Tuesday, March 23, 2010
As I was driving home the other day I noticed we had a new neighbor moving in. As the moving van sat out front I noticed my new neighbor was busily putting in a new birdhouse. I thought to myself, wow he must already be concerned about how welcoming the outside of the house looks. Or maybe he was actually inviting some new bird friends in. Since then I have had birdhouses on my mind. I love birdhouses. Inside and out. There are such a variety in these sweet littles homes. The Birdhouse- not to be confused with a birdfeeder, the house being the place of inhabitance, is where they build a nest.. Just like our big houses where we nest and decorate our homes they are also creating a liveable, comfortable, green space for their family.
Written by Debbie Moore at 9:53 PM
Friday, March 19, 2010
I recently ran across this cute Easter Egg Tutorial at Retro Mama and thought I would share it with you. Makes such bright cute Easter eggs for a wonderful centerpeice or on a side table. I love it!
Fabric Easter Egg TutorialMaterials:
10"w x 5"h Quilting cotton, linen or other non-stretchy woven fabric in one or more prints
Fiberfill, Nature-fill or other similar polyester or natural stuffing
Disappearing Ink Pen
Hand sewing needle
Pattern (I recommend printing it on card stock for easy tracing)
Seam allowances are 1/4"
1. Cut out the pieces. Place pattern piece perpendicular to the fabric selvedge, trace the pattern with disappearing ink (see photo below) and cut four pieces from desired fabric prints. You may cut multiple pieces simultaneously from the same print by folding the fabric over one or more times, cutting up to 4 pieces at once. (Tip: If you're using a scrap and don't know which way the selvedge is, test which direction the fabric is stretchiest. The fabric is stretchier going perpendicular to the selvedge, and less stretchy going parallel with the selvedge; you want the stretch going from top to bottom of the egg, not side to side, so your egg doesn't get too "fat" when you stuff it. Hopefully that makes sense.)
2. Place pieces together for sewing. Always keeping track of which end is "up", place 2 fabric pieces, right sides together, pinning if desired. Do the same with the remaining two pieces. Transfer the two dots from the pattern to the fabric pieces on top. If using two different fabrics, make sure both pairs have one of each print and that the same print is on the top of both sets.
3. Sew a seam along the right side of one set of egg pieces, from top dot to bottom dot, backstitching at the top and bottom. Do the same with the second set of pieces.
4. Put the two halves together. Turn one set of egg pieces right side out, and place inside the other set of egg pieces, so that right sides are together on the inside.
Match the seams at the top and bottom and pin. (Note the purple ink marks on the lower righthand side in the photo below that indicate where I will leave a hole for stuffing)
5. Sew the two halves together. Sew around the outside edge of the egg, leaving a 1" hole on one side for turning and stuffing, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam.
6. Trim the seam allowances, taking care not to snip into the stitches and leaving the seam allowances wide around the open hole.
7. Turn the egg right side out through the hole and it will look something like this
8. Stuff the egg firmly with poly-fill or other stuffing, and close the hole with small slip stitches/ladder stitches.
Hope you're inspired to create some Easter decorations!
Written by Debbie Moore at 2:41 PM
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Is your home decorated with the written word? Words on our walls have become decoration to us, a little more than the "Welcome" sign hanging outside the front door. In ancient times the "written word" was thought to have magical powers. I 'm not sure its necessarily magical but the written word in our homes is definitely powerful. It tells people who we are and what we are thinking. It often, spells it right out, that we think our home is a sweet place to be "Home Sweet Home". These decortive words are meant to be silently read as reminders to us or as invitations to our guests. I love the written word right on the wall, as the pictures below show.
Written by Debbie Moore at 12:32 PM
Monday, March 1, 2010
Written by Debbie Moore at 11:26 AM