Crafts

DIY Hoop Wreath

I don’t know about you, but I love those hoop wreathes! Why do they have to be so expensive? I decided I would try to make my own with stuff I already had laying around the house. So basically mine was free! I can do free!

 

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I hung it up in my bathroom, but I’m not completely satisfied with it. I want to try to find some little wooden “gather” or “blessed” words or something to add to the burlap. And yes I know my bathroom wall needs to be repainted. That’s my next big project! Bathroom redo. I cannot wait considering how my bathroom hasn’t been painted in over 5 years. The green is way too dark! But that’s a project for another week.

 

 

 

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Happy Basket

My mom has been having gallbladder attacks for the past few months. She has had a gallstone for a while now but it has never bothered her this bad. So today she is having surgery to have it removed.

When she gets home I have a “happy basket” to give her that I made. She will be out of work for about a week, so I decided to put together a basket for her of things she likes that she can keep right next to her in one place. I included a magazine, The Prayer of Jabez for Women (book), honeysuckle pineapple wax tarts, Dr. Teal’s lavender body lotion, a pack of tissues, lip balm, and a Pioneer Woman drinking glass with a straw. Inside the glass I put a box of Crystal Light lemon iced tea. I added some flowers just to make it pretty. I also made an energizing candle out of soy wax and essential oil. I hope she enjoys it and it makes her happy!

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I completely forgot to get my stuff together to hold the wick up so I had to grab the scissors that were close by. Nice save since it worked! The energizing essential oil came from Walmart and it smells really good! It makes me feel so…well…energized! I need to put some on my diffuser necklace that I got at Naturally Made Essentials.

What are you doing this weekend? I will be visiting with my mom this afternoon. Saturday, unless my mom needs me in the morning, I plan to take my daughter to the Space Festival at a nearby museum. They are having space themed games and activities as well as crafts. There will be a replica of a moon habitat that NASA is currently considering. Actual astronaut artifacts will also be a part of this festival. And get this!! An alien autopsy!! Say what???? That’s the only reason I want to go!! Okay, not really the only reason, but how cool is that going to be?

Have a blessed weekend!!

 

 

 

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What I’m Reading This Month

With my daughter in school, I had no time for reading like I wanted to. It was always too busy so I would try to read before bed at night. The most I could read was one chapter because I would end up falling asleep so fast. So now that school is out for summer break I have more time to just sit in my chair under the tree in my backyard and read. When we go to the lake there’s always a book in my bag.

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So what am I reading this month? I just finished Beth Moore’s The Undoing of Saint Silvanus. I had no idea she wrote a fiction novel, but I’m so glad I ran across it and picked it up. It was such a good book! It’s unlike any other Christian novel I have ever read before. I really enjoyed reading this book and meeting all the characters. It’s one of those books that you really do not want to end because you feel like you have become such good friends with every character in there. There are also some twists and turns that leave you wanting more. I do not know how many times I thought, “Well, I’ll just read to the end of this chapter because I’ve got so much to do today,” and nope. Nothing got done because I just had to find out what happened next!

Here’s an excerpt from the book description:

“Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It’s not like they were close. She hadn’t seen him – or her grandmother, the ice queen – in almost twenty years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her granmother’s apartment house, called and said her expenses would be paid if she’d fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist.” 


Another book I plan to read this month is Mean Streak by Sandra Brown. I have enjoyed some of her books in the past and was in the mood to read something else by her. She can keep me on the edge of my seat as well! Here’s an excerpt:

“Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband, Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has gone cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. 

“While police suspect Jeff of ‘instant divorce,’ Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself held captive by a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name.”

I cannot wait to dig into this book! It sounds so mysterious!


The last book I plan to read this month is Secrets From the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford. I have never read anything by this author, but this book stood out at me in the library. The inside flap states that this book is “a powerful and emotional novel about one woman’s quest to uncover long-buried secrets about her family – secrets she will stop at nothing to retrieve, no matter the consequences.” 


I am also doing a Bible Study this summer along with Study Gateway. It is “In the Middle of the Mess” by Sheila Walsh. Last week was the first week of the study and I really enjoyed it. Mondays start the week off. If you would like to join in it’s not too late! You are more than welcome to jump in with us. Just click here and sign up! All you need is the study guide – the videos are free on the site. My husband gave me the book for Christmas, so I was extremely excited when I came across this study!

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What are you reading this month? What do you think I should read next month?

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Summer

Ahhh, Summer

This past week has been hot!! We had a few thunderstorms come through last night, which cooled things down tremendously, thank goodness. I do not like the heat and humidity at all. Mostly because when the humidity is high my hair starts looking like Monica hair (remember that episode of Friends?)!

