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I blogged yesterday about hosting a Butterfly Themed Party recently.

Not one to do things by half-measures, not only was the food and decor butterfly themed, but I insisted those attending join me for a butterfly craft.

I hadn’t tried it before, so it was a good thing the process was easy.

You basically need:

a book you don’t mind hacking to pieces

glue (school glue would work fine)

scissors

a marking pen

a butterfly cookie cutter

floral wire

wire cutters

butterfly craft cut outs on pageRip two pages out of the book and, using the cookie cutter, trace your butterfly patter on the page.

butterfly craft cutting out one

Cut out the pattern, making sure you cut both pages together.

buttterfly craft getting ready to glue

Open your butterfly, like you would bread for a sandwich. Measure two pieces of wire to lay cross-wise across your butterfly and cut them with wire cutters. Set the wire aside.

 

butterfly craft gluing sideLiberally apply glue to the edges of one piece of your butterfly.    Place the wire on the glue then lay the top piece on top of the wire (like you were making a butterfly sandwich with the paper and glue – in other words, make sure you get the inside pieces together so the edges match up.)

butterfly craft cut out

Let the glue dry…

butterfly craft finished 2

And then you can shape the butterfly however you want.

You can give it a light wash with water color, if you so desire, or poke a hole and tie a thread through it if you want to hang it. If you wanted to make dozens of these and string them together, they’d look really cool hanging from the ceiling.

Set these on a bookshelf, tuck into a corner. I bet if you make one, you’ll find yourself wearing a big ol’ grin when you look at it!

She Who Likes Wordy Butterflies

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wedding ring

When I was working on the back cover art for a recent romance novel I published, I wanted to use a quilt because one of the main characters owned a quilt shop. Quilts were also mentioned throughout the story.

I didn’t have to look far to find quilts to photograph. I am the happy owner of several.

The one I used on the book cover is pictured above. It was a wedding gift from friends of my most wonderful mother-in-law. In a traditional wedding ring pattern, the colors are bright and cheery.

quilts

While I was trying to decide which quilt to use for the book, I dug out several.

quilt grandma nell roses

This beauty Captain Cavedweller’s Grandma Nell made for us one year for Christmas. She knows how I love roses so.

quilt roses grandma nell one block

Especially pink roses. The stitching on this is incredible.

quilt rose of sharon full

This is the quilt my Grandma Ila made for our wedding. She let me pick the pattern and the colors then she and my mom pieced and quilted it.

quilt rose of sharon

There was a lot of piecing and a lot of quilting and a lot of love that went into this Rose of Sharon variation quilt.

quilt sunbonnet sue

My Grandma Ila also made this quilt for me when I was a little girl. It graced my little twin-sized bed in my very pink bedroom for years and years. The pattern is Parasol Lady.

quilt grandma jackson

My Grandma Elsie started this Tulip Basket quilt for my mom back when she was a teen. Mom told Grandma she didn’t like the colors, so Grandma never finished the quilt. One day we were at Grandma’s helping her clean and found a bag with the quilt blocks. Grandma gave them to me, so Mom put the top together and quilted it. When she get all done, she couldn’t remember why she thought it was ugly in the first place.

quilt grandma nell's mom

The blocks for this quilt came from CC’s Grandma Nell. Her mother made the squares and no one ever finished the quilt. She gave them to me and when we needed one more block to make the quilt work, Mom did the one with the pink rose (pictured top left of the above photo). Mom sewed the top, then did all the quilting.  I should mention that Mom and Grandma did their quilting by hand. No fancy machines for them. I remember seeing a quilt frame stretched across our entire living room on many occasions. In later years, Mom would quilt using a big hoop instead of the frame.

Unfortunately, with all the talented quilters I’ve known, the gene and talent completely escaped me. I can sew – but quilting is beyond my patience and skill. That doesn’t, however, keep me from having one (or three) storage tubs full of fabric I hope to someday make into quilts. I’ll just have to hire someone to do the quilting.

quilt mrs henry purple

This is a quilt my beloved Aunt Robbie gave me that her mother-in-law made. Love the vintage fabrics and colors in this one.

quilt wedding ring mrs henry

Aunt Robbie also gave me this one her mother-in-law made. Classic Wedding Ring, it again has great vintage fabrics and blends of bright colors.

quilts glynda turley

I bought this quilt. It’s called Rose Rhapsody by Glynda Turley. I loved the colors, the flowers, the pattern and it is right now on the bed in our guestroom.

quilts pile

I love to look at the quilts and think of all the love, detail and skill that went into making them.

