Friday, November 29, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Winter's Day in St. James Park
By John Ritchie, Scotland, 1869-1963
Cut four skates from the pattern using glittered white or black felt. I could not find glittered white felt so I painted the skates with glitter glue after they were stuffed with fiber-fil.
Above, some of the materials: glitter glue in clear, black polymer paint, silver string, dollar store door hanger with bells, felt fabric.
Add your furry trim after the skate has been sewn, with large whip stitches by hand, hot glue, or large zig-zag stitch on the machine. It takes half a yard of trim for a set of these skates, and you can use any kind of trim, from ruffled eyelet to fringe. I added the plaid sock edge and ball fringe to these pair below and have tied them onto a jingle bell doorknob ornament from Dollar Tree.
When you do not have fabric for these small projects, buy a scarf at the dollar store.
You might try using silver sparkly chenille wire for the skate runner, fashioning it into the right shape. Attatch the runners with hot glue, staples or stitches or whatever works.
Make it easy on yourself by using the pattern to make cardboard skates. It works much faster.
Go here for paper ornament patterns, including skates for package tags or ornaments
Here is another quick project from Dollar Tree. This wire basket has been turned into a cover for a cake stand, just by prying the handle off and screwing on an inexpensive knob on the top.
I have worn out most of my tea copies and kept saying I needed to make another one but just did not seem to get around to doing it. While at Dollar Tree I saw a collection of knit hats, many of them with warm linings, so I brought home a stretchy one to put on the teapot. It fit just fine and works well. I need to cut out a space for the handle and spout and it will look like a stylish tea cozy.
Besides essential house keeping, there always seems to be an extraordinary amount of other things to do. I hope everyone is taking time from their busy life at home, to take tea.
How do you like the look of these treats? Well you wont have to worry about sugar or weight gain because they are plastic ornaments. Fun to look at and they make a bright spot.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Painting by Charles Amable Lenoir, French 1860-1926
Lately I have been busy cleaning up the laundry room, but I will have no before-and-after pictures because the "after" does not impress me much. It has been an intense job in a small space, so I needed to take some time to do something a little more cheerful. Today I have covered my couch with the fabric called Minky. In case you think it was a big job, I assure you it was a matter of wrapping the fabric around the foam seating area. It clings just right on the foam padding so no sewing or fastening was required.
This room is usually quite dark, and that is why I had the paneling painted a light color and am using such light colors in general. It was early in the morning when I took this picture so it still turned out a bit dark.
A long narrow strip of the Minky fabric was enough to cover the top of the piano.
Adding cushions of different colors will be fun, as white is like a blank canvas that shows off other things. In case you think white is difficult to care fore these days, the micro fibers are very easy to wipe clean. In the country area where I live, no color stays clean and so I just choose what I like. You can see more colors in Minky here http://www.joann.com/search?q=Minky
The use of dollar store wired ribbon for this inoperative fake fireplace has really been interesting. Every time I walk past this hearth it looks so much like a real fire, it feels warm! And it is a safe flame.
Wired ribbon was very useful when I lost the hardware to this cabinet while I was preparing to paint it. I had to find something to use to pull the drawers open. The ends are knotted so the drawer pull is strong enough to use til I locate the hardware.
This table setting is created in order to get ready for a couple of ladies who are coming to an autumn tea on Friday, so I can get an idea of what it will look like. I will show you a drawing of what I want the table to look, later.
I wanted to use some of the maple leaves for place mats. In summer when they are a vivid green, they look stunning with rose motif tea cups. In autumn, these gold edged cups go great.
Those are scones with the all-fruit apricot jam, and whipped cream. The tea is real lemon with honey,
And the birdcage and bird are ornaments that I rarely use, and like the other things I was thinking of getting rid of, I made the mistake of getting it out of the box just to see what it would look like.
I have been on my walk outside and taken a picture. The fog comes in first thing in the morning and then the day gets sunny and bright. I think fog would be a favorite thing these days with all the shabby chic whites that people promote in magazines and the web. It has the perfect puffy softness for this well-loved look.
I think one of the dearest desires of a woman, whether she is married or not or has children or not, is to have her own home to care for without interference; a place she put her heart into and make suitable and lovely. I have known many women who took a bleak house and made it into a type of heaven where you could forget where you were and dwell on what was good and sweet. I think of Margaret in Elizabeth Gaskells 18th century novel, North and South, when I think of making a home anywhere you have to live. In the industrial town full of smoke and darkness, she made tea time a bright spot for her company.
A new addition to my house is this outdoor mat, which works very well. It says carry on :-) On sale at Walmart, so there are probably none left by the time you read this post.
Since I have a few more things to do around here, and some errands to do, I hope to write more on the love of the home and add my thoughts to this post. In the meantime, your thoughts are very welcome.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
This typewriter rubber stamp that I have used to embellish some paper with, is the closest I have come to a real typewriter in a long time. Despite the conveniences of computers, I really miss the old typewriters, especially the portable ones. There was no losing all your letter by touching the wrong key. I found this rubber stamp at the fabric store when it was having a huge discount on their stamping selections.
This is a set of dishes I do not use very much and had considered selling it. It is not fine china, and it came from a grocery store promotion about 20 years ago. I was In The Dollar Tree today and noticed this stemware glass for $1.00 so I purchased just one of them. I wanted to see if it matched the plates before I got more, and the colors are similar. I think the goblet is an autumn item but it is going to work out well with these rose dishes. The glass is very sturdy too, and not delicate at all, so the quality is quite similar. I am more interested in using this set now that I have found some matching goblets at such a small price! There were some other colors of stemware there but I did not have time to really look at them.
The dollar store just got a supply of these led-lite pillar candles, and this time they change colors. I tried them out in the store before I selected the ones I wanted to buy, to make sure they all worked. Here they are sitting on that old candelabra that was supposed to be in my yard sale a few months ago.
I hope you are having a lovely day and including something restful and creative that gives your heart peace. I am looking forward to addressing a few more serious subjects later, so please check back again.
I am trying also to remember to go outside each day, and today I saw such pretty foliage that looked good with this cup.