I know that most of you are expecting me to blog about DIY projects, or some type of artistic thing, that has caught my attention but,…. this blog will be dedicated to our Big Bird… We live by the water on the Choctawatchee Bay… My hubby keeps a radio on at all time. He says, to keep varmints from getting into his shed… He keeps it on our local country station, WHWY 98.1.. Anytime of the day or night you will hear some great tunes here by the bay…We noticed a while back that we were having a flock of herrings hanging around the yard… There are some beautiful white ones that move so gracefully that you have to grab your camera every time. It seems like time stands still or yet slows down somewhat when they are out there… We have a little pond close to the house also and they will do their fishing in that pond. They are amazing to watch. While there are about five gorgeous white ones, there is only one grey one.

         He is very large and does not hang out with the others. He is always separate from the others, although not far away. Sometimes he will show up alone. We mostly seen him in the evening. When the sun is going down, you will see him in a branch of a tree, or sitting on the railings of the dock. Sometimes he looks like a silhouette. We love taking pictures of him, yet as long as we keep our distance, he doesn’t seem to mind. Our big bird may even be a female. In my imagination, it’s a he. I can’t imagine a lady bird being as big and as grey. lol I have noticed our dog sitting and staring at this bird. There is something facinating, amazing and serene about him. I know that we are very blessed to have this view of the water and the creatures that roam around here. We do not take this blessing for granted. That is why I chose to share our Big Bird with you. I hope you enjoyed it… Check out the fantastic pictures of this amazing creature…


Penny Scrapping


          I love paper… I have tried my hand at scrapbooking and can truly say I am not the best at it.. I do however love the different paper designs. It can get costly though. My sister, Sharon that has gone onto heaven, used to love crafting with all types of scrapbooking supplies. When she passed away, my niece sent me some of her craft supplies. As morbid as this may sound, I have enjoyed incorporating her supplies into my projects. It feels like, in a way, she is still crafting with me. We used to enjoy making crafts together or talking for hours about different craft ideas. I still enjoy sharing craft ideas with my other sister, Pat. Sharon and I were always trying to come up with something as crafty as our sister. Pat  can take a piece of something, and turn it into the most amazing art piece you ever saw. Since I cannot share this paper project with Sharon, I know she would want me to pass it onto you. I saw this on Pinterest not long ago..(If you have not checked out Pinterest… Do yourself a favor, you will love it..) . I have often wondered what I could do with paint swatches, that I  get in the paint department at lowes, Home Depot or Wal Mart. They are just sitting there waiting for you to take them home….These are the cute little colored card stock that is used for choosing a color for your walls.  Oh No! not me… I have to do something else with them… There are soooooo many colors to choose from, and best of all…. It’s free!, Right up my alley..

         I picked me out a color chart of colors… Got out my favorite dye cuts, and commenced to cutting out great shapes… I love pretty little paper purdies but they are very expensive to buy. I have taken the opportunity that Michael’s puts out there for a 50% off on ,Marth Stewart items, and bought some of these dye cuttting tools.  So the cost of my project for card making or collages is whatever the 50% I wound up paying for my dye cut. You can also stamp on the paint swatches or use your craft scissors for cute shapes. The sky is the limit on these. Let me know what you come up with… Happy Scrapping.

Purdy Pumpkins

Purdy Pumpkins

                  We have had our fair share of appliance problems this week. While my hubby was replacing our old dryer, I watched him cut off a big piece of silver tubing for the vent that was not going to be used… I had seen a great tutorial on making pumpkins with this material.. Sooooo, I pulled out my spray paint.. I had orange but wanted to go a little bit fancier with these… Just to see if it could be done. That way, these babies will last through Thanksgiving. I used gold spray paint for the pumpkins and green for the stems… I have taken some pictures so you can see how it was done. I did not think about making this a tutorial for you until I was way into it, then I grabbed my camera and took some pictures.

                The supplies needed for this project is tubing, spray paint of your choice, sticks or driftwood for stems, scissors and wire cutters… The first step is to cut your tubing to the size you want your pumpkin to be. (Note to self: Not too small and not too large. This was learned through trial and error, please just trust me on this…) Step two: Fold one end of the tubing into the other end. No glueing is required but you will need a pair of scissors and a pair of wire cutters for this. Step Three: Spray Paint one side, allow to dry, flip it over, spray paint the other side. Make sure you cover the whole thing with paint. Step Four. This is totally up to you if you want to emboss or glitter. I just wanted to add some bling to mine. I used embossing powder and then my heating tool to set it. This way, the embossing powder melts and wont come off. Step Five: Find a stem for your pumpkins. In my case, I used driftwood. It is plentiful where I live and there is alot of sizes to choose from. I spray painted my driftwood green. Last Step: Put the stem down into the middle of your pumpkin. Wallah! You are done! I made two pumpkins out of what supplies I had to work with, and it took me less than thirty minutes to create these purdy pumpkins. I will use them for my fall decorations and then for a center piece for Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy making some of these. Please send me pictures and let me see your creations…HAVE FUN!!!!

