Monday, August 18, 2008

Busy Weekend

First, thanks for all your thoughts and prayers with my family this past week. Our Grandmother was so special to all of us. Already I miss her so much. I had been going to the nursing home almost every day, and now I find myself wandering around looking for something to do. I almost picked up the phone Saturday to call and tell her about the watermelon I picked from my garden. She loved gardening and always like to be kept up to date about what everyone else was growing as well. Life will never be the same without her, but I know she is whole and well now and rejoicing with her Saviour.
The second thing I wanted to tell you about is a fantatic giveaway over at Linda's blog She has a beautiful blog and her give away is fall themed, my favorite time of year!
Thursday I went to the craft store and bought supplies to make several projects I had seen in a couple of magazines. I'm glad I did as it kept me busy this weekend. I made several things, that I will put up in the next couple days.
The first is this altered notebook. I had seen a couple of these while surfing around the net and thought they were so cute. Let me tell you, this could become as obsession! They are extremely easy to make and I really like how it turned out.
Just using scrapbook paper, I covered the notebook on the front and back then added some decorative elements.
The little blue birds I cut out of a greeting card that my Grandmother had sent to my Dad when he was in the hospital years ago. I really had fun making these and I am going to pick up several more notebooks while they are on sale. These would make great garden journals, recipe books, etc..
This Jack o Lantern fellow was lots of fun to make as well. I found the pattern for him in last years Create and Decorate magazine. He is made of muslin and then painted. I think he's cute in a creepy sort of way.
This weekend my twin nephews decided they wanted to have their 12th birthday at my pool. Both of them are really into the "Civil War" so I made them this cake. The north on one side and the south on the other. Unfortunately, when the candles were lit, one of the union soldiers had a bit of bad luck. Opps!

Hope everyone has a blessed day.



Linda said...

OOPs! Cute cake!!

Love the journal and the cute little jack o'lantern!

Have a great week!!

Heidi Ann said...

What a great cake Linda!!...How lucky to have you as an "aunt"!!!....Heidi XO

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Yes, grandmothers are special people. I miss mine so much and now I am old enough to truely appreciate all she could have told me.
Your altered notebook is beautiful. Have fun making more! Twyla

Susie said...

Glad you found some fun projects to do this weekend. I love what you did with the journals. I bet the soldier burning didn't bother the boys too much :)

Mam said...

Great post, Linda. I enjoyed reading it and seeing your photos. The journals are beautiful. A lot of mixed media artists are doing these as well, and I enjoy seeing what they come up with. Yours are as beautiful as any I've seen.
Thanks for coming over to look at atc's. If you go to some of those challenge sites I posted on S&T this week, you can see that altering journals is totally acceptable by most of them. Only some are all atc, most are mixed media and altered art. You'd fit right in. And yes, pumpkin man is a little bit creepy! :)

Arlene Grimm said...

I was glad to see you posting again, I know that means you are feeling a bit better. LIke you, I love fall and I have already purchased a few fall things to put out once September arrives.

Libby said...

What a fun cake . . . I bet the boys weren't bothered one bit.
You JackMan is just too cute *s*

Bovey Belle said...

Oh that made me laugh out loud Linda - poor chap going up in smoke like that! Brilliant idea for a cake though. Loved your craft ideas too.