I must give a bit of credit and inspiration credit thou, so that goes to The Cheswick Co. for the pinkeep bottom and Soft in the Head for the looking up mousie.
Lil mousers are 4 inches tall and so very sweet! I really love them *smirk* I made lil wire tails for them, along with a teeny tiny rusty bell and a paper flower on each tail, for whimsy. I hand stitched the wool felt to the top and then hand stitched each mouse and garland to the top of each pin-keep as well. I put a dowel through to stable the mousie, atop the pin-keep too.
If you should have any questions, please feel free to give a shout. Well, these lil mousers have made me think of Sweet Spring today...and it just simply can not arrive soon enough! Toodles for now, ~Tonya
The title of this painting is, "Give of Yourself", because as we all know, when you give of yourself, you are better for it and giving of yourself...is the best gift you can possible give!
See, I went to take pictures and my kids had used ALL 3 sets of my rechargeable batteries. I had to charge them and by the time I was able to use them, it was dark. I added texture to the edges and the flying heart, it looks so neat in person. I hope to take better pictures for the listing on Tuesday...
This picture (and lighting) did not do this justice, but thought I would share. I made the paper wings, stars and crowns and covered them with fine, clear glitter...Now I must put them to something different then paper and mix it up with paints and such. I am a bit of a chicken, but did buy some wood yesterday...
This is the paper butterfly/flower garland that I made for Lily to hold. I put eyelets on each side for durablity. I have wanted to make paper garlands for quite some time, but there is just something about punching a hole in paper and then wondering if it will hold up over time. I glittered the butterflies and flowers (although the camera did not pick it up well) and double backed them for stability...
And look at the base! So FUN with the dots. I put lil dots on her legs too, so cute. You can click on the picture to go to her auction. I have Sweet Lily on ebay, she will end on Sunday evening.
Other then that, not much going on around here. I am getting my hair cut tomorrow and also getting a set of tires put on my van and an alignment.......oh and hubby is putting on a new steering rack today and a couple of other things (he is a good mechanic, but does not like to do that anymore).
He was a mechanic even while he was in High School and was up until about 4 years ago. He has gone back to it part-time, for a second job. It is always something...times like these are when credit cards come in handy. Don't like to use them, but if you need too, you need too. I hope you all have a great day. Toodles, ~Tonya
I receive quite a few goodies from her, but sadly at that time, I was just too tired (or just plain lazy maybe?) to blog them. I took this picture from her blog and enhanced it. She gave me a wool stocking with a snowfolk on it, goodies inside and one of her lil' primitive trees with glass glitter...and my favorite candy! Thank you Pea, you are a DOLL for sure!! I LOVE all of my goodies...but, the Pinkeep is my favorite!!
And....want to hear something really funny? Pea and I both signed up for the "Love Tokens Swap", put on by "Prim and Whimsy Girls". Well, neither of us knew the other one signed up and didn't find out until later....well, we have sent each other quite a few things in the past and well, and you see the above handmade pinkeep just for me too *smirk* We recieved out SWAP NAMES on Sunday and low and behold------we got each other! Isn't that a HOOT! I just had to share that. Have a wonderful evening. Many Blessings, ~Tonya
Hubby and I do not exchange gifts at Christmas really, so I took it upon myself to go shopping today (to comfort my SOUL). I of course wanted to go by myself, but I didn't wake up early enough...due to that little "Wee-Leggins" sittin' in the background of this picture. I just had to finish her....
So, me and the kiddies took an adventure to Rochester (about an hour away). We went to Hobby Lobby and Micheal's. Two of my favorite places, (besides quilt shoppes and antique shoppes). I told the kids that since they were going with...I had to be the "Coupon Queen" and print 4 coupons for each place and they had to purchase items for me, with my money...to save me money. *smirk* Yes, I let them pick out some goodies....Jordan took the cash (such a teenager)!
See, I had planned to go by myself today and all the while, the kids were begging to go with. So, they saved me quite a bit of money. My more expensive things, I used a 40% coupon for, otherwise I would not have been able to purchase half of the things I did. No to mention, there were lots of 50% off sales, so that was very nice...
School is letting out 4 hours early, so that is around 11:00 ish, but I feel that even closing at 11:00 ish, is going to give them a "run for their money". Some have already let out as early as 9:00 am. Some had a two hour late start, which was smart! It let them see what the weather was going to do and then they could just cancel it, as District 241 should have done!
Last school year during a blizzard (when school should have been canceled from the get-go), I waited for over 2 1/2 hours for my kids to get home on the bus, in a blizzard and no one and I mean NO ONE should have been out driving in it. I commend the bus drivers for having to drive in such horrible conditions. So today, I am very frustrated and this leaves me thinking, when in the whole area, there is NO DRIVING ADVISED and WEATHER ADISORIES all across the board, why would District 241 have school today? What were they thinkin?
So, now at about noon-ish, I will get to wait for probably about 2 hours (give or take) worrying, wondering and waiting if my kids will make it home safe. I should have followed my gut and kept them home, where I knew they would be safe. Stay warm and have a good day. ~Tonya
Any who, I have not been up to much. I am currently working on a special order. I hope to be done with it within the next day or so and then I can play. We are in for a cold snap here, towards the end of the week...with the cold, we are suppose to get some snow too. On the over-nights later this week, it is suppose to get as cold as 17 below. Let's hope it isn't windy that day.
I must go, I have lots to do and time is a wasting. I hope you all had a great weekend. Stay warm, if it is cold where you are at. Toodles, ~Tonya
Here halo is only pinned in place, with a glass glitted decorative pin...embellieshed with some more roses, leaves and vintage style tinsel garland. Her wings are feathers and are secured in place, here hair is wool from Crowing About Primitives, that is all needle felted in place....
Here is the neat part, if you donate to Jenny for the "cause", you can have a chance at winning one of her sweet dollies. She is donating two of her dollies for the Rescue. Just a dollar, per chance.......yup, that is it! So, hurry on over and visit Alley-Cat Rescue, the drawing is on Jan. 31st. I know I did my part to try to help. Toodles, ~Tonya
I don't think I will be able to update this month :( Shame on me. I wanted to par-take on some of the FUN on Spooky Time Jingles, but I did not get my ducks in a row quick enough...
Be sure to stop by STJ on the 13th, to see all of the wonderful eye candy...from so very many talented artists. Tata for now, ~Tonya
The kids and I went to Marley and Me, last week and I must say, I for one will be buying the DVD when it comes out. I never read the book, but I recommend the movie. My kids loved the movie equally as well and I honestly do not think there was a dry seat in the theater.
On another note, so sorry I have not posted and have been MIA. I have been obsessed with cleaning/organizing......I think to just get lost in my thoughts and such...getting lost, without leaving. It was kids by day and cleaning/organizing by night. I think I am over it and have started to work again. I have a dollie calling my name and a special order in waiting, that I must finish.
I am working on a Valentine dollie and am having a wonderful time with her. She is going to be a "polished" dollie and for Valentines...I just do not know if she should be an angel, with feather wings or a fancy dollie. We will have to see. I may call her FANCY. She is quite different from my usual dollies. I needed a break from doll making and such....Thank you so much for the kind emails. I sure do appreciate being thought of. Well, I must get back to work. I hope ya all have a great day. Toodles, ~Tonya