Just for the Love of it

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Jingle Yo-Yos

I love yo-yos!

I remember yo-yo dolls with bells from childhood! Do you? They were similar to clowns and made with lots of yo-yos in all different colors and fabrics and bells. A great scrap fabric project. I had an idea to make some yo-yos just for fun. And boy did I have fun and some nostalgia!
Soooo one thing lead into the next and I came up with a Jingle yo-yo keychain!
I am quite smitten with it and had to make more!
Now I am featuring them in my Etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/robinmurray, take a peek if you have time : )

I think they would make great gifts, a little something for a teacher, a topping for a big gift, or just a remembrance for a friend, maybe a stocking stuffer, OR for the keys to a NEW CAR!!!! (or shed or bike keys)

Here's the new yo-yo makers they are selling now. Very easy and fun to use.

Basicly pick fabrics, measure, cut, clip in form, cut, sew, pull and tie off...........



                                    Here are a few more and more pictures in my Etsy Shop

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this old-fashion craft and my new creation.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend. Here in the USA we celebrate this holiday. Normally, the last long weekend before school starts, but now-a-days some start before Labor Day and it is not popular!!!

I hope to enjoy this weekend and plan to drink one two of these

                                                               My first Pimm's Cup #1                                                                                 It was so delicious and a UK favorite. I always wanted to have one and it was offered at a local cafe.
                                                              I was sold with the first sip.

Enjoy my friends, xoRobin

Monday, August 27, 2012


School Supplies and anything involving paper, pens, and organizers, that is ME!
I still love them all. Every August/September I feel like I need to get organized and settle in, like I'm going back to school, like the kids! Funny 'cos my kids are long past all of this! I guess somethings you never outgrow.
So what got me started on this a little earlier in this year.  I had to go to Staples (an office supply store for my UK friends) for some mailing envelopes and then, of course, I had to wonder around. There  was this section that catch my attention! Oh, the colors and styles and selection, I knew I was in heaven.

Here look what trouble I got into

 So you are looking at all Martha Stewart supplies. All in my favorite colors at the moment. Note: the pen is a different purchase the day before a local card and gift store in my town. (also my colors)

                                            Paper, stickers, labels, plastic pouch for binder

                                            Red three ring binder, post its and sticky markers

Note: lovely coaster from my Finland friend, Mia at miashandmade.blogspot.com
Take a peek, she has a lovely blog and Etsy shop.

                                   Can't forget my divider pages, see the ones in the middle

Now I will get them all put together and start using them and having fun with my calendar, projects, to do lists, ideas and then shhhhhhh my Christmas list (sorry Viv)

So who else is like me??? I know there must be some nerdy people like me, but don't want to admit it. That's OK. I loved sharing my love with all of you and I wish you all a wonderful week!

I leave you with my Fall basket of mums and ornamental peppers! My summer basket of nasturtiums,  lobelias, and petunias faded away, so I had to bite the bullet and make my fall basket. : (

Thanks for your visit as always, xoRobin

Thursday, August 16, 2012

HI HOO....has it really been a month

Oh my, how a month does fly!

I have missed you all. I have been on vacation, had one 6yr old granddaughter for a week and gotten back into the swing of normal everyday living. I have to admit I'm more a fan of vacation! I will post some summer Martha Vineyards pictures. We had the best weather. Lots of relaxing and reading happened. Along with swimming, walks along the beach, swims for Jack too, and great food and spirits. Aside from wine and beer as summer drinks, my husband and I love a "Dark and Stormy"! Do you know what that is? Well, let me tell you it is Ginger beer and rum and lots of fresh lime and ice. Rum goes in last and it looks like a storm, some drink it like that, but I mix it so it doesn't go straight to my head (as fast)!!!!! We love them with lobster rolls and homemade chips or fried clams, cole slaw, and chips. Doesn't get any better, except sitting on a stool and looking out at Vineyard sound and watching the boats and ferries coming in! Heaven shear heaven!

                                         Eating and Viewing, so pretty and peaceful

Arriving ferry and ecstatic vacationers and vacationers mourning the end of their holiday, but can't wait to return!

Our new largest ferry "Island Home" It has a second layer, a car lift level. I have gotten it twice and it's a bit scary to be up there, it's a little shaky.

I don't know it you can see this or not, but the yacht with the helicopter on it is Oprah's!!!! Yes, it is, I haven't seen her but she keeps her lovely boat here in Vineyard Haven, MV.

                                             Beautiful wooden sail boats in the harbor

                                                 Lots to see, do, and of course shopping

                            We did some serious planting rosa rugosa and stone work

Planted a couple of my favorite hydrangeas and lilies. We have to try to protect them from the deer. This is a succulent buffet for them!!!!

                              Look at these peaches, not mine but beautiful nonetheless!!

Jack at the Vineyard house in his favorite cubby hole!! He loves to be up against a wall, he's so funny and handsome!

Here are my little munchkins visiting.  "E" (the top picture) turned 4 and we had a little celebration. Abby spent the week with us!

Abby and I made the cupcakes. Always a fun activity!! "E"or "Lizzy" needed help with the candles so Abby obliged. Note: in PJ's for bed not morning!!!

If you remember cady, well he is still a big part of Abby's life, sooooo Poppy had to come up with a cady too!!!! Nothing like a wool sock and some string!

Just a little peek into my missing month of blogging, now back to weeding and life. LOOK at this huge, scary, and amazing spider and web.

                              I think it's called a zig zag web and spider and it is frightful.

Okay, I don't want to leave you with that picture! I want to thank you for visiting me and not giving up on my blog. I do so love posting and all your visits and comments. Thank you so much for your support and friendship. I am blessed to have all of you, I cherish the friendships and all of you and your lovely blogs. I try to keep up with all your blogs, sometimes successfully but not always for that I apologize!

I wish all of you a wonderful weekend with lots of love, laughter and fun!

                                                               "The Little Celebration"