Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Wreaths 2015

I've been trying to get my holiday decorations up. I've said in the past, I don't flip the switch into the next holiday. I'm more of a transitional decorator.
I make my wreaths out of running cedar that I find in the woods. 

I think the best decor for anyone is looking to what is relevant to your area. It makes it personal and yours.
I hope you all are doing the little things that make this time special.

Thank you for taking a look at what's been going on around here.
Be Blessed!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Pillows

  Hey! Just a quick Hello, here.
Throwing some Christmas 
throw pillows out on the couch.

Getting ready to get Christmas on!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Vintage Pillows

Hey and a Good Tuesday to ya! 
Do you ever just wake up with an overwhelming notion to do something? Well, I do and today it was making pillows. Better yet, remaking pillows. 
I titled this post vintage pillows and in a way are. I had some pillows that were looking quite worn and really in need of a redo. I intend on using them in my bedroom so I went with colors and fabric I had used in the quilt I recently finished.

Some of my fabrics that I used were quite old so it really brought the vintage feel to the pillows.

The fabric being older also made me want to use some piping to give the pillows a little more strength in the seams 
and I think it also gave the pillows a little more shape .

You can purchase piping at craft stores but sometimes it's hard to find just what you want in mind.
Sometimes the quantity you want might make it a better choice to make it yourself.
I make mine by sewing a piece of cording or natural rope between the piece of fabric I'm wanting to use .

The first pillow. 
You know that just got me started. I played around with different stuff I had until I had satisfied my need for pillows.

Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you're inspired to make some pillows too.
Be Blessed!

Friday, November 13, 2015

My Lazy Days Star Quilt

Hey! I'm Glad you came by for a visit.
 I'm also glad to finally be able to show you my Star Quilt I've been working on for a little while now. 
Right out of the gate, I must tell you I'm not the state fair kind of quilter or really any comparison to a good quilter. I just love quilts! My grandmother made them for everyone getting married or having a baby and some just because she thought you might need another. 

My grandmothers quilts were made of scraps she collected for worn clothing and various other places and she also tack quilted. She would have bags and bags of pieces cut and a few patterns drown somewhere. They were an extension of her love that she sewed on her Singer Pedal sewing machine.

My quilts are scrap quilts as well and fabric I just come along with. I don't tack quilt and I don't have quilting frame. I can't really devote the space to a huge frame. My style is just to throw them on the floor or across the bed and baste stitch it together. 
I can also be a bit lazy as quilting goes. My pieces are rather large. I know myself enough to know I don't always have the patients or the time.

This quilt I made for my own bed which is King size. So it's really quite a big quilt when speaking of quilts. 
It is typical of the quilts I've done in the past; there are pieces of old clothing, pieces from a few of Grandma's old chenille bed spreads, and some new( scrap) fabric that we make where I work. So all in all it is full of pieces of my life.

Thank you for stopping by 
letting me share my
 love of  a quilt 
with you.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Farmer's Market Lawn Chair

Good Thursday Mornin' !
I hope everyone remembered our veterans yesterday. I sure appreciate our service men and women. I have many in my family. 
It's been quite hectic around here lately and I haven't been able to squeeze time for blogging or posting. Things are beginning to settle down a bit and I have been up to some more crazy crafting and recycling. I thought I'd chair my renewed lawn chair with you.

This project started with the Ole' Man saying, "Hey you don't want this do ya? I'm getting ready to haul it off?"
to that I said, "Yeah, yeah, I do!"
I began with the thought of just using chair binding, the kind that's kind of burlapy with the red in it. I have bottomed straight back chairs with it in the past. I've always been able to pick it up in the craft department at Wal-mart but not anymore, at least not at ours. I didn't have the notion to put a full blown hunt for it so I went with a different option.

I sprayed the frame with flat  black spray paint after removing all the screws. Then I attached this very natural fabric I already had. It needed a little something else so I used a stencil to put my farmer's market lettering on.

It was a little hap-hazard in the coming along but I enjoyed this little project and I think in turn I have a enjoyable little chair to pull out.
I appreciate you stopping by for a little visit.
Be Blessed!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Prim Black Cat

Good mornin & a fantastic Friday to y'all!

I'm probably making one of the laziest post I've ever done. Truth is I've been pretty lazy altogether when it's comes to my blogging lately.

I thought I'd share a picture of my crazy crafting I did yesterday.
LOL. .I'm posting while trying to get my steps in. .I know I'm probably not the only one who has fitbit struggles. I've thought several times to do a rant about what I think about fitbit but I try to not be negative but I get kinda nasty when I think I'm starving. ..we'll maybe talk about that at another time.

