Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Could It Really Be A New Post?

Hello, my dear friends!
I can't believe it's been so long since my last post! I have a fun craft project to show you today but before I get to that I'll give you a little update on what I've been up to. Remember that I mentioned I was reorganizing my craft room? Well, that went very well! I pulled some furniture from some other rooms. I took an organizer from my closet. I swapped a shelf from my sewing room upstairs. I removed everything from my room that didn't belong there. In other words...I turned my house upside down! Then I found out we were going to be getting company...UH OH!! haha At least I had a little bit of warning and enough time to get it all back in order! Whew!! I'm quite happy with the condition of my room and I have some tweeking that I'll continue to work on. As for the rest of my house...it's cleaner then it's been in quite some time! After all the hard work I did...I was tired! My husband took a couple of days off and we just had some fun together! One of our favorite things to do is enjoy our lovely yard, so I've got a few more photos to share with you!
First, though, let me tell you about my project!
My new friend, Kit, recently shared how to make these wonderful paper baskets. You can find Kit's paper basket blog post HERE. You'll find links to videos there, as well. These baskets fit in perfectly with my organization kick. It takes one sheet of 12 X 12 double sided paper. I actually adhered 2 single sided Vintage Findings papers together. During my cleaning I came across my Vintage Findings bits, and I thought this would be a lovely container to display them out in the open so I would remember to use them. This basket measures almost 6 inches square and almost 3 inches deep. It was so quick and easy to make! Lots of fun to fill with all kinds of goodies! :o)

I added a layered flower with a brad onto each flap before adhering the flap down. 
I also did a little inking around the edges. 
Here's a photo with some of the Vintage Findings goodies in it:

Now a few other photos to share:

This gorgeous Finch blends right into the Sunflowers, doesn't he? I could have totally bored you with Finch/Sunflower photos alone I took so many! lol There were about 20 of these beautiful birds having a feast the other morning. 
We could have played the "how many can you find" game because they sure do blend in! lol

I really love Hollyhocks...they conjure up some very sweet childhood memories! 
This single beauty suddenly appeared in the middle of our garden this year! What a lovely gift! :o)

We always have lots of these lilies everywhere! 
The Hummingbirds love them but they refused to pose for a photo! lol

So, my friends, with all of that beauty to enjoy outside, with my Sweetie at my side, it's been slow on the crafting side of things. I do intend to be back in a day or two with a 12 X 12 layout. I haven't shared one of those in forever. I was inspired to make one by some very talented friends. When I went to put it together I discovered I didn't have any of the elements I needed for it! I actually took a tray of punched papers outside and made some flowers. 
I hope you'll come back soon and take a look at that! 
Hope your day is filled with JOY and laughter! :o)


Creations by Shirl said...

Wow I was dazzled on this cute box that I hopped on over and watched Kit's tutorial.... Looks like easy peasy... Will have to be making one soon.. Your's is really pretty great dp too..
TFS - hope your day is beautiful!

Kreatives von Andrea said...

Hello my dear friend Nancy......wow what great fotos, i love all the flowers. I am a big fan of the sunflowers...

And the box ist absolut beuatiful, what nice paper.Thanks for the link!

big hugs Andrea

Sybil said...

Nancy your garden is a slice of Heaven on earth! Such gorgeous flowers. I think you were creative just in a different way; you were soaking in nature's beauty which can't help but spill over into other areas of your life. Thank you for sharing and enjoy your organized craft area.
God Bless, Sybil

Jennifer said...

Your post has filled me with joy and laughter! Love all your wonderful yard photos and the project you've done is fabulous! I would love to try one to!

Anonymous said...

Aaahhh sunflowers, I adore sunflowers as they are so cheerful and that finch is difficult to spot :)
Love the bee in the hollyhock flower and tiger lilies too! You have more than me!! Nor do we get hummingbirds around ours!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers and congrats for getting your craft room organised. Hope you will be able to find everything again :)
Lynn xx

Marilyn said...

Fabulous project Nancy and it would be a perfect compliment to any shelf. Love the papers and the flower on each side is great.
I admire your gardening skills... I have none but holy cow, those flowers are beautiful. Even the hollyhock which grows like a weed... the colours are amazing. You cannot beat a sunflower for a happy, feel good photo though, can you?

Geri said...

Ahhh...those flowers (and bees) are a sight for sore eyes! So glad you shared them! And your basket is absolutely cute as a button!! Love it! So good to hear from you! (Enjoy that clean house!!;)

TLady said...

WHAT A SWEET BOX!!!!!!!!! :) I'm LIKING it!!!!!! And that Vintage flair!(sigh!) LOVE your pictures! I didn't even notice the finch till I read below! I can see why you've been out in your yard.... For the hummingbirds, We have that little table & chairs on our porch & I hung a feeder out for the hummingbirds....We had to quit filling the feeder because they faught over it! And one day they were fighting & chased each other...as we were sitting there...We thought we were going to get our eye-balls skewered! :)

Tracy said...

Oh I really enjoyed seeing your photos Nancy. I love the finch on the sunflowers and would love to have seen the flock feeding. How spectacular! Your box is wonderful and I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one who has a ton of Vintage Findings goodies still laying around. LOL Hugs!

Jonia said...

I love this little basket and such a great way to display your wonderful items. I always like it when you can use the paper products you make. I think I may be caught up Nancy. Have a wonderful week.

Anonymous said...

These photos look so much better on my home computer than they do on my smartphone. I'm trying to catch up on your blog and have been able to spend an hour doing so.

I know your email inbox is about to explode so I won't leave comments to each of your blog entries.

I'm sorry to read of the loss of your dear friend. It is good that the two of you reconnected before her passing.

Congratulations on your prize winning entry to a challenge, and the resultant booty :D of new toys and products to play with.

Thank you, my dear friend, for being just that....My Dear Friend.

Love you - Leslie

Susan M said...

The box is fabulous! Oh what lovely flowers, as I am writing this I suppose they must have finished flowering now ,but these photos are a lovely reminder. And the sunshine ! I haven't had much of that recently ,feeling homesick for a bit of sun and warmth!!