Thursday, June 10, 2010

Where? and More!

Where has the time gone?

I truly cannot believe that it is the 10th of June. It's the weekend now. I have one more work day on Sunday (the weekend in Kuwait is Friday and Saturday) and then I am officially done for the summer.

There's been more toffee to eat (gone now). (Thanks Leslie!)

More cans to paint (this is how I dry them outside ... and believe me, in this heat, they dry in no time). The temperature today was around 114. One of the weather sites I went to showed a high for the day and then a "comfort level". I found that rather ironic. Even if the night temperature was 87, it showed a "comfort level" of 84. I figure anything above 100 cannot be comfortable, but in the 48-hour forecast, it showed the temperature and then a comfort level of 3 degrees below that. 114 is not comfortable. 111 is not comfortable.

Thanks to Graphics Fairy for all the lovely images I use to upcycle these coffee cans. I have to say though that Maxwell House has gone to cardboard cans, rather than tin, and I'm not sure if it is the decoupage glue I buy here, or the paper I am printing on, or the spray paint I just bought, or the can ... but I'm getting major wrinkles. I just figure it gives an aged patina, RIGHT???!

This little round box used to hold triangle cheese and now it is a pretty little gift box.

It's amazing what you can do with paper and glue.

I've had more pictures framed. Zack did this in art class when he was in 2nd grade. I loved the technique so have kept it for the past 4 years and FINALLY got it framed. In fact, the owner of the frame shop did it for free since it was for my son.

Of course, I did pay for these other 4 pictures. They are prints that were done for one of the banks and they gave them out to their customers for free.

I love the one of the tailor best.

Only a little over two weeks before we leave to the States and still so much to plan and do and buy and pack. Fortunately, after 15 years, I've learned to pack light so actual packing will just be days before travel.

Hope your days are filled with summer bliss and blessings! Tammy


Anonymous said...

ooohh that is so not a comfort level....yikes!

all those wrinkles, you're right...give it a beautiful aged vintage look! and that's perfect!

have your self a wonder ful day!
ciao bella
creative carmelina

koralee said...

What fun....I didn't realize you fly back and Summer in the girlfriend has been teaching in Saudi for about 10 years now..and they do the same. I am looking forward to seeing her. Each summer we try to connect again. What grades do you teach?

Hugs for a great day and oh I don't know how you can live with that heat...I will not complain about our rain any longer. xoxo

Diane said...

I bet you're looking forward to coming home. Surely the heat won't be as bad as it is there. I love your coffee cans and the cheese box. I love graphics, too. I'm saving some smaller ones, I might punch holes in the top and put some graphics on them to hang on the patio with candles. Maybe!!! Enjoy your days. Diane

Rostrose said...

Hello sweetheart (or shall I say sweat-heart ;o))
- no wonder that time is running away, you have been very busy - and I like the things you show us! My favourites are your decoupage-works with the graphics of the fairy!!! Love them yery much!!!
Big (cooling!) hugs, Traude

Privet and Holly said...

Hi T!!!
Feeling VERY excited for your upcoming trip.
I wonder where you land when you come to the States??? Hopefully, somewhere cooler than what you are leaving behind. Love your little projects ~ well done! I just discovered the Graphics Fairy, recently, and am excited to see what I can come up with, this summer, now that school is out and a bit more free time has opened up on the schedule. Sending you 'lots of COMFORT-level thoughts and hugs!
xx Suzanne

A Vintage Chic said...

YIKES--114???! That is WAY above any kind of comfort level I can imagine! So sorry! Stay inside, my dear!

Such lovely artwork today--your beautiful altered cans, your sons' work, the prints you found--all of it!

Have a beautiful day--find your own comfort level!


Anonymous said...

I don't think you can use "comfort level" and 114 degrees in the same sentence! YEOW! Ok, I'll stop squeeking about 89 degrees here!

Love the cans drying outside! And your son's artwork is just wonderful. Framed nicely, too!

Two weeks? Oh, you'll be jumping up and down on the plane! Sure wish I was closer so we'd meet...but I know you'll be swamped with family and friends and shopping and such. And I hope the time back in the States goes really s-l-o-w for you so that you can enjoy each minute.

Have a great week and upcoming week-end!


I have been having headaches all day for the past few days now.... not doing too much.. no interest in blogging right now. today I sat outside and just soaked up some wonderful sun. Now it looks like rain.
who were you going to hook up with from blogland while here?
Can't wait to see you!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

How lovely that you will soon be on holiday soon and going back to the USA will be lovely.
I love the decoupage on the tins and boxes, neat idea and the framed pictures.
Have a wonderful weekend

Draffin Bears said...

Sorry I have put soon in there twice, I should read before I send.


La Dolce Vita said...

that is like arizona hot! yikes! hope you have a great visit in the states and safe travel! it is pretty green this year! lots of rain and no drought!! xx's

Anonymous said...

