Monday, March 7, 2011

It's A Numbers Game & Has Spring Sprung?

I'm sure I don't have to tell you guys what a die-hard fan this U of AZ alum is...

Well, we had the BEST time on Saturday at the U of A/Oregon game.  In case you haven't heard - Arizona WON the PAC 10 Championship for the 12th time!  I won't dwell on the details, but I've included a fun link for those of you who haven't attended a U of A home game this year... Jefferson, Stoudamire, Walton, Kerr, Elliot, Olson, and Miller explain it all in....(click on or hover over the title)

GO CATS - rip 'em up in the March to Madness!!!

Melissa celebrates her birthday this month, and since she's known in our family as the "queen of theme" we went out shopping this week for "stuff" for her "White Trash Birthday Party."  Please support the Goodwill Stores in your neighborhood - the finds are amazing and we uncovered a LOT of treasures.  At the first one, everything is priced by the pound - $1.29 for the first 2 lbs. and $0.33 a lb. after that.  At the next one, they honor seniors on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a 20% discount.  Needless to say, Mel's ready for her party!!
the invitation

the spice rack is actually mine, to be used after the party for tiny crafting supplies

gotta have a hubcap laying in the front yard!

don't you just love "Big Mouth Billy Bass???"

"Welcome" wreath for the front door

this guy's a table lamp for the living room!!

And finally, three more treasures I found.  The rack and crate are for the scrap room and the vintage crepe paper roll, 166 2/3 yds., was the crowning jewel!

I managed to sneak in a great card class this week at MMU - Alex's classes are SO creative and I just loved her black, gray, and yellow theme!  You continue to inspire my muse, Alex!
Alex, the artist, with her creations

aren't these the best?!!

Something caught my eye awhile back.  My friend Debbie Stertz had used beeswax and the ancient encaustic method on a card.  I was intrigued!!  So, I decided to research the process and see if I could incorporate it into my art.  Here are some of the results - you can also see them in my etsy store at

This is a project that my friend Carolyn at shared.  I thought it was a great project with Spring right around the corner.  For my AZ friends, our 70-80 weather is very encouraging of this jump start on our gardens.  For all my other friends, I'm sure you're just a ready for the change!  Please be sure to check out Caryolyn's's a good one. In the meantime, let's get started!

The Dirt: paper towel roll seedling pots

Isn’t this a great idea? I read about this on a gardening site and it’s a great way to get your seedlings started without purchasing little pots.

Paper towel rolls cut down are the perfect size to start seeds and are biodegradable. When the plants are sturdy enough to be transplanted into the ground, you simply plant the entire roll.

To make these biodegradable pots, cut a paper towel roll into 4 tubes. Fill with potting soil and add your seeds.


I placed mine in a planter tray with pebbles on the bottom and moss around the pots to keep them in place. I also wrapped a piece of twine around each pot so it wouldn’t start unrolling when I watered them. The twine will need to be removed before planting.

Hopefully these will survive and grow into beautiful spring flowers.

 Like these.
Spring Flower photos courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.

Here's another idea I thought you might like.  I found it in my March, 2011 issue of Country Living.

Have a simply fabulous week and "bloom where you are planted!!" xoxo


Becky Shander said...

Wow, lots of goodies to look at. And your cards layered with beeswax are really wonderful.

~*~Patty S said...

WOWEE lots of great stuff to take in
the white trash party will surely be a hit...Love the spice rack storage idea
AND you have Neal Young too!

~*~Patty S said...

also wanted to say how lovely your creations are...each and every one...wonderful details!

I am a big fan of birds "outside" the cage :)

Alex Hardy said...

Your ideas just keep getting BETTER and CUTER.
Love the planting idea ... I lack a green thumb, but these inspire me!

Saw your cards at MMU ... SO COOL!
I have a FABU Mother's Day Card Class in the works ... just you wait!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

This post is full of enchantment and I got so many ideas from you! Your creations are beautiful and I'm off to visit your Etsy store next. Blessings friend ~ Katie