Orange you glad it’s Fall!

I need something that says “Welcome Fall”!!! I welcome the cooler weather, the warm sweaters, and lots of homemade soup.  I want my house to smell like cinnamon and vanilla for no reason at all.  I want a cakes and cookies to stay on deck! I want comfort, inside and out.

Orange! Red! Yellows! All the colors of fall! And I love them!

I looked everywhere to find some Fall decorations for my porch. I went to several thrift stores looking for baskets, flower benches, or floral arrangements that I could re-purpose. I am well aware that I could just go to a home decor store and pay the price for prepackaged decorations, but what fun would that be!

My thrifty scavenger hunt led to one Christmas wreath and a mirror, neither of which were on my original list.

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Reflect on the price of $1.99!

I wouldn’t normally purchase a used mirror. Superstitions say that you never know what they hold, but it felt good in my hands and made its all the way to the register without second thoughts. I’ve only made this exception one other time and I haven’t regretted it yet.

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$3.99 gold find!!! I’ll spruce it up some later!

As happy as a I am with my new treasures, these are not what I went searching for.  I need something that says “Welcome Fall”!!! I welcome the cooler weather, the warm sweaters, and lots of homemade soup.  I want my house to smell like cinnamon and vanilla for no reason at all.  I want a cakes and cookies to stay on deck! I want comfort, inside and out. But for me, this has to start at my door.  When I walk in or out, I want that cozy feeling to be with me. I need a Fall wreath.

I Fall for You

No matter the season

My heart has a reason

I fall for you

Our passions burn red

Our love is well fed

I fall for you

My mind says be mellow

My courage is yellow

I fall for you

You warm me like porridge

You immune me like orange

I fall for you!

So what could I do? I had to make a way. I decided to journey over to the dollar store. They have all sorts of cheesy decorations that ultimately delude you into spending more than $1.  Well, I found bushels of plastic leaves and a wire wreath form.  I discovered the cutest scarecrow “welcome” sign. The irony of a scarecrow welcome sign is that I want to say welcome, but I hope I scare off crows. It is the duality of my true personality. 

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My Wreath Making Skills: Beginner

Skill level required: Intermediate

Materials: A hoop wreath form, 6 bushels of artificial flowers/leaves, a welcome sign, and one foot of twine.

Cost: $9.00

As usual, I picked a craft that was probably well above my actual skill set. I have this tendency.  My imagination is not typically aware of the time and effort it takes to successfully complete crafts.  It most certainly does not understand that the goal is to end up with a product that looks like I imagined. Instead, I generally get flawed outputs that sincerely reflect me! Art teaches me to trust the learning process. It helps me to trust my mind’s eye. My intuition. It can be very therapeutic if you don’t let yourself get hung up on mistakes. Love the things you put your hands to “flaws and all”!

All I wanted was a wreath. And I got that and so much more!

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Orange you glad it’s Fall?!

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LOL out that box!

I can be a little crafty from time to time. Both cunning and beguiling. Artful and designing. ~Fuzz

So Lil Miss has this thing for LOL Dolls. Never heard of them? Well, let me tell you that they are the little girl craze! They come encased in a fizz bomb that seems to increase the screeches and yays as she stands there anticipating which tiny doll is inside.

Yep! That’s the surprise! You don’t know which doll you will uncover. (Hmm, somebody is getting paid for that clever marketing trick). Anyways…. She loves them and I love her, so when she started to complain about your dolls not having a house I had to fix that.

“Heeeyyyy girl!”

“Hey Sweet!”

“I can show you how to build a dollhouse out of a box, if you want?”

“Ok! Ok! They need a house.”

“Yes, they do. It will be fun. We can paint the outside and decorate with wall paper.”

“Ok. Or Sweet?”

“Yes?”

“You could just buy me a doll house from the store…..”

Well I’m not that kind of Sweet (grandma)! I’m the kind that believes in the promise of art and the hope of creativity! I believe in the courage of projects and the strength of individualism.

