Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Framed Chalkboard Message Sign

Good Morning! Hope all is well with you. I wanted to catch up and offer a quick tutorial for making this message board. I have this on my kitchen wall now and I'm really enjoying it. This is really a quick project and I'm sure you'll enjoy making your own.

This project uses an image from The Graphics Fairy. I've used The Graphics Fairy images for some projects in the past and I really love how clear these images transfer. I made this library tote bag in 2013 and I'm still using and loving my tote.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Backyard Friends: Soft Story Book Progress

The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.
~Isaac Watts

I've meant to get back at the Backyard Friends Story Book, and I have worked on it a bit. But other priorities call. I did sit down one day and put backs on all the motifs that were finished so far. 

If you've ever made a potholder, what I did is similar. But first I ironed interfacing on the back of my stitched pieces. I used cotton quilt batting to give these a bit of body. I just used a fat quarter from the stash to back them. I think one fat quarter is going to be enough for all I have planned. I'll add a large eyelet in the corner so that they can be joined by a ribbon or some sort of jump ring. I want it to be safe, so I'll have to think it over a little. 

The grand kids like them already and they've done their share of traveling around the house. I'm currently stitiching a spider in his web. 

That's it for today. Hope you are having a great week. See you next time!

The Butterfly

Monday, April 20, 2015

Backyard Friends: Soft Story Book for Children


    How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. After lunch yesterday we were blessed with a visit from our little granddaughter, and her mommy of course. Our daughter stopped by to discuss graduation party plans for her younger sister. Seems like yesterday our youngest daughters were the size of our grand babes. If you're a grandparent, I'm sure you can relate. 

Since it was such a gorgeous day and crawling around in the grass was great fun for our little granddaughter! So many things for little ones to explore!

After last weeks project with the animal finger puppets, I decided I couldn't let the Stitch Love book go back to the library without doing at least one more project. It's such a delightful book and could be the inspiration for many more small projects. I may just have to renew this one.

I have to tell you though, perfection is sometimes my worst enemy. When my grandma was trying to teach me to embroider, it really wasn't my thing. My stitches were too big, the thread seemed to be constantly knotted and well, you get the idea. I'm not sure if I ever even finished the dish towel she first started me on. 

Years later, I still get a little intimidated by embroidery, but I've found that if I just try, it really isn't so bad. Not that I'm great at it, but making a project for those you care about is a blessing. I love to work with my hands, so I keep trying. 

I hope you'll join me as I continue to work on this project over the next week or two. I'm going to call it the "Back Yard Friends" book. Some of the motifs are from Stitch Love, and others I made up on my own. 

I'm obviously not done with butterfly, but the stitching on turtle and the flower are done. I'm planning on adding snail, ladybug, and spider. We found that we have a mallard pair living in the neighborhood and see them pretty frequently. I thought about adding a duck and maybe a squirrel. I'll see how far I get. 

Each block is 5 inches square, embroidered on muslin, and I'm certain to come up with something from the stash to back them.

Well, that's our rainy day project here. Hope you'll stop back again to see the progress. 



Started butterfly

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cream of Asparagus Soup Recipe

What a beautiful week we've had! We were blessed with an amazing day again today!

Our youngest son had to play a drum solo for the Fine Arts Fair today and while we spent a quite of time indoors, we did get out a bit to enjoy the day. Plus he did really well on his solo, which really made the day special.

When we got home today I walked out to the garden just to take a look at things. The strawberry plants look good and I can hardly wait! But what I was really wanted to see is how the asparagus was doing. The first couple spears are just starting to poke out of the ground. In celebration I'm posting a link to one of our family favorites, Cream of Asparagus soup. The recipe can be found here

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fun With Felt: Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my!

As a kid growing up, I always found some raw material for crafting whether it was doll clothes from Mom's fabric scraps or paper crafts from the cut-off bottoms of my school worksheets. I love working with my hands. I was pretty limited for inspiration and patterns unless I found something in the school library. Imagination was the key. One time I remember that "Dolly" needed a bed, so we took and old peach crate and made it into one. Maybe you had similar experiences.

These days there is Pinterest, blogs and other places to get ideas. My favorite is the library. My little friend "Scoot" (my grandson) and I have been taking a few walks this week, including a few to the library. My bag was pretty heavy on the way home.

This wonderful resource has been such a blessing to our family. I love browsing, especially in the new books section. Of course craft books are always a favorite. As for project books however, there can be a problem with "always looking and never making." There just aren't enough hours in a day or days in a lifetime to try everything I'd like to try.

This little project stood out for me because I have grand kids and while they love the blocks, trains, trucks and everything else we keep around, I like to find something new every once in awhile. Maybe a little extra for a rainy day, or something to go along with a story we read.

Today I turned to one of the books I found this week, Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small: Cute Kitties and Cows and Cubs and More...and a Yeti
by Mollie Johanson. We were just at the zoo on a nice day during spring break. Almost wish I would have had this earlier. One of the projects in this book was some little animal finger puppets made from felt. I have felt! Actually lots of felt! So inspiration knocked and I decided that I'd make some of these for the grand kiddos.

Okay, O.K.  My embroidery isn't perfect, but hopefully the kids won't notice. The templates are in the book and the embroidery is done with 3 strand DMC. I had to review French Knots with a tutorial, but otherwise I sort of free handed the faces.

There really wasn't a pattern for my bear, but if you notice, they all have basically the same face. I just narrowed the eyes a little. What do you think? Does he look like a bear?

Mr. Tiger has his stripes glued on with Aleene's Fabric Fusion. The rest is all hand stitching. I thought about sewing up the sides by machine, but I think it would detract from the whimsy of it all, and it really didn't take all that long to stitch them up with a needle and floss. Such and simple and fun little project. Can't wait to show them to the kids. And I'll let you in on a secret, there are many other fun projects in this book. You may want to get down to the library to find it!

That's all for today. My buddy "Scoot" and I are going to get outside and do some more walking. May God bless you with an enjoyable weekend and hope to see you next week!

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