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My first Crochet Project

I learned how to crochet.

I did a simple search through Pinterest, and found a super easy to follow tutorial for beginners.

Yarn colors

Yarn colors

In just a few hours, with many pause & restarts of the video, I finally got the hang of it.  I made Crochet flowers.

My very first Crochet flower

My very first Crochet flower

Crochet Flowers

Crochet Flowers

Next, I made several long braided ropes using my own technique which is very similar to crocheting, only using just my hands and cotton twine.  I then positioned & sewed the crochet flowers onto the braided ropes.

Lace Curtains with Crochet flower tie backs

Lace Curtains with Crochet flower tie backs

 

Crochet flower tie backs

Crochet flower tie backs

What do you think? Did they come out okay?

Below is the video that taught me how to crochet my pretty flowers. I am so Thankful for the talented woman (Laura) at HappyBerry Crochet, who put together that video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQeq7Hci_qU

When did you learn to Crochet? What did you make the first time? Please share in the comments below.

Have a great day ya’ll!

Guest room; pinterest craft

We all love Pinterest right?  I know I’ve got to be one of the last people to have found that wonderful site.  I’m always the last one to know about anything!  I haven’t been poking around too long there, but let me tell you something most of you already know……it’s completely addicting and easy to lose track of time while pinning through all the cool DIYs,  cute animals, gardening & just about any interest you can imagine.

I am a Wine drinker.  I love my sweet Reds and Whites! Not so much into the whole wine connoisseur thing (don’t know the lingo, the swirling, or the pairings etc.) I just like the taste, pure and simple.  And since I am being honest, I think the best tasting wines, are the cheapest wines  (I know, it’s shameful)!  Robertson Winery Sweet Red, Carlo Rossi Sangria, and Piemonte Moscato (my favorite Italian wine).  That being said, I collect a lot of wine bottles.  Thank you Pinterest for some cool ideas to put the bottles to use!

So, for my first wine bottle project, I made this cute inspirational bottle for my guest room decor.

Wine Bottle Craft~Some items I used

 

Finished Wine Bottle Craft

Finished Wine Bottle Craft

No instructions needed….just find some baubles & beads you want on your bottle.  I went to the craft supply section at Wal-mart, and picked up thin jewelry wire (several yrd spool for $1), a pkg of assorted beads for $2, 1 strand of silver word charms $2, (I had the jute twine, and burlap), a plastic ball (the kind found in gum machines or that pantyhose comes in) filled with 2 yrds lace trim $1, and a cross $1.99.  Since I have much leftover of beads and lace etc, I estimate total spent for this project, approx $3. (not including cost of actual wine needed for empty bottle 😀 )

I also needed a basket for my guest room to hold my new found hobby supplies. (Crochet) yarn & needles that are needed for my next project.  I wanted to add color to the basket as well, to fit the room.  I used several colors to give it an aged effect, which the lighting did not pick up….(I always pick the worst time of day to take photos!) The basket was picked up at Goodwill for $1.99. Not sure of it’s age, but it is made rather well.

Wicker Basket -before

Wicker Basket -before

Wicker Basket -after

Wicker Basket -after

So two simple little crafts to add a personal touch to my quaint vintage guest bedroom project.  Have you used wine bottles for a craft project? How do you use wicker in your home?

 

 

Thrifty finds and guest room project

I am an empty Nester.  Sadly, to every mother’s dismay, our children must grow up, and move away.  Being the “Mother Hen” that I am, I have good days and bad.

I miss picking up after them.  Making them dinners.  Washing their clothes.   Shopping for school supplies or clothing throughout the year.  Even now that they have left home,  I still pick up a shirt or two here and there when I think it would look good on them….or perhaps a few essentials  I think they might need in their kitchens! Maybe cook them a meal or two to bring to them at their new abode,  to make sure they are eating well.   I can’t help myself!  I’m still their Mom!

The house is quite lonely without the noise of young men scrambling about.  With empty rooms only one or two good things can come out of them.  One…..an office for my hard working hubby! And 2…a guest bedroom.

For the past few weeks, we have been busy putting together a quaint, vintage style, little room.  Nothing over the top or elaborate.  We wanted something reminiscent of  the years from the 1930-60’s.  A mish mosh of things we have crafted, collected, and  also two or three things from loved one’s.  It’s not quite finished yet, but I wanted to share a few pics of it’s progress so far.

My youngest son had to endure 7 tough years of starring at John Deere wallpaper border and a sleepy yellow wall paint.  He hated it, but every  time I went in his room, I felt like I could just go to sleep.  The yellow was very relaxing.

Bedroom Walls, Before

It also had a green carpet that when combined with the J. Deere paper, reminded us all of grass fields! (Not a good thing)

We painted the walls in a beautiful minty green  SW 6750 Waterfall by Sherwin Williams, a paint and primer in one, which saved us tons of time.  The boarder came off incredibly easy and all traces of it were covered by the paint.  Only a few rough spots needed sanding.

Sherwin Williams SW 6750 Paint & Primer

Son 2 left behind a dresser that wouldn’t fit into his decor at his new apartment, so we painted that in a crisp white gloss.  My dear hubby painted that, while I had the easy task of painting the twelve knobs in black.  We make such a great team!  I don’t have a before photo because we both dove right in without thinking!

