I’m getting ready for a lot of company this month. You know what that means, lots of cleaning. I’ve been going through closets,cleaning the baseboards and reorganizing. As we all know when we do that(especially if it’s been a while) we stumble upon unexpected treasures, items we’ve forgotten about. I came upon this canvas photo that I made 5 years ago. I lived in another city then and in the moved stored away the digital photos I made. This canvas was a photo of my then backyard which really wasn’t a backyard at all. It was a long area on the back of a green belt. It had a long stone path. This was a photo of it which I digitally altered and printed onto canvas. When I can across it I knew I didn’t want to just stash it away again. I started thinking what could I do with this canvas. Well, I think I’ll make it my “green bag”. So my plan right now is to find some material and maybe quilt it and turn it into a bag I can bring with me to market. So next post I’ll show you the fabric I’ve picked out the go with this green canvas. Hopefully I might even have some of the bag completed.
I have a terrible confession to make. I almost feel guilty saying it. I have a BLACK thumb. My best attempts at keeping alive anything green usually result in disaster. It seems the harder I try the faster the poor plant dies. But….regardless of my past failures, I decided I was really going to try and grow roses. I love roses and would love to a small rose garden. So, Mr. Austin…here I come. Well the good news is YEAH! They’re not dead! I planted at least 6 hybrid rose bushes and roses did appear! As if magic! I decided to photograph some flowers just to show the world, Yes I have a green thumb( even if it’s a forest green)!
This is the Spring 2012 Make Beautiful Things Poster. I plan on making one every quarter to reflect the season. Maybe I’ll make a few in between. If you want the PDF file of the poster just contact me and I’ll send it to you.
Yum..Double Yum…no, really really good! Usually when I buy a cookbook I read all the reviews first before I decide to purchase, but I preordered FOOD FROM MY FRONTIER because I’m such a fan of her terrific blog I never tried any of Ree’s recipes off of her blog but I love all the goins ons (sorry not a real word,I know) over there. When the cookbook arrived I was so thrilled just by all the beautiful photographs and its great layout and design (recipe types organized by color). You just want to sit down and LOOK at all the gorgeous photos. But, I was doubly thrilled when I saw the all the familiar hearty foods I already love. This cookbook isn’t about far out ingredients I can’t find or complicated cooking techniques….it’s food you are already familiar with and you and your family will actually love to eat.
I’m not the greatest cook but I’m not the worst either. I felt like I could make every recipe in this book. So I decided to start with one of my favorite foods and that is the Chicken Tortilla Soup. The photos are so clear and well organized you could almost make this with the photos alone!
The photo above is mine (Ree of course has a beautiful photo of this soup in her book) My soup turned out beautifully! I had some friends stop over and they immediately asked what I was making and before I could even answer they were over at my soup pot. So I offered some up and got rave reviews! It was truly delicious. There are so many great recipes in this cookbook… Such as the Brie-Stuffed Mushrooms, the Crash Hot Potatoes, The Tres Leches Cake and so many more! This is a great cookbook for beginner cooks and those of us who have a bit more experience in the kitchen. If you like hearty good food with a western flair you’ll love this cookbook.
Today I was going to plant my roses. I’m new at rose gardening, I decided it might be a great gardening activity, keep me outside longer. We bought an older home 2 years ago and it needs some yard work. So I bought roses; climbing roses, rose bushes and rose ground cover. But after all this beautiful weather it’s supposed to freeze this week. So I’m going to wait a few days. So instead I took a photo of a miniature rose I have in my craft room. So here’s a little photo with a little rose poem to go along. Have a blessed Sunday everyone.
A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
My craft room hasn’t had time to acquire that “lived in” look that I love so much. In a year from now it will look different as I begin to make new things and find those little details that make so many craft room unique. But I’ve tried to include a few details. As you’ll be able to see I have a kind of bird theme going on…not on purpose, I’m just always picking up little bird things.
One thing I love in my enlarged space is the room for all my craft supplies. There is room for everything now. I don’t feel cramped. I’m really glad I went with the Martha Stewart craft storage because it really is designed for the crafter in mind. The drawers are not only wide but long. They store alot! Wait! Does this mean I can buy more craft supplies??
and more room….
and of course I have to have pics of me and my hubby..
and my daughters shoes…
Next post…the lighting
I’m not going to say much in this post…I’m just glad that my craft room makeover is done. Today I’ll post the whole room and then few posts on the details and the before and after pics. So here’s my new craft space!
A small nook area
Thanks for coming by and taking a look!
Imagine my delight when I saw this Make Beautiful Things poster over at Pinterest . I immediately grabbed it and put it on my Great Blogs Board and then tracked down the creator of this poster. This led me to a really nifty blog called Landee See, Landee Do A great DIY blog full of all kinds of great photos and DIY ideas. The best part was that Landee has this poster as a FREE downloadable in different sizes and colors….very generous! Landee also has a terrific Etsy Shop where she sells her vinyl and board graphics. I am really tempted to ask her to please whip me up this poster so I can put it in my craft studio! I’ll keep you updated!
Miss Kelly started out as an employee…but has turned to a good friend and I have acted as her mentor these past few years. She recently had a baby and has been bringing the precious little one to work…so I just wanted to show her off! Kelly you have a beautiful baby!!