Bits and Pieces for a Friday

It was cold here this week.  Not Buffalo NY cold.  But bitta…..bitta cold for Florida! We woke up to temperatures in the 30s on two days.  And that’s enough of that!

Okay.  Let me explain this picture.  I'm not used to wearing socks.  Come on, it's never under 50 here.  But today I had to wear socks because it was f****g cold.  And I didn't realize until 12 hours later that my socks did not match.  And I had lunch with my mother in law.  Think she noticed?

Okay. Let me explain this picture. I’m not used to wearing socks. Come on, it’s hardly ever under 50 here. But yesterday I had to wear socks because it was crazy cold. And I didn’t realize until 12 hours later that my socks did not match. And I had lunch with my mother in law. Think she noticed?  Thankfully they both had a floral motif.

This dog looks pretty happy frolicking in the snow.  Wonder if he lives in Buffalo.

snow gif

The feasting season starts next Thursday!  And I only lost 6 pounds.  I’m done posting about my weight lose failure.  But I’m a positive kind of person. There’s always next year!  2015!  January 2nd!  (Gotta a party to go to on the 1st–I have my priorities!)

Maggie will be 15 on December 5th.  Thought she wasn’t going to make it through last weekend, though.  She jumped off the couch and hurt her shoulder and was puny for a few days. Curled up in a ball in her bed in the closet. (She has a bed in every room) Coincidentally, we also had three grandkids here.  Jack Russell Terriers are really not good with children. As soon as they left she suddenly revived.  No more limp! She even walked two miles yesterday.  Such a little faker!

Maggie

I was not faking it. I hurt my shoulder. Really. Are those kids gone yet?

Local news! November is BIG TIME in Old Homosassa.  We started out the month with the Blues and BBQ, followed by the Homosassa Seafood and Arts and Crafts Festival the next weekend and now it’s the Country Rocks The River at Riverside on Saturday. Starts at 5 pm and you have to buy tickets that start at $12!  The headliner is Kevin Anderson.  I don’t know who that is but I bet a lot of locals do. MacRaes will also be having bands starting at noon.  We’ll be hanging out down there at some point.  Probably walk rather than ride our bicycles because last time we rode our bikes at night I fell in the bushes and had to limp home.  Terry seems to think I had too much wine but I’m blaming the bike.  

Have a great weekend!

DIY Christmas Ornament Pillow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

At least it is in my sewing room.

I’ve been browsing through all those catalogs that come in the mail this time of year and spotted some really adorable pillows embellished with ornaments.  So cute.  And $49 each.  Zowie.  I have a bunch of bits of fabric left from making Christmas stockings that I posted about in September and thought this was a good opportunity to use up some of that fabric.

And I made two.

Christmas Pillows

Because as soon as my daughter-in-law in the cold white north sees this, I’m going to hear from her.  Hey, it matches her Christmas stockings!

This is not an easy peasy pillow like I made last year right before a Christmas party. This one takes some sewing skill. And a lot of time. So I’ve put extra photos and steps in the tutorial to help explain.  But it’s still difficult.  

You can get the patterns for the ornaments by following this Better Homes and Garden Link or downloading the PDF that I already pulled from the site.

BHG_Ornament-Felt-Stocking

The pattern is marked to enlarge it 200% but that’s not big enough.  I made the round ornament 3 3/4″ wide and the odd shaped one is 5 1/4″ at it’s widest point.

ornament pattern

I also made the piping.  This is extra thick piping with red striped fabric. Piping is not difficult to make, just boring, monotonous and tedious.  I wanted a candy cane stripe cut on the bias–not found locally–so I had to make it.  Check out my tutorial for making piping if you want to make your own.    

You will need for each pillow:

White denim–13″ x 17″

Scraps of fabric for ornaments.  I used Premier Prints that I ordered from fabric.com

2 yards of piping

red flannel– two pieces of 13″ x 12″

fleece–one piece 13″ x 17″, and two pieces 13″ x 12″

1 yard of ribbon

embellishments

fabric glue

heat ‘n bond lite

white thread

red thread

I used 1/2″ seams throughout unless otherwise indicated.

Start with the 13″ x 17″ white denim.

Cut a piece of denim 13" x 17"

Cut three 5″ pieces of ribbon.  Place on front and glue.  You might want to stagger the ribbon lengths.  (I originally planned on putting 3 round ornaments all at the same height but then changed my mind.)  

Add 3 5" ribbonsThere are folds on the above fabric.  That’s how I evenly placed the ribbons without measuring.  I pressed the center fold then folded each side into the center and finger pressed those folds.  Perfect spacing!

I used heat n’ bond lite on the back of the the ornaments. Follow the instructions on the package.  After the glue on the ribbons dried, I added the ornaments and pressed into place.

Place ornments and press

I then glued a crocheted snowflake on one pillow and tiny rick rack on the other. And again, let the glue dry.  

Time to sew!  Using white thread sew a 13″ x 17″ piece of fleece on the wrong side of the fabric. 

Now change to the zipper foot and sew the piping on to the front. 

Change to red thread and your regular sewing foot and do a satin stitch around each ornament.

embellishments

 Center a 16″ piece of ribbon on the chevron ornament and sew a little box.

add 16 " of ribbon

And tie a little bow.

Ribbon bow

Now let’s do the back.

This is an envelope style back.  No zippers or Velcro necessary.

Cut two 13″ x 12″ pieces of red flannel, sew fleece on the wrong side and trim.

Fleece on the back

 Turn 1/2″ under and press on one 13″ side on both pieces. 

press under 1/2" on 13" side

 Turn under 3/4″ on the pressed edge.

turn under 3/4"

And stitch at 5/8″ from edge.

stitch 5/8"

I’m sewing around the piping again so I changed back to a zipper foot.  

