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  • blueribbonfair 5:35 pm on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , crafting, , , , reblog,   

    DIY Candy Jar 

    DIY Candy Jar. From another blog. Very pretty and well done.

    Just my own side note: I do not want to deviate from any beauty of another person’s posting and I take no credit for what is repressed here. I actually tried to do my own blog today, but I have moved and it may be a month until I get my own computer back. The library just would not post for some reason. So have some patience; I will do what I am able in the hour alloted for now. Just the thorns of life hindering until I overcome the trials of life once again. Thanks so much. I appreciate all my followers.

    • Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon 3:18 am on December 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Sure been wondering where you have been? Hope all is OK? I have nominated you for *The Sisterhood Of The World Blogger* award! All the details are on my blog 🙂 http://CatherineLyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/my-new-award-recovery-news-all
      *Happy Holidays*! *Catherine* 🙂

      • blueribbonfair 4:25 pm on April 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I apologize for not being here to honor the reward.I was without internet for 1/2 year. Very depressing and it so bothered me what I was missing out.I am okay, just circumstances out of control. I really appreciate your concern and the nomination.

        • Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon 5:15 pm on April 9, 2014 Permalink

          Thanks So much!! I did wonder where you were? YOU were missed my *Sweet*! 🙂
          Glad to see U back! *Catherine*

  • blueribbonfair 11:59 pm on August 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: children, crafting, , family photos, , mailbox painting, outdoor painting projects,   

    Tuesday Times-The Metal School bus. 

    Now it is far from perfect and would never make the grade of the perfect ones I found on Etsy. I had to use stuff I already had,but it was fun to paint it to be ready for last Wednesday when school started. I have an excuse anyway since right behind the mailbox is a slope into a weed patch ditch ; Would you want to stumble down into a mass of stickers, poisonous vipers and, or Lyme carrying ticks, chiggers? I am trying to quit that one.

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    Red stop flag and heart below.


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    I longed for the days when I had toddlers who would get excited and hang onto the pole , not wanting to leave what I made. Grudgingly they stood there.

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    They moved away as we heard that bus. That first day of school this year was a relief for them to see the real one.

  • blueribbonfair 4:38 pm on August 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Butterfly cards, , crafting, , ,   

    Birthday card making fun with butterfly collage sheet and my new die cuts 

    <These amazing cards made by another blogger who even has an Etsy shop. I 3 Etsy.

    Birthday card making fun with butterfly collage sheet and my new die cuts.

  • blueribbonfair 11:30 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: coaster tutorials, craft tutorials, crafting, , , , frugal crafts, mod podge ideas, scrap paper, tutorials, using tiles for crafting   

    Tutorial for Tuesday-Coasters using up scrap paper and tiles. 


    Tiles with scrap cards, etc. brush, my home diy mod podge, krylon spray clear waterproof sealer.

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    Sorry for my photos being slightly dark. I was tired and took them at my desk away from the window where I do my crafting at.  How I made them.  And this is the 2nd time around. I used these same tiles and wore them out once before!

    So last year about this time I went to the habitat restore-great cheap get craft stuff place-and bought 2 plain white tiles for $1 after seeing this idea via Pinterest. I did the project, but they started appearing dirty and faded from drink spills and washing their tops was no longer working.

    So I scraped them clean, washed & dried the tiles until they were as newly purchased.

    I got out old saved cards, a few paint chips I had leftover and other scraps. ( I am sorry I did not get a photo of this part; I thought this would make a great post after I already was almost done.)

    I picked out pieces I liked and cut them to fit. I then slathered my home made mod podge glue type stuff on the tiles, Set the paper parts in place and used the glue stuff with the paint brush over the top of the paper. Set to dry overnight.

    I did the podge glue for 3 days and let dry well. The viola, sprayed with clear shiny sealant and it is good to go.

    Oh I missed a step since this was one I did not do the 2nd time around. Using glue that works for anything (E 6000,love that stuff) and withstands wet conditions, I cut felt pieces in black, I found in my upcycle tub and put them to use on  the bottom as cushions to keep from marring my nice wood antique desk top. These look pretty ugly, but they are unsee beneath the pretty art on top.

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    Coaster felted bottoms

    Until next years redo…….

  • blueribbonfair 1:18 am on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , crafting, , , , , home business, , , ,   

    Shop Hop-Sunday Talk Shop 

    I have been slowly getting rid of some of my “too much stuff” or otherwise known as  “clutter.”  i have probably posted on my love of thrift stores and i know I have written about DIY  projects.  I still will shop at thrift stores and just finished making some paper beads and egg-shell beads for necklaces. Because both of these are big hobbies of mine,  And since my hobbies can overtake all the space in my humble dwelling, I have decided to sell some items I have an overabundance of .  I looked around on the internet and decided to give it a shot here:    http://www.webstore.com/index.php. I chose this auction marketplace since there is no fee to list and no fee upon a sale.  I set up a store front there and have listed about 40 things from all types of categories.  So from now on it is the one thing brought into the home and one thing put for sale to keep things out of their floor boxes it sits in to trip around.

    As far as the DIY and big art and craft drive I have unless it is outside where I have a huge amount of room; (I am working right now into making the mailbox resemble a school box before school starts this year.) I have run out of spots to display all my great ideas I get from books, blogs and Pinterest. I have even ran out of places to give extra away as gifts also, so I also signed up for Etsy, which I love anyway. This will give me an excuse to keep on my creative side. I am busy getting the shop on there ,up and running.  I am starting out with whittling away at extra craft supplies. I have had some craft stuff for at least a decade I thought to make and think someone else would surely put it to use. I also have craft books. that I have doubled up. I am putting those and sewing patterns on there. I never sew since I gave my machine away a long time back.

