Saturday, May 23, 2015

Easy Pretty DIY Wreath
 This wreath can be made fast and easy for any season or holiday.
Best to hang on a covered porch out of the weather.
I picked a patriotic fabric along with some pretty red and white artificial flowers.  Will leave this one up through the Summer. After all we have July 4th coming up as well.
 All you need is a straw wreath. This is the large one.
Some pretty fabric strips at least 2.5 inches wide. These are from a jelly roll but for mine above I simply tore my strips from yardage with the grain. You can use burlap, ribbon, tulle, really anything that will wrap around the wreath.
Start a strip of fabric at angle with a straight pin.
Keep wrapping, over lapping enough so straw is covered. Pull tightly. Try to keep each ending in the back.

Take your picks or flowers, trimmed as you wish and poke in! If trouble poking them into fabric use an ice pick or point end of seam ripper to make a start hole! I wrapped some floral wire around and made a loop to hang. Chose not to add bow but you could!

There you have it! Simple, fast and easy!  Neat thing is  you can use the same base straw wreath over and over!
Used to do craft shows and these are the last straw wreaths I have left! Hope I can find more somewhere! 

I imagine this would work with a large round Styrofoam wreath as well.

Hope you try one!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jay's I Spy
Jays I Spy quilt all done. So many different cute bits of fabric to 'spy' things! Added his name to it so he knows it is his alone..;-) Is a goodly size that can grow with him as he is only two years old! ;-)
 Backing is pieced with some very cute fabrics from the 'Alice' stash! Think he will enjoy the back as well as the front!
Did the curvy stitch in small squares all over. Added the blue and black diagonal print binding. I am pleased with it!
So as soon as I have a pic of Jay with it will share!

Staying busy here. Worked outside some. Planted some pretty annuals in porch pots and re-potted some other plants. Loads more work to try to do in the beds.
Cooled off yesterday which was nice! Had been so hot and humid!
Today more rain which was needed but did mess up lots of  the day's plans!;-)
DH had to replace his lawn mower deck. That was an all day job yesterday. His plan was to cut grass today...did not happen! Maybe it will dry off enough tomorrow to be cut.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mom's Day and Finishes
Here are the Moms....myself, sweet DIL holding Olivia and her Mom. Kids took us out for brunch at Park Lane in Hampton. Had a wonderful time!
 DH here with DIL, Olivia and our son.
What a wonderful blessing for sweet DIL to have her first Mom's Day with this cutie pie!
Olivia is growing so fast. Has the cutest little chubby legs and two sweet front teeth!!
Was a wonderful loving time together celebrating our motherhood!

I have been busy . Finished up two quilts!! All quilted and binding on. ready for delivery.
We decided not to mail out. Will drive to deliver in person! Plan to go next week.
Did end up on the dining room table to quilt them. Too big for my sewing tables!
This is such a fun quilt!!! I just know Jay will enjoy it! He can grow with it!

We have bits of tropical storm Ana now. Needed some rain so a good thing. Just glad not full force winds!
Had turned very warm and now humid. We have managed so far with no AC. Was hoping for a bit longer of milder temps! Oh well naught can be done about it so we deal and whine...;-)

Have managed to hang out wash a few times already so that saved on electric a lot.
Trying to save pennies these days can be hard. Seems everything is going up in price!
We are now living on a fixed income so learning to curb those splurges.
So happy I stocked up on my sewing supplies over the years...aka STASH! hahahaha!!