Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Hello my Lovelies, I just wanted to share my DS Shirley's BD gift.
I created the ATB to look just like her Humming Bird cottage..
I wanted to take the photos outside her cottage but the lovely rain prevented that.
I must have caught a bug when I was up there and have been sick for 3 days in bed, better now, thank goodness, :), which is why I haven't posted this or visited anyone..
 I used some lovely old coasters from the Queens Jubilee in 1977..
I made it like I usually do but then had to create a roof, I used 2 for the roof and 1 cut in half to create the angle on it. I made some paper for the wood siding and the roof tiles. I had to make a deck, so I glued some Popsicle sticks on an old wood trivet I had, in my stash..
 I used a envelope that had a mesh pattern on it for all the windows, then cut thin strips from old book pages to use for framing them, love how they turned out.

 I stamped 2 humming birds on acetate, coloring them with blue and green pebeo paint, cut them out to put under the eaves , I made some hummingbird feeders from red beads and sequins, I only made 5, she has 14 of them all around and lots of chimes, no time to make them.
 She has one large glass window with no screen in the front, I used a piece of paper looking like clouds and cut a piece of acetate to make it look like the sky reflecting in it..
Oh my goodness I have my Mothers hands, spooky :O)..
 I put the rest of the coasters inside. I didn't cover the inside, I thought she would like that concept, it matches the coasters inside.
I made the hinge stronger by adding some book binding tape behind the paper..

Made the snow shoes out of the same mesh envelope, just turning the paper to change the angles of the lines, I made the table and chairs from tiny spools and round  wooden circles for the tops, glued a piece of acetate on the table, hers has glass on it, inked them all with broken china. I found a scrap of paper that matched her cushions, a half of a circle for the backs. the white light I used a bead cap a bead and a piece of toothpick, gessoed it , I had a fish charm,  hung it with a twisted wire, I poked a hole in the coaster into hang it and all the feeders. She has a huge creepy iron spider, I get chills just thinking about it, I had a tiny stamp of a spider,image that, my friend just lent me in a bunch of tiny stamps, I'll be using them on some stained tea bags..
Ghees  another long post, thanks for stopping by my nest and letting me share this, I had so much fun making it, I love to make miniatures. I have so many wonderful memories of  my many times there it was a pure labor of love.

                             HUMMINGBIRD COTTAGE...
 Looking up from the French River.. You can see all the feeders which by the way you need to use a ladder, to get at, twice a day, she is the Queen of all those hummers...

          I adore the water lilies that thrive on her waterfront ..

 She also feeds a few families of ducks, the babies scurry around eating all the cracked corn or torn bread we throw out....

      I always pick her a huge bouquet of flowers and greenery...

Some pics of the hummers..

 There is always  a female on the cloth line guarding  the feeder, while the males fly around and fight, always buzzing our heads..

I made a book years ago, for all her guests (and she many) to sign and write a tidbit of their holiday at the cottage.
I had pick some wildflowers there one year and pressed them, so thought it was appropriate  to add them to this  book full of  stories...
Okay I'm really ending this post now really, thanks so much for spending some time, letting me share my memories, it's been a PLEASURE   I'll be around to visit can't wait to see what I missed...
                                   ((( BIG HUGS )))


Wednesday, 20 August 2014


Hello my Lovelies sorry I've been posting lots, this is my last post till I get back, I promise..
Well I had so much joy creating my tag, my wonderful Cuz Miss Julie Ann picked this weeks challenge, RUST and the letter O..
I'm entering this into the challenge here, have a look and see the wonderful  work created by the design team..
SQUAWK I'm crazy about rust, so I looked in my trusty tiny dictionary, when I read Ocher I knew this would be my word, love that color..
I googled images of it and was so surprised to see all the different things that had ocher in their tittle, so there started my dreaming..
Sorry for the lighting it was a wonderful dark rainy  day, it makes me very happy, I know everyone tells me I'm crazy, I like to think I enjoy the simple things....

 I started with a piece of my rusted cotton,frayed all the edges, found all the stamps I had to use and stamped them in gathered twigs, I did a bit of coloring with my copics..

You can see some of the rusty chicken wire with curly cues,, I used to hang it and added some strips of ribbon I tore up to dangle..

For my letter I colored a small wooden block with rusty hinge, then dripped some rust crayon and stamped my wax stamp which just happens to be an O added some Inca gold over the letter.
There is a bird called Ocher which is two tones of brown and yellow around his eyes..
The Ocher butterfly is spotted blue,brown and white

There is a Tribe in Africa that paint themselves in ocher clay around where they live, I just happened to find this stamp ( Tonniece gave me 3 black ladies, NBUS ) which look exactly like this tribe, amazing.
I love it when a plan comes together, :O)....

 I had to add a nest made from a tiny grapevine wreath filled with the threads I frayed and colored the eggs (beads) as I imagined they would look..

 There is also an ocher mushroom and a beautiful ocher starfish which I had to make, I cut it out inked it with rusty hinge, added some white dots with my sharpie and added gold stickles it were still wet when I took the pics..

