Monday, April 17, 2017

A girls trip

Indulge me for a bit - I want to share a trip I recently took-- like I just got home on Saturday...but while it was a girls trip this post isn't about my friends (they are pretty great girls) but this is more about the beauty and architecture of SEATTLE


These are the girls I went with 


arriving in Seattle - it was raining - LOVED that....


Pioneer Square


The art on the street walls - is ALWAYS amazing


Never visit Seattle without going to Pikes Place Market
 it screams SEATTLE plus its a feast for the senses for sure.


The signs are even awesome - Art in itself


The people are so welcoming - this was one of the fish mongers
Mr. Hogue  - lovely fellow


Awesome little shop called Live Color right across from 
Pikes Place - and they offer 4.00 beers - great place to stop and refreh - 


An early dinner at Lowe's 
Clam Chowder Bowl, shrimp cocktail and BEER
Yummmmm


This place was a bar that is incorporated into an old hotel and I wanted to go in and have a drink but instead we just walked past it....wah wah wah


The view from the top of the Space Needle



A view from the bottom of the space needle


A view from the front of the Chihuly Garden looking up at the Space Needle at night
Gorgeous


Night gossip session starts with food - beer 
cheese curds, salami,  crackers and veggies...
Deliciousness


If you know me I am all about shock value
I love making people laugh and this shirt was funny, crass but totally true
it does rain there ALOT.


Fremont Troll
How cool is this ginormous piece of art.


And the under part of the bridge above the troll 
I mean isn't this stunning


Inside the Chihuly terranium looking up at the Space Needle


I love old trees and when they are nicely propped up inside an art glass exhibit well
 its a tin'g of Beauty!
(said with a grumpy boston accent like Mickey from Rocky movies)


Best part of hanging out with my girl friends is trying NEW foods 
and actually this was my pick
HOT POT SOUP served with spicy meat and veggies


I've always turned my nose up at Boba so I tried the milk honey tea with boba and it was yummy. 
I am not a fan of the chewy boba in every sip but I love the flavor of the tea for sure. 
I will definitely try it again.


This was way to spicy for me - I ate some but I think next time I will do more meat and less spice...but it was definitely worth the try.


This is as close as I got to the field - I was hoping to make a game but no one was interested.
Oh well...


On our final night we went and walked the waterfront and I took this photo off the pier right around sunset - isn't it amazing?
 I could live here if given the chance...I love the cold, the rain and the beauty of this city.


This is a shot of the beautiful skyline I took as we were heading out to the airport to leave. 

Until next time SEATTLE - I will truly miss you.


Thanks for letting me share my trip and show you the beauty of this city through my lens.

Hope you had a beautiful Easter.

xo

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Washi rescue-Crafty Girl Ideas

Hey ya'll, I know I am always sharing my new projects but I wanted to share  a new segment that I am calling #CraftyGirlIdeas

This is episode one:

I bought these really cute spring banners in the dollar spot at Target. You know how they change that space up with tons of new fun stuff - I swear I could go broke buying DOLLAR SPOT items - they add up quick...anyway back to my Idea

So I bought these 2 simple banners - cute but a little plain for me...being the crafty chick I am I have buckets of washi tape - that I rarely use but pulled out some and fixed my simple banners...into something stunning...

CRAFTY GIRL IDEAS-

Plain banners but with cute tassels on the bottom - so I tried to pick washi that matched
its not perfect but its super cute none the less.


I also added some washi to my cute MINI HEIDI SWAPP LIGHTBOX 
isn't she cute and better.


here is an up close shot of my banner on the door - I have two doors and 2 banners but as you can see the sun was not working with me --- Crafty Girl Ideas - not to bad right


Washi can fix anything!!!! I think so, anyway.

Happy Hump Day ya'll

xo

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quick Update

Every time I have a craft show coming up I become totally closed off and focused on making and getting things done. Here are some of the new things I have been working on

My funny little gnomes - I cant get enough of them....making them for every holiday... I sold all of my St. Patrick's Day Gnomes and have a smaller version for Easter - that I'll share later...

Here is a shot of my Valentines Day Gnomes and some fun string art 

Here are some of the new albums I made
Hello Kitty


Here is another motivational chip board album filled with sweet uplifting sayings


Some new string art - which I love.


My most favorite new design is this sweet little GNOME - I am in LOVE with GNOMES maybe even a small obsession.


A new cruise ship album out of some fun new chipboard shaped pieces


another super fun shamrock string art piece...


Also I got a little side tracked by a visit from these 2 - my oldest son and his baby girl came to visit and well that just threw me out of my crafting zone. But totally worth it...this is a photo of all my kids and grandbaby!


and in case you were wondering what I show I was prepping for  - here it is!!!


Please stop by and visit me please.

Happy Crafting 
xo


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New things to share

Hello thanks for stopping by today - I wanted to take a minute a share some new bits I have been working on . I know I shared some string art I started making awhile back and here are the newest pieces for the Spring season.

I am in LOVE with deer heads and had to try one with string and guys I think this came out FANTASTIC...I added some fun little pink paper flowers around its crown to finish it off.
Another obsession I have been having lately are GNOMES - not only am I sewing them up but now I tried them with string and eeekkk....i am so in love with these cuties.


To finish this off - I made a special one for this months holiday - ST. PATRICKS DAY!
I painted on the word to finish this baby up.
I cant wait to make more of these and add them to my mantel...


I am on my way to add to them to Instagram and then list them in my shop...

