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Shabby Chic Pin Cushions

I’ve been crafting again, this time with velvet and pearls.  These wonderful silverplate pieces were found in a thrift store, and I have been busy making them over into luxury pin cushions.  While cleaning out, I found my stash of velvet bits, and used them to turn ordinary items into handmade, unique treasures.  Some readers may remember this little beauty, that I have been informed was a salt cellar.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

With the addition of a velvet pin cushion, filled with cotton and poly fiberfill, and a vintage clip back earring, it became a fabulous treasure.  All the elements are glued on.  These lovely creations will be sold in my Etsy store.

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

This small, tarnished silverplate urn became a shabby chic treasure.

January Clean Out and Thrift Store finds

I added the red velvet pincushion filled with poly fiberfill, and added off-white color roses around the edge.  It stands about 3 inches high with the pincushion.

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

I was really excited to find this gorgeous sewing basket.  It is ceramic/plaster with lovely painted details.  It is huge, 5 inches across and a smidgen over 5 inches high.  It is also heavy!

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

It had one chip on one of the sewing machines, that I was able to disguise with the careful application of some black paint. The inside was filled with fiberfill, covered in dark red velvet and a corded trim was added to finish off the piece.

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

This small porcelain vase became a pincushion using deep blue velvet.  It is about 3 inches across.

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

I thought a pearl accent looked good to finish off the top edge.

Vintage Upcycle Pincushions ~ From My Carolina Home

I have a few more little things like these to turn into pin cushions next, if the ones I have listed so far do well.

I have decided to refocus my Etsy store away from supplies like fabrics, threads and buttons as they don’t really sell well.  My new focus will be on handmade creations and I hope that the store will do a bit better.  All the items shown on this post are available as of this writing plus a few more.  I hope they will all be gone shortly. I did do some research on this kind of item to begin pricing.  Know that I am trying to find the sweet spot, not too high, but not short-changing my time either.

If you have any suggestions for what you would like to have available in the store, please let me know.  There are also some neat vintage items for sale now too.  Visit Craftnut’s Studio to see all the goodies.

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Winter Projects

We had our first snow of the season beginning Friday afternoon.  It started earlier than expected, and I was happy to get my appointments done, attend a memorial service, and get DH from the airport before the road froze.  After we were home for half an hour or so, I saw that the turkeys were back again!  I was delighted as I have missed seeing them. I counted at least nine, and maybe more in the woods. They were in the meadow, and weren’t moving around much. Of course, I couldn’t resist seeing if the two males would come when called.  The snow was falling in fat flakes drifting down.

Turkeys Visit in January ~ From My Carolina Home

I wish I had brought out the camera fully booted up and ready as I missed getting the two of them running toward me. They made a bee line for me as soon as they saw me and heard me call to them. I had the bread ready, but not the camera. It was funny to see them come straight at me at a dead run! The rest of the birds stayed in the meadow and watched, no one else was willing to take a chance, so these two got all the treats.

Turkeys Visit in January ~ From My Carolina Home

They made their purring and clucking sounds while I fed them several pieces of bread.  I think I should give them names, don’t you?  Maybe Bert and Ernie?  or Butch and Sundance?  Any suggestions?

Turkeys Visit in January ~ From My Carolina Home

It was blasted cold, around 27 degrees with snow still falling. And they just kept making circles and purring, so of course I had to give them another slice. Next time, I think I’ll put some peanut butter on the bread to give them some extra protein and calories against the cold.

Turkeys Visit in January ~ From My Carolina Home

The larger male does get very colorful as his head become more blue and the wattles get red as he struts around. I do think he is preening to get more goodies. It works too.

Turkeys Visit in January ~ From My Carolina Home

Last night, it was really coming down hard with blustery wind.

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Now that it is white outside, I want to show you some white inside. While putting away the holiday decorations, DH found a wreath in the garage that I forgot I even had!  Well, the ribbon was crushed and certainly the red flowers were needing a lift.

Wreath Winter White 1

So, I decided to rework it completely for a winter wreath. I am in the mood this month for white, as I usually do in January. White decor and cleaning up the clutter is like a refreshing break from the frenzy of the holidays. I pulled off all the elements, and then cleaned up the excess glue on the wreath.

Wreath Winter White 2

I know I have shown you how to make a bow before. This time I centered it at the top, glueing the streamers under it, using a wonderful silver color wire edge ribbon from the estate sale box. White silk poinsettia flowers were added to each side. In keeping with the clean and simple theme, I stopped there.

Wreath Winter White 5

Hanging it up, it will remain through the winter.