Put one of the red pieces, right side down on top of front piece. I use a lot of pins to secure the fabric and then baste on the three outer edges.  I always baste when I’m using piping because the fabric slips easily.  And then I have to rip out all that stitching.  Basting is the way to go!

lay one back, right sides togetherThen lay the other piece on top and baste.

put second piece onTurn the pillow right side out and check that all the seams and the corners are okay. Then turn wrong side out again and stitch all four sides and clip corners.  Corners need to be clipped to reduce the bulkiness to get a nice corner.  Sew4home.com had a really good tutorial on corners this week “Stitching and Cutting Corners”

step14back8

Turn right side out and poke the corners out with a turning tool.  I use a chop stick.

The back

The back is even cute!

 

the front

And the front is adorable!

These pillows were much more difficult and took a lot more time than expected.  But they turned out really nice.  I still have 74″ of candy stripe piping left but I think I’ll take a short break from sewing!  Time to plan that Thanksgiving menu!

DIY Christmas Ornament Pillow

Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle

Love Grown Foods

The other day a box showed up – you know the one, with the smile on it. Although I didn’t order anything. ?? Somebody did. Yes, my husband is an internet shopper. He also likes infomercials and ‘How’d They Do That’ shows. Turns out one evening he was watching a show about how this company makes cereals. He was intrigued and inspired by their commitment to their company and customers. Off to Google he went,….and he ordered a sample pack (of some sort) to see how it was. I’m glad he did.

Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle
I’ve eaten my share of health food cereals and much of it has been like the ‘Quarry’ from the SNL skit ! And how is it that it always seems to taste like the store? You know, that generic cinnamon/ginger/sage smell that hangs in the air of most every vitamin depot. This is different.

Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle
I like this stuff – the ‘O’s are really good, and just sweet enough. Wait, did it say ‘made with beans and brown rice’? Yes, yes it did. The Oat Granola’s are great too ! Yes, they’re fattening, ALL granola is (unless it’s laced with other crap to hold it together). There are actually different flavors – other than cinnamon. The apple has big pieces of apple in it and the coconut in one isn’t all dried super hard. It’s really good, and dare I say, fresh tasting. Any non-health-food cereal buff (um, my guys) would be all over these!
So, If you’re looking around the store shelves for an alternative to what ‘Big Corporate’ has to offer, check them out – and their smiles are on the box too. Those people in Colorado are just too healthy and happy. Maybe they eat a lot of this cereal.

Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

We not only have a hippo in one of our state parks, we have mermaids in another!  And both parks are within 30 minutes from our home.  How lucky are we?  How happy are our grandkids?

Mermaid show

Mermaid show!

mermaidsSince I know where they keep the mermaids, Piper and I slipped out as soon as the show was over and got to the mermaid photo shoot before any of the other little mermaid lovers!

Mermaid

Mermaid Deidra with Princess Piper

We were probably with the mermaid for 5 minutes before anyone else showed up.  So Piper struck up a private mermaid conversation.

mermaid

mermaidmermaidNext up was the reptile show, where we learned the difference between a tortoise and a turtle plus how to pet an alligator (very carefully)!

gopher tortoisealligatorFinal stop, boat ride on the Weeki Wachee River!boat rideWe saw one eagle and a manatee on our boat tour.  Then the day was done.  
 

Treasure Hunting 2014

Okay, so this is like almost the biggest day of the year for me.  This weekend was the Renninger’s Antique and Collectible Extravaganza in Mount Dora! So Connie, Michelle, and I headed in that direction and we were supposed to meet Kathryn but never found her so I just assumed that she decided to go a different day.  But she was there.  Along with about 1.5 million other shoppers.  

But Kathryn did send me a photo of her treasures…

Kathryn's treasures

Bet some of that booty is for her wedding decor!

Here’s Connie, me and Michelle after our long day…

TReasure Hunting

And the back of Connie’s van with our finds…

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

B is for Booty

This is my favorite shop, didn’t buy anything there this year but I spent a lot of time browsing.

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

This is just weird. Dead cat with bad jewelry.

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Acres and acres of “stuff”. Some weird, some wonderful.

A trend I spotted…..

The heads

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

WhaaaaAT?

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

creeeeepy……

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

 

And the headless

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Just want to know why someone would sell a doll without its head. Voodoo ritual? I did not touch that doll!  Oh wait, I posed it.  I’m going to die!

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

and just plain bizarro

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

So try to wipe all that scary stuff from your head and look at my perfectly normal treasures…

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Crocheted snowflakes, old telephone, glass cake pedestal, piano stool

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

I love these claw legs that grasp a glass ball. I told the vendor that it was so sad that they were painted. And he said, “if they weren’t I would have charged you more”. Looks like I have a refinishing job in my future!

Treasure Hunting 2014 at Renninger's Antique and Collectibles Extravaganza in Mount Dora

Love the fluted edge on the pedestal. I could have made the crocheted snowflakes but they were one dollar. What can you get for one dollar? A crocheted snowflake!  I’ve been looking for an old phone.  They start at $65 and go up–if they work.  I got this one for much less but Terry will need to rewire.  Think I might have found him a new hobby!

OMG! How much fun did we have?  Love to look at all that crap and wonder where it came from! Especially all the creepy bizarro stuff.  It was a great day and I was totally wiped out by the end of it. And as usual, we drove by the huge flea market that was right across the street and wondered what cool stuff we were missing.  But our bodies could not actually make it out to see what we could see. Maybe next year.  

Check out badzoot.com for Michelle’s treasures!