Saturday, May 30, 2015

they tied the knot

I needed to make a card to go with a wedding gift. Of course, I went on pinterest and found lots of cute ideas. The one I picked to replicate was of two spools of thread, one pink and one blue, tied together with a bow. At first I saw the card and thought, "Oh cute! Two spools of thread- pink thread for the girl and blue thread for the boy. Oh wait, they tied the knot!" Maybe it didn't take you as long as it did for me.

This card was so easy to make. I cut two little spool shapes out of a thin cardboard (actually the thin pieces of board from in between cans of cat food we get or the piece from the back of a package of cardstock). I put a little bit of craft glue on one side of the spool and started wrapping the thread around, leaving a tail at the end to tie the knot. I repeated those steps for the other spool.
I took the two tail ends and carefully made a bow. With hot glue, I tacked the spools on my card. I used some craft glue to keep the bow in place. I trimmed the ends of the bow to make them even and tacked those with a dot of glue, too.
To frame the spools, I just drew two brackets with hearts in the middle. Voila!

Part of the wedding gift we're giving is a cast iron handle cover. I found this pattern on The pattern is called, "Crocheted Cast Iron Handle Covers" by Rene' Catron. (How clever!) It's a free pattern and pretty quick to make. We use our cast iron skillets and/or griddle everyday, so we use our handle covers a lot. I'm getting to the age where I only want to give things that are practical. I do love decorative things, but when something is needed and used it is really appreciated. Ok, I'm officially old.

Leah and Bobby, may God bless you in your new life together! <3

Thursday, May 28, 2015


This week we finally got our garden started! We're not done transplanting and seeding- we still have a bit to go. We transplanted our tomatoes and planted our potatoes earlier this week and yesterday we did all of our brassicas (cabbages, broccolis, cauliflower, kohlrabi, kales) and some lettuces, rainbow swiss chard and our peppers (jalapeno, hot banana and sweet bell).

Of course because we get busy, I don't have any of us actually transplanting, so here are some of our plants and a picture of my husband checking our garden rotation for this year.

We are growing celery this year; we'll see how it does.

Here are some of our lettuces that we transplanted.
(Snapdragons on the left, Brussels and broccoli in the back and rainbow swiss chard with Red Russian and Green Curly kale on the right.)
Chard, kales and cabbages waiting to be transplanted.

My husband :) and our chicken coop in the background.

We have tomato plants (left over that we didn't need) for sale. They are from organic seed, grown in organic soil mix we bought from Johnny's. Let me know if you're interested.

I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful time of year. <3

Friday, May 22, 2015

the key to the silver cabinet

I know why people don't keep silver plated utensils or serving dishes nowadays. Aside from the fact that they are expensive, they are a pain to polish and keep clean!

Lately, my tasks have been to clean and go through things in our house. It was my husband's grandma's house. Things- vases, figurines, plates, samplers- that no one said they wanted are still here. Years ago, my mother-in-law had said that she'd like the silver cruet set in the dining room. (There is a yellow piece of paper in the one glass bottle that says my mother-in-law's name on it.) Well, when the opportunity presented itself, my mother-in-law said she didn't need it. "Sure, I'll keep it, " I said, and there it sat, blackened and dusty.

Yesterday, I decided to see its true potential. I got out the polish, a few rags and went for it.

On the base, you can see a design: a silhouette of men on camels, with a city and palm trees. It made me think of Christmas.

Beautiful details in the handle.

I told my mother-in-law I polished the cruet set and it looked beautiful! She looked at me and said, "Maybe I do want it." Maybe there's something you have that needs a little work to show its true potential; work at it and make it shine. <3

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cabbage Patch hat

Last month, a friend of mine asked me if I could make a "Cabbage Patch hat." After I told her I had no idea what she was talking about, she told me they were adorable and I had look them up. I went right to pinterest (of course) and saw what looked like a baby with yarn hair. The baby was wearing a Cabbage Patch hat. Just imagine the hair of one of the dolls on a baby's head. They are pretty funny to see.

I found the pattern on This pattern has a variety of sizes to choose from. I made the 3-6 month size. I was all ready to go and then I realized I didn't have enough yarn. (Ok, I have PLENTY of yarn,  but not enough of the right color.) I was going to make a brown hat, but I only had a partial skein. (The pigtails on the hat use up quite a bit of yarn.)

The next day, I picked up a skein of Red Heart Super Saver in "Coffee." Because this was a baby hat, it didn't take that long to make. I did however need to look up how to make a "Loop Stitch." On Cabbage Patch dolls some, if not all, of the hair on their head is made up of loops of yarn. I went on youtube and found an instructional video by June Gilbank. The stitch took some getting used to, but I eventually got the hang of it. I think I could make a Swiffer cover with the loop stitch and have it be a dust mop. Has anyone done that?

The hat turned out really well. I added two little pink bows to the pigtails. Too bad I don't have a little baby model to show it off. Maybe someday. <3

Friday, May 8, 2015

Crochet- Along: Clue #10!

I finally finished the Mystery Afghan!  When all is said and done, I'm not a huge fan of my color combination. It is growing on me the more I look at it. I didn't have enough of my Color B (green) to do the entire round that featured 5 double crochet clusters in every stitch- that takes up A LOT of yarn! So I did green on the short ends and my Color A (white) on the long ends. This is not a pattern I would've picked out myself, but I have learned a few new techniques the past two months. The idea of the mystery project is so fun because I never would've guessed that the afghan would've turn out this way. I've enjoyed seeing other works in progress (WIPs) on The Crochet Crowd's facebook page, too.

I'm not entirely done yet... there are many ends to weave in. I was really good about weaving in ends as I finished the clue each week, but then I got behind and left the stragglers. I have a couple other projects I need to do that have a deadline, so these ends will be saved for a rainy day.

Thanks for following me along this magical, mystery tour. <3

Saturday, May 2, 2015

we give what we can

The youth group at our church is preparing to go to the Mennonite Youth Convention this July. They have been fundraising with dinners at church, but tomorrow is the youth auction. People have been donating items to be auctioned off: furniture, kitchen appliances, toys, blankets. Many people are eyeing what they want to bid on as the items come in. (I hope there won't be any fights or hard feelings!)
We may not have much to donate, but there is something that I love to share- my baked goods! I have baked five loaves of cinnamon swirl bread for the sale. I know it isn't much and probably won't make as much money as the child's size John Deere tractor, but we give what we can.
I hope the youth group is blessed by their trip this Summer.
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Psalms 22: 6 <3