These flower fairies were the biggest hit at the craft fair. They are made from fake flower pedals, floral wire and embroidery floss. I had a lot of fun making each one original...every fairy has a unique dress and hairdo.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Hip Hip Hooray! After a year of pretty intense crafting I'm relieved that the fair has come and gone. I am grateful for wonderfully supportive friends and family...especially for my husband who sacrificed while I put everything else in life aside to finish projects, and for my sister who took off work to help me run the booth. Thanks guys!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I just realized I forgot to mention...
...that Pearl has started laying! Well, she was laying. Now the weather has turned dark and cold and she's stopped altogether. We need to put a light out in the coop...and I need to do a little more research. I'm new at this.
Pearl's eggs are a little smaller than those from the grocery store, but she is brand new at it. The yolk is the same size though, interesting.
Here's our sweet pea eating her first plate of home grown scrambles.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
My Grandma Thompson made amazing homemade white bread for her family for most of her life. She had a big hand-cranked metal bread kneader to do the job my handy Kitchen-Aid does today. I think of her every time my machine is whirling away.
If the grandkids were lucky enough to be around when she was baking the bread, she let us make our own loaf in these mini bread pans. I'm borrowing them from my sister who has them now that Grandma has passed on.
I love you Grandma and I LOVED YOUR HOMEMADE BREAD!!! I'm glad to carry on the tradition with my own family.
I have finally COMPLETELY finished one of my craft fair projects. I decided it was time to stop jumping from project to project and follow through with one all the way to the end.
These colored pencil rolls are made for a set of 24 Crayola pencils. I saw a picture of one of these rolls in a book a few years ago and fell in love with the rainbow of colored fabrics. I spent hours in the fabric store matching the pencils to the perfect fabrics. What fun!!!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Dickens Fair, here I come. So, I'm really feeling the pressure of my approaching Christmas Craft Fair. I have A LOT of projects in the works, but I took a break to design and print my own business cards.
One side advertises this project blog...
I made business card stands out of wire using my jewelry-making tools.
I drew this flower and had it made into a stamp at a local printing shop. It was originally used for part of our wedding decorations, but I thought this would be a great opportunity to get it out again.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
I saw this idea on someone else's blog, although I've adapted it to fit my own style. I've looked and looked for the original blog post that inspired me but can NOT find it anywhere...I wish I could give them credit!
So, there's a big empty wall in Lyla's room and ever since I saw the idea for a painted quilt mural I've been itching to try it. I started by measuring the wall, then drawing a rough sketch on graph paper. Then with a yard stick, pencil and blue tape I managed to transfer the idea to the wall...
Then I seal the tape with the background color.
Here are my three darker shades of green...I just took the paint strip for the room color and order the next 3 shades on the strip.
Before painting the squares I planned out the color pattern by penciling a L, M, or D (Light, Medium, Dark) in each square.
All painted and ready for the blue tape to be stripped!!!
In this picture the overhead light is on...
Lights off...just the natural light from the window.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
My good friend and mentor, Ida, has a printed schedule of her housekeeping chores hanging in her den. It is a daily list of chores which include a rotation of weekly and monthly tasks. Recently, in my frustration with trying to keep this big house clean, I thought I'd give her method a try. Here is the calendar I've developed for myself:
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I'm still working on my rag dolls to sell at a Christmas Bazaar this December. I thought it would be really cute to knit little sweaters but could not find a pattern anywhere. I found this toddler size pattern and adapted it to fit my little rag dolls. It took a couple tries to get it right, but I've worked out all the kinks. The problem solving was a lot of fun.