Wednesday, November 28, 2012

cork it

When the boys came home from their visit up north, big J. handed me a bag of corks from my Mom-in-Law.  I was intrigued with the possibilities.  I saw this idea awhile ago at the blog Ninth and Bird, and thought it was very cute!

In the wide mouth jar, the candle sits on top of the cork, while in the regular jar, it is held up by the lip of the jar.

I immediately knew that I wanted to copy her idea, and went to work.

Supplies needed:

  • A jar or more - I used quart sized canning jars - both wide and regular mouthed
  • Extra large tea lights - I found mine at Fred Meyer in their Every Day Living brand
  • a lot of corks - thanks Momsie!!

Directions (ha - I bet you can see what to do from the pictures!!)

  • Fill jars with corks
  • Set candle on top of corks, or wedge it in to opening of jar, depending on what size you use

Voila, almost instant decoration for your table.  And when you get tired of it, simple take it apart and use the corks and jars for other projects.  I like the look of this so much, I think I'll be keeping it through the season, if not longer.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

game time

J. loves playing games.  Board games, strategy games, card games, etc. - they all work for him.  Lucky for him, Great Grandpa is willing to be a regular gaming opponent when he visits.

enjoying some friendly competition

I can't remember who won this bout, but from the looks of things, they both enjoyed themselves.  I think J's appetite for playing games was whetted by getting to play chess this past weekend with Grandpa J, which he eagerly talked about.  After thinking on the fun a bit, J. mentioned today that he was missing Great Grandpa, and that G.G. was way overdue for a visit.   Along with a much anticipated visit, I believe J. is also looking forward to playing a round or five with him.  Let the games commence!

Monday, November 26, 2012

fun for all

The Thanksgiving weekend was a great one for all of us.  The boys of the house headed north for a much anticipated visit with the grandparents.  There, they worked on bows, embroidered towels, went thrifting, out for dinner, and got to see some movies.  They came back very happy and eager to share all the excitement of their holiday with me.

While they were away, I did my usual Black Friday shopping with my mom, but this go round my brothers joined for some of it and we all had lunch together - very fun.  This was followed by seeing Lincoln, which I now want to take the boys to.  In the downtime between these events, I wrapped gifts, got things done around the house, and had a glass or three of wine.  It is very rare to have this much time to myself, and I took full advantage of it!

At the end of the weekend, it was obvious that we all enjoyed ourselves thoroughly - and I couldn't ask for a better way to celebrate the holiday.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turkey Washcloth

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  In honor of the holiday, the RentonKayaker and I tackled this fun turkey washcloth.  It turned out pretty cute, and will make dish cleanup from the feast that much more enjoyable.  If you wish to make it yourself, you can find the pattern at OneCraftyMomma.  It is very well written and easy to follow.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

gifts for baby girl and little girl

Recently I attended a baby shower for a friend of mine.  She is expecting a baby girl, and so I got to make a few fun girly things for her.

This bunny was a pattern I received by joining the Let's Stitch at QFD.  I embroidered the body with flowers and a face, and amazingly, the fabric for the ears that I pulled out of my stash blended wonderfully with the body.  This is a soft, small toy for the baby to cuddle and chew on.

long with the toy, I couldn't resist some baby booties.  If you feel like making a pair, I found the pattern  over at Tao of Craft.  Since making these, I've stumbled across how to make them so the seams don't show.  If anyone else ends up having a girl, I might tackle this again and go seamless.

I didn't want Big Sister to feel left out, so I pulled out the above purse pattern from my binder.  If you wish to make it, the pattern is 065 from Favorite Things. This is a very fun purse with little pockets to store treasures in.  I've made this before, and I find myself going back to this pattern again due to it's ease, and how much little girls seam to love it.

Lastly, for Big Sister, I pulled out another tried and true craft and made some ribbon barrettes.  These are very simple to make.

Ribbon Barrette Supplies:
Barrettes (I used 1/4 inch metal ones)
Ribbon the same width as the barrette
Ribbon flowers for adornment
Glue Gun

Glue ribbon onto barrette, tucking ends of ribbon and gluing them to the underside of the barrette
Glue decorative flowers on the barrette
That easy!

A tip - work quickly with the hot glue and smooth the ribbon onto the barrette, or you will get a lumpy look.  Since it is hot to the touch, I used the back of a butter knife to help smooth.

Also, don't cut the ribbon's length until you have the top glued on.  It makes it much easier to turn over and trim it to the desired length, than trying to align and glue at the same time.

All the above gifts came from my fabric/craft stash.  Most of my stash is leftovers from previous projects.  Putting it to good use has been sometimes as much, if not more fun, than than the original item that I was making.  And making these cute little gifts was a blast!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

pulla bread

I made Pulla bread, which is a Finnish sweet cardamon bread for the grange bake table this weekend.  Every year I make 6-12 loaves for the sale, and it is almost always gone before lunch.  My kids look forward to this tradition and eagerly wait to tear into one of the loaves as soon as it is cool enough to touch.  This year they had it with homemade cocoa, and half the loaf was gone within 30 minutes.

As I only make it at this time of year, I'm contemplating making another few and freezing the bread.  I've researched how to properly freeze it to keep it fresh for a few months, but regardless of the sites saying it will taste fresh, I remain dubious.  Still, it would be nice to have on the breakfast table Christmas morning, and you can bet I won't be doing any cooking like this that day.  So, maybe I'll give it a whirl, and then I'll know one way or the other.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

a bit of sewing

I started this project awhile ago, but only recently have gotten around to completing it.  These lavender sachets were fun and quick using items around the house.  The embroidery pattern was found here.  The thread came from my stash, and the fabric was an old shirt that I re-purposed.  Finally the lavender was from my flower bed that I had dried earlier in the summer.

One thing that I like to do with these sachets is to throw them in the dryer.  They make the laundry come out smelling wonderful!  I love the smell of lined dried clothing, but when it is too rainy to put anything outside, the sachets are definitely my go-to for a clean fresh scent.