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One other thing I did was paint some pine cones.  These aren’t as easy to paint as you’d think.  I began with a white primer paint spraying them from the top.

Pine Cone Project 1

Then I realized that most of the pine cone you see is the underside of the petals.  So, turning them on their sides, I sprayed the undersides of the petals.

Pine Cone Project 4

I’ll be using these in a tablescape coming soon.

Pine Cone Project 3

Back outside this morning, it is obvious that we won’t be going anywhere for a while. The forecast was for 3-5 inches, but this looks like more than that.

January Snow Saturday Dawn

This was near dawn this morning, I love the winter wonderland. Good thing I stocked the pantry last week!  We are expecting a bit more snow this morning too!  There are massive power outages in the area, we are not affected.  We have a whole house generator in case it does go out so I can still sew and do some cooking.  I am going to post this while we have the internet just in case.  It was 20 degrees when I took these pictures.

January Snow Saturday Dawn 2

Being snowed in means I can get some sewing done! I have Scrap Dance Waltz loaded and I’ll share that soon as it did present a challenge.  Wild Card Weekend means lots of football on the schedule for the next two days! Maybe I can get some hand work started too.

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Christmas Card Crafting

Before you start taking down all the holiday stuff, I needed to get in this post on what to do with some of the Christmas Cards you have. There are some interesting ideas on the internet, including one of ornaments made of circles folded this way and that, angels made by cutting out a pattern, and other things, but all that was a bit complicated for right now. Maybe I can save some cards out and try those later, but for today, I wanted to show some quick ideas that don’t need a lot of prep.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

First, do you have any gift bags around with store names on them?

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Use a cut-out from a Christmas card to cover the logo. Now you have gift bag you can re-use.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I had this tri-fold card. I cut the middle into strips, and  I’ll use the front on a gift bag.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

I cut a long, thin strip with the candies, then put it through the embosser to give it some interesting texture.  It took two runs to get all of the strip embossed.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Mounting the strip on a white background, I have a lovely bookmark to add to a book gift next year.  Or to use myself now.  I usually have multiple books going at once, and there are lots of recipes in cookbooks I bookmark to make later.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

I stamped the word ‘friendship’ on the back. You could put any sentiment you like there.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

The next card was narrow and wide, so I cut out the motif in the middle.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

It was wide enough for two bookmarks, this time with ‘Thank You’ on the back.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

This card had a beautiful sentiment inside, so I carefully cut it out leaving space all around.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Punch a hole in the upper left corner and thread a pretty ribbon through. Now you have a gorgeous gift tag for a special gift next year, with plenty of space for a To and From.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

This card had a lot of potential, so I challenged myself to get the most out of it.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Begin with cutting the front side of the card away from the back side.  Then keep cutting bookmark and gift tag shapes.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Ten bookmarks and gift tags from one card! The inside had a nice green border which I turned into an accent stripe.  Stamping flowers on some means I have gift tags for birthdays or other gifts.   I mounted the sentiment inside on a piece of cardstock, which will make a nice bookmark for DH.  I punched holes in the gift tags to add ribbons.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

For the Smile bookmark, I stamped the word on the beige section then punched a hole in the center top. I threaded a ribbon through the hole as it made it a bit fancier.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

With this next card, I saw a lot of opportunities to use my punches.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

The trees, deer, and snowflakes made cute elements for a hand crafted card next year.  Using the ornament punch, I centered a snowflake, punched out the shape, then mounted it on a bit of solid red cut from another card for a place card.  Using the scalloped circle punch, pretty elements of pine boughs will dress up a hand made card next year.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

And lastly, sometimes you get a card that is just so cute, it needs to be a permanent addition to the decor. In that case, frame it.  These dogs are just precious in their Christmas pageant.

Christmas Card Crafting ~ From My Carolina Home

Somewhere I have one of Airedale dogs singing into microphones with Christmas sweaters on.  It is beyond cute, and I am absolutely certain I would never throw it away. I really need to find that before all the Christmas decoration boxes are packed up, and frame it so I don’t lose it.

So, don’t throw away those cards!  Recycle them into other projects.  And know that you can recycle any kind of card, so keep the birthday and anniversary cards, Easter and Halloween, and any other card you receive.  Bookmarks, gift tags, place cards and new cards can be quickly made from recycled cards.

Have you recycled cards into other projects?

 

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Best of 2016 and Goals for 2017

Who knew it would be difficult to write about the 5 Best posts of 2016 on From My Carolina Home!  As I near the end of my third year of blogging next month, it is amazing that I still have things to say, projects to sew, things to create with hot glue, cards to stamp, new recipes to cook and it is still fun.  So, what did I enjoy the most this year?  Well, instead of five posts, I am going to review three events.

