Thursday, 26 April 2012

Time to Say 'Thank you!'

I'm am so thankful today, for a couple of reasons.

I'm SO GLAD TO BE CAST FREE!!! YAAAAY I got my wrist cast cut off on Tuesday and it appears to have healed well, Praise the Lord! I want to thank each and everyone one of you who prayed for my wrist to heal and it has! There is obviously some stiffness and tenderness in it but I'm doing some physio exercises and am sure it will strengthen in due time. Oh the joy of being able to pick up needle and thread again! More of that soon!

But I also want to say a special THANK YOU to a new blog friend, Goedele from Belgium.
We seem to have lots in common, not least that we share a love for all things American!!!

Last week I found out that I was the lucky winner of Goedele's Giveaway and thanks to her, the goodies arrived today! Inside there was a pretty note card and a vintage sticker from Ohio - thanks for that, Goedele - you know I'm looking forward to visiting there in June!

Goedele was so sweet and added something extra - isn't this little vintage clock adorable? Love it!
Also included was this old tin - this picture doesn't do it justice it's aged wonderfully, and I thought it would sit well in this cupboard~

Thank you so much Goedele - you've been so generous! Make sure to visit Goedele's lovely blog, The Gingerbread Gem by clicking here!

So I'm VERY thankful today! So glad you came by to share in my thankfulness!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Tuesday Display Chain - Mary, Mary How does your Garden Grow?

For Misi's last in the present series of Tuesday Display Chain, the theme is 'Mary, how does your garden grow?'
Let me introduce you to Mary my faceless prairie doll who loves gardening

- she's not a bit like me... I can pot some pre-grown plants and mow the lawn and even pull weeds but that's my limit unfortunately.
The sun has come out this afternoon after heavy rain and thunder but look how refreshed the front lawn looks now!

These trees are in full leaf now
I took this shot early in the morning - can you spot the little robin red-breast on the branch? There are several couples nesting nearby and their twittering is lovely to listen to.

Those little robins better keep an eye open for Mitzi our neighbor's cat! She comes over to me during the day for some company.

I've enjoyed participating for the last few weeks in the display chain and want to thank Misi for organizing it so well.
Make sure you stop by her blog and check out all the other posts this week! Click here
Thanks so much for your visits and comments too!
Best wishes and hope you enjoy your garden!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tuesday Display Chain - Crafting Secrets Revealed!

Was this ever a difficult challenge? I feel like I've opened the exam paper and my mind's gone blank! Well OK, maybe it's not as bad as that but I have been thinking over my limited crafting experience and I realize that most of the tips I use are passed along from other more generous, talented and creative crafters so I would not even dream of claiming them as my own.

So at the risk of embarrassing myself, I'll share a couple of pretty obvious tips - no rocket science or anything akin to it from me!

Tip #1 Newspaper is my friend! It's great for making your own paper mache items - remember this guy?

It's also a great filler/space booster! I use a couple of crumpled up sheets of newspaper and/or bubble wrap in the bottom of baskets and ditty bags etc to lift up the items I want displayed so as they can be seen better - as in this basket. Fill about halfway with paper,
and then arrange your pieces and they appear to better advantage~

If you are filling with Spanish moss or grass it saves using a lot of the more costly craft goods and you only need use a small amount of them to hide the newspaper!
I've never actually gotten around to it, but ~I've been meaning to paint sheets of ordinary paper in prim tones of greens and tans and then when dry, shredding them in a document shredder to use in spring displays.

My other little tip is what I use to help some of my creations smell that little bit nicer.
Coffee and vanilla and cinnamon tea stain mix is great but if you want to add extra fragrance take some of the scented sachet mix of your choice and add to your doll or pillow or pouch.

Seeing as I was making these strawberry fobs recently, I used some strawberry scent to give it sniffable! (my own phrase!!) goodness!
So there ya go!
And a big thank you to Misi for hosting the display chain again. Check out all that's going on at her blog 1890 Gable House Musings. you don't want to miss out on top secret tips!

Best wishes for a great and very creative week! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Blogiversary Giveaway Winner is....

Hey Everybody! Hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter.

We've enjoyed all the chocolate eggs and bunnies and had a wonderful Easter Sunday with 2 special Easter services remembering the Savior's death and resurrection.

But I'll hurry on with announcing the winner of my blogiversary giveaway for the Easter pinkeep and the Spring pouch with Sweet Annie...

My soon-to-be a teenager daughter (Happy Birthday for Thursday, lovely daughter!!!!) wrote out all the entrants' names and chose a crystal bowl to draw out the winner's name...

And the winner, very appropriately is Sweet Annie herself whose blog Scrappalachia is one of my favorites and I hope you keep posting, Annie!!! I will email you shortly, Annie to send you your winnings asap!

Thank you all so much for reading and commenting on this blog - just taking an interest in my ramblings etc means so much!

Thanks too for your prayers and wishes for a speedy healing of my wrist - I can feel it improving every day - now I need to be patient for 2 more weeks until my cast is removed. I've tried to do some stitching but it's too awkward and then my wrist aches from rubbing in the cast, sigh :-(

All in good time!

Thanks so much for encouraging me along the way!
Best wishes