Saturday, September 24, 2016

Save those Fabric Scraps!

Hi Friends! It's a beautiful Saturday here in NH! It's sunny, a bit coolish and I'm loving this weather! I sat outside with my dog this morning and the sun was so nice and warm. If I hadn't had so much to do, I would've sat there much longer. I hope you all are enjoying a beautiful fall day wherever you are!

Today I worked on a "thank you" card utilizing some fabric scraps and bits of lace left over from other projects. I really enjoy small projects like this and it takes me right back to school projects waaay, waaaay back in the day. I remember hoping the teacher would say those three little words that made me ever so happy!!! "Make a collage". I was all over those kinds of projects and I spent hours making them perfect in every way!

Now I prefer the look of not exactly perfect....and I very much appreciate the handmade goodness of handmade items. I always have. I remember loving the beautiful dresses my mother sewed for me in grade school.....and if there were dainty lace edgings on them, I jumped for joy! Anyways....

I began this card by placing a square piece of fabric onto the cardstock a bit off center. I stitched it on with a zig zag stitch to secure it. Next I cut a piece of wide lace and stitched it to the left side of the fabric. I added the bottom lace and tucked the edge under the wide lace to overlap the left edge. I added laces to the right side and top as well.

I cut some ecru fabric strips with pinking shears and stamped "thank you" and "dear friend"  on to them. Then I stitched them on with a zig zag stitch. The last step is tying a piece of seam binding into a bow. I attached the bow with a small amount of hot glue. After adding some thread to an ivory button, I tied it in a knot and added the button with a dab of hot glue.

This was fun!....and quick.....and it's already been taken away by the mailman.

This is one that I did earlier in the week. This one was a bit less work because I did not use lace on the edges.

I love shades of red and green....reminds me of Christmas!

This card has also been sent off in the mail....I have a few more to make and I have a huge stash of fabric scraps, lace bits and ribbon pieces to choose from. If a scrap is at least as big as a postage stamp, I keep it!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall is Here!

Hello friends and Happy Fall! It has finally arrived even though it's been feeling much like summer.....but that's ok if summer lasts a bit longer as long as my fall is not cut short by cold, snowy weather. I want to enjoy every last minute of my favorite season! My plan is for fall to last until December 24th with maybe some light snow in the forecast for Christmas Eve. Then we can all enjoy a white Christmas, the snow can melt the next day and we'll be on our merry way to an early Spring! Yes, that's my plan!

I have been busy lately and it's been one thing after I write, a huge tractor trailer is pulling up in front of my house. Our new dryer is being delivered and installed right this very minute! So I bet you can guess what I've been up to this week....drying clothes NOT at home!

I'm still dieting....begrudgingly and I have lost 12 lbs. Dieting in your 50's is nothing like dieting in your 20's or 30's. It's hard! Besides the obvious difficulties associated with dieting, I have had dieting casualties too! Snacking on popcorn has been a godsend for me during this process of achieving weight loss without going completely crazy, but let me tell you, eating popcorn can be dangerous and a health risk! I got a popcorn hull embedded somewhere between two back teeth and my week started bad and went to worse pretty fast. I tried brushing and flossing, I tried tooth picking, I tried rinsing and flushing with water for over a forward to today and an emergency visit to the dentist. There was no sign of a popcorn hull but there was an infection from the little bugger so I got some antibiotics and gum numbing stuff and I was on my way. If it's not better Monday, I have to go back.....

What else happened this week? Oh yah, the one thing that was supposed to happen.....I had 8 to 10 (I lost count) injections in my neck and shoulders. I go every 3 months for BOTOX for my bad neck, headaches, very long story.

So it just hasn't been a great week folks! The one thing about a bad week is that you know it's going to end and it always does. Just when you think the universe is beating you while you're down, things start to turn around.....and they have. For starters my dryer is almost ready to use and my mouth is starting to feel better. I had visions of a very looooong weekend.....

Looking forward to my first fall weekend, making some pumpkin bread, picking some apples.....enjoy the weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome September!

Welcome September! I'm so glad you have arrived! Is anyone else getting excited for fall? I sure am! I'm already dreaming of pumpkin bread, pumpkin spiced lattes and all of the beautiful colors of the season!

Though I've made no bones about my dislike of freezing temperatures, it has been a very hot and humid summer, so I am looking forward to some cooler weather and even some crispy cool mornings!

With fall approaching, my mother has been wanting to find a pretty fall wreath for her front door. We used to have several shops in the area that made or stocked beautiful dried flower wreaths but they are hard to find now. We looked in Target and Kohls and everywhere locally we could think of. We also looked online but they run about $65 and up and that doesn't include shipping. Many were much larger than what my mom was looking for. So while at Joanne's the other day, we were looking at the flowers and various fall wreaths etc and decided to purchase the materials and put one together ourselves. My mom picked out some floral supplies and ribbon,

I headed out to her house the next afternoon armed with my glue gun, several glue sticks, some wire, and my wire cutters and in less than 10 minutes we had this 14" wreath together for less than $15.00. The ribbon was the most expensive item and I had a 40% coupon for that.

It is now proudly hanging on her front door and my mom is very happy with her little DIY (or in our case, DIO--do it ourselves) fall wreath.

I think I will run back to Joanne's and get some supplies for my own wreath. I love the colors and the ivory, wired burlap ribbon makes such an easy bow. I think it says "WELCOME", don't you?

Welcome September! Come on in!

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