Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I Love My Nook Sewn Cover for Halloween

A cover for my Nook
the other day I decided to make a cover for my Nook and I just purchased this adorable
Halloween fabric at Joann's and thought how cute.....now my husband said get making the Christmas, LOL!
I used felt, my sewing machine and batting.

Here it is inside the cover it fit perfect.

Here is the inside that plaid fabric was such a cute perfect Halloween print
The other night we made brownies, every now and then I break down and make some sweets for the children.
Dusty had been crying to play the game like Cooper but he just was to small and was having trouble so I told him we could make brownies, he did everything from the eggs to the water and the stirring. Next thing I looked he was eating the batter, I ran to get the camera and within seconds he was just about covered in brownies. Oh well he didn't care he forgot all about the game.

He said "these brownies yummy" he added nuts, and chocolate chips. We were so glad we could finally add nuts to the brownies now that Amanda is not home, she hates nuts in things so the boys were all doing the happy dance over getting to add nuts in the brownies, after they were done cooking they had ice cream on top.....and no I didn't have any!!!

         Hope everyone is having a super week~ although it has just began. I have been so busy getting the boys ready for school, open house, supplies, etc. whew!! The two littlest boys are so wanting to go now, and to think poor Coop missed the deadline by 20 days, he was born on Sept. 20 and the deadline for K is August 31. He is so ready and wanting to go to school.  Oh well he will just have to enjoy another year with me and Dusty. Well I am off to bed...have a great week. Dawn

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Say It With Letters Mermaid

Say It With Letters mermaid that is just perfect for my bedroom. I decorated her with hand spun hand dyed merino yarn, by Tamara Lovelace and wool that I hand dyed the green circles.  The felt ball was cut in half. Hand painted and decorated with a tiny mirror and shells that I have had since forever.......along with the starfish. Used Liquitex paints.

The hand dyed wool felt was dyed in water with Ranger Adirondack Bottle Green ink.
The purple was bought like that.

I think the mermaid came out so pretty.

Close up of the mermaid and the mirror.

You can purchase one of these of your very own at Say It With Letters Etsy store. Deb has a wonderful selection of cut-outs perfect for all your artsy needs.
Also check the blog out for loads of inspiration.

Hello everyone I hope you are having a super sweet week. I have been busy with the boys getting them ready to return to school next week. All the shoes and clothes bought just a few more basic supplies. Whew! That was a job! LOL! Also getting myself geared up for ARTBLISS Workshops  which I can hardly wait, I have signed up for the charm swap again too which I have never even showed you guys all the fabulous charms I have made in the past.....I know it is almost impossible it seems to even post things.....I am always creating something but to get it on the Internet can be another thing. I have also been working on the boys costumes and sewing some other goodies.....well better go finish up with the dinner dishes. Hugs to all, Dawn

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Say It With Letters Margarita Glass "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off"

Say It With Letters Martini Glass with a Margarita Style
I just love it! I made it for my outdoor kitchen
(which where it is, is protected)
Bruce Jr. painted the tiki bar last week with a Magaritaville flair...which made this just fit right in!
The fabric was machine embroidered on my ancient embroidery machine, I bought it brand new in 1995 and paid $5,000 and yes it still works!!!! Gotta love it! A Janome Memory Craft 9000, I have asked for a new one that is computer friendly and Bruce just won't budge!

The theme came from the famous song by Joe Nichols Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off, which everyone who knows me
I am not a country music fan, I know.....but my children are so I am so exposed to it, and my husband laughs at me when I sing the songs.

The wooden cutout is perfect for all your poison drinks...lol!
The ribbon is unknown but the flowers came from WalMart. I used fabri-tac Adhesive
The boa came from Michaels.

The lime is made from wool felt which I hand sewed the lime wedges on, I think it was such a great added touch.

Hello again!! I hope you have been having a wonderful summer. I taught this week at my house and had such a great time, but managed to get this cute little glass done......now I think I really need one. I have been trying to get more projects done now since my garden season is coming to an end. I have so enjoyed this summer, I really hate to see it end, but on the other hand I do like the regular routine of the fall. Well better go...have a wonderful week! Dawn Gallop

Friday, August 5, 2011

Stuck On You Sketches "Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses" using the Creative Imaginations Beach Cottage Collections

Stuck On You Sketches
This week the sketch is by sweet Leah 
Who doesn't love the Friday reveal at Stuck On You Sketches??
The team has put together an awesome take on the sketch.
Check it out SOUS
I had a super time with this layout I had a babysitter for most of the afternoon so I could actually put together this wonderful layout. I used the pp from Creative Imaginations Beach Cottage Collection which the minute I laid eyes on it...it was in my basket.
I bought it in May while in Florida. I was feely beachy sooooo of course this is what I put togther.
I wanted to name it treasures of the Sea.....but this also fits so well. Cooper at Nags Head in 2010. The boys LOVE the beach, well who doesn't?? 

