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Labor Day Weekend Fun

Labor Day Weekend Fun

I hope you all had a relaxing Labor Day weekend. Wade and I got a great surprise on Sunday night. Jack and Sam drove home to visit us! Both of them had school off on Monday and wanted to spend time at home on the lake.

While the boys were out doing what boys do, Sam and I decided we wanted to play around with some ideas for wedding centerpieces. We’ve already talked at length about this. Sam really loves the idea of fresh flowers and we always go back to hydrangeas as the flower we love the most.

So yesterday, we snuck over to Nikki and Jimmy’s house to cut some of their blooming hydrangeas. Nikki did give us permission, but we felt pretty sneaky anyways.

Since we were pretty set on using hydrangeas, what we really needed to concentrate on was what height of vases we liked. We ended up using things I already had around the house including a traditional flower vase, a decorative urn, old milk bottles, a large water vase, a bottle from Ikea and an old wine bottle.

We loved the height of the wine bottle and we loved the look of the decorative urn.

What we liked was a combination of the height and the look. Cue: Country Chic Paint. I bought this locally at The Round Barn a few months ago and have only used it one other time. You can read about that here.

As you can see in the picture, we didn’t remove the label from the wine bottle before taking pictures. So after quickly removing the label with Goo Gone, we threw on some Country Chic Paint in Cheesecake.

After the paint dried, I distressed it, but as Wade likes to say I scratched it up. He’s so literal.  🙂

So after today’s success, we feel like wedding planning rock stars.

Centerpieces? Check!

This week, I’m so excited to keep working on items for the Market on Old Lake George sale. But did I mention that I am also sewing a one-hundred pillow cover wholesale order for a customer? Just call me an overachiever. 🙂

~Wendy

DIY Rustic Candleholders, Etsy and Glorious Weekend Weather

DIY Rustic Candleholders, Etsy and Glorious Weekend Weather

Wow! Wow and Wow!

Good things come in threes.

And this weekend was the jackpot of 3’s.

The first WOW started on Friday night when my Etsy shop stats went crazy! Crazy in a good way. So crazy good that Etsy contacted me that they had noticed a significant spike of views because of a product I have listed.

People were looking at this listing.

These rustic birch candle holders are made by me.  People have used them as wedding décor, to make arrangements in their non functioning fireplaces and seasonal décor on shelves and mantels.

This glorious increase in views means that more logs needed to be cut.

This is where my second WOW comes in. My husband Wade and I worked together and accomplished cutting up more logs. Typically we don’t work well together. (Two Type A’s). But we rocked it!

Then I realized that I have never shared how to make these.

So here is the DIY to make these rustic candle holders.

Here’s a supply list:

  • Tree branches
  • Chain saw
  • Chop saw
  • Drill press
  • Tea lights

First, collect various widths of tree branches.

As I have shared previously, my neighbor brought these over from the tree farm where he works. I selected birch and oak branches that were between 2 and 6 inches wide.

The smaller branches I cut with my chop saw. The larger branches I needed a chain saw to cut them. I have no experience with a chain saw and this was not a weekend I wanted to learn. 🙂  That is where Wade comes in. I think I have introduced my husband before, but if not, this is Wade. Wade this is everyone.

Working together we measured and cut 2,4,6 and 8 inch sections. Okay who am I kidding, I measured, he cut. But just like the chainsaw, we were a well oiled machine.

After cutting the various sized sections, each piece then had a 1.5 inch circle drilled down into it for a tea light to be placed.

It’s that easy. Cut, drill and place a candle on top.

These candle holders are not treated or stained. They are a simple and natural way to decorate your home.

Oh and for the third Wow, it was the weather. To say it was perfect would be an understatement. The opening picture is from our afternoon fishing trip on the lake. Warm breeze, 75 sunny degrees and good fishing.

Wow!

Now go and collect some tree branches and get creative. 🙂

I hope you’ll stop by on Wednesday!