Directions for my Prim Cat go something like this:
1. Get a piece of black fabric and lay it doubled.
2. Draw a cat with a silver sharpie and cut it out just outside your drawn lines.
3. Sew along your lines leaving enough opening to stuff your cat.
4. Start stuffing. I'm very cheap so I stuffed mine with my leftover fabric. When you think you've stuffed him enough stuff alittle more.
5. Sew your opening closed.
6. Make him some X's for eyes.
Voila! You're done!
p.s. mine is good and lumpy. That's the beauty of primitive style anything imperfections is perfection.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Be Blessed

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DIY Cover-Up

Hey there! 
This morning's cooler air has put me in the need of a little something for my shoulders. My summer dresses a tops are just needing a little more. So I decided to make this little cover-up.

My inspiration came from a cover-up purchased by my daughter earlier in the Spring. I have looked at it many times on the hanger thinking I needed something similar for myself and also at how easy it would be to mock it.

The material I chose to use wasn't a lace but it was very sheer and kind of gauzy material.

Using the other garment as a guide, I folded my new fabric in half and laid  the other on top 

against the fold.
After cutting out. I ended up with a 12" X 33" rectangle.
My cover-up is sized small. If you feel you need a larger garment add a 1/2 to 1" to the size of your rectangle.

I chose a piece of satin material for the armholes and the edge. 
I cut 2 piece 4" X 18" for the armhole, doubled it and base stitched it.
For the bottom edge, I  cut 2 pieces 4" X 30" and also doubled and base stitched.

If you already had a piece of trim or notion you could definitely use it instead of the satin material.

Sew it along both long edges of the material and center it on the sides. 
When you're done you'll have something like this.
Fold fabric with right face together and pin and sew your side seams.

Turn it.
That's all there is to it!

I think I have another piece of lace that would work great for this garment.
I think I need at least one more.

Thank you  for stopping by and checking out my 
DIY for today.

Be Blessed!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

X's & Heart's for These Fudg-y Black Bean Brownie

Good Tuesday Morning! 
I couldn't resist sharing this awesome brownie recipe I found on Pinterest yesterday;
 Fudgy Black Bean Brownies. 
This recipe comes from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch .
Yes, I know..Black Bean Brownies! Well eating is believing! 
The awesome picture she shared with her recipe got me right over to her sight and with one 
look-at-this to the Ole Man. I was digging out ingredients. I did have black beans in the cabinet but I have to say I improvised on some of the other ingredients. I was short on brown sugar. I only had about a half a cup of brown sugar, so I made up the difference with regular white sugar a teaspoon of molasses. I didn't enough all-purpose flour so I used self-rising flour which probably made mine a little more of a cake-like brownie. The nuts for ice cream topping isn't the ones I would generally prefer for baking either
 I'll tell you when the pan came out of the oven last night no one shied away. 

While I was basically killing time until the brownies came out of the oven I read further into Serena's blog post and on down into the comments. I was aggravated by some of the comments. While some folks were very nice; some folks I thought were down right rude. I'll also add, if your brownies didn't come out well from this recipe it maybe that you just don't cook a good brownie. 
Everyone in this house went back for a second helping of brownie!

I'm not sure if there's a real nutritional benefit from them or not but it does make for a rich brownie.

Pop over to Serena's Blog   for a wonderful tutorial and the recipe.

Thanks for stopping by for some rambling,
Be Blessed!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Life-Size Board Game Birthday Party

Hey everyone!
Tuesday was Jack's birthday. As usual, we celebrated on the weekend. Birthdays for us is all about family. Well, family, friends, hot dogs, and potato salad. Jack's only request was potato salad. 
You know that's a country kid

Lately, Jack has been into making his own board games. That sparked Jack and his Dad deciding it would be fun to have a life-size board game. 

They cut out game pieces and made a big dice to roll and with some orange marking spray paint, they drew out their board. They called it 4 X 4. Everyone was a truck. It was full of obstacles like Stuck in the Ditch and  the Stump Jump.

I think everyone's favorite was Stump Jump!
Mine, too!
After crossing the finish line you had to holler out,
"Winner, Winner, Hot Dog Dinner!"

