Monday, July 28, 2014

My Latest Flea Market Find...

Good morning, friends! I hope that you had a fun and relaxing weekend. Although the temps here were hot and sticky, Mike and I had a great weekend! On Saturday we headed for the Tulsa Flea Market to go treasure hunting, and I scored this fantastic antique school desk:

I have wanted one of these for soooo long and I was able to get the vendor to come down on his price, so I only paid $40.00 for it! I love the patina, scratches and chips of the wood...beautiful! I added some old books, an abacus that I dug out of the trash can from a school many years ago, and a fun wooden apple to complete the old school house look. I think it looks really cute!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you have a FANTASTIC week!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just a Few Cards for My Stash...

Good morning, friends! Lately I've been in card-making mode, so I thought that I share a few of my creations with you today...

First off is a sweet baby card that I made for my precious friend, Sarah P., who is expecting her first baby in just a few weeks. She and her hubby didn't want the gender of the baby revealed during her ultra-sound, so I made the card gender neutral, (although for what it's worth, I think she's having a boy - LOL!)...

Next up is a simple birthday card that I made to have on the little potted herbs on the image that I chose for the front!

Card # 3 I made for my friend and co-worker, Christi, who had knee surgery last week. (I also made a microwaveable rice bag for her as can see the tutorial on how to make those by clicking HERE.)

And, last but not least, here is a cute birthday card that I made for my stash! I added a fun quote strip that reads "Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional." ;)

Thanks for popping in today to check out my creations! I hope you have a terrific week!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wreath for My Sis-in-Law Sandy's Birthday...

Today is my lovely SIL Sandy's birthday, so I'm sending a big 'ole HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout-out to her!! I made a wreath for her to hang the front door of her home for her birthday's how it turned out:

I hope that you're having a TERRIFIC day, sis!! Mike, Justin and I love you bunches!! XOXO!

Wishing the rest of you a TERRIFIC day as well!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Microwave Heating Pad Tutorial

Good morning, friends! I hope that you had a FANTASTIC 4th of July weekend! My folks came to our house on Friday, and Mike grilled burgers and hot dogs for us to eat - YUMMMM! We enjoyed a nice, restful 3-day hurries and no worries! :)

Today I'm going to show you how to make rice-filled heating (or cooling) pads to soothe your aches and pains. These make great gifts, too!!

Let's get started! Here are the materials that you'll need:
  • A piece of muslin cut 9" wide by 18" long
  • A piece of fleece cut 9 1/2" wide by 19" long
  • 10" long piece of wide ric-rac or a piece of wide grosgrain ribbon
  • 2 lbs. of uncooked rice
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
Begin by pressing the muslin, pressing a 1/2" hem at the top. Fold the pressed muslin in half lengthwise and pin sides together:

Stitch the hem in place, leaving the hemmed side open. Stitch around the outside of the raw edges of the muslin liner to form a bag. Turn right-side out and press out any wrinkles. Pour uncooked rice into a mixing bowl with a handle and spout, then carefully pour the rice into the muslin bag. Fill bag approximately 2/3 of the way full and stitch the top (hemmed end) closed:

Follow the same steps with the fleece cover, adding a decorative trim to the open/hemmed end if desired:

Slide the muslin, rice-filled bag into the fleece liner. Pop the whole thing in the microwave for about 2 minutes and apply the warm bag to a sore neck or achy tummy. (NOTE: The bag can also be frozen and used for reducing swelling in place of a drippy ice pack.)

The fleece liner can be washed in cool water and line dried when it gets dirty...just be sure to remove the muslin rice bag first!

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a TERRIFIC week!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing everyone a fun and safe 4th of July!! Enjoy the festivities of the day and don't forget to say a little prayer for our service-men/women stationed around the world protecting our American freedoms!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pant Leg Waste Basket For My Car

Happy Wednesday! Recently I had to shorten and hem a pair of capri pants because they were too long for me. (Yes, I am short and yes, sometimes even capri pants are too long for me!) Anyhoo, after cutting the bottom of the capri legs off, I had an idea to use them to make a cute trash bag for my car:

To start my project I cut and hemmed the capri pants so they would fit me:

I then took the 2 bottom parts of the pant legs and placed them so that right sides were together to form a tube. I stitched them together at the bottom, forming a square shaped bottom:

I then turned the bag right side out and folded the top down to create a cuff. Using a scrap of tasseled trim, I attached it to the cuff with iron-on fuse-able web.

To cover the seam on the front of the bag where the tassel trim met, I attached a coordinating button:

To make the handle, I cut and stitched a piece of cording to the inside of the bag. Be sure to use fray-check on the ends of the cording so that it doesn't come apart after you've cut it:

My cute little trash bag was then ready to hang in my, eh??

Now for the rest of my short-girl-sisters out there...get to cutting and hemming those pants that are too long and recycle the bottom of the pant legs into useful projects! :)

Have a blessed day,