The Hippie Quilt

Happy Monday!  For last week’s Memorable Monday post I wrote about my #2 son’s wedding quilt.  So for this week I thought I would post my #1 sons quilt.


My husband named this quilt.  It looks like something from the seventies for sure:). It really turned out wild!  My son and daughter-in-law are hipster, hippies and chose this one for their wedding quilt.  Somehow I knew they would!  After their naked wedding cake, are you surprised?:)

I made this from an online quilt along a few years back.   I think it was on Quilting Dad, but I really don’t remember.  I , of course, made two of each block so that I would have a spread instead of a throw.  Typical me, right?  I designed the lay out using the flower pattern that was given with the QAL.  I used the blocks in the center and for the border.  I used scraps to sash the blocks.  Don’t they look great?

It turned out so fun and GROOVY!  I was happy when my SWEET daughter-in-law chose this one for their quilt.  It is so them!

I hope you have a Memorable Monday.  Thanks for dropping by!

–Tracy:)

DIY Dream Catchers

 

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Hello!  — when my daughter-in-law shared the idea of having dream catchers at her wedding, I was excited to see what she came up with. Well, she had a cute picture from Pinterest but that was about all.   She tried to buy already finished dream catchers, but to get them larger than 4″ in diameter was too pricey so..Momma Pursley was called to the rescue and I was happy to help out.

I bought the 4″ ones and then picked up my yarn and needle and crocheted some 8″  doilies.  They were so easy and fun! image I attached them to the hoops. Then my beautiful daughter, Tassy, put them together adding the pretty  lace and feathers making this fantastic arrangement! (She even got inspired and crocheted a few of the smaller ones herself!)image

If you know how to crochet at all, these really are not hard to make. Here is what you do:

  1.  Gather different sized embroidery hoops.  Mine ranged from 10-12″ in diameter.  Tassy used a 6″ one.
  2. Find a doily pattern that you like.  There are tons of free patterns online.  There were so many that I used a different pattern for each dream catcher, but you could make them all the same if you wanted to whip them out quickly. –another easy way is to buy them already made. They are really affordable on eBay and Amazon.
  3. The finished doily should be about 2″ smaller than the hoop you are using  because you want it to be tight when you attach it.
  4. cut a 4″ piece of thread and slip it around a point of the doily and then tie it to the hoop.  Repeat this on an opposite point all around the doily until it is tied all the way to the hoop.  There will be strings hanging out all around.
  5. Cut an arms length or 30″ or so piece of yarn to start wrapping the hoop with.  Lay about 3″ on the hoop with the end facing left if you are right handed.  Now start wrapping counter clockwise around the hoop covering all of the hanging threads and beginning yarn piece as you go.  It goes rather quickly and cleans up so pretty.  Cut more yarn as needed and repeat covering the ending and beginning threads as you go until the whole hoop is covered.
  6. At the end, leave a 6-8″ length of yarn to thread into a large eyed needle and sew  back under the previous stitches.  It should be very tight.
  7. Now all you have to do is tie them all together in a design that you like and add pretty ribbons and feathers to the bottom!

Yea!!   It turns out BEAUTIFUL!!image

 

 

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Good Luck and SWEET dreamzzzzz!

–Tracy:)

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

What do you think?  I am gearing up for my son’s Arizona reception tomorrow and thought I would make a pretty, little DIY mason lantern to light the path up to our house.  It was so easy, cost me next to nothing to make and looks fantastic!

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I seem to be the beneficiary of old mason jars because of my love of canning food and decorating projects. Because of this I had plenty of pint size jars hanging around (lol no pun intended!)  I gathered 12 of them together and filled them with sand from the outside sand box.  I dropped some fresh flowers on top and added a flickering battery candle.  I am sure that I could have used a flame candle, but I want to be able to clean the jars and use them again.  I had the candles left over from many church activities and other receptions.  They are cheap and work extremely well for most events.
So.. these little beauties ended up costing me .. $.00.  Yep, thats right, absolutely NOTHING!  I am a firm believer of looking around your house and using what you have.  If I hadn’t of had mason jars, I am sure a nice glass cup would have looked fine.  No glass cup? how about a glass soda bottle?  It doesn’t matter.  Just make do.  Of course, it never hurts to go and buy some jars that can be used for free in future projects.  Here is the “recipe” for these beauties:
Glass Containers
Sand or dirt or small pebbles – bottom filler
Greenery – store bought or from your garden, the neighbors garden, or an almost gone bouquet that your sweetie bought you last week, like mine:)
A real or a battery operated candle
Wire – I used beading wire, but I am sure that greenery wire or your husbands bailing wire would work fine too.  Use what you have
Wire Cutters

