Sunday, April 16

Happy Easter again....



I realized tonight as I was going through photos that I never shared these wreaths that I made a couple weeks ago. I made the one above for daughter Collette. Didn't want to share the photo til I had given her the wreath. And then I forgot to post it. Duh! I made the wreath below for me. And I took photos for a tutorial. Looks like I'll be ready with an early Easter project for next Spring!


These wreaths were not difficult to make but it was messy. That Easter grass goes everywhere and clings to everything! I'll be picking up some more eggs and bags of grass after Easter so I can make a couple more for special family and friends. In addition to a photo tutorial, my son Devlin is going to help me do a video tutorial. But for right now.....that's it for tonight.
Have an egg-select Easter Sunday!
Sandi

Sunday, April 9

More wreaths and a wee bit of sewing..........

It's only been a little over a week and here I am back again. Wow! Maybe I will finally get back in the groove of blogging!
After I "refreshed" my front porch wreath, I was inspired to make a couple more grapevine wreaths for gifts. I had seen these crosses at Hobby Lobby and thought......"oh, those would look so pretty on a small grapevine wreath". And so last Monday, that's what I did.......made these two wreaths........
I made this one for our Family Room next to the kitchen. It's a 10" wreath so it's more petite than it looks in the photo. 


And I made this one for our pastor, Rev. Deb Meyer, here at St. Paul's UCC in Henderson. This wreath is about 12" in diameter.


I've bought supplies to make more wreaths because I just find it very soothing. I've made many wreaths over the years and it's been fun to find that creative spark they offer when choosing the flowers, the ribbons that make the wreath turn out just right! I find that in quilting, too, or making penny rugs, or clay crafting. Let's face it, I just like to craft and sew. LOL! 
Speaking of sewing, I did some of that this past week. I made curtains for my grandson Jacob's bedroom. He's a soccer fan and we found some fabric at Hobby Lobby. Just realized I haven't loaded that photo so will have to share it later. Also worked on some pretty pink and green pillow cases for my pink guest bedroom. I had plans to work on a couple of small Easter quilt projects this weekend, but wasn't feeling all that well so I just "laid low" .... translation~lounged on the couch and scrolled through Facebook posts and Pinterest. Oh, and I did get the laundry done. Tomorrow may be a day to make the Easter quilt projects. And I might make another little wreath. It's amazing what creative energy it gives me to make a little wreath and call it "done" so quickly!  Til next time........Have a great Monday and an awesome week!
Sandi


Saturday, April 1

No foolin', I'm posting to my BLOG!

It's April Fool's Day and what better day to do a blogpost?  I have left my poor blog unattended for so long. The blogging spirit just wasn't there for me. I think I understand "writer's block". Words that once came easy, just didn't come easy anymore. But last night, I really had the urge to write. And then I realized what today is so I had to write. ;-)
Life has been busy with lots of things since I last wrote in July of 2016. That was when I shared my quilts in a program at a quilt show held during the Allis Chalmers 25th Anniversary Tractor event over in Hutchinson, MN. My program went so well, everyone enjoyed all the quilts and pretties that I brought and the stories I shared. However, it was so hot that day that we felt like we were going to melt, but it was still a great afternoon. 
Fast forward to today and another great afternoon. For the second day in a row, we had sunshine and temps in the low 60's. Spring is in the air and neighbors were out trimming bushes and getting gardens ready for planting. My plan for the afternoon was to "refresh" the wreath that hangs by our front door. It's the wreath that the robins have nested in this past couple years. I took off all the worn and faded flowers and ribbon, dusted the wreath vines, then gave them a coat of stain to make them look new. Actually, I did all that yesterday. That way, this afternoon I could decorate the wreath with new flowers and a new bow. And here it is.............
It's ready for the robins to arrive and take up residence in the base of my wreath. I do hope they come back this year. When we first discovered that robins were building a nest, we were amazed. It had never happened before and so we watched as the robin couple built their nest. And when the nest was finished, mama began to sit upon the nest. Soon there were eggs, almost always four of them, beautiful robin's egg blue eggs!  The wait for the eggs to bear little birds seemed to take forever but finally one would hatch........and then another, and another, til all the little babies were born. Their little beaks were as big as their bodies and momma and papa robin were kept busy feeding the little birdies. They had almost no feathers when first born but in no time, they fluffed out and were a mass of downy feathers that overflowed the nest. And then came the time to fly. They were like watching little airplanes take off. Absolutely amazing! The strange thing was that momma and papa didn't mind if we watched as long as we didn't get too close to the nest. This spring, if the robins return, I'm going to get a little video of them. Keep your fingers crossed that they return because then I'll share and it means I'll post to my blog again. ;-)  Actually, I'll post again soon. I've made a number of projects and I have plans for more, plus some events to share. 
Here are a couple photos from the year that the robins made their nest in my Christmas wreath (didn't take it down soon enough and the Robin family moved in!). Hopefully, this is what we will have to look forward to this Spring!


Here's hoping you had a great Saturday wherever you are and that nobody fooled you too much today! Have a lovely Sunday!
Sandi
"Peace can be found in the piecing of a quilt."
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