Scrap Dance Tango Mystery Quilt Along

This was the second mystery quilt I designed, and it told me its name while it was in the design stage. The Scrap Dance series took off after this, and now has five patterns in the series, with #6 coming in January.  It was the second event I did on the blog.  The pattern for Tango is available in my Craftsy store, link on the sidebar.  You’ll also find Scrap Dance the original, Scrap Dance Quickstep, and The Charleston bag there too.

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Christmas in July

I began thinking about doing this in the spring, and started designing new projects for a 12 day event.  I contacted my favorite companies for prizes and the response was terrific.  Sponsors included Aurifil Threads, Fat Quarter Shop, Connecting Threads, Stampin’ Up!, Superior Threads, and Primitive Gatherings.  I was just about done with planning when I got an invitation to join a blog hop, and was so very fortunate to be the first stop.  Many of the blog hoppers came back for more fun later in the event.  We began with the Sewing Kit / Jewelry Case Tutorial, and for the next 12 days made a wool applique penny rug, stamped cards, sewed a Christmas purse, made a mini quilt and a Christmas bed quilt, made ornaments, created gifts for guys and gifts from the kitchen, and then did some decorating and tablescapes.  And after all that, we settled down to rest with some Christmas themed books.  Click on the Christmas category on the sidebar and scroll down for all the posts.  I had a blast doing that event, and the sponsors were happy too.
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Autumn Jubilee

Then came my favorite season, Autumn.  Here is where I lost my mind, and committed to a month long event with 2 quilt alongs, a stitch along, sewing and crafting projects, tablescapes, thrift store finds and recycling, another wool applique pattern and a new recipe for Pumpkin Orange Bread.  I had a great time doing that, and again had marvelous support from my favorite sponsors with giveaways.  Sponsors for this event included Aurifil Threads, Fat Quarter Shop, Connecting Threads, Stampin’ Up!, Back Side Fabrics and Magnet King. Click on the Autumn Jubilee category on the sidebar to see all the projects.

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So now, what will I do in 2017?  Time to set some goals for the year, with you in mind, dear reader. I need to get in a little bit of everything as usual, heavy on the quilting and sewing, with gardening, cooking, reading, crafting, card making, thrifting and recycling, and more thrown in for fun.

Goal 1 – Do a mystery quilt for 2017 – already in the works to begin in late January

Goal 2 – Plan another event during the 2017 year with giveaways from my favorite sponsors for readers

Goal 3 – Be a stop on a Christmas in July blog hop, not a 12 day event this year

Goal 4 – Publish Scrap Dance Waltz

Goal 5 – Do another Autumn event, as yet undetermined, encompassing a wide variety of projects

And finally a funny story about my best laugh of the year.  I was Christmas shopping for a calendar for DH, and I found a large display in a store.  One of them was called the Anti-Affirmation calendar and the cover shot made me laugh out loud.  Yes, in the store.  Could. Not. Stop.  Other customers were coming over to see what was just so funny.  In short order, I had a group of people laughing, and was still going as I went to check out.  No, I didn’t buy it.  The person I would want to give it to is my ex-boss, and I am quite sure it would not be appreciated.  So, what did it say that was so humorous?  Here it is, and maybe you had to be there, or maybe it was just my mood that day.  Or maybe it is truly hilarious, because I am still laughing as I type this!

“If I give you a straw, will you go suck the fun out of someone else’s life?”

Still laughing.  And committed to having fun this year!  Won’t you join me?

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Iris Folded Christmas Cards

I first saw these cards last year, and thought they were simply wonderful!  The folded paper creates such an interesting design.  Just last month, the ladies that introduced our quilt group to this had a program on how to do them.  I still love this idea, and wanted to share the process with you. This card was made by Robbie, beautiful!

