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Thursday, April 14, 2016

An Empty Shepherd's Hook

Hello, Glitterinas!

I need to find or make something to hang 
on this empty shepherd's hook.


Even Anne, one of my chickens, is 
wondering why I don't have something hanging there.

I tried a small Easter sign, but it wasn't in 
proportion to the size of the hook.

I was sitting on the swing.....and then, there it was.....


.....an old, rusty roaster pan!

Isn't it perfect??!!

Did you just snort and roll your eyes?

That's OK....

My family does it all the time.

I have lots of crazy ideas.....many are definitely snort and 
eye roll worthy!

Let's see what happens after I take it into the 
craft room and make a few additions to it.....

                                                  hot glue....

ribbon.....

                                                 paper.....


How exciting!

Hmmmmm, let's see what I can do.....


......a banner is always cheerful.....
so let's have two.


"Welcome" is a nice greeting....
let's add that, too.


I like a nice bow.....


Now, some tricky hot glue magic to make 
this little sign stand up ....


....hey, it worked!


Cover the hot glue glob with some moss....
.....and add some ribbons to the lower handle.


Oooooh, I think I like it!


Let's go back outside to that sad, empty 
shepherd's hook.

Hang up the perfect old, rusty, 
roaster pan.....


......and watch the ribbons dance in the breeze!


Dig around in your stash and see what you 
can find that would be 

"perfect"

for that spot in your yard that needs a little something!

I hope this inspires you to rescue that interesting old piece 
and make it into something that will add just 
the perfect touch to a space
that needs a little something!


Craft on, Glitterinas!

Share your projects with me......I can't 
wait to see them!



Until next time,
Tammy













Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Absolutely Amazing Floral Designs

Oh my goodness Glitterinas,
do I have a treat for you!

I was lucky enough to be invited to go to a 
floral design program at 
Southern Floral Company
in Austin.

Walking into Southern Floral you are 
greeted with vignettes like this....



The presenter we were looking 
forward to seeing was 
Els Teunissen.
She has worked all over the world 
for 40 years as a cherished 
floral designer.

Els has designed for parties, receptions,
corporate functions and even 
grand occasions for the 
Queen and King of Holland!

Before Els was known all over the 
floral world, she was a 
foreign exchange student from Holland.

Her first trip to the United States 
took her to Thrall, Texas to the home 
of Shirley and Jack Winterrowd,
my husband's home!

My husband, Papaw Jack and I all 
trekked to Southern Floral 
last weekend to watch this remarkably 
gifted lady create beautiful floral designs.

Here is the woman of the hour with 
Sweet Husband and Papaw Jack!


I think Els must have gone through the line 
more than once when the Lord was 
passing out talent!

This lady is amazingly creative 
and funny 
and knowledgeable
and personable
and warm
all rolled into one 
fabulous person!

You can see that Sweet Husband and Papaw are 
holding books......well, Els wrote a book, too!


Such loveliness.....



Let's get to the flowers.....

oh, Glitterinas, 
prepare yourselves for some
majorly gorgeous 
floral designs!




Yes, these are all real!

The afternoon was one beautiful arrangement 
after another.....


Els shared some of her memories of Texas as 
she designed.

She remembers asking if Texas really had snakes.

Shirley told her absolutely yes, and showed Els 
a little wooden box with rattlesnake rattles in it!

Eeeeek!

Els just kept creating and entertaining us
 for hours....

.....each time I looked over at Papaw he had a 
smile on his face.

Shirley has gone to Heaven with her memories 
of Els, but Papaw has his own of a 
hard-working young lady who 
spent a couple of months in Texas 
and then went on to become a 
global traveller.

Here are some more drool worthy 
floral designs.....



Look at this container.....


.....lovely!



This piece was about six feet long!
It was so striking!


This pink arrangement was crazy gorgeous!
I seriously considered snatching it and running for the 
door.....but I didn't think my chances of a clean get away
were very good!



At the very end of her presentation, Els
made a bouquet of tulips and presented them to 
Papaw!

It was a very touching moment with applause
and a couple of tears!

What stunning colors!



Papaw was sweet enough to share this 
lovely bouquet with me....



.....he has a mischievous cat who I think 
he was a bit concerned about.

These tulips remind me of the lovely and talented 
lady I was lucky enough to meet.

Els, here's to 40 more years of 
gorgeous and remarkable floral design!
You have some devoted fans here in Texas!





Until next time, Glitterinas,
Tammy