    **Fill the bottom of the jar with your sand or filler.  Put the candle and the pretty stuff on top.  It looks so pretty!  Cut a piece of wire to about 18″ and wrap it around the mouth of the jar having one end with only about 3″ and the rest being about 15″.  Twist the 3″ around the longer piece until it is good and secure.  Probably 8 or 9 times.

Now here is the only even somewhat tricky part- Insert the long wire back in the circle part of the wire between the jar and the wire and then slide it around to the opposite side and twist it like the other side to make a handle for hanging.

    Here is a picture of me placing the wire in the circle part of the wire so I can pull it around.  It is really very very easy.FullSizeRender-2
    Now don’t these look fantastic?!  I just love how they look on the shepherds hooks:)  I am so ready for tomorrow night!
Until then, Life is too too SWEET! — Tracy
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Their “Naked” Wedding Cake!

This has been a WONDERFUL weekend!   My oldest son married his darling sweetheart, Nicole:).  It took a lot of planning to decorate a wedding so far from our Arizona home, but it was a joy to do.   I had so much fun making their very unique rock climbing themed, “naked” wedding cake. A naked cake is a cake where there is no frosting covering the sides of the cake.  It is very “earthy”.  I made all of the layers in their favorite oatmeal with coconut pecan filling.  (I will devote a post just to that delicious cake and give the recipe as well- it really is the best cake ever!)

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Naked Wedding Cake – Climbing to the Top!

Nicole loves the outdoors and trees. She really wanted a natural cake that reflected her natural personality. And since they both enjoy , no are passionate about, rock climbing, it seemed only fitting to make their cake look like a flower covered mountain that they are ascending to the top of:)

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Fantastic Rock Climbing Wedding Cake Topper

I found this fantastic rock climbing cake topper on Etsy from Cake Topper Connection.  It was absolutely PERFECT!!  Isn’t it just so cute to see the couple climbing the cake and reaching the top?  I just fell in love:)!

I have been working the past few weeks on the beautiful deep red and cream gum paste roses.  The gum paste started out as a bright, chinese red.  I added coco powder and blue food coloring to get this lovely, earthy, deep red rose.  I placed them in an egg carton under the back seat to transport them all the way to Ogden, UT .  They made it, yea!  Here they are cutting this masterpiece, and of course feeding each other a bite — lol:)

Life is definitely SWEET this week! –Tracy

Coffee Staining Doilies

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Hi!  This is my first post and I am excited to start a catalog of my creations and adventures.  My son is getting married next Saturday and the creativity is going crazy around here in my little Arizona town.  On Monday late afternoon, I received these beautiful paper doilies from Amazon.com in the mail.  I was so excited to get started that about an before I left for our youth group family night, I had to dig through my craft supplies and find the small bottle of coffee that I have had for many years to do fabric staining.  I poured the last few granules, about 1/4cup in a large cake pan and added very very hot water from the tap.  I let it stew for a few minutes as I gathered all of the old newspapers I had to place the doilies on to dry.  They turned out so so pretty!  Here is what I learned:

  1. – Don’t put the doily in and let it “simmer”.  It gets too soft and breaks apart when you try to get it out.
  2.  – Separate the doilies before you get started.  If you don’t the others get soggy and then stick together. — Yep, I know from experience:)
  3.  – Just gently put the doily flat in the water and then gently turn it over to get the other side wet.
  4.  – Quickly place it on several layers of newspaper and let it dry. – Really, just let it dry.  Even with a few wrinkles (which, by the way, adds beautiful texture)
  5.  – You may want to wear gloves because coffee stains your hands as well. (I can just imagine what it would do to my teeth!)
  6.  -Iron the paper doily when it is dry to get it back into tip-top shape.

There you go!  Easy peasy and they look FANTASTIC!!  I did crochet doilies for some dream catchers that I will catalog soon, but these were just too beautiful not to write about.

Life is SWEET!- Tracy