Hopefully it will be cooler where you are going!! It does sound like Arizona weather which is why we don't go visiting there this time of year!!

We are heading to Tennessee for a week and though not in triple digits it looks like with the rainy and 90+ degree weather it will be HOT!

Your cans turn out so very pretty! Do love the graphics you use!!

bee blessed

Sheila Rumney said...

Love your coffee cans! Have a great weekend.

Karen P. said...

Beautiful Decoupage~Nice job! Thanks for trying to leave a post on my site
I don't know what happened but I had to let it reset, and now it seems to be fine. So fun meeting so many talented ladies! It's like having a permanent decorating magazine online! Love it.

glor said...

Love the cans! How beautiful. And the tin, exquisite! What a treasure Zack's are is. Looks wonderful in frame, as do your other pics. How long will you be here in the states. Exciting that you are coming. Have a wonderful weekend.

Jane said...

You always do such a great job with recycling your boxes and containers into such wonderful gift boxes. They look beautiful!

Denise said...

I have a problem with wrinkles in my projects too. If you have access to a wallpaper smoother, this may help some. Hope you have a wonderful summer.

A Cottage Muse said...

I have been collecting some cans myself to embellish! Yours are wonderful! Enjoy your weekend!!!

crochet lady said...

Such lovely projects! Wow, can't believe that heat. I thought the upper 90's was bad.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Lovely pictures, Tammy! Hope your weekend is off to a great start with lots and lots of sunshine. xx

Beth Leintz said...

Oh my- I don't think you can be very comfortable at anything over 90 degrees- 114 would take my breath away.

Love what you said "It's amazing what you can do with paper and glue." Isn't that the truth-I can keep myself entertained for hours.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I don't know where the time goes either. But I'm behind on reading blogs. So here I am after supper beginning to try to catch up. Finally, a place that is hotter than East Texas. I pity you. But the humidity here is absolutely horrendous. Wait until you hit menopause, my friend. Better plan to move somewhere cooler.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

You're in the States? What about Koeweit.. did you move or just a longgggg vacation? Hugs for a wonderful weekend, Tammy! xx

Regan said...

Lovely post! You have an adorable blog!! xoxo

Lovey said...

Wonderful post! I hope your trip home and summer is beautiful!

Martha's Favorites said...

What wonderful projects! You always have such amazing projects going. Have a wonderful summer. You deserve the time off. Blessings my friend, Martha

terri said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I always enjoy checking up on your side of the world. I agree that anything over 100 is NOT comfy at all and we are hitting that mark already here in TX! Take care on your travels.

Anonymous said...

The time really is flying. I have not had a single day since boys got off from school when we have not had things to do. Today was golf practice, tomorrow is a tournament through the First Tee, then Monday is their "real" tournament again. Makes the days go by quickly to be so busy...
Your cans are lovely, even with the wrinkles. Honestly, I can't believe all the lovely things you are doing with paper and glue. The box is beautiful too. I am happy to know that school will be out soon so maybe you will have more time to work on your crafty things.
Nice that you got some framing done. I have TOO many things to frame right now. It is so expensive, and nobody I have found wants to do it for free just becuase the Baki boys are my kids. HA! Good for you for getting it done after such a long time.
Good luck getting plans made. I can't wait to see you!!


Anonymous said...

I love the cans ...they are so pretty! I know nothing about decoupage so I am of no help to your delema.
Wow...Coming back to the states. I bet you are excited.....It is hot now with the humidity high here in the northeast but not in the triple digits! That is hot!!
If I don't get a chance to tell you before you leave....have a safe flight & enjoy your trip.
Have a Peaceful Evening!

Vicki said...

Hi, Tammy,
I know you are glad to be off for the summer. You always amaze me with the creative things you make. The decorative cans are wonderful and can be used so many ways. I love Zack's picture. I am sure he is very proud that you have framed it. Art was my favorite thing to teach in school, and the children's art always amazed me. Enjoy your time in the states visiting family and friends. Love and blessings being sent your way~ Vicki

Melissa said...

Comfort for who??? For those who don't have to sit in this heat. Today was hot, hot, hot. My feet and hands were actually burning from the sun when leaving school today. Can't wait for the welcoming coolness of shade when I go to the States. At least you seem to have kept yourself busy these past few days. Not really much else to do in this heat.
Love the picture frames and Zack's creation. Looks very professional. I plan on framing some pics I got for free from the Mother's Day breakfast and presenting them to hubby to hang in his office since they are old hertiage Kuwait. He still needs to get that plaque I had bought him up.
I also need to get myself and do a bit of shopping. Might stop at the Iranian souk and Bida Antiques for something different.
Can't believe you'll be finished with school Sunday...we still have til next Sunday to go...BLAH! Hopefully we can get together before I leave. Maybe we can go to Bida this week if you're interested. Talk to you later about that. Take care in this inferno!

Love and Happiness:)

Yarni Gras! said...

I love the fish! Have a great summer.......

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