July 25, 2014

Found Friday - Make Your Own Cross Stitch Patterns

For those of you who like to cross stitch as much as I do (here, here, and here), I have found an incredible site that lets you take a photo and create it into a pattern.

I know that my granddaughter Hadley loves bunnies, and Kendra has incorporated them into her big girl room.
So I took a discontinued PB photo and saved it onto my desktop.


Then I went to www.myphotostitch.com.  From there it was easy.
I downloaded the picture, and entered some information:  the Aida count & cloth size, the number of colored threads, and pattern style. 
Photostitch did the rest!!

Here are two pages of my new pattern with floss suggestions.


Looks like I will be kept busy for awhile (:
Have a wonderful weekend ♥

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July 24, 2014

My Quiet Place - A Chairish Design Board Challenge

Hello All!  Last week, I received an email from Daphne at Chairish asking if I'd be interested in creating a design board based around one of the vintage accent chairs currently for sale on their site. As someone who loves vintage furniture, I am no stranger to Chairish  and their curator-approved treasures.  And I have enjoyed seeing what some of my favorite bloggers have purchased and sold on the site over the last year.  So I eagerly accepted the "challenge" and got to work putting together a board based around a gorgeous fuchsia Danish Teak Lounge Chair by Arne Vodder France & Son.

Once I choose the chair I knew the space I would create would me mine - my little corner of the world - so I added elements that were soft, colorful, warm and inviting.  And whimsical - of course!  You'll find the full list of items in the design board below, two of which are from Chairish - check out their entire site for a lot more pre-owned goodness!

My Quiet Place featuring a Danish Teak Lounge Chair
Feather Wallpaper – Mustard
Icelandic Sheepskin Throw
Saranda Beach Style Wood Rope Round Coffee Table
Deco Lamp
Hinoki Stool
Vintage Diver Print
Antler No.6986
Long Walk Giclee Art Print
Polygon Print Framed Art
Unikko Coffee Cup
Succulent Garden Trio
Giraffe




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July 23, 2014

Loving all things Navy and Gold

After seeing how beautiful Kendra's guest room turned out with gold accessories, I now think that I want similarly colored room ~ gold and navy ~ my newest favorites!

A few purchases and a few diy's, and maybe I can obtain the look I envision.


diy artwork
a headboard made from a rug ~ incredible!

a bold gold mirror

love the positioning of these gold pillows

and, lastly, a fun gallery wall 
Hope that you found something that you like too! ♥



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July 22, 2014

A Little Layla Room Update

Hi!  With all the work going on in Hadley's new room I thought it only fair to share a few new snaps of Layla's room!


I added some 3-D flowers (from the Oh Joy Spring collection) to the wall  for a little more color and shine (I love the gold ones!)  And every couple of months I hang something new above her bed on a string of fishing line.  During the Winter is was snowflakes, in February we did hearts and now we have big puffy flowers. 


When Spoonflower offers a free swatch of fabric (usually when they are introducing a new type of fabric) I take turns asking the girls what they like and then I search for fabric based on that.  Last month Layla picked mermaids so I found this adorable fabric and the swatch has been hanging on the lamp on her dresser ever since!





Her room is still my favorite in the house...: ) Pin It

July 21, 2014

Easy Amish Cinnamon Bread

One of my friends (thanks, Karen) posted a recipe link on Facebook that I just had to try.  I love cinnamon ~ just the smell of it baking makes me happy (:

This Amish bread was very light; it didn't have the dense consistency of most quick breads.  But it tasted delicious.  A perfect treat for breakfast!


Ingredients (2 loaves)
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
 
Topping ~ Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
 
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease two loaf pans.
Mix together the topping ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar, and eggs.
 
 
Add the flour, baking soda, and milk.  Mix just until combined.
Fill each prepared pan 1/2 full.  Sprinkle with 1/4 of the topping.
Add the remainder of the batter to each pan, and sprinkle with the remaining topping.
 

Use a knife to swirl the cinnamon and sugar into the batter.


Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until done.

Cool in pans for 20 minutes. 
Remove and enjoy!  ♥



** Note ~ freezes well.  Printable recipe


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July 18, 2014

Creativity Fun Things to Do with Legos

My grandchildren love legos  ~ building castles and super heroes are our favorites.  But I never realized the incredible ideas that have been created using those little plastic objects.

How about a legos for your kitchen utensils....


 
 ... or a lego key holder...
 
 ....or perhaps a soap dispenser floating with colorful legos...


...for my patient friends ~ a lego quilt...

 
...or for those who just can't get enough... a lego kitchen island...


... and for me when the grandkids leave....


source
Hope that you found something interesting!  ♥






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July 17, 2014

Crocodiles ~ DIY ~ Free Pattern

I am hearing so much about the new season of "Shark Week," but for me it is Crocodile Time ~ Tick Tock Crock to be exact!
This pattern is free from Sew4Home ~ one of my favorite blogs.  I have to admit that I started the softies back in March, then put them aside, and recently pulled them out to finish.


While the pattern was extremely easy to follow, the plush fabric did require some adjusting (and more than a few uses of the seam ripper)!!

After asking my granddaughter their favorite colors, I selected aqua and lime green minky fabrics.  (Reminder to self ~ always use the same color for both girls!)





Stitching from the back...


...and from the front...

 
button eyes added...


 
...and then the stuffing (got to catch up on a few television show while doing this!)


...and my crocks were finished...


The process did take some time, but the results were well worth it.

Enjoy!  ♥


 
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