Saturday, November 28, 2009

It is NOT popcorn balls! I bought one of Lynns Gorgeous Victorian Ornaments

Take a closer look!!!
(double click for a closer view)
( I just got a sweet comment that said it looks like a "popcorn ball" until you enlarge it so PLEASE enlarge the picture to see all of the beautiful stitches!!!)

at this GORGEOUS ornament
my friend, Lynn

has designed! 
I ordered it in antique white with soft rose accents on a 3 1/2 inch ball.  (A little more expensive but I want this one to stand out in the crowd!)
I am so excited! 
I have just a very very few dollars left in my
PayPal account but this beauty will be worth it! 
Lynns work is so very detailed and perfect in stitching and made with love!
Let's order a couple dozen of them
instead of going to the store and buy something
"everyone" will have hanging on their trees.
This ornament is an heirloom to be passed down from
Grandma to Great Grandchildren.
Lynn puts so much work and love in each piece she designs. 
She has a SHOP to sell all of her latest creations. 
 She makes the most precious baby booties and hats and gloves and scarves and toooo many to list here.
Let's support

this Christmas.
So many of the things we buy come from China, Japan, and numerous nations. 
 Buy American Handmade because we need to keep our money in our homeland to help others struggling with our economy.
I just wanted you to see what I will cherish for years to come.
Mine will be in a soft antique yarn and rose accents.
What colors would you use for your gorgeous tree
even for a gift for someone very special?
Keep Lynn on your shopping list of "have to get" purchases!!
You won't be sorry,
Blessings, to you and thank you for stopping by to see what is next in
 the Kyser household. 
Your comments bless my life and make me feel of some value in blogland.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


The Vintage Studio

Drew MY name in her November Giveaway!
I have never been "lucky" at winning contests, drawings or even the lottery so I was extremely surprised!
I am so excited! (as if you can believe that)
My kitchen is
accents and this gorgeous plate will go perfectly with
 my Great Grandma Bohling's flow blue oval dish. 
When I saw Sharon's post about the giveaway, I wanted to win so much.
Of course I posted about it so you could have the opportunity to win
(we're friends and that is what friends do for one another, right?)
 I even teased you in saying
 not to enter but you (all 69 of you) entered anyways.
I was going to be glad for whoever won my plate, honestly I was.
It has been a rainy, dreary weekend in GA...cold too.
So when I got on the computer this afternoon Sharon commented that I needed to look at her recent post.  There was my name.
Sharon and I not only share the same name but the same passion for Vintage tags. 
You should see all of the beautiful artwork she does on the Christmas tags.
(She is one step in front of me, however, she has a gorgeous Etsy store!)
Oh, Sharon, thank you so very much for the
computer generated thingy that chose my name. 
All of a sudden it was not so cold and dreary anymore!  I wonder why?
I can't wait to receive everything in the mail.  There is a sweet towel, a darling book,
and .....

Barbara Jean
Treasures of the Heart

made this lovely collage to add to the goody pile!  Isn't it lovely?
Thank you, thank you, Barbara for adding this framed work of art.  I will hang it in my bathroom so that I can think of you each time I am getting prettied up for shopping.
Barbara Jean is very new for me so I am headed over there right now to see her blog.  (Join me, if you have time!)
Thank you, Sharon,  I will treasure each and every piece!!
Blessings to all
(Senior Moments!!!!) 
p.s.  I had originally stated that Kris had made the collage and I ask you indulgence in thinking that I am a nut. (Well, I am afterall!)  I have corrected the post and will go over to see Barbara Jean r ight now and thank her for the lovely collage.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Look at my NEWEST & PRETTIEST ornament!!

Lori Di Anni
made this beauty!
Lori and I were partners in an ornament exchange hosted by

Debbie at MarionberryCottage
 I had so much fun making an ornament for Lori. 
(She hasn't received hers yet..snail mail so I am kinda' nervous that she will like it)
I had never connected to her blog before the exchange. 
So I not only got a beautiful ornament but a new blogger buddy!
 This is the very first time I have ever done an exchange and I am so excited to finally see her wonderful work. 
PLUS she has the tutorial on her blog! 
 (I hate to tell you I don't know how to link you directly to that
 particular post....sorry but I am learning, slowly) 
Because she is, so graciously doing a tutorial, I am sending
you the
pictures directly from her tutorial. 
No, I didn't make this one!
Lori gets all the credit. 
Isn't it beautiful?
 It is lovely paper folding (which now I am going to
have to add to my list of things I need/must do.)

You should see my artroom....oh, no, I guess that is not a good idea! 
I can barely find my new extended work space. 
Tomorrow I MUST MUST clean up a little. 
(My reasoning)
But I am using everything that is out sho why take the time to put it away.
It is 3:30 in the morning and I am just now finishing up on the
 beginnings of a bead store front
 that will be a snow scene.  So glitter & stars are EVERYWHERE!

You should have seen the look on my hubbies face
when I said I wanted to get the Christmas decorations out of storage....
NOT a pretty look, for sure!

Please go over to Lori's
to see how she made this one.
Thank you, Debbie for hosting this ornament exchange.
I have loved every single moment.
Thank you, Lori, for my beautiful
Gift Of Love!

Gotta' tare myself away and go to bed before my hubby gets up!
Night everyone,

Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas anyone? #2

Deanne at Inspirational Tips
has a lovely tutorial on covering CD's.  On the first CD I used a wired garland that I found at Walmart and the second I followed her directions.  I think they turned out so lovely. 
 I thought I would go "cheap" and use a piece of core board scrap to cover the backside so I could make twice as many ornaments.  It worked fine except that it took alot of time and patience to cut, form and decorate it.  So I got smarter/wiser and decided to use two way tape to hold the ribbon in place until I finished decorating the backside with another CD.  I then used my handy dandy E6000 glue and ran a rim of glue all the way around the back CD.  I then used clamps to hold it together while I worked on another one.

 (I have no patience in holding something in place till it sticks
so the clamps are one of my favorite tools.)

I have some lovely yarn that is a Christmas green with long metalic fringe so I made a few with the fringe, with the ribbons and with the garland. 
What do you think?
Which one is your favorite?
I decided to make the ornament reversible so that no matter where it hangs it can be viewed from either side. 
I made one, then two and before I knew it I had eight of them done! 

Red Glass Ball with a Porsche exterior.

This red ball has been around for at least six years.  I leave them hanging on my back porch all year long.  I got the brainy idea to mosaic these beautiful seven inch balls with a clear glass.  I started to thinking that car window glass has a netting or something in between the layers and that it would hold together once broken. 
My hubby and I stopped at a car body shop and asked for a glass from a wrecked car.  They did not have any broken glass but had a windshield from a Porsche coope.
They gave it to me for free when I told them what I was planning on doing with it.
(I think they thought I was nuts and wanted me off their property.)
Do you have any idea how hard it is to break a windshield when you want it broken?  Very very hard work.  Finally I layed out a tarp on the driveway, got my hammer and struck it on the end of the glass.  Yep, it broke in thousands of pieces with one hit!  But the majority of it is fused together so I could apply it to the ball without any trouble. (BE SURE to wear gloves!!!)
 I was able to get four covered balls from one windshield.
There you go!
 I may never own a porsche (let alone know how to spell it),
but will always have a little piece of one!
At Christmas time I hang a bow with some pine from my trees and
 I have an updated look for the season.
Do you have any unique ideas for ornaments? 
I would love to hear about them.
Thank you, Deanne for reminding me of this project!  Be sure to go over to see all of the lovely things she creates!!!
Don't you love Christmas? 
It brings out all of our creative senses.


Friday, November 13, 2009

I am creating Christmas

My Blog Friends are such
blessings to me
that means YOU!
Okay, I have to admit something...
I am a honest blond lady.
After I wrote that post about
The Crap Blog Detective.
I turned on the Moderation thingy.
I went on my blog this evening and not a single person had even commented about it!  So I decided,well, I will post another idea and forget it.  I didn't know that when I turned on the moderator that I had to go approve each comment! 
There you all were, all the time!!
Don't ya' know that that is how the Lord must feel sometimes.  He blesses us and blesses us but we don't even look around to see His writing on the
Your sweet comments humbled me and sent tears to wet the face and heart.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear souls for your sweet words of encouragement
for blessing my life with your unique friendships.
No, I am not upset. 
I got that all off my heart real fast.   
That is why I wrote the quote:
"Don't let anyone pull tomorrows clouds
 over todays sunshine."

Okay, so I have been busy!
I made this "snow scene" for my buffet in the living room at Christmas.  I wrote to Jenny at asking for indulgence to post a picture of the one I created out of core board.  She has one in the background of her beautiful tree sculptures that I just loved.  I drew a pattern, cut it out of the core board (WalMart) then sprayed it with glue, topped it with large glitter then used a glue gun (sprinkled immediately with more glitter) to make the snow on the buildings and the trees.  (I used one of those 400 gold foil doilies on the inside for the round window & put pieces of vellum on all the windows so that I can run a string of lights behind) 
Total cost? 
for one sheet of core board.
I had made this same thing years ago but it was eight foot tall buildings and trees for my church in Des Moines.  It went behind the 25 foot Christmas Tree that we loaded with ornaments from our church members.  But I had forgotten all about it until I saw Jenny's. 
 (BY THE WAY you have only one more day to sign up for her giveaway.)
PLUS....I made
a couple of beaded poinsettas for this beautiful green votive holder that my sis recently sent me as a "love" gift.  It is totally made of beads in a light green.  Ya' know me, I just wanted to add a little more to it.  So the poinsetta idea came to me.  Then I found a book,
"Beaded Ornaments for the Holidays and Beyond." from Bead and Button Magazines.  I don't have the money to be spending on patterns but when my sweet daughter asked if I would split the cost.  Welllll, what can one do when they get something for half  In the spring I will add spring daisies or something in spring colors. 

 It will be fun to "redo" it each season.
(Thank you, Big Sis for the sweet and thoughtful gift!!  I love it!) 
( Thank you, Big Sis for the beautiful love gift!  I adore it!)
So here are the poinsetta's.  What do you think? 

So that is why I say I am making Christmas around the Kyser household.
Making Christmas ornaments, well sorta' along with everything else. 

I can't show you the three other ornaments that I made until I get them to their rightful owners. This is the first year that I have gotten up the nerve to participate in ornament swaps. 
I love Christmas ornaments and have collected them since 1965 so the idea of a swap was right up my alley. 
I am so excited about it.
Again, thank you for your love, kind words and concern. 
All is wonderful with my world.
Blessings to each one of you,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sharon at My Vintage Studio
has a wonderful giveaway!!! 
The only problem I have is if you win it I don't!  Go over to see all of her lovelies!  Goodness, this one has MY name written all over it. 
Here are just a few of the things she will have to send to ME! 
(Besides she has a beautiful name!)

Comment Moderation

Dear Friends,  Here is the "key" to happiness. 
"Never let anyone pull a cloud over todays sunshine."

Okay, I hate this but I have gotten a rather rude comment on my last post....
 to eliminate that problem I am putting on a comment moderation. 
(What a pain in the neck)
I kinda' feel "wow, someone does read my posts and I MUST be making some good points or I wouldn't be notified by the
Crap Blog Detective."
I am so sorry that people can be so ugly
but that does NOT deter me from
enjoying each and everyone of my sweet friends. 
It was suggested by LuLu that I do this and I think it is best for your edification.
So whoever wrote
The Crap Blog Detective
"Shame on you"
I am hoping you will have a better day
find something "useful" to do
with your time
besides annoying others.
You are sincerely in my prayers
Abundant Blessings to you today!
May the Lord give you a change of heart 
and replace your mean spirit
with one of uplifting others.

To my blogger buddies,
I apologize for this interruption.
Now we can get back to having fun creations.
Have a wonderful day to each and everyone.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Funny lady!

Maggie from is so very funny.  Now I just found her (don't know how)  and I went over to check it out when she left a sweet comment.  She is SO funny!  She has a very serious job and seems to delight in the humor she finds around her. 

Now you know she has to be somewhat funny with a name like

"Grandma Yellow Hair".   
The Lord knows I need to learn how to laugh and Maggie does it for me.  This joke just made me roll.  It hit a cord with me as I can sooo relate to the humor.  She has invited me to her ranch to set on her PINK porch~ 
Go over and read her funny stories.  It will be worth your while & while you are there please drop her a note!  WE all need encouragement, once in a while.
Thank you so very much for stopping in & IF you have time let me know if you think of this joke & if it is as funny as I think....
Blessings to each one of you.  You make my day!!!
Have a delightful and creative day today!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kreativ Award

Sweet Carole sent me this lovely award! has been so kind to me and always leaves a comment no matter what the project I am working on.  Her words of encouragement always spur me on to creating more designs.  There are people like her & many others that bless my life!
The rules of the game are listing things no one knows about me:
1.  I am a fourth child of five chldren. 
(My oldest and youngest brothers died in the same year 40 years ago.)
2.  I am a very shy person and often feel very alone in crowds.
3.  I love Christmas time the best! 
I am a giver so it is  a good time to pull out all the stops.
4.  I was blond as a child and still frost my hair today to cover up the gray.
5.  I am the Mother of two wonderful children & we are very close.
(four grandchildren but still hoping for more)
6.  I am a loney person.  I love people but they don't seem to get the real me & I think because I have some talent in so many areas that it intimidates strangers.
7.  I grew up on a farm in Winterset, Iowa I went to a one room school house until the third grade.  My first house had no running water and an outhouse.
Now I am to pass this on to other people that I want to know more about.
Thank you Carole for honoring me with this award.
You and it is appreciated!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Double Sided Stars

Just wanted to show you a few more stars. 

My favorite one of this group is this sweet little girl, praying for Christmas to come.

These two stars are double sided.  The first one I held together with glue then run a bead of glue on the outside edges.  Then I sprinkled it with glitter.  But I got smarter!  I then tried one glueing it together and using copper foil tape to run around the edges.  It was much easier, alot less messy and took on one half the time!  So for my time, effort & glittery sticky fingers, I would say "try the copper foil first!"

Angie B. of
had a free tutorial on these sweet stars. I wanted to show you a few more of the fun ones I have come up with using her idea. 
(Be sure to stop my Angie's place.  She needs a little warming thoughts sent her way.)
Next are the insides to the Christmas box I had recently completed.  (Of course, the front of the box did not come out in photos) 

I also got the large Christmas ornament done by adding a tassel at the bottom, four longer tassels on the sides and topping that with a red crystal. 
(No photos of that either, sorry)
Busy, Busy, Busy, Me.
I am getting all sorts of projects
"off my plate".
Company just drove in so I must go for now. 
I love your sweet comments and
hope you will stay tuned for the
"Rest of the Story".

p.s.  Be SURE to go back one post to see the Cleo necklace I just finished!

Cleo is open for review

Cleo is completed!!!
She is a beauty!
I could not get a good shot of the tiny details.   This necklace consists of five tubes of the tinyest bead (size 15's) & two tubes of a tubular bead called a delica, along with numerous Czech beads for a focal point. 
It was so very time consuming but worth it all in the end.  It is a dressy necklace, with all of the its sparkle and Czech beads.  I have NO where to wear it, even though I love it so much.  (Therefore, I will be putting it up for sale, if you are interested.)  It just needs a good home and a fun place to wear it!
My first attempt of taking a photo is on a dress form I found for, (guess who?) 

 LuLu of course!  (
What do you think, LuLu, does she wear my necklace well?  Or is it a bit much?
I hope you enjoy seeing my interpetation of
 Jimmie's Cleo.
She was a pleasure to finally  put into my "COMPLETED' file.
Have a wonderful and productive weekend!

p.s. Be sure to check out the latest stars that I have completed for the ladies cookie church on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I see stars everywhere.

Angie B. of Hopemore Studio's had a nice tutorial on this star pattern.  (Please stop in to see her lovely creations.) I didn't find it until around 11:30 last night.  The next time I looked up it was 5:30 in the morning! 
 (Would you say I get involved & forget what day it is, let alone the time?)