Volunteering at the “Alaqua Animal Refuge Thrift Store”…


     By now you have probably figured out that I am an animal lover. I love my furry friends. The only thing cuter is… baby furry friends. I have started volunteering one day a week for the cause of animals. At our local Alaqua Thrift Store, you will find lots and lots of treasures. I have found a way to give back to my community as well as score some great finds while working. If you have not taken a trip out to Alaqua to check out those sweet creatures, you should treat yourself one day soon. This place is family friendly too.

     The thrift store that is located on Hwy. 331 is on your right side as you head toward freeport. This business used to be known as Lynn and Minn’s and has all kinds of yard art. Bird baths, wind chimes, concrete items and plants… There are two big buildings full, (I mean full, of goodies). Donations are welcome.  Ms. Lynn and Ms. Mindy,(the ladies that manage the store), are always  thankful for any donations they recieve. Whatever they sell means the support for the animals. The donations vary. Everything from leftover yard, estate, and  garage sales, to unwanted furnishing from folks who are moving.  There are treasures in every donation. Just gotta look for them.

     If you or someone you know, are looking for a good cause to donate to, Alaqua is a great source to give to. Whether it be donations or time. Both are appreciated. Check them out, if you get a minute.

 Tell them Tina sent you. Don’t think it will get you a discount but prices are already low…


One man’s junk is another man’s treasure


Have you ever heard this expression? “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

I for one, and a firm believer in this quote.

       My dear son called me the other day to let me know he had a lot of old stuff to give me. He is great about passing whatever he scores over to his mom, being that his wife does not want any of it. I am not going to try and convert her for a while at least. (tee hee) A lot of young people want the new stuff. All the glam and glory that goes with New store bought stuff. Well this ole gal must be from a different era. The older the better. Back to my son. He finds these old bottles, some he dug up out of the yard of their new/older home.  There were so many different styles of bottles. Colored bottles, Cola bottles, Medicine Bottles. You name it. I had  just found two great ways of getting the gunk out of dirt filled bottles, that have been unearthed.  So I tried both methods. One is egg shells. A broken up egg shell inside the bottle with a little water and a lot of vigor in shaking… This works really well. The other is dried rice. Same instructions, water and rice and vigorous shaking.  The bottles came out looking pretty good I must admit.

     Now… what do I do with all of these bottles? I am open to any suggestions you may have… Bring em on…

First time for everything…


      Hi, Hello and Welcome to my very first blog. I am hoping to share what I have learned about blogging with others and learn more and more from experienced bloggers.

One day I was surfing the internet… Not sure if it is even called that anymore, but I was looking around for something. I am not even sure what it was I was looking for that day. But I came across a blog. I had heard of blogs but was not familiar with the term and was not about to tell anyone that I did not know what one was. My very first blog to check out was called, The Lettered Cottage… Oh my goodness… I had stumbled across something here. I was soooooo inspired.  I felt as if I met Layla and Kevin Palmer on there. They are from Alabama and the owners of that blog.  I just loved the sweet way that Layla came across in her wording and descriptions. Very down to earth. I  started reading their blog everyday. I would sometimes check several times a day to see if anything had changed. One day I decided to check out their blogroll… Oh my goodness….

I was in hog heaven. The blogroll was supposedly all of the blogs that Layla and Kevin checked out too. I found so many blogs that I enjoyed.. One after the other. I was joining all the  blog sites, left and right. Well that is where it all started. I got sooooo inspired, starting on the first day that I found my first blog. Since then, I have found myself crafting and creating almost on a daily basis unless my grandkids are over at our house. But we almost always get some paint or stickers out and play around with their creativity as well. If you get a chance, mosey on over to The lettered Cottage. You will not regret it…

Since I started blogging I found a site called Pinterest.  If you do not know about Pinterest. Please do yourself a favor and check it out. I fell in love all over again. I am now able to keep those ideas  that I want to use along with my craftiness, in some kind of organized manner. It is the best thing  I have come across in a long time. I am so amazed at how many artistic people there are  in this world. At Pinterest there are also some great tips for cleaning and organizing  as well as some yummy recipes and fashion ideas… I have introduced quiet a few people to Pinterest. So I know I am not far fetched in thinking that I am not alone in not knowing about blogging or all that the internet has to offer when it comes to crafting, etc.

I hope you enjoyed my first blog and will come back again… Thanks so much…