"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers".
- Claude Monet

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

View "B" New Look Pattern

I just finished another dress using New Look Pattern 6022, View B.
 Fabric is a Susan Winget design called "Rooster Strut Damask"(CP45848).  Purchased at Jo-anns fabric store.
$12.99 a yard and 100% cotton.

I think I mentioned on my last post on this pattern, here, that the pattern runs large and it has no shape to the dress.  I think that is why did not like it on me before the alterations.
It is a good summer casual dress for those hot day.
You can Google the pattern and see others who have made dress from this pattern.  It is neat to see what others have done.  
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a wonderful day.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Using "The French Country" paper stack by DCWV

(click on the the photo to view the larger)

For several months I have been using for cards and other projects DCWV's paper stack called "The French County".  Very shabby prints and when I saw this paper pad I purchased two pads. I do not think I could get tired of this collection.

The photo at the top are two frames purchased from Michaels craft store $1.50 bin.
Gold leaf pen for the edges
Using Papertrey Inks "love lives here, holiday collection #3" This is a die set with matching stamps.
I embossed the background paper using a swiss dot embossing folder.

The sentiments "joy, peace and love" come from a clear stamp set by Papertry Ink called  

 I used the top portion of the tree (die) for the banner on my next card.

It made a perfect banner.
I did some stitching around the card. Size of the card is 5" x 7"
added some sequins  on the left of the card.
The label is a Sizzix BigZ die. By Brenda Walton called "gift tags"

I stamped a background stamp using Memento dye ink "angel pink". It added a textured look to the label. 
The sentiment was stamped next. A clear stamp set by Penny Black called "Gratitude".

Martha Stewart butterfly punch. One of my go to punches.

A2 size
I finally got this pretty die out and starting playing with it.
The bird die came from  Poppystamps, Inc 2012 
called "serene bird"
I made my own flowers using a flower punch.
I love making my own flowers and other embellishments using left over scraps.

Half back pearls for the centers and a sizzix leaf and branch die for the leaves.
swiss dot embossing folder and sanded after

This was my favorite card.

The next few cards are A1 size.

Using more left over scraps
came these two heart cards
The sentiment is part of the "gratitude" stamp set
Heart paper punch and added some sequins to the "with love" card.

And more left overs to made this quick card
Martha Stewart butterfly and lacy border punch.  

Another die from the "love lives here" die set. 
The sentiment is the stamp from  Papertrey Ink called "Christmas blessing"
I used the same stamp in the Framed Christmas trees.  I just cut them to use separately. 

Sentiment is also part of the "Christmas Blessing" stamp set.

I was happy to be able to use some of the papers from this paper pad for a few Christmas cards.

Friday, Yay!
Have a wonderful weekend  and thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Around the Garden At Week 20

A few more photos  of my house in front
This morning was beautiful to be out and gardening around the house.
I was out very early trying to beat the heat.

The French lavender is loving this time of year.

 I posted this area a few posts ago, here.
There was dried grass but it was due to not us and the neighbors not watering in this area.
We needed this area to be dry so we could have it bricked.
This  area became very soggy during the rainy weather, kind of flooded.

I love the way it looks and now my neighbor can decorate it with some containers. She has been wanting to do that for a long while.
On my side(left side top photo), I'm thinking of a few things.
Maybe some Shepherd hooks in the bricked beds. Not sure yet. Maybe I will wait to see what my neighbors will do. They take from there.

 Now to show you the progress of a couple of plants that I posted back in May.
I purchased two plants and so far they are doing really well.
The photo with the purple flowers is a Scaevola, posted here.

It is planted next to my iceberg  rose bush.
On the other side of the rose bush, I have also planted back in May,
a Cuphea ignea "starfire". It has done very well.
It was also a small plant and has filled in nicley. 

In my back garden . . . 

 Ms. Yves Piaget rose bush is giving another bloom cycle.  

 Here is another Waltham butternut squash.  This one is growing a bit longer.  Very pretty.
I'm still fighting the mold on the leaves. I'm cutting those leaves off the vine.
The plant needs full sun on both sides of my fences.
The one side that receives more shade and that is the area were I am seeing mold on the leaves.

Deadheading the roses this morning. These still look pretty. They are Autumn splendor roses.

Picked this morning.

More pasta sauce will be made this week.

In the craft room,  I finished some cards using DCWV paper pad called "The French Country".  It is the collection that I have been using this year.  I hope to post them in a few days.  Also, I found more fabric for another dress.  I'm sewing a different view of New Look pattern 6022.

Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to stop by my blog.  I hope everyone is doing well. Take care and I hope to do some catching up on my blog reading also.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Garden Week 19

 A beautiful bright orange Cosmos Brights. 

 They do attract a lot of  bees.

 A gorgeous looking Waltham butternut squash and there are few more on this vine.

This morning, I was going to take down the two plants of butternuts that I had planted against the wall.  The tiny butternuts at eye level were not growing and the vines were starting to get white spots.  While I was cutting away I saw this nice  size butternut.   I guess I will not be cutting the vine down anytime soon.

 Two  new squash plants  I had transferred a couple of weeks ago.  They are  "cocozelle" summer squash.  The seeds came from Botanical Interests.  In the photo is a tiny squash forming.

San Marzano tomatoes

I made some fresh pasta sauce and it was so good. A perfect quick meal for summer.
I hope to make more this week.

 Along the side of the house, the roses and lavender bushes are doing well.

 I love lavender and these were started by seed several years ago.

 The smaller lavender plant at the top right corner, I hope to transfer it to another spot along the house. These are English lavender. Seeds came from Renee's Garden.

 My mini sorbet roses. 

Border rose area

Meidiland white  roses

clusters of red "carefree spirit" roses

The hydrangeas are still blooming.  I see a few more buds on both plants.
I love the way they look at the moment.
Victorian looking with shades of pink, lavender and green.

Here is the hydrangea stem that I had posted a while ago.
This was just a stem that my friend had given me.
It may make it. The plant receives indirect light.

A cluster of light pink and green

The weather here has been humid and this morning we had some light rain.  
I'm getting a few containers ready to sow some carrot seeds.  I have seen where a few Gardeners have grown them in pots.  I think I will give it a try this year.

Have a wonderful day and days ahead. Thank you for visiting my blog.