Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Thank you for the FOOD before us, 
The FRIENDS beside us, and 
The LOVE between us.
πŸ‚πŸHappy Thanksgiving!πŸπŸ‚

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Book Page Pumpkin Centerpiece

This is my first ever attempt at making a pumpkin out of a hard cover book.  I got the idea while I was on YouTube trying to learn how to make Christmas trees out of magazines and books.  I came across Dalaina Burns' YouTube video, and I thought I could give it a try.

I thought it would make a great centerpiece for the children's Thanksgiving Dinner table.

 I gather my few fallish supplies and attempted to recreate Dalaina's adorable decorated pumpkin.  Since this pumpkin project was a last minute piece of work, I have one advice: Make sure you shop for autumn/fall crafts/decor way ahead of time; not the week prior to Thanksgiving.  All was gone!!!

I used finger paint from the Dollar Tree store, and mixed it in a small spray bottle.  I used red & yellow to make the orange paint.  I added a little bit of water to make the paint less thick, and proceeded to spritz the book pumpkin with it.  I let it dry completely overnight.  The following day, I simply tried to decorate it and make it look as pretty as possible.

I found a fall garland at Dollar General (75% discount), and took the leaves, flowers, berries and pine cones off it.  I used a long piece of jute twine for the little tendrils.
For the jute tendrils, I wrapped a long piece of the jute around a pencil (tightly together) and brushed it with regular white glue.  I let it dry for about 30 minutes, and then slid the curled twine off of the pencil.  I stretched it out a bit and cut about 3 and glued them here and there around the stem.

Oh...BTW...the pumpkin stem is from a branch from one our trees.  It think I cut it too long...maybe I'll cut off some of it to shorten it...we'll see if I get around to doing it.

I just hope our Little Pilgrims think it actually resembles a pumpkin...LOL! 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Children's Pumpkin Napkin Rings

Today I'm going to show you a set of 6 napkin rings I made for the children's Thanksgiving dinner table.
I decided to make theirs a little simpler than the felt flowers I made and posted yesterday.

I gathered my supplies: 1" TP roll rings, strips of canvas fabric, and lucky for me I had about 10 little extra crochet pumpkins I had made several years ago for another project, pinking sheers and a hot glue gun.

I cut the strips of canvas fabric just a little bit bigger to completely cover the 1" TP roll ring.  I glued the crochet pumpkin right on the seam where the fabric met to cover it.

Voila...all put together for our little Pilgrims' Thanksgiving Dinner table.

Cooking & Crafting with J & J #124

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Handmade Napkin Rings

Preview of my handmade Thanksgiving napkin rings.  I really love how all 10 turned out!

Over the summer while garage sale-ing I found this one bag filled with felt fallish flowers.  At the time I only knew that I could make something with these, but not exactly what.

So while I was planning our family Thanksgiving Dinner, I realized  we didn't have any appropriate napkin rings to use; and that's where the BIG IDEA came to me!
Immediately I went through my craft stash and found supplies I could use to put these together: I found a piece canvas fabric, TP rolls (I had been saving), pinking sheers, and the ever handy glue gun!
I cut the rolls into 1 1/2" and covered them with a largely piece of canvas fabric.  Using hot glue, I tucked the extra fabric inside the roll. 
Once all done, I hot glued the felt flowers onto each ring.
Easy peasy!   

I discovered that one of the orange felt flowers lost its center; so I improvised by hot gluing one of my little crochet pumpkins.

I decided to only use the orange flowers.
Now ...I just can't wait to set the table!
Crafting & Cooking with J & J #124

Sunday, November 19, 2017

We Gather Together

I found this pretty gold frame at an estate sale several weeks ago, but did not have a picture to display in it.  Since Hubby and I are hosting post-Thanksgiving Dinner with his family this year, I thought this beautiful printable would be perfect for the occasion.

Slowly but surely I'm adding family pictures to this piecrust table in our living room.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pinkish Christmas Cactus...

