Thursday, February 21, 2013

Nests



Guess what has happened? A trip to Joann's to get some thread and 2 zippers has ended in nest and pendant making. Seriously? I felt like if I listed these in the Etsy shop, it would be unfair to not let those loyal readers know how it came to be, or better yet why. Before Christmas, I came across one of those beautiful nest necklaces and knew I just had to have one. It was great price, and in my head, I envisioned a small, delicate nest with two, pearled, pink eggs right in the center, to represent my lovelies and motherhood. I made the mistake by not inquiring about the size the nest would be. In the picture, it appeared tiny and fragile in shape. The seller even had a choice in size of eggs. I chose the smaller size as I imagined wearing it as a permanent piece of jewelry around my neck in the summer months. The wrapping was beautiful, but in all honesty, it was not what I had pictured. It was just too large and the backing is too ruff to be worn with a delicate knit top, (for fear of snagging). I still didn't want to send it back for a couple reasons. One, it was fairly inexpensive. Second, I thought that it was a little rude right before Christmas. And third, I made the purchase and felt that there was a bigger reason I should keep it. I should've questioned the size before buying. Right? Anyway... As I entered Joann's yesterday morning, I was drawn to the display of pastel beads. I still pictured wearing my nest necklace....just not the one I purchased. So a strip of pink beads later and some silver painted copper wire, I made a nest.




The wire gauge I chose is alot smaller as are the beads. I ended up making necklaces for my sister, mother, & a few close friends. The nest pendants escalated when I found beautiful vintage glass beads in a jar at home. They finally had a purpose! So.....obviously I don't need a dozen nest necklaces. It's time to share. I'll be shipping the small, nest pendants in tiny, handmade cotton bags. My pendant is currently being worn on a leather necklace for everyday wear that's soft. I love it! I got what I wanted and maybe this was the bigger reason for keeping the giant one. To remind me of the things I can do with my own two hands:)


 
 
Happy Trails:)
 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Getting Ready

 
 
Spring is on its way. Almost a month to date! Can you feel it? Regardless of the inches of snow that had fallen overnight, I still can. You can tell by the new blog header I'm slowly turning towards the idea of leaving winter boots behind and moving towards the idea of gardening. We are lucky enough to have a couple beautiful plants blooming in our home right now. A Christmas cactus, African violets, begonia, cyclamen, & leaves match perfectly to the thread which makes me remember where inspiration truly comes from. I've been going through my basket o'seeds to see what I have forgotten all about and what I'd like to give a try to this year. I have to admit, I'm a little....50/50. I really don't feel like having tons of planting trays decorating our windows and counter tops. But it is such a beautiful thing to see hundreds of seeds burst to life right inside your home. The garden plan is already drawn out for 2013 & I've paid extra close attention to companion planting. We'll have to see if it really works.




 
And a couple new seeds: Jewel blend nasturtium (edible), mini carrots,
ornamental corn (edible) & more poppies. I've been wanting to add red & pink to
my border of peach poppies.
 
I've also been doing some 'green' reading from 1,001 Old Time Garden Tips & found a couple helpful things that are worth sharing.
 
* When ordering seeds via catalog....try to stick to those well-known and heirloom instead of the new. The quality is unknown & untried. Do you really have time to be a Guinea pig?
 
* In case you decide last minute to start seeds indoors and realize your 2 weeks behind, don't worry. Soak them in room temperature water for 24 hours & plant.
 
* Thinning your sprouted seeds are just as important as planting them.
 
*Soak beet & carrot seeds for a day. Roll in wood ash before planting for a better start.
 
* And last.... if one of your prized seedlings look a little tender. Snip the top leaves to give more strength to the stem.
 
Pretty neat... Wouldn't you say?
 
Happy Trails!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sweet Valentine

 
 
The special day has arrived that makes one realize, a shoe box serves more than one purpose!
 

 
 
Wishing everyone a wonderful day full of love, happiness, & laughter:)

 

 
 
 
"There is no remedy for love but to love more."
~ Thoreau
 
Happy Valentine's Day!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Pillow Full of Love

 
 
 
A heart pillow.


 
 
There's no need to purchase that adorable, striped heart pillow you spotted at the store.
It's so much easier to make than you think.
 
 
I started by using some scrapped strips that were too small for my 'big' projects.
I arranged them in a pattern.  I also stitched from the center outward.







I folded my fabric in half & pinned. Just like in grade school, I cut the shape of a half heart.
You can see that I ended up needing a little more fabric at the edge to make for a rounded corner.
 






I used fleece for the backing. Stitch the heart's together by reversing the fabric, so that your two outer sides are actually inwards. Leave a five inch opening on the side of the heart. This is where you can reverse it and stuff. Complete your pillow with hand stitching & coordinating thread.
The finished pillow measures at 16 1/2 inches wide by 11 1/2 in length.
This a really cute project at a fraction of the cost!
 
Happy Trails:)
 
 




Sunday, February 3, 2013

The month of love and....



February... the month of love and cleaning is here.... Yes, I said love and cleaning. In this house, we've been itching to eliminate the old and refresh with some new.  A couple bright, kitchen items have managed to do the trick without breaking the bank. As for the kids, that's another story. Pinks and reds have wiggled their way in our home. From clothing to pencils and paper, you can totally tell Valentine's day is right around the corner.


A cute, quick project. The button tree. All you need is a piece of fabric, some buttons,
beads, hot glue gun, and a little paint for the trunk. There are so many of these available for purchase,
I thought it would be easy to make. And it is! Two more are in the works and we'll officially have new
wall art for the girl's room:)
 
 
 
 
And as I'm trying to keep the "pink" under control by avoiding trips to Target. (Ya know that section at the beginning of every store.... that after check-out you realize you bought pens, ribbon, chapstick, coloring books... etc. that you & your family really didn't need.) Guess what happens?
I strike another totally cool EBay find!
And yes.... this was not a need, but more of a must....
 
 


 
My heart melted when I saw these Rainbow Brite paper dolls in mint condition. I immediately recalled being a little girl, running in my old backyard, flying my Rainbow Brite kite in the warm, summer sun. And the cereal.... it was the best! What kind of mother would I be if I never made mention of who this amazing character was to my gals? So.... I made the purchase and decided to add this item to a little bin, called...."mom, we're bored." A re-introduction to paper dolls will be the perfect thing! Don't cha think?

 


And.... if you happen to be craving ginger, check out this cookie recipe at clementine & clove. I'm always up for a new ways of making our common treats & fell in love with this one for its minimized use of sugar. They are not extremely sweet, but they are super tasty.


Happy Trails!