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I have a dear friend whose mother is in her nineties and still going strong.  Her family keeps her busy with different activities.

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This particular activity is fun for young and old alike and is something I’ve always wanted to do.

Gathering all the supplies that were needed they let their imagination do the work and created some lovely bonnets. 

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And it looks like the little ones had lots of fun designing their very own.

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The one thing to remember is to enjoy the process and not stress about competing  with all the others, unless you choose to make it a contest.

 

IMG_0575And here is the whole clan showing off their bonnets.♥♥♥♥

This activity would be great for Mother’s Day as well.

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It’s always fun to decorate for Easter, but I do it especially for my grandkids.

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My oldest daughter also decorates her mantel for just about every season, and I always  look forward to seeing what she does.

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And it’s always a Mexican tradition for cascarones, which are egg shells filled with confetti that you break over your relatives heads, gently.  Although the kids always get carried away and we have to try and avoid them in order not to get a concussion.DSCN3487 One year I made an Easter tree out of a tree branch.

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More ideas to come. Thanks for visiting.♥♥♥♥


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It’s almost time for the most romantic day of the year.

  Valentine’s Day is just around  the corner, so I made myself a little floral gift.

This is very simple and easy to make.

You will just need a few items along with a glue gun and ribbon.

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               You might even have a Mason jar in your kitchen just waiting for a make over.

I put some of the wire garland inside the container to add more color and to hide the stems.

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Cutting the flower stems is a good idea, then you can arrange them into a little nosegay to fit in the jar. And don’t forget to make a bow for the front of the jar.

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It looks great on my shelf in the bedroom.

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We have a family tradition of carving pumpkins just a few days before Halloween.  We don’t know how much longer we will be doing this because the grandkids are all growing up so fast. We treasure these gatherings as we do all our family time spent together.

Even our daughter and son-in-law wanted to show off their Jack-O-Lanterns.

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Have fun and be safe tonight.♥♥♥♥

 

 

 


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Lately the weather has been torture.  The heat is frying all of us and my poor little flowers have crispy edges and so does my creativity.  It’s hard to do much of anything when outside is a scorching 102 or 103 degrees,

Last saturday when I visited Walmart, which was nice and cool, I noticed they had flip flops for .99,  and my little brain started working.  I’ve been wanting to decorate and embellish flip flops for myself.  By the way, when I was growing up we called flip flops “zoris” or is it “zories” and I’m not sure when the name changed.  Does anybody remember that?

This is a great craft for kids.  I used washi tape and rhinestones, but you can use whatever you think will work, such as beads, ribbons, permanent markers, along with your favorite glue that works on rubber.

I will be ready for the 4th of July in my patriotic flip flops.

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My youngest daughter kindly let me take a picture of her cute feet.🌺


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Growing up poor in the 50’s and 60’s I had no idea what crafting meant. We sewed because we had to.  We  mended our clothes or made our clothes because it was much cheaper.  Hubby tells me his sisters would fight over who would get the next flour sack fabric for a new garment.

And never mind making home decorations. We decorated with the free calendars that we received from the Mexican bakeries and tortilla factories.  The calendars always had images of  muscular Aztec warriors carrying  beautiful Indian maidens and being Catholic we always tried to get one with the Virgin Mary as well.  These were our art that  hung on the walls to admire.

Today crafting is big business. Crafters spend a lot of money for craft supplies and I’m one of them.

I don’t feel guilty about my vice because it gives me pleasure and it’s therapeutic.

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Crafting will go on in my life!♥♥♥♥

 

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If you have signed up for Pinterest, you know that you can spend lots of time on the site, sometimes wasting your free time; unless you’re looking for ideas, then you don’t feel so guilty browsing and browsing.

I found this idea for a heart pillow on Pinterest and decided to try it.  This is a great idea since there is no sewing involved, so anyone can do this.

Using my old newspaper heart pattern, I cut out my fleece heart.

Then I cut  1 1/2 inch long strips along the edges, making sure the front and back are together at all times while you are cutting the strips.

Once the strips are cut, you begin to tie double knots all around the heart leaving a small section untied to stuff the pillow.

If I decide to make another pillow, I’ll cut the strips 2 inches long, making it easier to tie the knots.

Thanks for stopping by!♥♥♥♥

 

It does take a little patience to tie all the knots.♥

 



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