Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Giveaway!

Hello friends,
To celebrate the arrival of spring and the excitement of our home's feature in Romantic Country, I'm hosting a giveaway!
You don't know how thrilled I am that the sun is shining and warm temperatures are here after the long, SNOWY winter we just had.  This spring cheer simply has to be shared with you, beloved readers.
I will be giving away a copy of this summer issue of Romantic Country magazine:

In addition, the winner will receive a handmade grain sack lavender sachet from my Etsy store.  You can choose from what is available in the store (the red/pink hearts or blue-striped squares):

To enter, simply visit my Etsy store then come back here and leave a comment as to which is your favorite grain sack sachet.  For extra chances, you can post about the giveaway on Instagram, your blog, Facebook or Pinterest and leave a comment for each time you posted.
*** Available to U.S. Residents only ***

Winner will be selected Tuesday evening, April 21st.
Good luck and thank you for visiting!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Grateful for Lovely Gifts

I hope you all enjoyed a blessed Easter this past Sunday. We hosted family here and it was wonderful.

And last week I was thrilled to receive a package in the mail from Becky of Buckets of Burlap!  I won her giveaway with a copy of the latest Vintage Style magazine as well as a fabulous bag.

Here is the magazine with her beautiful feature inside:

I just love how Becky styles her home and am so inspired by these photos.

She was also very generous to include this amazing bag with her giveaway, which I can't wait to bring to the local flea market to hold my finds!

Thank you Becky!!!

I was also blessed to receive this beautiful azalea plant from my Dad and stepmother at Easter.  They know how much I like white.  :)  Thanks Dad and Heidi!

Friends, stay tuned for a giveaway I'll be hosting soon as well....

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Feature in Romantic Country!

Friends, I am so excited to share with you that my home is featured in the latest summer issue of Romantic Country magazine!  I am so pleased with the article and the photos that were used.  Last May, Fifi O'Neill and Mark Lohman visited our home to style and photograph it.  I was on cloud 9 and yet so nervous! (you can read about the visit here)  But Fifi and Mark put me at ease, and I am thrilled with the pretty results of their talents in this issue:

Our home's feature begins on page 40:

Here are some of Mark's photos that made it into this issue.
Photo by Mark Lohman

Photo by Mark Lohman

This photo of our kitchen is my favorite!
Photo by Mark Lohman

Photo by Mark Lohman

Photo by Mark Lohman

Thank you Fifi and Mark - you've captured the romance in our home, and I had such fun with you last year:

Be sure to grab a copy at the newsstands - Kris from Junk Chic Cottage also has a fabulous feature in this issue!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Paper flowers for spring

Folks, it's high time I put down that shovel and start blogging again.  Our record snowfall this winter has finally started to melt, and I see the light at the end of the tunnel - spring!

This is the time of year many of you see cherry and dogwood trees begin to blossom.  It's not happening here yet (no surprise), but that won't stop me from enjoying the look of them.
I found this great tutorial on Pinterest on how to make paper flowers for branches.
You can find it here.  Of course I had plenty of fallen branches strewn across our yard after so many blizzards this winter.  I used a 2-inch paper punch, white and pink tissue paper, and some hot glue.

Here's the result:

I love how they turned out and would have made more flowers, if it weren't for a bit of struggle with my pink tissue paper getting stuck in my paper punch.  :)

I did manage to pick up some real flowers at the grocery store this winter to cheer our dining room buffet as well:

And these faux roses were a steal at the thrift store - I think they look realistic, do you?

Spring is in the air...I just know it!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine Crafting

Hello friends!  These days you'll find me indoors trying to keep busy, as we have 3 feet of snow outside and more predicted for this weekend.  Uuuugh.
Well, at least we've got Valentine's day to look forward to next week.  I thought I'd share some cute Valentine card and gift bag ideas with you.  The combination of brown paper and light pink really appeals to me this year, so that's what I used.
Here are some of the supplies I started with:

The pink heart straws, burlap chalk tags and pink jute twine all came from Target's dollar section,  The 'tickets' by Tim Holtz were found at AC Moore, as well as the plain white paper hearts.  I jazzed them up with fabric patches and stamped messages (the same fabric patches I used on my lavender hearts).  The tiny alphabet stamps also came from AC Moore:

First I painted some brown kraft card stock (also from AC Moore) with pink hearts to make Valentine cards.  The 'Cameo Pink' acrylic paint was only 50 cents at Walmart.  

Next I simply glued my white hearts to the cards.  I'll be personalizing these later this week...

I decided to use large brown lunch bags I had on hand for Valentine gift bags.  I was having fun painting those free-hand rustic-looking hearts.

The pink twine was sewn into the top of the bags, and also holds the straws in place.  Next I just glued the sweet tickets to the hearts and hung my chalkboard tags over the straws.  Pretty simple and easy, just waiting for me to fill these with treats!

Have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy your Valentine's day preparations - I know I am!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Love (and lavender) is in the air

While we are hunkering down for a major snow blizzard in the Boston area, I'm busy listing these sachets in my Etsy shop.  May as well keep busy!

I had such fun making these unique sachets, because I used fabric from the delightful Cabbages and Roses' Northcote Range line.  This cottage style fabric adorns the 'patches' on the hearts.  Sometimes our hearts do need a little mending, right?

They smell lovely, filled with soothing lavender...

They'd fit right in for Valentine's Day.  I couldn't stop myself with the heart theme, so I also made two cute heart garlands - this time with white cotton and stuffing, and of course the sweet 'patches'!

I have one garland hanging in our living room for may be difficult to sell it.  :)

It all started with these lovely supplies...

Well, if I'm going to be snowed in, may as well be surrounded by pretties.
Stay safe and warm this week, friends!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tilda book Homemade and Happy

Hello friends,
I've been meaning to share with you a book I got before Christmas.  It's the most recent craft book by Tone Finnanger called:  'Homemade and Happy'.

The images for the book were photographed in Ms. Finnanger's cozy log cabin with her younger sister as the model.  I love the homey feel of it throughout.  The latest fabrics are pale and pretty, yet rustic.
Aren't these pillows scrumptious?

And these miniature hearts look absolutely adorable stacked on the cake rings.

The Tilda books never cease to inspire.  The pretty angel dolls lined up all in a row have the sweetest dresses:

I tackled the job of making three of these for 3 precious newborn nieces we welcomed into our large family last year.  Here are my angels before they 'flew' to their new homes at Christmas:

What are you making these days?  The creative bugs always thrives in January, I think.  :)

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