 

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Last week my daughter and I were able to spend a day at the lake. We always try to go to Fairy Stone State Park every summer. There are not a ton of people that visit during the weekdays so it’s less crowded which gives us more room to play. It was hot and we both got a little sunburned (yes, even with sunscreen on! Note to self: spend more money on sunscreen and less on the bathing suit.). Before leaving we had Hershey’s chocolate ice cream and grabbed some rock candy for the trip home. We always have a great time there. It’s nice that I get to relax in the sun with my book while she plays in the water.

 

 

See how much space we have all to ourselves? I don’t have to worry about some tiny tot hitting me with a toy while he’s throwing a little tantrum because he didn’t get enough sleep.

I finished reading Beth Moore’s The Undoing of Saint Silvanus this weekend. It was an excellent book! I won’t go into detail here (for another post) but even if you are not a Beth Moore fan this book is excellent!

Have a blessed week!

 

 

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Yardsale Footstool Makeover

Last year I found this cute little footstool at a yardsale. I picked it up and put it back down a few times, but something just kept drawing me back to it. It was cute in the way it was made but yet I did not like the fabric at all. Which is why I kept putting it down and walking away.

 



 

I finally make the decision to buy the stool. I mean, it was a steal at only $5 so I just couldn’t leave it there! I brought it home and there it sat for weeks, then months, until I finally figured out exactly what I wanted to do with it. Then it took forever to find the exact fabric I was looking for. Fortunately, my mom stumbled across a bag of fabric scraps at the Goodwill. The exact type of fabric I wanted was in that bag!! Needless to say I did a little happy dance.

 


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I took the fabric off only to find another layer of fabric underneath. I didn’t really like that either. Plus it was yellow on the bottom so it had to have been a hundred years old. I took that off, too, of course, and put my own fabric on.

 


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I love this fabric because it reminds me of a pillow that my granddaddy had when I was little. It was made of duck feathers and I loved when those little grey feathers would start poking out the side. I would pull them out and admire how soft they actually were.

I spray painted the bottom of the stool white and put the top back on. I think it turned out pretty well!

 



 

I looks perfect under my desk!

 


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The desk was also a thrifty find. I found this piece at the Goodwill a few years ago priced at $10!! I was so excited! The drawers do not shut perfectly, but I’m okay with that.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out and do some of your own DIY! Have a great weekend!

 

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Chemo Caps for Women

Good morning! I have been super busy with crocheting the past week. In the past I made loom knit chemo caps and donated them. I made two for a friend who was battling cancer. Another friend asked if I would make two for her doctor who was battling breast cancer. I loved making them, however they were taking quite a while to make with the loom. So I decided I would learn to crochet some. They work up so much faster! I created a few last week and I hope to get more done this week. I love how they are turning out!

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What do you think? Do you have a loved one battling cancer that would love a chemo cap? You can find these in my Etsy shop here. I will be adding new ones so keep an eye out!

Also, for every cap sold I will donate one to the Blue Ridge Cancer Care center in Virginia.

If you would like to make your own chemo cap, here is a link to some patterns. I used the Ladies’ Crocheted Signature cap pattern. I love the shell stitch!

I wish cancer wasn’t a thing. I pray for every person who is battling cancer and for their families and loved ones. I pray that one day there will be a cure for all types and stages of cancer. I pray that it goes away altogether!

Do you have a prayer need? I would love to pray for you.

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Bedroom Makeover

When I found out I was pregnant 11 years ago, I was so excited! I had an idea for a nursery for the longest time. I could see the pinks and purples and all the little girly things in my mind. So as soon as I found out I was definitely having a girl I went straight to Lowe’s to pick out my paint!

I painted the top half of the wall pink and the bottom half purple. In the center of the wall around the entire room I placed a dark purple wallpaper border with butterflies and flowers on it. I added huge butterfly and flower stickers all over the walls. Over her crib was her name in white wooden letters. I was so pleased with my work. I wish I had a picture but of course they are all stored away in boxes. (Those were the days of actually having to send your film off to get it developed and then you had to wait a month before you got to see if your pictures even turned out okay. Oh the good ol’ days!)

At about age three my sweet adorable daughter turned into a tiny monster. She threw a tantrum and ripped the border off the wall leaving a brown paper mess. Then at some point when her best friend was over they assumed that paper – along with parts of the wall – was for drawing on.

