Monday, January 16, 2017

January Crafting.

 As soon as the guests leave at Christmas, I get the crafting bug.  Little projects, big projects...  Like this heart wreath.  Tie some strips of fabric to a wire wreath form.  These were very popular back in the 80's/
I love the combo of teal and pink.  It looks pretty on my Tiffany box blue door.
(photographs green on a gloomy day.)
 Have you seen the tutorial going around for this vintage looking mirror project?  They are replicating a mirror sold at Anthropology.  I thought I'd try. I found this stamp at HobLob.  I took it off it's wood mount and put it onto a clear acrylic mount.  So much easier to place the stamp correctly..
 I pulled out my brayer.  Haven't used it in years. .Never get rid of your tools.
Found this chalk paint at the Walmart.  I used the brayer on a glass tile to spread the paint evenly on the stamp.

 Stamped on the wrong side of the glass...
 even mitered the corners.
 After the stamping dries you spray a light misting of water, then apply a coat of mirror glass spray paint. This helps you get the mercury glass look. I had to wait for a day that was at least 40 degrees.  My first attempt went very badly!  It was just too cold.  I scrubbed off all the paint and had to start over.

 After a couple of coats of the mirror finish, you can distress the paint to make it look like an ancient mirror. I used a green scotch-brite  pot scrubber. Then you coat the back of the mirror with black spray paint. When it's all dry, pop it back into the frame.
 Very hard to photograph, but the results are lovely.  The frame was a thrift store find.
 My glass is non glare, which I would avoid if I make another...and I will.
 Makes a pretty tray.

Now I.m working on a few fabric Valentines.
 I have these Tim Holtz tags with inspirational sayings on them.  Now to stitch them all around with some floss and a blanket stitch.
Or maybe a ribbon rose and a crocheted leaf...
Hope to have a finished product to show you next time.

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day, I am remembering his quote that says, "I have decided to stick with Love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." I have been dreading this week since the November election.  I will try to remember how brave Dr. King was in the face of adversity. How he spent his life working to overcome challenges that I can't even imagine. I pray that we can have peace, equality and especially love, in all of our lives.  America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw, confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in Law! Amen.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy this beautiful day.
Love, Penny

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

This and That... On a gloomy Day in January

Oh the gloom, after the lights of Christmas.  Filling my home with equally bright Valentine decorations seems to be the only way to go. These little cherub topiaries have graced my home each February for almost 30 years.  I saw them on the cover of the Spiegel catalog and had to have them.
Mom shopped the Spiegel catalog, and I remember many a birthday waiting for the UPS man who was bringing my gift.
 Gifts are here and there. A painted gingerbread house from my baby bug and a ornament from the little bird and from their Grandma Elizabeth the cute vintage looking box filled with treasures.
 Like this roll of tinsel and the glittered nest.  Too pretty to put away just yet.

 Collections...These hobnail vases, for any occasion.  I've found them for as little as a quarter.  We have another wedding next year and all the festivities that require flowers.
 Small changes, a little greenery...
 moss balls and some shiny ones.  That seems to be a new collection in the making.
 Snowflakes are winter, right? ...Love this mobile, and hate to put it away.
 Changed up some of the clipboards.
 I plan on keeping this globe up all year.
 A new rug in the family room.  It's from the Home Depo.  It's vintage worn look is perfect with my fireplace update.
 My Valentine mantle, a mix of what was already there for Christmas...
 a couple of rose bowls with silk roses...
 Mercury glass candle holder and votives.
 It's all about Love,
Sweet Love.

Working on a project and taking some photos as I go along.  Waited for some mild temps so I can spray paint.  January is the time for reading books, starting new projects and relaxing after the marathon that is the holiday season.  Take some time for yourself my friends!

