Thursday, January 28, 2010

Heart Felt

Please pop on over to the Small Town Living blog to see the little Valentine tutorial I created for my friend, Tina.

I'd do anything for that gal!

Monday, January 25, 2010

One World, One Heart 2010

Welcome friends, both old and new! I've been such a fan of Lisa's One World, One Heart event since the very start. It is such a fabulous and generous idea- why have I waited this long to participate?
I love creating things. I'm not very good at following instructions but I do love to make things. Most of what I do is by the seat of my pants. No wonder they are so worn out!
I have made some wonderful friends through the blogging world and now I want to give something back to them. So, here are my offerings for this year's giveaway:

One handmade waste-not table topper quilt. Oh, this is a cute thing! The colors are mostly pinks, greens and browns and would be perfect for a little girl's room. One lucky winner will receive this charmer!
This past Saturday I went to a class at my friend Jill's house and we learned how to make these adorable purses. They are darling! (I think she is giving one away on her blog as well.)

Look! A tiny wool flea market purse. How sweet is this? Hung about your neck, it will hold your cell phone, license and, I think this might be the most important thing, money!! Hands-free flea market shopping- what could be better?

Here's a little close up. The heart is hand-dyed wool with glass leaves and a ceramic bead.

And guess what? There's another one! This time with a handmade wool rose with beading and hand-dyed wool & beaded leaves.

If you want a chance to win one of these wonderful items, just leave a comment on this post. That's it- no treasure hunting, no silly questions to answer, no jigs to dance- just a little comment to let me know you were here. Simple, simple. The giveaway ends on February 15th, at 12:00 PM EST and I will contact and announce the winners that night. Please be sure that I have a way to contact you by e-mail if you are a winner. Thanks.
Good luck everyone!
Eek! Now I need to go see what I want to win. :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hat Day!

This morning my friend, Jill, opened her home for a day of fun and crafting. Today we made hats and tiny purses out of felted sweaters. I've made larger purses from old wool sweaters, but never a hat.
I should have brought my camera so you could see her adorable studio and even cuter pups! Her dogs are so sweet. You would never guess that from their greeting at the door though!
I made a blue hat with a white flower. This is not it. I gave it to my daughter and she left the house with it, so no picture. But, I made one jiffy quick for my son and I love how it turned out!

A nice chocolately brown hat, perfect for a young man.

The buttons will probably send him over the edge and searching for a pair of scissors, but I like how they look. Just the right touch without being overdone.

The hats we made this morning were hand stitched together using either an overcast stitch or a blanket stitch. (I used the blanket stitch.) For Nathan's hat, I simply rammed it through the sewing machine outfitted with a heavy duty needle. Rammed? Yes. The sweaters can be very bulky and sometimes the hat needed a little muscle behind it to get through.

I love these hats. They are cute and warm and functional. They also allow for tons of creative playing. I wish you could have seen the hats that were made. Mine was the only solid color hat. The rest of the girls used five different sweater pieces to construct theirs and boy were they cute!

Thank you, Jill, for such a great Saturday morning. The rest will all pale in comparison. :)

Oh, the purse! I still have to finish mine and then I will share it with you!

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Invisible Woman

My friend, Sherrie, sent this to me in an e-mail this morning. It is beautiful and powerful and I wanted to share it with you.

I would add that we do work for them, our families, and in doing so we work for Him. The service that we give as mothers benefits them and us, drawing us closer to our Heavenly Father and the Savior. It's the way it should be.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thimbleanna- This is for you!

I may have shared this before, but I'm not too sure. Anyway, this is my doll house that is in my living room wall. When I was ten, I had a dream about an old house and in the house were little doors that opened to reveal tiny homes for mice. Ever since then I wanted a house in my wall. I finally got one. It took a fire and the consequent reconstruction to give me the opportunity to make this dream come true. That was the blessing.

These are old photos. Two years ago my sister and her friend brought his daughter to our house for Thanksgiving. The house hasn't been the same since- but Mia loved it!! One day I will open the door and get back in there and straighten it out. It just has not been a priority. Seeing these pictures again makes me want to move it to the top of the list. Done!

Here it is, in all of its glory:

I made most of the food. It's fun seeing how tiny you can get things like carrots, peas, potatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers, candy, apples, pies, doughnuts, cakes and etc. My favorites are the tiny starlight mints, I guess because I made them first.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Potatoes and Eggs

We had baked potatoes for dinner last night and ended up with a few left over. There is nothing better than crispy, browned baked potatoes and, when you combine them with eggs? Well, yum.
Here's how I make them:
1 T butter
2 small leftover baked potatoes
1 T chopped onion
2 eggs, lightly beaten
salt and pepper
1 T grated cheddar cheese
Put butter in a frying pan over medium high heat and allow to melt. Peel potatoes and cut into cubes. Add onion to butter and saute for a minute or so. Add potatoes. Don't move the potatoes around too much, you want them to get all brown and crispy.
Once the potatoes are browned, make a little well in the center and pour in the eggs. If your pan is too big, pull up the eggs at the sides until they set. Yes, I know this from experience.
Once eggs are set, remove from pan and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Salt and pepper to taste and you have a wonderfully warm and filling breakfast.
This will serve two, unless your husband does not like eggs. Then you get to eat them all by yourself. :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Caity Doll

