>Button Link Fixed

>Hi Everyone!

     Shannon at Our Seven Dwarfs was so kind as to inform me that my Featured button link wasn’t working. It should be fixed now, I tested it and everything. If there are any more problems, please let me know! I want everyone to be able to find me 😉
     Thanks Shannon!

>Show and Share Sunday

>Hi Everyone!

     I had a busy day yesterday. I started a project that I had big visions for but I just didn’t care for how it was turning out. It is a bookshelf that I had painted before I knew that paint just doesn’t stick to that cheap, shiny laminated surface. I am pretty sure that I don’t want to spend hours sanding this thing. Anyone have any ideas for this?

     Instead of tackling this bookshelf I pruned and transplanted some roses. A decidedly unglamorous job but something that needed doing…..After the yard work I rewarded myself by putting up lights in my “gazebo” (a term used very loosely. It is really just a big box in the yard which holds the hot tub and barbecue grill. I am slowly prettifying it so that it will be a nice space to hang out in come summer. I had purchased the indoor/outdoor white Christmas lights on clearance from the Home Depot. It was difficult putting the lights up because it was 40 degrees and windy, my hands were so cold (I know, I hear the collective groan from anyone having a white weekend). It was all worth it when I warmed up in the hot tub under the soft lighting after I was done.

Soft lighting up.
My helper, Roobi.

     Okay, now its time for our weekly Show and Share linky party! Come as you are, bring what you’ve got and the party goes on all week. Please grab a button so all of your friends know where to find the party. I would love it if you would also follow Crafty Geordi and Facebook follow too.

>Show and Share Showoffs #3

>Hi Everyone!

     Here are some highlights from my Show and Share Sunday linky party. Please come back tomorrow and join the linky party. It goes on all week! Every Saturday I will share some great projects so be sure to link up your besties.

     Shannon at Our Seven Dwarfs created a beautiful Valentine’s Day sign. She gives a complete tutorial and has the most adorable assistant.

     *junkrestore* gets my nod for most creative re-use of household items. You must check out the Doorknob Dresser.

     Sarah from takens-tidbits redid a t-shirt into something stylish. I just love re-purposing clothing, don’t you?

     Thanks to everyone who linked up. I hope that you visit all of them, (come on, there are only 12!) they all have fun stuff.

Project Photo365
We saw Sunny Sweeney and Walker Hayes last night at the Rodeo Club in San Jose. Yes, we were thisclose to the guys onstage. I cannot even call this front row, its closer! The only way to see a show. Poor Chris nearly got kicked in the face by the guitar player. 
The meet and greet. This was worth e.v.e.r.y. second of a 2 hour, foggy drive home 😀

>This Moment – Special Evening


{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

>Thrift Store Booty Plus a New Bracelet

>Hi Everyone!

     I hit 50 followers today! Yahoo! I appreciate all of you, thank you for following Crafty Geordi. My newest follower is the one and only Robelyn of Redneck Chic. Her blog is one of my favorites, I have been following for a while now. So I feel like I am being followed by a rock star. And, what do we do with rock stars? We emulate them.
     Robelyn made some super cute fabric cuffs from blouse sleeves. I love them so much that I decided to try my hand at my own.

My Thrift Store Booty
A broken necklace, some fake earrings and a pin.

I think that this skirt will become a scarf.

I loved the detail on this blouse. Too bad it’s too small for me 😦

Adorable, isn’t it?

I love the lettering on this one.

A future throw pillow?

Jones New York silk suit jacket. 50 cents. I bought it for the buttons, I didn’t look at the label. If I lose 5 pounds, this baby will fit perfect! We’ll see if I don’t rip off the buttons before then!

2 blouses and that Jones jacket.

These will go to work with me.
     I cut a cuff from the pink blouse and the blue blouse. Since my wrists are so skinny (couldn’t the rest of me follow suit??) I moved the buttons to make these fit a little more snug on my wrist. I sewed on some ribbon and attached a flower from the broken necklace.

     I am definitely looking forward to wearing these. They are so fun! Check out Robelyn’s cuffs, hers are way cuter…..

>Is There Something Wrong Here?

>     I stepped into the breakroom at work and saw this:

This is my Project Photo365 picture today. Maybe for tomorrow too. Worth a repeat, no?

     Abercrombie KIDS?!? This “kid” is H.O.T. Is he even 18? Could I get arrested? I need a glass of water (from the breakroom. hehe)

>Hoo Am I?

>Hi Everyone

This is my second week of:

and I must say, I am having a blast with it! I love sharing solicited bits of myself and I get a kick out of seeing others’ answers. So, here goes!

1. Do you wear glasses or contacts, if so for how long?
Yes, I have a prescription for regular glasses and reading glasses. They mostly sit in the bottom of my purse. I find them rather uncomfortable and I hate the little ridges that they leave on my nose when I take them off. I choose vanity over eyesight, I guess…..
2. What was your favorite board game as a kid?
Life or Yahtzee.
3. What is a word that you use all the time?
This is a “family” blog, isn’t it? Other than those of the 4 letter persuasion, I use seriously a lot. As in, Seeeereee-isly.
 4. What is your favorite day of the week?
Saturday!!! I don’t have to leave the house at 0 Dark o’clock.
 5. Did you graduate high school from the town you grew up in?
Sort of. I was in the same school district since the second grade. The way district lines were drawn, however, my high school was in a different town. I lived in San Jose, California and was in the Morgan Hill School District. I went to Live Oak High in Morgan Hill. GO ACORNS!

