The Charming Cavaliers Get New Outfits

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d see if I could whip up an appropriate outfit for each of my Cavaliers.  The first outfit tackled was for our puppy, Ginger.  I purchased a baby’s bib at the 99 cents store. The bib says, “This is me being patient.”

I then rummaged through my remnant stash for a swatch that matched to add as a ruffle to the bottom of the bib.  Matching double fold bias tape was used to make the ties.

The reverse side of the dress.

Front of the bib.  

Here is what the finished outfit looks like.    Ginger is getting used to modeling.  I  think it turned out quite nicely for a spur-of-the-moment project.

Now, it was Bekah’s turn. Since Bekah is older, I thought I’d like to make an outfit without a ruffle. I was not quite sure where to begin.  So, I borrowed the idea for the pattern from the bib and sketched it out using Bekah’s measurements for her neck and abdomen.  To give it some body, I decided to make it reversible which simply means cutting two pieces and sewing them together. Ties were made using matching double-fold bias tape strips to secure the dress at her tummy. I did not want to use snaps or buttons so I used Velcro squares as fasteners.

Darker side.

The Lighter Side

I am so happy that this creation turned out so well.  Now, my fur babies are ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

Blank Ink Afghan

  On December 23, 2016 while in Baltimore, MD for Christmas, I started this garter-stitched afghan for my son-in-law.  The finished measurements are 80 x 57 inches.  I used 6 skeins of Bernat Blanket, Super Bulky weight, in Black Ink.  I finished it earlier this week and mailed it out to him.  My goal was to get it completed by his birthday and I’m ahead of schedule.  So, Happy Birthday, Ben!

Happy Valentine’s Day

red-valentine-sweetie  Wishing everyone a very special Valentine’s Day.  May your day be filled with happiness and joy.  Hope your Valentine’s Day crafting projects bring happiness to all.

Recliner Makeover

Decided it was time to go through my fabric stash to find a piece that I could use to whip up a new cover for my recliner.  So, I found this hunter green quilted fabric that would work well on my olive green recliner.  With two King Charles Cavalier dogs who love to cuddle whenever I am on my recliner, it is important to have a cover to help keep it clean.

Using the old cover as a pattern, I cut out my new one.  All edges were serged to prevent any fraying during laundering.  Using double-folded matching bias tape, I finished each outer edge.  Then the sections were sewn together.  It only took a couple of hours to complete this project.

Quilted Recliner Cover img_1457  I had fun putting this project together.  I will make a matching one for my hubby’s recliner.  Then each dog will have a recliner to nap on and I won’t have to worry about fussing with clean up.

Tending to my Mending

sewing lady 2   There is no better way to spend a Saturday than spending it in my sewing room, with a couple of cups of hot tea, an old western movie playing in the background and my sewing machine all ready to start singing.  I guess, to some folk, this makes me sound a bit weird.  But, alas, it is not weird–it is just my way to meditate. So, its time to starting tending to my mending.

As a wise person once said, “Sewing mends the soul.  ~Author Unknown” and today is a good example of this.  Spent the day in my sewing room addressing the need of my growing stack of mending projects.  First mending tasks addressed were three pairs of jeans for the hubby.  They needed to be shortened and hemmed.  Now, he is a happy camper with his new pairs of jeans.

Prepping for the colder weather, I got myself several fleece jackets.  However, the sleeves needed shortening.  So, this is where I headed in my mending spree.  As another sewing wise person said, “Sewing fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom, and closets.  ~Author Unknown”  Today’s endeavor did take these clothing pieces out of the mending stack and into our respective closets.

Some people may find mending projects a bore, but, not I.  Mending for me is a sort of meditation that helps in keeping me centered and relaxed.

Avoiding Winter Blahs

Determined not to get the winter blues I decided it was time to add splashes of color to my home decor.  So off to the craft store we went to procure a new supply of wired ribbons.  Back at home and going through my stash of silk flowers I started to work.  Turning out a bunch of new wreaths.

Greeting visitors at the front door will see this one.  Mauve wired ribbon bow and touches of burlap interwoven among pansies helped to turn out this wreath. I like the way it stands out against our front door.

 

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Interior doors take on a different look.  See here …

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Wanted to try a different look for a white interior door so I turned to blending deep, bright purple flowers and pansies around a yellow dotted bow works well with this wreath. Personally, I’m not partial to purple, but, sometimes you need to stretch your preferences for dramatic effect.

Okay, that’s enough for an adventurous effort, it is time to go back into my comfort zone and a rustic touch. Those who know me would think Autumn colors and orange flowers.  Ha!  Guess again.

I got a great deal on several different wired burlap ribbons so I selected spring colors like–yellow, peach, and peach.

Now, I’m all set and ready to drive out any signs of winter blahs.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Reading is such a passion in my life.  As an educator I firmly believe that reading is one way for a person to grow.  It is a nonthreatening way of learning.  Words can expand one’s thinking as well as one’s vocabulary.

So if you have a young reader in your life then a book is the best non-calorie Valentine’s Day present to get.  There are on-line book sites that offer giveaways and one such site is Goodreads.

Starting January 31, 2017 and running through February 8, 2017 you can participate in such a giveaway.

bekahs-first-adventure   This little book introduces you to a charming King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.  She is an adorable little girl with big bright eyes that has a way of charming you.  In this book, little Bekah describes her fears about being adopted.  Parents, grandparents, and teachers can use this book to help children make predictions and engage in conversations about their fears and overcoming them.

So, take a few minutes and drop in on the following link to enter a chance to win one signed, first edition, children’s book.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/221323

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you do register for this giveaway.

Splashing in the Blue Surf

surf-varigated

Just completed my first craft project for 2017.  This is a knitted baby blanket done in a garter stitch.  I used three skeins of Bernat Blanket Brights (Surf Varigated).  This yarn is a 6 weight and a 10.5 oz skein. I used my favorite needles, circular 10.5.  This blanket is finished in a row of single crochet stitch in lime green.  The finished measurement is 42 x 43 inches.

 

 

Welcoming 2017

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year.  We spent our Christmas in Baltimore.  Spending the holidays with family is always enjoyable, relaxing, and energizing.  We explored many new eating pl…

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Goodbye to 2016

goodbye  It is time to say goodbye to 2016.  2016 was a very busy and fulfilling year.  There were many craft projects, new area of creative growth, new commitment to a healthier lifestyle and lots of traveling (road trips).

It’s time to take a few minutes to reflect on 2016 blessings.  I am grateful for last year which was a very productive year.  I spent a lot of time working with yarn in 2016.  Knitting and crocheting helps to keep my mind active and I love the feeling I get when I complete a project as well as the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction upon learning a new skill. I made a lot of blankets.

 

I also ventured into a few new projects such as a couple of mermaid tails and one shark’s tail.    These were fun.

I took a knitting class to learn to do a cable stitch correctly.

 

I also knitted a couple of triangle shawls.  ( no pictures though)

Another new craft I tried was braiding.  I made a braided rug using bath towels.

img_0947     This turned out to be a wonderful hostess gift.

In addition, my needle crafts I have moved my creativity into the literary arena by writing a children’s book.  I published my first children’s book, Bekah’s First Adventure. I started dabbling in poetry as well.  I started gathering information to write another children’s book.  So, I will keep you posted as to its progress.

My biggest accomplishment occurred with regard to my health.  I lost 30 pounds this year thanks to Weight Watchers.

I could not have accomplished all of this with out the blessings I’ve received from our Heavenly Father.  I offer up my thanksgiving to Him who continues to shower me with blessings.

 

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