Contents of this blog: Original hand crafted wood items, crochet, sewing, knitting, painting, drawing and also some How to's and craft tips thrown in! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Purse from Placemat

Isn't this great? I made this little handbag 8 1/2" by 11" by 1 3/4 at base, from a place mat that is reversible!  The straps and flowered details are made from fabric ribbon doubled.  The flowers are then embellished with bead and pearl.  I was so pleased with the way this came out and everyone loves it!  If you would like to purchase this bag, please go to my Etsy shop listed in the sidebar of this blog.

Inside of bag

Detail of ribbon flower and beading

Keep your eye out for colorful placemats that would be perfect for this project! PIER 1 stores are a good place to look.  This one that I used was from K-Mart.  I have two others that I am going to make in darker colors and will post them when I get them done.  I am still working on the Pom-Pom scarf and will post that soon, too!

Keep on Kraftin'!!
Hugs from
My heart to yours...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pom Pom Yarn

My daughter made this beautiful Pom Pom scarf using Pomp-a-Doodle yarn by Red Heart.  It is the softest, prettiest thing!  And the pattern is really easy once you get the hang of working with this yarn!
I really like the varigated yarn that she used but when she went back to buy some more, they were out.  This yarn is very popular!  So she bought some for me in baby blue and I cannot wait to start working on one!
Just love this color!  I will post when it is finished so you can see how mine comes out!  I love crocheting so much and even though my arthritis really raises a fuss when I crochet, I shall never give it up-ha!  I always told my Mom she gave me a friend when she taught me to crochet.  I was a very little girl when I learned and I taught my daughters when they were very little.  The one that made the scarf above does beautiful work and  when I first showed her how to make a crocheted chain, she was so enthusiastic, she made one long enough to surround our house I think-ha-ha!  She was about 5 yrs at the timeI love the old days when Mothers automatically handed down their skills in hand work and cooking, etc!!
   They were precious days because not only were children learning the skills but they were spending quality time with their parents...  The same is true for boys of course, who were taught to hunt, to do carpentry, etc.  There is nothing like working with your Dad on a project-girls or boys!  Making memories is what it is all about.  Fond memories are carried to the grave, treasure them.
  And Dad's do not have to be skilled carpenters or anything else to spend quality time with sons and daughters, it can be as simple as making a glider to fly in the yard, or fishing at the favorite river or lake.  Oh how many, many times my hubby baited the hook for the kids while we fished on the Seneca River in Weedsport, NY!
    I hope you are having the most wonderful Sunday!  It is sunny, 78 degrees here and I am surrounded by wonderful fall colors in the yard! 

God is so good....
                          My heart to yours....

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Okay, so here are the Acorn Pumpkins I promised!!  I used Acrylic paints:
red, orange, yellow, brown, black, and green.

Live Oak Acorns (or the larger variety for larger pumpkins)
I removed the caps from the acorns to reveal the flat surface and turned the nut upside down.  This balances your pumpkin to sit flat.  I gave them 2 coats of orange paint and painted the little point as a stem with brown or black.  I painted the caps with all the colors of fall including a dash of green.  After the orange was dry, I painted the pumpkin features with a fine brush and black.  Just make simple triangles of black and fill in or just outline if you want it to look like a light inside.  I put the caps back on the tops of some just for fun.  This was a fun project and I am sure your painting skills may be better than mine-ha!  Show me what you can do....

 There is a typo on the palette, it should say Acrylic Colors, not "corn"-ha!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Decorating for Fall

I LOVE decorating for fall! Everything is so bright and colorful, full of life even though is the end of a summer season!  This metal Rooster was a gift from my Sis-in-law, Sue a couple of years ago.  Other than a candle, I had not decorated it much.  It hit me today that I could put fall leaves to accentuate the Rooster tail and feathers.  So I bought a bush of fall leaves at the Dollar Store and a sprig of leaves with berries and gourd.  This is the end result and I am most pleased!  I also bought the vanilla candle in the $ store.

I placed him on the rolling cart in the kitchen and it looks wonderfully fallish and cheery!

This Pilgrim Cookie Jar I found at Cracker Barrel on sale after the season a few years ago.  I loved it but it was $25.00 when I first saw it and I would not buy it.  Later on, it was marked  half price and I was thrilled.  I always use it for my October and November (Thanksgiving) table.  This year I added the pumpkin, $5. at Wal-mart and the smaller one for $1.49.  I added a bow with fall leaves on it (the spool of ribbon $1 at $ store).  Lastly, I added the candle with corn on it that I bought at a white elephant sale in our community!   I love all these economical but most pleasing decorations.  What have you come up with???  I would love to see, send me pictures!

Thanks so much for visiting and do come again soon!  I will be painting tiny acorns to look like pumpkins!!

Have a blessed Sunday tomorrow and thank God for all the blessings he has given us and all of those that are yet to come!

We are blessed so that we may bless others with our understanding, caring and support.  Thank someone you love for being there for you!

My heart to yours...