Monday, January 17, 2022

Hare Of Hearts

Good morning friends!
Hope this posts finds you well. 
My daughter is finally home now.
A nurse will be coming 3 days a week to check
in on her.
Bob and I treated her and the grands
to take out Mexican on Saturday night.
We took Tundra with us and he and her
Aussie played tug o war with the rope.
Even though Zoey is younger than Tundra,
she is much stronger at pulling on that rope.
He always gave up and tried again.

The ice came in like a fury Saturday morning.
By Sunday morning the ferry to the island
was shut down because of the ice.
Cannot wait to see the Eagles come back now.
They follow the Winter ducks when the ice comes in.

I started bringing out some Valentine decor.
I so like mixing in some greens 
with the pops of red.

Today's post is a OOAK
{one of a kind}
hare I created for Valentine's.

He is  painted a whitish gray color
made from muslin.

I named him 
Hare Of Hearts.

Once again I used red and black fabric
for my Winter/Valentine theme.
A red wool heart is on wire which was 
then blanket stitched in black.
I think he turned out cute.
I realized his neck ruffle was a little cockeyed,
so I had to fix it when I got back to the store. LOL

This tin sign which is also for sale,
was the inspiration for my hare.
The Alice In Wonderland Rabbit.

A few more hearts.
This one with a tag I made which reads,
Wrapped In Love.

My version of a sprinkle heart cookie.

Close up of the glass beads I used.
The silver ones are not glass.

Plus a few others.
I had more of the striped ones, but already sold.
The blue ones were already spoken for before
I could take a pic.

Do you ever look at something around you
that draws inspiration for you?

Hare Of Heart Blessings To All!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

A Winter Mantle

Good morning friends! 

This mantle display was really my Christmas one.
However with all of the greenery and fruit,
just decided to keep it up a bit longer for Winter. 

Each side has boxwood in an urn, 
a glass candlestick with red candle
and some stone fruit.

I also added a bottle brush tree to 
each of the glass candlestick globes.

Cedar garland underneath.

Looks good for Winter too,
don't ya think?

The stocking is more Christmas themed,
however sine my mom made this for me,
it makes me smile when I look at it.
So it stays too. :-)

I like to do displays for Winter after Christmas.
With the long dark cold nights,
it makes it more cheerier inside
with greens and snowmen throughout.
Do any of you decorate for Winter?

In other news.
We lost my neighbor the other day.
She passed in her sleep at 57. So young.
Then a family member of Bob's passed yesterday.
Am hoping our year gets better.

My daughter thought she was having a stroke.
Her fingers started tingling.
Her lips froze, and then the left side of her
face went numb.
They ruled out the stoke, but then told her it
might be a brain infection.
Hearing that news I lost it.
I cried all night and into the morning.
It wasn't until she called back and said
the MRI found nothing, that they
realized she might be allergic to her meds...
which she was.
Thankfully now she came home last night.
Hopefully now she can heal.
Thank you again for all of your thoughts & prayers.

Winter Mantle Blessings To All!

Sunday, January 9, 2022

From Heart To Finish

Er,  I should say from Start to Finish
on how I made this heart.

Start with 2 pieces of muslin.

Placed together.
I hand sew all of my projects.
I always try to hide my slit 
when I want to stuff a creation. 

You can see the slit better once 
the piece was turned over.
I lightly stuffed and then sewed the slit closed.

Next I cut out another heart
from red wool.

Silver beads were attached all around.

I then took and added another smaller
muslin heart.

Attached red glass beads.

I then attached the beaded piece 
to the stuffed heart.

Packaged in a cello bag.
Tied with a black and white check ribbon.
I chose this color ribbon,
because my theme for our Winter/ Valentine
 back room at the gift shop
is red and black. 
Only have 2 left.
Guess I should have made more,
but I am on Easter now.

Now I always save my fabric remnants.
I use these when I make pillows.
I like the feel of fabric instead of
the morning glory stuffing I use for
everything else.
Waste not I say.
I did decide to take the red wool out.
This may be used for making wool pennies
at some point.

Thank you again for all your 
thoughts & prayers for my daughter.
This week she had to have a blood transfusion.
Her blood pressure crashed & heart rate
went through the roof.
Her hemoglobin was really low,
thus the reason for the transfusion.
I also spent some time taking care 
of my grands this past week.
Looks like she will still be in the hospital
yet another week.
I know she is getting antsy to get home.
Am hoping she is through the worst of it now.

Yesterday I took our kitty Ace to the vet
or his annual checkup.
Once I placed him in his carrier,
the entire way there and home
he kept saying
Get MEOW-out of here.
He would not stop meowing. LOL
Once back home he was fine.

Well of to get Tundra his Timbit,
and my bagel.

Heart To Finish Blessings To All!


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

A Christmas Bath


Happy New Year Friends!

      Cannot believe a new year
is here already.
We both were in bed by 10:00pm
New Year's Eve. LOL

Here is what's been happening in my world.

Right after Christmas 
we lost a friend's wife to covid.

Bob fell off a chair in our storage room
and almost broke his neck.
He was inches away from hitting his head
on a cement statue he put in there on the floor.
His back is still pretty bruised.

