This month has been such a busy time for me. My poor blog has been neglected once again because of life.
I’ve had 2 craft shows; one was a big flop while the other was a touch better.
So I’ve been sewing when I get the chance.
We had Thanksgiving with all family members in attendance. This was our table setting . The picture was taken by our eldest daughter
This year our son’s birthday fell on Thanksgiving day and our son-in-law’s birthday was the week before.
The following day my hubby and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.
Wow, I still have a problem accepting that fact.
I started this post in November and I am finishing it in December, because I just had another craft show over the weekend and am happy to report it was a success!
Just recently my niece/dear friend asked if I was interested in being one of the vendors at her tea luncheon.
Of course I said yes because first of all, I have never been to a tea luncheon and I also needed to put my crafts out there for people to see.
Knowing that I would need help I recruited my granddaughter to assist me.
This was a dressy event with the option of wearing a hat and many women did wear lovely hats, but because my head is just not made for that a particular accessory I didn’t wear one.
This is my dear friend wearing her hat, pictured with her lovely daughter.
The theme was Around the World in 80 Days, so the tables were decorated with different country themes.
I loved this table setting because the colors were so bright and cheerful which is what Italy is all about for me. This was done by another niece of ours.
The red, white and blue American setting was another favorite of mine and my granddaughter and I were invited to sit and enjoy our tea by my niece/dear friend. who decorated the table.
A little extra pizzazz was added to the back of the chairs.
Another visual treat was the napkin shaped into a rose.
Not only were we treated to a lovely luncheon, but we also enjoyed a fashion show with some great outfits modeled by the ladies of the Sunnyside Ministry.
I can’t believe they do this event every year because it involves a lot of planning and hard work. I watched my dear friend being pulled from all sides for help during the luncheon.
Thank you Gloria, you did such a wonderful job along with the other Sunnyside Ministry Ladies.💜❤️❤️💜
PS I was quite pleased with the sale of my crafts.
Why does time vanish so quickly?
Of course, doctor appointments, dentist appointments, grandkids sports games, and daily chores help time disappear quite fast.
My next craft show will be in May, so I need to start sewing more items.
It’s been lots of fun sewing my Mexican themed pillows.
Right now I’m working on my Sombrero Sue pillow. This pillow will also have the red pom pom trim.
I’m also working on my little dress dish towels. I love making these because it’s like making little girls dresses.
Th pattern piece for the top of the dish towel dress is lost somewhere in my sewing room, so I had to make my own simple pattern for the bodice.
So tomorrow after my doctor’s appointment, I’m hoping there will be time to sew.
I like to share this before Easter.
No, I’m not calling anyone a bad name.
This is another Mexican tradition that we follow every year during the Lenten season.
Many, many, years ago two of my sisters-in-law would make the most beautiful cascarones (confetti eggs). That was when I first learned to make them.
They can be fun to make for any fiesta that you are planning, not just Easter and is a great family project.
The first step is to save empty egg shells. I usually do this when making scrambled eggs or adding eggs to a batter.
Tap the egg shell at the top to make a little opening and then shake the egg out. Make sure that you rinse the shell out.
Then the egg shells are dyed or decorated with stickers or marking pens, but the traditional way is to use Easter egg dyes.
You will need confetti to fill the empty egg shells. Confetti can be found at the craft store or you can make your own.
After the egg shells are filled with confetti you can cover the hole by putting some glue around the edge of the opening and placing a piece of tissue over the hole.
Kids love cascarones, they especially like to crack them over someones’s head, gently, sometimes not so gently. That’s the whole idea of the confetti eggs.
I do have a rule though, no cracking eggs inside the house. But somehow I still get confetti throughout the entire house.
I hope you give it a try.♥♥♥
Well I’ve made three items already, and yes I know that’s not really going to get me into a craft show. But it’s a start!.
Soon we’ll be able to sit outside and drink a strawberry soda. This is a fake one, but I’ve always wanted to make one like this.
The very first time I saw this, many years ago, it was made with carnation flowers for the top, now people are making it with taffy candy. This idea is on Pinterest and so very easy to make.
Owls are also a favorite of mine to make. I made my own pattern pieces and is so easy and fun to sew.
Easy is what I do because I just don’t like hard or complicated.
My whimsical cat is from my own pattern, it might need a little tweaking, but I’m just not sure yet what to tweak. I’m open for suggestions.
I have to get back to my sewing. Have a fun Valentine’s Day.❤️💜❤️💜
I think I’ll give it another try. I’ve always wanted to do the craft shows, which I did try about 2 years ago. I just wasn’t prepared the way I should have been.
My lack of inventory was a problem, which I still don’t have, but I plan on doing some sewing , except, life always gets in the way. So I need to organize my time and get myself to sit down at my sewing machine.
I need to start creating again, using my imagination and getting motivated. The need to do research on what the new trends are and what’s selling at the craft shows is an important step to success .
Okay, I think I know what needs to be done. Tomorrow is a good day to start. Right now I need to go read my book.
I have a dear friend whose mother is in her nineties and still going strong. Her family keeps her busy with different activities.
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.
And it looks like the little ones had lots of fun designing their very own.
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.
And here is the whole clan showing off their bonnets.♥♥♥♥
This activity would be great for Mother’s Day as well.
It’s always fun to decorate for Easter, but I do it especially for my grandkids.
My oldest daughter also decorates her mantel for just about every season, and I always look forward to seeing what she does.
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. One year I made an Easter tree out of a tree branch.
More ideas to come. Thanks for visiting.♥♥♥♥
Or is it a kitchen towel?
Yep, it is a kitchen towel that is so cute and would make a great gift for moms. It would also be a great item for craft shows.
I used the Simplicity pattern #8109. It’s very easy and I managed to make it easier for myself by using just one kitchen towel as the skirt front. The pattern asks for a front and back skirt.
The Pioneer Woman has coordinating kitchen towels that sell as a pack of two, and the colors are very pretty, so this is what I used for my little dress towel. Just use your imagination and pair up any two that you prefer.
You’ll need some ribbon for ties to sew on each side of the towel, which I haven’t done yet.
This is fun sewing, because it’s like designing your own little dress.
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.
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.
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.
It looks great on my shelf in the bedroom.