Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Yippee! I got my biopsy test results yesterday afternoon- benign! I know as women we often gripe about the pain of mammograms, etc. but I am so GRATEFUL for them. The knowledge that a few minutes of pain every year (or six months in my case) could mean the chance to catch cancer early, get rid of it, and to be able to continue being a wife and mom is so WORTH it! Seriously, if your in the age when you need to be getting them- HAVE YOUR YEARLY MAMMOGRAMS-
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I purchased some pom poms, wood beads & foam beads at Dollar Tree. This is how I assembled it:
Just take some textured yarn and tie a knot near the end. Slide on your bead combination and then tie another knot holding them in place.
Next take a pom pom and open it, pushing the fibers away until you can see the center, put a small drop of hot glue and place the the pom pom on the yarn. Pull the fibers back in place around the yarn- move on down your yarn string and tie another knot.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I also read them the story The Christmas Miracle of Johnathon Toomey which is one of my favorite children's books. It is about a mean man that a widow and her son befriend - a very tender book with a sweet message of being kind- even when others are not... something I could remember at this busy time of the year.
How are your decorations coming along?
Monday, December 6, 2010
Can you believe it- I need to have a breast biopsy to check out some microcalcifications that showed up on my annual mammogram and I've been summoned to report for jury duty DEC. 20th - is that rotten timing or what?!
Um.... I had a few other things on my to do list this month.... I will try to squeeze a few crafts in- just to stay sane!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sorry I've been such a slacker with the posts lately. It seems like all of my energy got up and went- without me- I'm just getting the basics done and hoping to get back on track before the holidays come and go while I'm still napping :o)
I did search blog land for some fun ideas to use with my activity day girls- (about 10 girls ages 8-11 that come over twice a month for an activity). Today we made advent calendars that included small tasks to remind the girls about the true meaning of Christmas.
I thought I'd share a few of the good ideas I stumbled across in my search for inspiration:
Advent Calendars at Skip to my Lou
More adorable and some easy advent calendars at Crafty Crow
Cutest Felt Owl Ornaments at Juicy Bits My mom, daughter and I did make some felt ornaments one night... look, even my owl looks tired!
Sarah Jane's literary countdown to Christmas
I think it would be fun to make a version of the pom pom garland over at elsie marley's blog
Hope your holiday season is off to a glorious start!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
When I was a child a sweet next door neighbor "adopted" me as her granddaughter. We had some fine visits. She loved animals and critters. She set up a bird feeder to attract birds- especially cardinals. Around Christmas I could sometimes catch a glimpse of their bright red feathers. Often at the holidays I think of her and these beautiful birds.
I decided to celebrate that memory and came up with a simple little cross stitch pattern to share with you! Consider it your very first Christmas present of the year! I couldn't leave out the fascinating blue jay so there is a pattern for him too- These would make fine ornaments, Christmas cards, or tiny holiday displays.
A link to the patterns is found in the freebie section on the right or here. Below is the Christmas card version.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I checked out a book from the library on seed beading because I wanted to try making a wintry brooch. I found and adapted a simple cross stitch snowflake pattern. Yep, those are my reading glasses- don't need 'em for reading yet, but I sure do for fine craft work!
In case you are a novice to seed beading you should know that it requires an investment of time and patience. It took me forever just to thread the teeny, tiny needle! Well, after working through two BBC Jane Austin movies (and one Deanna Durbin chick flick) the pin is done.
.... unfortunately the end product isn't quite what I'd planned. First: it's too large. Second: the blue snowflake gets lost in the silver background. Third: I messed up and stitched the beads on the wrong way in one corner....live and learn. It does sparkle beautifully! Maybe I can use it as a lumpy coaster...
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The wreath is made by taking 3 inch strips of dark brown burlap and bending forward and back while threading onto a metal hanger as shown here- takes five minutes if you really
11/9/10 Oops, forgot a step. After threading the burlap onto the hanger twist it- keep adding burlap until it has the fullness you are looking for.
11/8/10 Don't miss the other creative ideas at skip to my lou and making the world cuter.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
My daughter showed me this cute shutter makeover from How Sweet it Is and I decided it would be perfect for my new/up-do/ in process photo wall.
The shutters cost $2 at the Texas yard sale. I used WalMart's store brand, red spray paint. I simply sanded the shutters and added some walnut wood stain to antique them a bit more.
Twice Remembered. Now I can have a rotating (if I keep up with it) photo display in my family room!
I decided to link up with Thrifty Decor Chick's Before & After party- so here is the before-the-TLC shutter photo-
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I was just at Target and they had the cutest Christmas gift boxes in the dollar section. You could decorate an entire room- just by stacking these cute boxes around---- or hang them on a tree! You could even glam them up a bit with glitter, scrapbook embellishments, and adorable bows.
My favorites were the Victorian gingerbread house boxes. Wouldn't it be fun fill it with a family of gingerbread people for the lucky people on your gift list? You could even use glossy white puff paint to decorate the boxes- just like frosting! Or use the box as a decoration by putting a fake candle inside so that you could watch it flicker through the tiny windows.... Too cute!
Sorry about the sorry picture-- I've been a bit harried lately. Today when I tried to call my husband about our lunch date I dialed my zip code by mistake.... ah, well. I'll be feeling better soon.
I relaxed last night by reading a good a historical Christian romance (stayed up WAYYYYY past my bedtime) --now I need a nap!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Today's snack was caramel and crispy, crunchy apples. Just make your favorite caramel candy and only cook it to the soft ball stage. Then it will be softer- like a thick sauce. My daughter and I used Betty Crocker's recipe with condensed milk. Easy and Sweet.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I'm sure you've noticed the 3000 fabric flower tutorials out there. I thought I'd share links to a few of my favorites- in a variety of styles.
Made by Lex has a bunch of fashion makeovers to check out- I'm a big fan of her flowers too!
100 Layer Cake has wedding ideas and some pretty flowers too.