Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Holiday Spirit

 
 
It's happened. I've been suckered into the spirit of Christmas fabrics and prints. Yes, yes, yes, I know... I'm eating crow as my hubby would say. I said I wouldn't do it..... and yet here I am. Santa and all. You can see that I came across a replicated vintage Santa pattern and couldn't help myself. I immediately saw the potential for an adorable hostess apron, which led to one, two, five more aprons! All of these have a new home in The Mint Needle Etsy shop. Just take a look at how adorable they are!



 
 
To spreading holiday cheer!
 


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
 
 
 
Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us,
and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips,
and shows itself in deeds.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
 
 


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Little Green

 


A little green is exactly what I got at my local garden center.....and some fresh air. I took advantage of the free time that I had, while the girls were in school, & headed to the nearest greenhouse available. I should have been Christmas shopping, but couldn't help myself.  Immediately, I was engulfed with flowers, greenery, and warmth. Now, I know that one of my recent posts talked about this house looking rather green itself, but I just needed a little pop of color by the kitchen window, (ya know, to make doing the dishes a bit more dazzling).  And of course, I couldn't leave with just one plant. I had to give the once over in close-outs to see what plants I could save. Check out these beauties! An African Violet, Kalanchoe, and a baby fern. And yes, that is the cutest square planter. It's also biodegradable!



 

 




With days being short, any bit of color could make the sunshine last:)
To planting Happy Trails indoors!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Finally, A Quilt

 
Hip, Hip, Hooray! Isn't she just gorgeous? As my first quilt is pieced together, I can't help but feel a massive sense of accomplishment. I love it soooo much! The colors are beautiful and I especially love the fabric choices. Thank you Cluck Cluck Sew for all your awesome tutorials!
 
 

The logic behind this project lay in the fact that I had to make a quilt this year. (Yeah, remember New Year's resolutions numbers 1,2, and 3.) Well, it turns out in less than 2 months, it'll be 2013!.... I can gladly say hooray, I'm there in a nutshell. Now.... obviously the backing and batting for this is not complete. I'm doing some research on how to do it correctly since I want nothing but get it right the first time. Here's a few things I learned while making this piece. It was overall a fairly organized and simple project for a first time do-er. I didn't follow the tutorial in whole.  If I did, I would've had more stripes, with a narrower 'flip' piece in the center. Also, next time I'll make sure that my cotton is all from the same brand. Some strips tended to 'float' and I think the type of cotton was the issue. The most tedious part had to be all the ironing. Oh my gosh.....I thought, will it ever end?  I also learned that I LOVE my rotary cutting tool and straight edge. Wow, do these items make cutting for a quilt super fast & easy. I should really use them more often. When this project is complete, it will be placed across one of the girl's beds and they're already arguing who will get it.
Looks like I have to make another one:)
 The best part ~ I created something that will stick around for years to come:)
And for those of you who remember scrappy.....no I haven't forgotten. It's still a work in progress:)
 


 
 
 
 
 



And just to add some extra icing to the cake....


Check out these gorgeous prints my UPS Santa dropped off.
 
Aren't they beautiful?
 
 
To taking care of New Year's resolutions, before the New Year!
 











Saturday, November 10, 2012

Something for the Tables

 

After hitting the stores & checking out new tablescapes, I realized my house had been lacking in the 'holiday festive' area. But, really, why pay for what you already have at home? I knew I wanted to make something fresh & fragrant with candles & pine. I added some wild berries from the bushes along the trail behind our home. Here's a look at two centerpieces that smell as good as they look!

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
I grabbed some mini jars, a rectangle plate, candles, herbs, & a vintage milk glass cake plate.
And yes, these are pine branches right off the tree:)

 
I started by arranging the pine around the candles.
I used the herbs, berries, & cones as filler in that order.
The soft gray color of the sage & lavender really compliment the pine.
 
 
The mini jam jars are perfect & re-usable for tea lights.
 
 
These are super smelling, pretty, & simple centerpieces to make right at home.
Too great not to share!
 
 

Meanwhile, here's something in the works. I can't wait to show you! (Thanks to CluckCluckSew's free tutorials.) It's almost done:)

 
To Happy Tables & Trails!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A November Wrap




Alright readers, here's the deal. A day of rummaging through vintage patterns has transpired into a whole new project. I was scavenging through some old patterns & pieces for a women's 50's style cape. Why? Well....for the little ones of course. I'm downsizing the patterns to fit my girls & even though I can't wait to share that project with you, there's something I gotta show you first. A November Wrap. Inspired by the vintage style of a 60's cape gone shawl, I'm pretty sure this will be a timeless, classic addition to my closet. The only thing I wish was that you could cross over the computer & feel how soft this vintage fabric really is.





I needed to added a coordinating or contrasting fabric.

 
I started with a 50 by 50 inch square piece of soft, retro, wool like fabric. I folded it into a triangle, so that it made a shawl shape. (How easy is that? But, I only did it because of how light weight the plaid material is.) I serged the pieces together from the center point outward, towards the sides. Serging is not necessary. If your using a regular sewing machine, I do recommend a straight stitch to connect them & a zig-zag stitch to finish the edge so that it stops from fraying. 

 
Next, I cut two pieces of my contrasting fabric. One strip measured 50.5" by 3.5"
& the second, 54" by 3.5"

 
Start from the center point on the back and stitch your shorter strip to your shawl.

 
Repeat this step with your longer strip. Here, you can see why one strip needed to be longer.
 
 
Since the shawl/wrap is lined with the face fabric itself, your contrasting strip is what will define your inside & outside. I finished the edge by folding over the remainder material inward and did a straight stitch where the two fabrics were connected.


I gotta say, it's beautiful. 




 
This project was super easy, fast, & fun!
All too great not to share.
 
 
On another note, I'm debating which one of these will be in the works.
 
 
To inspiring the unexpected!
Happy Trails:) 
 


Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Chevron Knit




Everyone appears to be in a chevron craze these days. I figured I'd join in on all the fun & contribute a little something in the world of blogging. A day of linen closet re-organizing had me find the most perfect items. An all white chevron blanket from my mother in-law & a green/yellow one from my grandmother. Absolutely beautiful, aren't they? I love how sharp these chevron patterns are. One is finished with a scalloped edge while the other shows how a straight line is just as charming. After taking a few pics, our little Lucy decided to get some attention by taking center stage.





 
Gotta love her!