Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tea Towel Wall Art-

We took a quick trip to Florida last week.  Visiting with Mom and two of my brothers was nice.  We also took a little side trip to Clearwater Beach and Dunedin.  The weather was perfect for a heat lover. 80 degrees and sunny.  A taste of summer in April.

I am not much for buying obvious souvenirs when we travel. I like to buy something that reminds me of our trip but doesn't scream...."I bought this on my trip!"

Dunedin is this sweet little town with a whole bunch of little boutiques.  Mr. S gets an "attaboy" for going along....BUT...he has a strategy!  He mostly ambles along and when I go in to a shop....he finds the nearest shady bench to wait!  His excuse for not coming along in is that all the "foo foo juice" smells make him ill!!!

Thistle is a cute shop redolent with "foo foo juice" and lots of very fun stuff.












I fell in love with this tea towel.

I knew it would be the perfect thing to mat and frame for the kitchen.


I have a frame that I use to switch out seasonally.

This is so fresh and summery.



 I had a piece of orange mat that was a nice border for the bright vegetables.  I used spray mount to give the towel a smooth application to the cardboard backing.  The only thing that took time was the fact that this frame is one of those pains to take apart and put back together.  But it went pretty quick to change it out. Now I have a reminder of our trip every time I walk by.

It has a lot of impact for less than $20!  And hey....when I get tired of this....I can always take it out of the frame and dry some dishes!


This project would be so easy to replicate....
Here are some more tea towel inspirations for you.





 The next time you are in a fun little boutique....take time to check out the tea towels.
 Then head to the thrift store for a frame....and you too can have some pretty and inexpensive wall art.

Have A Wonderful Day!


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Friday, April 21, 2017

 
I was recently asked to review FotoJet which is an online application that lets you create custom collages, graphic designs, and even enhance photos right on the website.  There are many amazing templates for photo cards, social media graphics, posters, etc. There is a built in photo editor that makes it easy to adapt your pictures to the project you are working on.  Best of all....it's FREE!

I want to share some of the things I have learned about 
FotoJet and sprinkle in some of the designs I "whipped" up in a pretty short time.

Today's world is increasingly dependent on visual images.  We want those visual images to catch the attention of the audience.  I remember the "good"? old days of creating a graphic from scratch.  It would take me hours....mainly because I could never settle on what I wanted.
Now...I consider myself pretty creative....but to have the option to start with professionally designed templates is so much easier. 
 

Some of the options are:  Social Media Cover Photos, Headers, and Posts for popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Tumblr as well as Email Headers. 

I often have a need to make posters, flyers, invitations, and greeting cards.  I have played around with Fotojet and I know this tool will be one I will use often.






With the Fotojet Collage Maker, you can create cool-looking collages from scratch or use pre-made templates. You can even create collage greeting cards for any occasion like birthdays, anniversaries, and special holidays.
 I use a lot of collages on this blog.


I love to make collages because you can use multiple photos from one event and highlight the best parts of them. The Fotojet collage maker has the typical collages.....but also some great looking 3D templates.  No matter how creative I might be....I certainly couldn't pull this off.


There are so many options....so little time.....

BUT...

I like and would highly recommend FotoJet.  The interface was intuitive, quick and easy to learn.  I could create my projects without having any prior knowledge of FotoJet very quickly. In fact, I was thinking that this would be a great tool for teachers to use with students.

While I haven't started to do as much as I need to with social media, the headers, banners, ads, and posts sizes available for Facebook, Instagram, and Google Plus look intriguing.  I would not have to find the sizes of these objects because they already there in template gallery.  

The fact that you save projects to your own computer is another great feature.

Bottom Line:  Fotojet is well worth trying out.  Remember....it is FREE!
FotoJet

Have A Most Creative Day!




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April Enchantment

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. ― Benjamin Franklin

You may (or may not) have noticed the absence of new posts on this blog.
Here is my list of good excuses!
We have been traveling....20 days in Mexico...poor us!
I have been busy catching up for all the missed time with the Sweetwater Grandboy!
I just didn't feel like writing!!!!


In keeping with "MY ONE WORD" challenge it is time to share the things I have found enchanting in the past few weeks.

WARNING!
This may be the trickiest way ever to make you look at our vacation photos!

I am enchanted by sea glass....when I was strolling the beach, I kept my head down and found all of these treasures.  I am trying to think of a craft to use them on.  Any ideas out there?

Sunrise views of the Mexican mountainside are definitely an enchanting way to start a day.


A good wireless connection let us watch the NCAA Basketball tournament with the sound of the surf in the background.  That delicious looking beverage is a virgin Paloma.....Grapefruit juice and San Pellegrino Pomelo....AHHH...truly enchanting.

 We are so lucky to have a fully equipped kitchen in the Condo.  We travel to town by bus...7 peso fare (45 cents)....to buy the freshest food to cook and eat on the patio.  Enchanting to say the least!


A tropical vacation is especially enchanting for someone who loves flowers as much as I do.  Everywhere we looked were the most beautiful flowers and greenery. 


Last but not least......Sammy the Condo Cat....kept us enchanted.  He looks so much like Marvin and had a lot of the same quirks.

Enough with the vacation photos....
Enough with the procrastination with my blogging...

Hope you can find enchantment in some little or big things in your life!

Have A Great Day!