MeTV and some New Blue Christmas Stockings

MeTV and some New Blue Christmas Stockings

When I sew, I like to have the TV on. More specifically I like to watch the MeTV channel when they run the old western/cowboy shows.  You know, shows like Bonanza, Gunsmoke and The Rifleman.  I find it interesting that not one of the Bonanza boys got married, well not for any length of time anyway and how is that Miss Kitty and Marshall Matt Dillon never declared their love for one another?  I know there was more than a friendship there.  I haven’t seen the episode where Lucas McCain marries Millie, but I googled it and rest assured, it does happen. Whew. 🙂

Something else that does happen in every episode, in every cowboy show, is that someone is always “fixin” to do something.  Fixin’ to go to town, fixin’ to go tradin ‘, fixin’ to meet the Marshall.  Fixin’ is not a phrase used in the Midwest very often/ever.

However, my cowboy shows are wearing off on me.  Samantha asked me what my plans were for the day and I told her I was fixin’ to list the new Christmas Stockings that Spencer and I had taken pictures of recently.  We both stopped, looked at each other and busted out laughing. I am at such an impressionable age, maybe a little more Dancing with the Stars would be a good idea. 🙂

So now I can check the blue ticking stripe Christmas stockings  off of my fixin’ to do list.

 

So when you are sewing, crafting, DIYing, do you watch TV or listen to the radio? Any chance you like to watch cowboy shows?  🙂

 

 

I’ve been featured, again!

I’ve been featured, again!

 

In the world of Etsy, there are hundreds of thousands of shops.  Within those shops are tens of thousands of shops that sell pillows.  Within those shops there are thousands of shops that sell pillows with a Valentines Day theme. So imagine my surprise when  I was contacted by this magazine

to be featured in their Valentines Day Issue!  My first thought was, How did you ever find me? Then I couldn’t respond fast enough. Yes, that would be great, thank you!

They needed a certain pixal/jpg type of picture so thank goodness for Spencer that he knew exactly what they were talking about. Here is the picture we sent, all pixaled and jpged.  🙂

And here is what the Twinkle Twinkle Little Party presented in their magazine.

Talk about a great ego moment.  I was famous!  🙂

But wait, there’s more. The blog OurBestFinds.com is developed by Spencer and his business partner Kayla.  Yes, my product photographer/nephew Spencer. His talent is limitless.  They are expanding their business from this…

 

…and asked if I would like to be their first blog question and answer feature segment.  This time I knew how they found me, but again, Yes, that would be great and Thank You! They already have over 11,000 followers on Instagram.  That amazes me.

Here is the feature from their blog.  Thanks OurBestFinds!

It never gets old feeling like a rockstar.  🙂

I've been featured, again!

I've been featured, again!

 

In the world of Etsy, there are hundreds of thousands of shops.  Within those shops are tens of thousands of shops that sell pillows.  Within those shops there are thousands of shops that sell pillows with a Valentines Day theme. So imagine my surprise when  I was contacted by this magazine

to be featured in their Valentines Day Issue!  My first thought was, How did you ever find me? Then I couldn’t respond fast enough. Yes, that would be great, thank you!

They needed a certain pixal/jpg type of picture so thank goodness for Spencer that he knew exactly what they were talking about. Here is the picture we sent, all pixaled and jpged.  🙂

And here is what the Twinkle Twinkle Little Party presented in their magazine.

Talk about a great ego moment.  I was famous!  🙂

But wait, there’s more. The blog OurBestFinds.com is developed by Spencer and his business partner Kayla.  Yes, my product photographer/nephew Spencer. His talent is limitless.  They are expanding their business from this…

 

…and asked if I would like to be their first blog question and answer feature segment.  This time I knew how they found me, but again, Yes, that would be great and Thank You! They already have over 11,000 followers on Instagram.  That amazes me.

Here is the feature from their blog.  Thanks OurBestFinds!

It never gets old feeling like a rockstar.  🙂