Sunday, April 24, 2016

Excitement in the 'Hollow

The Bushytail's have been very busy getting ready for summer.  They found a great deal on a new/old camper; today Mr. Bushytail went to pick it up.  Mrs. Bushytail took advantage of the sunny day and took baby to the beach with friends.  
Mr Bushytail sent a picture of the camper, he says it needs a bit of refurbishing but believes he can have it ready for the July 4th holiday.

THE really BIG news here at Honeysuckle Hollow is the arrival of my first grand-baby to my daughter, Laura and her husband Graham.  
On March 25th we welcomed our new "mini" Hudson weighing 7lb 7oz, 20 inches.  
All are doing well and baby Hudson is "perfect" !!   
He is the first grandbaby on either side of the family 
so will be appropriately loved on and spoiled rotten!
Getting back to Mrs Bushytail, you may have noticed her accent table ...
It is 2" tall, the top is 2.25" and the base 2".
The seahorses were cut using a Silhouette and are about 1.75"
The items on top the table were also handmade, except the starfish, its a sticker.  
The "fruity coconut drink" is paper clay
 with paper flower and umbrella.  It was made with wire and tissue paper, 
the pink "straw" is also wire.  
The SL magazine is made from a scan of the "real thing"
the sunglasses ... holy moly the sun glasses  
I'm not sure I would ever mass produce these suckers again!!  
They were cut using the Silhouette BUT it is not designed for tiny intricate 
work so I destroyed several in the process. 
The lenses were glazed with "Glossy Accents".  
This touch really did make them appear very realistic. 

Again thanks for stopping by I am always happy to have visitors!  Hugs, E

Thursday, December 24, 2015

" ... and there were in the same country shepherds 
abiding in the field, 
keeping watch over their flock by night.
 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the 
Lord shone round about them...: 
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, 
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."  
Luke 2:8-14   KJV  

Monday, December 21, 2015

Honey Run Baptist

The annual Christmas Pageant  is just around the corner and Mr. Bushytail and cast are busy with rehearsals and last minute adjustments.  Tonight the crew successfully finalized the rigging so the angel bearing "good tidings" could fly.  If you can't be with us at Honey Run Baptist we hope you enjoy Christmas Eve services at your place of worship.  
Merry Christmas  

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Instead of using a pre-made wreath I used the stems below to make mine 
To form the wreath I use a bottle (puffy paint), wrap the stem around the bottle, cut, and fold over a bit to secure, I added glue too.  
The first step was adding the loops of gold cord
Then I decorated using beads, glitter stars, and tinsel garland.  I cut the beads from this pick and the tinsel is larger than a plain chenille stem, hand punched glitter stars 
The House: 
The foam board shape is cut to fit into the wreath, and painted. When dried I cut out a door and window and glued them on.  The wreath above the door is made from twine.  I didn’t have green twine, so I painted the twine with acrylic paint, curled it around a regular tooth pick to dry; when it was dry I cut and glued the ends together.  The bow on the wreath is embroidery thread.  The roof is paper cut to fit, glued on and white puffy paint added for snow, then glittered. The door knob is a gold seed bead.  Final touch is the ribbon, mine is red, 1/8th inch grosgrain. 
Glue the house inside the wreath and your finished ... not a quick project but fun 
end product !

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Wreath Making Marathon

I am on a mini wreath making marathon and its addictive !!
Wreaths with deer
Wreaths with snowmen
Wreaths with snowflakes
Wreaths with snowballs
Wreaths with sleighs ... and my favorite 
 wreath with a tiny little house
Now what to do with all these little wreaths .... hum   XO E

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Miniatures

This is a collection I made for an upcoming party of mini friends in Nashville.   I bought the rocking chair (3 inches tall), and decided not to finish it but will let the person who gets it finish as they want.   
I made the flannel throw, rug, pillow, wreath, and gift filled bag.  

Recently I've seen large gift filled bags for children and thought I’d make a mini version.
I filled the bag with packages and a candy cane
I used a graphic on the bag from the Silhouette Design Store online, by Samantha Walker, called “North Pole Postmarks”. 
I added the words “naughty and nice”, and check boxes.  I re-sized the image I created to fit the little bag then printed onto transfer paper.  Then image is ironed onto the bag.  I use Microsoft Word or Publisher to create most of what I do including this project. Using Publisher when your image is finished, you can choose the “save as” option, then click “jpg”, this allows you to edit in Pic Monkey, etc.  

Hope you enjoy the idea, let me know if you make a mini gift bag.  XO E

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Indian Corn: Time for Harvest

Today I made Indian Corn from "seed beads" and thought I'd share.  It was a pretty easy little project, and not perfect but turned out pretty good for a first attempt.  "No hole" beads would be the ideal but are not as easy to find as plain seed beads.   
The writing on the pic is a hard to read so here are instructions:
1. Cut a tooth pick in half
2.Glue raffia at the blunt end, I bind with a little thread  to hold it secure.  Let it dry.
3. After glue dries pull the raffia UP exposing the pointed tip, then trim the tooth pick to the length you want your corn to be

Let the fun begin !  Add glue to the wooden tip and let it dry a "tad" (beads stick a bit better).  Now let it dry ... you may shape the cob as it drys but go slowly or beads will start falling off.  Once dry add beads where they did not adhere.  
(There is no doubt a better glue for this ??)
If the beads fall off just add more and let it dry until you have what you want.  I also think to diminish the shine a coat of Modge Podge "Satin" might be the trick?  I didn't have green beads but wanted a little green so I used the tip of a tooth pick to "paint" in some of the white areas.  
There you have it !!  Thanks for stopping by  
Thank heaven for simple activities when our hearts are broken.  Today my thoughts are with my dear cousin (like a sister kind'a cousin) Donna who recently passed away ... suddenly, totally unexpected, without warning.  Love you always Donna Jean !!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
4     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.