Cozy Cowl {Make 1- Give 1}

Snuggling under a blanket while crafting is one of my most favorite things to do. Creating for gift-giving is another favorite. This project accomplished both. 

Green cowl. SugarBeans.org

I recently stumbled upon a tutorial on Fiber Flux for the Meringue Cowl. Once I completed the tutorial, I wanted a bit more color, so the contrasting border stitch was added. Love how this turned out! And SO cozy too!

cowl green2.jpg

And because this cowl came together so quickly with less yarn than I anticipated, I was able to make two. One for me, and another as a gift. Yeah!!

Cowl Green. SugarBeans.org

With a little bit of winter left on our calendar, I have a feeling these cozy cowls will get some good wear. I know I'm ready to bundle up! 

What is keeping you cozy this winter? A good book? Knitting? 

Mini Banners & Tassels {A Tutorial}

It's time to celebrate-- a new year, new hopes & adventures, small victories, birthdays, accomplishments. This is my year to be thankful and live out gratitude. Having some of these mini banners and tassels on hand to add to gifts or leave on mailboxes will be a reminder to look for reasons to celebrate. Let's create & share.

Mini banner & Tassels {a tutorial}. SugarBeans.org

Supplies:

Use your scrappy yarn pile to make small tassels
Make a banner pattern out of card stock. {I used a 3X5 card, for reference}.
Cut 2 pieces of each fabric using banner pattern.

Place tassel inside of fabric pieces {with right sides facing}.
Sew around three sides of the fabric, leaving end flat end open. 

Turn fabric out. Iron. Fold over 1 inch of flat end and iron.

Once banner is folded over, stitch the raw edges shut to make a pocket for wood rod. 
Insert wood rod and loop yarn, twine, ric rac or lace to make a hanger. Done. 

Attach to gifts for a little love in the form of handmade. 

Trying to live a thankful life. Will you join me?? Craft, write, sing, shovel snow, make a phone call-- whatever it takes to show love in a tangible way to the Specials in our lives.
Blessings, Dears!

Lately...

Lately...

There have been many changes in our home these past couple of months. Some changes have been welcomed, other changes have come unbidden and cause a heart to sigh and hunker down. With these changes have come some quiet times on this blog and in my little home. A very good thing. I have missed this space, so here is a little glimpse of my family's happenings:

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Gift Kits {College bound}

Gift Kits {College bound}

On a recent visit home, my daughter mentioned that her dorm mates swapped names to participate in a secret sister game. Each gal gets a name and leaves encouraging notes or small gifts while keeping their identities a secret. She wanted to stock up on some wrapping essentials for small gifts, so I was happy to oblige. 

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Faux Antlers {tutorial}

Faux Antlers {tutorial}

A little while back, my Hubs and I had a leisure weekend at the beach in Michigan. We strolled, ate quiet meals, junk shopped and relaxed. While strolling along the still shore, we spotted numerous limbs of driftwood; these limbs were brought home to remind us of our weekend away, and hopefully incorporate into our home. First project: Faux Antlers. 

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Weekend Project {Fireplace make-over}

Weekend Project {Fireplace make-over}

Last weekend's project is this weekends joy. We have lived in our current home for close to 14 years. In all of that time I have HATED our fireplace. It was dark, had an ugly grate and the mantle was an unsightly wood block cemented to the brick. It appeared that not a lot could be done. But, last weekend the skies parted, the energy and time needed to finish a project opened up and the surprise project became a reality. 

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