Thursday, 28 January 2010

How to make a pretty Valentine candle mat

I had been looking for this candle mat and found it at long last to complete my simple Valentine's decorating. So now that I've found it I thought I'd share with you how you too can make one just in time for Feb. 14!

Here's what you need:
  • some osnaburg fabric - enough to cut 2 large circles,
  • some red homespun or any of your choice for the 6 applique hearts,
  • needle and thread and scissors! Yep, that's all!
Here's what to do-

Draw a circle on some card for your template with a diameter of 7".

Place the template on a double layer of the osnaburg and draw around it. This will be your sewing guide line.
So you must make sure to cut out the template leaving 1/4 inch all the way out from your guide line.
Now you can sew all the way round following the guideline.
Once that's done, cut a slit through ONE layer of the osnaburg and turn right side out. Sew up the opening and press flat.Using the 2" heart template, cut out 6 red hearts from your chosen fabric.
Arrange them on the right side up of your circle.Sew them all in place and you are done! Just place a candle on it and enjoy admiring it!
Hope you give it a go!
Best wishes

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Primnraggedy giveaway

If you'd like the chance to win some tart melts made by a great crafter here in N.I. then go to and become a follower.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

A friend loves at all times...

Dear blogging friends,

Thank you so much for caring and leaving such kind words of comfort for our loss.
My heart has been deeply touched to think of how people I've never even met, would take the time to stop and pray for us and share in our sorrow. Thank you for the compassion and love you have all shown. I appreciate your thoughtfulness more than words can express.

'Now abideth these three; faith hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.'


Friday, 22 January 2010

In loving remembrance

Today we sorrow, yet not without hope. Last night my husband's grandmother went home to be with the Lord, which is for her far better. She was an amazing 102 years of age and up until this past week, able to live in her own apartment in a complex for seniors. She leaves behind a wonderful testimony and legacy of prayerfulness and godliness to her 9 surviving children, 25 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

As I never had the privilege of knowing either sets of my own grandparents, I feel especially blessed to have known 'Granny'. I can still see the loving twinkle in her eye and remember the merriment when ever we visited. She loved to cuddle the wee ones and set them on her knee and she could remember each one in prayer. This was her chief desire: to witness of the love of her Savior and pray without ceasing.

Earth is a poorer place today without 'Granny' but we know she has heard the Lord say,
'Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.'
'Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.'

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Thanks and some stitchin' therapy

First off, I have to thank Shazy, Parsley, Kim, Angie, Michele, TJ, Tonya, Amy and Marcia for being the nicest of blogging friends and giving me great advice and words of encouragement. You all really helped and it means more to me than you can know that you were willing to say so! I'm sorry I'm only doing this now, but our internet server was down most of yesterday and when I tried to leave comments later, blogger wouldn't play ball.
Anyway heartfelt thanks to you! Hormones get the blame again!

The last few days my little one has been home from school with a viral infection, so I've been trying to make her comfortable and read her stories, play games and do jigsaw puzzles. When she was having a nap I started a new X stitch and as always I do believe it helps calm and soothe the fretting I do (about nothing!)
This is as far as I've got~
Yes, I'm thinking Spring! This is another one of PrimitiveBetty's wonderful freebie patterns.

I've one more Valentine heart to make for myself and just got the pieces cut out earlier. It's reversible - more country on one side and prim on the other. They seemed quite popular when I made some for a craft fair I did.
This side will have a pip berry heart shape stitched around the word LoVe~
This is going to be a pocket with sprigs put into it an XOX stitched onto it~
It could either be put on a hanger or an old spool or spring. If any one wants to use the pattern please feel free.

But for now I must nurse my little one whose calling for a cuddle!
Blessings and thanks for visiting!

Monday, 18 January 2010

About posting and some Valentines

Good Monday morning fellow bloggers! Hope you are well and enjoying warmer temps. Our heavy frosts and bitter cold seem long ago, thankfully.

To get to the title of this post, though: do you ever feel the pressure to post just for the sake of saying something or perhaps because you feel you are letting yourself and others down by not sharing more details of your life? Last week I got down because I felt I had nothing to blog about! But then there's more to life than blogging!

I have to admit that at times I feel I'm not a good blogger if I don't have some new craft item to show to my readers at least once a week. I know others have said things along similar lines. I know too that I worry too much about what others think of my blog and my style of doing things.
It's then that I just take a deep breath and remember that I'm supposed to be blogging for the enjoyment of it. After all's said and done, I have made friends with so many caring and sharing fellow bloggers, who leave such encouraging comments. It's a big blogging world out there!

