Some Gave All

Some Gave All by sundero
Some Gave All, a photo by sundero on Flickr.

In honor of all Veterans on Veteran’s Day.

Norman and Catherine

Norman and Catherine by sundero
Norman and Catherine, a photo by sundero on Flickr.

You probably wonder who the heck Norman and Catherine are. I have no idea either. These two cups still sit in my Dad’s cupboard and every time I go home to visit him I look forward to being either “Catherine” or “Norman”. It hardly matters which one I am.
My Mom bought them somewhere, because they were on sale. It didn’t matter that her name wasn’t Catherine (or Norman!) and neither was my Dad’s. In fact, none of us was named Norman or Catherine. They were good cups and they were on sale.
That was how Mom was. She liked a good sale.
And so, when I would visit, she and I would be Catherine and Norman (we didn’t care who would be whom) and it became a funny joke between us.
Now that she’s gone, when I visit Dad, sometimes my Dad or husband is Catherine or Norman, and it still makes me happy to laugh about it. Memories are like that. Or should be.

Because today is also Handmade Monday please go check out the link and see what everyone is doing.  I have been out of town on vacation, but promise to get back on track, making things and posting recipes and back to my normal blogging self!

Jewel in the Grass

Jewel in the Grass by sundero
Jewel in the Grass, a photo by sundero on Flickr.

The Dragonflies are out in force, and my camera is back from the shop. I have been a little lax about taking photos but in the space of about 15 minutes I got a White Lined Sphinx Moth, a juvenile Black Racer (snake) a blue Damselfly eating a bug (not for the squeamish) and this beauty!
I don’t know what this one is, but I managed to click off 3 or 4 shots before she decided I was too close and headed for another spot. Just thought I would share!

Red Snow Suits

Red Snow Suits by sundero
Red Snow Suits, a photo by sundero on Flickr.

I tried to post this for Father’s Day, but had problems posting it.  Sometimes I can’t make things work, and then suddenly I can.  Oh well!  🙂
I wanted to say, this is my Dad and me, when I was little, and I love this picture. It was taken in Denver, I’m sure by my Mom.  I don’t remember living there, we weren’t there very long.  But it looks like we were having fun, in the snow.  Well, ok, it looks like I wanted to get down, I probably wanted to go see the ducks and fall into the water.  🙂

So, Happy Father’s Day (again!) Dad.  I love you!   Thanks for always keeping me from falling into the water! 🙂

Mod Podge to the Rescue

It’s Handmade Monday and I’m running late as usual.  I actually had this ready  but I had an errand to run this morning so I didn’t get it written and posted as early as I planned.  Well, it’s a quick one, so here goes.  And don’t forget to pop over using the link above and look at all the wonderful things everyone else has done!  🙂

This is the continuing saga of the glass stars I worked on last week.  If you want to go see why I had two glass stars to salvage you can go here for the rest of the story.  I had to do something to cover up the slight etching you could see on the glass, and what better than one of my favorite things, Mod Podge?  I used Christmas tissue wrapping paper that wasn’t really very Christmasy, but I love the colors.  I’ve used it for other projects before, but I still have some left.  I will hate when I use the last of it.

First I covered the stars with the paper and Mod Podged it on with several coats.  On a whim I covered one with some gold tulle I happened to have, and Mod Podged over that too.  Wow, nice sparkle!Mod Podge Stars I needed to trim the tulle as close as I could to the edge of the star and build up the edges with Mod Podge until it was smooth. This took several coats, and time as it had to dry between coats.  But I think it was worth it as it came out really sparkly!

Then I printed photos of my 2 Grandchildren the right size to fit in the center of the stars on photo paper.  I

affixed those with Mod Podge and then decided it would be fun to have their names on the back. That wasn’t my original plan, but hey, if something seems right I like to go with it!  So, I found an old catalogue with nice colors on the front.

Using my Cricut, I cut out their names with paper from the catalogue cover and put those on the other side of the star, not trying to get them straight but just sort of erratic.  Mostly because if I tried to do them neatly and evenly they would still look erratic!   This way maybe it looks like I tried to do it that way.  I hope so.  🙂

Stars with names

As a last touch, I put ribbons through the holes in the top so they an hang them on their door knobs (or somewhere else if they choose).  I think they came out pretty well, considering they were rescued.  I still think the etched stars would have been far superior, but when life hands you lemons, I think you just have to use Mod Podge!

Waste Not…

More fun with things you would probably just throw away for Handmade Monday. Even before it was cool to recycle and reuse I always saved things and did other things with them. No really. I don’t know why, I just always hated to throw things away if they might possibly be useful. Of course, that probably also gets into the realm of pack rattedness. But, we really do just toss things into the trash in far too cavalier a manner. I’m not making a political statement, just a statement of fact. And I’m as guilty as the next person. But I do love to make something from “trash”.

This is another project from that really wonderful paper mache recipe. I decided it would be great to make something without having to buy a form to put it over, so I imagined using throwaway cardboard from packaging. I used a box that I retrieved from the recycling bin. The most difficult part was cutting the hole in the middle, however I did a pretty fair job.

But, it’s boring to sit here and read about that, let’s get on with it. Head to Make it and read how to make your own Little Gold Frame. And don’t forget to check out all of the awesome things everyone is doing for Handmade Monday. It’s such a great and diverse crew of crafters, there’s pretty much something for everyone!Finished Frame

I Was Feeling Crafty

I thought today was a good day to make something.  And I thought it best to start this whole blog thing out with something that looked like something I could accomplish without too many tears and frustration.  I am winging the webpage just a little since my webmaster expert is not sitting right here over my shoulder helping me.  We’ll see what he says when he takes a look later.  Hopefully it won’t be….WHAT DID YOU DO?!

I hope you enjoy the little Pocket Notebook.  I found it on what has become a very favorite place of mine, Stumbleupon.  That’s not exactly a website, it’s more of a way of browsing the web that uses your profile to show you websites that might interest you.  The more you use it, the better your experience becomes.  I had gotten to where I rarely browsed the web, because it had gotten so hard to find anything cool.  But now, I find all sorts of good things.  Like, for instance, instructions for the Pocket Notebook (and we’ll get to that in a moment–honest).  So, I thought it might be fun (for me, maybe for you, we’ll see) to find things I thought looked good, and try them and then report here.  If they work out, great. If not, well, I’ll report that too.  With pictures.

I’m glad to report the Pocket Notebook was a success.

Now, onward!  For steps with photos here you go: