Monday, August 31, 2015

The Weekend Situation - 8/29

This weekend was my niece's birthday.  So after a day at her pool, my girls got to spend the night at her house with some of her friends.

This gave Mr. Mac and I a free night!  So, we checked out Conch Republic at Rocketts Landing along the river in the city.  I grew up about 15 minutes or so from this area and it is crazy how different it is now.  When I was little it was old rundown warehouses.  They have now revitalized them into luxury condos and restaurants.

And they just happened to have my favorite Devil's Backbone beer - Trail Angel Weiss.

After dinner, we headed to one the city's local breweries (Ardent) to get our growlers filled.  The outdoor seating was great!!

The next day after we picked up the girls from the sleepover, we took them into the city to see pipeline trail.  This runs right along the river and you actually walk on top of a pipe!

But probably the scariest coolest thing I did this weekend was open my shop on Etsy!  You can check it out here:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Leather Tassel Necklace

I've made tassel necklaces before using small curtain tassels, but recently I had seen leather tassels in the bead aisle at some craft stores.  So, one day I made a quick stop at Hobby Lobby on my way home from work and picked up some leather cord, a couple tassels, and two initial charms.

 The tassel went in the middle, of course.

I have this small collection of green beads.  Green is my favorite color, so I've been collecting neat ones I see or ones from broken necklaces.

The cord would not fit on many of the beads.  First, I searched through my needles to see if I had any large enough for the cord. I have TONS of needles from my grandma.  Most are in these 'Moore's' packages.  The needles didn't work out, so instead I cut both ends on a angle making it thin enough to fit the beads on.

 After much finagling and rearranging, this is what I decided on.  The beads on the end are really tight on the cord, but I like that because it keeps everything in place!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

The Weekend Situation - 8/22

In the Summer, we pretty much spend as much time as we can either at the beach or swimming in our pond.  Alas, all good things must come to an end, so we planned one last hurrah before school starts Monday.  Saturday morning, we headed out to the Virginia Craft Brew Beer Festival at Devil's Backbone Brewery in Roselend, VA.  We made a quick stop on the way for lunch in Scottsville.

Luckily, there was little humidity on Saturday, but it was still pretty hot.

There was some dancing and domino playing....

MK even found a hop!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Wendy Mac Designs - The Shop

I've been painting away and so....opening in September - Wendy Mac Designs the Shop!

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Here are some things I've been working on....

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

If you have little girls, you have magic wands!

A few months ago, I was cleaning out my girl's toys and noticed just how many magic wands we had accumulated.  So, I started putting them into a pile, with thoughts of sorting and getting rid of a few.  There were big ones, little ones, sparkly ones, feather ones, light-up ones and my favorite homemade ones!  We even had a toothbrush magic wand from when B was the tooth fairy and MK was the 'tooth' for Halloween (this is just a typical MK crying pose).

Wow, the magic of magic wands....wouldn't it be nice if we could simply wave a magic wand and fix everything?!?  Or get our every wish?!?  I didn't get things cleaned-up quick enough and when the girls came home from school they were ecstatic to see all their magic wands in one pile.  The imagination started and there were lots of 'bippity-boppity boos' flowing through the house.  Needless to say, we still have (almost) every magic wand to this day.  We even have a really cool one now that lights up and makes fairy noises now! 

So, one morning I got up a little early and made these pencil magic wands for the girls.  They are pretty simple, so I'll just show how to make them in pictures.

 B and MK LOVED them!  They wanted to sharpen the pencil and use them for writing!

Then some magic happened!

Oh my goodness, MK turned into a cat!  I guess little boys have swords, but I'll stick to magic wands any day!