We purchased an old, antique iron bed from golsn.com a local shopping site similar to the popular Craigslist.

Bed before

We had it sandblasted and powder coated in an amazing winter white with clear coat.  I scoured eBay until I found just the right antique Bates Hobnail or Popcorn Chenille bedspread, and made frequent Goodwill visits for an assortment of vintage flat and fitted sheets and pillow cases.  I got bargains galore! I picked up a queen sized floral bed skirt for a piddly $2.99 and it fit exactly how I wanted-no tucking or pinning or hemming as I expected on my full sized bed.  I went through some storage boxes in my closet and pulled out an old crochet tablecloth that I bought many years ago, and I had always  planned on using it for a bed.  On the full size bed it has lots of overhang on both sides.

Crochet Tablecloth,blanket

It is so country…..doesn’t it look fabulous?  It makes the bed feel so cozy and it’s not heavy; it can be used during spring, summer, winter or fall.  The quilt is another ebay find I bought about 10 yrs ago, when I was on a antique/vintage quilt purchasing phase!  It’s tattered and stained from years of love from previous owners.  I didn’t want to fix it.   I love it just the way it is! It’s priceless to me.

I picked up so many pillow cases and unmatched sheets for that mixed up penny pinching, old time look n feel.  I’ll be stocked for years to come! My hubby and I have each tried out the new bed and it is a comfy retreat.  Now we’re just waiting on our first house guests.

Antique Iron Bed with assorted vintage and antique linens

I have a few more things to do before the guest room is complete.  I will post more as we go. Till next time……

 

 

 

 

 

109 Years in the Palms of my hands

A hobby of mine in which I find much pleasure, is antiquing, flea marketing & thrift store shopping.  Lately, I seem to be doing more of the latter.  I have been finding such a wonderful array of treasures.

When I go bargain hunting, I usually head on in with no particular item in mind (although I am always on the prowl for white Ironstone pieces, to add to my collection). I typically walk straight to the back section that houses the dinnerware, glass trinkets or pottery.  I also hunt for anything garden related, anything old that catches my eye…generally items that have a history to them.

In my latest “Goodwill” trip, I found an amazing Revival Hymns book. This antique is 109 years old. The pages have a beautiful aged scent to them, and are so fragile. You can literally see them crumble in your hands if you are not too careful. 109 years in the palms of my hands.  I can only dream of all who held it in their hands while praising our Lord.  Who were they?  Where did they come from,  what kind of life did they live?  This old book makes me happy! Incredibly, it was marked at only $1.49. I LOVE it!

Revival  Hymns        109 years old

Revival Hymns Book ~ 109 years old

“The final aim and reason of all music is nothing other than the glorification of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”  ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

Little did I know it, but the tone was set for my shopping excursion. I spotted an employee pushing a cart full of freshly tagged goods, that she was preparing to stock the shelves with. Nonchalantly, I casually walked over and glanced into the cart. I eyed a wonderful garden Angel statue, beneath tons of china & stemware.  I patiently waited nearby, until she set it on the shelf.  It sat for only 3o seconds before I got my hands on it!  A new home for you my dear!  She was well worth her price of $7.99.

Garden Angel

Garden Angel

While rummaging through picture frames, I came across a wonderful diy; handwritten poem, entitled  “Love Letter from Jesus”. Read it here:  https://countrypkin.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/a-love-letter-from-jesus-words.jpg I felt inclined to nab this as well.  It was if it were speaking to me directly.  I just had to get it. The frame is tattered a bit, but I kind of enjoy it that way.  The love shines through just the same without being shiny and new.  I considered painting it, but Jesus was a carpenter, and I think the natural wood befits the letter.  The cost of this was $1.99.

Love Letter From JESUS.

Love Letter From JESUS.

I spent a small total of $11.47 on my purchase, but gained so much more.  I got a piece of History in that well worn, (109 yr) old book.  Some beautiful songs that I will try to sing and attempt to do the words justice.  I got a promise in that letter, that Jesus will be waiting for me one day.  And a gentle reminder, that I need to be careful of the things I say and do and all that I need to reflect upon in order to be worthy of him.  I also find a comfort in my garden Angel addition, who now watches over my garden.  With her hands pressed together, she blesses each day, each flower, each blade of grass, each bug and bird, to replenish and restore through all their works.  She blesses each cat & dog, each boy or girl, young and old…any living thing that passes her way.  She gives the promise of Gods Love in all things big and small; that is what I see in her as she now takes up home in my garden.

What have you found recently in your trip to the thrift store that gives you pleasure?

Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of Character. ~S.W. Strauss

Happy Thrifting ya’ll! 😀

SANTAS BOOTS

I’m always trying to add a little something extra each year to my Christmas decorating. This year I decided to make  “Santas Boots”  In addition to decorating, these WILL be worn by “Santa”  one day when we have Grand kids!!!

