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Flower Delivery

 

Simply beautiful!

Simply beautiful!

For those that have been following my blog for some time, you know that my mother is obsessed with dahlias.  They are in full bloom and my mother lovingly refers to her crop as the dahlia forest.  With too many blooms to keep to herself, she has given me permission to cut, cut, and cut some more.  This is the batch I brought to the office to share with my co-workers.  They were so grateful and thankful.  Such a joyful feeling to share with others something as beautiful as these.  Thanks Mom!

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

*Tina

 

Photography Monday: Front Door Series #1

 

Charming cottage entrance

Charming cottage entrance

I apologize for being silent for a few weeks, but life has been hectic.  And, the Tour de France was in progress so that took precedence.  Vive le Tour!  In my short hiatus, I formulated a few new series that I want to implement.  As one that loves and appreciates architecture, I wanted to explore that more by sharing my favorite shots of front doors.  One of my dear friends has an obsession with them and I thought it would be fun to share what I see in my neighborhood.  This charming front entrance is a short block from my home so I have the pleasure of seeing it every day.  The greenery and shrubbery lends a casual elegance to this charming cottage.  Enjoy!

*Tina 

Crafty Today: Patriotic Rosette Wreath

Red, white and boom!

Red, white and boom!

My mother’s birthday is July 3rd and she always decorates the front porch with vintage inspired bunting.  But, what do you give your mother that can buy whatever she wants whenever she wants?  A patriotic rosette wreath to decorate the front door.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this wreath:

You will need rosettes in three different sizes.  The largest rosette was cut at 2″ using Scallop1 (make 6).  The next size was cut at 1.5″ using Circles (make 6).  And the smallest rosette was cut at 1.25″ using Stamp1 (make 7).  Cut six strips for each rosette.  Fold the strips using the indicator lines that are cut into the strip.  Attach the six strips together to form a continuous loop.  Have two small cardstock circles ready for each rosette.  Make the rosette and have a something lightweight to hold the rosette down while you cover one circle punch with lots of hot glue.  Adhere the circle punch to the center of the rosette and hold it until the glue cools.  Flip the rosette over and apply a second circle punch to the center.  These hold the rosette in place and no other adhesive is strong enough to withstand the pressure.  Cut varying medallions using the medallions in the cartridge and your circle punches.  Adhere the medallion to the center of each rosette.  Adhere the rosettes to the wreath using a hot glue gun.

Rosette detail

Rosette detail

I researched on Pinterest before I started this project and noticed that most rosette wreaths were lacking embellishments.  Using fabulous patterned paper and interesting medallions gives this wreath the wow factor.   This is a time intensive project, but definitely worth the effort.  I hope you try it!

*Tina 

Photography Monday: Micro Library #12

 

The newest addition to the South Pasadena collection.

The newest addition to the South Pasadena collection.

Lo and behold.  I didn’t have to search for this one.  This library is located on my route for my morning walk.  This property is in the midst of a front yard renovation,  but the library is open and ready for business.  Located about a block from our local park, it was getting some use on the 4th of July as people passed by after the parade.

By the way, this library is registered with Little Free Library.org.  Check it out and maybe it will inspire you to seek out the micro libraries in your community.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Golfer Card

Fore!

Fore!

We celebrated Father’s Day over the weekend with my husband’s father because he was out of town having fun without us on Father’s Day.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the gray cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the golfer at 4″.  Adhere all of the layers of the golfer together.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the golfer to the embossed cardstock and googly eyes to the golfer.

He is so smart and dashing in his golfing outfit.  Maybe this card will be an inspiration and his game will improve.  Or not.  But, we know he loves the game all the same.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Slumber Party Birthday Card

Popcorn, polish, pillows and pajamas!

Popcorn, polish, pillows and pajamas!

We celebrated our niece’s birthday early while she was in California visiting with her family.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the grape cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the pink cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the girl at 4″.  Adhere all of the layers of the girl together.  Run the pink cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the girl to the embossed cardstock and googly eyes to the girl.

She loved the card and her father made the comment that it would be posted soon enough for all to see.  Isn’t she adorable?

*Tina

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