Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How To make the string of hearts

I posted this string of hearts and had a couple of requests
on a how to. This is so simple to do.

First you rip some pages out of an old book. I found a couple the pages had yellowed it is a great look. I used cookie cutters trace
Any size you want.

I did several pages at once and I could fit more than one heart on a page.

Now you have a stack of these. On to the sewing machine!

I tried to do stacks of 3 hearts. Now don't fret if you get a stack of 4 in the end not that noticeable.

I start right in the middle and try for the point or as close to as possible. Then you have the next stack of hearts to go under the pressure foot before the first heart is completely through. So you get the couple of little loops of thread holding it together to make a string do not cut the string until you run out of hearts or it is as long as you want. A side note I did not have an issue with unraveling on the ends I never backed stitch.
So I hung them up and folded the hearts backwards so they are 3D.
When I hung mine I put a hole punch on the top heart and used one of the hole reinforces to make sure it would not rip.

I did the dragonflies the same way down the center but I also think I could have done them through the wings to make a string to put on the mantle. 
I you have any questions let me know. 
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Another cold day but at least the sun was shining 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How Do You Know when You are Old?

I worked 11 and half hours today and I was so excited to be home before wheel of fortune was over. That is how you know you have finally crossed over into old :(

My Store hosted business after hours for the local chamber so I 
spruced up the store a bit.

I made a string of dragon flies out of recycled book pages..


and a string of hearts, ok many strings of both and filled the store window with them when someone comes in the door they twirl and move. I just love them. I got a few compliments, that always makes me feel better.

I came home to a couple gifts in the mail, ok I bought them for myself...

but it was still very exciting to get nicely wrapped gifts.

This is a lovely Lapis bracelet

And this is a Red aventurine.

It comes with a explanation of the energy that each bracelet 
holds. They are saged before being sent so only the good energy comes through. 
It is only Tuesday and I have to work over time again tomorrow I am counting on that good energy coming through.
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Downton Abbey was interesting this week they are setting up for a lot of things to happen this season. 

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Staying In..

Do not let this sun streaming into the window fool you
it has been cold! We have not been above freezing for at least 2 weeks maybe 3! 

Every Thursday my friend and I meet up and this week we headed a half hour south to hit a couple of stores and then out to dinner with half price drinks and apps. She has a BJ's card so in we went and this is one reason I do not have a BJ's car. Yes this is a box of a dozen croissants.  Oh have they been good for breakfast, sandwiches, etc etc etc :)

I made a nice big bowl of chili or as I call it clean out the frig. chili.
I use up any veggies I have left over. I also use beef so it is not a veggie dish but oh so good!

I also made a herb bread that came out pretty good.

I also put together a fruit salad. No dressing just yummy fruit
We have made a pretty big dent in it this weekend. 

And since I am writing about food I will confess to chocolate
cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. So good but so bad.

Well some big football games today I want Greenbay and the Patriots in the super bowl.  Of course it is Sunday that means Downton Abbey!
I have made up a valentine pattern that I just started hooking tonight. I used this pan I got at a thrift just right for helping to design a rug.
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When I came home from work on Friday that was the last time I left this house. there was lots of cleaning and lots of cooking, I also have been reading quite a bit. We are having an ice storm today and I have to be out for work tomorrow. I hope those of you with the extra day enjoy your time home. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ladies Who Lunch...

To say it has been cold would be a huge understatement.
one morning it was -12 and it hasn't been above freezing all week.

And the sun has been hiding from us a lot! By Friday I 
had the winter doldrums and knew I needed something fun.
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I called a couple of friends on Sunday and the three of us  went to lunch.
It was good for all of our spirits to visit and just enjoy being out.

If you are a football fan you know this has been a big weekend.
I love football and my patriots pulled a win out of it with a very exciting game. 
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With a tea in hand I have been packing away the last of the the 
Christmas decorations.


And I always make a mess of it not sure how to get better organized.

I am leaving my snow people out for awhile 
it is so hard to have the house stripped of all the decorations.

I  have also kept my lights in the window 
it makes me feel like I am chasing away the darkness. And added the hearts husband made for me.

Downton Abbey was amazing last week. I am so looking forward to this week. What I think is so sweet is David loves it too. He is so happy to put his feet up and watch with me.
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We are in for a bit of snow tonight and not warming up much in the near future. I think more tea and another log on the fire is in order for this week. Stay warm my sweet friends.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Brrrrr.....

To say it has been cold would be an understatement:(

So I did....


My aunt gave me an avocado chocolate pudding recipe.
I have to say it is pretty good. Let me know if you are interested in the recipe.

I have gotten lots of new magazines in the past few days.
I am waiting for my primitive linen 
so that I can get going on my rug. So for now I will snuggle under the covers and read magazines.
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Stay warm!
Winter is nature’s way of saying, "Up yours." ~Robert Byrne

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Birthday...

I made another trip north, there was ice fishing and skating going on, not sure if I would have tried it, it really hasn't been that cold
but they all seemed very happy and no big hole where someone broke through.

It was Miss B's birthday party!!!!!

I just have to smooch her all the time!
She is so dang cute! Now she is 4 where did the time go!
She is all about crafts I hope that is a good sign for rug hooking in the future.

Last night we got about 3-4 inches of snow,all day it has 
had very light rain building up an ice coating.


I made bread this morning with blackberry butter so good if I do say so
myself. 


I have been trying to transfer a pattern today but as you can see
I am short on linen. I will call Dorr Mill in the morning.



I pulled some colors I wanted to look at for the rug, I can see I have
some weeding out to do.

I finished my last piece. Yep all steamed and bound. kind of cute and will look good on the coffee table.

Even though Sunday means I go back to work tomorrow, it also means the season premier of Downton Abbey!!!! So excited TV stinks! ok except for the big bang. 
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Have a wonderful week I will keep you up to date on my rug progress and since Lauren is doing the same rug I am a little nervous. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Can It Be?

 That Christmas is over! but there is a special
4th birthday coming up....

There were more goodies eaten than I care to remember...

and Santa sightings all over the place...

 Christmas crackers that held crowns and kazoos...

And lots and lots of Christmas presents..
(This was taken from a calender we received!)
Yesterday was the last of the Christmas parties but there is
one amazing little girl turning 4 very very soon!

It has been a laid back day of football and rug hooking.
Our weather has been very mild but I see the cold weather coming in from Canada. Hey, you Canadians keep your cold weather! (and you know who you are:)

The Christmas decorations will stay up until
after the New Year. 
I wish all of my sweet blog friends a happy and healthy new year.
Filled with lots of belly laughs and great surprises.