So, I had a very faded 4th of July wreath that I made for last year that should never have gone up this year! I hadn't had time to make a new one, so I finally realized it was time to replace it...especially since today is the last day of July! Isn't it scary how fast time goes?!
So, while I was making this one, I went ahead and made several more to sell.
I used to save all my favorites to sell, until I realized that what I have on my door is more likely to sell others. If a tacky one is on my door, then who would want one?
For us crafters, it is almost fall! I am starting my fall wreaths, which is always so weird for my husband, but I have lots to create, so I start as early as I can! So, soon, my craft room and every door in the house will be covered in fall wreaths!
Happy fall...just kidding! Happy summer still!
We have a new baby in the family, so I wanted to make something cuddly for her! But, this little blanket is so easy that I wanted to share with you how to make it. Great project for those learning to sew!
I actually decided on size when I saw how much fabric I already had, so sizes can vary depending on need. Do you want it to wrap up baby or to put it on the ground when they have floor time.? This one should be good until the baby is rolling, then probably too small. I used two pieces of coordinating fabric 30 X 40.
It would be a good idea to iron it before cutting because even after all these years of sewing I am still learning from my mistakes! I was kind of hurrying, so I didn't, and the back ended up being a tiny bit bigger than the top, so it isn't completely flat. Oh well, if I strove for perfection, I would never get anything done!
Then, I laid the two pieces of fabric with printed sides touching. I always pin things because fabrics tend to "crawl" when you sew them. Then, sew 5/8 inch around edges leaving an opening about six inches.
Make the opening in the middle of a side because it you do it on a corner, it is hard to look smooth when you turn it inside out to finish the edge. Trim edge about half of what is there. Seems wasteful, but you will be surprised how the edges move and how uneven they get!
Now, pull the blanket inside out.
After the blanket is turned inside out, I use something pointy to make sure the corners are all pushed out. I use scissors, but be careful, I have poked them through the fabric...very annoying!
Then, I iron the edges flat, so that I don't have to pin again, and the edges are crisp. The opening area needs to be turned under as if it was sewn. I make it easy and close that opening with the sewing machine, but you could hand sew it. Just sew very close to the edge making sure you get both fabrics. Then, I sew 5/8 inch all the way around just so the edge looks finished. Then, I added a bow. Iron again. I am big on ironing because it looks so nice and crisp, and ready to give!
This is a fun project, and so easy! You can make pillows the same way. Just fill with stuffing before sewing edge. Enjoy!
Can you tell I am in love with this color? It is such a pretty color, but not too feminine! Sorry, I don't know the name of it. It was an oops paint. I already posted the little table that I painted the same color.
I am getting ready for my show here at my house, so I am painting and repurposing anything I can! I think the show will be October 7!
Here are some of the "befores" and "afters".
These things I found in Round Top, but this weekend, you will find me at garage sales looking for the next bargain I can redo and pass on to you! Hope to see you at my show! If you see a piece you want, let me know! They are for sale, and my prices are fair!
Have an awesome day!!!
My husband and I just got back from visiting our son and daughter-in-law in Maui where they live. It is a glorious place with beauty all around us! We went on to Kauai after Maui, and had new experiences!
This is a waterfall we almost missed! It is a beautiful place with beautiful people! But all that beauty comes with a high price tag. The people dream of having their own homes. Most seem to live in rentals because unless they work two jobs, they cannot afford to buy, or even be approved for a loan. So, about the time we think they have it made living in Utopia, realize that all things are not as they seem.
We need to learn to appreciate what we have. We always seem to want what others have. Sometimes, we work hard so that we drive the right car, live in the right house, or wear the right outfit. We need to slow down and learn to love what we have! Utopia comes at a price. We lose what is important to us. We lose friends and family because we are working crazy hours, pushing hard for the next raise, position, or standing in the community. Don't get me wrong, I am not encouraging laziness! But, I am encouraging you to find your happy place. Get away from everything for a little while, spend some time in prayer, and figure out what is important to you and to God. Don't let life pass you by because you are spending every second you can at work. Learn to look out the window and be thankful for where you live, what you do have, and the love of family and friends.
So, work hard, but play hard! And love what you have!!
So yesterday, I said goodbye to my son and daughter-in-law for another year. I didn't cry this time....so proud of me!! We had a wonderful time! They live on Maui, so it is expensive to see them.
Since, we were this close though, we headed yesterday to Kauai another Hawaiian island. I have heard what a beautiful place this is, so I am excited to see it! By the time we got our rental car and checked in to the hotel, it was almost dusk, so I snapped this picture.
Today, we are just going to drive and let our hearts take us where we want to go! Let the adventure begin!
I am in gorgeous Maui! My son and daughter-in-law moved here years ago after he got out of the military! I am so proud of what they accomplished by jumping into life. Most of us are too afraid to take that leap of faith. Times were tough, but they have proved themselves, and are living a dream. I secretly...okay, maybe not so secretly, hope they move back to the mainland where we can see them more often, but that is another story!
Most of us are always looking to the future, but we fail to thrive in the moment! I learned a lot from them, when they sold everything, and jumped in with both feet! I learned that sometimes our stuff holds us back. That the things were thought were important, are really not, they are just things!
After they sold off their things, I started purging. Not to move to some distant place, but to streamline our things, and to get to those things that make us happy. Sometimes our things weigh us down. We look around and there is stuff everywhere.
I now have empty cabinets and empty drawers. I still have lots of pretties around me because I like that homely feeling, but I don't have stored items for the just in case I change my mind.
This purging was good for me physically and mentally. If and when we move, I am ready because we don't know what life holds, and I am here for the ride wherever God takes us. Also, my house is easy to keep clean. I do a little maintenance everyday, so I am ready for visitors at any given moment.
