Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

6-DSCF3718Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods and I’m already itching for summer. Well, kinda… I’m not a big fan of the sweltering heat, but I do love the barbeques, fairs and festivals.

1-DSCF3681Lately, I’ve been making a variety of garlands and, after sorting through my stash of red, white and blue, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make rag strip garlands for all those summer patriotic holidays.

2-DSCF3691This one is a little different than previous strip garlands I have made. I cut the strips shorter and used a buttonhole type knot to attach them.

3-DSCF3693The length of the drape is still long, but it also has an end sticking up. I kinda like the look.

4-DSCF3701I liked it after the strips were all attached, but it still looked like it needed a little more something-something.

5-DSCF3706Old Pepsi bottle caps were the perfect addition. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the caps, then tied the caps to the garland using twine. Finding a use for something I have held onto for years is so satisfying.

7-DSCF3723There. Now I’m ready for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Show and Tell
Inspiration Monday
Motivate Me Monday-Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Making Memories Monday

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Whatever Goes Wednesday

Thursday:

The Handmade Hangout
The Project Stash Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Party Junk
Skip The Housework Saturday

Sunday:

That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

My Last-Minute Easter Decorations

2-DSCF3645Last year we had just moved into our tiny rental and I didn’t even decorate for Easter. I also didn’t have room for hosting Easter, as is our tradition. When I sorted through things in our storage units for a yard sale this last summer, I purged a lot of decorations from all holidays. Our house is much bigger this year so now I am kinda regretting some of that purge. When I got out my Easter decorations the other day I only found one box. :( Since most store-bought offerings are not my style I decided to make more decorations with things I already have.

1-DSCF3639I started out with a small branch from a tree hubby was pruning. Using an old flower pot for the base, and middle son bringing me some gravel, I “planted” my branch to “grow” my Easter tree.

2-DSCF3645A stash of peat pots were transformed into little Easter buckets. I sponge painted white on the outside. Craft wire was used for the handles. Small vintage pictures were decoupaged to the front of the buckets and the handles were spruced up with buttons and ribbon.

3-DSCF3651I added them to the tree, but it still needed a little something-something.

4-DSCF3679I had just finished making crocheted flower garlands for my Etsy shop and decided mini version of the flowers would be just the thing to bring out the “spring” in my tree.

5-DSCF3661I simply hot glued them to the branches.

6-DSCF3664I wrapped some fabric strips around a couple of garden tools and added them to the pot to complete the tree.

7-DSCF3667I needed something for my dining table. I cut bed springs down a bit and inserted little flower pots. In this picture they have the grass, but I am still going to add jelly beans and a peep.

8-DSCF3675I saved two spaghetti sauce cans a couple of weeks ago and after a little paint, some scraps of burlap, lace and a tie of jute, they were restyled into flower vases. I’ll fill them with cuttings from the beautiful abundance of color that has bloomed in my yard.

I still have a few other things I would like to make, but I wanted to get this posted before it got to late. I’m off to the grocery store and then more decorating. 😉

Enjoy!

Have a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!

Words of Wisdom Window Signs

3-DSCF3505Words of Wisdom Window Signs

I’ve been enjoying the windows that Middle Kid gifted me with a couple of weeks ago.

I saw a similar sign to this one on an HGTV show (my new addiction-Fixer Upper) and have been itching to replicate it on a window.

1-DSCF3496I painted the frames black so they will really “pop” on a wall.

2-DSCF3493It took me a bit of time to size, cut, re-size and re-cut the words for stencils on my Cricut until I had a fit that worked with the window, but I finally nailed it.

3-DSCF3505Just like the frame, the lettering was done using black paint. I love, love, love the way it turned out!

I now have two of these posted on local (to me) Facebook selling pages. If you live close (Winfield, Ks.)  and are interested, message me.

Enjoy!

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Show and Tell
Inspiration Monday
Motivate Me Monday-Block Part
Making Memories Monday
Craftastic Monday

 

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me

Thursday:

The Handmade Hangout
The Project Stash Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Party Junk
Skip The Housework Saturday

Sunday:

That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Scrap Wood Easter Signs

5-DSCF3428Easter Eggs and Bunny Trail Signs

We have been enjoying really nice weather so I took advantage of warmer days to work on some wood projects. Since the weather turned a bit cooler and drizzly I thought I should finally get this posted before the holiday comes and goes. 😉

I didn’t get pics of the steps like I should have…I kinda got carried away until the photo op was gone.

3-DSCF3419The St. Patrick’s Day shamrock signs did so well I decided to go ahead and make quite a few of the Easter signs. That may or may not have been a great idea. I’ve had them on local Facebook selling pages for about a week and even though they are selling, it has been slow going. Hmm…only time will tell. Oh well, if they don’t sell, then I guess I’ll be gifting friends, family and neighbors. :)

Like the shamrock signs, I used scrap pallet wood.

1-DSCF3411My Cricut came in handy once again for creating my stencils.

2-DSCF3420Unfortunately I didn’t have a bunny on any of my cartridges so I had to hunt through my pattern books to find the shape I was envisioning, then I cut that stencil by hand.

4-DSCF3424The eggs were requested by a previous customer. I thought they turned out pretty cute. I have already sold out of the pink eggs.

My favorite is the bunny trail sign.

Enjoy!

Mini Crocheted Teddy Bear-The Tutorial

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Mini Crochet Teddy Bear-Tutorial

A lot of you have messaged, commented and emailed me asking for the mini crocheted teddy bear tutorial.

Woo Hoo! It has been published. You can find it here.

If you do not want to make your own, I do have them for sale in my Etsy shop.

Enjoy!