A little Mother’s Day fun!

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Happy Mother’s Day! (a little-belated ūüėČ )

I’m a little late getting this posted, well, because I was getting ready for and enjoying Mother’s Day!

This is Me, my grandson Jase, and my beautiful Mommy! ¬†She is the sweetest person I know, and I inherited her whimsical spirit! ¬†That’s why I knew she would love these cute little flowery pins. ¬†I let her take first pick, then let the others choose the ones they liked. ¬†We all had a very nice day at my sister’s new house, and enjoyed our time and dinner together!

pinsI made these pins for my own Mom, sister,¬†sister-in-law, and daughters. ¬†At least, the ones that have children! ¬†I did, however, forget to make one for myself. ¬†But, oh well! ¬†You’ll have that!

They are made of polymer clay, plus a little bit of Pearlex mica powder and varnish!  I used a technique called polymer clay embroidery.  It was rather fun, actually!


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New Granny Quilter Doll! SOLD

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So, I was asked to create a quilter art doll by someone whose church group wanted to give it to one of their members as a gift. ¬†And this is what I came up with! ¬†I’m pretty happy with how she turned out!

WIP This is the skeleton of a grandma quilter art doll I'm working on. She is a commission! :-D

I started with the chair. ¬†LOL ¬†It is about 6 inches high. ¬†Then I took two long pieces of wire and twisted them, and then formed them together to create the “skeleton”. ¬†I then used polymer clay to make some “bones”, leaving certain joints uncovered, so she could be posable later! ¬†Adding the bones also made it a little heavier, so she’d sit solidly in her rocking chair. ¬†After this basic beginning, I added more clay to make her head, arms, legs, and shoes. ¬†Sorry I didn’t get pictures of that process. ¬†My bad.

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After all that, I created a “skin” out of cloth and stuffed it with batting. ¬†I had to stitch up all the arms, legs, and neck AFTER it was on her, or I wouldn’t have been able to get it on her at all. ¬†Boy was THAT fun. ¬†LOL

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Here she is, all stuffed, and ready for clothes! ¬†I’m sorry, but I forgot to get pictures of that process too. ¬†This was my first time dressing a doll with actual cloth, so it was a bit of a hair pulling experience. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†You can’t really see it in the photo, but she is holding a “needle” in her fingers! ¬†She is quilting, after all!

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I just had to share this moment with you! ¬†I am trying to stitch up the neck of her dress, and my eyes are not cooperating. ¬†So, I had to use my big magnifier thingy! ¬†I REALLY need new glasses. ¬†LOL ¬†She’s also received her wig, which I made of wool roving.

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The next thing I had to do was make her quilt. ¬†Let me just say… I’m not a quilter. ¬†I’m barely a sewer. ¬†But shall we say it turned out “rustic”? ¬†ūüėČ

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And here she is!  Granny Quilter is finished!  I decided to do a simple face on her.  I think it leant a peaceful aura to her, overall.  What do you think?  I hope she is happy in her new home!


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Cute Fox video!

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This came through on my Facebook timeline, and I just had to share it with my world!

I love seeing foxes in videos and photos because they are so elusive. ¬†I think I’ve seen maybe two live ones in my entire life. ¬†And I live in WV! ¬†LOL ¬†So, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

 


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Free Easter Printable

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Welcome, dear readers!  I have a little gift for you!  The fun Easter image above!  Just save the image file, and print it out at home!

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(Pssttt…. just right-click on the link, and click Save!)

And don’t forget to ENJOY!


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Springtime Fun for Kids Roundup

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I just love when Spring arrives!  Everything starts to turn green, the temperature gets warmer, and there is a freshness in the air!  And, like many of you, my fingers itch to get crafting for Easter and Spring decor.

Today, though, I’m going to put together some fun crafts and ideas for the kids! ¬†They will help get their little spirits in the Springtime mood, and make a fun afternoon for you to spend together! ¬†I look forward to doing some of these with my own grandkids!

By Alessandra over at asparklylifeforme.com

Alessandra at A Sparkly Life for Me had a very original idea that lots of children will go “roaring” mad for! ¬†Who says it HAS to be a bunny? ¬†I say this idea is grrrreat! ¬†Click the image to go to her post and see all her images and a list of items she used, so you can create your own unique pre-historic Easter!

By Brandy at gluesticksblog.com

This is just so clever! ¬†This fun craft will allow you to give the kids flowers they can plant over and over again! ¬†So simple! ¬†Go check out Brandy’s post by clicking the image above!

By Liza at viewsfromtheville.com

Now, I just have to say that Liza has the cutest critters I have seen so far this Spring!  And they are a perfect do-something-together craft for little fingers!  Click on the image to go to Views From the Ville and find out how you can make your own!

By Angie at thecountrychiccottage.net

Oh my goodness! ¬†How I love this idea! ¬†Angie over at The Country Chic Cottage has a seriously cute craft that the kiddos will flip for! ¬†Coloring AND glue?? ¬†I mean, what’s not to love?? ¬†LOL ¬†Click the image to find out exactly how they made theirs!

By Lisa at mythoughtsideasandramblings.com

Well, you may or may not want the kids helping with this one, but if you don’t, it will be one heck of a Mom Win when you pull them out!!! ¬†These bunny butt cupcakes have got to be my favorite! ¬†Lisa nailed it! ¬†Click the image to go to her site and learn how to make them for your little Easter bunnies!