So, think about your stuff. Does it bring you happiness, or does it weigh you down? It takes time to purge, but it is worth every second! Trust me, I know! Interesting how my children are teaching me now! Life comes full circle! Have an adventurous day, but clean out one drawer! Just a little nudging on my part!
A friend went home to Heaven yesterday...to Paradise...to the real thing, not to some imagined Paradise, but to the beauty and magnitude of our Heavenly home! And even though we miss the conversations, the love shared, the special times with our loved ones, we are always glad they are in no more pain or no more sorrow.
Because of her loss, I have had my eyes open more to the fact that we need to enjoy every day! We don't know how long we are on this earth, so we need to make an impact whether it is in our home, our workplace, our city, or bigger! We were put on his earth for a reason and a good reason. We need to listen and love those hurting whether physically or mentally! We need to be there for the mom who is frazzled because her child has thrown the third tantrum that day, or the man whose boss has been on him for days for whatever reason, or the waitress who has too many demanding tables.
Look around and see the people who need you! They are everywhere! About the time you think no one cares, just realize you could be the person who steps out, and touches lives with a little love, a kind gesture, or an open ear, and change someone's life! Be that someone today, and change your world!
This blog has several parts, so please bear with me, as there are important tidbits to share.
I went to Salvation Army to donate some of our stuff. I keep a bag going all the time with a spiral near it to write down everything I donate. Then, when tax time comes around, I print off the donation value list from Goodwill or Salvation Army, and spend a little time giving values to each item I donated. It sounds like a pain, but we get thousands off our taxes every year because of this!!
So, that was tidbit #1!
When, I was there donating my stuff, this old sewing machine stool was sitting there, and I just started telling the employee about the item, and that I have one similar that was my grandmother's stool. She said they couldn't sell it because of one little spot where the veneer was missing, so she gave it to me! Doesn't hurt to be nice to people anyway, right?!
So, I took it home, painted it a white paint, and recovered the top! Easy!! If you like these kinds of projects, invest in a staple gun! Worth every penny!!! That is tidbit #2!
So, tidbit #3 is...never under-estimate the value of being kind! We can chose to be grumpy and look at the bad in people, or we can be kind, treat others with the respect we would want, and come out a winner in life! I choose kindness! Haven't you ever been in a really bad mood, then someone said a kind word, and your mood was lifted?! Let's pass on kindness today to your spouse, your kids, your neighbors, or complete strangers! You may be the person that alters their life!
This chair may seem like just a chair to you, but for me, it is my history!
Supposedly, my great grandmother brought it with her in a covered wagon all those years ago! There were four chairs originally, but two went to my uncle and my dad got two.
Years ago, my grandmother had painted them white, but once they were given to my dad, he started the process of removing the paint.
Then, the task was on me to finish the chairs. I am a very driven person and I do not like tasks left undone! Which can be good, and bad... I wear myself out sometimes because of that trait! And I always laugh to myself when people ask, "So, what do you do for a living"? I have been saying substitute teacher, but now I say blogger, and I get some raised eyebrows?! I spend hours each day, creating a product to blog about, then the blog, then I am always researching how to do it better, and how to get advertisers! I am way off track now...sorry, back to the chairs!
I used CitriStrip Stripping Gel! I love that stuff, and I do not get paid to make that statement! I used it on my dining room table, my work desk, and now the chairs! It is safer to use, and the smell is pleasant. Plus, it works like crazy!!!
This is one of the chairs, and Dad had removed most of the paint except in all the crevices. After painting on the CitriStrip, I had my #OOO steel wool and a putty knife ready to go! I was determined to get every last spot of paint off!!
After working on the crevices for a while, I finally took a wire brush and got the rest out. Did I tell you that patience is not one of my virtues?! Then, I used Minwax Wood Finish Penetrates, Stains, and Seals in Fruitwood because I wanted them to look natural as they probably were at the turn of the last century.
Then, I added foam padding to the seat, covered it in a stain-resistant fabric making sure the stripes were centered, and stapled it on the seat with a staple gun making sure the screw holes where not covered up. (Make sure your fabric is really tight. You don't want it wrinkling when you sit on it!). Then, screwed on the seat! And finished!!! My great grandmother would have been pleased!!
I love history, and finding out my own as been fun! I started Ancestry.com, and am very pleased with it! So, when I am relaxing at night, I am researching my family. I might let you know what skeletons I have in my closet!!
Have a good day! Make it productive, but fun!
Oops!!! My last post messed up! Well, okay, I messed it up! I wasn't patient enough, and I didn't wait for the changes to upload before posting it!!! The picture was of the stool, not the table! Sorry!!! Oh well, if that is my only mistake blogging....
This is a simple painting project that, yes, anyone could do! I sanded the table down and then painted on the cute seafoam color that I stole from a friend!!! She was moving, I was storing her paints, but when she came to pick up her paints, I had already used it on the porch bench that you see on my opening page, and now the small table and bar stool!
Too bad it was an "oops" paint because I don't actually know the color. Sorry! My friend, Amy, didn't care! I confessed about stealing her paint, and she loved the way the things turned out.
. So, don't let painting projects scare you, they are easy! By the way, I sanded some edges with 220 sandpaper for that shabby look, then ragged on paste wax, let it dry a minute for a minute, and rubbed it to a shine. It helps protect the paint after you "rough" it up.
Enjoy! By the way, the table will be for sale at my show in September if not before.
Hi, I am Sharon Farmer. I am married, have a great son and sweet daughter-in-law, my parents moved down here years ago, so we share a house (Mom passed away almost two years ago now), and I am ready for a change in my life....hence the blog!