We gave these as Christmas gifts but these are easily a wonderful gift on Mother's Day, a birthday gift or simply remembering someone we lost.
Take time to remember the important things in life!
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For all you sisters out there with embroidery machines, Christmas is not far away! Each year I am short a napkin or two. This year…. I decided to embroider plain napkins.. These napkins look so festive…..love the design!
The poinsettia design is Country Poinsettia found here. I changed the color combination to coordinate with my existing table cloth and napkins. It is nice to have a few extra napkins for the roll basket, table spills etc.
The candy cane napkin was a free download from embroidery designs.com (click here). You can download three free designs a week without purchase. There are so many designs to choose from. Be sure to check it out!
This particular design was a bit off in some areas, but it will work well as a backup napkin or I could fill in the areas with a fabric pen. I am still fairly new to the ins and outs of my embroidery machine, so those of you who have suggestions, please help a sister by posting a comment?
Have a great Christmas season!
Our grandson ask if we could make the Bank from Toy Story. What a fun design/build project this turned out to be. Starting with a picture we decided on the size, determined functionality and started the building process. The rest was a work in progress.
This is for all the little boys and girls out there who are in love with Toy Story! Need a place to store those Toy Story action figures? We solved that problem by designing this bank replica with a removable roof to store all things Toy Story.
Most of the wood was already in our garage. Yes, there will be cutting and gluing! A few decorative pieces were purchased from the craft store for the porch poles. The wood sticks for the balcony and porch were embossed using a wood grain embossing folder! The door knobs are brads and the bricks were painted using a cut stencil from my Silhouette Cameo! Of course Grandpa made the doors to open.
The look on their face…..PRICELESS!
Next, a doll bed for Sarah!
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In my last post (here) I explained how I painted my lavender clay pots. Painting these pots turned out so nice, I decided to give the my ugly and cheap plastic pots a try.
As you can see in the photo below, the unpainted pot was really really ugly compared to the painted strawberry pot. Knowing I can paint the cheap ugly pots, I will continue to purchase them, but with a can of spray paint.
So easy…..simply wash the pot, primer the pot, then paint your pot. As well you can decorate your pot!
The strawberry pots turned out so well I had to paint my other (cheap) black plastic tree pots. I decided to incorporate two of the colors we have in the Arbor. Again, wash pots, primer pots, paint pots..decorate pots. It’s that easy!
I used foam I had left from another project and a glass bowl to make my circle. You can cut the foam with an electric knife, we used a band saw. First, paint the base coat and let dry. Using painters tape we marked off the top portion of the planter and painted it a coordinating darker color. Last, use the same darker paint to sponge the polka dots!
Who knew pots could be cheap and so enjoyable to look at.
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Five years ago we went to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Washington. If you are near Seattle in July, it is a must see trip. I came home determined to plan this lovely plant in my garden. Ahhhh Lavender…fragrant and beautiful. It adds an element of love to the garden.
However, five years later our small plants took over the area and required twice a year trimming. Yep, the honeymoon with lavender was coming to an end. Well not really, just the maintenance part!
I decided to pot the plants and keep it low maintenance. All my pots were plain and uninviting, so I decided to paint my pots this summer. After much research, here are my six steps to painting clay pots:
1. Wash and clean the pots…let dry 12 hours.
2. Seal the pots inside and out. Let dry for 12 hours.
3. Primer the pots. Let dry for 24 hours.
4. Paint your color, let dry 24 hours.
5. Optional step: I created a stencil and painted Lavender on the pots.
6. Plant the Lavender in the pot and place in your garden.
My attempts to paint pots in the past did not fair well. Three months later these pots are holding up beautifully! It’s like a second honeymoon!
I love SISTER TIME! We don’t take life too serious when we are together, but our superpowers - we move like synchronized swimmers in a pool. Cooking in the kitchen is easy. The meal is prepared with timeless ease, the table is set and presentation is perfect and the food is delicious! Our new recipes get added to the family cookbook (see the post here). The best part, we laugh so hard we can’t breathe, your stomach hurts as tears stream down your cheeks. Life may drain us, but when we get together, we add years to our lives.
Since we like to craft together, we made two projects found on Pinterest. The first project is a great way to display photos. This project is a great gift idea using vacation photos, wedding photos, grandbabies or any special occasion. It was easy and fun to make. Not bad on the wallet either!
Our supply list: 1 x 4 lumber, 3 picture frames, ribbon, sander and paint
We cut the 1x4 to length and painted the frames and lumber.
Using the Silhouette Cameo, we cut out in black vinyl, “A few of my favorite things….” . The girls names (bottom of the picture frames) were cut out as well. Lastly, we drilled 6 holes in the lumber for the ribbon. String the ribbon through the holes and hot glue the ribbon to the back top portion of the picture fames. We tied ribbons and glued them to the top front of the fames.
Makes me smile!
Still using the Silhouette, the next project was to cut out monogram initials in black vinyl to frame between glass. We created one similar to this here
As always, our time together was not long enough, but we walked away with great memories….and smiles!
May your life be filled with special friends and family that make you laugh and fill your heart.