Monday, October 31, 2011

Hurricane Candlestick Tutorial

I found some great candy jars on Pintrest, and after lots of shopping, I gave up on finding jars that had lids and decided I would go more traditional with hurricane lamps.

Set of 3 candlesticks - Wal-Mart $15
Hurricane glass, 3 sizes from Jo-Ann's $20 (I used a 40% coupon on one of them)
Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint

1. Gather all your supplies.

2. Clean the glass well to provide a clean surface for the glue to adhere to.

3. Put a line of glue around the top of the candlestick.

4. Put candlestick on upside down Hurricane glass.

5. Realize that the glue is removing the paint from your candlestick. 
Pull it back off, and wipe off the glue.

6. Take candlesticks outside and paint with favorite paint,
Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.
7. Wait for paint to dry, then repeat steps 3 & 4.

 8. Once glue is dry, wrap glass with assorted ribbon and you are done!

Halloween "Mantle"

I have wanted a fireplace mantle for years and this year, after rearranging furniture, yes I rearranged furniture again, I still don't have a mantle, but I do have a place to decorate, and I couldn't be more thrilled! I found a great Halloween subway art free printable online at The Crafted Sparrow. Of course I also have loved searching for fun things on Pintrest, and put my own spin on a couple of those projects as well. So what do you think?

Monday, October 24, 2011

We Have Puppies!!!

What a crazy, wonderful experience this has been! Roxy went into labor on Friday night, so Chris and I took turns staying up with her as she didn't want to leave our sides. We tried to get her into the whelping box that we had set up in my office, but she wanted to be in the front room. So, we grabbed everything and brought it out there for her. At 6:51 AM, her first pup was born, We helped her with the first 2 pups as they were both breech. Her last pup came at 9:57 AM. She had 4 boys, and 2 girls. Daylyn and Allison were in awe of the experience and were wonderful helpers by recording the pups stats for us. :) So without further are her pups.
 Here she is with her first pup, a boy!

 Puppy 2 is a boy as well.
 This is her and the pups home for the next few weeks.

 Our incredible Roxy with her sweet little pups.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sisters & Tomato Soup

There are moments as a parent that just make you smile. Tonight was one of them. I don't know how many of you have daughters just shy of 2 years apart. If you do, you know they can be best of friends one minute, and the next? Lets just say there are tears, yelling, and the end of the world in the next minute. Today was one of thosers days, and then I walk into the kitchen and there they are....together, smiling, and working together to make dinner. Maybe it was because it is one of our families favorite meals, but tonight simple tomato soup and grilled ham and cheese brought the girls together, and warmed my heart.

Bead Soup Blog Party Giveaway Winner!!!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to each and every one of you who came by to party with me! Your kind comments truly made my daysas I received them. It has been hard not being able to melt glass and play with beads, and the comments really have helped me stay positive through this. I am also so excited to get going on the book suggestions. I had read one of the books already, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and had forgotten how much I liked it, and am looking forward to reading more. Who knew that good pain pills would cause such drowsiness and even blurred vision? I didn't but it has finally gone away and I was even able to finish a book I started before the surgery!

With all that said it is time to announce the winner of my Bead Soup Blog Party Giveaway! Do you remember what the prize was? Here you go! A mini acorn, your choice of 3 Charmed Pennies pendants (I can put a favorite saying or even your logo on one if you want!), and a set of pandora style beads.

and the drum roll please ...............the winner is Sweet Freedom!
Please let me know what images you want for your Charmed Pennies!

Thank you all again for participating!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Our sweet little dog Roxy is having puppies. Here is the x-ray taken today so we would know how many puppies to expect. I knew 2 for sure, thought probably 3.

So can you tell how many there are in there?
Want me to show you? 

I numbered their heads, there are 6 puppies!!!!

All I can say is Oh my word......

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Good, The Bad, and The Clumsy

This week had been pretty crazy. It started Tues morning when I went to see the doctor to follow up on my surgery. It is looking good! Found out that they did more than we realized. Apparently there is only one other repair that they can do to the shoulder. Yikes! They repaired cartilage, tendons, ground down bone, etc. Once I am fully healed, I will be feeling a ton better! I am able to get up and stand now without much discomfort. So exciting! I am even allowed out of my sling for little bits at a time. My favorite activity is to just let my arm hang, and do a gentle circle swing that is one of my exercises. It stretches the arm out which feels great after having it in the sling all day long. 

 For several weeks this summer, my family and the Smith’s have been getting together for dinner and TV on Tues nights so we could watch one of our favorite TV shows, Eureka. So we were all there and had a great time. I decided to stay later (kids had to get home and get to sleep for school) and Colleen would bring me back home. As we left her house, I managed to step on the edge of her sidewalk and roll my foot completely. It was as ungraceful as you can get. Weds morning I decided that I should probably go get my foot checked out since it was still hurting even with the good pain pills I was on for my shoulder. Sure enough, I managed to sprain my foot. Go ahead, laugh, don't hold back, I haven't! Lol! You should have seen the x-ray tech’s face when she called my name and I got up to go back there. She looked at me, my chart, back at me, and I said, yep, it’s me. She looked so confused, and I don’t blame her, she was going to x-ray a foot, and here the person coming toward her has a pretty massive sling on her arm. Lol! I have decided that I should change my middle name to Grace. :)

For the most part, I really am doing much better (foot aside). Several friends have even commented that my speech is no longer slurred from all the pain pills! Lol! I am very glad to be off of one prescription completely and the time is getting longer between doses for the other.  I am even holding decent conversations again,Tyler said I sound like me again. I asked him if that was a good thing, and he said yes. :) I have also even brought the laptop to the couch so I can blog hop, and even be creative and work on some new penny designs. Roxy likes to help, by laying right next to the computer. Love that puppy.  Here is a sneak peak of some Halloween pennies as well.


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