Saturday, December 31, 2011

Frosted Designs Project...

Hello Everyone!  Lydia here with a fun home project for you.  I have had a blank wall in my kitchen for almost a year and finally found came up with an idea for that blank space.  I found this frame at our school's fair.  Now....I didn't care for the leopard picture but knew the frame would be perfect for what I was thinking.

The first thing I did was to take the print out of the frame.  I attached chicken wire to the frame with a staple gun.  After the wire was attached, I spray painted the whole thing.

I found these frames at a second hand shop for $1 and knew they would be perfect for the inside of the big frame.

After a coat of spray paint, they were ready to be hung with thin hobby wire.

My best friend Lynne, gave me these glass tubes for my project.  They are perfect because they already had a hole in the back to be wired on.  I was wanting something that could be attached easily and yet be changed out if I wanted.  Thanks, them!!

(With the tubes being clear glass, it is really hard to photograph them well.)  

I added just a wee bit of water and fresh flowers from my garden.  I can change out the flowers or add wee shells or something in the tubes as I feel like it.  

I love the end product!!!

So for just a few dollars, I have a great piece of art to display on my wall.  

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  While you're here, check out the current challenges and chances to win great prizes.  
Happy Crafting!  :)

Friday, December 30, 2011

Frosted Designs...

Hello Everyone!!  I can't believe its been two weeks since I posted anything!  That tells me summer holiday break is in full swing.  :)  The boys are home 24/7....or more correctly...I'm out at a park or beach with them and friends for most of those waking hours.  I'm finding myself scrapping at night to stay caught up.  Like tonight..... :)

Frosted Designs has another great Fabulous Friday challenge.  This time around it is "something new".  A new product or a new technique.  I thought this was quite appropriate for the new year that is just about to begin.  I'm looking forward to more new challenges in 2012.

My sister-in-law Michelle sent me some paper clay that I had been wanting to try and thought this would be the perfect challenge.  I found a button in my stash with good texture and pressed the clay into it.  I tried to make them fairly flat but they curled up some when they dried, making them challenging but still fun to work with.  I painted them with acrylic paints and then glued them on my layout.  You could put a clear coat of sealer or mod podge on them to make them shiny and more finshed looking.  

Make sure you check out the other designer's projects on the Frosted Designs blog.  They are amazing!  I hope you'll try something new for this challenge.  Make sure you link it up on the blog for the chance to win a great prize and so I can check them out!

Happy Crafting!!  :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Frosted Designs...

Frosted Designs has another Fabulous Friday Challenge up.  This time around its "Ribbon".  I have held onto this velvet ribbon for ages.  Just love it and didn't want to use it up.  :)  But it seemed right for this project.  I took this picture right before my parents got on a plane to go back to Iowa.  That was 7 months ago.  I really wasn't sure what to title this page but every time I looked at it, I saw love.  My love for them, their love for me, loved having them here.....It just seemed to be a fitting title.

I'm looking forward to the day I get to see them in person again.  Only 5 months to go.....

Hope you will join us at Frosted Designs for the ribbon challenge.  Also check out the sketch challenge and card sketch challenge.  Lots of fun challenges going on over there and cool prizes to be won.  Make sure you link up your project for a chance to win a prize and so I can check it out!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Frosted Designs...

Hello Everyone!  This week's Fabulous Friday challenge at Frosted Designs is "music/song".  I wanted to use these photos of Ian getting a guitar for his 10th birthday.  I found this guitar on a necklace at a jewerly store for $2 and thought it would be a perfect embellishment for this page.  When Ian found out he was getting a guitar for his birthday, he could hardly contain his excitement.  I love the smile on his face.

Make sure you link your project to the Frosted Designs blog for the chance to win a prize and so I can check it out.
Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Scrapbookers Anonymous...

I can hardly believe that its December already!!  My youngest son Aden, has been counting down for many days now as his birthday is on the 11th.  Each morning he tells me how many days till the big day.  :)  I have to admit......when it was my birthday month I did the same thing....only in my mind.  lol....

December means a new monthly challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous.  The challenge this month is "Glitter, Tags and Holiday Themed".  Any way, any how.  I decided to use library book tags and glittered die cuts.  I had not scrapped pictures from Christmas 2010 and thought I should before I had pictures of Christmas 2011 waiting as well.  Last Christmas was an emotional one for me as it was our first one here in New Zealand.  Not only was I adjusting to the thought of a summer Christmas, we are thousands of miles away from our family.  I am so thankful for Skype that brought Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousins into our home.  We even played our traditional bingo on Skype.  Made trading presents a wee bit hard though.  :)  I wanted to use those photos and make a mini book about some of our old and now new Christmas traditions.

 Decorating the tree has been a family event since the boys were old enough to handle the ornaments carefully.  Well, Dad doesn't help but the boys always get excited to put it up.  Christmas is in summer here in New Zealand so bare feet and short sleeves were perfect.

 The boys were so excited to run down the stairs with their stockings.  First year to have stairs to run down and no winter pjs.  :)

Slip n Slide on Christmas day???  Sounds like an awesome new tradition!!

Christmas crackers.....cardboard poppers with trinkets inside.....will become a part of our Christmas traditions.  Inside are these tissue paper crowns, a lovely fashion accessory.

We loved playing Bingo with our family back in Iowa.  It was great to enjoy that tradition even though it did make me feel a bit lonely knowing they were all together.

Bingo presents, cans of soda, and Mom's lace table cloth.  All means Christmas....

The boys were more than excited to open presents from family while that family watched on Skype.  Shorts and tshirts as the day was WARM.  No snow here!

Skyping with Grandma and Grandpa Gilmore with Great Grandma Hoschouer in the background.  Have I mentioned I love technology???

Making sugar cookies has been one of my traditions from when I was a little girl.  I love that my boys look forward to it every year.  Its one of my favourite traditions!

Going to the beach with new body boards.  Fun to get summer themed presents and be able to use them right away!

I hope you'll dig in your stash for glitter and tags.  Make sure you upload your project to Scrapbookers Anonymous for a chance to win a cool prize and so I can check them out!
Happy Crafting!  :)