...first pinkish bloom of  the Christmas Season!

This Christmas Cactus Plant belonged to my late in-laws.  We actually have two.  I think they're probably 35+ years old.  I have not seen it bloom since Christmas 2008; which was the last Christmas Hubby and I spent here in Minnesota with his Dad.
Over the winter Tom's Cousin Laura takes care of these two plants; and the rest of the year I do! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Love Never Fails Wreath

I have been dying to make another book page wreath!

For this wreath I used newly found sheet music books (in the basement) that belong to my late father-in-law.  He played the guitar and violin.

  Instead of using a heavy duty paper plate, this time I recycled a vinyl record.  I have a huge boxful downstairs, too!
I always knew that it would go perfectly on this narrow wall that divides the living room from the kitchen and dining area.

To decorate the center of my wreath, I used a picture frame I acquired at a garage sale several summers ago.  I ripped the stand from behind the frame, and added tons of glue to the back and glued it to middle of the wreath.  While drying I covered the frame with a folded towel and weighted it down with books and a smaller heavy cast iron skillet.
Instead of a picture I printed this printable from On Sutton Place by Ann Drake.  Ann has beautiful inspirational printables.  Thank you Ann for the beautiful artwork you share with us.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Bachman's Fall Ideas House

  So many things to do and so little time!
I meant to post our Girlz Trip to the Bachman's Fall Ideas House last month or the month before, or sooner...
Probably most of you have already seen most of these picture vignettes or actually were there; but I'm only posting my favorite ones.
Since today us Girlz are going to tour the Bachman's Holiday Ideas House all dressed in Christmas greenery, I thought I better get my fall pictures posted before fall is over!

I'm simply amazed by this place!  Nothing is forgotten...and you truly feel pretty welcome as you step into this house. are my favorites:
Beautifully decorated fall porch.

 This old chair with flowers vignette welcomes you as you step into the foyer of the house.
I can do this!

 This bar cart is my most favorite thing in the whole house!!!  I am currently searching for a bar cart at a fair price and recreate this look!!!

 This is the sitting room, 

 and this the formal living room.   Either way, both rooms were nicely decorated and exuded so much warmth.

   Simple but so very elegant and relaxed at the same time tablescape.
Maybe our Thanksgiving Dinner tablescape will come close to looking this decent.

 This little closet nook was too adorable for words.  I think our "Chis" need their own little nook, too!

Did I mention to you this was my most favorite part of the house? 

Their window boxes are just too perfect!!!  
Why don't mine look just like theirs?

The following pictures are from their garage that was staged for a family fall party:
 Maybe next year if weather permits, Jan and I will host a fall party for our families with
 good old fashioned time fall games!

 When I saw how this old door was turned into...I was like BINGO!  I have a door just like it in the basement that is screaming, "Rescue me!"

I used my $5 discount to get this throw pillow to remind The Hubbs how blessed we are!

I can't wait to share the Christmas pictures from today's Bachman's house tour.  I'll work on posting them really soon!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thrifty Finds

Nothing makes me happier than excellent garage and estate sales!!!!
Perfect oval platter for Thanksgiving Dinner.  
This one estate sale was practically giving away their stuff.

Fabric for future sewing...don't know yet what, but it will come in handy!  $1 each.

Brand new scarves with tags on...$2 & $4.

Craft supplies, new kitchen towel and new Christmas kitchen dish mat.  The bag of felt flowers I got for $3.  I was leaving this yard sale, and Lady runs after me, and says give me whatever you want.  I gave her my last $3...but worth it!  I actually wanted to give her a dollar for the bag, but I didn't want to offend her for her kindness.

Vintage crochet doilies in excellent condition!!!

Vintage linens also in great shape.  The Christmas scarf needs dry cleaning.  I plan on tying it to my purse for the Christmas season.  Too small for my fat neck.