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

So, here is what you need. First, the ideal paper is wrapping paper as it is thin and easy to fold. There is a lot of build up of layers on the backside, so you want to have thin paper. So, cut some strips about an inch wide of the colors you want to use. You’ll need a pattern too. Cut out the shape of the tree using the pattern on plain cardstock.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Fold your strips in half lengthwise. You can do this all at once, or as you go.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Then place the card base over the pattern so you can see where to place your strips.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Robbie said to make a master cue card with the numbers of the strips by color to be sure you got the colors in the right place. But, I figured it would be easier just to color the pattern with color pencils. So I did that.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Instead of having the colors in quadrants, I wanted to mix them up. The number one is white, so I started with taping down a white strip. Use the bare minimum of tape to reduce the bulk. Line up the fold of the paper strip with the line.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Strip number 2 is red to the left, so that strip is placed next with the fold on the line. Cut off any excess.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Continue going around the edge, according to the numbers, placing your colors as you have planned. It will be a bit of a mess on the back, but that won’t matter.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Turn it over, and voila, an iris folded center! The very middle and the square underneath still has no paper behind.  The tree base has a pattern for strips, and the center could have one of the colors already used. But I liked the green striped background paper so I left it to show in both the center and the square.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Mount the iris folded piece on the base with double sided tape.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

I don’t know if I have a little star in the stamping stuff, will have to look before I send these out.   If not, I have a start stamp I can use with some gold ink.  They are all ready for  a stamped verse inside.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is a close up of Robbie’s card.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

And just so you can see the other cards made by the committee last year, here is a Sunbonnet Sue. Perfect for sending to a quilter!  This one went to a quilter friend last year that needed a bit of cheer.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

And I have this purple tulip in the sewing room. I can’t let my MIL see it or she will want it, LOL!! But my sewing room is done in purple and green, so I have to keep it. I still need to frame it, maybe I’ll get to that now that I have shared it with you.  The various greens in the leaves made them look almost real.

Iris Folded Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

There are dozens of free patterns on the website that created this idea. Circle of Crafters has free patterns and tutorials for all kinds of cards for holidays, or any occasion. (no affiliation, just a fan)  Look at the right sidebar for lists of collections, and free patterns for all kinds of needs.

OK, so one more. I colored the pattern with pencils again, this time in bands of color.

Christmas Tree folded iris 1

A few folded papers and a little tape, the same method as above. It really didn’t take as long as it looks!

Christmas Tree folded iris 2 done

What do you think of these cards?  Do you think you’ll try this technique?

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Christmas Wreaths

My Christmas wreath from last year was a winter style, suitable for leaving out all winter.  But, the ribbon was really sad, so I turned it into a fall wreath for this year.  Of course that meant I had to do another one for Christmas. I scored a box full of glass balls and gold wire edged ribbon at an estate sale, so that meant I had everything I needed for a wonderful wreath. I start with a grapevine base.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

This time, I set the bow at an angle on the upper left side. Starting with the streamers I cut them long so they would reach across the wreath and have enough for some pretty twists.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

I made the bow and secured it with wire, adding a bit of hot glue to make it stable.  Click on Bows for a refresher on how to do these big bows.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

Good start. I glued the ends of the streamers to the wreath so they would keep their shape.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

I added some glass balls for shine in silver and gold.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

Then some greenery was added.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

I had a box of small pine cones with some gold and silver accents, so I got those out next. The small cones are perfect for this wreath.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

So, I just kept adding more and more, filling in all the bare spots.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

A bit of red here and there breaks up all the metallic hues.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

All done. Of course, once I was done, I realized that my MIL would love it. So, I decided I would send it home with her after her visit. At least this time it could ride home with her in the back seat of the car.  Shipping it with those delicate ball ornaments would likely be a disaster.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

DH hung it on her door when they got back to her home in Georgia.

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So you know what that meant, don’t you? I had to make another one! Out came the gold wire edge ribbon again, and I selected this one.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

I added some picks with red velvet ribbon and pine cones.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

A few more gold pine cones add a bit of shine to the wreath this time too.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, this one is done too. I like the way it looks hanging on the front of the house.  Christmas cheer for our visitors to enjoy, and us too as we come home each day.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

Do you have a holiday wreath this year?

 

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November Wreath

Last month I did a post on Harvest Wreaths for Autumn Jubilee, and my MIL commented that she wanted one.  Well, OK, any excuse to get out the goodies and play with my glue gun again!!

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Starting out with a grapevine wreath base, I added some fall color faux flowers and leaves. I also started the bow with the streamers to mark the position for the bow.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Adding in some natural elements, I glued sweet gum balls and black walnut shells between the flowers.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

I looked in the yard for acorn cups like these, that are three to a stem. Gluing the acorns to them made a larger element. I always glue the acorns into the caps as they come apart too easily.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

She liked the idea of the pine cones in the middle so I did that too. I have lots of them. The bow is made from the harvest color ribbon I used on the Thanksgiving cards.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

I just love these colors this time of year!

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Groups of natural elements surround the silk flowers.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Hanging it up on the wall for a picture, before packing it up to send.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

One more view.

Harvest Wreath at From My Carolina Home

Do you have a Harvest Wreath?

 

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