August 2009

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Our pool came down this weekend… along with many leaves. Early for both. In many ways I have thoroughly enjoyed our summer… temps well below the norm, which suits me fine. But I’m afraid this unseasonably cooler summer has wreaked havoc on our gardens. We have never had a less bountiful garden. I hope ourRead More →

  Although the calendar may still say August… supposedly the hottest month of the year… the temperature says fall… and it’s been this way for the past week. Now, I’m a fall person, so I’m alright with this, but it does make me feel like I better get a moveRead More →

When the grandbabies went home yesterday, I stumbled upon this grisly scene! Bodies strewn about, furniture over turned, trees uprooted by their very roots! What could have caused such massive destruction? Upon closer inspection, the perpetrator of this gruesome massacre was discovered… (key foreboding music…) A T-Rex had entered theRead More →

  If you’re not into flowers, I’m sure it seems like we’ve really been belaboring this whole “Rolled Flower” thing. We had our Rolled Calico Flower and our Rolled Felt Flower and now… our Calico Flower. We created this last tutorial because of a request made by Sally. My daughter and herRead More →

  Materials: 4″ x 28″ piece of calico for the flower 3/4″ x 40″ piece of calico for stem, ripped 2 copies of pattern bead with large hole 4 12″ long pipe cleaners Follow the directions for the Rolled Calico Flower through step 7. Disregard all directions for the leavesRead More →

The other day I shared pictures of two Rolled Flowers. First, the Rolled Calico Flower, then the Rolled Felt Flower. Although they are both put together in the same general way, there are a few differences to account for the different fabrics used. Although I like them both very much, I mustRead More →

As promised, here is the felt version of the Rolled Flower. If you’d like to see it done in calico, and for slightly more in depth pictures, check out the directions for the Rolled Calico Flower. They are constructed the same, with slight difference to make the best use ofRead More →

I love cloth napkins. I could never bring myself to use paper. First, they don’t work very well, and second, waste paper? I think not! Over the years I’ve bought and made many different kinds of napkins. Recently, however, I’ve started making what I refer to as “rip and tear”Read More →

It always amazes me how very different the same design can look in different colors or using different materials. We are going to share 2 different flowers, both using the same pattern, but because of the differences in materials, one out of cotton calico and on out of wool felt,Read More →

After you make one of these flowers, and find how very easy they are, you’ll find yourself tucking them hither and yon! Cotton calicoes were used to make this flower, using the same pattern we used to craft our Rolled Felt Flower. The calico will be smaller than the felt flower,Read More →

For all of you sweethearts out there that link to our site, first off, we say thanks! In Blogdom, word of mouth is the “bestest” way for us to share our FREE Patterns with so many. Next, Michelle has just created two new buttons if you would like to includeRead More →

I found myself humming Christmas songs yesterday while it was literally 90 degrees in the shade. I was camped out on the picnic table, watching the kids playing on the swings, until a sudden downpour sent up scrambling into the house. While I am not really ready for the fallRead More →

Just wanted to take a minute to share some of the projects that Michelle and I have planned. To begin with, check back later in the day. I promised a new animal bookmark, and we have a cutey to share! I just need the add a few finishing touches andRead More →

A sweet little koala from Down Under is busy reading A Year Down Yonder! Make your own koala bookmark as a reading pal! Materials: wool felt embroidery floss yarn pattern 1] Make copy of pattern. 2] Cut out materials as follows: 1 back – gray 1 body – gray 1Read More →

Mmm… baking day… yummy apple bread…   INGREDIENTS 1/4 c. butter 1/2 t. salt 1 c. sugar 1 c. orange juice (can substitute with juice of choice) 1 1/2 T. milk 2 c. flour 2 eggs 1 1/2 – 2 c. chopped apples 1 t. baking soda Topping: 1 t.Read More →

We really enjoyed observing our butterflies using the Butterfly House kit Bug got for Christmas last year. I imagine we will be ordering more caterpillars in the future to repeat this project. Fairy watching the caterpillars. The caterpillars formed their chrysalis within a couple days and we moved them intoRead More →

Reading is fun! Should we settle for ho-hum glasses or glass cases? BAH! Our glasses and their accessories should be every bit as enjoyable as our books and bookmarks. So… here’s my latest additional to our reading corner… a glass case that’s sure to please young and old alike! TheRead More →

It’s summer. Ever since I was a child summer equalled excessive reading! My tastes in reading ran the gamut of literary genres, BUT the one commonality amongst all my summer books I read was my ability to chose them for myself. These were not books selected by my teachers, although I often readRead More →