Hello and Welcome

I am a first time blogger, welcome to my blog post.

I come from a long line of musicians and artists.  My mom cooks and my dad plays bass and sings.  I remember going to my grandmas and her and my aunt would always be doing something creative.  It didn’t matter who we visited there was always something going on whether it was painting, playing music, taking photos, writing, crocheting, baking or gardening.

When I was younger my mommom made the comment that even though school was out for the summer I always had a paper and pencil in my hand.  This was definitely a true statement; I loved to draw.  In middle school we learned basic sewing and my sister and I use to make stuff for our Barbie dolls but it was in high school I learned about crafting and i’ve been doing it ever since.  

I love to draw even though I no longer do it as much.  I like to sew and paint and whatever project takes my fancy after looking at Pinterest for hours. My favorite thing to do is make gifts for my family, whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, or just because…..my family stands behind me and encourages me to keep moving forward.

I hope you enjoy my blog and i’m looking forward to sharing my new projects and all the fun with you!

I’m not sure where I found this picture but it was done by Fiona Childs and I think it fits.

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Garden makeover….

Gardening is one of my many hobbies…I enjoy creating new beds and planting new plants and watching everything grow.  We recently finished our fence (finally) and have begun expanding our garden.  My husband surprised me with a new batch of daylilies and I went to Walmart and Lowes and bought some new flowers along with an apple tree.  We had to cut down the apple tree the previous owner planted because it was too big to move (it was not in a good spot) and it was getting smothered with vines.

There are so many pretty plants to choose from and depending on if you’re working in the shade, partial shade, or full sun, you buy plants depending on where you are working at the time.  I have found that you have to get the plants you like as you see them because they go quick and when you go back they are usually gone.

While on a shopping exertion with my daughter we found a plant called Dragon’s Blood, it’s color is a rich red and looks like feather tufts; turns out it’s in the celosia family and is an annual in my area but they are pretty.  I also found some rocket trumpets in pretty reds and pinks which I planted around the apple tree.  I have to go back for a few more delphiniums, i’m out of balance, ha ha.  My daughter added a couple flamingo’s which she named Otis and Pearl…LOL.

In my small front yard I took out the hydrandgea bush and replaced it with some blue delphiniums, red&green coleus, and white impatients.  I really wanted to do a red/white/blue garden and can’t wait for everything to fill in and bush up. My daughter picked out some pretty little yellow bells to fill in an empty spot.  They look like sunshine on these rainy days.

I also decided to spruce up around a couple of the trees….I think they turned out pretty.

I also have a cutting garden…we added some shasta daisies and black eyed susans (my personal favorite and the state flower) to the abundant cone flowers.  This garden gets so many bees, butterflies, and finches once it all blooms.  I love that it gets so full of life and the butterflies are amazing.  I think i’m done with the front and side yards for now 🙂

Next project is to finish the garden, add a grilling patio, and paint the deck……  All before my daughter’s graduation party.  PHew!!!  I also really want to be able to enjoy deck time with the family; so the sooner it gets done the sooner we can have deck time.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my garden!

Teresa

Spring time is here…

Hello there!

It has been quite some time since I posted anything… I wanted to reach out to all of you and just say “hello!”  Hard to believe that winter is over and spring is here and the end of May is quickly approaching.  I most definitely had the winter blues, between work and home and having cabin fever a slight depression hit me for about a month.  Work wasn’t going like I would have liked it to and it felt like I couldn’t get anything right and the housework wasn’t getting done so the clutter just built.  My husband said he couldn’t get anything done with the fence or the cars because I am always working or busy on the weekend running errands and such.  I ended up just having to take a couple days off to get myself together.  Who knew that being out in the sun for three full days would help that much along with finally getting my house clean and the clutter cleared.

These are some of my lovelies….  I love to garden and have to decided to make my garden bigger now that we are putting up a fence.  I’ve already planted some new day lilies and clematis.  I can’t wait to see how everything fills in once it starts growing.  We still have a lot of work to do and I am putting in a Fairy garden….need to put in lots of bright flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and of course Fairies.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Teresa

p.s. May your day be fabulous and your coffee always hot 🙂

 

 

 

National Hobby Month

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Whats your hobby?

I craft, paint, draw, sew, scrapbook, make paper products, bake, garden, and do alot of other things.  I enjoy trying new things and being challenged (even if I do get frustrated. lol)

Some of my favorite projects are the paper products I make and some of my sewn items.  I also enjoy painting, and making toys which go over well with the kids; I try to change it up based on the show i’m doing and time of year it is.

