Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bloomin' Tuesday...


Geesh! I am so fragmented these days. We have a wedding in 11 days and I keep getting sidetracked! Does that happen to you? I'll go into a room set on performing a certain task that needs to get done, and I'll get totally sidetracked and lose an hour...or two...or five! It's 10am and I haven't crossed anything off my list. I did, however, decide where to plant these beauties...


Their new home will be a "birdbath" in our flower garden. I don't feel too obligated to fill this particular birdbath with water, because we have other birdbaths for birdie hygiene!

Here's one little birdie that is perfectly content to be surrounded by flowers...




Monday, April 14, 2014

Because of Him...




He lives. 
He suffered and atoned for our sins. 
He is my Savior and Redeemer, and he can be yours.
Wishing you a meaningful Easter. 

 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye something... 
verdant. 


Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Thankful Thoughts...


Yesterday, while it was still early and few people were out, I went on a long walk near our home. I never get tired of this view. Our town is situated just east of Longs Peak (the snow-capped mountain in the distance). Winter, spring, summer and fall the view of this beautiful summit never disappoints...


Like many places in the U.S. we've had a cold winter. We're just beginning to see green grass and buds on trees. It'll be weeks before all the trees have blossomed and leafed out, but spring is in the air and with it a sense of renewal and optimism.


As I walked I could hear the trill and chirps of a variety of birds. They are busy feathering their nests and preparing for good things to come.



Like many families we've faced some hard challenges the last few years, but individually and as a family we have been blessed in many, many ways. It was easy to relax and count those blessings as I took in these beautiful scenes.


One of my favorite sayings is...

Work in place of worry, 
faith in place of fear.
                  Lucile Tate

 I love the hope and conviction those words give me.

Sometimes our lives get tangled up and messy, but even in those times one can find beauty.


Wishing you a wonderful day!



Friday, April 04, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye... 
a hint of spring green.


Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a warm weekend.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Placemat Pillow...


I've shared this idea about five times already on my blog, but here I go again! For the last few days I've searched for a new pillow that would add a touch of color to our recently reupholstered glider rocker.  I couldn't find anything I had to have. I eventually found myself at Target looking in their pillow aisle. When I can't find a pillow that I like in the pillow aisle, I go to the linens. There I can often find a placemat that can easily be converted to a pillow, and this was no exception.


This placemat is from Target's Threshold line. It's the perfect placemat to convert to a pillow because it has a lining on the back. In other words, it is two pieces of fabric sewn together -- the front piece of the placemat and a back lining.


You'll need 15 minutes at the most to make this pillow. Use a seam ripper or sharp pair of scissors and open a hole in the bottom seam of the placemat that is large enough to fit your hand through -- about 5 inches. This particular placemat had topstitching and the seam, so I had to go through both of those stitches to create the opening.


Then, fill the placemat with Poly-Fil Fiber or another filling of choice. In my opinion, there's nothing like the feel of a down feather pillow!

Hint:  Sometimes I will buy an inexpensive Aller-Ease Down Alternative Pillow at Target, cut it open, and use the filling for my sewing projects. It's messy, but it makes a beautiful down-like pillow.

When you have it filled to your liking, simply stitch the seam back together. You can do this with a sewing machine or by hand.


What you have left is this beautiful pillow...


Cost:
Placemat: $3.99
Filling: $2 - $5
Needle & Thread


Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye somthing...
childlike.


Clockwise, starting top left:

Wishing you a magical weekend!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Recovering Cushions for another Glider Rocker...


A few weeks ago I gave a much needed face lift to a worn out glider rocker in our play room. When that project was completed, I knew I needed to transpose another glider rocker that we had in our study. The upholstery was tired and old and in need of replacing...


I scoured the internet and finally came upon a few fabrics that I thought I might like, so I ordered some swatches. 


Clockwise, starting top left:

Ordering the fabric swatches was a really good move. There's nothing like seeing the prints in person. I chose Swavelle Mill Creek Donnetta Aspen for a couple of reasons. First, I liked the hint of green in the fabric, and, second, I loved how the fabric mimicked the accent wall I had already painted in the study...


I recovered the existing cushions the same way I've always done it. Go here for a tutorial. Here's the finished project.


A side note: The true color of the fabric is somewhere in between the color on the fabric swatch and the colors shown in the recovered cushions. There's a hint of taupe/green in the fabric.

My favorite part of the cushions is the tufted covered buttons on the top cushion...


It feels good to check another project off the list. Here's the "before and after" photo we all love to see...


It cost about $30 to refinish these cushions -- $22 for the fabric and $8 for the buttons. It's amazing what a difference can be made with such a small amount of money!