Who’s got pumpkins?

I always thought fabric pumpkins are pretty cool….I decided to try and figure it out and looked and looked for directions.  I remembered seeing something one time on making them and since I couldn’t find the directions went off of memory and got creative.

Pumpkins

If you know how to make a fabric yoyo, you can make a pumpkin.  What you will need….

  1. Fabric of your choice in assorted colors / patterns.
  2. Pot lids in various sizes (the bigger the lid, the bigger the pumpkin).  If you don’t want to use a pot lid or you can make a template using the thumb tack, string and a pencil method.
  3. Leaves; you can use silk or make some from green felt.
  4. Wood dowel or small piece of branch for the stem.
  5. Wire (optional) to make the vine (thicker gage)
  6. Embroidery floss.
  7. Needle and thread.
  8. Fiberfill.
  9. Hot glue.

Trace a pot lid onto the fabric using a pencil.  After you are done, cut the circle(s) and your ready to make your first yoyo.  Using a needle and thread stitch around the edge of the fabric using a basting stitch, when you get to the end, gently pull it to gather it into a pouch leaving an opening big enough to stuff. After you have stuffed it to the firmness you want, finish pulling the edge closed and stitch together to hold the in place.

Get your embroidery floss ready (do not separate strands).  You will then take the embroidery needle and push it up through the bottom of the pumpkin and pull it out of the top to start making the pumpkin shape; you’ll want to make sure you pull it tight enough as you go around to keep the shape.  You can tie it off either at the top or bottom of the pumpkin.

Next, grab your leaf (leaves) and hot glue it in place.  You would then cut a piece of dowel to the size you want for the stem and paint it green or brown or use a piece of branch and hot glue it to the center of the pumpkin.  If you choose to, you can add a stem by using the wire; cut the desired length and bend it in a spiral shape using needle nose pliers or a pencil and hot glue it in place.

These are great for fall decorations or make a set and give them as a gift.  I sell them at craft shows and the little ones are a big hit.

I hope you enjoyed my pumpkin tutorial.  Please feel free to share a pic and/or leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Teresa

 

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Autumn…..

Well…it’s that time of the year again.  My favorite time of year!  Fall is finally here and I hope it’s here to stay.  I love the changing of the leaves, the way they smell when they fall & cover the ground.  The sound they make when you walk on them.  There’s nothing better than going outside with your coffee or hot chocolate and just breathing deeply and smelling the earth.

I love to go to the nature center and walk around.  There’s nothing more peaceful than being out in nature and enjoying the quiet of the earth. Sure there are other people but the nature center is so big not everyone walks on the same paths.  My daughter and I went when the leaves were just starting to change and unfortunately, we didn’t get much nature time…I can’t wait to go back and see the changes.

Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is coming….My lovely daughter will soon be 21.  With the changing of the season, also comes the changing of my daughter into an adult.  I feel like i’m always working and between that and her going to school and working part-time, we both cherish the moments where we can spend an entire day together just hanging out.

I hope you enjoy your fall….  Mother nature is an amazing thing and God paints a beautiful landscape.  Take the time to smell the the air, the earth, and see all the beautiful colors and just enjoy the world around you.

 

 

 

Ahhh… Vacation

Vacation is finally here!

My official vacation started Friday but I ended up spending the day sick, so I slept and watched as my husband and daughter played Nancy Drew Mysteries all day.

Today, however, I am feeling much better and have been able to get stuff done. During the week my husband does the cooking because I work full time….so when I come home dinner is usually done, so on vacation I like to cook and bake.

If you’ve never had frozen hot chocolate, it’s a must try.  My suggestion is to make it from scratch and then freeze it.  I made this for the first time the other day and both the hubby and daughter liked it a lot so I made another batch for the freezer.

I also made chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies; another favorite in our house and a white cake with chocolate icing…..we now have snacks for the week 🙂

What are your favorite vacation treats?

Meet Miss Molly….

Hi there,  I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything new….  However, we’ve been busy.  Over the last 3 1/2 weeks we’ve had a new addition to our family…her name is Molly. Molly is a Coonhound and Short Haired German Pointer mix.  She has the markings of both her breeds and her ears are a combo as well but her bark is definitely coonhound.

