Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Baskets

It is Easter Basket making time at the Russell's....Counters and tables are full of baskets waiting to fill homes at Easter...I love making these each year for the kids...Such a Blessing...I hope each and every one of you have a Happy and Blessed Easter....Much Love and God Bless...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Flowers Gone WILD !!!

I have been shuffling this dresser from one room to another for almost a year now awaiting it's makeover...There just seemed to be no room for it anywhere....The top had been replaced with piece of plywood before I purchased...so I am assuming there had been some damage and of course missing some handles...I did not want to spend the extra $$$ to fix it up for resell...so out the door it went yesterday....

Yeppers...Right to my patio...lined the drawers with some plastic...gave it some drain holes and planted away....Now it has become my little patio beauty...can't wait to find a spare mirror to attach....

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I Love My Daddy

I could not wait to get to work on this little project today....I love photographing my little one and couldn't wait to have one of my own....We jumped on a chance of a beautiful day at the park  while daddy was off doing some construction for a friend...What a wonderful man we have in our life...I am a stay at home mother which most of you know that is a full time job in itself but we also have that opportunity of being able to stay with our children and watch them grow....I am able to do that because of the amazing husband that I have in my life and such a wonderful father to my children...We wanted to give him something special JUST BECAUSE....kudos to tip junkie and the inadvertent farmer for bringing this project my way..I am sure I will be making more of these in the future...What a nice gift for someone special.. http://go.tipjunkie.com/md/247/sweetgrace.typepad.com/the_inadvertent_farmer/2009/12/easy-photo-project-valentines-mothers-day-birthday.html

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sweet 60th

Just finished up my second dress form this morning....Wishing Pastor Lynn Darnell a Happy Sweet 60th Birthday....I knew she loved Purple and have been racking my brain trying to figure out something to purchase...I had been working on some other forms this morning and pulled this one to the table to get started and decided to snazz it up in some purple....What a better way for her to hang her purple Sunday Hat...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Dressing Up

Just finished up my first dress form....Wasn't for sure how it would turn out at first so I didn't take photos during the process...I am hoping to do a tutorial on the next group that I make...These are very simple to create...I will share the directions in the meantime...Find a dress form that you like...I borrowed this one from a store in our local mall...If you do borrow, make sure you take extra special care...I was also lucky when I gave my proposal to the manager of Victoria's Secret and was gave a nice dress form from their showroom to keep...WOW....Wrap the dress form with cling wrap completely as to not damage their form if borrowed...after wrapping securely, I proceeded to tear off masking tape bought from the local walmart...Place strips over entire form layering until you have used the entire roll for durability....Leave opening at top of neck and bottom of form...Once finished, slip scissors underneath back of form at bottom and cut up to the neck so that you can release from the from...one lifted from form...use your masking tape to seal back up your slit...I made a pattern with newspaper for the size of the neck and base and cut from plywood using a jigsaw and painted....stuffed form with shredded newspaper very tightly and hot glued my base and neck in....you may use a decoration, knob or finial for the neck ....Make sure you drill your hole if you include this option in the neck before gluing in place or you may glue to top of wood if you like...Now you are ready to paper mache your choice of papers to the form...I used the damask gift tissue on this particular form...so easy to put on with a small bucket of wallpaper paste or you can use decoupage...tissue paper seems to smooth out easily compared to gift wrap or thicker papers...decorate with your choice of ribbons and embellishments. Again I will try to work up a tutorial on one of these in the next few days...Plenty more to make as I am planning a Paris theme for an upcoming art show....so Check Back Soon...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Let Them Be Little !!

I have been busy painting this bed for a friend of mine for her granddaughter...What I wouldn't give to be a little girl again...

Painted in a Cottage Shabby White...Adorned with Pink Roses and Greenery...

I just love the DREAM...Sweet Dream...What a perfect word to go to sleep....

Added the same wording to the little foot stool...to match...


I think this turned out beautiful...I hope to have another little girl in the family some day....She will be spoiled rotten in Shabby Chic and Roses....Check back soon for a matching bookcase/toy box...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pretty Shabby

Picked this little shabby dresser up at one of our local stores...Loved the cubby topper...Hoping this piece will make a great addition to my craft room soon.... 

Wall Jewelry Box

I wanted to share with you a wall jewelry holder that I recently made...This is actually a wooden cutlery tray I purchased from our local Walmart...I gave it some shabby creme paint...decoupaged with some vintage paper and adorned with some shabby knobs...ready to display on the wall...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Day At The Park

It was a beautiful day here in East Tennessee yesterday...Spent the day at the park with the boys...Spring is in the air...Have sooo many projects I am anxious to get started on and share with you....Check back soon...
My Grandson...Gabriel Andrew

My Son...Jonathan Alexander







Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wishing EveryOne A Happy Valentine's Day !!!!

I have spent the past couple of days making up some "sweet" Valentine's...Thought I would share a few pics with you...I am presently starting a new journey of making Gourmet Baskets that will add to my collection of Candy Bouquets...I really enjoy making these...It is a joy to see a customer's eyes when you walk into the room with one of these and I hope they give the same effect to the person receiving them...
Please "BE MINE" Valentine....This basket is made with a hot pink flower pot as my container...filled with lots of candy and homemade vanilla flavored rose suckers...Can't forget the little fluffy friend and some ribbon...

"Are You Ready For Some Football"....Loves these little treat bags...I made these for a little guy for his school Valentine's Party..Made some great use with my leftovers from the Super Bowl...

"Gourmet Baskets" My Newest Endeavor






Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine Ideas

Here are some Valentine Ideas I wanted to share with you....


Vintage Dress Form decorated with scrap papers from books, tea stained cupcake papers, vintage linens, beautiful angel wings, crown and rose..


Decorative Pillows

Journals

Candle Holder

Stuffed Pillow Heart Ornaments or Hangings

Cone shaped Tussie filled with Roses and Vintage photos, lined with tea stained cupcake papers and vintage doilies...





Valentine Table Setting

Valentine Napkin Tag

Valentine Bingo Ornament

Vintage Photo Ornament

Vintage Postcard Ornament

Super Bowl "Packer" Party

Just finished up with our Super Bowl Packer Party...and did I mention...Packers are the Super Bowl Champions...That has been a long time coming...I do not believe we had a Steeler Fan in the House...Awesome Game....I have some upcoming projects in the works to share..So check back soon...A Shabby Chic Hand Painted Rose Vintage Baby Bed and Softball Scrapbook I am doing for some great friends....

Our Dessert Counter...At our house...you better have the dessert first if you expect to get anything...

Serving Counter....Green Bay....All The Way

The Main Course

The Drinking Well....

Desert Table


Goooo Packers....