She Who Is a Very Lucky Girl

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If you’re looking for some creative ideas to decorate your front door, here are a few that I liked:

 

spring wreath 1
Liked the mix of burlap with flowers from twelveOeight.

spring wreath nest

 

The nest with burlap bow from The Charm of Home is so sweet.

spring wreath etsy

This one really speaks to me. I love the tulips, the shades of pink – beautiful! You can purchase this one from Etsy.com

spring wreath greens

This one from Fabulously Organized Home starts with a grapevine wreath and builds on it from there. Like the colors, choice of flowers and flow of this wreath.

spring wreath bare feet

And this one from Believe & Inspire is so sweet and fun! Love it!

She Who Wants a New Wreath

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With St. Patty’s Day approaching and everyone talking about getting their green on, today seemed like a perfect day to talk about the 2013 Pantone color of the year – Emerald.

 I love nearly all shades of green – from the palest mint to the darkest hunter.  And emerald is right there at the top of the list.

pantone2013

This detail about green is awesome…

pantone20132

I think my love affair with green probably started the first time I watched Gone With the Wind.
scarlett
How could you not love green after seeing Scarlett in this dress?
I wanted the dress. I wanted to be Scarlett. Somewhere in the recesses of my head, I think I began associating green with a plucky, strong-willed, determined spirit – just like Scarlett had.
Nearly every room in my home has some hint of green (it not a blatant display). I find the color soothing, calming and inviting.
Here are a few fun “emerald” ideas for fashion and home decor.
I seriously love the coat. As in LOVE the coat.
Enjoy!
Emerald

Reiss
reiss.com

Burberry trench coat
net-a-porter.com

Pointy toe heels
target.com

Vintage Princess zipper bag
$250 – theiconic.com.au

Zip bag
modcloth.com

Cashmere scarve
$290 – black.co.uk

Velvet Love Tub
$810 – oliverbonas.com

She Who is Digging the Green

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nest 1

One thing that always shouts “Spring” to me is nests. I love nests of all shapes and sizes and if there are robin eggs inside them, even better. This sweet design from Pretty Handy Girl is just awesome.

 

nest 2

This one from The Idea Room is so pretty, too. I like the distressed wood of the table, too.

umbrellaThe whimsy of this umbrella with flowers and a nest is full of great spring color and fun from Things I Love.

nest 3

This centerpiece ,complete with cheery flowers and a nest is perfect for spring from the creative folks at Good Housekeeping.

 

nest 4

The milk glass is a perfect accent to this nest with handpainted eggs from Creative Juice.

Have fun feathering your nest this spring!

She Who Needs to Find Some Eggs and a Nest

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I realize I can find the most obscure and weird things to get excited about, but a new on-line tool has me quite excited.

The Make Room by Urban Barn allows you to enter your furniture details, your room size and come up with the perfect configuration for your room.

the make room

It’s a very helpful and useful tool  (much easier than making your husband move the couch six times while he grumbles with irritation after the fourth time you say “no, that just doesn’t work”).

It’s also a lot of fun.

Check it out and see what sorts of designs you can come up with.

She Who Needs to Not Move Any Furniture Around

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First I started blogging. Then I joined Facebook and Twitter.

After that I got sucked into the vortex of Pinterest followed by Polyvore.

Now… my gracious. I’ve been introduced to Houzz.com. 

Thanks, Becca, for giving me one more place to spend way too much time!

You can browse through more than 780,000 photos of home ideas, create idea books and find yourself lost in the oblivion of home design.

Ideas from home gyms to porches and everything in between are available for your browsing pleasure.

My current interest is in the landscaping ideas. We’ve still got a barren backyard that needs sprucing up and I  know I’ll find some great ideas here.

If you love home decor or just like to drool over “dream home” photos, check it out!

She Who May Never Find Her Way Back

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