We adopted her when she was just 6 months old and is now coming up on 7 months; don’t let her size fool you…she is a big girl but still a puppy.  We lost our dog Jetta last August, a month before her 15th birthday.  I know some people say you should get a dog right after you lose one, but it took a while before our hearts were ready for another one.

Molly has been through three homes prior to us….she was found in a ditch on the side of the road by a friends son when she was 4 months old and they took her in. Unfortunately, because she is very energetic they couldn’t keep her with little ones running around as well.  Molly was adopted out to a family who didn’t really have the time she needed and because of this was not a good fit for them, so 3 1/2 half weeks ago she became ours.

The first night was hard on her and the first week difficult.  As we came up on the second week we had a few struggles with dominance and her trying to make the rules.  As we came up on our third week she became accustomed to our routines and us hers and she’s learned some new tricks.  We are now coming up on a month and she is totally different than when we first got her.  She still has moments where she reverts  back due to insecurities but it doesn’t last long.  Lots of hugs, kisses, good girls, play times, belly rubs, and walks help.

My advice to anyone looking to adopt a new puppy or even an older dog….find out what the breed is; do you have the time and energy to give them the attention they will need. What is your lifestyle? Are you away from home a lot? Do you hike, boat, bike, run?  As long as you have the patience and the time you’ll have an amazing new family member who will love you unconditionally.

 

 

 

 

 

Not just a mom

I am not just a mother… I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a role model. Throughout my daughter’s life I have always had to work, I didn’t get the opportunity to be a stay at home mom (as much as I would have liked to).  It’s difficult having to work and raise a family.  So how do you connect with your kids in the downtime when there’s always homework or extra activities?  You do arts and crafts, play music and dance around the living room, sing badly together, play in the yard, have weekend camp-outs (whether it’s in backyard or living room) and just have fun.

In the summer time I use to do a mom camp on random weekends and we would camp-out in the backyard (with the dog), do science experiments, art projects, and other fun stuff.  My daughter said she doesn’t remember all the crafts we made or what we baked, but she remembers always making something/doing something.

My nieces and nephews spent alot of time at our house; we played games, did crafts, and watched movies. There were many weekends we stayed up late playing Life, Clue and Sorry and laughing.  I always made sure we did a craft or baked or something when they stayed with me.  There were many times we would all fall asleep in the living room watching movies.  A few years ago we had to sell our house.  My niece Brandie was upset and  said there were so many memories there.  That’s something they will always carry with them, memories of all the fun we had.

No, I am not just a mother, I’m a role model.  I’ve raised my now 20-year-old daughter to be independent-a leader and to not follow the crowd, I have encouraged her creativity, and tried to make sure she can cope with our crazy world .  I’ve seen to many “Mother’s” who aren’t mothers and “Father’s” who aren’t fathers.  They weren’t ready to be parents and forget that the children come first because they themselves are still children or put themselves first.  They put drugs, alcohol, their cellphone, friends ahead of their kids.  The children are who suffer and it’s not fair.

My goal has always been to make my daughter proud. My husband calls me super-wife and my daughter supermom.  Take time to be a role model, teach the children, spend time with them, and encourage them.  They are our future….

Now…off of my soap box

Here are some weekend family fun ideas

 

  1. Spend time outside with the kids playing in yard, going for a walk in the park, hike, bike, skate, camping out in the backyard, go fishing
  2. Plant a garden together, teach kids about the land and where their food comes from
  3. Get on the floor and play with the kids, whether its building blocks, cars & trucks, or dolls/action figures
  4. Dig out the playdoh
  5. Make a family game night
  6. Have dinner at the table together and share your day
  7. Crafting, baking
  8. During the holidays make the gifts and decorations
  9. Have an electronics free weekend

These might seem like a “duh” but you’d be surprised.  Sometimes, family time is all you need after a tough week to help you get recentered.

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LIEBSTER AWARD NOMINATION!

Liebster award

I was nominated by my very talented daughter Amber aka Pastel Bottle Rocket for the Liebster Award!

