Saturday, October 24, 2015

Little witch hats

I like the "innocent little child" side of Halloween which I why I let these two little munchkins talk me into witch hats at Walmart...actually they managed to squeeze a few more things out of a pathetically pushover Grammie:) I posted my shopping experience on Instagram that day which made for a great story for the scrapbook page below. I will never look at witch hats without remembering those adorable faces:)



After cutting witch hats for the layout I was hooked! Cricut design space is the bomb! It just so happened I had a bare metal tree that needed something Halloweenish:) I resized the hats, cutting only 4 on a page instead of 8. Using regular adhesive I layered the hats before coating both sides with matte medium (less likely to bubble paper than Mod Podge)




Green, purple, and black are my favorite:) Black ribbon for hanging was added to the back of each hat with liquid adhesive. 



This metal tree was a Tuesday Morning find and it perfect for holiday ornaments.
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Cutest witch hats ever!



You may enjoy my other posts of Halloween... 

"The Innocence of Halloween"
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2011/10/innocence-of-halloween.html

"A Halloween love story"
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2011/10/halloween-love-story.html

"Carving Pumpkins"

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pink Pirates, homecoming scrapbooking

Small towns in Texas do Homecoming best:) In our small town we really "put on the dog" (Sweet Home Alabama quote!)... Main Street and the exit off of Interstate 10 literally are shut down for 2-3 hours every year on a Friday afternoon in October. Being in the parade is something special! We have sports teams riding 18 wheeler's, cheerleaders in jeeps, sweethearts and beau's in fancy sports cars, marching bands with feathered hats, and even a few clowns. It is one of the events that ties us together, brings back nostalgic feelings about our school years, and creates excitement after a long hot summer. I have been to this parade more years than I can count, a few as a participant, and most as a spectator. Trucks and chairs line up on the parade route days before the event, the most coveted spots go first:)

This was a fun layout to create with "ribbon" like background and glittery pink pirates!
Another One Event/One Design scrapbook victory:)
Daughter Brittany was the Soccer sweetheart in 2006 if you couldn't tell!








Pink pirates...I am now a fan:)



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Scarecrows & babies! scrapbook layouts

Scarecrows abound at Shangri La Gardens every autumn. I tagged along with the Tolmans for a festive, fall family adventure. The creativity of local businesses and organizations in sponsoring family friendly scarecrows made for an enjoyable walk through the gardens. I loved the colorful potted plants and landscape vistas around every corner. Throw in a perfectly chubby Scarlett, a glitter pumpkin painting & scarecrow loving Annabelle... my autumn agenda was complete:)

I am an event and holiday scrapper which suits me very well. When a birthday, holiday or season rolls around I remember and am motivated to catch up! I find satisfaction in adding to albums on display! 
True to my one Event/One design scrapbooking motto, these 6 pages are all the same template, they have been digitally recorded and are now safely tucked into my fall albums which are now being featured on my coffee table amid autumn pillows for the couch, fall flowers on the mantle, and velvet pumpkins scattered around the room...whew what a sentence! Southerners have a tendency to ramble:)


The page began with Bazzill cardstock, 2 printed 3" borders topped by a 1"paper border. The edges were inked with Tim Holtz "peacock feathers" distress ink. Pictures are matted on warm pale blue yardstick. The journaling circles were cut out of the mats-thrifty! Paper flowers in autumn colors with copper glitter brads mimic the fall flowers in the picture background. I cut the title on cricut design space. Various ribbons and trim highlight pictures.






I always take pictures of each individual scrapbook page...recently realized I wanted the "layout" too. I simply edited the photo to fit the double page spread.




May your autumn be filled with pumpkins, friendly scarecrows and an abundance of fall family joy:)


Sunday, October 4, 2015

A peek at Texas Antiques Week

I was headed to a School Board conference in Austin, passing a few miles by Texas Antiques week in Round Top. It was providence:) Oh my, the miles of tents and beautiful junk. It was fun to see the women shopping in cowboy boots and fringe! I was in creative junk heaven. Ideas of projects to do filled my mind as I wandered through tents manned by "purveyors of junk" as the Junk Gypsy sisters called it. I stopped by the Junk Gypsy headquarters where I saw and talked to Amie Sikes, one of the Junk Gypsy sisters! She was so down to earth as she explained to a customer that they only film their show once a year unlike the Property Brother's who film year round. My life is complete after speaking to a famous HGTV star:)

The pictures below are a few of things I loved and provided inspiration for future projects...
This is a project for hubby:) Pefect for our exam rooms at
our clinic Heart of Texas Family Medicine.
This lady was sewing up a storm right in her booth! This is a favorite southern saying
that covers just about everything in life...usually meant nicely:)
Another hubby project...thinking Christmas decorations for the porch?
Ya'll is home!
 I laughed first, then admired the creativity!
A roadside peak of the miles and miles of antique junk shopping.
These pictures below are my purchases or "finds" as my brother likes to call it:).......

Another hubby project:) Would like this rusty tin Texas mounted
on a pallet piece painted barn red
This metal bird is perfect for my big project room Kimberly's with it's bird themed decor!
My grandmother Nellie collected pitchers... I find myself loving them too!
The lady I bought this from said she had this for 15 years
and it was the first time she put it out, my lucky day:)
This will hang at Nellie's Cottage...not sure where yet???
I loved the turquoise on this Mexican pottery piece. 

I only stayed for an hour & sadly my phone died so my pictures are limited...but I am thinking this is my April 2016 adventure. Texas Antiques Week is October & April in Round Top Texas.