Hope your week has been the craftiest ---

Be back soon 

Hugs and more hugs

T

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Funny story

WARNING: this is a small rant about life with kids



I know there are alot of people out there that have kids some only one, some 2 or 3 and some even a full house. Props to all of you brave parents who home school their kids - that means 24 hours a day everyday. Go on with your bad self.

As you all know Tuesday was Valentines day so me and my hubbs had plans to go to dinner and a movie and exchange gifts during the day....But...here is the funny part...Sunday my daughter who is on the Varsity soccer team for her high school tells us that they made the wild card draw for CIF and the game would be on Tuesday (VALENTINES DAY) at 5:00 pm Gosh darn it! Really....

Let me preface this by saying that my daughter who excels as a soccer forward and can kick with her left foot = lots of goals. Last year on JV she was one of the high goal makers on the team and this year she has literally played 10 minutes the whole season (in total) - so figure 2-3 minutes every third game or so if that. As parents go, we are pretty first rate - I think anyway. Me and my husband have made every game together, sometimes seperate but we want to be there in case she gets playing time. in total around 20 games including pre-season...I was praying their team wouldnt make CIF so the season would be over. So there go Valentines Day plans - but after being married for 17 years we figured we would go on Monday and avoid the the crowds and wait times - here we are celebrating Valentines Day at Tahoe Joes eating a huge dinner and laughing and talking about how those kids of ours seem to interfere in our life (jokingly of course but true) I mean we are parents and that's part of the life right?

Huge dinner and drinks and some shopping after that...


Also Monday I received these yummy berries and they were super tasty. there were a dozen strawberries - I ate 3 and guess who ate the rest...My Kids. Gotta Love them. 


Here's hoping your Valentines Day went as planned. 

In case your wondering I have been very busily crafting away and will be sharing all the fun stuff shortly.

Have a great weekend ya'll.

xo


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Opening up

I used to blog for years and shared alot more about my family and everyday stuff but I thought who cares really - I probably sound less then interesting to most people out there so I stopped and kept my blog more of a crafting blog - sharing things I make...Well I think this year I am expanding my blog to include crafting, DIY, family and just stuff I feel like sharing.

I hope you'll follow along - so to start I thought i would open up about some of my New Years Plans...

I am not sure if you participate in the ONE LITTLE WORD challenge that starts the beginning of every New Year? I have tried in the past to participate but never really follow through but this year is DIFFERENT....wink wink - no really this year is different.


(this is me and my little family)

I am not sure if you are like me at all but I always make goals and resolutions if you will but don't really ever follow through. I have good intentions but sometimes I think that if i mess up once then whats the point. It's self sabbotage...literally!!!

I have been on a personal mission this year. to be CONSISTENT in my LIFE which just happens to be my One Little Word for 2017

I want to be CONSISTENT in my weight loss goals which means being CONSISTENT with goig to the gym, being consistent with my food intake - I am aiming for real noticeable results.

I want to be CONSISTENT in my business which included blogging regularly, crafting daily and posting to Social Media more regularly...I want to see obvious changes to my brand - I want to be more productive and get my business to be my job and not just my hobby...

I want to be consistent in my financial goals which is mostly SAVING...I want to use what I have and stop buying just so i can have the newest stuff. I want to make and sell before I can buy anything...I want to put myself into more Craft Shows and get myself out there...I am on a mission to expand my brand. 

As you can see I have big plans and have shared a lot with ya'll here - I guess its my truth nd my way to hold myself accountable...

Wish me luck and I too wish you luck in all you set out to do this year. Let's keep each other accountable 



Happy New Year and I hope you will come back again soon 

xo
T




Monday, January 9, 2017

Quick Craft-Christmas Ornaments

I have teenagers and a small boy at home and this year when we were putting up the Christmas decorations they were making comments that I had TOO much stuff - that I shouldn't put it all out every year, oh and wait for it - I should wait and put it out 2 weeks before Christmas - I mean have they lost their minds?

Anyway, I ignored their complaints immediately but when decorating the tree started - my sixteen year old decided she hated all her handmade ornaments especially the ones with her picture in them...wah - She didn't want to put any up...which made me a little sad - so I decided to make a new 2016 photo ornament...I wanted to share the process with you...because I think they came out super cute...

Here are the supplies - thick book board or chip board, buttons and photographs of your kids, and buttons. I used small instax photos but you could use their school photos as well.


I glued the the photograph onto the book board and punch a hole at the top


Then decorate with buttons or pom poms, or any other cute holiday decorations and surround the photo without covering up the hole...


then finish it off the way you like, I added a bow and the hanger to the back. the back of the ornaments are white so I had the kids sign their name and add the year so I could remember their signature and when the photo was taken. I plan on doing this every year...
My kids loved the ornaments but my oldest still didn't like her picture - but geez - you can't any prettier then that right? I think its a 16 year old issue...

Hope you like these quick craft easy tutorials and try them out for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by 
I will be linking this project up to the following parties.

XO
T

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year

Can You believe that it's 2017? Time sure does fly when you are having fun. Did some crafting this year, tried out some new album styles like this project life styled Disney album


Started making string art & fell in love with it. 


Now that the Holidays are over I am planning on lots of new things for the New year and this here ol' blog of mine.


My plan is to be more active here and share more of what I am making, hopefully sharing new videos and keeping you up to date with new craft shows I'm participating in 

If you have been with me for awhile - thank you for sticking with me. If you are new here, thanks for stopping by and hope you will stay tuned with whats ahead.

Wishing you a wonderful new year and noting but new fun and crafty adventures.

xo
Tina