Monday, November 30, 2009

ReButtoned Flower Tutorial

Welcome to my first ever tutorial! 
My friend, Cindi, and I came across a bunch of badge buttons that were popular some time ago.  This bunch were mostly promotion type that were of no particular interest to anyone.  She suggested that we take some faux flowers and make a neat hybrid type flower broach.
So to the workshop we went and this is my creation.

The equipment needed are: scissors, pencil or pen, wire snips, hot glue gun and extra glue sticks.

Materials needed are: faux flowers, felt, badge button

Trace the button onto the felt.  The felt will be your base so that the hot glue will stick better to the felt and it will look nicer.

Cut out the circle....

Using the hot glue gun, adhere the felt to the badge button making sure to get full coverage...

....and it will look like this.
*i heart my nails! thanks tabatha of top coat!*

This was a cluster of flowers, sort of like a Hydranga, with glitter on the edges.  I removed the clusters and cut each section apart so that I had single petals. Depending on the flower you are using you will need to make some judgement calls on this step. DO NOT GLUE PETALS YET!

Because you will need to glue on some leaves for accent. 
These particular leaves are a long holly type with a solid coating of microbeads. I placed my leaves so that just a little bit of the leaf will peak out behind the flower.
With the single petals, starting on the outer edge, glue a petal so that the wide end
 of the petal is over the edge a little bit, covering the felt.

This is one round of petals.  Continue until you get the fullness you want,
over lapping the next row of petals over the last.

I was able to get three layers.

Glue in your center.  Here I used a microbeaded berry from the same holly bush.

Lastly, pin your new flower fashion broach onto your lapel and enjoy!
I would love to see your ReButtoned Flower - email pics to

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Smoking or Non-Smoking

Bumper Sticker of the Day
Most of us remember back in the 90's when you would go into a resturant and the hostess would ask how many and then, "Smoking or non-smoking?"
Then you would be seated accordingly.  If you chose non-smoking it was fortunate if you were placed at the furthest table away from the smoking section.  The tables next to the smoking section had to experience the second-hand smoke.  The smoke didn't seem to know its boundaries. 
This is actually a license plate frame, however, I have seen it as bumper sticker in the past -
 "Smoking or Non-Smoking ~ Where Will You Spend Eternity?"
Wow!  That should be a wake up call for anybody!  This choice in smoking or non-smoking are real and is everlasting.  The smoking, of course, is referring to Hell.  In the Book of Revelation 20:14-15, it says "Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.  The lake of fire is the second death.  If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." 
Non-smoking is referring to heaven and a life everlasting and eternal life with Jesus Christ, the Father  and the Holy Spirit.  Those of us who have their name written in the Lamb's Book of Life, it is our reservation.  The cost is free.  It has already been paid for by Our Father and His Son. We will even have a new name (Revelation 2:17) and there will be no more sorrow, no more pain.  Who wouldn't want to miss that? 

Monday, November 16, 2009

Be My Guest

I was invited to be a guest blogger at my friend, Cindi's blog - Tally's Place - to do a review of our last Saturday craft show.  That post can be read here.  Be sure to leave a comment and let Cindi and I know what your thoughts are.  *hugs*

Happy Birthday Jerry

My little brother, Jerry,  turned 29 years old on November 15, 2009.  It was decided by him that I could treat him to a movie.  So we went and watched the movie "2012".  And if you think that movie is depicting the real end of the earth events - it's not.  But that is for another post.
Any whooooo......
After we came back from the threater we lit the candles and sang a little song to my brother.  My youngest son, Garrett (3) just loves to sing "Happy Birthday" to just about
anybody and he really loves his Uncle Jerry.
Here he is taking all the oxygen from the room