Here are a few of the things i’ve made….

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I find crafting in any form is a great stress reliever and it’s something I really enjoy.  It’s also become a family affair with my husband and daughter.  It’s a great way to spend time together.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Teresa

Quilting

I sew and I can do basic quilting, meaning I can put squares together, stitch up the seams and tie a quilt.  However, i’ve always wanted to learn more.

I started really watching videos on Youtube for the Missouri Quilt Company.  The lady Jenny, who does the instruction goes over the steps, shows you tips and shortcuts and makes it look so easy to do more than basic sewing.  I think this is the year to step it up…I asked the nieces and nephews what their favorite colors are and am looking at some designs she’s done that appear to be easy enough to do.

Hopefully i’ll have these done by Christmas 2018…. Most of the videos i’ve watched you can put together a top in a weekend. With that being said, i’m going to add time to my schedule to do at least one a month.

So far I like the Rail Fence, Nine Patch, and Pin Wheel.  Any suggestions on something easy enough to try?  Below are some of the patterns I found on google…..69

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Time to Clean the Craft Room….

Christmas is over and so is the holiday craft show season…. like many crafter’s with the new year here it’s time to get organized and see what supplies you still have or need to replace.  You never know how much you have until you have to put it back.  Over the next couple weeks I will be putting my craft room to rights, re-organizing my supplies and seeing what I have or need….it’s also a good time to purge those things you’ve had for years and have never used (although this is difficult. lol).

I’m dreading and excited to be going through everything. I have a tendency to find supplies I forgot about or projects I set aside to do something else that had to get done, which gives me ideas for all new projects.

As weird as this sounds, I put on the four Shrek movies to clean to.  Last year I was able to reorganize my room in the time the four movies were finished.  I used to play a game with my daughter when she was little to get her to clean her room.  I would set a timer and she had to beat the clock….I guess this is the same theory.

I have a small craft room which causes storage problems… my hubby and I have been throwing around some ideas and hopefully i’ll have a nifty new room by summer.

Please feel free to share your stories and comments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa 

My Ideal Space solutions….  I think I need to go to Home Depot 

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Can you believe….

Can you believe it…. The first weekend in January is already here.  We made it through the first week of work and now the weekend is here.    January and February are typically longer months…. but once March hits, BAM! It’s summer.  Make memories this year, make each day count, and don’t rush your days…. before you know we’re going to be in the next new year.

Have a fabulous first weekend!  Get a start on those goals and projects. 

Thanks for stopping by…….

Teresa 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and Welcome 2018!

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2017 flew by….before I knew it Winter turned to a brief spring and then Summer.  Summer came and went and Fall hit us.  Halloween turned to Thanksgiving and then Christmas was here and now we are in a brand new year. I decided a long time ago that I would no longer make resolutions but set goals; unfortunately, I still failed at some of those.  However, new year new goals and i’m very determined to stick to them this year.

To start the year off my family and I will be starting the Keto diet.  Unfortunately, we can’t start that until all the junk from Christmas and New years is gone but we will start incorporating the foods into our diet now so that when the other is gone we won’t go into carb free shock. lol

I also have plans for my blog, my crafts, working on my business and Etsy shop and getting ready for the craft show season.  I’ve been throwing the idea around for a few years about writing a craft book…I have so many ideas.  This is another goal i’ve set for myself but there are so many factors; I need to decide on the # of projects I want to show, what they are, write the instructions, photography, then decide if I want to reach out to a publisher or self publish…any thoughts you have on that are welcome.

My ultimate goal is to open up my own store; I have had this dream for years but I always seem find reasons not to do it.  It would be a craft and hobby store but not just a regular store.  I want to be involved with the community; have open sewing where people can come with their groups and have a place to do their projects. I want to work with the schools for workshops on textiles and product creation; since schools do not have Home Economics any longer this would be an ideal way to take lessons they learn in Social Studies and put them in practice.  I also want to host events that will help bring the community together.  Art and Music….they bring everyone closer.

Like I said, I have goals and I am determined to meet them this year.  My husband and daughter support me and with their love and support I can accomplish anything.

I think it’s time to start working on my timeline and start working on things in order, I have a lot to accomplish 🙂

What goals or resolutions do you have this year?  Any advice you want to share?

Thanks for stopping by!!!  May your new year be full of happiness and good things.

Teresa