Love @ Home
Something cheerful and colorful this time of year to celebrate the lovey-dovey holiday in February: Valentines Day.
Using my favorite: mixed media Nice bright color
s vintage finds:
- printed papers
- measuring tape
Mixed Media Art: three "Love at Home" pieces
For Valentines Day I decided to focus on the love that exists at home between family members: the safe haven for kids and adults alike. Taking titles and phrases from kids songs that center around loving families, I made three pieces:
- Love at Home
- Love is Spoken Here
- Home is Where the Heart Is
Love at Home
It was so fun to select three different types of vintage flashcards:
- the traditional math flashcard: addition
- the "teaching shapes" flashcard: triangle
- the unusual ACT studying card: vocabulary
There is Beauty All Around
When There's Love At Home
Love is Spoken Here
Making these pieces was like a happy mini-vacation for me in the middle of the cold-snowy month of January...
Boy has it been super cold around here this year...
Love is Spoken Here
So sock-monkey and I are excited....
Here's to a bright and shiny new year: full of promise to be a wonderful and happy.
Especially on Valentines Day!
Home is Where the Heart Is
“May our families and homes be filled with love: love of each other, love of the gospel, love of our fellowman, and love of our Savior. As a result, heaven will be a little closer here on earth."
Thomas S. Monson
Well, that's about it for new decoration for Valentines Day around here....
What fun new decor items have you come up with?
Lisa Apron by Crystelle Boutique
Well, I am such a lucky girl, because the publishers of (apron∙ology) magazine
thought they would publish my apron in their newest issue!YAY!
(apron∙ology) Volume 5, cover page
Apronology is a fun magazine with all kinds of super cute hand-made apron ideas in it:
and this issue also has one of my creations featured... :)
Crystelle Boutique: Published on pages 138-139 Yee-hah!
I made the Lisa Apron when my friend Lisa moved away. She was moving from around the corner to all the way in Montana! And I would miss her!
It's been a while now since she and her family moved, and I still miss her; but I'm happy to report that we did go visit them this summer and had a great time...! A super-great time!
Lisa Apron - big deep pockets on the right side
I'm also happy to report that I am working on writing up a free sewing pattern for the Lisa Apron, so all of you who would like to can make one of your own....
I will post it here on the blog shortly.
Lisa Apron - globe flowers on the left side
I am just amazed every time other people think my creations are worthwhile....
How did I get to be so lucky...???
Free Lisa Apron sewing pattern, coming soon!
Easy Jeans and Fleece Rag Quilt Step-by-Step Directions
Yay! I finished this fleece and denim rag quilt for my son. He loves it!
It is nice and warm, and looks great in his room.
Fleece and Denim Rag Quilt
Jeans Rag Quilt Tips
These are a few tips to keep in mind before you start your jeans and fleece rag quilt:
- Make sure your sewing machine can handle several layers of denim. Not all machines can.
- No need for batting: denim and fleece are both very warm.
- Special rag-quilt scissors are available at your local sewing store. They are well-worth your investment. (Use a coupon!)
- Though this quilt is easy to make, it does take a lot of time, so be ready for that.
- There are pockets on both the front and back of this quilt, which I did on purpose. However, as it turns out, my son did not like that: he thought they should appear on the front only. Just something to think about before your start sewing.
- I like the looks of this quilt, but if I was to make it again, I would use two solid colors of fleece, rather than one solid and one print. It would have given a more ageless feel in my opinion.
- Hitting your finger with a hammer really hurts! And will hurt for several weeks, so be careful! (Yes, that is experience speaking...! ) (Find out how hammers are related to quilt-making in the slideshow below....)
Jeans Rag Quilt
Tutorial: Jeans and Fleece Rag Quilt
- Cut 150 jeans squares (8 inches x 8 inches )
- Cut 75 fleece squares (color A)
- Cut 75 fleece squares (color B)
- Make quilt sandwiches
- Sew into 10 strips of 15 squares
- Attach strips together
- Throw in the laundry
Go through the slideshow below to see step-by step direction on how to make your own denim and fleece rag quilt.
Organize your new year in STYLE!
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Ta-DA! Here is the newest addition to the laundry room:
a new "chandelier" made from a vintage pot-rack and some old-old silverware...
I am so excited!
After collecting real silver flatware at estate sales and thrift stores for a few months, I finally had enough to finish the vision I had for my vintage pot-rack (purchased years ago). I drilled holes along the outer-edge of the pot-rack, drilled holes in the silver utensils; and got to work with a bit of wire.
Here she is! My new silverware pot-rack in the laundry room
I used mostly forks and spoons and just a couple of regular knives, because the knives were not silver throughout but silver-plated, and the metal underneath was too hard for my poor drill-bits... (I went through quite a few drill-bits making this chandelier.... ). The butter knives were fabulous though, plus I really like having the variety in shapes.
I also have a few sugar spoons hanging around... I love 'em all.......
This is what the flatware pot-rack looked like at Christmas time....
It sounds so pretty too. My son thinks this new "chandelier" makes a beautiful wind-chime.
And he's right! It does! Sounds just like one when you gently "plunk" it, and the silver utensils jingle.... It's like Christmas all over again!
Handy Dandy Battery Powered LED Light
In stead of wiring a light into the pot-rack, I opted for a simpler method of lighting the pot-rack chandelier at night: a magnetized battery-powered light I found at Harbor Freight Tools for just a few dollars. It sticks securely to the top of the metal chandelier, shines nice and bright, and I don't have to worry about hiding the wires and such... :)
It looks enchanting at night....
So mesmerizing..... Lighted Silverware Chandelier....
~So do you think I can refer to it as a chandelier, or is that going too far?~So far the suggestions from you fabulous blog-readers have been:
- "Silver Chandelier"
- "Whimsical Chandelier"
What's your suggestion?