And the lights are out!
Jerry, may God bless you with many more wonderful years following Him! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is usually observed on November 11.  It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, falling on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the
German signing of the Armistice.)
My veteran left for work today with his dad who also is a veteran and his dad was one as well, but who has long departed from us.  My veteran was in the United States Army,  2nd Armor Division, Hell on Wheels, 17th Engineer Battalion and was with the 1st Calvery division in Operation Desert Storm, that makes him a VFW - Veteran of Foreign War.  He did his basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. (My heart goes out to those who have been affected by the  the recent events there. ) 
Looking back at the pictures of my husband before he went into the Army to those after and I have to say the Army turned my husband into a man.  My husband was brought up to have respect, to work hard and support his family, however the Army had fine tuned those qualities and built up his physic as well.
We were newly married of a couple of years when he went to Saudi Arabi for 8 months and that was the HARDEST time for us both.  I can not imagine how it would be for those who are enlisted now who have done more than one tour in  Iraq.  Regardless of what you believe politically, these men and women need to know they are being supported by YOU.  They are there for YOU and we should not take advantage of that.  Even when these veterans have been discharged from the military and are trying to return to everyday life, we need to be supportive to what they may have experienced. 
I thank you, Veterans of the United States Armed Forces-
My husband, Garry Jr.
Garry Sr.
Twyman T.
Grady T.
Pastor Rod S.
Gail B.
Kevin B.
Star S.
Jim S.
Charlie C.
Jennifer C.
Kerry A.
Jerry Sr.
Jerry Jr. C.
Harvey S.
Louie C.
Ray Dean S.
Mike L.
Ed B.
Tim C.
Robert C.
Patrick S.
Vernon C.
Mike C.
Preston R.
Loyal B.
Jason B.
James B.
Daniel C.
Ken P.
Ken C.
Hal H.
George L.
Brad H.
Vaughn H.
Kerry G.
Mike P.
Dr. Charles R.
Daniel W.
Larry S.
Harry S.
Johnny S.
Paul S.
Franklin S.
Richard B.
Rick K.
Thomas T.
Jeff K.
Tony H.
Hector F.
Rob F.
Dennis F.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Poll If You Please

For this poll I am very curious in what you think your fashion style is.
Of course there isn't any wrong answers. I think it is good to know who you are and what you like to wear.  When you answer think about what you wear most of the time.
Are you more counrty and western?  With your jeans and boots...

or a free-sprit Hippie Chick in your long skirt and halter top and bare feet... tie dye....
or do you feel more comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt and simple shoes like sneakers.....
How about Suburban Style - Step into Stepford suburban bliss with ladylike florals, bows, and coy accessories....
or Old Hollywood style - Summon your inner screen siren with animal prints, lipstick red jewels, and romantic embellishments
I know, like totally, you are a 80's girl and love the bright colors, many layers and lots of bangles. So Rad!
Or maybe Goth is the real you.....
Or maybe Steampunk is your true punk style...
What ever your fashion style is I challenge you to vote in the poll on the right.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Great Big Bag-A-Holic Swap - My Review

long while back I had came across a blog called Made by Petchy.  Petchy loves vintage fabric, takes beautiful pictures and has a darling three year son and makes her home in Norway.  Oh and she has even posted some yummy recipes on her blog!   Over the summer she hosted  a bag-purse-tote swap called The Great Big Bag-A-Holic Autumn Swap and I couldn't reply fast enough!  I was mixture of emotions - nervous, anxious, and more.....
I had made into the swap and was assigned my partner - June from Mesa, Arizona. I have had wonderful communications with her in the course of this swap.  I had sent June one of my favorite book purses I had already made - "Good Bye My Lady" -it is an eclectic shabby chic style.
When I recieved the package from June,  I was very excited - like a little girl on Christmas morning!  As soon as I was able to remove the tissue I said, "This IS me!"
Hearts!  It has wonderful colored Victorian inspired hearts on a black background with a pink ribbon twirling throughout.  The shape is roomy and stays nicely on my shoulder with easy access to my belongings inside. Thank you, June! 
Who knew that this Great Big Bag-A-Holic Swap would bring me a purse to match my lavender wallet! Thank you, Petchy!