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Concrete Slab Art

September 21, 2016

We had this slab of concrete 24″ x 21″ as a platform for a pool pump and no longer needed it. Bry talked about breaking it apart to get rid of it, but I told him I can paint something on it.

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I painted the slab orange then I drew and cut out this swirl image I found on-line and stenciled it on.

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I sprayed a few coats of polyurethane to protect the color. Presto, yard art! A nice splash of color in the yard!

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“Clean” Cooler

September 8, 2016

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Back in 2009, my mom was getting rid of her old Maytag washing machine. She was going to call the scrap it. I told her I’d take it and make something cool with it. At the time I did know what I’d do with it but I knew I had to have it and give it new life. It held memories from my youth. That thing smashed my fingers and gave me a shock that I’ll never forget!

It sat for a few years and then it came to me…. A cooler!

So I put Bryan to work! I had to give him something to do. 😉  He took it apart and cut a piece of aluminum to make a drain in the bottom. And I sanded it, after all I had to do something, it was my idea.

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Then we put it back together and sprayed foam underneath and up the sides to insolate it.

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We then painted it a bright blue.

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It quickly faded so we repainted it brown. I love it even more now!

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We left beverages in it for two days on a hot summer day and they were still cold!

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One of the BEST things I’ve ever recycled! And now it holds new and old memories. 🙂

Paper Beads

April 12, 2016

I bought this paper bead making for Alyssa. I knew it might take her a while to figure it out, but had no idea she’d catch on so quickly.

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So I challenged her to a race! Who would finish one first? I’d roll one by hand and she’d use the machine. There was no way I was going to let her win! I wanted her to know that I could roll them just as fast and it’s good for them to lose sometimes. Ready, Set, GO!

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Stinker rolled three and a half beads by the time I got one finished. Audrey just laughed at me, as she cheered on Alyssa.

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She made a necklace and a bracelet. I think I’ll go buy me one now.

 

Easter

April 11, 2016

Easter, a time to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Children can easily forget what Easter is all about. Sure bunnies and eggs are fun but teaching them about Jesus can be fun too. This year I sat down with Alyssa and we made a resurrection craft.  Along with it we read the story of the first Easter.

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We also went out and looked for eggs. But I think she had more fun with the craft. 🙂

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Spring Blizzard 2016

March 24, 2016

I have a love hate relationship with spring storms. Love when I can play in the snow without a coat the next day. Hate the shoveling and the fact that it’s spring time and I’m longing for flowers and green trees and grass. On Wednesday, March 23 we got a lot of wet heavy snow in Thornton, a total of 22″ in my yard.

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We had to dig out in the cul-de-sac so Bry could get in the driveway. The neighbor went a little crazy with his digging.

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Bry had to fill up the bed at the end of the cul-de-sac when he got stuck. But it helped him get up the street.

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Roddy couldn’t get enough of the snow! He loves it! Look how cute he is, he’s shaped like a heart. hehehe

With every spring storm you need a snow sculpture right! This is one of the ways I LOVE to play in the snow! With Bry’s help (thank you babe!!) we start building a pile of snow, 6 feet high and about 4 feet wide.

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Then I start carving, shaping and smiling!

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Three hours later, I get this.

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There is some joy in a spring blizzard. Get out there and PLAY!

Tomorrow my granddaughter will be visiting us. We’ll be sculpting some Minions. WooHoo!

 

Dabbled Photography

March 21, 2016

I recently watched a documentary called “Finding Vivian Maier”. It’s about a reclusive nanny, a secret hoarder of her pictures. Only after her death was her brilliant photography discovered. I found it to be very interesting. It made me think about my photos.

In no way do I consider myself a photographer but it’s something I’ve always been interested in. So I dabble. Today I thought I’d share a few of my dabbled photos with you. Some taken with my camera and others with my cell phone. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Click on the photos to get a larger view.

These were taken with my camera.

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Balloon festival in Erie, CO

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Balloon festival in Erie, CO

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The Denver Zoo in Colorado

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The Denver Zoo in Colorado

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Denver Zoo in Colorado

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Chihuly exhibit at the Botanic Gardens in Denver, CO

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Chihuly exhibit at the Botanic Gardens in Denver, CO

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Chihuly exhibit at the Botanic Gardens in Denver, CO

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Chihuly exhibit at the Botanic Gardens in Denver, CO

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Botanic Gardens Denver, CO

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Moon setting out my front window, one early fall morning.

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Taken in Raymond, CO

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Taken in Raymond, CO

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Taken in Raymond, CO

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Black-eyed Susan’s with a perfect fall leaf. Taken in my back yard.

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Sunrise in my back yard.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

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Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Grand Tetons, WY

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Grand Tetons, WY

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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO in fall.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO in fall.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO in fall.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO in fall.

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Idaho Springs, CO

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Idaho Springs, CO

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Ice castle at the International Snow Sculpture in Breckenridge, CO

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Ice castle at the International Snow Sculpture in Breckenridge, CO

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Ice castle at the International Snow Sculpture in Breckenridge, CO

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Ice castle at the International Snow Sculpture in Breckenridge, CO

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Taken in my back yard. I love the look of water.

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My beautiful granddaughter.

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The joy of play in fall.

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My goofy family at Christmas 2014.

These were taken with my cell phone. It takes okay pics outside but inside not so much.

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A frosty morning in Thornton, CO

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Light snow fall on asphalt. I think it’s pretty cool looking.

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Eerie thick fog on an early morning in Thornton, CO

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Sunset of the Rocky Mountains taken from Thornton, CO

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Hiking in Boulder, CO

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Selfie. Like I said, my phone takes terrible pictures.

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And lastly, for a good laugh. Hehehe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Gift for A Friend

March 17, 2016

Back in 2014, my dear friend Marilyn came to me and ask if  I’d make a teddy bear from a shirt that belonged to her son who had pasted away. It would be for his granddaughter, her great-granddaughter. I was so honored that she would ask me to make it.  I received the shirt and was a bit overwhelmed. I didn’t want to mess this up! There was no going back once I started cutting. A pattern was picked and the projected began.

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After finishing the teddy bear, I had a little fabric left. I knew how much this shirt meant to my friend, so I decided to make her a pillow from the scraps that were leftover. After cutting my pieces I cut the rest into small pieces and used it as filling along with my batting and placed the buttons on the pillow.  Nothing was wasted.

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I surprised her with the pillow. She was so happy we both teared up! I was so happy she liked the end result. Even though the teddy bear ended up looking like Sid from Ice Age. Haha!

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A year later she came to me once again. This time with a t-shirt, asking for a baby blanket for his grandson. Her great-grandson.  Again very honored! Didn’t know what I was going to do with a t-shirt. My friend Marilyn told me it was a jungle theme so I went with it. I found this image of a monkey and drew it out.

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Here they are at the baby shower. They were all very happy with the blanket. Marilyn told me everyone cried.

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The gift was for her, but I felt as though I had received the gift. The gift of blessing someone with a memory that will last a lifetime.

Happy Sewing!