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Easter Decorating

Easter is just days away now.  I didn’t do a lot of decorating for this holiday this year.  One thing I do have to put out every year, though, is this adorable, now vintage, Happy Easter train.  Look closely and you can see the word Happy spelled out in twig letters held by the little bunnies.  The word Easter is spelled out on the train cars.  This year I have it on the kitchen counter.

Easter Train ~ From My Carolina Home

The Spring Tulip Mini Quilt is on the stand.  I need to get a few more designs done for this stand.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

On the wall is my original disappearing nine patch based quilt, Stacked Bricks.  That pattern is free in my Craftsy store.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

This little Button basket is a fun crafting project.  Just glue pastel color buttons to the side of a basket in rows of colors, then fill with some silk flowers.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

This little ducky is too cute with her Easter hat and egg.  I put a silk violet in a yellow basket nearby.

Easter decorating at From My Carolina Home

Over on the coffee table, I set out a wool-work rabbit penny rug with a glass bunny on it.

Easter decorating at From My Carolina Home

So, not a lot of specifically Easter decorations, most will stay out until summer.  Are you decorating for spring?

 

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Stamping Easter Cards

Bunnies and spring colors were the theme of my Easter cards this year.  I found these adorable fuzzy bunny cut-outs on 90% off clearance at the discount store last year, so of course I had to snap them up.  Don’t they have adorable cotton tails!  I wasn’t sure what I would do with them, until I pulled out the Easter bin of stamps and found the perfect ribbon.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

I started with lavendar card stock, and embossed a yellow top piece to fold the ribbon around.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

Adding the bunny on one side, I stamped Happy Easter on the corner. Then realized, I didn’t like it on the embossing.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

To fix that, I stamped the sentiment on ivory card stock, then framed it in green. Mounting it over the other stamp, now it looks more finished.  Inside is the spring wishes sentiment, with a couple of little chicks.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

Since I had bunnies in different colors, and the ribbon went with all of them, I made more with different colorways. Do you like the pink?  I put little bunnies on the envelopes too.

Easter Cards 2017 ~ From My Carolina Home

Then a few more!  Yellow and purple, teal with gold, teal with pink, I could keep going.

Easter Cards 2017 ~ From My Carolina Home

Here they are, lots of variation on the same design, enough for some special friends as well as family.

Easter Cards 2017 ~ From My Carolina Home

Time to mail! Are you sending Happy Easter or Welcome Spring cards?

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Easter Tablescape

Taking the Spring Tablescape from the blog hop to Easter was pretty simple.  I already had a good theme going with the yellow and green colors, and a few vintage rabbits.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Last year I got these Easter crackers to have for the gals at the office.  But alas, the party I had planned to surprise them was not to be.  The little bunny faces and cotton tails are pretty cute though.

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I switched out the yellow flower plates with some really cute Easter Egg plates.  I’ve not used these, other than to set them out and photograph them.  They are a discontinued pattern at Pier 1, you all know how much I love that store.  No affiliation, yada yada.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

Putting the bunny crackers together with the egg plates and the setting now says Easter is here.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I added little rabbit planters filled with eggs to the centerpiece.  There is one on each side of the yellow ceramic basket.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

The crackers will also stand up, adding dimension to the table and you can see their little cotton tails.

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Ready for an Easter celebration.

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Are you having an Easter dinner this year?

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Mardi Gras Cookie Party

It is Mardi Gras season, a great excuse to celebrate and set a nice table for some great food.  Mardi Gras celebration is an entire season of carnival activities for some cities. Mobile Alabama claims the very first celebration. New Orleans has a street fair and parades. Costume celebrations are held in Austria and Switzerland, and other areas around the world. Mardi Gras was on my mind as I prepared to host a board meeting for one of my clubs.  We had a lot of heavy decisions to make, so to make the meeting a bit lighter in tone, I decided to make it a cookie party. The dining room table was protected with a pad and tablecloth, then topped with a quilted table topper in my Amazing Value Play pattern.

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The centerpiece is a yellow ceramic basket, with greenery and purple flowers inside. Mardi Gras beads were draped over and around the basket, with some Mardi Gras coins scattered about.  The glittery purple and gold apples work well with the theme.

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The purple note pads and funky napkins were found at the dollar store, along with some additional beads for the table.  Everyone will get a beaded necklace to take home.

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The fun ceramic dessert plates are a thrift store find, couldn’t be a better match for the table.

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I made my Vanilla Sugar Cookies for the meeting. Rolling out the dough, I used a fluted round cutter to suggest coins.

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They bake up quickly.

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Frosting them lightly with icing, they were sprinkled with purple, green and gold sugar crystal decorations instead of Christmas colors.

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Turned out pretty tasty looking, huh?

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I made some chocolate chip cookies too, but these are the stars for the day.

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The name Mardi Gras is actually French for Fat Tuesday, and that will be next Tuesday, February 28th.  Then you can set a lovely table with a Mardi Gras Theme like this one from last year.

