The Market at Red Cactus Funk and Junk (9450 South Padre Island Drive) is this weekend! Yahoo! I have been painting, sewing, and making all-season wreaths! Plus, I am selling off some unique items. I am so excited about this show! It is from 4 - 9 on Saturday night, August 19. There are going to be lots of vendors, food trucks, and things for kids to do! So, bring your family and have a great time!! See you there!
Okay, I admit it! I am an old soul in my heart! I love the patina of old woods, rusted things, and antiques, but I like them mixed in with more color and modernized just a little.
I had an old house once that I loved! It was my favorite house. It had a few quirks, but I loved that too! You could see daylight through the wood floors, but they were beautiful! The house was built to last through two hurricanes!
Anyway, I have always loved doilies! Even as a child, I was given my grandmother's doilies. Now, I don't like them under lamps like they used to be used...unless you live in an old house like I did, but I like to find new uses for them.
I am not trying to pat myself on the back, but I love the way these pillows turned out! I wanted to keep the red one, but I couldn't find the right place for it in my new home. So, off to the craft show it goes...a small tear rolls down my face (just kidding).
Enjoy your day, and find your passion!
I love to journal. I try to write every morning, and it becomes almost a prayer! As I write my thoughts, ideas come to me that I didn't realize I was worried about or thankful for, so generally I stop for a moment and think about those things.
I created some journals a few years ago, and have used them all! So, I made some more for the upcoming show.
I forgot to tell you about a new show opening in Corpus Christi on August 19 from 4 - 9. They will have lots of vendors, food trucks, and things for the kids to do!!! It is called the Market at Red Cactus Funk and Junk at Oso Bridge Plaza 9450 SPID. I am so excited! Anyone that knows me well knows I get goosebumps when exciting things are about to happen, and I got major goosebumps when I heard about this show! So, please put it in your calendar, and come see us!!!
Have a wonderful day!
When I saw this waterfall on Kauai, I was taken back by how unique it was. It was in a canyon, and we almost missed it!
As I thought about it later, I realized I had never seen anything like it. The water was still clear as it bubbled over it. My mind wandered, and I thought about how all our lives are like that. There are days that are as smooth as the cascading water, then there are days that come crashing down, but our uniqueness is how we handle it. Like the waterfall, there will be storms that cause the water (our problems) to come gushing down. But during normal times, the water runs smoothly.
Notice there are twists and turns in the stream, just like our lives! Just remember God cares about the storms of our lives, and at every turn, He is there!
I can't take credit for this crazy coffee table because I stole the idea from my friend, Amy. In fact, I think she found it on a curb somewhere, and when she moved, she helped me load it in my car to take it to my house for my coffee table.
So, when I got it home, I actually had it outside under the pergola at first, but realized it would be better than my current coffee table, and it fit the room better.
So, I painted it white, and brought it in. I used a galvanized bucket to sit it on. This is fine since we have no little ones living here, but I do have to be careful when visitors come. I know I should build legs for it, but I like the uniqueness of the large bucket!
Okay, so the bucket was old and had paint splashed on it, but I like things that have a story to tell. A new bucket would have had to be distressed for my style.
Kind of like me, a little distressed around the edges, but boy do I have a story to tell! Life is full of ups and downs, but remember those dings and dents make up who you are! Let your character come out, and bless those around you!
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!
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!