Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
When I was a child a sweet next door neighbor "adopted" me as her granddaughter. We had some fine visits. She loved animals and critters. She set up a bird feeder to attract birds- especially cardinals. Around Christmas I could sometimes catch a glimpse of their bright red feathers. Often at the holidays I think of her and these beautiful birds.
I decided to celebrate that memory and came up with a simple little cross stitch pattern to share with you! Consider it your very first Christmas present of the year! I couldn't leave out the fascinating blue jay so there is a pattern for him too- These would make fine ornaments, Christmas cards, or tiny holiday displays.
A link to the patterns is found in the freebie section on the right or here. Below is the Christmas card version.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I checked out a book from the library on seed beading because I wanted to try making a wintry brooch. I found and adapted a simple cross stitch snowflake pattern. Yep, those are my reading glasses- don't need 'em for reading yet, but I sure do for fine craft work!
In case you are a novice to seed beading you should know that it requires an investment of time and patience. It took me forever just to thread the teeny, tiny needle! Well, after working through two BBC Jane Austin movies (and one Deanna Durbin chick flick) the pin is done.
.... unfortunately the end product isn't quite what I'd planned. First: it's too large. Second: the blue snowflake gets lost in the silver background. Third: I messed up and stitched the beads on the wrong way in one corner....live and learn. It does sparkle beautifully! Maybe I can use it as a lumpy coaster...
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The wreath is made by taking 3 inch strips of dark brown burlap and bending forward and back while threading onto a metal hanger as shown here- takes five minutes if you really
11/9/10 Oops, forgot a step. After threading the burlap onto the hanger twist it- keep adding burlap until it has the fullness you are looking for.
11/8/10 Don't miss the other creative ideas at skip to my lou and making the world cuter.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
My daughter showed me this cute shutter makeover from How Sweet it Is and I decided it would be perfect for my new/up-do/ in process photo wall.
The shutters cost $2 at the Texas yard sale. I used WalMart's store brand, red spray paint. I simply sanded the shutters and added some walnut wood stain to antique them a bit more.
Twice Remembered. Now I can have a rotating (if I keep up with it) photo display in my family room!
I decided to link up with Thrifty Decor Chick's Before & After party- so here is the before-the-TLC shutter photo-