granted.

Like this beautiful blue sky!

A bird on a wire.....

he had a friend there just before I snapped this.
Apparently I fiddle around too much!! :)

My nephew says I make the best chocolate chip cookies, so, you know, I had to make a batch just for him!!

I received an Amaryllis kit for Christmas.

I used to kind of ignore them or give them away.

It all seemed so complicated....bulbs and all that.

But one year I just gave it a try and I'm so glad I did!!

Now, these are my favorite of gifts!!!

Vibrant and so lovely!

Random chicken shot!

We let them out to roam during the day and often find them right outside the back door looking in!!

I just love them!  If you want a fun pet with a lot of personality, get a chicken.  No, get two because they need the company and are cute to watch!!

And, finally, the Birthday Lunch!!

What you see here is my nephew in the middle,  very hungry and a tad grumpy until the food came!! (yea, he's a teenage boy!! lol!!)
My Dad is on the right and my daughter on the far left and my niece next to her.

We try to do birthday lunches all together and it's so nice!

And that was just one of many lovely days around here!!

One another note......

I actually did something creative this week!!!
It was a lark, which is my usual plan of attack!!
I'll share very soon as I'm kinda excited about it!!
Here is a little preview!!  I love those colors!!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I'm Older!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

Today is also my birthday!!

It's a nice day for a birthday, Valentine's Day.

Easy theme and I do like red!!

My Mr. lucks out...one present!! :)

It's hard to do dinner out, though, so we will go out to our favorite, La Strada, later in the week.

Today, Yogurtland for lunch!!!

I am addicted to that place!!

So, if you are in the Los Alamitos area around 1:30pm...join us!!!


I hope that your Valentine's Day is filled with Love!!!!!!!!