As the lucky recipient of more than a few delivered bouquets,
I have a box full of little flower water vials.
One of my favourite ways to re-use them is to slip a handwritten message, quote or poem inside.
They can then be tucked into a gift, lunchbox or suitcase (they are a wonderful surprise to find while traveling away from home) ♥
For something a little different, I turned this one into a necklace . The plastic tip already has a slit (for a rose) which allows you to slip a bead chain through easily. Write a special message on a small piece of paper, roll paper and wrap a few times with twine to hold.
Embellish by adding a little lace around the lid, a small decorative bead to the bottom, and a pretty charm to dangle from the chain.
What an honour to have my creations published in this fabulous magazine.
It's Wednesday which means Downton Abbey ... Yeah!!!!
lovely clusters of crocus are popping up underfoot ...
Received my issue of Green Craft Magazine this morning.
Love this magazine & seeing all the creative, re purposed ideas & the the beautiful way in which the magazine encourages & values items normally discarded.
I have 2 of my "trash to treasure" creations in this issue.
Being sticklers for recycling, if there isn't a spot to toss out recyclables, they come home with us. I got thinking about the plastic cone toppers that came with some ice cream we purchased while on vacation knowing they could be turned into "something" :-)
I love anything that has a dome to it, as the height gives you room to fill it with tiny little treasures, which is what I started to do. A small watch face with chain, a few snippets of lace, and the words "always find time" cut out from discontinued book page were just enough items to fill this tiny vessel.
I cut a small circular disk, a bit larger than the lid from discontinued anaglypta wallpaper using decorative scissors as a backing.
Once finished, I put it to one side atop of some papers I had sitting on my desk ~ aha ~ a paperweight!
I'll show you the other project later in the week.
I guess doors are like hearts ... wonderful things can sneak in when both are left open!
Yesterday was so beautiful outside, that Archer and I sat out on the deck for a while in the morning.
When I went inside to make a tea, I looked around to spot him looking through the screen door waiting for me just as Ben and Ernie had :-) Funnily, Archer is sitting, Ernie standing, and Ben is laying down.
In keeping with St.Patrick's Day, and LUCK, I went looking through my photos and found these ~ three beautiful, faithful Labs waiting for me ... now THAT is LUCK ♥
This very moment is a seed from which the flowers of tomorrow's happiness grow ~Margaret Lindsey~
This amazing Spring weather has me thinking seeds :-) And even though it is too soon to do anything garden related, I have an afternoon planned with my daughter which will include lunch out (possibly Al fresco) and a browse round the garden center. Have a wonderful weekend ♥
It's a gorgeous, sunny day today in my little corner of the world ...
The sun is streaming in through all the windows in my hOMe ...
And on the water ...
as we walked along the lake ...
and in the garden as the squirrels
and Woodpeckers enjoyed their breakfast ...
and on the floor of my Studio ...
~ You are my Sunshine~
And tonight, we have our favourite show Downton Abbey where we follow the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their staff. Staring the amazing Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern & Brendon Coyle!
I realized today, that I had forgotten to post 52 Friday last week ... so today, I'll post 2!
He was free to enjoy
the breathless glee
that overwhelmed him:
the speed, the clear cool air,
the total silence, the feeling of balance
Balance your thoughts with action.
If you spend too much time
thinking about a thing,
you'll never get it done.
I was looking at a bowl of lemons on my counter and decided I should make Luscious Lemons Squares :-)
They're the perfect BALANCE of Tart & Sweet.
Here's the recipe...
LUSCIOUS LEMON SQUARES
1/2 cup softened butter
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup plus 2 1/2 tsps all purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar ( I use a little less)
6 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8" baking pan.
FOR THE CRUST: Using an electric mixer, cream butter, confectioners sugar and 1 cup of flour on medium speed and beat until well blended. Press dough firmly over bottom of pan and bake in oven for 15 minutes until lightly golden. Set pan aside to cool.
FOR THE TOPPING: While crust is cooling, prepare the lemon topping by combining eggs, granulated sugar, remaining 2 1/2 teaspoons of flour, lemon juice and zest in medium bowl. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Pour over cooled crust and return to oven for 20 minutes more, until set.
Allow to cool thoroughly in the pan before cutting into squares.