August 26, 2020

The Mushroom Village In My Back Woods

I've had a lot of time for exploring in the woods behind my house. You will never believe what I found! Just past the hill, beyond a huge bolder, is a Mushroom Village full of hard working Gnomes. 

I couldn't believe my eyes and exclaimed, "Oh my, is this even real?" And the gnome in the middle mushroom replied, "Dude, what are you on?" And then they all laughed at me. It was very strange, but then they went on to tell me that since I have learned to slow down more, and appreciate the little things, I can somehow now "see" them. 

Apparently they have been there for years, which explains why my dog, Antoinette, is always yapping in their direction. 

I am a huge ornithologist and out of the hundreds of birds I have seen, the British Robin is my favorite. They have the boldest personalities. 

I never knew a tiny gnome could be so intimidating, but Toggle Squirrel Kin McMuller is still making me wonder if I am imagining things or not. He loves to mess with me, but his skill as a squirrel whisperer has me green with envy.  

Using this 12x4 Platform Base made adding small details so much easier. 

To insert animals cut from the S is for Squirrel Collage Sheet and Nature's Creatures Collage Sheet, I simply inserted a blade to make a small slice into the platform. 

Make sure to include an extra strip of paper as you are cutting the image out, to insert into the slit in the platform.

And that is all. I did not use any glue or adhesive of any kind.

I used a bookbinding awl tool to make a small hole to insert the mushroom stem into the platform. You can add a drop of glue if you want, but the mushroom stays securely in place. 

After attaching the arches to a brown sheet of paper, I added a drop of glue and a pinch of Miniature Brown Path Pebbles to give the arch the appearance of stone. 

One minute all of the gnome villagers are quietly working in their mushroom homes, the next they are out and about working like busy beavers out to save the land. 

The entire time they are out working, they sing cute songs in union, and it always causes all of the animals in ear shot to come skipping up, ready to help. That precious chipmunk has shown up every day that I have been there, to haul big loads for them. 

I sometimes wish I could shrink myself down and have a mushroom home of my own. But I know I am lucky to just be an accepted part of their day, and we have all become very close.

I often see this tiny fairy in Toggle Squirrel Kin McMuller's window, but I don't know what she is doing there. I am still too intimidated by Toggle Squirrel Kin McMuller (and yes, he wants his full name to always be used) to ask. I've noticed that none of the other gnomes seem to notice her, so I am wondering if I am just relaxing even more and able to see fairies now too. I will let you know as soon as I figure it out.

I am in love with the papers in this Great Escape 12x12 Paper Collection, (and three are included in this months Mushroom House Kit over at Alpha Stamps). I cut small slits to adhere the paper over the top of the mushroom, so that I could arch the paper out like a shade to protect the gnomes from the elements. 

There are a lot of fun treasures in this months kit to create loads of details, so be sure to go and check it out. Especially if you love mushrooms and gnomes like I do.

I'm having a feast for my gnome friends, so I am off to finish setting up. I have some excellent ale for our gathering and even treats for our furry friends. Thanks for visiting and remember to keep an open mind and take time for yourself. 


July 25, 2020

The Sea and The Sun Bar & Grill

Are you tired of the same old humdrum of each day? Need a break and a place where everybody knows your name? Well then come on down to The Sea and The Sun Bar & Grill! 

We always have a variety of drink specials and family fun feasts.

Join us each day for fun drinking games, and each night for karaoke, comedy and Bingo! The fun never ends at The Sea and The Sun!

Did I mention we have a live mermaid tank behind the bar? You'll see swimming performances throughout the day and have a chance to capture a photo with Betty or one of her mermaid sisters. 

We've got top shelf margaritas by the pitcher and fresh appetizers!

You can also get bucket specials of beer, wine, or a combination of both!

Ok, ok, enough of my commercial chatter. But it was just too good of an opportunity to help showcase some of the darling items in my mini Bar & Grill.

There are lots of little things I included and ideas I created, but I am going to focus on just a couple of my favorites.

The Palm Tree Silhouettes just really pulled this project together for me. It gave the whole mini scene a warm, tropical feel and reminded me of one of my favorite islands. There are lots of angles that would require some time to trim, if I had covered them in paper. But then an easy idea floated into my mind.

The only thing I used were some mini ink pads. In between each layer of color, I would dry the ink with a heat gun. I added dimensional accents with another shade of color and some lighter shade to make my trees look like they had bark. I love how they came out!

For the patio border, I used regular craft acrylic paint on both sides of a Under The Sea Chipboard Border, and after drying with a heat gun, attached with liquid glue. 

The table was simple. I used a round paper punch to get a perfect circle from the Coastal Summer Brights 12x12 Paper Set. After attaching the paper to my table top, I used a sharp blade to cut several slits all around the table. This allowed me to fold each slit down to form a table cloth.

I weaved the same paper through the Half Scale White Lawn Chairto create the look of matching chair cushions.

And now, back to our sponsor! Come on over to The Sea and The Sun Bar & Grill for a good ole' time!

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July 1, 2020

Godzilla, Bewitched And A Western

I remember back in the third grade, rushing home from school to watch Felix the Cat and Bewitched every afternoon. I had my own little black and white television with four channels and I had to actually turn the dial on the TV to change the channel. And I still, to this day, have my Godzilla magazines and my heart always went out to him. Naturally, this latest kit from Alpha Stamps, Retro TV Kit, has brought back many, many memories. 

This adorable Medium Size Retro TV is so easy to put together! I painted this one with red paint, and then chose a simple patterned paper to give it a little snazzing up.

I wanted the red of the paper I chose (Banner Year 6x6 Pad) to be a little bit brighter, so I used the same red paint and using a diaper wipe as my "brush" just rubbed a little bit of paint directly to the paper. 

I used the same painting method with this pink designed paper from the Spring Bloom Scrapbook Paper Set, using the pink paint of the television to darken the paper a bit more. 

I did an on line search for the "Bewitched" screen, and simply drew out the letters with a white pencil, then traced over that with a white gel pen. The background paper from the Banner Year 6x6 Pad was perfect, with a moon image already in place and I accented the stars with the gel pen so they would pop out even more.

Alpha Stamps carries a huge and excellent selection of miniature items.  Godzilla (actually a T-Rex), Popcorn, Beer, Cactus, Hat, Cat and so many more. 

This potted cactus and cowboy hat are actually beads. 

I love this mini TVs and plan on making a few more of some of my other childhood favorites. What shows would you recreate?