Which of these fun ideas is YOUR favorite? ¬†Do you have one you’d like to share? ¬†Go ahead and post it in the comments section! ¬†Now… Get Hopping!!!


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“B” is for Batman Birthday!

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This is Clayton (and Batman)!¬† He turned 3 this weekend!¬† They had a little party for him at McDonald’s, and his Aunt Sammy made him a Batman cake!¬† He was super excited about it!¬† Especially when Batman was holding the candles.¬† Although, that didn’t last long, as Batman decided the moment after this photo was a good time to take a leap off the cake.¬† LOL¬† Don’t worry.¬† No superheros were harmed in the making of this birthday party!¬† ūüėČ

I think Clayton had a good time!  He got lots of presents, and had a great time playing with the other kids!  He got really excited to see that he got several puzzles and bubbles!
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He spent the night with us a few days before his party, and this was his favorite activity!¬† I think he’s going to be my little artist!¬† He loves to draw or color or something like that when he’s here!¬† He made three masterpieces while he was at it.¬† So, aside from puzzles for his birthday, as requested, we also got him a set of watercolors and some nice paper to paint with at home!¬† I can’t wait to see what beautiful creations he comes up with!

 

 

 

 


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Saturday Silliness Link Party #002

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My Facebook friend and artist Kimbooly¬†Spooklings shared this, and I just had to snag it and share it here! ¬†It’s a hilarious take on Car Wash! ¬†So, I thought this was the perfect thing to post for my 2nd official Saturday Silliness Link Party! ¬†I hope it made you laugh, too!

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Saturday Silliness Link Party 03/04/17

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This is one of my very favorite funnies!  I actually have it printed out and stuck to my fridge!

Welcome to my first link party (or blog hop)!¬† This is just a place to share any kind of family friendly silliness you’d like!¬† You can link up to 3 individual posts, not your main blog site.¬† Please leave a comment here and go visit some of the other linkers, and make some new friends!¬† Also, a link to my site on your post or site would be appreciated!¬† You can find my Grab Code on the Sidebar or on the Link Party page!


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March Madness Recipe Roundup! (and Linky)

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Hey folks!¬† It’s March and to me that means Spring is almost here!¬† I love Spring!¬† Everything starts getting greener, like the grass, tree buds, Leprechaun hats, and beer, to name a few!¬† LOL¬† Well, I can’t promise everything will be green, but I’m celebrating today with a fun March Madness Recipe Roundup!¬† I also decided to make this a Link Party or Blog Hop, so please add your March recipes below!¬† And don’t forget to comment after you do!

 

 

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The first recipe I’d like to share is How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes by The Jersey Momma!¬† She gives step-by-step directions with photos of the whole process!¬† They are fairly easy to make, although, a little time consuming.¬† And they have her son’s Stamp of Approval!
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The next recipe sounds sooo yummy!  It is Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Buttons by Mom on Timeout!  They are a cream cheese mint filled with chocolate ganache.  Yum!  And this little ole recipe makes 6 dozen candies!  Enough to please any crowd!

 

 

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You can’t get through the month of March without a Shamrock Shake!¬† Or maybe I should say a Shamrock Fake?¬† LOL¬† Why drive through McDonalds when you can make a shake just as delish, if not more so??¬† I know!¬† Crazy right?¬† That’s why I love this Homemade Shamrock Shake recipe by Ashley over at Wishes and Dishes!¬† Can’t get enough of these things!

What’s your favorite March recipe?¬† Share it in the link up, or in the comments!

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 May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

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Free Screencasting or Recording Apps!

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I just had to tell you about a couple tools I recently discovered!¬† They are screencasting or recording software or apps that are FREE and EASY!¬† It just can’t get better than that!

The first, and my favorite is Screencast-O-Matic!  It is SO easy to use!  There is a Free version and a Paid version.  The free version is pretty awesome, but only allows for 15 minute videos, and includes a watermark on your finished video.  It does let you record your screen or webcam, and you can save it to your computer, or upload it directly to Youtube in  HD, if you wish!

The paid version is a lot nicer!¬† First, no watermark!¬† Woo!¬† Also, you can make longer recordings, and even record the audio coming from your computer!¬† You can even make scripted recordings!¬† Awesome sauce!¬† Plus, there’s several editing tools, and even draw and zoom tools!¬† And on top of being able to upload to Youtube, you can also upload to Google Drive, Vimeo Pro, and Dropbox.¬† Sweet huh?¬† I prefer the paid version.¬† For only $15 you get a whole year!¬† But my personal choice is the 3 year plan for $29, which means you get ONE WHOLE YEAR FREE!!¬† I know, right??¬† But no matter which one you choose, they are all a great, simple choice!

The second, and not quite as fancy, but good for gamers, is a Windows product that comes on Windows 10 computers called Gamebar.  All you have to do to start it is press your Windows key + G.  Click the record button, or Windows + R.  Turn the mic on and off with Win + Alt + M.  When you start recording, you will see a timer in the upper right area of your screen.  You can also stop recording by tapping that.  The file saves automatically to your Videos folder.  It is also accessible in your Xbox account on your computer.

 

 


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