I've been making display items for A Scarlet Thread to highlight new fabrics that have come in. One of the latest is the Attitude Girls line from Mary Engelbreit. I love anything ME and when I saw this fabric, and the coordinating panel, I knew immediately what I would do- make a paper doll.
My friend, Stacy, has a three year-old daughter, Caitlyn, who is the quintessential Attitude Girl. Her facial expressions just crack me up. So, I made her into a little doll for the shop. I mean, really, how could I not? Just look at this face!

I made her top with two of the ME fabrics and made her pants in a blue that matches the tiny flowers in the shirt. The day Caitlyn came to my house she was wearing her glittery Dorothy shoes. Her doll has them as well. Why is it that you cannot capture glitter on film. It's such a shame.
Anyway, the Caity Doll will be going to the shop today to stand proudly next to the bolts of fabric that inspired her. I hope she likes her new home. If not, I'm pretty sure I'll hear about it!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Hop On Over.....

to A Thread of Red for my sweet little fabric strawberry tutorial. :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

It Came.

It started slowly, like salt being sprinkled from a shaker. Nothing to get too excited about, but then, it is snow and one cannot but help that childlike thrill of seeing the very first flake fall from the sky. Even after fifty-one winters, I still catch my breath at the miracle of a snowfall.

This morning our yard appears as if it has been dusted in confectionery sugar in just the right amount- not too little and not too much.

It is still and quiet, and freezing cold. The hens will not step out of the hen house and I will be making the trek to move their food and water back inside for them.
I am grateful that I am not a chicken.

The sky is the palest of blue, as though it is exhausted from the work it did last night and the sun is casting a clear, white light everywhere around us. It is a beautiful day.

And here I sit on my sofa, a warm blanket wrapped about me,
bowl of oatmeal in hand, looking out at a changed world.

If only it were that easy.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Simple Fare

I began making cream of mushroom soup for our dinner tonight and the smell of the mushrooms, combined with the caramelized onions, made me hungry. Since I had yet to add the beef stock, I made a little toast, took some of the mushrooms from the soup pot and ladled on a little of the thickened stock I use for the soup base. Yum.
Simple really is best.

Thank you for your comments on my little bathroom. Progress is slow as that stinkin' scrapbook paper just will not yield in some places. I think I must have done too good of a job putting it up. Darn me and my urges to do a job right!
Still waiting for snow here. And waiting, and waiting, and waiting..........

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Why is it that I hated it on the wall,

but love it in the thrash bin?

Monday, January 4, 2010

It's a Sickness.....

I'm in the mood to do a little redecorating.

What is it about a new year that makes me want to change things? This year my top priority is my hall bathroom. Here it is in all of its glory. This photo was taken in 2007 and I can tell you that it no longer looks like this. It took me forever to paste 2 full books of scrapbook paper to the walls, add grosgrain ribbon trim and stick on a bajillion buttons to make this look like a patchwork quilt. Now it just looks tired and dated. And boring. I want a new, fresh look for the place that my family and guests will use.
The rest of my house has taken on the color of vintage paper- soft golds and warm toffees, along with a smattering of black and chocolate browns. I want to continue that look in my bathroom and make it more homey and inviting. Comfortable, if you will.
So, down will come the scrapbook paper, the yards of grosgrain and the bajillion buttons. The question is, what will go up in its place?
Until I decide, I will leave you with this image that made me chuckle. It is exactly how my family thinks of me when I get the redecorating bug. I really don't understand why.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Mine came in with a snore and a sigh. Yes, I missed all the hoopla, with the exception of being awakened by one of our neighbors setting off fire works. Once that was over, I fell right back asleep. I don't even think I dreamed.
Maybe that was a good way to usher in 2010- sound asleep. In my quest to de-stress, getting enough sleep is high on my list. No more waking up tired for me! I want to hop out of bed in the morning and greet the world eager to get to the business of the day.
So, here's to morning prayers, hanging laundry, feeding the hens, making breakfast, making lunch, making dinner, quilting, crafting, visiting family and friends, thrifting, yard sale-ing, working, doing service, taking my camera everywhere, kissing my husband, hugging my children, patting the dog, going to church, cleaning the house, planting the garden, reading a book, reading blogs, and all of the other things I love to do. This year, they will all be accomplished with eyes wide open and the realization that, if some things don't get done, the world will not end. Goodbye endless chain of sleep-depriving thoughts that play like a horror movie in my head- there's always tomorrow.
I feel better already.