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Love, Penny

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The First Day of the Year

 We spent the first day of the new year in the woods with about 300 people.  We were celebrating the Winter Solstice at Somme Woods on Northbrook, Illinois.
 Everyone meets each year, (this year was delayed by frigid weather) on the shortest day of the year.
 So many people gathered because of the warmer temps and clear skies, making it a much more comfortable and enjoyable celebration.
 A falconer was there with his beautiful one year old hawk.
 This year the parade through the woods was lead by the wonderful bagpipe player Marty, (you may remember the story about Marty playing just for me and my sweetheart alone in the woods our very first Solstice celebration.  It was magical and one of my all time most favorites moments.) young and old carrying these beautiful banners with drawings of woodland creatures.
 They were amazing, drawn just on corrugated cardboard.
 So much fun!
 There is also a drummer.  It is the coolest thing to walk into the forest behind all this.
 There's the moon, really these were works of art. No they did not burn them, thank goodness!
 The fire is made with invasive trees cut down by volunteers.  They were stacked about 15 feet high.
From the time they start the fire to the time it goes up in flames is minutes.
 I was hiding behind my hubby.  The heat is so hot that you start close
 to the fire and then have to back away.

A tremendous way to start off the new year.  Marty walked out of the woods, just as we were leaving.  He started to play, so we walked behind him enjoying the parade back to our car.
Life starts again with the beginning of the year.  The days grow longer and the light returns.
We really do live our life through the seasons, and this is the first of many traditions we hold dear.

Happy New Year, Peace on Earth.
Enjoy this beautiful day.
Love, Penny

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Holiday Wrapup

 A beautiful Christmas, with all of my family, extended family and friends.  We had a house full for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
 Son Jonathan did a wonderful job on the bread.  Makes me so happy to see that wedding ring on his finger.
 All my children, my grand daughter, nieces and nephews, brothers and my SILs, cousins and friends filled the house and ate all the food I prepared and grazed on  the cookies.  We played our silly lottery game, hugged everyone at least twice, held our new baby niece and had a great time.
 My favorite tradition is the lumenarias we place along the walk and front of our home to welcome everyone. One candle was still burning 24 hours later!
 I always take a moment to go outside and look inside.  Always grateful for my family and for my hard working hubby that makes it all possible each and every holiday.
 We had some time late on Christmas Eve to celebrate with all our kids.  We were just missing Amanda this year, as she spent Christmas in the UP with her family. Have I mentioned how wonderful it is to have them all close by.  What a blessing to have loved ones who want to be together at the holidays.  Something I will always be grateful for.

My hubby had the entire week off between Christmas and New Years.
 We've wanted to visit the Chicago History Museum again for a very long time.  When I was a teen, our choir sang at the then Chicago Historical Society each year at Christmas.  Also when I was a child we would visit with school.  My favorite things are fused marbles from the great Chicago Fire and the bed that Abraham Lincoln died on.  Both are still there and I always cry at seeing the bed.
 Chicago is such a beautiful city.
 Here inside, a mobile of street signs.

 Here is the bed.  I also cried at Lincoln's Tomb, Lincoln's home and recreated town of New Salem when in Springfield, a youngster and a teen.  I am moved by history,   You should see me in Washington D.C., I cried buckets.

 Standing before this famous Norman Rockwell, I wondered who the model was in this painting.  Rockwell used friends and regular people from his town in his work. This is the famous clock at Marshall Fields a Chicago landmark.
 Here are the marbles.  This really made an impression on me all those years ago, imagining the fire that swept through and destroyed most of Chicago in 1871.
 I am the Queen of Milwaukee Ave.!  Self proclaimed, of course.  I can get anywhere by way of Milwaukee Ave.
We also had a great day with our girl visiting the Chicago Botanic Gardens's 
Wonderland Express.

 A amazing train set up combining plants and flowers and Chicao landmarks.  It even snowed inside!
 Wrigley Field and the Championship trophy.
 One of my all time favorite spots, the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette.
 It was so beautifully done...I was caught up in the magic as was Penny and Grandpa.  We had the happiest time.
 If you've ever been to my home, you'll know why I love this vignette so.

So that brings us to New Year's Eve.  I have one question, WHERE IS MY FLYING CAR?  It's a few hours before 2017, and no flying car!  Oh well.

Wishing you peace and good health. friends and family to love and comfort you, and Love...more Love than you've ever dreamed of.  That's my wish for you.  Happy New Year my friends.

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Love, Penny