Friday, 19 February 2016

Friday Five



Happy Friday! Hope you had a good week!  i'm joining Amy at Love Made My Home for herFive on Friday linkup and today is a special one for the link up is now one year old! Congrats Amy for all your hard work to make this possible for us!

So here are five things I've been doing this week.

1. I have been blessed to have my dear friend Shazy who is an expert quilter, help me learn some of the basics with this gorgeous mini quilt with wool appliqué by Buttermilk Basin.


I've also been thinking 'spring' and came across these cross stitch pieces to list on my Etsy. You can find it on my sidebar.


A new addition in our house was this cute gift. Ollie the owl landed on the stairs but he is really a doorstop.

Sharing my new hallway lights.  If you've followed my blog, you'll know I love stars and we found these amazing Moravian star pendant shades.


I love all the angles!


Lastly we have been enjoying half term and took a trip to an Open Farm.  Here was one of the residents!
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Thanks again Amy for hosting!

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Its always great to hear from you!

Happy weekend!


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Tuesday Thoughts



Here we are half way through February and just passed Valentine's Day which I hope you all enjoyed with lots of love and flowers and chocolates!

At the start of the month, I read a post by Kim, aka Farm Girl and she listed 10 things she loved about this month.  Kim always inspires and encourages me by her thoughtful, godly insights and the love of her family and farm.  I was encouraged then and there to write a similar post and want to share it with you today.

1. I love February because it means winter is nearly over and spring is waiting in the wings!


It's wonderful to see the buds appearing and never more beautiful and colourful!

2. Of course February is the month of love and I even managed to make a few more hearts to decorate with.
I think I could keep this one out all spring as it has button flowers on it.



This heart is a more primitive one, hand stitched and patched up - a mended heart!


3. I love this month as the birds start really chirping again.

4. The weather becomes a little milder here and on a good dry day I love being able to hang out the washing on the line!

5.I love the stretch in the evenings, the longer days mean we can get out and about more.

6. Having said that, I still love that we are altogether around a nice warm fire. Home is where the heart is, and I am a home bird!

7. These winter evenings are great for handwork and stitching and of course blogging! You are all wonderful friends and so encouraging.  It is always heartening to read your comments and to visit you in return and be inspired!


So that's my list and hope you are blessed!

Joining Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration

The Enchanting Rose

Thanks so much for your visit!


Best wishes

Friday, 12 February 2016

Decorating with Love



Happy Friday and Happy Valentine's weekend!  I am sharing five Valentine's decorations around my home today for Amy's Five on Friday link up.

I hope those who visit my home including all my blogging friends, feel a sense of love when they come through the door.

That's what I aim for as I arrange and pick and choose where to display things around the rooms.  The reds just seem to be a warm and welcoming colour I love.


So here's the 'trug o' love' (just made that name up for fun!) which is on my hall table as soon as you enter.  It's filled with all sorts of hearts and a pretty little cross stitch Valentine pinkeep, a free pattern by PrimitiveBettys.


I cherish this heart as it was a gift from one of my dearest girlfriends and the sentiment says it all!



Of course my sweet lil' olde heart bear sits up on the shelf sharing some love!



In my red cupboard sits Miss Prairie Heart with her heart apron.



  Another cross stitch heart by Santas and Samplers.  Simple sweet love!


Hope you enjoyed my Five on Friday and please join Amy at LOVE MADE MY HOME 

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Thanks to all my sweet friends and followers!
You are cherished!

Wishing each of you a special weekend of love!


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

You light up my Life!



Hello friends! I'm back as promised with another Valentine's Day heart themed craft for you.

But let me also thank you all for your kind words regarding my aunt. You are all such a comfort.


So I saw this tutorial for Christmas lights and thought it would work equally well for Valentines's.

You just need some glass jars and print off some free sheet music and cut out a heart in proportion to your jar.

Glue on to the jar - I recommend just a strip on the edge and press onto the glass the wrap around the jar and finally glue down the closing edge.

Place a little votive candle inside - you could use a real candle - that's why you should place the paper on the outside - but a little battery operated candle means I don't need to worry!



Just to jazz it up a bit I tied a little homespun heart and some pip berries around it too!


Playing about with editing effects - this is a grunge effect




And this is how my finished Valentines shelf now looks...



hope you feel inspired to try some yourself !

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!


Thanks to our hosts, Jann, Carol and Jo

Lots of great ideas!


Best wishes


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Sara's Heart

Sara's Heart

Welcome!

Today I am dedicating my post to my aunt who sadly suffers from Alzheimers and is in a care home.

She is the second of a family of eight, my dad being the youngest. They grew up during WWII, in very austere times and as a result my aunt always stored and kept what she could.

My parents had the task of sorting through her possessions and I was gifted with this little treasure trove!



This is the box she kept all her white buttons in.  Isn't it so pretty?


And these are just some of the buttons.



So here's a quick tutorial about how simply you can make a button heart.

I took a pipe cleaner - wouldn't you know I was out of white ones!!!!



 I just took a couple of strips of linen and tightly wrapped it around the pipe cleaner which I hot glued
 together at the ends.




Now we are ready to glue on the buttons.  Try to use similar sized buttons. Be warned it is fiddly work!
Glue a piece of cord or thread or ribbon onto the back for a hanger.

 I hope you'll agree that the end result is pretty!

Sara's Heart

Here's where I hung mine for now!

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Sincerest thanks to my aunt Sara.

I'd love to hear from  you as I'm so glad you came by for a visit! 
I also hope to share a homemade heart each day this week so do come back!



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Do visit for loads more inspiring ideas!


Best wishes

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

SHARING SOME LOVE

 Welcome once again, its so good to have you visit.

Today I'm sharing a couple of Valentine's stitcheries, just finished so I can link with sweet Stephanie at Roses of Inspiration!

This little rework pincushion is so sweet in its sentiment, Love never fails.

It is a free pattern from The Primitive Hare.



Another freebie this time from Plum Street Samplers and is made into the shape of a little stocking, how cute is that?!


I added a button and some crochet trim to finish it off.

So pretty for Valentine's day!



The Enchanting Rose

Please check out Stephanie's great link up party.


It is always a pleasure to have you comment and thanks to all who cheered me on last week!

I think I'm back in the groove!

Best wishes