Monday, November 22, 2010

...two more...


I just wanted to show you two more spool Christmas trees that I made and sold at the show on Saturday.  It's kind of hard to see in the picture, but the bottom spool (the trunk) has black thread on it.


I'm rather fond of Christmas in plaid.  

I must say I'm surprised at how many spools are different heights.  I have a lot of spools, like seriously a couple boxes of them and I had to sort and sort to find enough of the same height for each tree.  For each of these I tore fabric strips and glued them on the spools.  The one peeking out from behind was done with each spool a different pattern of red.  Why not green?  I don't know.  I just saw my red scraps and really wanted it to be red.  So, red it was.

I hope you all are having a great week and enjoying the preparation for the upcoming Holidays!

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Don't get lost perusing all of her beautiful images.  She comes across some wonderful treasures!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vintage Christmas Light Garland


There were some strands of very old lights in a box of Christmas decor I bought at an auction.  The brittle cord kind of old, not the 'cool I'll keep these neat lights' kind of old.  I tossed the cords but kept the light bulbs.


There had to be a project in them.  Well, garland with torn strips of vintage fabric is what I came up with!


For lack of a great place to photograph them, I "strung" them up on a wall to show you.


I think they'd be great on a door or across a window, on a mantle,.....



or strung on the most awesome vintage tin tub that is sitting in your basement bedroom because you don't know where to put it yet!

I'll be bringing these light garlands to the show in Seward on Saturday.  I'm looking forward to meeting new people there and meeting up with my Seward friends Leah and Rachel!

Friday, November 12, 2010

My First Mosaic A La Kim


I've been a busy gal down in my sewing room getting ready for a craft/art show in Seward on November 20.

  As I was sorting through some of my old wood spools I realized I had enough green ones to make a Christmas Tree.  I was quite smitten with the little spool tree so thought I'd take some pictures to show you all.  

Then I thought....perfect subject to try another mosaic with using Kim's video tutorial over at the Test Kitchen.  I had to go back and forth a few times from the video to my project, but got it! Her instructions are very clear and concise.

I'll share more projects as I get a chance to photograph them.  If you are from the area...look me up in Seward on the 20th!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day


...thank you, to those who serve or have served.

Click here to see a beautiful and creative Veteran's Day Post.

Monday, November 8, 2010

As Winter Approaches


I thought I'd show you a few additions to my tank garden.  I'm slowly working on it, but sadly need to wait for spring for plants for it all to come together.  I thought this tractor sprinkler was perfect for this space!


 This is kind of a different wash tub than what I usally see so was pretty excited when I picked it up at an auction a while back.


 This porch swing was picked up at a garage sale.  I took the chains off it and sat it on cinder blocks to make a bench in front of one of the tanks.  I'll do something to camouflage the blocks this spring.  I'm thinking paint and plants.


 Back when I was making teacup bird feeders I made quite a few plate flowers too, and finally have a place to put them.  I think I'll like the contrast of the plants with the glass.


More plate flowers


These are more like cup and saucer daffodils.  I love the pattern and color!


My sister gave me a kit to make stones with words many years ago....I finally made one!  Right away I went and bought more concrete to make more.  Now, just have to decide what words I'd like.  Any suggestions?!


A big wagon wheel makes a perfect trellis.  Now, get out a paper and pen and right this down. Hyacinth Bean Plant.  Now, look for it and plant it this spring.  I sound bossy don't I?! LOL, just making a point! REALLY, it's one of my all time favorite plants I've ever had!    I planted it from seed, and it was the only seed that wasn't washed away in the torrential rain and flooding we had the night after I planted my seeds in my new tanks. 


And one more photo that I played with using Kim Klassen's textures.  This old window came from the farm and the glass is completely covered in age.  It doesn't even wash off in the rain and honestly I don't think I'm going to wash it off.  Kinda like it covered in "age".  (That's code for dirt and grime btw.)

Those are cockscombs in the foreground.  They remind me of my grandma.  She had them hanging upside down in her basement to gather the seeds.  I do the same except in my laundry room to dry them and display them.  I have an old pill bottle that she labeled in her handwriting, "cockscomb seeds".  Kind of neat.  She was special.

Have  great week and don't forget that I need suggestions for 7 letter words or less to make more stones for my garden!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Another One...

Inspired Ideas by Amy Powers
To get your creative ball rolling for the holiday!  Click here and be sure to click the full screen button too!

Monday, November 1, 2010

You May Enjoy This

Covet Garden

This is the cover of the 3rd issue of Covet Garden's online magaizne.  How can you resist that photo?! I found this wonderful online magazine a couple of weeks ago and thought you all might enjoy it too.  If you like it, be sure to subscribe to it so you will easily know when they come out with a  new issue. 

I actually remember how I came across this magazine...

Dottie Angel
...from here.  This delightful and quirky spot in the blogworld.  I have no idea how I came to find Dottie Angel....but, I was instantly taken with her and her style.  This photo almost made me squeal.  She calls her style "Granny Chic". I actually googled "Granny Chic" because I hadn't heard of it...Yeah, well, turns out I not only live secluded on our acreage, but, a bit secluded in the online world.  The term is there.  The style is there, and I love it!  I think our "college girl" bedroom would be wonderful all decked out in "granny chic." 

Dottie Angel

My girls had finally convinced me to pull off all my doilies and now I'm loving them all over again in a new light!  I can hear my daughters groaning now...

I hope your week is shaping up nicely!

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