I think you call this spot lighting?  I just thought that it may come in handy one of these days!!!
These 2 sales took place in the month of August...both on the same day!  Back to back...WOW!!!  I still giddy just thinking about it!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Last week I was at Micheals and as always I find stuff...good stuff!
The banner was on their 80% discount fall stuff shelf, and I picked one up; came home and now hangs from our living room mantle!

I usually make my own banners, so I feel like I'm cheating!

I also found these last 3 wood slices.
They're actually place card holders; but for now they're adding a little rustic touch to our mantle.

I am thankful for really great craft stores.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Leaping Rib Stitch Crochet Afghan

I made this afghan for my Hubbie so that he can snuggle and keep warm while watching TV or reading the newspaper in his man cave.
This is the very first time that I have ever crochet something this big.  I haven't had a chance to measure the afghan, but it's big enough for Hubby.  He's 6' tall and the afghan covers him from head to toe.
I wanted to try a new pattern that didn't have too many holes, so that when our 2 Chihuahuas cuddle with him, their little feet wouldn't get caught in the afghan.  Most importantly what I love about this pattern is that the front and back look the same.  Also the finished afghan is not too heavy, but still keeps you warm.
The Hubby and the "Chis" are happy with the results, and I'm so proud of myself for actually finishing something this BIG!

I found the pattern on Pinterest and saved it into my crochet board but did not print the pattern or save it to my documents!
A month later when I was almost done with the afghan, I went back to find the pattern to read on how to finish it.  Unfortunately I did not find it!!!  I search and search until I finally gave up, and simply improvise the finishing row.
I swear there was a pattern for this stitch...'s my version of this pattern I have named Leaping Rib Stitch Crochet Afghan.

My pattern sample:

Foundation Row - Make a chain as long as you want for width.  For this sample I worked on a chain of 19 and had a few extra chains.  Turn.

Row 1 - Skip 2 chains and make a double crochet on the third chain.  Make 2 double crochets on the next 2 stitches.  Skip 1 stitch and then make 3 double crochets.

Repeat until the end with 3 double crochets.  Turn.

Row 2 - Chain 3 (= double crochet & 1 chain).  Skip next stitch.  1 leaping double crochet stitch on space stitch.

Now you are going to make a leaping double crochet stitch, but you are to insert hook at the bottom space from the foundation row - see picture below:

Pull yarn through but not too tightly, and...

finish a leaping double crochet stitch.

Make one double crochet on the next stitch, and chain 1 (for space).

Skip next stitch and repeat from: 1 double crochet, 1 leaping double crochet, 1 double crochet and 1 chain; ending with chain 1 and skip next stitch and make one last double crochet.  Turn.

Row 3 - Chain 2 (equals 1 double crochet).  For next stitch make a leaping double crochet stitch, then 1 double crochet and 1 chain.

Skip one stitch and then make 1 double crochet on next stitch; 1 leaping double crochet in space, 1 double crochet on next stitch and chain 1.  Repeat to the end.

For the last double crochet stitch on this row, insert needle on the second chain of previous beginning row (3 chain).  Turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you achieve length of your afghan or other project.  Please check your tension as you go.

Finishing Row - Chain 1 and make a single crochet in the first stitch or top of double crochet.  2 single crochets on the next two stitches.

Now you will make a a single leaping crochet stitch: insert hook on the top of the bottom row leaping crochet stitch (space).

 Pull yarn through and

 finish with a single leaping crochet.

Repeat until end of row.
I did go around the edge of the afghan a made a single crochet edging for a finished look.  You may do so if you like.

Note: If you have any questions regarding my pattern please let me know, and I will make corrections.  I believe this is the second or third time writing down a pattern and for some reason, this pattern was a little trickier to write.  Thank you!

I used Caron Cakes yarn for the first time and I'm very pleased and happy with it.  I actually like the quality of it and was surprised that it has 20% wool.  It took almost 8 skeins of this yarn for the finished afghan.
I bought my yarn at Michaels using my coupons for super discounts.

Now what to make with the last 2+ skeins???

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