Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I've got the Red, White and Summertime Blues!

Summertime Blues
I love this postcard recently posted by The Graphics Fairy
I'm not really all that depressed...I just have a wee case of the blues.  This morning is absolutely a beautiful one...the sky is bluer than blue, and the air is so clear I can almost see every individual tree on the side of the mountain.  I think I am just realizing that summer is speeding ahead faster than a speedboat on Lake Powell.  It's almost the Fourth of July already!  It seems like my grandkids just got out of school for the summer and now Hobby Lobby has Halloween black and orange pushing out the red, white and blue.  Luckily my crafting attention has been diverted by our upcoming "American Fork High School 40th Reunion!" It will be in early September and I have volunteered to make decorations...table decor, banners...all kinds of fun ideas.  This will help my blues considerably...and our colors "bright...of red and white"will inspire me for the next few months.  I will post some of my ideas when they come to fruition.  Pinterest is a big help!  And thank goodness for burlap...a decorator's dream come true!
Some Patriotic Decor...
My family room mantel...the pennants are from last year.

Kind of a Coney Island thing going on here.
Love my new ferris wheel...just found a German carousel to join it.

Fourth of July dollies.
The one in the striped skirt was a lucky recent thrift store find.

Table Vignette.
The box and hat are also from last year.
Tammy's Circus Garland!

Why are garlands so hard to photograph?
I had long admired Tammy's...of Tammy's in Love...fun circus garland.  I am simply crazy when it comes to circuses lately.  She crafted it from pictures cut from a Mary Engelbreit calendar.  One day...out of the blue...it showed up on my doorstep!  Tammy is the dearest friend...loved by many of us bloggers.  She knows instinctively what will brighten your day.  She's very busy now with her new job, but I hope she will still post from time to time.  You're the best, Tammy girl!!!

Cute Clowns and Barkers!

Like Tammy...I hung my pennants from a tape measure.
I made colorful rosettes to hang at the ends.
Tammy's garland is the perfect addition to my circus office!
Miscellaneous Summer Crafts...
Patchwork pillow I made for Holly of Cutie Pie Cottage
We did a swap...I got one of her darling button ball garlands!
We all love those, cute Holly!

Pinterest inspired Cowboy hat.
My granddaughter Madison pinned it one day...so I made it for her 15th birthday.
The fabric roses were applied with fabric Mod Podge.
A few pearls for bling!
I feel better already!
Sometimes posting is a great pick-me-up!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Circus Toy...and Front Door!

More Circus Summer Fun!

German Tin Litho Ferris Wheel
I found it yesterday at Sandy Antique Mall.
Now I have to collect more...lol!
Detail of Riders...the colors are so bright and happy!
The key was included and it works...turns like a charm!

Patriotic/Circus Front Door 
Still a work in progress...lol!
Lots of burlap and red/white/blue thingamajigs.

Closer View

Circus Wreath.
Antique Elephant Bread Board was a gift from my fun friend
Burlap ribbon...and bows made from torn strips of fabric.
Mod Podge paper mache stars.
Kinda busy-looking...but I'm getting fond of it.

I made four circus poster plaques...

...and four clown plaques. 
No scary clowns allowed!

Aren't these the tackiest flowers ever?
And don't you just love them?
I have a hard time finding red/white/blue flowers...these were from Walmart.
Happy Summer Decorating!
Some Circus Posters...Enjoy!