Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Tray For My Teas

I've been working on this tray idea for awhile because I wanted something nice to put on the kitchen counter to hold my assorted teabags and sweeteners. I shopped around for trays at Pier1, Macy's, other dept. stores and even checked Ross's for ornate picture frames that could be turned into a tray, but to no avail.
So off I went to BFC to see what they might have and I found this raw wood tray that was just the size I was looking for.  I prepped it and painted it an off-white, thought about painting some soft roses on it but got too lazy.  Then I thought about something sculptural, went back to BFC but couldn't find what I wanted. Another trip, this time to the hardware stores, the sales people didn't know what I was talking about when I asked about some fancy work trimmings out of wood; it was frustrating to say the least.  I finally went to a hardware store that pointed me in the right direction and found what I was looking for.  I glued the flourished molding on, painted the heck out of it.  But the inside still wasn't how I wanted it.  I decided to put a piece of vintage tea-towel, lace, buttons and part of a hankie. I had to strategically place the buttons in there so that when I put the glass on top of it all it would balance.
inside of tray  pic taken w/o glass to avoid glare

flourish from the HW store
I think the hardest thing was cutting the glass at just the right size so that it barely grazes the buttons.  I had to cut the glass about 1/16 to 1/8 inch bigger than the bottom.
Pau (done) for now. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Thank you Cards

Just a quick post of a few thank you cards I made; finally got around to adjusting the pixels for downloading, but here they are:

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, glad you did.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Doing the Catchup Dance

I've been trying to get caught up with some thank-you cards post mothers' day and in between attending family obligations.  This past Saturday our first grand-daughter received her 1st communion. I didn't know the young girls still wore head-veils until her mother asked me to attach a headband to it.  She looked so adorable.
1st communion
Today we said our good byes to her other grandmother.  My daughter-in-law's mother passed on Good Friday, however the family waited for all the relatives to arrive in Hawaii before having the celebration of her life.  She will be missed.
I also want to share with you, tho' some of you may have seen this on Brenda's blog, this beautiful favor box that Brenda made and sent to me.  It was filled with goodies to eat and a Mothers' Day card. She is so talented and very creative with punch art.
I was so thrilled when I opened the package. So, I made some thank you cards but I've yet to mail them. I'll get the pics up in my next post, 'till then, happy creating.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Squeezing In a Post

It's been a while and much has happened and much is still going on.  At the beginning of May, we took a trip to Nevada to visit my husband's sister and her husband.  We had a great time, good eats and fun time just spending time with each other.  When we got back home, the weather was like we left it, wet.  But right outside our house facing the Ko`olau mountains is this, soon after the rain.

Even though we got home just before Mothers' Day, it's been hectic catching up with everything, I haven't had time to log-on long enough to check everyone's blog. Checking the chickens, our garden and grooming our sweet dog gave me little time to be on the computer except for late at night when I can barely think straight.
This past weekend things finally calmed down, so I spent Saturday with some classmates, playing cards and eating.  One of my GF's also went on a trip. She brought back some of the sweetest goodies to eat.  I've been traveling back and forth to Vegas for years and I've never heard of this place:

I will definitely put this place on my to-visit list the next time I'm there.These mini bundt cakes were so delicious!
I'm making some thank you cards and will post them as soon as I can. I take the long way around my photography when it comes to doing the watermark thing, the sizing in pixels, etc., so please bear with me. 
One last thing before I go.  I wanted to share my gardenias with you.  It seems my gardenia bush is a little late in blooming this year.  I thought we weren't going to have any, since the chickens have been pecking at the leaves earlier.

That's it for now; it's quite late here, about 11:30pm so I'm headed off to bed.