Garden Tour June 2018

It’s a Garden Tour June 2018, showing what has been done this year in my garden. So much more to be done, but I thought it would be fun to show you where things stand.

Garden Tour June 2018

Here is a Garden Tour June 2018 video.

The following photos have been added to my Facebook account and I thought it would be easier to display these here instead of uploading all the photos again.

Henry and I have lived in our home for 20 years and over the years we have made some improvements, but only as much as our budget allowed.

My mother lived with us for almost two years starting in 2008. While living with us she suggested that we make some changes to the yard, front, and back. The process began with a lot of digging! lol She had us create beds in many different areas around the house and we even had three raised garden beds for veggies.

Over the years I’ve added a few things here and there and had some great veggies in our raised beds. This year we decided that we would build a pergola and a deck. The deck will hold a hot tub and the Pergola Patio would be our comfy outdoor seating and entertaining area.

It was a cold winters day when they started the pergola. It didn’t take long for them to finish!

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Garden Tour June 2018

The same crew built the deck and installed new windows on the sunroom. Since we used red cedar for the pergola they used scraps to finish out framing the windows instead of siding. We all agree that it looks really good.

Henry painted the house a pretty teal blue. Still, need to paint the front door and the siding on the front of the house. But It is looking good.

I pulled all the weeds out of the 4 x 8 raised bed and started adding plants. Most of the plants I got on clearance at Lowes. It is a great place to get plants, that for the most part, just need some water and will grow just fine.

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One day while at Lowes picking out three lily plants one of the workers spotted my plants and asked, “If you could get a lot more lilies at a discounted price would you be interested?.” I said I just might, what is the deal? She told me if I purchased six I could get them for $3.00 each. I had three that were on sale 3 for $12.00 in my basket. Well If I could get 6 for $18.00 that was a really good deal. Then she said if you buy 4 pallets of 6 lilies each then I could sell three pallets for $1.00 each. The math works out to be about $2.50 each vs the regular price of $6.50 each. So I ended up with 24 new lilies to add to the yard!

Garden Tour June 2018

My mom would be in love with how the yard is looking, as she loved flowers and especially lilies. I’m so thankful that she lived with me for those couple of years and showed me a few things in the garden. I still have lots to learn but it is so much fun.

Other plans for our yard, which will case another Garden Tour June 2018.

  • Electricity for Hot Tub and outdoor lights
  • Install new LED outdoor lights
  • Hot Tub installed
  • Privacy wall for Hot Tub Built
  • Create and then plant new beds around the privacy wall and hot tub deck
  • Add about 200 or more pavers around the yard.
  • Trim rose bushes
  • Move garden bench and repair it
  • Build seating area near large rose bushes
  • Landscape the grass area near the patio (I’m trying to get the grass to grow now, but it isn’t looking so good.)
  • Other ideas as they come up! LOL

Being able to go outside and enjoy our new outdoor spaces brings joy to both Henry and I. The dogs like spending time outside with us too. Well, Hercules loves it, Oreo would rather be in the air conditioning. lol But when the weather is nice they will sit outside with us and we love doing so.

Garden Tour June 2018 Garden Tour June 2018 Garden Tour June 2018Thanks so much for taking the Garden Tour June 2018 with me. As things are updated I’ll share more photos and maybe another video.

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Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal

Hello friends, today is day 10 of the 12 days of Junk Journal Gift Ideas and I’m sharing a Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal. This is a super easy mini junk journal that can be made as a small stocking stuffer or to add to a Christmas Card.

Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal

Video Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal.

The method for making this one sheet mini junk journal is very easy. Take the 12 x 12 inch sheet of paper and score at the 3, 6, 9 inch marks, rotate 90 degrees and score at the 3, 6, 9 inch marks. Then slightly crease the page so you can see the sore marks.

Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal

Make a cut down the center score mark and stop 3 inches from the edge. Rotate paper 180 degrees and cut the outside two score marks and stop 3 inches from the edge. You will have a zig-zag looking sheet of paper.

Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal

Next, fold the paper in an accordion fashion until the pages have been formed. Using the Best Glue ever adhere the pages together. Keeping in mind those pages you want to have pockets, leave the top open to slide a journal card inside.

Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal

Once the pages have adhered create the cover using scraps of paper cut to 2.75 inches square. Apply distress inks to the book and cover. Wrap one time around the journal with yarn and tie a bow. This will be the closure. Apply the Best Glue Ever to the cover pieces and adhere to cover over the yarn.

Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal

Cut a 1 inch by 3 inch piece of paper to cover the spine of the journal. Adhere using the Best Glue Ever. Once all of the gluing is complete use the Perfect Crafting Pouch to get rid of any sticky areas. Wipe with the Perfect Cleaning Cloth to remove any excess powder.

Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal

Decorate the one sheet mini junk journal to your liking. For mine, I used scraps of book pages, images from Calico Collage Drag and scraps of cardstocks.

Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal

The one-sheet mini junk journal has 18 pages including the covers for you to decorate and depending on how you created the pages could have 7 pockets.

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When you get started making these No Sew Junk Journals you won’t be able to stop as these turn out so cute!

