Sunday, October 31, 2010

These are a Few of My Scariest Things

Happy Halloween!

My Scariest Things
(Sung to the tune of "My Favorite Things.")

Sons on tall buildings and polka dot dresses

Bathtubs as hot tubs and self-butchered tresses

That crazed look belonging to tormentor, Spring
These are a few of my scariest things!

Nathan in speedos and pants made of pleather

Gosh awful haircuts and frightening weather

Open eyed sleep and a husband who sings
These are a few of my scariest things!

When the leg breaks

 When the trunks shock

Photo Booth pics of Dad

I simply remember my scariest things
And then I feel twice as bad!

Hope your Halloween's scary, too!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I've got hankies. 

Three quilted satin boxes full of hankies.

 Every kind of lace and tatted trim you can imagine.

Embroidered and screen printed.
 Romantic and sweet.

So many and so charming.
Vintage hankies are very collectible.
They are so lovely, I hate just leaving them packed up.
What to do with them?  How do we put them to use?

I made a top of pieced hankies and vintage lawn fabric.

 I'm always interested in good ideas for recycling these little gems.
Here are some ideas from our Etsy friends:

All great ideas!  Just beautiful!
I don't know about you, but I'm inspired!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Oak

Last week we visited Aunt Fay's farm.
We hadn't been there in 20 years.
We hiked out to the 150-200 year old burr oak tree.
The stories it could tell...
See Keaton, on a lower branch?

It was massive.

Gets its name from the burr-like acorns.

Fay's farm framed under its mighty branches.

Oh, and I liked the burst milkweed pod along the path.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bowled Over

Last month, with the help of some wonderful friends, I was in charge of a dinner for 225 women at church.  Not only were we in charge of the menu, but we were also responsible for setting and decorating 29 tables with a very thin budget.  We wanted to spend most of our money on the food, so I took this as an opportunity to destash from my personal supply of sewing goods.  Our theme was fall - rustic colors and kraft paper.  I had reels of old maroon cotton grosgrain ribbon and a big spindle of vintage kraft paper color rick rack.    You would have thought sewing a zillion yards of rick rack on a zillion yards of ribbon would have been enough to satisfy my persnicketiness and limited budget, but no -- I wanted kraft paper bowls, too.  We were setting out a snack on the tables and we wanted the containers to go with the theme... and cost nothing.  Couldn't find them anywhere locally, so we made them.

I played and played with a pattern until we had a square-ish paper bowl.  We lined them with waxed paper since our snack was buttery caramel corn.  Yum.  Anyway, the bowl.  I thought I'd share how I made them on my blog.  They can be made out of any fairly sturdy paper or even fabric as I will show.

Square Paper Bowl

Start out with paper approaching card stock weight.  The bigger the bowl, the stiffer the paper needs to be.  Mine are only about 4" across the top, so I used some turquoise star scrapbook paper and a chartreuse boomerang paper divider on the right.

Here's the pattern in JPG format.  It's faint so the lines aren't too noticeable when printed on the actual paper.  You can lift the JPG right from my blog and enlarge or scale down as wanted for your bowl.  Believe it or not, the time it took to get this pattern right, was way too long to admit.

Ideally, your paper should be two-sided like my chartreuse paper.  If your paper is one-sided like my turquoise paper, you might want to spray glue two pieces back-to-back which would allow you to have a cool complementary color on the inside of your bowl.

My turquoise paper was one sided, so I decided to spray glue it to a piece of fabric.  First I really starched and ironed the piece of 50s cotton fabric.  Then using 3M Super 77, I sprayed the back of the paper...

...and smoothed it onto the back of the fabric.

Cut out on solid lines.

 I used a glue runner to affix the flaps.

Overlap the flaps to the dotted lines.  After the flaps are fastened, you can gently bend or fold the corners and bottom on the dotted lines.

 Cute and modern.

Perfect for little snacks or mints or rings or supplies or you name it.  You can coordinate with any decor you wish to match.  There are no limits with all the paper and fabric out there.
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