Rustic Front Door Wreath

My husband has A LOT of pheasant feathers and by a lot, I mean a large collection as he keeps tail feathers from each pheasant he takes down…it adds up quickly.

Further, he has quite a bit of random sets of deer antlers hanging around the garage.

I thought perhaps I could persuade him to let me use them in a project for the house.  He obliged and even cut apart the antlers for me so that I could work with them more easily.

I headed to Michaels and got some supplies…

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I started first by painting the “R” with acrylic paint with a couple of coats.  While this dried, I placed the antlers.  They are held in place with craft wire.  I then inserted the feathers.  Most are loose stuck into the wreath; however, some I used hot glue to secure down.

Hot glue didn’t work to keep the “R” securely fastened so I used JB Weld and that baby hasn’t moved a bit!  I used a basic rope I found in the garage, cut it, for the string to hang.

The only thing I wish I could do was balance it a little bit more.  There is quite a bit of weight on the left side there and so it’s a little strange to hang, but overall was awesome to make!

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Travel Size Pillowcase Covers…

Last month when my boss was visiting my office he noticed my awesome math pillows that I had made.  He was mesmerized and asked if I were for hire?  I told him that Incould be.  He further explained that he just loves his “My Piilows” and was in need of some travel size cases.  I told him I’d think about it.

Now my boss is of the outdoorsy type so while shopping at JoAnn’s I found some cute outdoorsy fabric combo.  I have at home a couple of travel “My Pillows” with the plain pillowcases so used that as my template.

I cut a 19″ x 28.5″ piece of main fabric and a 5″ x 28.5″ piece of matching fabric.

I folded the matching fabric and pressed in half the “hotdog” way, wrong sides together.

Then pinned the raw side of the matching fabric to the long side of the main fabric, right sides together.  Sewed using a 1/2″ seam allowance. and then pressed towards the main fabric.  Followed up with a top stitch, about a 1/4″ below my seam.


Finally matching right sides together, I pinned together 2 of the remaining sides, sewing a 1/2″ seam, unpinned and went back over and zigzagged stitched to prevent fraying since I don’t have a serger.


Turned right side out and pressed!

I matched them up to the “My Pillow” brand pillowcase and it was a perfect match!  Adding in the pillow, the case seems a little big, but I think it looks ok!

From the moment I started cutting until I did my last clip, took me about 30 minutes to complete bo cases.  I hope that my boss likes his surprise when they arrive at his office later this week.

A little gift…

I have an odd situation for my job.  My “home” campus is 4 hours directly north and I am located at a different college.  It’s crazy how one gets used to phone and email for communication and not actually walking down to ones office for questions.  I have incredible students and I wouldn’t change my “situation” for anything in the world.  But there is someone very special at the “home” campus who continuously answers any and all crazy questions I can come up with.  I wanted to do something special for her.  I also realized I had ordered 5 hand-sanitizers from Bath and Body Works…apparently I wanted to REALLY get prepared for cold/flu season on campus, haha!

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It’s Fishy…

I don’t know about you, but I think about Christmas all year long and shop too!  I’ve been struggling what to give my one and only niece, Allie.  At Christmas she will be just over 11 months and yes toys are a slam dunk I wanted it to be more personal.

I naturally took to Pinterest for inspiration and found this adorable pattern here: http://lauri-nananews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/august-16-little-fishy-pattern-and.html

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Quoteable Pillows

Joey asked me recently as I was down stairs putting my latest project together, “Harm, haven’t you made enough pillows?”  I looked at him bewildered and said, “Ha, you can never have enough pillows!”  It’s still freezing in No. Dak. lately and there isn’t anything we can do outside yet.  We can’t mow the lawn, can’t plant, can’t weed, can’t play in the sun…we are limited to the indoors still.  So of course, I keep not only a clean house, but have to do something while hanging around so my go-to is always cross-stitching.

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Christmas Stocking in February

I’ve been getting quite a bit of projects that have been hanging around completed over the past several weeks; however, I do look forward to starting some new projects!  Last year I made Joey his very own stocking here, I even started my very own stocking right after his was complete in hopes we could have our very own stockings both up for this past Christmas…however, TWO people were expecting and their baby blankets were a wee bit more important at that point.

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Wedding

Wedding DaySeptember 1st, 2012
Our Wedding Day!

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