Anyhow, I will show you some of my hearts for Valentine's. I happen to love making things with hearts on and when I found this freebie pattern from Primraggs I stitched it up QT.
I also hung up a little love heart swag I made ages ago on my entry way shelf~
I also went through the stowed away Christmas decorations for this little tree to decorate with some handmade itty bitty homespun hearts. My husband was saying at Christmas that it was a bit daft buying Decorations which are on display for a short time, so I'm making more use out of this one in my kitchen!
I found this pattern on Primitive Blessings by Twigs and eventually got it stitched. I've seen some colored in and tried it but I'm not convinced it's the way I want it to look~
Well that's how things are around here apart from visits to the dentist and my littlest one home from school today with a fever. There's a rough winter stomach flu bug going around and I just hope we don't catch it!

Thanks from the heart to you all for making blogging a great experience - one I'm so glad I started on - I appreciated you visiting!
Best wishes

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

New signs - Thanks Shazy!

Today my friend Sharon aka CountryPrims - came for a visit. It was great to chat over a cup of tea and talk about our prim wishlists! We had fun!

I've said before that Sharon is talented - well today she brought me two wonderful signs - both which she stenciled herself. How great are these?

Here's the first one
Here's the checkerboard-
Don't you just love them? I love the willow tree on this board!

Now I need to hang them up to show them off to full advantage!
Thanks so much Shazy!

Have a great evening,

Friday, 8 January 2010

Ladder Finished!

Yayy! I have my ladder all finished and placed for now in my little prim den!
So, as promised here are a couple of pics of it. I chose to paint it black and then stained it and lightly sanded it for a slightly more worn look.For a quick and easy budget project I am pretty pleased with it.
For anyone who might be interested in making one, it is straightforward.
I cut two 5 ft lengths of 2x1 and then cut 4 rungs from the remaining wood which are about 12" wide. I just measured out a space between each rung of approx 12", glued them in place on one side, then nailed them in (with hubby's help of course!). You could use dowels for the rungs if you want but I was using up what was to hand and it's only for decorative purposes not for climbing on!

So now I'm ready to stitch up some little items and start on my next project!

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read my blog and for those who have just recently visited for the first time a very warm welcome. I love to hear from you and if you have a blog let me know so I can visit you too!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Whatcha workin' on? Wed.

It's Wednesday and I am so ready to start on my long list of projects to do this year!
As I said tho', in my last post, I'm penny watchin' for the time being. So what's a girl to do?
Get the tools out and go for it myself - make-do must be my middle name! I'm so impatient at times, I just have to do what's spinning around in my head!

So this morning I headed off to the local builder's merchants and got some pieces of wood.
I've been thinking about a ladder to decorate with linens and homespuns so I made a start.
I simply cut four same size bits of wood for the rungs.
I brought it inside to glue them on first as it was cold out in the garage.
I would like to say that I did it all by myself but, truth be told I needed hubby's help to square it all up and hold it so I could nail the rungs on firmly.
So this is what my new ladder looks like;

I'm going to paint,stain and sand it asap and let you see the end result when it's done.
I'm so pleased to get this much done, as there were a few days when it seemed my 'get-up-and-go just got-up-and-went!

Check out what others are working on at Leslie's

Now I'm all of a rush to get it finished! :-)
I'll post soon!
Best wishes

Monday, 4 January 2010

Getting back to normal

It's taken a few days but I think we're starting to get back to normal. Our routine will certainly be in place again when the children all go back to school on Wed. But for now I'm just thankful to have the house back without the Christmas decor in the way and that's allowed me to clean and tidy up - just normal stuff!

I'm also thinking ahead for this year and although there are plenty of prim goodies I'd like to treat myself to, I realize I'm going to have to be careful with my pennies. We have a few home improvement projects to tackle, like putting in new double glazing, not so exciting but very necessary. We've been to the sales in town and the children did well and got some nice new clothes and boots etc. Hubby gave me a lovely new cerise pink North Face jacket for my Christmas prezzie, so I'm sorted!

What do you think of his efforts at prim sign making? He had put this in my parcel for a laugh because we had decided to save on gifts this year so he came up with a homespun gift instead!
I enjoyed the fun of it!

I haven't even been able to start any new stitcheries yet. Got to get a move on! Hurray for normality!
Best wishes