Hi there! So glad you stopped by for a visit! I'm in the process of spring cleaning and pulling out spring decor, so I'm sorry if I've been a bit MIA lately. I do have a fun craft to share with you today! In the fall, I purchased a couple of yards of orange burlap to do some autumn projects. I only managed to make some rosettes for my Fall Rosette Wreath and a flower to put with my Orange Sweater Headband, so I had plenty left to undertake this project. I had seen a bundle of burlap carrots at an adorable floral shop a few weeks ago when I was out shopping with my mom. I immediately started planning how I could make these Burlap Wrapped Carrots.
Here's what you'll need to make some for yourself: tissue paper, packing tape, orange burlap, orange jute twine, green raffia, and a hot glue gun.
This first part will take a little experimentation. Depending on how big you want your carrots to be, crumple and twist 1-2 pieces of tissue paper into a carrot shape. (That stash of used tissue paper hiding in your closet will come in handy!) After you have the carrot form, wrap it up with packing tape to keep the shape.
Next, cut a couple of long strips about 3 inches wide by the length of the burlap fabric. Depending on how tightly you wrap the burlap and how much you overlap each turn, you may only need one strip of burlap per carrot.
Fold the burlap strip in half and start wrapping the carrot from the bottom up, securing with hot glue along the way.
When you get near the top, poke a hole in the very top of the carrot and glue in a tuft of green raffia.
Continue wrapping the burlap and tuck in ends to finish off.
Next, from the bottom of the carrot, begin wrapping orange twine around the overlapping burlap, securing along the way with hot glue. Continue this to the top and tuck and glue.
These Burlap Wrapped Carrots really were very simple to make. I now have a fun new "springy" accessory to add to my vignettes. How is your spring decorating coming along?
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Hi Friends! So glad you came over for a visit! I am actually doing a guest post over at My Sweet Mission today. Have you been to Heather's corner of the blogosphere? She posts some of the most amazing recipes, both sweet and savory. I still have dreams about the Coconut Cream Pie she posted over a year ago. Anyway, I hope you'll stop by to see what I'm sharing with her readers and to say hi. I just know you'll love her as much as I do. I asked her to share a bit about My Sweet Mission. Take it away, Heather!
Hello, I'm Heather and I blog over at My Sweet Mission. Recently I asked some of my favorite blogging friends to do a guest post and was honored that Nici said "Yes"! I've been following Nici on Posed Perfection for about a year now, and love her delicious recipes and beautiful crafts. Also, she is the sweetest lady and I love the encouraging words she shares each week on "Food for the Soul".
Here's a little about my blog. I named My Sweet Mission from two of my passions in life; baking and missions. Baking: My love for food, especially baking, goes back to when I was a young girl. I'm always asked to bring the dessert and everyone loves my goodies. I'm also the baker at our church's restaurant, called Baxter's. Missions: I've always loved missions and took my first mission trip in 1998, where my daughter, Chelsea and I went to Eastern Europe with a church team. My husband and I also served as the mission directors for a year at Metro City Church.On My Sweet MissionI create and share delicious recipes, baking & cooking tips, food gift ideas, along with information on missions and ministries that my husband and I are involved with throughout the year. You can read about me and my family here.
Happy Wednesday! Are you ready to party? If so, you've come to the right place! So happy to have you join us again this week for our 35th All Things Thursday Blog Hop and Features from last week's awesome party.
Sorry I've been a little quiet the last couple of days. We're fighting off head colds around here and yesterday was my birthday, so I gave myself the day off ;-) However, I have been so inspired by all the wonderful posts you bring to share with us each week. Here were the ones that caught my eye from last week's party. Be sure to go check them out if you missed them the first time!
New Feature! We now have an All Things Thursday Pinterest Board where each of us hosts will be pinning our features from the week. Just another way to bring attention to your great creativity! If you were featured this week, be sure to grab a button.
If you were featured, I'd love for you to grab a button! Okay, it's time to link up those awesome projects you've been working on! We can't wait to see what you've brought to the party. Don't forget to visit some of the other links. Everyone loves a sweet comment!
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With most of the United States dealing with an abnormally cold and long winter, I think we could all use a dose of spring! What says "Spring" more than chirping birds? While this post won't have any birds in it, it will have a few feathers that you can make.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared pictures from my tween daughter's birthday party where we made these Whimsical Paper Feathers. I love how these turned out and have been making a few more to hopefully put into a vignette or my spring mantel. They were inspired by feathers made of hymnbook pages found here.
Here's what you need: scrapbook paper cut to the length of the template and a small strip for the bottom (quill) of the feather, glue, paper-covered floral wire, scissors and a feather template.
Start by running a thick line of glue down the center of the paper lengthwise.
Next, bend your wire so that a double length of it will go down the center of the paper, allowing a few inches to hang below the end of the paper. Press it into the glue line.
Spread a thin layer of glue a couple of inches out from the center of the wire.
