Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A New Year

Here's a particularly beautiful version of Auld Lang Syne.

Wishing all of you a Very Happy and Fulfilling New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Funnies

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Wish

Monday, December 23, 2013

How Do You Handle It?

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights.
--Maya Angelou

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday Funnies

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Decorating for the Holidays

After spending 10 days in Milwaukee helping my sister through her hip replacement surgery, I'm playing catchup for the holidays.  I did manage to get some decorating done the other day.  I find I'm doing less and less each year - my concession to bad back, bad knees, etc.  Oy.

Even though it gets heavier and heavier every year, it just isn't Christmas without my memory wreath, so I struggle up the stairs, then up the ladder to get it hung.  I have written about it in detail here.  In short, this wreath contains ornaments that were given to me over the years, ornaments that belonged to family members who have departed, ornaments I made every year for my family Christmas parties.  When I put the wreath up, I can't help reminiscing about the people and the times those ornaments represent.  Here's some views of the wreath and some of my decorating.  As I said, it's less and less each year.  Bittersweet.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

First Thanks, Then Giving

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Let the Sales Begin!

Here we go!  Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, Cyber Monday .... and full speed ahead through the holidays! 

My Another Bright Idea shop is having a 40% off holiday clearance sale on all digital collages and photographs. Once sold, they will not be relisted.
Holiday Clearance Park Bench Digital Photograph 

 In my More Bright Ideas shop, EVERYTHING is 10% off.  In case you haven't looked into my shop lately, there's lots of Christmas wreaths, ornaments, and other holiday decor.  Many of the items are made with repurposed and recycled materials. 

 Holiday Sale Vintage Style Evergreen Wreath with Vintage Ornaments and Holiday Decor

Have a great holiday season!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Nurse Ratched

My posts here may be few and far between for awhile: I'm in Wisconsin helping my sister, who had a hip replacement on Wednesday.  So far she's doing very well.  It's a serious surgery, but from what I have heard and I'm seeing now with her, the recovery is pretty darn decent.  Hope her recuperation continues as well as it is so far. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Wreaths for Christmas 2013

 One of the most popular tutorials I have posted on this blog has been this Pinecone Wreath tutorial. As you can see, I still follow my own advice! These two new wreaths were just listed in my etsy shop.

Also listed, this evergreen vintage style wreath.  It's covered with vintage wooden ornaments, handmade ornaments, berries, beads and lots of other decorative holiday trims.  I love this wreath!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Christmas Ornaments for the Cook

It's that time of year when the holidays keep coming and coming.  Halloween's done, Thanksgiving is coming soon, and Christmas ... oh my ... Christmas!  Truth be told I have been working on Christmas items for a while already and thinking about the holiday festivities.  

"Visions of sugarplums danced in their heads ..."  I'm Polish - visions of PIEROGI dance in MY head!  The holidays are about the only times I allow myself to eat all those wonderful Polish foods I grew up on.

So last year for Christmas I made some pierogi ornaments for the family.  This year I decided to expand my food ornament repertoire and create more ornaments for the cooks I know.  How about ravioli, dumplings, and potstickers in addition to pierogi?


Ecru felt
Jingle Bells

 The process was quite simple.  I figured out my dimensions and created templates for the ornaments, then cut out the fabric.

The (approximate) dimensions I used:

Dumpling - 6" diameter circle
Pierogi - 5" x 4.25" oval
Potsticker - 4.25" square
Ravioli - 3" square


After stitching on a loop for hanging, I took a running stitch by hand around the edge of the fabric.  I added a ball of polyfil inside and pulled the thread tight, gathering and shaping the ornament as shown.

I strung the jingle bell on ribbon, created a ribbon bow, and stitched it down to the dumpling.  


The pierogi are simply folded over, stuffed with polyfil, and machine stitched around the edge, then trimmed with pinking shears.

The jingle bell and ribbon bow were added in the same way as above.


For the potstickers, I pulled up opposite ends of the square and used dabs of fabric glue to hold the edges together, with polyfil added and the hanging loop stitched in the middle.

The jingle bell and ribbon bow were then added.


The ravioli are perhaps the simplest to make.  Two pieces of fabric are filled with polyfil and machine stitched around the edges.  The edges are then trimmed with pinking shears and the bell and bow added.

I love these ornaments!  They were quite easy to put together and I think they'll bring a smile to cooks and chefs for Christmas!

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