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Sunday, April 23, 2017

A New Week Begins

We came back up to Greenville to the cottage last evening as we had hoped to have today to get a few things done around here but it has rained ALL DAY! We did go get the mail from the PO Box and picked up a few groceries. But the rest of the day was spent just chilling out and napping. I am currently wide awake and Scott has gone off to bed... it's 10 33 PM. He goes back to work in the morning and my plan is to go visit my folks and perhaps visit a bit with Aunt Marty too. It's supposed to rain all day tomorrow too.. yuck!

While we were down at the house in Cayce we managed to get a quick walk in by the River and it was so nice. Someone has gone in and done some carvings on the trees that came down in the flood of 2015. They are so cute and fun to look for as you are walking a long.
 Some of the trees down there are SO huge. I took this photo of Scott standing next to one the the large trees.



 A favorite view of the rail road bridges! And where our walk ended. They are still making a lot of repairs to teh walkway. SO much was lost in  that flood.

WHO IS THIS GOOFY COUPLE ANYWAY?

 A blue heron and the sun going down and the pathways becoming golden with the street lights coming on. It was simply wonderful to be there again.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Life's Roadway

We are facing some changes and are unsure of where this new "Y" in the road will take us but I will write more about that when I know more as right now it's just a bunch of "IF'S". On this section of our life's journey I am sitting fully in the passenger seat awaiting to see where the Pilot will land us.

We are currently in Cayce for a few days at the house and I brought the laundry down here as I can use the dryer and get it done faster. I am nearly finished with our stuff and will probably wash Greg's pile once I am finished with ours. I need to look around and see if I have left any shoes here that I can do some yard work in as I wore sandals down here yesterday and that just will not do to pull trash out of the yard.

While we are down here I would love to go for a walk at  the River as it has been ages since we have been there. I so miss our walks there and the feeling of rejuvenation  that it gives us. We are only staying until tomorrow as there are some things we have got to get down at the cottage... like clean  the yard up and mow the grass.
A bush in bloom at the Cottage

The flowers are about the size of a 50 cent piece.

My precious buddy - Tippy





Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nearing the End of April

Can you believe it is nearly the end of April all ready? Talk about a year flying by!!!

I'm getting back into quilting a bit and have been sewing blocks to exchange with ladies around the World that I "met" online. This months block is called Golden Gate and it was a super easy and fast block to put together.  I made 8 blocks in a single day and just love how they turned out. Not nearly as fiddly as last months block and I was thrilled about that!
 You can see where I had to use some different reds as I am trying to use only from my fabric stash and ran out of the small white dot on red and then I ran out of the small hearts on red and had to use a bandana red fabric for the last two blocks but I figured the ladies wouldn't mind since the blocks are going around to different ladies in different States and Countries. I only needed to mail out 6 so the two "extras" will be for me to use. I have really enjoyed the red, white and grey blocks and if we don't exchange more I will make some more myself as I would love to make a Queen sized quilt for Scott and I in this color scheme.

The Cottage Kitties have been cracking us up with their antics. They have become nearly obsessed with my windshield and I caught them on video this morning...

They really crack us up!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Frustrations!

We've  been living between two homes for over a year now and I have reached a level of acceptance that it is going to be quite awhile longer. I am trying to focus on the daily happy things  that happen in our lives and pushing larger hopes and dreams to the way back of  my mind. I will just go with the flow as the level of anxiety was starting to creep into that dark zone that I never want to visit again. We will continue the work on our house and perhaps the housing market will recover better as right now we are in a buyers market to sell and a sellers market to buy and the housing prices are vastly different.

Things that make me happy...

An unexpected little rain shower that is helping the bulbs and seeds that I planted a few weeks ago grow. I am hoping to have a lovely little flower garden at the front of the cottage  that I can pick flowers for a bouquet on the table. In the picture to the left you can see the little ditch that I dug to keep my little flower garden from washing away.

My Crafting... I'm always happiest when I am creating.  I've really enjoyed this past weeks creative sessions and am looking forward to what the next couple weeks holds ... meeting some new card makers, sewing quilt blocks and perhaps some sewing of clothes for myself. Here are a few of the things I made this week...
 And of course these 3 Cottage Kitties always make my heart happy...



Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Craft and Thrifting


 Yesterday morning I created these bunnies and chicks; they are corner book marks. I really love how they turned out. I did go back and added a few eye lashes to make them even cuter. 
 Today I went to two Goodwills and found a few bargains. A couple outfits for my little niece, Madeline. Each piece was just $2.

 And I found a few household items... some great tongs, a cat dish to hold my glasses on my night table, a gardening themed frame and some glass coasters.
 And some crafty bits! OF COURSE... the paper pads were just 25 cents each!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Wrapping up March


You can probably see in this photo that Tippy had a little boo boo. I think it was from a bite from his brother, Howie as they wrestle pretty hard together and Howie can be such a brute. It is healing fine but he did loose a patch of fur on his shoulder.

The azaleas in front of the cottage are being just as lovely as the dogwood outside our bedroom window.


A Spring shot of the cottage
 I altered some envelopes to make  mailable art. These are so much fun to create and I love to mail things out in them to brighten someone's  mail box.




Monday, March 27, 2017

March Crafts

Quilt blocks - I made 7 of these and need to make one more for myself. The next block I will be doing for the next swap will be a lot easier but still done in red, white and grey. I am hoping to have enough to make an entire quilt from these two swaps.
An Art journal created out of a bread mix box - recycling can be loads of fun.


First page for the journal I created above.

Another mixed media art journal but this one is for quotes I love and will hold 52 quotes - one for each week in 2017.

The first few quotes - " It's okay to be a glow stick; sometimes we need to break before we shine."

"You're always one decision away from a totally different life." and "Creativity is not a competition."

More backgrounds started for future quotes to add to my book. 


Criss-cross envelopes.

Handmade embellishments for a swap


The embellishments all packaged up to mail off to the swap partner and hostess.

Mail Art - I love to do these and mail them off with fun stuff inside. I used 2 for the embellishment swap.

Cards I made using some of the "extra" bunnies to include in the swap packages.

I made a stamp out of kids craft foam that features the beginning of my You Tube channel name. I love how it turned out.

I made a "few" flowers to use on future cards.

And I got on a roll and made more bunnies and chicks

I learned a new technique using Utee and made these flowers that I attached to the front of this art journal using brads.