A Change of Heart


Posted originally on NanTubreUnlimited. Hope you enjoy it! http://nantubreunlimited.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/a-change-of-heart

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WACKY WINDOWS AND NEW/OLD LIGHTING


Anybody like Pintrest? I do too. In fact, I like it so much, I’ve manmaged to get myself into some rather tight places because of . I blame it on the projects I see other people pin…I want to do them all. I never think I can’t do it. If I like it enough, it will be done.

Marching forth…
Do you remember the post I wrote about my mini-blind project? (https://nantubre.com/2014/01/29/sneaux-days-and-cabin-fever/) I saw a project like that on Pintrest and I jumped in with both feet. After all, the mini-blinds in my bedroom are old, as are the curtains. So what if they are a crinkle-y silk blend. They are old and I’m tired of them. I thought it would be a good thing to do something with them before they dry rot. And we all know that any project off of Pintrest is easy, right? RIGHT? You know where this is leading, don’t you…

It is easy if you do it right. Measure twice, (or more) cut once. Don’t do like I did and lay the mini-blind on top of the fabric and cut around it. That doesn’t work. You will have to start over with another panel. And don’t believe that you can spray glue a room darkening panel onto the fabric. That doesn’t work either. And I’m not so sure I should have used a hot glue gun instead of fabric glue. The hot glue tends to melt the plastic mini-blind slats, to say nothing of how HOT glue will blister your hands even through the fabric. ’nuff said, you get the point.

So this is how you turn old mini-blinds into a roman shade:
Start off with a panel of fabric measured correctly to the size of your mini-blinds. Make sure you leave a two-three inch border. Fold the border in to finish all sides and glue them or use hem tape to keep them in place. Again, I used hot glue. I don’t recommend it. Once you have the fabric panel the way you want it, lay it face down on the table and lay the mini-blind on top of it. Make sure the bind is extended as far as it can go and cut out that little string thingy that holds the slats in place. DO NOT cut the string that pulls the blinds up and down! DSCF7776After you do that take the end piece completely off by popping out the little tabs on the bottom that the string goes into. You will see the end of the string tied into a knot. Pull that out and remove the bottom bar off. Remove all but 6 or 8 slats. Measure down how many folds you want in your roman shade and place these left over slats at every interval, cup side down. Run a bead of glue along the slat and turn it over onto your fabric. Be sure NOT to get any glue on the string or you will have royally screwed the whole project up.
DSCF7778 Repeat until you have each slat in place. A better idea would be to glue two slats together and use that instead of one. Seems like it would be more durable. I wish I would have thought of that before. Anyway… When you get to the end, poke the string through the holes on the bottom bar and tie knots in them just like they were before you took it apart. Now keep in mind that the strings that pull the shade up and down will be on the BACK of the shade, but that won’t matter at all. It still works. Before you know it – Voila` – done deal that took only an actual hour of labor from start to finish if you don’t make very many mistakes.

Now…this is where things got complicated for me. I decided to take the leftover curtain fabric and make a valance complete with trim that included tassels. Lots of beautiful tassels. DSCF7793

It didn’t take long. I pulled out the hot glue and consider my work a success because I only blistered two fingers. I love the way the tassels looked on the silk blend fabric. So shiny!

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This is what it looks like when it is pulled up a little bit:
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So there, how do you like them?

I hate them.

The roman shade is ok, but I don’t like the valance. But after all that work and all those tassels, I’m leaving them like they are until I can not bear it any longer. It won’t be long. At least the beautiful lamps I inherited from my mother really, really look good against them.

On a lighter note, I got a new/old lamp to go over my dining room table, pun intended. I replaced this DSCF7802
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God is good, folks. Don’t forget to pray for peace.

I’ve Got My Roll On….


I’ve been having a ball adding more treasures to my new etsy shop!

But…….

Before I show you pictures, let me ask you something…..

Do you remember the Old Ladies from my first novel SECRETS OF THE OLD LADIES CLUB
What do you think would happen if those grand old dames got together to write a cook book?? You know, they may be best friends, but they are as different as night and day. I’m thinkin’ I’d love to write a recipe book using their recipes. Oh, when I think of the Secrets we would discover! Southern, Jewish, Cajun, and oh so much more! Mazel Tov! Ya’ll come back now, hear? Mon, cher` petit`!
Hey, could have a ‘novel’ approach….

Sassy ankle jewelry!  So cute!

Sassy ankle jewelry! So cute!

Spring time boot bracelet!

Spring time boot bracelet!

Yes, it's a boot bracelet

Yes, it’s a boot bracelet

Camouflage Bracelet - Her best hunting accessory!

Camouflage Bracelet – Her best hunting accessory!

Hand knit cherry quartz bangle bracelet

Hand knit cherry quartz bangle bracelet

Never goes out of style!

Never goes out of style!

Books and bracelets aren’t the most important things in the world. Prayers and Peace are. Get your roll on and please include prayers for peace.

Blessings!

Announcing my new ETSY shop!


I am happy to announce that I have opened a new etsy shop! I am in the process of stocking it with tons of hand made rosaries, car rosaries, jewelry, art, and (of course) my book, SECRETS OF THE OLD LADIES’ CLUB !
Check me out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/NanTubreDesigns
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Each item is handmade by me, or authored by ~ um ~ me.