>Year Round Holiday Tree Display

>Hi Everyone!

     In the past, I have seen my friends’ Easter trees, 4th of July trees, etc. I think that they are adorable. I love the idea but I didn’t want to have to dedicate space for a table tree. So I made a tree that I can hang on the wall. But, I didn’t want any little branches or hooks that I could run into. I know myself, I would put an eye out! This was the perfect project for:

I have really been looking forward to trying this!

I found this hobby wood at Home Depot. I just used a sharpie to mark my idea.

Just a clamp and a saw, a few minutes later I had my pieces. I sanded the edges and…

…then primed the wood using the magnetic primer.
While the tree dried I made magnetic heart ornaments from these.

Using a sample paint that I purchased from Home Depot, I painted my tree pieces in dark green. After 2 coats and drying time, I glued the “branches” in place. Here it is, with my magnetic heart ornaments! This weekend, the tree will be hung on the wall.
Project Photo365
My 16 year old. This photo made us laugh until I cried, he looks so sinister here! He hates when I take his photo, he either ducks away or makes faces. But he looked so darned cute with Autumn in his arms! I couldn’t resist…..

>QLD Auction Necklace

>Hi Everyone!

     Many Thanks and congrats to Off the Peg for the winning bid of $25! Please pop in for a visit and offer your congrats.

     By now everyone has heard of the devastating flooding happening in the Brisbane area of Queensland, Australia. Make it Perfect is organizing the QLD Flood Relief Appeal Auctions. Anyone can participate by auctioning off an item on their blog or facebook page and/or by bidding on any of the lovely items posted for auction. Payments are made directly to Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal.

     I am excited to make my own contribution to the cause. After having lived through my own natural disaster, I know how important it is to the survivors to know that there are others who care and who want to help.

     I enjoy doing a lot of crafty stuff and jewelry is what I do best. I am offering this necklace with a starting bid of $5.00. Because it is long enough to slip over your head, I used no metal clasps in the necklace, making it friendly even for those with metal allergies.

     If you are located in the continental US, the shipping is free. Payments will be made directly to Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal. I will provide instructions for payment to the winner.

Happy Bidding and Thank You for your support

The necklace is made of semi-precious stone, colored tan with gray veins, gold seed beads and dark brown-black seed beads, all strung onto my favorite necklace string, Braunamid suture material. This stuff ties so well. I pulled hard on the necklace and it didn’t break. This is a tough piece of jewelry, I wear my own all the time. Goes equally well casual with jeans as it does with dressier clothes.

     To bid, please put your price in the comments. Since I started the bid at $5.00, the first commenter will begin at the $5.00 mark. Please make your bid higher than the last comment, increments don’t matter to me. Increase it by a penny or by a dollar, however you see fit. I will be in touch with the winner by email for arrangements. This auction will end at 6pm Monday, January 24th.

>Canine Kimonos and a Special Concert

>Hi Everyone!

     Remember the puppy-quin I showed on my Project Photo365? Here is the rest of that story:
 On Friday afternoon I went with a couple of friends to San Jose’s Japantown, aka J-town. On a side note, San Jose’s Japantown is only one of three recognized Japantowns left in the United States, the other two being in San Francisco and Los Angeles. If you are ever in San Jose, make a point to visit. It is located at 5th and Jackson. If nothing else, you will find some good sushi. Anyway, after that good sushi, we stopped here:

Located on Jackson St in San Jose, Ca.
Puppy Sushi!!

An adorable dog bed. I see a knock-off in my future. Maybe? Maybe not, we should support local, small business…

Puppy-quin wearing a silk kimono.

Isn’t this just to die for??

Amazing. These cute little kimonos will set you back $64.00. They are handmade.

In the evening I took the family to watch Fumiko’s orchestra concert (she is a violin player). Thankfully, not all schools are cutting their arts programs. My daughter’s school’s orchestra program has grown by leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. This department is headed by Scott Krijnen. A wonderful musician and an amazing teacher. We are so lucky to have him! The kids know it too. This program is possible with lots of parental financial involvement. As you will see below:

Part of San Jose Convention Center. The big time!!

Concert. The $20 tickets for this row was well worth not having to do this at the school. Front row was $50 per ticket.

Parental involvement example. This San Jose Sharks autographed hockey stick sold for about $100.
Autographed Ryane Clowe photograph. This one went for $65.00
This was a treat – Ettersberg Chamber Players joined the Castillero Chamber Orchestra and played some Holst and the Ettersberg Chamber Players by themselves gave us some Beethoven. A-Mazing.
Yup, I am the one who parted with $65 for this beauty, now hanging in my Hall of Fame.