Greetings Dear Ladies,
If any of you have left work outside the home to be full-time homemakers, you probably wondered what you were going to do with yourself all day. You may be finding out how much here is to do, how fast the day seems to pass, (especially when you have to leave the house to run errands) and how many things you can think-up to do! It is a full-time occupation just looking after yourself and your husband, with meals, laundry, housekeeping, paperwork, correspondence, company, and home care.
When possible, I like to take time to create something simple, which I am sharing today.
This is an English card-making magazine that includes an acrylic stamp and an embossing folder.
Below: a card made with the stamp, using pigment ink and shiny white embossing powder.
The embossed background is shown on this paper, below:
Some of the grocery stores and florists that use the Debi-Lily containers, like the one in the above photo, have really got some sparkly metal buckets and vases, but they are very expensive. The larger ones, with plants, are almost $30.00. Since I am hosting an annual Ladies Day Lunch next week, I wanted to see how I could immitate this at a much lower price.
Dollar Tree had tin buckets in green, red, purple and aqua, so I bought primroses for $1.29 and made these. The wired burlap ribbon and crystal beads are also available at Dollar Tree and will make several of these projects, so the total cost was about $2.25 per gift.
However I liked the way the plant looked in the plain tin bucket, below, so this will be the way I will present them. It takes less time and is just as pretty.
The guests will choose the ones they want to take home. I am hoping to add a final photo of the other colors of buckets with the primroses that are available now.
I am not sure how long the outdoor primroses will last in the house, but at just $1.29 or less per plant, they are such a treat to use as fresh bouquets on the dining table, kitchen area, coffee table, and the entry table. They last so much longer than cut-flowers.
Since I have not posted in awhile, I want to get this up before the end of the day, so I will make this short.
One of the things I had not noticed until yesterday were the umbrella bags offered free, on a rack as you enter the store, to keep the water from dripping on the floors or getting your purchases all wet in the cart. You just slip the bag over the folded umbrella to contain the moisture. This one is from Walmart. How nice. It was one of the day's little delights.
Since I have not posted in awhile and want to publish before this day is over, I will make this short.
Thank you for all your thoughtful and helpful comments and also thanks to those who email me to encourage me when I do not post often!
Here is an interesting quote. It answers the puzzling question of what to do with negative, cutting and critical remarks---very well-said!
Do you wish you were going to be here?