Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Every day is a journey....


I hope you are all having a great day.  After what seemed like weeks of wet weather, we're finally experiencing some glorious weather here today and I am overdosing on vitamin D.  I also started the Master Cleanse lemonade diet today.  Not sure if you've heard of it, but I will tell you all about this detoxification diet in a later post.  So far so good...
I took a little drive to the lake shore this morning after dropping the kiddies at school.  The air felt fresh and the morning sun warmed my soul...

We had a rain storm last night so the ground was still wet, which provided a perfect background to my little sail boats...

There are no starfish in Lake Ontario, so I decided to bring mine along (although I don't think it's too convincing)...

I have seen many little sail boats made from driftwood and think they look darling, but I wanted to make mine a little different.  I had a 2.5' log laying in our garage (Honey, I told you I was going to use that one day) which I cut into three different sizes, carved a little, sanded a little...
I carved it a little more until I was happy with the shape and then drilled a hole big enough for a dowel.  I applied some Gorilla wood glue and gave them a white wash.
I made some masts from scrap fabric and set them off to sail...

They would actually probably sink, but they look so perfect sitting on the sand.  It's like they've been sitting there for a long time, just rocking with the waves...

I think they also look pretty sitting along side some shells in a blue jar.....It screams out of a beachy summer cottage.  Do you remember my garland? I made another one...

While I was typing this post, my kiddies were filling water balloons and one of them burst all over the kitchen floor.  I scolded them, only to regret shattering their fun over a dry floor.  In this world full of fast this, fast that, perfect this, perfect that, we sometimes overlook the beauty of this journey called our life. 

These moments are what makes my journey interesting, these moments are the ones our kiddies will remember on their own personal journey and I want to make each and every moment count.  So an apology was in order and I ended up filling the rest of the balloons and rejoicing in their fun.  I would have felt hypocritical if I had not shared that with you as the intent of my posts are to always inspire you not only creatively but also spiritually.

Thank you so much for your company on my creative journey.

much love,
Lucy


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Creative Air Force...

 The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men. -Minot J. Savage

I thought I would share a little garland I had made for my nephews as a Christmas present last year.  I thought the colours would be very appropriate to commemorate your Memorial Day.  As you might know, I'm Canadian and our Memorial Day - or what we call Remembrance Day - is celebrated in November, but a fallen soldier is a hero no matter where you are from.
I made this little garland to coordinate with my two nephews' room.  My sister in law chose the perfect colours for her little boys.  She has a cute blog which specializes on sewing tutorials, drop by and say hello for me.

You can easily see from this picture some of the plane's detail. I thought it would be great for them to hang their drawings or some photos.

They look so precious in person and make a perfect addition to their room.   These would also be great for Independence Day don't you think? 

I had my long weekend last week and now It's your turn!  I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing one. I can't wait to read all about it.

I will also have some really cool things to share with you so I hope you come back to visit me soon.

much love,
Lucy

p.s. I wrote this as an after thought...

Have you ever had a project that you were very protective of and you felt a little selfish about?  Well, this is it for me. Not because I think it is grand and amazing; but for some reason I have an attachment to it and have hesitated posting it for fear of it being reproduced and having someone else take the credit for it.  I am sure some of you can relate...right????  Please forgive me if I sound selfish by writing these words.  I hope you know that I truly want my blog to be inspiring to you and that's why I share all my ideas.  

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Twinkle, twinkle little faux seastar....

On my previous post, I shared the sign I had made from an old baseboard.  Even though I really love the way it turned out, the space needed something else....


Enter a homemade shell garland...

I love seastars, but I only had one around the house....

...and the ones I found at the store were $6.00 a piece.  So, like any sensible DIYer would, I decided to make my own out of clay....

I had the original as inspiration as nothing
compares to God's original masterpiece....

but here is a quick step by step...

(I added a toothpick to each arm to reinforce them).

I didn't really take my time so I was not 100% happy with the way the stars looked, but once I threaded them and hung them, I thought they looked ok.

Once the clay dried, I painted it and sealed the stars.
Threaded some twine and some spiral shells...
If you have the time and patience, you can mimic each little hole easily using a toothpick.  Or, you can simply buy them, gently drill a hole on the top and thread the twine through...easy.

Nothing says summer like a garland made of pretty shells, twine and some seastars.  Come on summer, I am eagerly awaiting your arrival...

On a final note, I wanted to say thank you so much for all your lovely comments.  I hope you know that I truly appreciate the time you take to leave your words behind.

much love,
Lucy


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Live in the sunshine....

Hello friends - I hope you had a great Monday.  Today was a holiday here in Canada, and as I type I can hear the 'booms' of the fireworks as people celebrate Victoria Day, otherwise known as the May 2-4 weekend (Queen Victoria 's birthday).

I love long weekends, and I especially love, sunny and warm long weekends.

Oh how I've missed the warmth of the sun...

Time to live in the sunshine, swim the sea and drink the fresh air...

Time pretty up your home (a little sign out of old baseboards)...

Grill some delicious food...

Walk along the pier...
 
Feel free...
 
  Appreciate the beauty of little things...

Live in togetherness...
 
See the stones skip along the crystal waters...

Make and capture memories...
 
Dance our summer dance and...

Always keep in mind the foundation of our family...

Thank you for allowing me to share some more of me with you.  Your company makes my days bright and sunny.

much love,
Lucy

* I used an old baseboard to create a beachy sign for our backyard.  Painted it and added some wording. I then aged it by sanding and adding a little glaze to it.





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Friday, May 20, 2011

Quiet beauty...

“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these" - Luke 12:27

 How simple and minute, yet how beautiful and grand...

It's a quiet kinda day for me...
 And so, just a few simple images for you to
appreciate the Grand Artist that is God....
It's a long weekend here in Canada, as we celebrate Victoria Day.  They say it's the busiest gardening day of the year and I'll be joining my fellow Canadians in working on beautifying our yard with plants and flower beds.

I'm sure we'll squeeze in a BBQ or two as we spend lots of outside time...I love long weekends.

I hope you have a colourful yet restful one.

much love,
Lucy

Here is a little peek at what's blooming next at the Craftberry Bush


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The best materials in life are free....

The beauty that surrounds us and we often take for granted lends itself for the most beautiful creations.

Nature had been doing most of the work over the years for the waves had gently sanded and collected this beautiful wood.

And today as I took a little walk down the lake shore, it was there waiting for me....
                            
I had purchased this wooden wine box at the dollar store in hopes of painting it some day.  But today, It found a new purpose.


I drilled three holes at the bottom of the box for drainage...

and started by placing the larger pieces of driftwood along the sides of the box.  I had originally thought of attaching them with hot glue, but they would not adhere to the box.  It could have been because the wood was wet and still a little sandy.

So I  nailed them in place instead (which I recommend if your planter will sit outside).

I continued to attach the driftwood and placed the smaller pieces to cover any holes (I personally don't mind the nails being visible, but if you prefer, you could paint over the heads with brown paint to camouflage them).


And then I had this....

This little well is from a fairy garden the kiddies and I had made last summer (it's made out of a plastic cap and tini little pebbles glued to it).

And we also made this little turtle out of painted rocks...it's also tini wini.  I love the name of the plant it sits amongst...'Goldilocks'

This project cost next to nothing as the most important and beautiful material was free.

Tomorrow, I shall walk the shores again and let the sound of the waves inspire me once more.

I hope you are having a beautiful week.

much love,
Lucy



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