Place another piece so scrapbook paper on top of the glue, applying pressure to get all the air bubbles out. Also, be sure to press firmly near the shaft of the feather for best results. Allow to dry completely.
Once dry, trace the feather shape onto the paper, paying close attention to keep the wire going down the center of the feather.
Cut the feather shape out with sharp scissors.
Next, you will cut the barbs close together and at a slight downward angle to the shaft, stopping before you hit the wire.
For the quill portion of the feather, brush some glue on a thin strip of matching scrapbook paper and wrap it tightly around the quill of the feather for 3-4 inches. Hold until it is adhered.
Finally, trim off any excess with wire cutters.
That's it! Now, you can make your own feathers and it might just put a song in your heart before you hear the birds chirping outside your window. Don't let Jack Frost hijack your spring!
So grateful today for a loving God who has good things planned. Sometimes as we go through the minutia of our days, thinking that we are accomplishing one thing, God is working on a completely different agenda. Wouldn't our lives be less frustrating if we just asked Him to lead us in the good works He has planned for us?
May we all be led by the Holy Spirit this week to do the things that God has prepared for us, laying aside our agendas for His perfect, holy plan.
Oh, my word! Can you believe it is March 1st already? My mom was just asking me what I had planned for my birthday and it really hadn't occurred to me that it is just a couple of days away. Well, before we go plunging into spring decor and Easter treats, let's take a look back at the last month in the February 2014 Rewind.
I always like doing these posts after a month is past so that I can see that I was, indeed, somewhat productive. This may only be the top five viewed posts, but I like seeing the fruits of some of my labor. And, I like to give you a chance to catch up on the top posts in case you missed them the first time around.
Let's start with the Copy Cat Lemon Chicken Greek Salad. This was a recipe that I had been wanting to duplicate for years and finally got around to doing it. I'll be making this salad lots more in the future!
Following the tips of one of my favorite bloggers, I created this Green & White Kitchen Table Vignette. I didn't have to buy a thing for this...just shopped the house and freshened up some Valentine's Day and birthday flowers.
Throwing my daughter a music-themed birthday party at the beginning of the month gave me the opportunity to make this fun Kit Kat Piano Cake. It was a big hit. She even sat down and "played" a tune on the "piano keys".
This last one is a kind of bonus. I didn't put it in the collage of the top viewed posts, because earlier in the day, it hadn't been viewed very much. By the time I was putting the finishing touches on this post, I noticed that it had surpassed some of the others in views. Apparently, my Clevercat Litter Box Knock-Off struck a nerve with my sweet, pet-loving readers. It may not be pretty, but it makes up for it in practicality.
Well, I'm off to a soccer game on this beautiful Saturday morning. Do you have big plans this weekend?
I realize this is probably not a post that is going to appeal to everyone...but I wanted to share it for the millions of households that own cats, especially those with cats and dogs. Feel free to share it with your pet owner friends. I will be back soon with a recipe or fun craft. ;-)
Back in July when we had little Oliver, it became obvious that we needed a solution for his litter box. You see, we have a dog, Scamp, who loved the smell of the "packages" that our little kitty left in the litter box. It was a constant battle to keep him out of the cat's potty. Apparently, dogs smell each individual ingredient that is in whatever the cats ate. Where we would smell a birthday cake baking, a dog would smell the eggs, sugar, flour, etc. I guess their taste buds aren't as choosy as ours are. Gross, right?
Anyway, I saw the Clevercat Litter Box at one of the big pet stores and thought that it was pure genius. Cats enter from the top of the box, do their business and hop out. The tall sides keep the litter in the box and prevent a cat from hanging over the side. The lid with the hole helps with the smell-factor and most importantly, keeps Fido (or Scamp) from investigating. They can't see what's inside and neither can you. Honestly, I would have paid more than the $40 the big pet store was charging for this lifesaver. But knowing I could make something similar, I went back home and got to work.
Taking a large lidded tote (I think it was in the garage housing some of our water toys), I traced a circle about the size of a luncheon plate on one end of the lid.
Then, I cut the circle out using a box cutter. This worked like a charm and cut like "buttah".
Next, because I didn't have the ridges on the top of the box like the Clevercat Litter Box did, I felt it needed something else that might help with keeping the litter from spraying all over when Oliver jumped out. I took an old towel and cut it to size, securing it to the top with hot glue.
Now that the lid was finished, I filled up the box with fresh litter and put little Oliver in it. He took right to it and had no problems adjusting to the top entry.
We have had no more incidents of Scamp getting into the cat box. He still goes into the bathroom, but only to see if he can catch some cat food that may have fallen off the counter.
Although sweet little Oliver isn't with us anymore, we were able to re-use this Clevercat Litter Box Knock-Off with our big cat, Taz, that joined our family at the beginning of this year. I was concerned that he might be too big for the top entry hole or that he might not like it, but he has had no problems adjusting to this new box.
This box is a necessity in our house with a cat and a dog. Do you know anyone that might benefit from this? Have you had similar problems in your house with cats and dogs? Any solutions you would like to share?