Once upon a time, a little princess named Aubrie set out on a journey to rescue her prince. She was told he was being held captive aboard a pirate's ship.
She rode her faithful steed across the land as far as he could carry her...
...until she had to finish her journey on foot. She walked for miles and miles, enduring many hardships along the way (like pesky pebbles in her slippers) before she finally reached her destination, the pirate's ship.
There she sat, on the gangplank of the ship, where she removed her slippers, dumping out the pebbles and carefully holding her princess wand...
Finally, she heard a reply ~ "I'm here!"
They lived happily ever after. The end.
Cast of characters: Princess Aubrie, my niece • the Prince, my brother Doug (Aubrie's daddy)
The latest digital layout.....
Unh-huh. That's right. Miss Att-ti-tude. My niece, Eva. :-) Digital layout made using elements from Stacy's latest kit, available at Two Peas. I altered the colors in the patterned paper design to match Eva's shirt. That's the great thing about digital layouts!!!
the latest items added to my store....
the latest items added to Leann's store....
Sunset Baby Blanket I love the colors in this!!
I once had a belly full of honey, but those days are gone. Now I am happily stuffed to the brim with buttons.
I can hold anything small enough to fit through my hat. Beads, eyelets, paper fasteners, thumb tacks, even candy. I really like M & M's. But, Patty has a gazillion buttons and she chose to fill me with those.
All you have to do when my belly is empty of honey, is scrub me out good with hot, soapy water and then let me dry completely. (While I'm taking my hot bath, remove my front and back labels. They come off easily in water.) And then ~ accessorize. I've dressed pretty plainly up until now. I'm looking forward to a new outfit.
Yeah, life is looking pretty good for me now. I am no longer shut inside a dark cabinet. I sit on Patty's art table among all kinds of pretty things.
reuse recycle create :-)
When I was Sarah's age, and even younger, I used to love to look through my Grammy's jewelry box. I can still hear her voice telling me, "Oh, it's just junk", meaning she didn't think anything in there was valuable. To me, it was like looking through a treasure box. I'm guessing her jewelry was mostly from the 1950's, probably some from earlier, some from later.
She kept her jewelry box in the middle bedroom on the second floor of her house. It sat on a low table, next to the fold-out sofa bed where I slept when I spent the night. I would kneel in front of the box and pick up each piece, marveling at how pretty each was. I remember being enthralled with her clip-on earrings. Grammy never had her ears pierced, but mine were. I would match up all the pairs and take my pierced earrings off and try on her clip-ons.
Fast forward thirty years.
The jewelry box came to me when my Grammy passed away. I have it stored in a drawer of an old chest of drawers that was covered and unaccessible.... until our basement was finished a few weeks ago. On Sunday afternoon I pulled open the drawers and went through each one, showing Sarah all the mementos that are stored in there.
Guess what caught her attention. Yup, Grammy's jewelry box.
My Aunt labeled a lot of the pieces and matched up earrings with necklaces before passing it on to me. Sarah got everything out. And I smiled when she matched up all the clip-on earrings like I used to do so long ago. She doesn't have pierced ears, so it was fun for her to see what it could look like if she did. She tried on a few. These were always my favorite....
I told her that someday the jewelry box and all its treasures would be hers. And maybe another thirty years down the line another little girl, Grammy's great great granddaughter, can marvel at all the sparkly jewels.
Start by painting the wooden skewers green....
Coat the top, rounded half of the ball shape with an adhesive... I used a gel medium and brushed on a thick coat...
Poke a hole through the center of a flower. Slip the glittered half-ball shape off the end of the skewer and slide the flower on. Add glue (I used STYROGLUE) to the center of the flower and the very end of the wooden skewer....
I added a little something special to one of my daisies. I bought a hair scrunchie a few years ago because it was loaded with clear, colored butterflies. I figured I'd use them for something creative (wink) and Sarah only wore the scrunchie one time. I inserted two white pearlized pins through the hole in the butterfly accent so it looks like antennas. Then I pushed the butterfly into the glittered STYROFOAM shape.
I was hoping that once summer vacation came I'd have more time to play and create. Nope. I feel like I'm still just as busy, but doing 'summer' things instead. What's a busy mom to do when she has the hankering to create but she's gotta supervise the kids in the pool??? Slather on some sunscreen and grab a cute tote bag filled with a few simple supplies. We are going to multitask.
I love banners. I see them everywhere on design blogs. They are so fun and versatile! That's what we are going to sit by the pool and make today. A kraft paper banner decorated with spunky polka dots and colorful buttons.
Everybody have on their sunscreen and have a refreshing drink close by? Great! Let's begin.
You will need a flat surface to work on. I used a clipboard. I had a scrap of kraft paper left from wrapping my store orders, but you can use a grocery bag or even a brown lunch bag. Buttons in your favorite colors. A white pen. Some sort of string or thin ribbon. A diamond template, which you can make inside before heading out to the pool. Scissors. And adhesive. I used mini glue dots for the buttons and a Dotto for the paper pennants. That's it!
Are the kids behaving so far? Awesome.
Use your template to draw diamonds on your kraft paper. (I forgot to mention that you may need a few paper weights depending on the breeze.) You can make your template any size you want. Mine is about 1 1/2" wide across the fold and about four inches from point to point, unfolded.
Okay, fold your diamonds in half to make the little pennants and make simple dots along the two side edges with the white pen.
Attach all your little pennants and trim the string at the other end, leaving 10 - 12 inches for hanging.
Grab your buttons.
I love it.
I hope you get the chance to make this poolside project! :-) Enjoy!!!!