Bunting Banners For Halloween, Christmas, Weddings Or Children's Rooms

The sewing bug attacked me again and as a result I made these banners.  They are made out of remnants that have been hanging out in storage.  I love it when I can use up leftovers or repurpose things. They are all for sale in my Etsy shop. Just click the link under each photo to find out more information or to buy. Or go to my Etsy shop by clicking the Etsy Mini on sidebar.
I think mine are unique because I added appliqué flowers on each flag. Except for the Halloween and Christmas ones, they only have flowers on the middle flag.
It's my prerogative how many flowers I put on each banner. Hee.
This is all I've made so far. I want to make a smaller version with more flags.  I'll get to that later 'cause now the painting bug has infected me so it's back to my easel. I always flip flog like that. One day I feel like painting, next day it's something else. I'm so fortunate that I have the luxury to do what I want when I feel like it. 
I made a Halloween paper banner last year for myself. It's really cute and have wanted to make these fabrics ones for awhile.  So glad I finally did these. Can't wait to make more.

Code Blue

I know I've been away too long.  It's summer and I'm having way too much fun. My husband has been retired since March, so my free time is limited. He is always dragging me somewhere. lol. I still get a chance here and there to work on art. This one is not my latest but the last one I feel good enough to list in my Etsy shop. Here is the link to Code Blue.  That's the thing,,, I've done a lot of art but not a lot that I like. Just a lot of practice pieces. I've done a couple of free workshops and I bought Tracy Verdugo's book Paint Mojo!

I've only done a few exercise from it, but really enjoying them. This next painting is just one example of what I've done from the book.

It's on paper so I mounted it on black card stock. The exercise is to use leftover paint from pallet. Take a piece of paper and smooch it on top of the paint. Add other things to it, then look for little creatures or animals in the mess. Great way to use up the paint on the pallet that you don't need but don't want to waste.

Let me think what else have I been doing. Hmmmmmm.
We've gone to the coast three times....whaaaa whooo.
I've taken a cooking class. That was fun!
Gone on a few excursions with my sisters for sister day. I'll post pictures of that next time.
Gone to a couple of concerts at John T Floore Country Store.
Sightseeing the back roads of Texas, and visiting some of the great winery's we have close by.
Started reading Game of Thrones, even though I've seen every episode on HBO. Go Figure. Hee.
My summer is not over.... we will be going on our big vacations in a few. Going to Napa Valley! Cant' wait!
Hopefully I'll get better at this blogging thing come fall.
Enjoy the rest of the summer....life is too short.


Remember this background painting from last year? It's from a repurposed canvas I found in a thrift store. Really!
Painted over whatever, and this pretty background emerged. But then I got stuck. I felt more was needed but did not know what.
Well inspiration at last!
I'm really happy with the results. It's different for me at least, little more realistic and painterly. I still love using paper in my art but I'm trying to paint more, explore more options like painting outside, and going big. Now that's scary!

Little by little, step by step, brush stoke by brush stroke, art happens.

The Wedding

As promised some pictures of my sons wedding! It was so beautiful! The weather was perfect even though there was crazy weather up near Dallas. The same storm with all the tornadoes! Thank you Lord for not letting the crazy weather make it down near us. It was a little overcast with slight chance of rain, so it never got too hot. Great day for an out door wedding.
It was held at a lovely vineyard.
Next photo obviously me dancing with my baby boy! We danced to "I hope you dance". Luckily I got my crying out at the ceremony.
Then the beautiful bride and groom dancing.
Can't wait to see the photos taken by the professional.
Just so very happy for my son. Feeling so blessed.

Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Toppers

Here are my sweet wedding cake toppers that I collected just for the shower I gave for my now daughter in law.
I listed them for sale in my Etsy shop. I love them and hate to sell them but they will just get packed up and put away for a long time.
Here is a link to the  Lefton Wedding Couple .