Needless to say,  we had a blast and a whole lot of giggles 
Thanks for stopping by for a little
4 x 4, some hotdogs and potato salad 
Letting me share some of the birthday fun.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Too Much Salt

Wow! It's been a long time since I made a post. I'm going to straight up, put the blame on Sodium. There have been a few other reasons that may have gotten in the way but the main problem in our home, as of lately, is Sodium.

On April 4, 2015, our son Jack had a severe reaction to too much sodium. His blood pressure climbed so high that his bodily functions were shutting down. It appeared to me to be a seizure but it was not a seizure by definition. He lost the ability to move or speak. When arriving at the Emergency Room, his blood pressure was Extremely!!! elevated along with his eyes dilated, and a few other observations. 
After 5 days at Brenner's Children's Medical Center and an enormous amount of test; the only diagnoses was that he had a low tolerance to Sodium. Our 45 lb. 4 ft. 2 in., 8 year old has high blood pressure. Definitely, not obese and no other ailment ( no bad heart, kidneys, thyroid, etc.) He just has a low tolerance for  sodium. A low sodium diet and high blood pressure medicine has him back to his energetic full of life kid.
Thank you Lord!
It has made us take a big look at our diet. Something that honestly, I had taken largely for-granted . That's not to say we eat extremely bad; as a matter of fact, I think for a large part we eat better than most but there was still plenty to address for Jack and the rest of the family as well. I really had no intention of turning this blogging experience in to a nutritional diary but I may share thoughts along the way about the subject; there has been many...
Hmm...what about my recipes I would post from time to time??
I really don't know!
Us Southerners are not known for discretion when it comes to salt, sugar, or carbs..
Mostly we are known for our over-indulgence of all things of the like..
You'll have to bare with me or just blog along somewhere else since this has become one of our highest priorities lately and is truly a pretty deep discussion around here.

Thanks for dropping by for a visit.
Be Blessed! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Oranges and Inspiration

What kind of things kick-start you or just get you inspired?
I get inspirations from all kinds of different direction. Today my inspiration came from
She shared her recipe for Clementine Simple Syrup.
I  had an abundance of fruit that had been hanging around since the holidays. Instead of the clemetines she had; I had naval oranges.
I followed her super simple directions and in a few minutes my syrup was done 
cooling in a jar.
I still have quite a few oranges getting very close to being thrown out.
So I thought some Orange Muffins would be quite good especially with the kids home from school.
They came out quite nice and there's still the smell of oranges in the air and the taste of orange on my lips as I set here.
As far as my recipes go, I followed Joy's recipe except I doubled it. I am also in agreement that I like the pulp too. It wasn't much and I didn't strain it.
The Orange Muffins  are my same basic recipe I always use with a cup of freshly juiced oranges and a spice or too thrown in. 

Orange Muffins
Preheat oven: 425 degrees
2 cup Self-Rising Flour
1/1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla flavor
1 cup of milk (a little more or less) 
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Mix dry ingredients
2. Stir in egg, oil, vanilla, milk, and orange juice.
3. Mix well
4. Pour into prepared muffin pans 
5. Bake for 15- 20 minutes or until nicely golden 

Thanks for visiting and allowing me to share my inspirations with you.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas & Cookies

Well around here we officially over The Christmas Holiday Break. I was back to work last night and the kids will be back to school tomorrow.
As much as I enjoy Christmas, I am ready to get back to a somewhat normal routine. When we're all home in this house it seems to be a constant of eating and a constant sink full of dishes. 
The very rainy holiday didn't offer up much else.

I've been pretty absent from the blogging community the past few months but we carried on with most of our usual holiday shenanigans but I just do them all with a camera in my hand.

The one thing I didn't do as much of this year was making cookies. We made a batch sometimes before Christmas but with there being no lack of other desserts I really couldn't bring myself to bother with them.

This morning I was going through a few reminders to get the kids minds back in the perspective places for going back to school when Jack asked, "Don't we need to make those cookies??"
Well of course...Jack we do need to make those cookies.
So we did.

These were a sorta' Gingerbread cheater cookies.
 I had seen a recipe for making cookies from a cake mix, egg, and block of cream cheese.
I made a different variation of the recipe but honestly the quick and easiness of the recipe didn't give me the kind of cookie that I prefer. The cookies were more like cake; not bad to eat but more like eating a really small cake instead of a cookie.
Out of a bit of laziness and lack of preparation, I doctored the recipe a little and came out with a pretty good gingerbread cookie. They were still a bit soft for cutting out but they eat up just fine.

Are you wondering what the moral of this story is?
Well quite simply...
if you are down to the last day of your holiday
make cookies.
Any cookies is good cookies!