Mardi Gras Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

Using a crown, some evening bags, coins and beads, this is a fun table for a Tuesday meal.

Mardi Gras Tablescape | From My Carolina Home

In the mood for a bit of quilting?  Make my Mardi Gras Mini Quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used small seed beads to suggest a bead necklace on the top of the green, gold and purple block like the ones participants throw to the crowds during the parades.  See that construction with this link – Mardi Gras Mini Quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Want a cookie?

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Do you have any plans for Mardi Gras?

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Valentine Decorating

Valentine hearts finally came out over the weekend. I haven’t done anything new quilt-wise for Valentine this year, unless you want to count the red and cream Scrap Dance Waltz.  But I did put up a couple of things from years past. The pink candles came out to replace the Winter White of January. I need to do a mini quilt for Valentine, but once again this year I didn’t get to it. So I have left the White on White Mini Quilt up. Click on the highlighted titles all through this post for free patterns and instructions. I added the white candle with the pink rhinestone hearts, and a bit of glitter heart garland to the reindeer’s beads.

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The Hearts Around Table Topper is on the wall this year instead of a table.  See this post Quilting Hearts Around to see how to deal with a stray dark thread under a light fabric.

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Over in the dining room, I put another Valentine Hearts Wall Hanging using it as a table topper.  Red candles replaced the white ones, and I added some glitter heart garland over the painted white pine cones.

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We don’t plan any dinner parties before Valentines, but I wanted to use the red napkin rings I just found at the thrift store. So I put red napkins in them, and set them around the table just for show. I’m sure there will be an opportunity to use them with all kinds of seasonal tablescapes later, so you’ll likely see them again.  It makes a nice view coming down the stairs in the mornings.

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This sweet little wall hanging is a table topper this year.  I don’t have a pattern for this one, it was a block of the month at quilt club some years ago.  It is sweet, with the heart shaped applique heart flowers, with buttons and stems, bordered in heart fabric.

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Make a wool applique Valentine Penny Rug.

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Maybe you can have a Valentine Breakfast this coming weekend. Here’s my breakfast table from a couple of years back, with the pink Cherry Blossom depression glass plates.

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I served Popovers with Black Cherry Creme (recipe here)…

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Make some Valentine cards to send to your family and well loved friends.

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I have been reluctant to take down my Paris inspired tablescape (Romantic Dinner for Two) because it says romance to me more than the red hearts do right now. Just having it out, with the Eiffel Tower, brought back wonderful memories of our trip to Paris years ago, and we reminisced about it last weekend. We stayed in a quaint hotel on the sixth (top) floor with a gorgeous view of the city from the beautiful stonework rooftop balcony off our room. It was just off the Champs-Elysées, right around the corner from a charming café where I got to practice my French and order breakfast each day.  It was an enchanting time.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

What are your plans for Valentine’s this year?

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New Year’s Eve

We aren’t planning any late night activities tonight, it will be a quiet welcoming of the new year having dinner out with friends and home early. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t do a bit of decorating. I like to get all the Christmas decorations down by this day, and do a little New Year’s cheer for the last of the holiday season.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

I got out the black-with-gold-dots table cloth I made some time ago, adding gold chargers and white plates. The little black octagon plates are going to the thrift store after this breakfast. For breakfast they might hold some fruit.  The wine glasses might hold mimosas, I haven’t decided yet.  White linen napkins are held with clear rings – a thrift store find.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is made of four of those star sprays I got at the dollar store last year, or was it the year before?  Such an inexpensive little thing that adds a lot to a table.   They almost look like fireworks are going off on the table, a bit of color to the elegant black and gold theme.  The bases are wrapped in black with gold trim.  On either side are small glass candlesticks with black candles trimmed in gold.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

I am planning to make Eggnog French Toast for New Year’s Day breakfast. I saw the recipe on Cecilia’s blog My Thrift Store Addiction and DH has given approval for our holiday breakfast.  I may put a spin on the idea by adding some cinnamon, you all know that DH loves cinnamon.   Although, nutmeg might make more sense.  Or maybe both.  The little creamer pitcher will hold syrup warmed in the microwave.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

Once again on New Year’s Eve, I want to remind you to put your money outside this evening!  I know, it seems silly, but what the hey. You hide some money outside on New Year’s Eve, (doesn’t matter how much) then bring the money into the house on New Year’s Day. It is supposed to bring good fortune with it, as long as it is still there, LOL!! Now, I am not superstitious, this is just something fun to do, and seems to be a conversation starter too.  Ask your friends if any of them have ever heard of it.  And for my readers who saw this last year, or the year before, did you do it?

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Of course, tomorrow we will have to have Black Eyed Peas. I usually do a version of Hopping John that I have kicked up a notch with kielbasa and call Jumpin’ John.  The peas are mixed with rice, sausage and sauce, then garnished with green onions.  It is a good luck lunch in a bowl while watching the football games.

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Whatever your plans for tonight and tomorrow, have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!  Wishing you health and happiness in the New Year.

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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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