The title is so perfect It is from Silhouette SD I cut from Bazzill Raven paper. I used half of a wine faux cork, sea shells,
Prima flowers, starfish, coral, sanddollars and more. Even the sand in the bottle. The ribbon I made using my Pfaff felting machine. Which I soooo love!!! It is just amazing!!!!

The Mermaid is just a favorite of mine anyday! I hand painted it using the Twinkling H20's now Creative Imaginations is selling them!!! Awesome I have had mine for many years from Luminarte. They are just awesome...I can't say it enough.
Then I went over them with a few Ranger Stickles.

I also added Copic markers to her skin tone. Raffia, stitched the background diecut which is from Cricut using the Lacy Labels Cartridge, and TH Distress Inks on the labels (diecuts)
The quote is fabulous and oh so perfect.......
“I dropped a tear in the ocean, and whenever they find it I'll stop loving you, only then.”


Oh my don't you love that quote.??

Here is the picture I used of Cooper at OBX 2010 edited in PhotoShop
Sketch By Leah Schaeffer

I took this adorable picture of my granddaughter Abigail this week, she has been her all week even spent the night, which is hard for her, she's a mommies girl. She loves the pool she asks all day Grandma Dawn we going to the pool now? I always love the summer, and it has flown by...like usual. Sad I wish it could be summer a bit longer. They eaten nutty butties and popsicles all week.  I made them zoo pancakes for breakfast today and Abigail told the boys I made them for her. The cutest little story she was sad and missed her mommy and daddy last night so I was holding her in the bed all the boys were around her in a circle tring to comfort her it was like she was a brand new baby...I just thought how thoughtful and caring they were. I'm gonna miss ya Abigail when ya go to school! She starts school this year, Cooper is three months younger than her and he can't start till next year because of the deadline and he is sooooo ready, the school system has had so many cut backs they have elliminated the 4 year old program which Cooper could utilize but not now. Cooper is so READY!!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Say It With Letters W is for Whale

W is for Whale
You can get one to decorate right here
They are sooo adorable.
Check out Say It With Letters Blog to see the other DT work....awesome Inspiration.

I used old Rusty Pickle paper and shaded with burnt umber paints, two buttons for the eye,
the hat was cut from the Cricut Stand and Salute Cartridge at 2.....love the hat!! Used the CuttleBug to emboss the hat using an Quickutz embossing folder.
Edited the photo in PhotoShop.

Say It With Letters Cutout
Hello all I made this adorable little whale from Say It With Letters .  Just sooo soo cute!! Today I am finishing up a layout for tomorrows reveal and my last layout for DT at Stuck On You Sketches don't forget to stop back tomorrow by because I am in a beachy mood.....hint hint!!! Have a sweet day!! Hugs to all, Dawn Gallop

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Elmo Birthday Cake and Banner Using the Cricut and Cricut Cake and Cups Decorated with Vinyl

Elmo Cake
Dusty celebrated his 3rd birthday and of course who doesn't love Elmo?
I made this cake for his party using the 1996 Wilton Elmo Party Pan where Elmo is wearing a party hat and holding a piece of cake. Well since it was a jungle theme I changed the party hat to a safari hat. The cake piece I used the binoculars instead. Elmo was holding balloons and I put the map in the other hand. The map was cut from the Cricut Cake using the Paper Dolls cartridge cut at 2 1/2. I made all my own fondant and frosting's. The red frosting I started a week in advance increasing the intense color each day. The green leaves were all cut from Life Is A Beach cartridge at various sizes up to the 3 1/4.  The frosting tips are  16, and 72 and 2. I dyed the fondant with Leaf green from Wilton.

The animals were cut from Animal Kingdom. Too too cute!! Always love that cartridge.
I used the Wilton black food writers for the eyes and the details.

The map was cut from Paper Dolls Cartridge at 9 1/4. 

Close up of the leaves on the side they were all around cut from Life is a Beach Cartridge.

The banner was cut from the Elmo's Party Cartridge at 10.
The Sesame Street Font Cartridge was used to cut the alphas at 6 1/4.
The heads of the animals was cut at 2 3/4  using the Animal Kingdom Cartridge.
And of course the leaves Life is a Beach.

We had the party as a pool party in my backyard at our new and in making of the outdoor kitchen.

We (me and Alexis) made the cups for the party, the children loved them.
Alexis went to every Dollar General around to get enough! Love ya Lex!

We were all so pleased with the cups. Using the Elmo's Party Cartridge and vinyl.

Hello and Welcome to the Elmo Party I had for my three year old Dusty. All the details are under the pictures. Everyone had a super blast and making all the goodies for the party was just as much fun!
My daughter Crystal sent Dusty from South Korea a Robot and a Slip and Slide!!! My  cousin Josh bought him John Deere Tractor ride-on I mean like cousin of the year here!!!!! Thanks BJ, josh and Rebekkah. Dusty had so much fun i just tell you how much!!! Thanks to all my family, friends, and everyone!!!

Alexis dishing the ice cream, me cutting the cake, Abigail (my granddaughter) and Dusty having a blast!!

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