Wednesday, December 31, 2014

the trouble is, you think you have time...

the last day of 2014 is here.

many will be making new years resolutions, planning changes, starting new.
whatever 2015 means to you, i wish you the very best year of your life!

thanks for visiting, the kind comments, emails and tons of inspiration you've shared with me this year:)

see you next year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

a xmas card...

a xmas card to you all.  thank you for being a part of my 2014!

wishing you a christmas filled with love and laughter!

merry christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2014

pillow slips...

i know, this is my 3rd post this week, but, i wanted to show how i did the pillows in my xmas tour post.  

i used white muslin on this pillow.
(i cut my two back fabric pieces on the selvage.  that way, i don't need to hem the back pieces and use less fabric.)

i bought my 14" pillow forms at jo anns (50% off--$6 each).

now, it's time to print out your design onto the iron on transfer paper with your computer.  i used this brand.

the font i used is ld remington portable.  remember to reverse any lettering-i did that in photo shop.  cut out the design as close as possible.

i ironed the design on using the highest setting of my iron for 13-15 seconds.  then, you need to peel the paper backing off  of the pillow while it's still hot or it won't come off smoothly.  

the time varies with the fabric you might use.  do a test piece first.

you can iron on wood, plastic, paper, metal, etc. with this paper.  i hope this all makes sense--tutorials aren't easy for me.  feel free to email me with ?'s!

(other projects where i used the iron on material.)

fabric trees that i sewed.

muslin bags

harper is wearing a name tag now:)

and i sewed a simple 25th to a kitchen towel.

and today is the last day of creating christmas, and it's featuring the fabulous carol from "art and sand" christmas tour!  all of the tour links are open until the 19th, so link up with whichever theme fits your christmas fun!

have a happy holiday season!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

quick white christmas bunting...

this is a quick and easy bunting that makes a great christmas accent.  and after christmas,
just take off the greenery, and you are ready for spring!  i saw a version of this in a store.  they used tiny handkerchief triangles, and it was so cute, so dainty.

this is how i made it.  i cut the corner off of a lacy napkin.  (sorry for the unsightly mat--it's been through alot:)

 then, run a thin line of tacky glue along the back side, and press string into the glue.

in between each bunting and glue a bit of greenery and ribbon.

and you are ready to hang it up.

i hope you've enjoyed the christmas inspirations this week during our linky party!
we've had beautiful posts from alice,  cecilia, and today is jann's turn!  and tomorrow carol will be sharing her darling cottage tour!

pick your theme party and link up before december 19th!

Monday, December 8, 2014

a white christmas...

i'm so excited to be joining jann's creating christmas link party today!  i'm sharing my christmas home tour and at the bottom of my post will be a place for you to link up your white christmas decor/ projects.

this year i bought 3 small trees, this one is a 4 ft charlie brown tree.  it's sitting in an enamel pot, on an old suitcase and under all of  that, is an rusty doll buggy base. 

here's one side of my great room.  i added greens, burlap, and chalkboards to my white house for christmas this year.

and here's the other side.  in the corner is another new tree-this one is flocked.  i made the framed chalkboard with dear lillie's print.  we found the (green) wing back chairs in a junk store and i bought some ruffled slips for them from surefit.

i spent a day sewing several pillow slips using my computer to print the lettering, and iron on material.

i found the cutest little pair of skates and added sweater boot cuffs.

love this kitchen!

my husband just built the hood over the cooktop and i made the cottage sign.

the chunky posts under the sink were just installed.

i filled this new cubbie with wooden snowmen that i made.

the dining room mantle has the wish sign, star and sleigh sign that i made.

and this is the third new tree, a smaller version of the charlie brown tree.

i found the ruffled ticking place mats and vintage white napkins at hortons christmas vendor market.  for name tags this year, i painted wooden shapes with chalkboart paint.

the guest bedroom has a white tree in the corner, wings over the bed and a couple of signs that i made..

i also made the little angel and dressed her in a vintage christening gown.

i have an old floor lamp in my entry that holds a christmas bag filled with gifts.  love this lamp idea from anne:)

the front porch has a large star, tiny snowman and mistletoe pillow that i made.

and another  new sign is on the cottage door.

ok, it's your turn to link up anything white christmas.  (the post will be open until december 19th).  and by sure to check out alice from thoughts from alice tomorrow for some rustic inspiration and another party:)

thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful christmas season!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

lighted wish sign...

i hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving:)  ours was filled with special people, lots of laughter, picture taking, and of course, food:)  so many blessings!

and, in a blink of an eye, fall pretty much leaves us, giving way to thoughts of christmas.

i wanted to make a lighted sign last year, but, lining up the circles and getting the holes the right sized stumped me.

then, i read this great post, and knew i could do this project using my silhouette cameo's free design program.  i didn't follow her tutorial exactly, but, she inspired me to use my program and it worked out great.

(if you have a great eye-hand coordination, you might be able to free hand the holes and skip this pattern part).

in the program, i typed the word "wish", using the arial font.  be sure to set the finshed size you want for your sign before adding the circles.

the program makes it easy to size the circles.  i made a .40 sized circle using the ellipse tool, duplicating it as needed.  (.40 fits the lights i'm using--the massed produced mini lights.)  i ended up using 60 circles to fill the wish. 

i filled each letter with the circles, leaving a gap between the circles about the size of a circle. 

when you have all of the circles placed like you want, you can delete the arial font part, and you are left with just the wish in circles.  then, i printed it out.

place the print out on your sign board, be sure to center it horizontally, and vertically, then,  tape down.  i used a 3/8" drill bit, and drilled out each circle, then sanded and painted the board.

when i inserted my lights, all but 3 sit perfectly in the holes, so i used electrical tape to hold them in place.  oh, i added some lath boards around the sign edges-to give it a finished look:)  any questions--just ask:)

i'm working on my xmas decorations for this fun christmas tour:)

thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

creating christmas link party...

it's time to start planning for christmas!

i'm joining jann's (from have a daily cup of mrs. olson), creating christmas link party.  it starts out right here on my blog, dec 8th--hope you can stop by and join the fun!  the party will stay open until dec. 19th.

  so get your posts ready AND as a bonus, if you share the creating christmas button on your blog side bar, with a link back to one of our blogs, your name goes into the hat to win a prize!

here's the list -each day has a different themed home tour

Alice from Thoughts from Alice on Tues. Dec. 9th-RUSTIC CHRISTMAS

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction on Weds. Dec. 10th-MY THRIFTED CHRISTMAS

Jann from Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson on Thurs. Dec. 11th-VINTAGE CHRISTMAS
Carol from Art and Sand on Fri. Dec. 12th -SWEET AND SIMPLE CHRISTMAS

see you there and thanks for looking!

Monday, November 3, 2014

a place for kindred spirits...

hi everyone—i’ve been pretty busy with real life stuff lately, but, today, i’m back to tell you about a stampington  magazine devoted to blogging.

artful blogging was kind enough to invite me join their winter issue-it’s in the stores today:)  bailey even made the cut!  

it’s a fabulous issue-hope you can check it out!
thanks so much, christine! 

that’s it for today, thanks so much for looking!  i'll be back soon:)