My daughter ended up in ER the other day.
She has still been in pain and the surgeons
kept saying she had to work through it.
She went to her normal doctor and then
back to ER at his advise.
This time surgery to scrape an infection
which occurred near her bone.
She thought something was wrong.
She needs to get another doctor in my opinion.
Prayers for her on getting better.
This was her 3rd surgery now since
a week before Thanksgiving.

We spent Christmas Eve night
and Christmas day changing the gift store
from Christmas to Winter and Valentine's.
{more to come on that in upcoming posts}

I started creating bunnies for Spring.
{yes I have to be ahead of the seasons}

We got our first major snowstorm
with 6 inches of the white stuff.
Not a lot for those in Wisconsin though.
But a lot for us in one storm.
My nephews wife in North Carolina
got her wish for snow.
Not here in Michigan when they came up for Christmas,
but at home in North Carolina. LOL 

I had to already order my Christmas decor
for this year...or I would not get it by Christmas.
My themes will be more gingerbread,
red/green and a Nordic Christmas.

I hope you are not tired of Christmas,
because I wanted to share a few pics
of our bathroom.
Tied a bit of red velvet to my oil lamp.

Placed my lil Noel pillow
in with some rusty bells and  real chestnuts.
I picked these off the ground in my mom's town
one year when we went to breakfast.
They still look good after many years.

Another display on the other side of our sink.

My newest vintage Santa in here.

We sold these fun signs at the gift store,
So I took one home for myself.

The cabinet above our toilet.

I so love vintage Christmas boxes.
Back in the day you really did not need wrapping paper
with these festive boxes.

I created these peppermint candy sticks many years ago.
Kept one for myself.
I even made the wrapper and aged it 
with a stain spray.

Another festive display.

Added another piece of velvet ribbon
with my cross stitch pillow in the basket.

Now originally I had my poinsettia bush
here in another basket.

When Bob fell, he dented in this 
vintage like pail.
Unable to sell it now,
no one was the wiser with me placing
my poinsettia in it.
It will stay home now with me.
Just glad Bob is ok.

While I am sure most of you have taken down
your Christmas decor, I plan on keeping
mine up until mid January.
Always have, always will.
Will then keep my greens up for Winter,
and add some snowmen.
Do you decorate for Winter?

Post Christmas Bath Blessings To All!



Thursday, December 23, 2021

The First Noel

Well hello friends.
Only 2 more days left until Christmas.
This will be my last post for the year.

As we approach the final days
before Christmas, we all must remember
the reason for this season.


Therefore it is only fitting to feature
the nativity and all of the angels

I decided to have all of these pics shown at night.
I remember always going to Midnight mass
once I was a teen with my family.
Whether we attended our own church at home,
or the one my grandparents attended.
Both maternal and paternal grandparents attended
the same church.
It was where my parents met.
{or I should say they met at the old church}

The churches were always decorated so festive.
With trees and candles lit.
Poinsettias everywhere.
The choir singing the old carols 
and the ringing of the bells were my favorite.

It was even more magical if it was snowing outside
when mass was over. 

The stained glass windows at my
grandparents church were amazing.
When the lights shone on them,
they sparkled even more.

The original church 
where my parents met and married in
was built on a hill.
Unfortunately it burned down the year I was born.
My mom always told me it was a little white church,
which this particular ornament reminded me of.
It was surrounded by pine trees and also
the cemetery was next to it.
My paternal great grandparents,
paternal grandparents,
great aunts and uncles.
My dad and his brother (my uncle and aunt)
all are buried here in the family plot.
I would also like to be buried there one day.

I remember visiting the cemetery before
my grandparents farm was destroyed by an arson.
In the cemetery looking South, you could 
see their barns, and farmhouse way in the back.
The farm had been sold long before this
horrific act happened.

It is hard to put into words the feeling I have
while on that hill.

The pine trees have been there since the beginning.
Tall and massive.
Where the church was, now a statue stands
in the one section.
I have seen pictures of the old church.
It reminds me of the old New England churches.
White clapboard.
Small but mighty. 

I always wondered what it would have looked
 like inside during Christmas.
No electricity; only candles.
With the aroma of festive greens on the altar
and live wreaths on the wall with their satin ribbon bows.
Oh how I wish I could have been there for at least
one Christmas mass. 

The cemetery is about 5 miles West
 of the town my mom lives in.
When you are at the road,
and look towards the East, you can see 
Lake Huron.
One of our mighty great blue lakes.
Only farmland surrounds the area.
Who knows if progress will change 
the landscape in another 100 years,
but for now, it is a perfect resting spot. 

Although I currently live a little over an hour 
to the South in the next county,
when driving to my mom's
I always feel like I am going home as soon
as I see that sign...
entering Sanilac County.

This time of year is always a bit hard on me.
We buried my dad on Christmas Eve morn.
It's been 28 years now, but still hurts. 

As I stated earlier, this is my last post of the year.
Am taking some time off, both at work,
and from blogging.
I need to re-charge. LOL
I will be back in a few weeks.
I hope all of my friends enjoy your holidays!
Will try and visit my blog friends
and comment when I can.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Let's hope 2022 goes much better.
We thought 2021 would be.

The First Noel Blessings To All!