02/26/17

The New February

This is the way I remember February.

 

This is the new February

Yep. February is the new spring.

Spring is busting out all over. Guess that old groundhog was wrong.

If winter is the new spring , will that make spring the new summer?

Sigh…too confusing. I can only imagine how confused the trees and flowers are feeling.

With spring outside,  I am  in the mood to take away warm and cozy winter decor

and replace it with spring/summer decorations.

 

 

These little bunnies showing up six weeks before Easter. Just adorable.

Any suggestions for names for these sweet bunnies?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone ready for ice cold lemonade?  In February?

 

02/8/17

Therapy

I read a wise quote………..”The best therapy is taking a break from the usual routine.’

Yes, with that definition in mind, I have had good therapy this week.

My usual routine for months has been focusing on what needed to be done at the cottage.

I needed it to be finished,…. although it’s never finished….,  and that happened last week, jut in time for weekend guests.

 

While a trip to the beach was not part of my therapy, I found other  ways to get out of the routine.

I browsed the fiction shelves of the local library, especially the large print, and checked out a book that promises to be good reading.

 

I wiped the dust off my water color supplies and started working on a couple of botanicals.

 

Working crossword puzzles, not the hard ones, is a good stress reliever for me. The easy ones  give a boost to my ego……making me feel smart.

Shopping hint…The Dollar Store is the place to shop for crossword puzzle books.

 

And this……. Hanging out with my sweet neighbor….Ms. Lena turned 86 in January.

Isn’t she beautiful!

Hanging out with Ms. Lena is therapy to the max. Although we only met 6 months ago, it’s just like we have always known each other.

We’ve all met people like that and having one next door ….how blessed I am.

 

 

We will be going back to the main house this weekend. It has been two weeks since we were last there. In the meantime, I am enjoying my week of therapy.

 

02/8/17

A pillow here, a pillow there

Throw pillows…… as a rules, men hate them and most women love them.

Some pile them on, the more the better.

I’m in between…..sometimes less is more from a decorating standpoint.

My weakness is……. I like to change them semi frequently and move them from room to room.

That could add up to a lot of pillows.

The secret to avoid a stockpile of pillows is to use pillow covers. Some I buy and some I make.

I discovered these recently in Walmart for 97 cents that make great pillow covers.

Three seams and about fifteen minutes later, you have a pillow cover.

 

Waverly Fat Quarter cloth that comes in an 18″ x 21″ piece for less than a dollar.

Enough cloth to make a pillow cover for under $2.  The Walmart near me doesn’t a fabric department, but these were in the craft section.

I joined them together like this.. put right sides together and make a stitch down one side, the 21 inch side if your pillow is 16 x 16.

This closure after the pillow is inserted will be envelope style. Hem the two sides opposite the joined  sides.  I used iron on fusing tape for the hems.  for a 16″ x 16″ pillow you will have an inch on each side for the seams.

This is where the instructions get hard to explain.  As when I’m cooking, I don’t always measure to the exact.  Yes, I did say that.

With the seam at the bottom and rights sides together, fold one top edge approximately 6 and 1/2 inches  towards you and pin.  Turn over and turn the other top edge over toward you 4 and 1/2 inches .

Stitch the sides and turn outside in. It should look like the above after stitching and turning the right sides out.

 

An oblong pillow made with Waverly Fat Quarter.

There are other colors and patterns. I made 4 in gray tones….spending a total of $8.

I’m encouraged to try others……..so simple.