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This project is taking much longer than I EVER thought possible.  I was so sure it would be done by today and that I would have all these great photos to share, but it’s not.  This is a lot more work than I was expecting.  Glammie and I were both getting a bit frustrated yesterday afternoon.  We even went so far as to ask why on earth we didn’t just buy the originals at Pottery Barn and be done with it.  That would have been a lot easier and certainly less time consuming.  And, I wouldn’t have had to scrub paint off of my garage floor yesterday.  But it’s too late now.  We are committed and will see this project through to the end, even if it kills us.  I just hope I end up liking it!

Yesterday afternoon was mostly spent in picking thousands of beads off an old belt of mine.  We needed beads for this project, and I just didn’t have any others.  Glammie got this brain storm of recycling these old beads, and since they were the perfect color, we went for it.  Little did we know how long it would take to get them off.  Little tip for all you do-it-yourself-ers……go buy beads.  Seriously.  Here is Nik working on the last of the beads.

Then it was out to the garage to start some gluing.

We still have more gluing to do.  It’s rather a slow process, as just as many beads fall off as stick on.  Who would have guessed at how difficult this would end up being?

This is a bit of what the sticks look like now.  Unfortunately, the bead work doesn’t show up real well in the photographs.

We’ll see how much more we get done this afternoon.  Are you guys starting to get a feel for what we’re up to?

I also have a card to share this morning.

I was inspired to make this card after visiting my scrappy friend, Shanna’s, wonderful blog.  Shanna has graciously uploaded a bunch of really fun templates that she has created, and is even offering a contest prize for using them.  How cool is that?  I fell in love with her “scrolly frame” and couldn’t wait to use it. The templates are so easy to download, and one of the best things about them is that you can easily change the size to fit your needs.  I used the template as is, and also re-sized it several times so that I can layer the frames as well.  LOVE that!

The papers on this card are from the beautiful Webster’s Pages collections.  I combined papers of the new line, Reflections of Nature, with pieces from the Raspberry Truffle and Feather Your Nest collections.  I also used my brand new stamps from October Afternoon for the greeting and for the sweet, little bird.  Thank you, Kathie, for those beautiful stamps!  And thank you, Shanna, for those awesome templates!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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