Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Construction!

What I really should have been doing is pulling out my tablecloths and napkins for Thanksgiving... Oh, and I had cleaning the bathrooms on my to do list as well.....


instead I spent Sunday afternoon building a house out of a few old, not in very good condition Little Golden Books!

A few weeks ago at the local flea market, I saw one....I didn't take a picture because the seller was right there and I felt a little awkward taking a picture.

I had a pretty good idea of what the house looked like and I was sure I could create my own.

This is a picture of the front of the house.....

side views of The Night Before Christmas House

a view of the back

It reminded me of decorating a Gingerbread House.....

I had a wonderful Sunday afternoon, Building The Night Before Christmas house, while watching Miracle on 34th Street...
Cleaning the bathrooms and sorting through linens can wait right?


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's A Wrap!

This past Monday I took a day off work to attend a class at our local quilt shop.

We learned how to make fabric bowls.

You needed to bring your sewing machine, fabric cut into 1/2 inch strips, clothesline, and a fabric glue stick.

You put a little glue on the end of the rope, and a little on the end of a piece of fabric......

and then you start wrapping!
And around and around you go.

A few of the ladies, decided to wrap a lot of the rope before they started sewing, and a few of us decided to wrap for awhile and then sew.....and then wrap some more!

I think the gals who wrapped a lot of the rope first had the right idea.

This is a picture of the start of mine.....you make a tight circle with the rope to start the bottom of your bowl and continue going around in a circle.....you use a zig zag stitch to sew the rope together.

I think the best way to describe how to sew the rope together is you just have to push the "tail" into the main part of the wrap.

Once you decide that your bottom is big enough, you use your left hand to lift it up. And the angle that you hold your bowl determines how high the sides of your bowl will be.

And my finished  bowl!  I used Christmas fabric scraps for mine.  
All and all I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.

A wonderful way to spend an afternoon!!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Mantel....Yummm Sideboard

I finally got Halloween put away and my small Thanksgiving box out.

I started with a Thanksgiving platter that my folks used every time we had a turkey dinner!

I love this platter!

A few mini pumpkins left from Halloween and my Pilgrim Gurley candles
I also used my Autumn Leaf Ball Pitcher....the Autumn Leaf pattern is just perfect for this time of year!

And it was something on hand too!

My cornucopia basket was a $1.00 Goodwill find last year...but it had a bow on the top that I did not like.

So I tied a strip of burlap around the basket to cover up the glue marks left behind after I took the bow off.

A few faux pumpkins and gourds from the dollar store......done!

It's hard to tell from this picture but I found an Indian Gurley candle in a box of my mom's.....Love this special guy too!  I don't remember my mom using this for her Thanksgiving table growing up, but she loved garage sales too so I'm guessing she picked it up somewhere along the way.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner???



Friday, November 1, 2013

Walking At The Flea Market.....

Counts as exercise right? 

When the Flea Market Friend called last night and asked if I wanted to go to the local flea market tomorrow I jumped at the chance.

Flea Market Friend has a broken bone in her foot and I was wondering if the walking might be a problem....

She assured me she would wear her "special boot"!

What a trooper!! 

And then I thought....well maybe this can count as my daily walk....

I've been walking everyday at lunch and was just sort of wondering if a walk at the flea market might count.

Mr. Math said, no it doesn't!  You stop too often and look at "things" you might need to buy to have it count! 

And the Flea Market Friend has a broken bone in her foot!! 
How fast can you possibly be walking?

           There is no cardio involved in walking at the flea market!

       And now I'm thinking I never should have said anything in the first place!

               So I'm doing what any of us would do.....

Going to the flea market and then doing my daily walk when I get home!

No matter what Mr. Math says, I'm still telling myself it's good exercise.....maybe I'll find so many wonderful treasures to bring home, I can say I lifted weights too!!

Enjoy your weekend!!!