I apologize in advance for the wierd way this looks…I can’t figure out how to change the fonts to what I want….

THE RULES OF THE AWARD:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
Give 11 random facts about yourself.
Nominate 11 blogs (I only
Notify those blogs of the nomination.
Give them 11 questions to answer.

QUESTIONS

  1. If you wouldn’t need any degree for anything, what job would you want to do? Opening my own craft and hobby store and working with the community to host events. 
  2. Are you a cake, cookies, or ice cream kind of person? definitely ice cream
  3. Where would you love to visit most? I can’t choose just one.  I’ve always wanted to visit Vermont, Alaska, Montana and Hawaii. I would love to travel to Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, England, Iceland  
  4. What inspired you to start blogging? My daughter
  5. What’s the item to your left? A flannel shirt
  6. How long have you been blogging? only a couple of months
  7. What’s the weirdest blog post you’ve seen? I’m not really sure, still learning how to use the blog site
  8. Tea or Coffee? I prefer coffee but the occasional cup of tea is nice especially with shortbread cookies or scones
  9. How’re you today? tired and happy it’s the weekend
  10. What’s your favorite movie? Arthur’s Christmas
  11. Sunrise or Sunset? I like them both

11 RANDOM FACTS

  1. I am the oldest of 4
  2. I am the shortest of my siblings at 5’8″
  3. I have a chocolate addiction
  4. I love to bake
  5. I am trying to get my business license
  6. I have a fairy garden
  7. I’ve always wanted to spend a summer traveling through all 50 states
  8. I wanted to be a stay at home but have always had to work
  9. My daughter calls me super mom, my husband calls me super wife, and everyone else calls me super woman (my cape is on order…lol)
  10. I tend to keep my favorite books and reread them over and over
  11. I want to make a quilt over the summer and donate it the Relay for Life auction in September

MY NOMINEES (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

Inspire the Mom

The Cobweborium Emporium

Michelle W

J L Hunt, Hunts Club

Shannon G/MSnubutterflies

The Kitchens Garden

The Contended Crafter

Jots from a Small Apartment

The Snail of Happiness

LiveLaughRV

lovecraftingsite

MY QUESTIONS TO YOU!

  1. What is your hobby?
  2. What advice would you give someone trying to find a hobby?
  3. How old were you when you discovered your talent?
  4. Your favorite place to shop?
  5. Most visited blog?
  6. Favorite season
  7. Do prefer the ocean or the mountains?
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
  9. What’s your favorite book?
  10. Truck, Car, or Jeep?
  11. Coffee/tea to go or sit and chill for a bit?

Please note: If your blog is award free please accept
this nomination as a compliment to your blog without
obligation.

Thank you again, Amber, for nominating me! And thank all of you for reading!

~ Teresa

So many ideas!!!

Think-creative

Have you ever had so many ideas you don’t know where to start?

Ideas come from everywhere when your a crafter.  Some ideas come because you have a need or you have kids your keeping busy but at the end of the day we crafters just have a want/need to create something fun and new.  One of the problem we face is that there are so many idea sources out there.  Pinterest, Facebook, other crafters, conversations with family and friends, flipping through a magazine, or your watching a home improvement show.  You hit overload and want to do everything; which is why you have 87 boards on Pinterest…LOL

What happens when you decide on your new projects?   You go out and purchase supplies and those supplies sit there because another fabulous idea pops in your head and you go get more supplies.  What’s a crafter to do?!

Sometimes you just need to step away, clear your head and then go back, look at your pile and sort through it and decide what needs to get done first.  During craft show season is the worst….you want to make and take so many things but what will consumers buy? What season are you in, and what do you do first?

I think I need to take a page from my daughters book and start making a to do list; her to do list is more of a bullet journal that she decided she wanted to make to help get herself organized but I don’t see that as helpful for myself.  I think I need to start working on those things I have started first and then move onto the projects I bought all those supplies for (which is alot…lol).

I’d love to hear about your struggles with crafting organization and tips on how you keep yourself on track.  What do you do during craft show season to keep yourself organized and on track?