 

 

Now she is 11 years old and I thought she might like to have a more “grown-up” room. (I waited well past tantrum stage because I did not want to have to paint any more!) This little project took way longer than expected, but I’m very happy with how it all turned out! She loves it, too. She says it looks like a beach house room with all the beach colors.

 

 

What is your latest project? Or what is on your project to-do list?

 

 

~Have a blessed day!~

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Herb Festival

A few weekends ago my mom and I went to an Herb Festival (yes, I was a tad confused, too). By herbs I mean peppermint, thyme, rosemary… you get the point. Anyway, it was at a farm supply store and this place has everything! Even the kitchen sink. (Yes, I’m serious.)

There was a BBQ company there grilling some delicious smelling sausages and hotdogs. I wanted to bottle that smell and bring it home! It smelled so amazing! There was a tasting table with different dips and desserts made from herbs. My mom and I tried the mint walnut brownies, but were not too impressed. I could taste the chocolate brownie but no mint or walnuts. I also tried mint lemonade, but once again I couldn’t taste the mint. We did not try any of the dips, mainly because it was 9:30 in the morning and who wants salsa and chips that early? Brownies, on the other hand, can and should be eaten at all hours of the day.

Demonstrations were put on throughout the day by gardening volunteers and there was a kids table as well. My mom and I sat in on an herb container garden demonstration, which turned out to be pretty interesting. I learned a lot about what to mix and what not to mix when it comes to herbs.

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In this container garden the instructor included sweet Basil, Dill, Thyme, Oregano, Parcel (a mix between parsley and celery), and Golden Sage. She also included Angelonia, which was a filler plant mainly to give the garden some color. I had never heard of Parcel before, but the instructor said it tastes like celery and it’s great in salads. I may have to try that!

As we were walking around so my mom could gather all of her herbs to make her own container garden we ran across a sign.

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This adorable little Dove’s nest was resting peacefully in the middle of all the plants!

We had a great time that day. Do you grow and use your own herbs? I would love to hear what you like and do not like. I want to start my own container garden, but haven’t quite decided what to put in it yet. Any suggestions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well I Can Make That

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There’s a huge craft show coming up in April and I’m super excited! I love these things. My mom and I go and walk around slowly, concentrating on all crafts these talented people have made. Occasionally we’ll even pick up an item, look it over carefully checking out every detail and then place it back in it’s spot. We’ll look at each other with that ah-ha look in our eyes and say, “Well I can make that!” You can almost see the wheels turning as we’re making a mental list of all the supplies we need to rush home and make that very item.

But then we get home. We plop ourselves on the couch, flip through the channels on the TV, scroll through Facebook and forget all about what we were going to make. Until months later when we see it on Pinterest and then it’s all “Oh yeah! I was going to make that!” But it will be a different season by then so there’s no point rushing out to buy all the supplies.

Do you do this, too? Why can’t I just commit to making a purchase and supporting that oh so talented lady (or man) that took her (his) time to make exactly what I wanted? Like it was made just for me and I seriously need it in my home. But, I’m going to make it. One day. When I’m 200 years old. And have nothing else to do.

 

 

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Good News!

I just received a call from my doctor’s office with my lab results. My hemoglobin has improved and now my blood sugar level is perfect! Woo hoo!! Super happy dance! Now for some brownies.

My birthday was kind of blah yesterday. It was the first full day my daughter has been to school this year since there’s been so much snow and ice and below freezing temperatures with crazy wind. Anyhow, I was so bored! I created a Facebook page for my business and updated my Etsy shop. I watched reruns of Roseanne on Amazon Prime and racked up some Swagbucks so I can get some more free books.

My husband took me out to eat at Applebee’s. I had the fish, which was really good, and garlic mashed potatoes, which were also really good. The coleslaw was a little too tangy for my taste and the ice cream had chunks of ice in it. I was happy with everything except that weird ice cream!

When we got home my daughter and husband gave me their gifts. A couple of days ago, my daughter (who is 10) was asking me if there was anything I wanted for my birthday. I told her anything was fine. She knows how addicted I am to yarn and knitting so she was asking if there was any type of yarn I wanted or needed or any looms I’d like to have. Her words: “Is there any specific yarn you like best?” So mature for a 10-year old! So anyway, she got me a pink sloth and 2 skeins of really pretty yarn! (I love an adorable sloth!!) She is so very thoughtful!!

 

My husband gave me his gifts as well, which were also very thoughtful.

 

My mom took me shopping Saturday and bought me a few shirts, a new purse, shoes, and lunch at the Roanoker Restaurant. She had ordered me a planner that has personalized Bible verses on each page. I just love that idea!! It’s so sweet!

 

Have a very blessed day!