Here is Lil Miss and our doll house building materials!

Materials:

  1. A box. Big. Small. Two boxes or more. Your dream house should fit to your imagination!
  2. Scissors. You will use them to cut windows and doors. You can remove the box flaps if you want an open roof or open wall concept.
  3. Paper! We bought four sheets of designed scrapbook paper. Super cheap but makes great wall paper and flooring.
  4. Glue. Self explanatory. I used good ol’ Elmer’s glue, because peeling glue off your hands is fun.
  5. Paint & brushes/sponges. We used these to spice up the exterior.
  6. Stickers. Every house needs a little artwork. A few personal touches. We accomplished that with scrapbook stickers!
  7. A kid or a parent. Because let’s face it… Teamwork makes the dream work!!!

“Not so much!” This is exactly why we end up with glue on our hands..lol literally!!

Hope y’all like House #24!

I told Lil Miss’ momma that if she plays with her homemade house, I’d buy her one with furniture and all. I don’t want to waste money on another toy that will get neglected.

Well, she’s uses it a lot. Even makes sure her LOL’S sleep in there at night. Now that’s an attitude of gratitude! Looks like I better get to shopping!!


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New design for old wine

Sip and Paint was the date night theme. I think we did a pretty good free-hand design set! Our 15th wedding anniversary was approaching and I have no idea where our wedding flutes are. This gave us a chance to create new skins for our old wine!

Can you guess which is mine?

Hint: I always do too much lol


My humble contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto- Horizontal Line Challenge

Win-Win Winter Crafts

I won 6 beautiful skeins of Lion Brand Fun Yarn! The most vibrant and fun-inspiring colors! See look 👇🏽

Shucky ducky! Ain’t I lucky! I won a free prize!

I never play; henceforth, I never win. This time I decided to not be so shy and put my best bid in. And… It worked!

I won 6 beautiful skeins of Lion Brand Fun Yarn! The most vibrant and fun-inspiring colors! See look 👇🏽

A wonderful craft blogger that I follow, Hannah’s Loop hosted her 100 Followers Giveaway Celebration in November. (If you do ANY kind of crafting, she is an artist to follow!) All I could think about were all the things me and Lil Miss could do with these bright colors and soft textures.

WINNING!! We are going to make blankets for her babydolls, Molly, Polly, Olly, and Golly!

Me, Lil Miss, Molly & Polly (Baby Alive Twins)I think I look tired in this picture. I probably was. I think this was when her mom was in labor with King Chubb. I’m always willing to take a picture with my great grand-doll children.🙋🏽‍♀️

Anywho…Molly and Polly are her Baby Alive Baby Go Bye Bye twins. I can’t tell them apart so I don’t know which is which 🤷🏽‍♀️. I think they could also use a hat or two. Their hair is always out of control. I tell Lil Miss that just because her kids have natural hair doesn’t mean she can’t take a wet brush to it.

WIN-WIN!!! Over break, we did finish her first quilting project! Yay us!!! Whoop whoop!

She received a Trolls Easy Make Your Own Fleece Quiltkit from her Nanny (aka Godmother). It was an easy age-appropriate introduction to making knot quilts. There were 20 precut fleece squares included. The material is 100% polyester. Enough come in the kit to make several small quilts or one large 59″ x 39″ quilted throw.

Look at those colors!!

We laid out our material and organized the block pattern of her choice. (After all, it’s her blanket)Tying the knot was a little difficult for her small hands. The age rating on the kit is 6+ and she is 6.5 years old. She was able to do the first part of the tie and then I would go behind her and complete the second loop over and pull through to achieve the knot! Team work makes the DreamWorks!!

Lil Miss selected and smoothed on her embellishments. (I would have picked a few of the small patches, but heeeyyyy it’s not my blankie or my business to interfere with her creative expression). The appliques came in a variety of sizes and shapes. They have adhesive on the back and stick firmly within seconds. I do not think they will be washer friendly, but if she really wants it to last we can quick stitch them down. In the end, the overall quality is good enough for what is needed for!

