Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Making Bookmarks and a Shadow Box

Dad is coming home in the morning. He is still not a 100 percent but hopefully when he gets home he will get better each day. Thanks to all of you who prayed for him, I really appreciate it. I've been working on a few projects the last few days when I have a few hours of spare time. Working on my projects and crafts is relaxing and helps clear my mind. I made a shadow box from an old antique drawer. I bought the tutorial from "The Feathered Nest Too". The instructions were very easy to understand and I plan to make more when I find the time. If you have time to visit her blog site she has some great tutorials.
I have also been making bookmarks. I bought a package of plain bookmarks from Michael's, used a hole punch to insert the ribbon, and stamped them with some of my new stamps. I'm working on some of my furniture too. I am painting a desk black and I am cleaning two very old trunks to be put in my Antique Space. There were some neat things left inside these old trunks. I plan to use some of the items in my shadow box displays.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thank you!

For all of you who lifted my Dad up with your prayers I really appreciate it. He was taken out of ICU today and put into a private room. He seems to be improving very slowly. Please continue to pray for him. I will keep you posted on his progress.
I know this is short but I'm really tired and sleepy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Winner Is!!!

Thanks to all who participated in my 100th Post Giveaway! The winner is "All This True". If you will send your address I will mail your goodies to you! I'm sorry that I late getting this posted but we are in the hospital with my Dad. We brought him to the emergency room last night with severe stomach pains. They said today that he has prancreatisis. He is very sick and in a lot of pain. They are trying to figure out what is causing the inflammation so that he can get some relief. Please keep him in your prayers and thoughts. I just happened to have my computer in the car and thought I need to post. So I will get back with you when we get out of the hospital and back home!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Gift Bag and a New Baby

We woke up early this morning and traveled to Seabrook to see the new great nephew! Garrett was born January 5, 2009 and he is gorgeous. We had a good visit with Allyson and Kahner and then headed home. I've been working on a few projects and finished one when I got home. I am working on a shadow box but I decided to make a gift bag too! I love the way it turned out. I'm still gathering up things for my shadow box projects. I should have those finished this week. My giveaway ends tomorrow night and I'll post the winner! I have tried to reply to all of you who entered the giveaway. I was on the road today so I'm still catching up with some of them. A big thank you to all my blogger friends for entering and good luck!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


This is my 100th Posting and to celebrate this accomplishment I am hosting a giveaway. If you have a blog site you are invited to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment and spread the news about the giveaway. The winner will be chosen with the random generator at the end of the day on January 12th. Please remember to include your email address so that I can contact you for details on mailing your package. The winner will receive a "mini" Kleenex Cozy, a handmade sachet, handmade gift tags, and I am adding a few other things as a surprise! I have added several new websites to my sidebar that are really great sites. When you have time please browse some of those new sites. There are so many talented people and they have so much to share! One of my favorites is The Feathered Nest. She has some really neat tutorials and neat items.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Back to School!

Diane Knott's Musing is giving this pretty cross stitched pillow away to a lucky winner. So visit her blog and enter to win. You must have a blog to enter and then she ask that you announce her giveaway. Her website is www.dianeknottsmusings.blogspot.com. She has some really neat projects that she puts together. I started back to school today and needless to say I was not ready! The weather here is so soupy and yucky! My great nephew was born today and his name is Garrett Alexander Krengle. He is a healthy beautiful baby boy. I can't wait to see him and hold him. He was born early this morning around 8 am. Have a good day!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Today I am a year older! Heart Sachets and Mini Kleenex Holders

Today I am celebrating my 49th birthday! We had a nice dinner last night with my parents, my husband and youngest daughter Haley. My husband grilled delicious sausage, ribs, and tamales. I cooked beans and cornbread and my mom baked a fabulous pineapple upside down cake. Everything was great!
I have been rather busy working on some of my craft projects and running around trying to find antiques. I went to Canton on Thursday with my Aunt, my cousin, and her little boy and my friend Judy. This was my Aunt's first time to Canton and I think she may be hooked! We had a blast shopping and visiting. She has a precious grandson Austin and he was the sweetest most well-mannered guy ever. My friend Judy joined us later that evening on Thursday and we ended the day with a good meal at Mercado's in Tyler. We got up bright and early on Friday and shopped all day and then headed home. I found a few nice pieces for my antique booths and Haley and I unloaded everything on Saturday.

I have been sewing with my new machine in between all the running around. I made several "mini Kleenex holders" for my antique booths and heart sachets. I am including pictures of the ones I made and instructions for making them if you would like to make them. They are easy to make and they make cute gifts for Valentines Day!
Tissue Holder:
You need 1/4 yard of fabric. I use two colors so that the inside is a different color than the outside. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 7 3/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Put wrong sides together and sew across the top of the short sides. Turn the fabric right sides out and press. Take the sewn ends and fold them to the middle so that they touch. Now sew each end and turn inside out and you have your Kleenex holder for your purse! All seams are 1/4 inch. These are fast and simple to make. You can embellish if you like or even monogram them. Let me know how yours turn out!

Heart Sachets:
Cut a heart pattern by folding a piece of paper in half and drawing the heart (whatever size you like) and then cut out the heart using paper scissors. Use two pieces of scrap material for your heart sachet. I use a different fabric for the front and back pieces but you can use the same two fabrics if you like. Sew right sides together, leaving a opening on the long side of the heart. This is where you will slip stitch the hole back and it's easier to slip stitch when it's fairly a straight seam. I stuffed my hearts with potpourri and rice. You can use poly fill or beads to stuff with but this is what I had on hand at the time. I am also going to use lilac seeds for my next sachets. After you fill them with the rice and potpourri, slip stitch the opening and then add your embellishments. I added ribbon, rosettes, buttons, and whatever I had in my stash. You can hot glue them or hand sew the embellishments. I also added a ribbon to some of mine to hang on the coat hanger or in a closet. These are great for the car too! Good luck and I would love to see some of your creations!