Decorating & Atmosphere (Page 3)

January, February and March are the months Michelle and I decorate. It is post holidays and before the gardens call us outdoors. Below is a post from One Generation to Another, first published June 8, 2008. We decided this would be a great time to share this because we will be doing our handprint project next week. WatchRead More →

Counting down the days until Christmas is a tradition shared by many Christian families. Our simple Advent Tree with a star meandering up the tree, will help your family celebrate the season. This is sure to become an heirloom, eliciting memories of Christmases past as the years go by. Merry ChristmasRead More →

Saturday night is our 19th Annual Pumpkin Carving Party… I’ll tell you more about that later. But when the decorations were unpacked, a devastating discovery was made. Mice had gotten into one of the boxes and ate one of the family’s most beloved decorations… our Gourd Ghost Sculpture. I really findRead More →

I’m totally in love with my latest endeavor. All the projects I post please me (alas, those that don’t will never receive their 5 minutes of fame on our blog!), but every now and then I make something that I could never part with. My new Falling Leaves Wall Hanging has just bumped outRead More →

Materials: 10” wooden embroidery hoop 2 pieces unbleached muslin, 16” x 16” 1 piece thin cotton batting, 16” x 16” Ecru crochet thread (candlewicking or embroidery floss) 16” of 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon Washable marker for tracing Placement pattern Mushroom pattern 1] Make copies of placement pattern and mushroom patterns. 2]Read More →

Way back in the 80s, candlewicking made a comeback. Candlewicking is an interesting Colonial craft technique where ecru thread is used to embroider designs on ecru fabric, traditionally unbleached muslin. Candlewick is the unbleached cotton thread that is used for making candles, something most Colonial families had available for use.Read More →

It was a great weekend in the garden. Tim helped turn my doodles into reality. (I use the word helped liberally… he did the lion’s share of the work!) Anyway, I am beyond thrilled with the wall flower and window boxes he made. (Tim is now referring to our houseRead More →

I wanted to share these great needlework pieces I recently dug out of storage. My mom made these while she was pregnant with me, and they hung in my nursery. I had them out briefly in our old house, but they have sadly been packed away for the past threeRead More →

I was born a crafter. Some of my earliest memories involve yarns and fabrics. I started collecting ideas out of books and magazines when I was around 10. Whenever I go somewhere, I’m making mental notes of designs or arrangements I find enthralling. Thank goodness for the camera on myRead More →