Wine Cork Place Card Holders

The wedding is almost upon us. I'm so excited and nervous I could jump out of my skin. Since we are the parents of the groom, we will be hosting the rehearsal dinner Friday night. Hubby and I decided to do a seating arrangement so we need place card holders. The wedding will be held at a winery and we wanted to keep with the theme. Luckily we have been saving our wine corks since who knows when. I love this idea.
Glue three corks together to make triangle, (so it will stand up properly). But first slice/cut top of one cork before it is glued down. This is where my hubby came in. He used his jigsaw to cut the top slice to hold the card.
I like to make everything so I just cut out cards from card stock and stamped a cute butterfly on the side. Names are handwritten. Does not look like it came from a professional printer which is exactly what I wanted.
Just wanted to share this little project. The count down has begun and I've got many a things to do.
I probably won't be able to take pictures with my camera but I will try to sneak in a few with my cell so I can post some here asap, after all is over.
Hugs and toodles,

Girl With Red Curly Hair

Here is my latest work...of Art.
I've been playing around in our new joint art room/office.
My husband retired so we moved his humongous desk in my art room.
Which is a good thing...... because the bed moved into his old office & so now I won't get paint all over my mom's bed.
I also have a lot more room.
It's a good thing.....sometimes.
Sometimes he won't leave.
What is a girl to do?

Bridal Shower Ideas

Miss To Mrs Banner

Wine Bottle with Baby's Breath Table Centerpiece

Cupcake Dress

Recipe Box and Pinwheel Crosages

Burlap Heart Banner

If you have been keeping up with my blog you would know my son is soon to be wed, and that I was throwing a bridal shower for his fiancé.
Well it finally happened this past Saturday!
 I had a blast making these sweet decorations.
I wish I had had enough time and energy to do tutorials for some of the projects; like the Miss to Mrs. banner or the pinwheel corsages. So sorry,,,, I really had intentions of doing at least one tutorial, but I could not find the time. It has been one crazy month.

I found most of the ideas on Pinterest. Then of course I made them my own way.

The shower was a kitchen themed shower. I got the invitations from Etsy, and you might know I have a shop on Etsy too.
I found a cute Mason Jar Kitchen Invitation from

Cherry Berry Designs

If you click the link to Cherry Berry Designs you will see the exact same invitation I used only a different color. The lady who makes these invites is super sweet and will totally work with you.

I made my own pinwheel corsages for the bride, hostesses, bridesmaids, moms and grandmothers.
They turned out so cute.

Pinwheel Corsages

I saved 6 clear wine bottles for the centerpiece and glued rhinestone ribbon on the necks of the bottles. I found the rhinestone ribbon at Michaels for a dollar. What a steal! I was having a heart attack when I found that ribbon. I knew exactly what I was going to use it for. Lol! I also used it on the frosted bottle on the table with the recipe box.

I made a recipe box because everyone received a blank recipe card in their invitation to fill out their favorite recipe to give to the bride.  I found the pre decorated box at the dollar store. All I had to do to spruce up the box was glue four wooden balls for feet on the bottom of the box. I got an oval chip board and stamped "recipes" and glued that to the front of the box.

The burlap heart banner is fairly self explanatory. Only difference is I sewed the paper hearts instead of glueing the hearts on the burlap.

As thank you gifts for everyone who came I gave out wooden spoons with thank you tags tied on with ribbons.

I used a lot of mason jars because the bride is using them for wedding decorations as well. Pint size jars for drinking glasses, the quart size jars were decorated with burlap and ribbon to use as utensil holders and also used for vases with baby's breath.

I had the cupcake dress made at my local HEB bakery. I put the pearls and brooch on it myself. Really if you know how to decorate a cake this idea is not that hard. Place cupcakes in the form of a dress and decorate with beads and a brooch. I think they used glitter icing which I would not have had.  I had to have it made because i don't know how to decorate a cake.

Bride Apron

And last but not least I made a turquoise bride apron for the bride to be to wear.  I also requested that all the hostesses wear aprons.
It was way too much fun!
Hope this gives some ideas for anyone who might be throwing a shower.