Thumbtack Pumpkin Art

Thumbtack Pumpkin Art

Do you know why jack-o-lanterns never quarrel? Because they have no stomach for fighting. Do you know how to repair a broken Jack-o-lantern? Buy a pumpkin patch! How do you make super cute Fall art? With thumb tacks! And mind you, just because this pumpkin is made from tacks, does not mean it’s a tacky pumpkin! And I could keep going with this, but I like you, and I want you to keep reading my blog, so I’ll stop now. I thought I’d get with the program and put some Fall stuff out and about…but my “Fall” decor is synonymous with my “thanksgiving” decor so feel free to fire me on those grounds. I happen to think there’s worse things than being reminded to be thankful two months early. This is my pre-Thanksgiving/Fall mantel…I say “pre” because I highly doubt I will refrain from tinkering with it for an entire 2 … Continue reading

A duet of shelves

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Two huge questions for you this morning. First, did you know tomorrow is Friday? I find that a legitimate cause for celebration. Only one thing I don’t like about Fridays, it’s trash day around these parts…and that means after I’ve dutifully hauled myself out of bed at 6 am for a run, I get a large tasty mouthful of rotten, rank air as I trot past every trash can out by the curb. And by going for a run, I actually mean I gallop frantically behind my large German Shepherd as she mercilessly tows me from one interesting smell and cat sighting to the next. In short, if I manage to survive the first hour, I think Fridays are wonderful. Second question, did you know the chapter37 shop carries home decor items? That’s something new for me, and I’m really excited about it. I don’t put anything in the shop unless I … Continue reading

Remembering 9/11

(source) I’m just going to skip talking about paint and fabric for a minute, if that’s OK with you. I want to talk about us, Americans. Do you know what today is? It’s September 11. Today is the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on our country, and the one year anniversary of the attack on our U.S consulate in Benghazi. Twelve years ago, I was still in high school, and I remember clearly that day. Do you remember it? I remember flags flying on cars, in yards, in windows, and on walls. For a few short weeks, it was OK even trendy to talk about God, to pray in public, to say “God bless America”, to admit we had a crises and hurt which God Himself would have to heal. Nobody screamed about separation of church and state, nobody claimed insult over flags. For once we all understood, evil is real, and … Continue reading

Dot to Dot Sewing – Little Girl’s Basic Shift Dress (Part 2)

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Welcome back to part 2 of sewing a little girl’s basic shift dress! (see part 1 HERE) I don’t actually think it’s possible for the big girl to make a semi-normal looking face whilst I try vainly for a decent picture. Ah well, at least she’s a willing and happy participant…unlike another little girl I could mention. Anyway, our last post was all about how to make the pattern for this dress, and today we’re going to put it all together. I wanted a full length dress for the miss, so I laid the pattern on the fold, and continued the lines to the desired length. I cut out both the front and the back, but I kept the scraps from cutting out the necks. This is my shortcut method for making a facing. You could certainly just put this together as normal, skipping the facings, and hem all the … Continue reading

Dot to Dot Sewing – Little Girl’s Basic Shift Dress (Part 1)

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People tend to think sewing is hard. I would contend that it’s a way over thought process for most. I like to see sewing as drawing a giant dot to dot picture. Nobody has to have any special talents to draw a dot to dot picture. (That’s why I like them!) It doesn’t take any special talents to measure out a few dots, connect them and cut them out for sewing either! (I promise my little girl doesn’t always look so tragical! Something about cameras… As for the big girl, an open mouth with noise coming out is fairly accurate.) Today I’m going to show you how to make a basic little girl’s shift dress (or tunic). We are going to draw our own pattern, dot to dot style. You’ll need to know just a few measurements of your little lady before you start. You’ll need to know the her width … Continue reading

A peek into the workshop – my salvaged sitting area

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This post instantly puts a song in my head from My Fair Lady. I want to twirl around with a basket of flowers in the middle of the street and sing… All I want is a room somewhere… Far away from the cold night air. With one enormous chair, Aow wouldn’t it be lovely? Lots of chocolates for me to eat, lots of coal makin’ lots of heat, warm face, warm hands, warm feet, Aow wouldn’t it be lovely? Aow so lovely sittin’ abso-bloomin-lutley still. I would never budge ’till Spring… Crept over me windowsill… In the interest of preserving my neighbors from the indignation of seeing me twirl in the streets, I’ll resist the urge and leave it to my imagination. Shall I tell you where these lovely little delights of mine came from? I know you’re just perishing to know, so lets start with the mirror. I got … Continue reading

The piano

The Refocus Challenge

Let me introduce the newest addition to the family. It’s awfully noisy and, like most things I’m in the habit of acquiring, it arrived desperately in need of a cleaning (and most likely a paint job). Some people look at a sewing needle, and their palms sweat, they feel anxious, and dread fills their heart. I feel much the same when I look at a music scale. Little black circles with sticks attached to them cause my spine to shutter. I love music, however, playing music is a very different matter all together. It requires practice and patience. Anything that requires practice and patience, is usually an activity which I avoid at all costs. If I can’t sit down and play like Mozart by 2pm tomorrow, well just forget it sister! Have you ever noticed the art of “heart music” requires the same thing? Things like thankfulness and joy don’t just roll out of us like a splendid concert … Continue reading

Chapter37 – as defined by pictures

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A picture is worth a thousand words, right? What would chapter37 look like if the definition were pictures instead of words? Find out by following our “Defining chapter37″ Pinterest board HERE! Happy weekend! Isaiah 30:18   And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. 

Neighborly gestures and spray painted birdcages

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People watching (in a non-creepy sort of way) furnishes me with an enormous amount of amusement. Take my neighbor for instance, whom I happen to think is one of the nicest people ever. She’s somewhere in between Aunt Polly from Tom Sawyer and Marilla Cuthbert from Ann of Green Gables. She’s as proper a southern lady as you’ll ever find. She’s the only person who I have ever seen in my entire life washing a car in a starched collared shirt, with every hair primly in place. Her house is unimaginably clean. The floor is probably cleaner than my dishes, and woe betide the speck of dust that finds its unlucky self on one of her shelves! Naturally, I break out in twitches when she wants my girls to come over and visit. She probably cleans for hours after we leave. She’s the one who gave me this birdcage. Actually, she asked me take it … Continue reading

How to paint without using painter’s tape

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So, you’ve got a wall to paint. Would you like to know how save a whole bunch of money and time painting that wall? If you are going to all the bother of painting a wall yourself instead of hiring it out, I bet its a topic you’d find interesting. One simple step can save you money and time, maybe even millions if you paint walls as much as I do! (exaggerating slightly) Get rid of the painters tape! You don’t need it, you really don’t! You don’t have to be neat, or artistically inclined to paint without tape. I can make a monstrous mess out of just about any task known to man, and I can’t draw a stick figure to save my life, much less paint one! I was scared to try it myself, but necessity is the mother of all adventurous efforts…or something like that. See, I’ve … Continue reading