Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sweet Baby Girl Booties...

Good evening! Just a quick post to show you the sweet baby girl booties that I stitched up for a friend:

You can click HERE for the pattern. I used white felt and a variegated embroidery floss of pink and red. After stitching them together I added some baby pink lace and then layered red and pink buttons to fashion a flower. For the leaves I used lime green polka dot grosgrain ribbon, which I stitched onto the booties before adding the buttons.

I think these turned out so sweet and dainty - just perfect for my friend's baby girl!

Thanks for dropping by...have a wonderful week!


Monday, April 20, 2015

No-Sew Flip Flop Flower Tutorial

Hi, friends! With flip-flop season upon us I thought I'd show you how to whip up some cute no-sew flowers to attach to your sandals to dress them up:

Here are the supplies that you'll need:
  • 1 sheet of felt
  • 2 buttons with large holes
  • Approximately 20" - 24" of ribbon (I used wired ribbon)
  • Scissors 
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Flip-flops
Let's get started! Begin by drawing and cutting out a shape for your flower petal about 3 1/4" long. (You can see the shape that I used in the photo below.) Fold your sheet of felt in half and pin the flower petal pattern to the felt:

Carefully cut the petals out of the felt...you'll need 4 for each flower you make:

Fold the petals not quite in half and cut a small slit into the petals:

Lay 4 of the petals out as shown in the photo below:

Carefully weave the flower petals together as shown here:

Insert a 10" - 12" piece of ribbon through the holes in the button and lay it across the center of the flower:

Bring your ribbon across the petals to the back side of the flower, making sure to get the petals aligned with the ribbon. Twist the ribbon on the back side of the flower:

Crisscross the ribbon on the back side of the flip-flop strap, then bring the ribbon upward to catch the other side of the petals, which will hold your flower together and in place:

To secure the flower to the flip-flop, run the ribbon back through the button holes as shown here:

Tie the ribbon in a knot and trim the ends to give your flower a nice, finished look:

And there you have it! A quick, no-sew embellishment to dress up a simple pair of flip flops! (You could even use them to easily dress up a girl's headband or ponytail band.)

Just think of all of the color combos you could create! Also, there are LOTS of printed felt sheets available now, so you could make polka-dot flowers, tiger print flowers, smiley-face flowers, etc. Lots of fun ways to accessorize summer's favorite shoe! :)

Have a FANTASTIC week!!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Silly Saturday

HAHAHA!!! I just found this photo on the internet and thought it was so funny!! Have a great weekend and don't forget to make time to laugh...it's good for the soul! :)


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Girl's Night Out Painting Class...

Hi, All! Recently my dear friend Sharon S. and I enjoyed a girl's night out at the revitalized "Rose District" in our town of Broken Arrow. We tried out a new restaurant called "The Rooftop" and then enjoyed a painting class at Pinot's Palette:

If you've never been to a Pinot's Palette I highly recommend it! It's a super fun and relaxing time of listening to music, visiting with friends, and painting a canvas with an instructor that takes you step-by-step through the process. Just for fun, here's my "serious painting face" - ha! ha! I look really intense while I'm on this part of my painting, don't I? 

Here's my finished painting, "Daffodil Fields"...

Sharon and I had such a good time that we're taking another class in May! Sharon's daughter, Sara, is attending the next class with us, so I know we'll have another fun day!

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a fun and safe weekend!


Monday, April 13, 2015

I've Got Spring Fever!!!

Mornin' folks! Well, I have a MAJOR case of spring fever so I haven't spent much time indoors to craft. As I get home from work each afternoon my back yard is calling my name, so I change clothes and head outdoors! I've been pruning back old foliage, dividing and re-planting hostas, planting several flats of flowers, as well as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and watermelon over the course of the past several days. My apple tree and blackberry vines are blooming, so I'm anxious for berries and apples to start appearing. Once my grass has greened up a bit more, (parts of it are still dormant), and my roses start blooming, I'll snap some pics to share with you.

For now, I thought I'd show you some pics of my back porch, which I cleaned and "cutsied-up" over the weekend. Mike and I spend a lot of time there during the spring, summer and fall, so I like to decorate it as an additional room of our house. (We ate breakfast there yesterday morning...it was so nice to enjoy blueberry muffins and coffee while hearing the birds sing!)

The first pic is of the double Adirondack chair and cedar picket planter that my father-in-law built for me. On the fence behind those are pots of pretty red geraniums, which are some of my favorite flowers! That spot gets lots of sun, and the geraniums love that!

The little table in front of the Adirondack chair was a leftover from a wood shop class from the intermediate high school where I used to work. The instructor was going to toss it out at the end of the school year, so I rescued it and brought it home to use on my back porch. The blue enamel bowl under the stool was a find that I discovered at an antique mall for $5.00. I loved that it had a bail handle, so I scooped it up and now it serves to keep canned pop cold when filled with ice.

I added some fun throw pillows to the furniture this year. I spotted these cute burlap pillows with the vintage bird applique and fabric rosettes on clearance at Stein-Mart for only $3.99 each! I bought 4 of them and they look adorable on my back porch!

Across from the double Adirondack chair is two single chairs that my father-in-law also built. Mike and I love sitting in this cozy nook and reading:

Between those chairs is a fun little red metal table that I picked up at the Tulsa Flea Market for the bargain price of $8.00. I love it and it's a perfect addition to the porch:

At the end of the porch I have a baker's rack with pots of flowers, a deserted bird nest that I found, a decorative log cabin style birdhouse, and a few other simple treasures. (The hummingbird feeder will be hung up and filled with nectar in a couple of weeks...it's a bit early here for humming birds.) I found the white enamel pot that is sitting on the top shelf at an antique store for $3.00, and it houses my gardening gloves, twine, etc.:

Thanks for dropping by today! I hope you have a great week and are able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Silly Saturday

With "tax day" coming up this week, I thought a little tax humor was in order today! Wishing you a relaxing weekend, friends!


Monday, April 6, 2015

A Little of This and a Little of That...

Hi, friends! I hope that you had a wonderful Easter weekend! Saturday here was beautiful, but Sunday was cool and rainy. I took advantage of the gorgeous sunny weather on Saturday and started planting flowers, tomato plants, cucumber plants, and pepper plants in my back yard beds. My apple tree is budding out nicely, and my thornless blackberry vines are taking off.

After working in the yard all day on Saturday, my back was killing me so I enjoyed a nice long soak in the bathtub. I then slathered my feet down with some of the miraculous moisturizing foot cream that I'd made the weekend before. This cream works fabulous on dry, cracked feet and hands! Since sandal season is upon us, I know that you'll want to get your feet in tip-top shape, so can click HERE to get to the link where I previously posted the recipe.

I've been so busy with preparing my flower beds, garden and planting things that I haven't had any time to work on crafty projects. I will be making a sweet pair of baby booties in the next few days to give to a friend who recently had a baby girl, so I hope to have those finished up and a pic posted by the end of the week. (I've got spring fever, so it's hard for me to sit still in the house and craft when I yearn to be working outside - lol!)

In closing I want to give a big 'ole HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout-out to my lovely niece Kari, who is celebrating a birthday today!! I hope that you're having a fantastic day, girlie!! ;)

Have a TERRIFIC week!!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Quote Sunday: Happy Easter!

"Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time."
- Martin Luther -

Wishing you a wonderful Easter, friends!


Saturday, April 4, 2015