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Somebody asked me where I found the time for all of this. No easy answer, that. Let me start by saying we old ladies ROCK! Set priorities, then go for it. 1. God 2. Family 3. Others 4. Self. Lucky for me, my passion to create serves all. I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I gotta tell ya, serving God first and everyone next, saving yourself for last gives more joy to everything you can do. I’m not always successful because I am rather selfish, a little self-centered, and prone to seek out the more comfortable avenues. But I do try. So if someone like me can try, so can anyone else.

I’m a person who has to get my art out there. I hope you like what you see. Oh, and if you order my book, please be a darling and leave a good review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17397862-secrets-of-the-old-ladies-club?ac=1
If you like reading ebooks, you can order one on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Old-Ladies-Club-Tubre-ebook/dp/B00BHDON3O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391975959&sr=8-1&keywords=secrets+of+the+old+ladies+club

May God bless us all, and please don’t forget to pray for peace.

Sneaux Days and Cabin Fever


LORD HAVE MERCY ON ME! I HAVE CABIN FEVER!

As I mentioned before, the southern part of the United States does not handle snow and ice well.

SNEAUX – (snow) ie; an uncommon phenomenon to the southern regions of North America. Def.: unique white frozen crystal precipitation falling from the sky at the most in-opportune time, wreaking havoc on the streets and in the lives of people more comfortable sweating in the outdoors rather than slipping on ice. A major cause of cabin fever, a condition identified by malaise, deep sighing, pulling out hair, and sleeping long hours.

a symptom of cabin fever

a symptom of cabin fever

I have spent an inordinate amount of time on the computer. I haven’t worn anything but my pjs for two days. What’s the point? Can’t go anywhere, no one can come here. Just take a shower and put on clean pjs.

On the other hand I have gotten a couple of projects done that have just been in the idea phase for a long time. I got my dear one to make the rolling pin towel rack (see previous post ). And I did another project yesterday. I made a roman shade from a mini-blind.

It was easy, I followed directions I found on youtube.com and hometalk.com. This is how it turned out:

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I feel sorry for, and at the same time admire, people who live where snow is not uncommon. They know what to do, how to stock up, precautions to make, what tires to use, etc. My brothers are that way. They live in the mid-west and know exactly what to do. Alas, they are too far away to help me with cabin fever…. So Jesus, I’m depending on You!

will it ever go away?  miss my porch rockers

will it ever go away? miss my porch rockers

Somebody save me...

Somebody save me…


This ain't no picnic weather!

This ain’t no picnic weather!


definitely not used to this!

definitely not used to this!

SNOW DAY!


Waaay down here in the south we don’t know what to do when it snows. Some businesses don’t open, schools stay closed, shopping is done ahead of the of the inclimate weather. All that because southerners typically don’t know how to drive on ice or snow. It is fairly foreign to us. The novelty of it wears off in a couple of hours after the white stuff blankets our still green grass and blooming sasanquas. I have to admit it is a pretty sight, but trust me, after a couple of days being stuck in the house, I’m ready for a few degrees of warmth outside. I’m one of those chickens who prefers to stay inside rather than brave a wind that bites. “I’d druther” a more gentle sweet smelling breeze and the warmth of a southern sun.

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So, what to do while I’m stuck in the house? Well, I had a mind to get into making rosaries. I’ve been slacking off lately and need to catch up. But, guess what? I don’t have enough wire on hand to do much with. It stinks, because I’m NOT going to town. I had to come up with a new plan.

I decided to put together all the components to make rosaries, store them in the appropriate color organza bag until I can renew my wire stash to finish them. I’ll be ready.

So far I have put together kits for 12 rosaries, 18 car rosaries, and 8 baby baptism rosaries!

ready and waitin'

ready and waitin’

I’m tickled to pieces to get all organized and such. I was able to use some of my new components, some beautiful pieces I picked up in south Louisiana.

It is supposed to be in the 50’s. I can’t wait.

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Mardi Gras is right around the corner…


AND I’VE GOT JEWELRY!!

MARDI GRAS EARRINGS!

$18

$18

amethyst, aventurine, citrine Fleur di lis

amethyst, aventurine, citrine Fleur di lis

Mardi Gras Earrings amethyst, aventurine, citrine chips

Mardi Gras Earrings
amethyst, aventurine, citrine chips

Amethyst, aventurine, and citrine chips $12

Amethyst, aventurine, and citrine chips
$12

I love this necklace ~ silver plated with a dove, fleur di lis, and a GORGEOUS cz

$24

$24

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AND MORE!

Hand wire-wrapped faceted tear drop $18

Hand wire-wrapped faceted tear drop
$18

Bold blue and white china  $12

Bold blue and white china $12

AND DON’T FORGET ~ I HAVE TONS OF CAR ROSARIES

Mauve glass beads with perfect lampwork $14

Mauve glass beads with perfect lampwork
$14

Deep Purple faceted glass and cross $12

Deep Purple faceted glass and cross
$12

Blue quartz with sterling/wood crucifix $18

Blue quartz with sterling/wood crucifix
$18

 moonstone quartz St. Michael medal $18

moonstone quartz St. Michael medal
$18

A COUPLE OF NEW ROSARIES TOO!

LSU LSU LSU ! Citrine and amethyst, bronze detail $32

LSU LSU LSU !
Citrine and amethyst, bronze detail
$32

Wire-wrapped by hand. Celtic cross with a "drop of His blood" $36

Wire-wrapped by hand. Celtic cross with a “drop of His blood”
$36

SO…How about dropping a line…. Comments are always welcome. You are a blessing to me!