Tuesday, November 15, 2011
For the month of November I'm displaying the
This is a super easy project you can create with the family.
You will need:
sand or pebbles
card stock or construction paper
pen or pencil
leaf to trace
1. Trace and cut out your leafs from the paper of your choice. I did a dozen or so. Punch holes in them to tie your strings from. You will hang them on the branches by the string so be sure to create a loop.
2. Arrange your branches in your pot. Poor the sand in to keep the branches in place. I do this with our Christmas tree too, much easier than any ordinary tree stand.
3. Use as your tables centerpiece or off to the side in a safe spot. Place the leaves and a pen in a bowl nearby. When you think of something your thankful for write it on the leaf and hang it on your tree. Before you know it you'll have a pretty fall tree full of leaves.
I see this becoming a family tradition in our house. I plan to save the leaves each year and add to a scrap book or a shadow box full of the leaves would be cool too.
Here are some of the things my kids wrote on their leaves:
I hope you'll try this too. Have fun!
Monday, October 17, 2011
Update from the shop. I've been a little preoccupied with school back in session so my shop's looking a bit dusty. Even so I've
managed a couple of new items. Take a look!
Here is my U-Fill frame.
This one in particular was a custom order. I've used this color combination a few times and I still like it very much!
I love how this coaster turned out.
I must make more in these colors.
It's so much cuter than the one I use.
The coaster and wine are a gift for a friend.
Matching wine glass charms to go with.
You can find this pincushion set in my shop: www.araestitchedshop.etsy.com
I have a few other sewn items nearly finished. These are my meditative crafts. I like to end the day hand stitching these or reading a book along side a nice glass of red wine :)
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Off to the Orchard!
It's time to pick some apples!!
If you're looking for a fun fall outing think U-pick apple orchard. Our apple season here in Central New York runs mid August-Oct. I love the fritters, pies and ciders these apples provide. Hope you enjoyed the photos from our recent outing. Happy Fall Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Sept. 16th 2011
I like to add a wine related post from time to time. Here's a fun find I stumbled across a few years back.
A new wine quote to add to the list:
"Little wine, be good. You are about to mix with the blood of a brave man."
From the story of one mans love and life along side his vines and wine.
Also from the book:
"If those knobbly old vine stocks with the delicate roots which reached so far down - if they could talk they could say something worth listening to. Vines were so much more sensitive than men. "
"Vines could not be cheated. They were the masters and men the servants. Men could understand only when the fruit had been translated into wine - and then it often took years to appreciate the subtleties."
- J.M. Scott
Friday, September 9, 2011
LUNCH BOX NAPKIN
2. DIVIDE INTO EQUAL SQUARES.
I CUT MINE INTO 6 3/4 INCH SQUARES.
JUST A LITTLE BIGGER THAN A COCKTAIL NAPKIN.
3. SEW TWO PEICES TOGETHER.
THESE CAN BE MADE IN A SINGLE LAYER TOO.
CUTTING THE SIZE I DID AND DOUBLE
LAYERING ALLOWS FOR 4 AND 1 SINGLE.
4. FINISH THE EDGES WITH SOME EMBROIDERY THREAD.
PERFECT SIZE FOR THE LUNCH BOX.
NO MORE TRASHING A NAPKIN A DAY.
MY GIRLS AND I LOVE THEM!
I HOPE YOU DO TOO!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We all have them so what's the next step?
I tend to recycle the paper ones or reuse them for painting pallets. I was curious what others have been doing with theirs. I was a little sad not to find better results for styrofoam cartons. Please please post any ideas you have for these. I would really like to see some useful ideas not just the kids crafts. As cute as those can be I'm pretty sure most of them go to the trash before too long.
Here are my results. Hope this inspires you to try something new with yours.