Thursday, March 30, 2017

Quick Easter Decoration

This was so quick, easy and inexpensive. I'm pretty sure that's the crafting trifecta!!

All I used as a tray from the dollar spot at Target, some cheap candles, and jelly beans from the dollar store.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Bluebonnets are in Bloom

I think this will be our last cold spell of the year. Spring is definitely in the air. I took one of my daughters to spend spring break with her grandparents and the bluebonnets are starting to bloom, and they are gorgeous, as always.

Some time ago, I made some of my own. I just never posted them here. 


I used a stamp from a scrap booking store as my pattern. The flowers are simply french knots that are left loose around the needle instead of pulled snugly to it. The leaves are just a satin stitch.

I used a variegated floss and fussy stitched (you know, like fussy cutting) based on how I wanted the color to flow. I used two different colors for more variegation.

I also dyed my own fabric. I laid my hoop on a piece of white cotton. Then, I took a blue Sharpie and drew a mark along the top of my hoop on my fabric. I took it to the sink and poured alcohol on it, which makes the Sharpie run. When it was like I wanted it, I ran it under water to stop the process. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and hope to do some more experimenting with it.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Few Finishes

These are some of the cross stitch pieces that I finished last year.

As you can see, the Merry Christmas is the only piece that has been fully finished. I guess that needs to go on the list of things to be better about, too.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Better this year

Happy New Year!!!

I'm so sorry that I was mostly absent last year. I did stuff.....I just didn't put it here.

Soooooo, this year, once again, I have chosen a focus word for the year rather than setting resolutions that will be broken and forgotten by the end of January. My focus word for 2017 is 'Better'. Keeping up with this blog and my other one are both part of my goal of being better. And there are only a million other things that I need to be better at also, but anything I do better is an improvement.

Awhile back, I had seen a picture in a catalog of a sweatshirt with a lace heart on it. The price on it was outrageous, and especially so since I knew I could make one. There wasn't anything special to it.

I took a sweatshirt from my son (he never wore it) and got a lace curtain panel off of ebay for a couple of bucks.

 I cut the shape out of my lace. Used iron on bonding to attach it to the shirt, and wallah.......


If you decide to make one, a word of caution though.  Because lace is, well......lace, make sure that you have some wax paper, or freezer paper, covering what would be the exposed part of the lace so that the bonding stuff doesn't melt to your iron.

If you try it, let me see some pictures. I'd love to see yours and see what other shapes people might choose to go with.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm going to try to be BETTER about posting this year. And I hope that everyone has a year that is better than last year..........even if you had a great year last year, I hope that this one is even better.

See ya soon!