Saturday, February 25, 2017

I'm Looking Over a Four Leave Clover

So THIS became this ...

Some 4-leaf clovers for St. Patrick's Day. Seem early? It's just 20 days away!

My happy leprechaun looks outstanding in his field.

I learned to make the shamrock from this YouTube video:



Inspired by Yolanda Soto Lopez

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Frame Fettish

I think I have a problem.

I keep buying picture frames. I bought these today. I also have a big storage box (or two) downstairs.
Oh, dear.

Thankfully, most are pre-owned frames from thrift stores.

Only two of the six I bought today are new. The big one is for a limited edition Love poster I bought through DFTBA, the proceeds of which go to an organization that works with refugees.

One of the black square frames is for a finished piece of stitchery which I unearthed today ... in a frame, tucked behind another piece of stitchery. And it's a heart! Might as well put that baby on the wall. It's called [I give you] Olive My Heart! It's a heart ... decorated with green olives. I stitched it years and years ago!

The small white frame needs a little refinishing help. Then I'll use it to frame my embroidery on paper. Of all the pieces I stitched last December, this is the only one that I kept for myself.

The other frames? For stitcheries yet unfinished.
:: blush ::
A girl can dream.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tired and Happy

You know how it is after vacation days ... and then you return to real life?

That was my day today. Dale was back at work. I did a big Home Blessing. That means 4 or 5 loads of laundry, water the plants, thoroughly clean the bathroom, put clean sheets on the beds, scrub down the counters, sweep and clean the wood floors, vacuum, sweep the porch, dust, all that stuff.

AND I cleaned the oven. So shiny!

AND I walked more than 11,000 steps! My current daily goal is 7,600. Whoo-hoo!

So I'm pooped and a little sore, but very satisfied.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Our Cozy Weekend

It was a fairly quiet day in the Davaz household. The snow fell in giant clumps most of the day and turned to rain in the evening. It's Dale's last vacation day (of five). We spent the long weekend at home doing annual business, some decluttering, and cozy things.

Annual business? We met with our financial advisor to add funds to my IRA and talk about our eventual retirement.

Decluttering? Dale help Jeanne move his mom's former dining set to Jeanne's apartment. I released unneeded clothes, lots of vases, a few dishes, party supplies, cross-stitch patterns, take-home menus, old electronics, holiday decor, shoe polish and more. We're simple and eclectic and our belongings reveal that.

Cozy things? I finished crocheting the hat and scarf set on Saturday. Today started with breakfast at iHop, and moved on to watching the 3-D version of Upside Down. We shared some popcorn and peanuts during the movie. Later, we warmed up with potato soup.

Plus, there's this:

After several years of searching, we traded out our 10+ year old comforter for a new one, complete with complimentary pillows. I really like the subtle stripes on top with the flocked floral skirt. A very nice combination of Dale's style mixed with Margaret's. It makes for a comfy #CornerOfOurHome

A simple, loving weekend is sure to culminate in a good night of sleep, which, in turn, will lead to a very short work week.

Tonight, I'm content inside. I really do live a charmed life.

Monday, February 20, 2017

My Valentines

This year I had grand plans to make a unique Valentine card for each of the special people in my life. I had some doozies picked out. Then LIFE happened. I felt a little lousy. The Winter Blues kicked in. I had disturbing politics on my mind. You know the drill.

Still I was determined to make handcrafted valentines this year, so I picked one idea and set to work. I found this idea on Pinterest, of course.

I was pleased to find card blanks at the Dollar Tree this year. So I picked up a pack that had red fronts, white interiors, and pink envelopes.

I used brown craft paper, also from Dollar Tree, and cut out the shape of the paper bags. The "bling" is a string of gem stickers, also from Dollar Tree.

I raided my stash and used some scraps of patterned papers to punch out a variety of heart shapes in two sizes. The foil red heart is from my stash. Some of those hearts are actually cut from designs on Christmas cards!

On the inside, I taped a small valentine lapel pin, added the sentiment, and a flower sticker. One of my goals this year is to learn some fancy hand lettering techniques so my cards will look more polished.

Best? I got the cards in the mail on time, and they arrived at the homes of family and friends by Valentine's Day.


I don't know the name of the designer who inspired me.
Here's what the original design looked like.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Valentine Rose Wreath

Last week when my eldest daughter Jeanne spent the day with me, we went downstairs to play in my Studio. I wanted to recreate a heart-shaped wreath that I saw demonstrated by Tracy on YouTube's GiftBasketAppeal channel.

All the components for this wreath were purchased from the Dollar Tree. The wreath form looks much like this photo, though a bit more curved -- and much less expensive. The roses came with about six flowers on each stem and looked a bit like this. The flowers were three sizes. I bought six stems of roses. (Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, these items are no longer listed on the Dollar Tree website).

To create the wreath, we cut the flowers off the stem, leaving about a one inch stub. We used hot glue to adhere the leaves and bottom petals of the flowers to the heart frame. We alternated flower sizes so that the frame was filled out nicely. It took a bit of finesse to place the roses in such a way that they accentuated the shape of the heart frame. Place a few flowers incorrectly, and the heart turns into a blob.

I also bought some glittery berry sprays at the Dollar Tree that look a bit like this. We tried placing groups of berries throughout the wreath, but they didn't look right. So we cut the berries off the stems, and placed a single berry in the center a few choice flowers scattered throughout the wreath. The berries become a happy surprise tucked into the center of the fullest blooms.

Finally we tied a loop of red ribbon (from my stash) at the top of the heart so it could hang. The total cost of the wreath was only eight dollars. I'm so pleased with the result!