I put it on an old piece of cardboard picture backing, added some glue and poured some rust powder I got from the rusted chicken wire and some rusted clay from Little Rock Arkansas all around the frame...
Okay I'm off to bed, were off early for our trip, I'll be taking pics of the ATB cottage on the deck up there...
Thanks so much for stopping by my nest, your visits mean the world to me. See you all when I get back  ((( BIG HUGS ))).

                                   Wings together head bowed,

Monday, 18 August 2014


Hello all you wonderful creative visitors, I want to tell you how much you all inspire me, I was thinking that while I was creating my Cottage ATB, my heart has been singing out loud by all the creations I have been absorbing, I could not do what I do without you my Lovelies, THANK YOU...

I'm trying to play catch up before I leave, sharing what I have already made, this dress has been on the back burner for a while now. My DS Sandy has been telling me to use my paper towels I keep from when I'm pouring my inks. There was lots of white still there so I made some sprays and colored them all up, then they sat in a folder for a while.
I'm really glad I created it, I had a ball for 2 days making this, my hands suffered but it was sure worth it....
I used my dress templates I made, cover it with the paper towels, then folded 2 layers added light pink netting in between, the top layer I stamped it with swirls, and gathered it together to give it softer folds. I used 2 pieces of lace for the waist piece, I folded a paper towel to form the bodice. Added a piece of step ladder yarn to be able to hang it..

                               You can see the layers here..

The jewel on her bodice is a piece of necklace. Glued on some foam butterfly's to hide the wires, used stardust stickles on top.

                 The danglys  are from a earring I took apart...

Another close up....

Thanks Sandy for making me make it, I adore my dress of many colors. She is hanging in the bird cage...
After swimming I had company till 4ish today, then have been madly working on the ATB, hopefully I can get it finished.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, :O)......
I have my Dragons tag to post before Wed evening...
Thanks for visiting my crazy, busy, messy nest
((( BIG HUGS )))

 Head bowed,  wings together..

Sunday, 17 August 2014


Hello my Lovelies, I'm busy like crazy, I made another envelope card for my niece Kim, she is the same age as my youngest DS, we have always been real close, always going for Dim Sum, having coffee at Starbucks, she lives in Edmonton now and will be here  this week, we are going on another road trip up north to her visit her Dad at his cottage and then to see her Mom my DS, at her cottage, leaving Thurs. morning coming back on Sat, I can't wait. It's my DS Shirley BD so I am working on a ATB, I'm going to try to make it look like her Humming bird cottage. I won't forget to take my camera this time...

  I covered this side with  book pages that was painted with watered down blue paint added some washi tape I made, then used watered gesso on top, stamped some script, stamped some paper arts stamps.  I podged some lovely lace on 2 of the corners..
 This is for our favorite coffee time, used a cup holder....
 Cut out some Queen of hearts cards, we always called her Queenie she is always so proper, the kisses are tissues paper...
 For the front I used my tea stained water color paper, sponged all over with the die cut, added some rock candy to it, then used it for the backing of the flower  with a crocheted piece and a tiny cloth flower for the center, stamped a post love stamp,  added some of my favorite sentiments, I know I use them all the time, I knew I would when I won them, I do love them so....

 I made her a book mark with a dangly added, love that stamp for book marks, used Tim's rusty hinge and olive paint for the background..
 I used some map paper since she is a traveler and  the lovely creative stamps.Edged it with Inca gold...

Thank you for visiting my nest, sorry I haven't been around much, I'm almost finished the dragons dreams tag, I'll post that before I leave and have till wed night to finish my ATB, and will get in as many visit as I can. Hope you all have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))....


Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Hello my Lovelies, thanks for stopping by my nest, I'm so excited to share this gift for a Lovely Lady at swimming who has just had a double mastectomy. I'm bless to have so many Lovely ladies in my life including all of you. 
WARNING this is really photo heavy, so you better grab a cuppa, if you can hang around that long, I'll try to keep the chat to a minimum wish me luck with that :O)... 

 Decorating the out side I poured all the red ink I had on my desk then ran my gessoed beer mats in it, then put salt on them, with the rest of the ink I soaked up with a piece of water color paper. When it was dry I stamped my hibiscus flower all over it then fuzzy cut them out, yup, yup, yup, I did put some stickles in the middle and my white sharpie for the stamen, love them..

 Sweet bow, I'll show you that later, instead of leaves I used a cancer ribbon..

 I stamped the sentiment on a gessoed book page, for the hinge I stamped the whole sentiment I used partially  on the inside.

 For the inside below,  rubbed a stencil in red ink, left it over night and it soaked into the gesso, a soft pink, some random script of that sentiment, stamped some swirl and my favorite circles.

I used the rest of that inked red paper to make my strips. I made the top hinge from the paper under it.

For the outside stamped some script and butterflies

Stamped some of my favorite sentiments on tissue for the 4 sides, I added a cloth ribbon, with a sentiment around the bottom..

That sweet bow, I found in my stash, finally found out how they work..

you pull on the middle ribbon, the 2 outside pieces scrunch up to create the bow, these are very old, but I love them..

I made some little love notes everyone can sign...

If you still here, THANK YOU for staying, it was a pleasure to make this for Sue, all the love notes are filled out and ready for her.
Thanks for visiting, I'm off to water fit and will visit later..
((( BIG HUGS )))...