She was so excited about her finished product! It was an 1.5 hours well spent time! The new skill and memory will last FOREVER!!!

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A Stitch In The Meantime

What do you do to pass the time while you’re busy passing the time? I swear it’s not a trick question. I’m just sitting here at my sewing machine to do some relaxing quilting, while I wait for my brain to process information that I read for a final term paper.

The paper is on “The Fifth Race: Diasporic Cultures and the Road Toward Humanism”. That’s my title. Don’t steal it 😩 I read two books 📘📕and many, many, many journal articles 📚📚and International Criminal Court memorandums 🤦🏽‍♀️in order to narrow my topic down. But my brain is sleepy now. We just wanna craft while we wait…

Support your local library and bookstores. Nothing beats print!

So in the meantime, in between time, I am going to start my next grandboy quilt. I am by no means a pro at this, but it makes my soul feel good.

When selecting material I simply walk around Joann’s Fabric or Hobby Lobby until I find something that “looks” like the person. When I first started sewing blankets (that I called quilts, but weren’t really quite quilts), I would go to the thrift store and buy sheets and fabric shower curtains to use. (Don’t be bougie! Just wash em!) They were already cut to size basically and if I didn’t like the project it only cost me $5. Eh good deal. I also liked that the fabric was a little worn so the blankets were cozy right away. So economics, aesthetics, and laziness were my creative motivations (I don’t like or understand proper measurements). No magic. No statistical analysis.

Do you see my embroidery hoop? I have a new stitch to try. 😊

Now this will be my first time using a poly-fil. I chose an extra loft, because I want it to be cozy after many washes. I don’t know a lot about filling (I use to just use an old blanket and repurpose it), but I’m trying to grow my skill set. And my mother-in-law keeps asking me over and over and over again if I’m going to fill them. I take it that’s her subtle hint that I should lol.

My thoughts: These babies are gonna sweat like hell under these thick ass quilts.

I doubt I’ll ever do fancy log cabins and I don’t really want too. I think they’re cool looking, but I don’t want to cut and measure all those squares and triangles. I checked out a book once that told me all about how quilt patterns contained the hidden messages and directions for the underground railroad! Like how freaking cool is that! But I’m not really trying to get in the quilt for show league. I want them to be used until they’re threadbare.

My Granny taught me to handstitch and make patterns when I was about 10 yrs old. I still make my own patterns or repurpose (there’s that word again lol) them to make original designs. Haven’t sewn a dress in over 20 yrs, but whatever I sewed was sewn by hand. And I liked it that way. Fast forward to about 8 yrs ago. I basically inherited my first and only sewing machine from my Aunt Shirley and it came with all of her and Grandma Emmie’s patterns, threads, books, and a tote full of quilt materials. I try to use their things to keep quilting alive. Perfectly matches with my desire to create heirlooms for my family. 😍

Well… Back to the essay I go 👍🏽

DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation

What is a Sweet Mama to do when her grandgirl loses a tooth? Transform scraps into a toothfairy pillow!

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I decided against a back pocket and went with a mouth pocket instead!

The scraps of material are taking form. But the toothfairy needs a skirt.

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Some old buttons make great eyes!
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A pretty skirt deserves a beautiful ribbon to tie it off!

My grandgirl called me on a Sunday night to tell me about her first loose tooth. She showed me on FaceTime how wiggly it was. She was excited and scared. I looked through my bag of scraps and ribbons and buttons while we were still on the phone. She inquisitively asked, “Sweet? What are you doing?” “Oh just about to put together a little somethin’ somethin’.”

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Coins and teeth fit snuggly in the mouth pocket!

I delivered it on Monday and her tooth came out on Tuesday! Transforming ordinary things into precious heirlooms! This is the only way I know how to make memories that will last.

DP Photo Challenge: Transformation