You will need:

Boots ~ with black sole

Roll of painters tape

Can of “Red” Spray paint. I used Krylon Dual Paint & Primer in Banner Red (Gloss)

1 yard of Black Felt approx 1 1/2″ wide.  (you will have  some leftover)

Scissors

Heavy Cardboard (I used cardboard from an old oatmeal canister)

1 yard of Gold Ribbon approx 1/2″ wide.

Glue gun and Glue Sticks, and school glue or Elmers glue stick.

How I did it:

I started with a pair of my hubbys worn (and hopefully, no longer needed) work boots. (rounded toe, cowboy or farm boots…..no lace up type boots). You can also hunt for old boots at your local Thrift or Goodwill store if your hubby doesn’t want to part with his!

  • I took the boots outside, and used a brush to remove all dirt from them.
  • Using painters tape (the blue kind), tape off the rubber sole of the boot getting as close to the seam where the shaft of the boot meets the sole. Covering all of the sides of the black sole. You do NOT want any paint on the black sole.
  • Shake the spray paint for about 2 minutes (or according to their directions) and evenly spray the boot shaft The leather or material part of the boot. (NOT the rubber sole). You may have to use 2 coats, like I did.
  • Let dry for several hours .
  • Next, measure around the ankle of the boot, and your black felt, and cut to strips. One “strap” for each boot. And glue the straps around the ankle with  the seam to the front of the boot (you will be covering it up with the buckle).
  • Cut a 2 1/2″ square for your “buckle” and then carefully cut a square hole in the center.

Now  you will glue your gold ribbon onto the buckle evenly, and lastly, glue the buckle onto the black felt strap.

***Note*** All measurements are approximate due to different shoe sizes. My husbands boots are a size 13, so obviously, my boots needed more materials!

Santas Boots

Santas Boots

 

Simple Christmas Crafts for the Dinner table

Here are three cute ideas for decorating your holiday dinner table. Real quick, real easy, and fun to do with the kids!!!

Chenille Letters
Instead of place cards, guide guests to their seats with chenille~stem letters. Twists together red and white chenille stems, then shape the stems for each letter into guests’ first initials. Use one of two stems for each letter, cutting small pieces as needed to finish the shapes. Display the chenille letter on a simple cloth napkin and embellish with a sprig of evergreen.

chenille letters

Rustic Burlap Napkin
Fashion these charming no~sew napkin rings by gluing together the short ends of a frayed strip of burlap. tie a single thread of burlap through the buttonhole of a button; then glue the button in place.

Rustic Burlap Napkin rings

 

Evergreen Napkin Embellishment
Sometimes Mother nature knows bests, as in this simple table setting that features a napkin accented by a single pine sprig. Less is more!

pine sprig napkin

 

Cinnamon Ornaments

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Cinnamon Ornaments  
Making Cinnamon Ornaments are a perfect holiday fun activity for kids. The ornaments are easy to make and their aroma lasts long after the holidays are over.

 Makes 12 to 20 ornaments.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours in oven Or 1 to 2 days drying time

Ingredients:

3/4 cup applesauce
1 bottle (4.12 ounces) McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground

***(While I personally use McCormick seasonings for most of my day to day cooking, if you are on a limited holiday budget, Dollar Stores sell a 4.25 ounce bottle of Cinnamon which is perfect for this project. Or, any brand & measure 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cinnamon).

Supplies needed:
Cookie cutters
Drinking straw
Colorful ribbon
I suggest you also wear either a mask, or a handkerchief over your mouth and nose, as this is very dusty and can take your breath away or make you gag.

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.

2. Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)

While your ornaments are in the oven or drying, you can prepare your ribbon. I started with approx 1/4 yard of red Gingham fabric. I feel it best represents an old fashioned Christmas spirit, but you can choose any color or style ribbon you wish. I also like the “frayed” look, as it adds to the rustic charm.  You will need at least 12-20 strips, 22-24″ long and about half the width of a finger. 🙂

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3. Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers, found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.

nutritional_information:
DO NOT EAT

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Lastly…..

If you are anything like me, you first attempt you are bound to make mistakes, or get too impatient, and rush a little when removing the ornies from the pan. They are very fragile, and make break.  Out of 24, I ended up with exactly HALF, that broke to pieces!

So…..what to do with the broken bits? Well, I re-purposed those as well! Which leads me to my next simple craft.

Potpourri

Broken cinnamon ornaments

Cloves

First, if you are fortunate to have a food processor, toss them in until they are crumbs. Or, just put them into a paper bag and roll them . That will work too. 

Next, crush cloves as well as you can, and mix both the ornie crumbs and the cloves. Now, you have a long lasting homemade potpourri, that you can boast about making (not by accident of course lol)Caution: Be sure to place out of reach of children.

You will need a decorative bowl to put your new found potpourri in. I used an old pottery crock. I cut  fabric to my desired width and length, and glued it, using a simple Elmer’s glue stick (mine was leftover from my much younger children~~I hang on to “everything”). Then create a bow. This can be as simple, or as sophisticated as you prefer. Enjoy!

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Courtesy of & Original Recipe for the Cinnamon Ornaments was obtained from The McCormick.com website. I made a few changes with a few of my own contributions and photos etc. For Their version, please visit http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Other/Cinnamon-Ornaments.aspx