 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dollar Store Tips


I have only recently become a Dollar Store shopper.
And....I am not exactly a fanatic about shopping there. 
Face it....some of the stuff in there looks exactly like it cost a dollar!

But....

there are some things to be found that are really pretty good bargains.



Since I am pretty new to the Dollar Store scene, I only have a few tips to share about how I shop there.  But, you know me, I always do my research to see what other people know about a subject and I will share a bunch of links from folks who are far more expert and perhaps a bit more fanatic about Dollar Store shopping.

These are some things I shop for at the Dollar Store:



Poster Board is a staple at Sweetwater.
I use it for backgrounds when I take photos.
I use it to back framed art.

Poster Board at the art supply store is super expensive.

At the Dollar Store....it is 2 for $1

That is a super good deal.










There are always some fun flower picks to look through.
I like the baby's breath and especially the faux bear grass sprays.

Marvin the Sweetwater Cat eats any real bear grass in my flower arrangements...(and then of course proceeds to hack it up).

I fool him by using these Dollar Store picks mixed in with the real blooms. 

They can be used over and over! 



I think I must be harder on gardening gloves than anyone I know.  My fingernails go right through the ends after only a few days. 
Garden gloves from the garden store are super expensive.

Imagine how thrilled I was to find these latex grip gloves for $1!

I could by 6 pair for the price of one from the garden store.






I have also found that cool mesh ribbon and burlap ribbon.  These are real steals for $1.





When all but one of the real succulents in my planter bit the dust.....I headed to the Dollar Store for a fix.

Would you believe that the succulents in this garden are FAKE?
Would you believe that they came from the Dollar Store?
I did add a bit of craft paint to soften the obvious fake colors....but hey...I think they could fool a lot of people.























Now as promised, here are some Links to other tips about Dollar Store Shopping.

Bargain Babe has a list of 10 Things You Should Always buy at the Dollar Store.

http://bargainbabe.com/draft-10-things-you-should-always-buy-at-a-dollar-store/


She also has a list of 67 things....here  http://bargainbabe.com/draft-10-things-you-should-always-buy-at-a-dollar-store/
http://bargainbabe.com/draft-10-things-you-should-always-buy-at-a-dollar-store/


Can you imagine buying 67 things at the Dollar Store?  I can just hear Mr. S......"you bought what?"

Did you know that the Dollar Tree actually has a BLOG?  dollartree.com

And for a giggle...you really need to go see all of these Dollar Store Hacks that some kids did as an assignment for a class.  They are really a hoot    http://dollarstore-hack.blogspot.mx/


Well that is all for now....I guess I could head to the Dollar Store....but my first love is still Good Will...so I am off to find some thrifty bargains there.....


Have A Beautiful Day!




Monday, March 20, 2017

Your Flower Fix for Today: Ranunculus

In the language of flowers, a bouquet of ranunculus says, "I am dazzled by your charms."
I would turn that around and say that a bouquet of ranunculus dazzle ME with THEIR charms.



Using just one of these pretty blooms was all this small arrangement needed. 
And....
















I was happy to find this bunch of artificial ranunculus at the thrift store.  I think they add a nice touch to the "Kate Spade Inspired" guest room.

I decided that since I am so enamored with these blooms that I should find out a little more about them.


HMMMM....maybe they are a flower that I could grow at Sweetwater.

This is what I learned:

If you live in Zone 7, you can grow them as perennials.  Alas...here in Zone 4 they are annuals.
I even found the bulbs on Amazon...and placed an order.
I have been doing a little research about how to grow ranunculus in the garden.....and after reading this article, I think I have found a fun new kind of flower to grow at Sweetwater.
I am starting to think that Ranunculus are a great alternative to roses.  They just have a fresher look.

am really loving how these flowers look as an alternative to roses.




Here they are used as the main flower in boutonnieres.











I looked for some examples of ranunculus used in wedding bouquets.
Oh my....gorgeous....
It makes me think that maybe roses are sort of "passe".....hmmmm!

http://bios.weddingbee.com/pics/71806/IMG_8053_copy.jpg


And now I will leave you with some lovely artwork featuring the lovely Ranuncula....ENJOY!


http://irinasztukowski.blogspot.com/2012/04/ranunculus-study.html








Have A Wonderful Day!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Instant Spring in Ten Minutes for Ten Dollars!

This is the time to start looking for signs of Spring!





One of the sure signs of Spring is the arrival of the Primose plants at the Home Depot!

 Mr. S and I were there yesterday!

Ah Hah!  There they were.  2/$5

I figured it was worth spending $10 on a little bit of Spring that would last longer than the usual bunch of tulips.







The copper bowl (from Goodwill) was the perfect holder for the four little plants.
It was a simple matter of plopping them in there and adding a bit of Spanish Moss.
Spanish Moss is one of those "little things" that is great to have around to add a nice touch to planters.
Primrose plants need to have the spent flowers picked off to keep them blooming. If I am lucky, I will keep these around until it is warm enough to plant them outdoors....wish me luck!




There you have it.....Ten Minutes.....Ten Dollars.....Instant Spring!
Have you ever wondered about the old saying about being led down the "Primrose Path"?
  
The primrose path refers to someone living a life of ease and pleasure. Not to be confused with "led up the 'garden path'", which is an idiom suggesting that one is being deceived or led astray.

It would be nice to think that at Sweetwater we live that life of ease....and frolic down the Primrose Path.....but sometimes I think it is more likely that the garden path is our destination!


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