9 posts categorized "Crafts"

barn wood candle holders

Barn wood candle holder

I found this idea on Pinterest.  I had made the candles back in September and this is one use for them.  I hung these in the bathroom.  Mr made the barn wood for the candles.  Mr had acquired the barn wood from an ex-Amish man who had taken a barn down on his property. 

I put the tree up this weekend and I have some decorating ideas running through my head.  I can't wait to get started on them.


homemade ornaments

Nope, I don't have my tree up yet :) But I have been making ornaments that I have found on Pinterest and I have put the link to each of the sites that they came from.


 I found this fabric ornament here.

Muslin ornament

 I found this cute ornament idea from here.

Cupcake ornament closeup

Cupcake ornament

My cousin had given me some vintage wooden spools and I found some ornament ideas for the wooden spools here.

Silver spool ornament

Pink spool ornament

 Decisions, decisions.  Now I have to pick one for the homemade ornament exchange that is being held at the local Quilt Guild Christmas party.



Last Friday I traveled to Milwaukee Wisconsin to attend a Women of Faith event.  My cousin who has attended these events for years had invited me to go along with her.  I had such an awesome and amazing time.


Amy grant


Women of faith

I can't wait to go again.

Another awesome and amazing thing, well maybe not amazing, but it is awesome.  Is the shell lamp that I had the idea for, but Jim helped me put together, at least the electrical part of it.  I found two old jars tucked away in a box in our basement back in Illinois when we were packing up.  I decided to keep them not really knowing what I was going to do with them.  I also didn't really know what I was going to do with all the sea shells we collected when we were on Sanibel Island.  The jar is old and a bit rusty, but I don't care it has character.

Sea shell lamp

Sea shells

I just love things that are awesome and amazing.

Don't you?


from winter to spring

This winter I took a "no sew" applique class in town.  Yes, I'm into classes, they are fun, it gets me out, and I learn things I've not done before.  All I had to do in this class, was trace, cut, and iron, it was that easy and so much fun. 


I hung it in my hallway this winter and loved it so much, that I decided to get another one for the spring and this one I did over the weekend, while Jim was outside chopping wood and keeping the boil going on the evaporator, I was inside working on this.


First off I had to read the pattern, I hate reading instructions, but read I did.

Apple blossom pattern

The fun began, by tracing the pattern,

Tracing the pattern

then iron and cutting came next.

Buds and leaves

Placing the pieces and more ironing, which was really the fun part, you can see it all coming to life. 

The apple tree is budding out,

Blossom bud

and the apple blossoms are in full bloom.

Apple blossoms

I had hoped to put this one in the same frame as the winter one and just change them out every season, but this one is a bit smaller.  So I had to find a new frame, which I like better anyway.

Apple Blossom Country

Here's the dilemma for me.  I plan to make a summer and fall one. 

Do I keep them all up or change them each season?

What would you do?

the fat quarter pumpkin

(aka-toilet paper pumpkin)

I'm going to try and do a tutorial of this.  I think I have only done one other tutorial in my blogging life.  I have to show you this cute pumpkin made out of a roll of toilet paper.  I was shown this when I went to get my 3rd block for the block of the month that I'm doing.

Toilet paper pumpkin

Here are the materials that you will need.

  • Roll of Toilet Paper
  • Fat Quarter
  • Scrap Batting...I cut the batting just a bit smaller than the fat quarter.
  • Brown Paper Lunch Bag
  • Silk Leaves "to dress it up".


Lay out the fat quarter and lay the scrap batting on top.  Place the roll of toilet paper in the middle then wrap the fabric and batting around the roll and tuck it down in the middle of the roll.

Wrapping the pumpkin

It should look like this when it is done.

Pumpkin base

I folded the paper bag in half so that the stem would be a bit shorter and I twisted it.

Pumpkin stem

Then you stick the stem in the middle of the roll of toilet paper.

Placing the stem

You then add the silk leaves to dress it up.  I added real leaves from my yard as I didn't have any silk ones on hand.  I'll keep the real ones in until they dry up and don't look as nice.

Orange pumpkin

Aren't they cute?  They are too easy and quick to make.  I ended up making 4 of them, I thought they were just darling to decorate my home with.

Toilet paper pumpkins

How's that for a tutorial?  If you end up making any let me know so I can see yours if you have a blog.

We had a really nice weekend and there is so much to show you, so stay tuned.

We are supposed to be getting our wood stove installed today...bring on the cold weather.

You all have a wonderful day today.



i got a little crafty this week

My youngest is done with her Junior year of High School.  I can hardly believe that.  Where...Oh where...Did the time go?  Since she plans to graduate early next year I thought of giving her the sewing kit that I was making. 

I found a plain inexpensive box at Micheal's and covered it with fabric.  I then added a few things that would be useful.

  Sewing kit2

I found this totally cute pin keeper over at Happy Zombie to make.  When I was a teenager I collected anything that was strawberry related.  I loved STRAWBERRIES!  So of course I had to make this.

Strawberry pin keeper2

It's been awhile since I've been in the crafting mood.  I had fun making this and plan to make one for myself as well.

Pin keeper2

I even filled it up with needles and safety pins.

   Inside the strawberry2

Making this pin keeper has gotten me in the mood to start making things again...YEAH!!!!

