>Looking Ahead Linky Party

>Hi Everyone!

     Happy New Year to everyone! One of my favorite things to do over New Years Day is to erase Christmas from my home. I will be out of town today so I did this for New Year’s Eve. As I am writing this post (it is still before midnight in California) I am also thinking about the projects that I would like to tackle in this coming year.

The Before. It has a little bit of ugly truth in there.

The before

And…..The after!

My microfiber chair. A Salvation Army score, only $75.00 for this plus the ottoman.

     And, now for my new year’s resolutions. This year I want to:

Replace the blinds with draperies. That I make myself.

Pretty-fy the “gazebo”. Gazebo is used loosely here.

All one color might be nice. And, add my futon and some decorations.

Make this a more friendly space for entertaining. Or just hanging out.

Gain some control of this of this and plant a spring garden.

Stay on top of pulling the weeds.

Sand, paint and re-attach the baseboards.

Finish the floor.

Finish painting the trim.

Uh, ya. Finish painting. Period.

     What do you have planned this year? Show me by linking up to my

Looking Ahead Linky Party
Tell me what you have planned for the year ahead!
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>This Moment – Sandy

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Happy New Year!
{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. SouleMama

>Random Christine Facts

>Hi Everyone!

     I am linking up to The Idea Room, where everyone is telling a bit about themselves. I hope you all join too!


Fact #1. I love country music. Partly because there are so many opportunities to stalk meet the artists.



    

  • My blog is called Crafty Geordi, after my now 27 year old Green Cheeked Amazon Parrot, Geordilynn. I got Geordi when she was an estimated 9 years old. That bird was rather unhealthy due to a poor diet and, according to the vet, shouldn’t have lived past 10 years. She is still going strong, though!



Although this is not Geordi, it looks just like her!
  • I always wanted to be a veterinarian. My mom talked me out of it when I was 13 though, she said that I should focus on my art. I did that for a while, started college majoring in fine arts. I burnt out on that and quit school. A few years later, I became a veterinary technician. Now, I have 16 pets and I never pick up a pencil to draw…..but I do love to craft! That is my creative outlet now.
  • I was born in Winfield, Illinois and moved to San Jose, California at the age of 7.
  • I used to work in an animal shelter. I have wrestled with some very angry dogs and cats. Also with snakes, pigs and an emu.
  • I am still a horse crazy girl! I have loved horses ever since my first ride at the age of 3. I always, always wanted a horse of my own and finally bought one when I turned 33. So I have had my Missy for 8 1/2 years now. And I have never learned how to ride properly.

My old lady is also turning 27 years old.
  • I volunteer with DreamPower Horsemanship. I started out mucking stalls and now I work with autistic children, giving Therapeutic Horsemanship Lessons. Luckily I am really teaching other important things besides riding skills.

My friend Garry giving a lesson. He and I work together every Sunday.
Photo courtesy of DreamPower Horsemanship.
  •  My ex-husband worked for American Airlines when we were married. We traveled to London, Hawaii, North Carolina, British Columbia and we used to take day trips to Seattle and San Diego, all for free (or nearly free). Those were fun times!
  • After 2 divorces and some extremely dark financial times I became a first time homeowner at the age of 40. By myself. Besides when I became a momma, that was my proudest moment.

I got my white picket fence!

  • I am a 41 year old grandma. Sort of. She is my boyfriend’s granddaughter. I love her so much!

Here is a fun fact about Amaya – she was born on Valentine’s Day.

I thought that I would have trouble coming up with anything interesting for this but it turns out that I could go on and on!

>More From the Kids

>Hi Everyone!

     Today its more from the kids. I am so happy to be raising the newest generation of people willing to put themselves out there through their art.
     Fumiko and her dad made brownies the other day and she wanted me to share what they did. The recipe calls for:

  • 1 box brownie mix
  • mini chocolate bars – snickers, milky ways, etc
  • you will need a mini muffin pan for this one

Prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the box. While pouring your brownies into the muffin tin,  be sure to plunk a mini candy bar in the middle of each one. Bake according to the package directions.

Those brownies gave my girl enough of a sugar buzz to stay up late and make a darling necklace for herself.

Are your kids artists and crafters too? If you have ever posted something featuring their art, leave a me a comment with a link to your post. I would love to see what the other kiddos are doing!

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>A Look Back

>Hi Everyone!

     It’s time for a look back over the past year. Yes, I know that I’ve only been blogging for the past 3 months but, what the hay?? The past three months is just a warm up for the year to come.
     Please join me for a trip down memory lane! To view the original post just click on the caption below the photo.
   

     This kitchen island was my very first post! This was an abandoned tool cart and I painted it and added shelves. It fits into my small kitchen and we get so much use out of it.
  

Kitchen island

 
   This candy stand held Christmas cookies and Sees Candies during my Christmas soiree.

Tiered candy stand

     I upcycled this bench for my niece’s Christmas gift. She and her brother both loved it!

Leopard bench

     I found this end table at the thrift store for a steal! I simply sanded and painted it and changed out the drawer pulls.  This is next to my bed now.

Black end table

    
      My Hall of Fame! I love this. I have about 30 more pictures and autographs to add. I think that I need another hallway…..

My Hall of Fame

>Crafted Necklaces

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Hi Everyone!

     I have been busy with my strings and beads lately. Remember my sneaky peek? The black beads? I used alternating black and transparent silver beads to create this fun thing.

     Fun, isn’t it? Let me tell you a secret. I don’t use the string that you can find in the craft supply store. I just don’t like them. They unravel and are too slippery to hold a knot. I use Braunamid synthetic suture material. I got it from a veterinary clinic that I used to work at. It was old and expired and the alcohol surrounding the suture material had gone dry. This is flexible enough for jewelry and stiff enough to be able to easily thread small beads without a needle. And, it holds knots really well! If you can find old Braunamid, more power to you! If you google it, you can find it for sale. Purchase the cassette, not the kind with a needle already attached.

     I recently showed you a dragon necklace that I had made for my daughter’s Christmas gift. She wanted something a little different. She told me what she wanted and I put it together. Is she a good jewelry designer, or what?

The dragon on its new string.

Gold, transparent teal and dark brass colored beads. This photo doesn’t do justice to this stunning necklace.

>Kid Crafts

>Hi Everyone

     It’s official. I have passed the bug on to my children. My 16 year old son walked over to Home Depot yesterday morning and bought himself a giant board. I had to drive the SUV over to pick him up. In my PJs.

 

This is only 1/4 of the giant board.

    
     I wish I had taken more photos of this. Glenn used this particle board to make a sword. He hand drew his design and then, using a hacksaw, cut it out. He spent quite a bit of time sanding the sword.

Sanding.

     
     He then painted it glossy black and white. He had created this groove down the middle, it is painted black in the groove. I would say that this kid did really well for his first (completed) project!

Nearly finished. He was up and painting at 5am this morning.

     
     Fumiko received an origami set for Christmas. I thought I was just buying paper. Turns out that these papers have designs and folding instructions printed on them. She make a kitty, a bunny and a puppy.
Aren’t these adorable?

     I sure hope that they stick with their new hobbies. And, I hope that they go easy on my wallet while stocking up on materials for their new hobbies  😉