Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
As I was going through all my Christmas decorations, I realized that I have a fondness for trees so I thought I would gather them all together and place them on the mantel this year. I love the way it looks! My dark secret...it's not all of them. I probably have twenty more that I just couldn't fit on the mantel. What does this mean?? I need a bigger mantel! (only joking)
So, here is this year's Christmas mantel. The stockings were all made by my husband's mother and I adore them.
Now, these pics show the mantel during the day. Scroll down to see what it looks like at night.
It's really beautiful and peaceful to look at when it's lit up.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I was stitching during the month of November so I would have some Christmas cross stitch. Except for the red Santa, all of them came from Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2009, 2010 and 2011. Santa came from the British magazine, Cross Stitcher.
As always, here are the fronts...
and the backs...
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Now the good part...if you would like to have your very own origami ornament for your tree, just leave a comment about which ornament you like. You can even tell me which colors you like best as well. On December 1, I'll pick TWO winners and send an ornament especially made for you! Don't you just love this time of year??!! The giveaway is open to everyone (that means international friends can play too).
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
This will be my 5th year particpating (and the first year I'm NOT stitching my ornaments)! I'm really excited about the ornaments I'm working on. They are very different from years past. It's lots of fun - come on and join!
Here's the link to swap-bot.
Sign up ends on November 7 - don't wait!
(P.S. I have been stitching some small pieces that I will be sharing soon.)
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Well, I wanted to do something more "grown up" and I came up with this vase full of origami boxes. Besides cross stitch, origami is one of my favorite things to do. To keep my folding skills up, I typically leave some piece of origami next to our tip when we eat out. Usually a crane since it only takes one sheet of paper. I've never stuck around to get a reaction from the wait staff, but I hope they enjoy the surprise (right before they throw it away!).
I decided to find some quotes about marriage (some funny, some snarky, some serious) and I printed them out and then rolled a $10 bill within each quote. My favorite quote was "No husband was ever shot while doing the dishes" - amen!
After rolling them up, I put a bow around each one.
Then each quote went into a box and the the last flaps were folded in place.
Ten boxes, each with a quote and $10 inside.
There is an easy tutorial for the boxes at Origami Mommy. You can just Google "quotes about marriage" for tons of ideas. Picking ten was kind of hard to do.
I ran out of time and didn't get a snap of the note that went with it explaining that the small (3" x 3") boxes were just "filler" while the 10 large (4" x 4") boxes were the ones they needed to open. To make sure no friends or other family members thought they could take one (not knowing there was money inside), I sealed the top with a circle of celophane and then added the ribbon to hide where I had taped it down.
They were very excited to see the vase and were curious about what was inside. It was fun to do and a great conversation piece at the party.
So many things have happened since my last post in February. Since I try not to talk about personal things on this space, let's just say one door has closed and I'm enjoying the summer with my family. August will be the month that I start knocking on doors and hopefully one will open for me.
In April, I started making these felt flowers from a tutorial I found (which I now can't find but once I do I'll post the link...sorry). While the original tutorial just hot-glued the petals together, I decided to sew mine (just a simple needle and thread). They turned out great and I've been giving them away to friends and family ever since.
The image I pinned them to I found at The Graphics Fairy, a wonderful source for free images.