Tutorial for a No Sew Junk Journal

Make sure to check out the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. Of course, you are welcome to join the Friendly Junk Journal People Facebook group. The group is growing daily and we are a friendly group willing to help each other and encourage each other.

Interested in any of the journals I created? Please feel free to contact me through my Facebook Page.

Here is my shop, I have a lot of items uploaded and add more weekly.

My hope is that I have inspired you to look at those papers in your stash and make your own junk journal.

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Shopping Haul Video Featuring Tuesday Morning, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby

Sharing a Shopping Haul Video Featuring Tuesday Morning, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby. It’s one of those things that I needed to share. Husband doesn’t understand my wanting to chat with someone all the things I purchased. But I know my internet friends understand.

Shopping Haul Video Featuring Tuesday Morning, Michael's, and Hobby Lobby

Don’t you have fun when you go shopping for art and craft supplies? I try not to do it to often. My goal this year is to reduce the amount of items in my studio, not add to it daily. lol But sometimes you have to go out and get a few things.

Here is a video of all the goodies I got. Enjoy

Shopping Haul Video Featuring Tuesday Morning, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby

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Unmasking My Creativity Through Mixed Media

Today is all about Unmasking My Creativity Through Mixed Media.

The blog over at Canvas Corp Brands has a challenge this month to decorate or make a mask. #7gypsies #tatteredangels #canvascorp #ccbmaskchallenge

For this project I chose The Colombina style of mask. I was in luck in finding a great buy on the mask at Michales, it was only $2.19 by Creatology.

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One of my shopping trips scored a Mixed Media pack from Canvas Corp Brands and another from 7 Gypsies. Both of these packs had the beautiful tissue paper that I used on the mask. These same shopping trips increased my Tattered Angels Shimmer spray inventory too!

Once all of the supplies were gathered it was time to create. Now is when I found myself Unmasking My Creativity Through Mixed Media. The vision was clear. One doesn’t realize how held back and reserved they are until set free to create. Usually I create items that I know will sell. My normal goal is to make something that others will want for a practical reason. Whimsy or decorative isn’t what I go for in creating art.

Unmasking My Creativity Through Mixed Media

Have you ever felt that what you create is because that is what the world wants? How is it that we think that is what should always be done in life? When we were kids we were told to play and create. As adults we are told to stick to the agenda, stick to the plan, don’t go outside of the lines.

Art is about what is pleasing to the artist. At least that is my opinion. Create what you enjoy. Never worry about how others will react. Do you love it and want to keep creating? Then do what you love!

Unmasking My Creativity Through Mixed Media

When the mask was before me and I started adding all of the elements I found I was free to explore. There wasn’t a need to worry about what will happen to this when I’m done. Joy, bliss and freedom to create were the thoughts and feelings I had.

Unmasking My Creativity Through Mixed Media

The goal was to make something that I would love, and if I was lucky the staff at Canvas Corp Brands would love it too. Inspiration has struck and I feel like making another one of these masks. Once Unmasking My Creativity Through Mixed Media has begun, there is no stopping me now.

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Dangerous Glittered Covered Goddess

Sometimes I cover myself in glitter and pretend I’m a Goddess. The real statement is I’m a Dangerous Glittered Covered Goddess and you should look out! lol

I’ve been in love with this stamp by Lynne Perella for a very long time.

Dangerous Glittered Covered Goddess

She is an amazing artist and I’ve collected many of her stamps over the years. Today I decided it was time to use this Goddess to make a few greeting cards.

On this day the Goddess was calling to me from the water. I felt that she was surrounded with hues of blue and green with a touch of glimmer. Since I knew I wanted to make several cards I began by cutting papers to the sizes needed and getting all the supplies gathered. There are a couple of acrylic paints used, watered down to give a water color effect.  Glitter is always a plus as it gives just the sparkle that I love.

Dangerous Glittered Covered Goddess

Once the basic design was decided an assembly line was created. The back ground needed texture and swirls were the way I wanted to go today. Embossing folders are great to give texture to the background paper. There is a large stash of chipboard in my studio space, it was time to pull some and cut swirls to use on this card as well.

Dangerous Glittered Covered Goddess

The layers were coming together, I could see this Dangerous Glittered Covered Goddess emerging out of the water. There was more that was needed.

Dangerous Glittered Covered Goddess

What else could I add to make this card outstanding? Prima flowers, that was the answer. These flowers have been multiplying in my studio, it is time that I start using them! Pulling out several jars I finally figured out on the colors I thought were pleasing and begin to apply them on the card. Of course I decided that the card also needed some fibers. It’s a good thing that I kept all those balls of fibers and yarns, these are coming in handy now! Did I say how much I like glitter? There is a large box of glitter paints / glues in my stash and I got to use some of those as well!

Dangerous Glittered Covered Goddess

The cards were set aside to dry for the night. Sometimes you think a design is done, but once you walk away and come back something calls to you. In this case I knew that I needed to add a phrase to the front of the card.  It’s never Dangerous being who you are. This was the perfect saying for a Dangerous Glittered Covered Goddess greeting card. The inside: Go ahead and let your inner Goddess free.

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Ready to let your Dangerous Glittered Covered Goddess free? Mine is free to create every day that I step into my studio. Go ahead and let your inner Goddess free. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.