I have twelve more stars cut out, folded and waiting for me to get back to them.
The red stars are made from a red foil sack I purchased at the dollar store.  I had to spray glue a piece of card stock onto the back side before I started to fold it.  I don't think it was not strong enough paper to hold over a period of time.  (I always want my pieces to last for several years.)
Angie had asked if anyone had a good idea on how to cover up the back of the star.  I thought that paper doilies would work great.  So I pulled out my gold foil doilies and found that the ones that I have, over 400 of, are way to large so I cut it down to make a ruffle around the star.  I then glued another flat star on the back just to finish it off.

This picture is from my Grandfather J's primary reader from 1903.  I love the little boys laugh, it just makes me smile each time I see it.
The last one I made is one of my favorites.  It is simple, sweet,& dainty.  I cut out a flat star to back it to (it also holds the star in shape) and glued the two together.  I ran another line of glue around the edge and dipped it in Martha Stewarts copper fine glitter. 
(I love glitter!  Do you or am I just getting tacky in my old age?)  Sparkle, sparkle and more sparkle is my theme, escpecially at Christmas.  I have sparkles all over my art room but most importantly
all over my face.
I have more for tomorrow.
Let me know what you think about my takeoff of 
Angie B's great tutorial.
Blessings to you and thank you for stopping by,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Christmas anyone?

I ran across this picture tonight and thought it is so sweet. So I wanted to share it with you.  I don't know where I got it but I have had it for several years.
Isn't he adorable?
I am starting Christmas presents already 
I will be traveling back to my home town to see my precious son & his family.  It will be the first time I have been back to Iowa for three years.  I miss my grandson, son, daughter-in-love & my sister.  They live within 35 miles of each other so it will be a great time to catch up & fall in love with them all over again. 
(I, however, am not looking forward to the cold!)
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday.
How about you?
Are you thinking....Christmas yet?
I have entered an ornament exchange so my mind is going in all directions.
I hope you enjoy the Santa.
I think he is adorable.
Blessings to all & try to take the time to let me know what you Christmas plans will be for this year.

Woven Victorian Elegance Swarovski Crystals

Woven Victorian Elegance Swarovski Crystals
My favorite Necklace but will sacrifice for $85.00



Butterflies Galore

Butterflies Galore
Can be made with your favorite colors!

Bead Embroidery

Bead Embroidery


Pattern design by Jimmie Boatwright/Atlanta Bead

Nothing But Netting

Nothing But Netting

All Buckled Up

All Buckled Up

Just Something I

Just Something I

Copper Peyote

Copper Peyote

Red Black Purse Ear Rings

Red Black Purse Ear Rings

Purple right angle Will Make in Your choice of colors

Purple right angle Will Make in Your choice of colors
Swarovski Crystals and Rivoli (SOLD)



Swarovski Crystal Purple fantasy

Swarovski Crystal Purple fantasy

Gold and Green Herringbone and Cab

Gold and Green Herringbone and Cab

Holler for Hoops

Holler for Hoops

Floral Motif

Floral Motif

Lovely Purples on Copper Pendant

Lovely Purples on Copper Pendant
Stunning Purple (SOLD)

V Vine Fantasy with Reversable Pendant

V Vine Fantasy with Reversable Pendant
Blacks and Tans with Antique Crystals Necklace $55.00

Dramatic Bump Bracelet

Dramatic Bump Bracelet

Celini Spirl Blue and Gray

Celini Spirl Blue and Gray

Freeform nest

Freeform nest

Fiori Necklace Swarvoski Crystal and Amethyst Crystal

Fiori Necklace Swarvoski Crystal and Amethyst Crystal

Pearls on Mother of Pearl

Pearls on Mother of Pearl

Twisted cuff

Twisted cuff
Crystal flower & Slide lock $55.00

Copper Chocker

Copper Chocker

Delicious Copper Cubes

Delicious Copper Cubes
Choker Necklace $60.00

Copper & Earring combination

Copper & Earring combination
Purple Brick Stitch & White Antique Beads $95.00

Twisted Bugles

Twisted Bugles
Twisted Bugles with crystal bead drops $55.00

Fringed Cage

Fringed Cage

White on White on Gold

White on White on Gold