Friday, August 24, 2012


Playing with dominoes, mini dominoes.
I decorated a few to give as little pin favors to some friends recently. 
 Each one a wish for hope or joy. 
 Rather than wrap each of the mini dominoes 
I attached them to a lavender sachet.
 I enjoyed making these so much... .
Happy Pink Saturday!
Please say hello to our hostess Beverly at How Sweet The Sound. Click here!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Pink Saturday ~ Cup Cake Wars

Last Saturday my daughter treated us to some delicious cup cakes. These are not just ordinary cup cakes they are specialty cup cakes from a bakery called Ady Cakes. Ady the owner of Ady Cakes was a winner of the Food Network's Cup Cake Wars. Ady's cupcakes are baked fresh every day and she features certain flavors every day. She also makes seasonal flavors for each month. A great reason to keep going back at least monthly to try them all. Below are 6 delicious flavors we shared. They come packaged in a "pink box!"
Perfect for a Pink Saturday post. 
They were delicious! Click here to check out Ady Cake's Shop.
 Dulce de Leche, Mocha Espresso, Chocolate Mint, Pink Champagne, Chocolate,  and Chocolate Peanut butter

Happy Pink Saturday - Click here to visit Beverly at How Sweet The Sound.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Pink Saturday Social

Time for another Pink Saturday Blog Social
Thanks to Beverly at How Sweet The Sound

This week nature has provide me with more pink and yellow colors for my post. Due to health problems we have not been keeping up with the maintenance on our country property and unfortunately weeds have overtaken a steep bank in our backyard. Fortunately however some weeds produce beautiful flowers like the wild daisies we had in the spring and most recently the pinkish/purple flowers blooming on the very tall, dangerously spiky, thistle plants. 
This week I've been thankful for the opportunity to have these weeds growing right outside my window because (unbeknownst to me) American Goldfinches love to eat thistle seed. We've been enjoying watching these gorgeous yellow and black birds pull out the plant down which they use for nesting material and devour the seeds.  We had been spraying the weeds with weed killer but we have stopped since seeing the birds.  The photo is a bit blurred but it's was the best I could get for now. I'm hoping to get a bit closer. 
Now there is a down-side to their activity too. As they pull out the down to get to the seeds a lot of seed sticks to the down as it falls to the ground. It's natures way of re-seeding to produce more thistle plants for next year. We have lived here over 40 years, but this is the first time we have had the pleasure of experiencing these natural beauties. 
Happy Pink Saturday my friends!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Mind Wide Open Challenge

Gail at Shabby Cottage Studio has re-launched her Mind Wide Open Blog and the monthly challenges. Here is the linkEach month she will post an image and she often includes an optional prompt word. The challenge is to create something with the image and submit photos of your finished piece to Gail by the due date. She will then post all the entries on the blog allowing anyone who visits to vote for their favorite entry. The person with the most votes wins a $20.00 shopping spree for the Shabby Cottage Studio Store. Here is the link to the store where you can check out all the amazing things Gail carries. I enjoy the challenges and I would love to win the shopping spree too.
This is the image Gail provided for the August challenge. A prompt word was included in the image background.
My entry is a double sided domino necklace. While I love the image Gail gave us to work with I thought the little fairy look so sad and I felt a need to give a reason for her sadness. I found a perfect little quote by Hans Christian Anderson that may explain what the fairy was pondering.
"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly fairy, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." 

I also wanted a quotation for the back. I found one by Benjamin Franklin that I like and thought it worked well with my design using the butterfly mask. 
"Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?"
It would be so nice of you and I truly would appreciate it if you were to go visit the link here and vote for me. ((smiling))
Of course if you have entered your own piece into the challenge I understand you would want to vote for yourself. I Hope you enjoy your visit.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Making Flowers...

A pretty pink rose to honor Pink Saturday.
It's was made from a coffee filter that has been dyed with red food coloring.
 The mess above was used to create the blossoms below.
I enjoyed making these grungy style flowers from a brown lunch bag and a scrap of craft paper. I love the way they look. 
I want to thank Susie Jefferson at the 1st Floor Flat for the inspiration.
While visiting Susie during the Pink Saturday celebration last week I saw she had several videos posted on how to make paper flowers.
I made a note to go back and view them. I did just that and I was inspired to give flower making a try. My favorite technique is the one using the paper bag. Click here to see Susie's video post. 

Take the time to visit Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for another Saturday filled with Pink treats! Click here!