I really and truly haven't been in the mood to sew, knit or do anything.  I don't know if it's because I'm working or that we have been on the go quite a bit.  Who knows why.  I just know that you might be seeing a few more creative things happening around here.  I have something else brewing right now, but I haven't even started it yet so I can't show you or tell you about it.

Hope you all have had a wonderful week.  I've been neglecting visiting you all and hope to catch up in the next couple of days.

a very productive monday it was

I'm not always fond of Mondays, but yesterday I enjoyed Monday very much...Maybe because I got a lot done...Maybe because I finally got outside on such a beautiful day before the rains come.  Which, looks like it's going to be everyday this week.

Karen over at Sew Many Ways had a tutorial for a car caddy that I just had to make.  Whenever I'm knitting on a trip I seem to lose all my things.  Having this now will make me a bit more organized and maybe I won't always be looking for my scissors or whatever else I might lose.  Karen is amazing and has started doing a post every Tuesday on tools, gadgets and doodads for sewing and quilting, it's called Tool Time Tuesday...and since it's Tuesday why don't you head on over to see what cool thing she has this week.

Sewing caddy

Now I can have my counter, tape measure or whatever else I might need right at my fingertips.  This was so easy to make.


Last night for dinner I made a pan of cornbread or as my husband would call it "Jonny Cake".  I made Zaroga's recipe and it had a thumbs up all around the table.  I also made a new recipe and it went well with the cornbread called Chili Skillet from Taste of Home.  We just put it over the cornbread and I served cottage cheese and peaches as a side dish.


I worked out in the garden and got all the leaves raked out and dug up the weeds and grass that had crept in.  The junk man came through the neighborhood looking for scrap metal.  I finally relented and got rid of that rusty old wagon that had only two wheels left on it.  I just didn't know what to do with it.  I thought and thought of where to put it in my yard for display and how I could arrange flowers in it.  But, after having it sit in my yard for oh so long now, I let it go.  Jim was only too happy to get rid of it.  I think he must have been pretty tired of moving it so he could mow.

Phil and Clare stopped by after Esmie's doctor appointment to show us the newest member of Blue Line.  She looked so cute in that little shirt.

Blue line

I hope your Monday was a productive as mine was.  You all have a wonderful day today.

carrot-banana bread recipe and some odds and ends

Carrot banana bread

Carrot-Banana Bread

 1c. bananas, mashed
1c. sugar (I used splenda)
3/4 c. oil
2 eggs
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. carrots, grated
1/2 c. nuts (opt.)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour 1 loaf pan.  In medium bowl, combine bananas, sugar, oil and eggs.  Beat 2 minutes.  Fold in flour, soda, salt and cinnamon.  Stir in carrots and nuts.  Spoon batter into loaf pan.  Bake 60-70 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing.

Banana bread slices

Remember the socks I started?  Well...I had to rip out what I already had done and start all over again.  They were going to be way too big.  I actually like this pattern much better.  I'm almost finished with this sock and have started it's mate too.  I just go back and forth working on each one.


Some of the pages from the memory book I made.  It's not "professional" but I'm happy with it for my first attempt at scrap booking.  The main thing is I had a lot of fun doing it.


Birthday boy


Oh, and the baby blanket I made...I almost forgot to show you the finished work.

Finished blanket

We are getting company again this weekend but I don't think our kitchen table will look like this.  All but 3 of the Grand kids are in this picture...we pulled out the extra leaf last week when everyone was here.  They all seemed to enjoy the birthday party...But, who doesn't?


You all have a wonderful day today.

lots to talk about

Fear not 

A page from the Apronisms (Pocket Wisdom for Every Day) Book by EllynAnne Geisel. 

I love my apron books and when I opened the Apronisms book this was the page that I opened to.  I guess I need to start preparing myself for when the last one flies the coop.  Do you think opening the book to this page means something? (lol) 

Hey all you apron lovers in case you haven't heard there is a "new" apron magazine coming out called Apronology and you can read all about it over at Apron Memories.

The weekend turned pretty cold, but not as cold as we've had a couple of weeks ago.  I forgot to show you something I won in a giveaway.  A cute knitted mug cozy that wraps great round our Waffle House coffee cup. 

Mug cozy 

I made a wonderful recipe the other night.  This one I found over at Warm Pie, Happy Home, called Hillbilly Spaghetti Pie.  I had to pick up two of the Grandkids from their bus stop so they had dinner with us, and they loved this different form of Spaghetti.

Hillbilly spaghetti pie

I also made this recipe from Anna at Thimbleanna last week and I made Nikki's Challah bread to go with it....YUM!!!  Dummy me I forgot to snap pictures.  I remembered after it was all gone....sigh!

I saw something over at my friend Diane's Blog.  It was so cute I thought I would make one myself and since Valentine's Day is fast approaching I thought I would decorate mine for Valentines Day.

Cake plate valentine 

Valentine cake top  

A view from the top. 

Sorry the pictures are a bit dark.  I went to Hobby Lobby and found oodles of things on sale to put in it.  It's one way to get some use out of my cake plate. 

I have all my blocks cut out for the Siggy Swap and I've started sewing them together.  It's been fun doing it and now I know why people quilt.  I don't think I will ever get like this lady AmandaJean, she calls her blog "crazy mom quilts", and she not only quilts she knits too.

Now I'm off to the races with getting things done around here.

You all have an awesome day today.