Monday, February 25, 2013

Bunnies Everywhere

OK, I know it's not officially Spring yet, but we can dream.....it won't be very long here.  I will probably start "Easter" decor sometime this week.  I have a few ideas I have been thinking about. But, for now, I thought I would share a little simple centerpiece on the coffee table from last Easter.  
In the "mood" yet?? - The bunnies are.






I am looking for some real flowers this year, hope they last!
My favorite is tulips - what is yours?


Joining:  Tabletop Tuesday with Marty @ /http://www.astrollthrulife.net - Come on over!
 Centerpiece Wednesday @http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/

Hope you have a wonderful day and may you feel the sunshine on your face!

Blessings,
Carol

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Burlap Rosette


Hi! I'm so glad you stopped by.  I am starting to think Spring, are you?


One of my favorite things is burlap.  Burlap roses, place mats, bows, burlap letters, burlap table runners, burlap everything!  Burlap crazy - at least for a while :)

This is one of the burlap roses I made and are so easy.  I used a small, round crocheted piece I had on hand for the center.



Burlap rose with crocheted doily center.



I'm Joining: Marty for "Table Top Tuesday" @http://www.astrollthrulife.net


Come on over and party with us!

Blessings,
Carol

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NOTE CARD PARTY - MYRTLE BEACH



Joining Vee for her party "NOTE CARD PARTY" February 20, 2013!

http://www.ahavenforvee.blogspot.com/ - Come On Over!   Maybe I'll get it right this time.





Myrtle Beach - One of our favorite things!!

Blessings, Carol

Tutorial: Wall Art/Posting Board

Happy Wednesday!

This is the valance I made in a former post.  I had a little bit of fabric left over and was trying to think of something I could make with it.  One day, I received a mirror I had ordered and on top were two full sheets of Styrofoam. I am always keeping such things just in case my thought processes kick in one day and energy :) :)  So, I was trying to decide what to make; napkins or place mats from the left over material and then I thought about the Styrofoam.  See tutorial below on making a "posting board/wall art" with initial for the side of the frig.

VALANCE - See Kitchen Valance Tutorial Post to make valance.


TUTORIAL: for Wall Art/Posting Board

Cut styro board or could be anything:  cork board, plywood, cardboard, etc. to the size you want.   I placed my material on top of styro (allow a couple inches on each side for wrapping around to the back) and then cut the styro accordingly.  You could also use wallpaper to wrap.

Wrap material around sides.  I used small, flat, white push pins on back to hold fabric or you could hot glue or use straight pins.  Wouldn't this make a nice bench cover?

Very light weight (Would have liked the design to be centered, but had to use the material that was left.)

Make initial with empty paper towel holders: flatten holders with a heavy book, staple where necessary and trim any places on the ends to make straight.


  Make design with Elmers Glue (any design you want). Let dry 48 hrs. and spray paint black or whatever color you desire to coordinate with your material.   

Final look.  Added a white clip on hair flower I had on hand and wha-la!  What do ya think?  Not too shabby and the best part -NO COST!! :)  The design on the initial gives it so much texture.

I do have one more styro board - hmmmm, I am thinking. What would YOU do with it?  Let me know if you have any ideas, I would love to hear from you!   This would be great for any wall art.  Just cover with any material, any design, any color and you have fabulous wall art!   Three on a large wall (side by side) would be amazing!  You could also do this with cork board and would make a great posting area for notes, reminders, photos, etc.  You could also take ribbon in the same color or contrasting color and wrap around corners or crisscross around the board. And, of course, if you used plywood, you could paint it with chalkboard paint which is so popular now.

Hope you have a wonderful day.  As for me, I may get into making my soaps or take a nap, we'll see which one wins :)  I always love the fragrance in the house after making soap.  Oh, almost forgot, I will have another "Giveaway" sometime in April for a couple of these handmade, natural,  "Goat's Milk, Oatmeal & Honey" soaps with lovely fleur-de-lie design.  Ooh-La-La!

Til Then,
  Blessings
     Carol

I am joining another party!  Tutorial Tips and Tidbits Thursday, February 21st. @ www.stonegableblog.com come on over and join the fun!



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentines Everywhere!



Happy Wednesday Everyone!  

Valentines are everywhere!  Wanted to share a little vignette I did for Valentine's Day.  Hope it brightens up your day.  The brochure on the table is from "The Petticoat Tea Room" in Baltimore, Maryland .  While visiting my sweet angel sister, she delighted me with an "Afternoon Tea" there and what fun we had visiting, sharing, laughing, sipping tea, and indulging in more than a few delectable delights!  Debbie, you will always have one of the keys to my heart.  We must do it again soon!

Tea is a great idea for Mother's Day, Birthdays, etc, or just because you need a little down time...you know what I mean?



  I'm going to another party!  (My second one - keep your fingers crossed so everything goes right :) :) 

 I am joining :
Valentine Linky Party February 14th!



Til Then,

Blessings,
Carol




Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sending You A Valentine


Wanted to wish all of you a blessed Sunday.  We started here in Texas with pretty bad storms this morning and lots of rain....but the sun came out and God transformed it into a beautiful day.  I hope everyone is doing well in upper N.Y. and New England states with their blizzard.  I used to live in Maryland, so I remember quite well many of the blizzards we had and the difficulties.  Of course, if you didn't have to go to work or go out, we looooved it!!  Brings back many happy memories of walking in the evening in a winter wonderland by yourself....so quiet, serene and glittery...what peace for my soul and how lovely.  Oh well, I won't go on and on, but I do miss the snow.

I found this on Pinterest and wanted to share with you.  This reminded me of Valentine's Day and L O V E.


Blessings, and Happy Valentine's Day!

Carol


Friday, February 1, 2013

Winter Cloche Party February 11th

I'm a little nervous and excited about this, but I am planning on joining Marty for her "Winter Cloche Party" on February 11th over at her site "A Stroll Thru Life".  This is my first time joining a "party", so I hope this non-techie can make it happen.  Here are some photos I took of the "cloche vignette" I plan to send for the party.  It's not very "wintry", but I just have to have some soft colors after the holidays.   I would really love to know what picture below you think would be the best to send.  I took various shots with different settings.  What do you think?  Choose your number and let me know by adding your comments at the bottom of this post!  Thanks so much!

P.S.  The photo in the cloche is a wedding picture of my Mom and Dad on their wedding day and the crocheted doily was made by my mother.  God Bless you Mom and Dad.  We miss you very much!

NO.1 without pearls

NO.2  vintage look without pearls

NO.3 with darker pinkish tones and pearls added

NO.4 with pearls added

NO.5  soft, natural tones w/pink accents and pearls

NO. 6 pink tones /brighter with pearls

NO.7  Dark background with pearls

NO.8 softer palette with pearls

NO  9.  black/white with pearls


Linking to Marty's @http://www.astrollthrulife.net/ Winter Cloche Party February 11th!
Blessings,
Carol


Winner of 1st Anniversary Blog Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!

I'm so excited to let you know that the winner of my 1st Anniversary Blog Giveaway is:
DEBBIE MATHIAS!!  Congratulations on your winning Debbie and I will be packaging this beautiful drink dispenser and mailing to you on Monday.  I know you will enjoy it, especially when the grandchildren come over.  Congratulations again Debbie and thank you for following and all your lovely comments.  Who-hoo!!



Hugs,

Carol