    I have not opened my Etsy shop yet. I have just been listing things and working on other factors of it. I have done 4 treasuries though. I am finding that fits my creativity mindset without the mess.  Here is a link to my school bus treasury if you want to drop by:  http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzUxMzUyNzl8MjcyNDgxOTYwNA/back-in-the-yellow-bus?index=1&atr_uid=

    Here is my store front on the auction site:   http://www.webstore.com/158342,user_id,158342,ac,shop  If you have anything to sell or get rid of it is way easy to do it on there.

    I am not going to spam you all, but I will give an update on the Etsy Shop and may do a Saturday or Sunday Shop Hop Update about my journey into the foray of making a small bit of mad money.

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    This is the Etsy shop banner I created for my little boutique on the site.

  • blueribbonfair 3:56 pm on July 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Post Prompt Challenge-Life after Blogs-weekend wanderings. 

    So what do I spend my time doing when not on Word Press writing a blog? Other than other web sites I fellowship on and or learn about anything and everything on.  Do My home business on. What does my life consist of?









    Home Decorating with stuff I made.




    Puzzles and Games



    fish and flora and a tractor 017

    Exploring and amateur photography

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    Pets and the Farm

    webstore-bra, book, pink wallet, toilet seat cover. zebra pillow 008

    Selling on @ Web Store.com/kalyensbluesribbonfair store

    Are you sorry you asked?

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    Top 3 photos: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

    • blueribbonfair 4:13 pm on July 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I guess this was a couple days ago. It still rocks though. I keep thinking “Daily Post Prompt” is= to Weekly Post Prompt or “Weekly Writing Challenge. So laugh with me. I think it stems from hangover of “Weekly Photo Challenge” Thanks @Busy Mind thinking.

    • Timelesslady 12:26 am on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Love this…a lot of your life moments are mine too. 🙂

  • blueribbonfair 6:29 pm on July 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bookcovers to make, , crafting, , , Suzy Artsy Crafty sitcom   

    Kolorsplash Covering a Book 

    Kolorsplash Covering a Book

    Oh wow, what else can be said about this great art project I found while searching the web for my -month of posts- daily post subject today. This is a group on fb which provides a theme every day. I cannot always fit them in, but try to at least get one for the month at least once a week. This month the theme was books. Today it is something to do with color. So I found this inspiring site: http://suzyssitcom.com/2012/08/creating-colorful-bookcovers-with-astrobrights-paper.html

    As if I need another great craft site? But it really does look like a neat site. And I do think these are the best book covers ever. Check them out with directions on the how to. There is other great stuff on there if this is not your mood or need at the moment. I hope to try this this weekend.

    Want to be apart of the group and post there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/amonthof/?bookmark_t=group

    • Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon 12:13 am on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Your SO like me!! Even though you are *ART* and I’m *Recovery*, when I come across helpful sites, I love to share them with others in recovery! I do LUV those book covers!! Just Fabulous Colors! Have a great Day!! Catherine 🙂

    • mirrorgirl 6:05 pm on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      ThaT is really cool:)

      • blueribbonfair 6:31 pm on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I am hoping I can keep positive with this while making it. Tedious crafting is not my forte, but I want to make it as a gift.

    • blueribbonfair 6:15 pm on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Such a sweet comment. I am so thankful to have you and your encouragement on here.

    • DebtGirlbtgirl 4:56 am on August 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Those are pretty cool and just in time for a new school year too,

      • blueribbonfair 1:31 pm on August 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        And I have not got to them yet. I am kind of in a quandary with this. I wanted to make them for my daughter’s birthday in October, but do not know what books and sizes she will need for school. I will probably have to wait and then have to push it to get it done. Thanks for the comment.

      • blueribbonfair 2:16 pm on August 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes and thanks.

  • blueribbonfair 10:22 pm on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crafting, , , kid art, , uses for summer sun   

    Sun prints revisited 

    Sun prints revisited.

    This is my nomination for the best craft of summer. Great idea for family on hot days or for vacation bible school, any kind of kids’ camp. There is a link to the “how to” on the post.

    Hope you will check out this reblogged tutorial posted on a Tuesday, especially if you like crafting and art fun with children. This blog has a great amount of fun stuff.

  • blueribbonfair 5:00 pm on July 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , charcoal, crafting, , , , , lighter fluid   

    Thoughts on a Thursday- Firepot for the 4th. 

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    I am not sure how this will work when I light it tonight since I used several directions and what I had. Will it light? I just hope the lighter fluid keeps from exploding. I had no charcoal which most of these called for. See what happens. Stand Back. I know nothing about using lighter fluid.

  • blueribbonfair 11:31 pm on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crafting, , , snakes, treasure hunting, trepidation   

    So there I am looking for treasure, scavenging along in the field to the left of our house, when I remembered the snake I had spotted in our other pasture. As the piles of leaves underfoot crunched beneath my extremely low top sneakers and thin ankle socks All of a sudden I was jarred into reality. Mind you, prior to this I had been moving along surveying the ground all over-that is until I thought of that. I would call it cautiously creeping as quickly as I could back to the safety of my driveway, when I thought of snakes.

    Thankfully I had found the small vintage glass bottle before the dread of the
    bite hit..

    My kind of snake.

    My kind of snake.

    Blue bottle and others I drug back with me.

    Blue bottle and others I drug back with me.

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