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Flannel scarf

an alphabet of thanks “S”

Scarves,  I’m thankful for scarves. I have at least thirty of them.  Many of them, I’ve knitted or crocheted myself. For a number of years, I made scarves for our local rescue mission. It only takes me a couple of hours (bulky yarn and big needles) and it’s a great way to use up leftover yarn.

Instead of long scarves, I’ve been knitting and crocheting cowl scarves. Here are some ideas if you need them.

cowl scarf

cowl scarf

 

Last year I started making flannel patchwork scarves, like the one below. I have seven of them in various stages of completion at the moment. Here’s a couple of links to some DIY scarves in case you’re interested.

Flannel scarf

 

flannel scarf

I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve done a fair amount of traveling because of hubby’s many, and I do mean many, frequent flyer miles.  I have scarves from all over the world.  Some of them are so big, I’ve used them as table runners. I also bought many scarves for presents. They were generally the most inexpensive souvenir I could find and everyone I gave them to really liked them.

Their beautiful colors and textures remind me of all the beautiful places I’ve seen and the “textures” of the people, the cities, the landscape.

Scarves add a lot to an outfit. In fact, they sometimes make the outfit. In the winter, I always wear a scarf because it finishes the “look”. But in the summer, I can’t bring myself to wearing them although a chiffon or silk scarf in the evening would be ok.

So today I’m thankful for all my beautiful scarves and the memories they bring to mind every time I wear them.

paper mache figurines

an alphabet of thanks “P”

There are no options (see yesterday’s post) to pick from for the letter “P”. I’ve had this one settled on since the beginning. It’s PINTEREST.

Here’s how my descent into the Pinterest “abyss” began. It was October, 2011, when my daughter remarked, “Hey, mom.  I’ve found this neat website I think you might enjoy. It’s called Pinterest. Here, let me show you.” She pulled up the site n my computer and showed me how it worked.

“Hmmm”, I said. “I don’t know if it’s something I would like but I’ll give it a try”.

It was downhill after that.

I plunged into Pinterest “hell” almost immediately.

I was hooked.

I pinned non-stop for days. I needed an intervention but none was forthcoming. I had to go cold turkey. It was hard but after a few days, I was back to normal. I have slowed down since then but I’m still somewhat obsessed.

Why do I like Pinterest?  For one thing, by paying close attention to what I was pinning, I realized that my true decorating style was not reflected in my home. I learned that I love white with touches of black. I love yellow-green paired with pale seafoam blue. When it came time to redecorate some bedrooms, I didn’t have to think at all.  When it came to the living room and dining room, it was also easy. Lots of black and white.

Pinterest has brought me back to the things I love. I love DIY projects but had gotten away from it for awhile.

I’m b-a-a-a—a-ck.

I’ve had some Pinterest “fails” though, especially with some of the recipes.

Also, I love the photographs and the artwork. There really isn’t anything about Pinterest that I don’t like except its addicting lure.

I ask everyone I meet, “Are you on Pinterest?” If they say no, I explain it to them.  Oh, no, I’m sending someone else over the edge.  I should be ashamed.

I’m not, though. It’s a lot of fun.

So let me share a few projects from the past. I love this piece. It’s pallet boards, painted sconces, and Dollar Tree flowers.

bedroom sconces

 

This table was red. I painted it aqua and attached silver aluminum to the edge. The legs and the vases on the lower shelf are painted in Rustoleum 2x, Chrome. The flowers are a wall decal.upstairs hallway table

Here’s a close-up.

paper maiche figurines

 

These are some paper mache figures I made a number of years ago. Homemade Christmas decorations are some of my favorite things I like to do.

I’m sure all my followers have checked out Pinterest. If you haven’t, give it a try.  Here’s my Christmas board if you want to check it out.

distressed white table

My wonderful, distressed white and black table

So yesterday I showed you my blue and red dresser. As soon as I finished it, I just had to do another project. I have a table from my mom that was her very first furniture purchase. I had never known this. I had always thought it was my grandmother’s and that my mom had brought it home after my grandmother died. But the truth is she had given it to my grandmother to use. I didn’t remember it so I never dreamed it was hers. I’m so glad i learned that before she died.

My mom didn’t like the “distressed” look but she would be happy I kept this piece.

distressed white table

distressed white table

distressed white table

distressed white table

distressed white table

distressed white table

distressed white table

distressed white table

distressed white table

distressed white table

distressed white table

 

It ended up having a real “chippy” lo0k. I love it as much as the blue and red dresser.

God bless and have a good day.

Some posts to inspire you starting tomorrow.

I don’t know why but the other day I started thinking about life and how sometimes I feel like I’m falling through the cracks. I’m sure it has to do with my mom’s death.

So for the rest of the week, here’s where we’re going.

  • Tuesday:        “How to walk in the woods without a light.”
  • Wednesday:  “Jumping from a plane without a parachute.”
  • Thursday:      “Walking on water without a life jacket.”
  • Friday:           “How to walk on a tightrope without a net.”

While they all have the same “theme”, I’ve approached each of them from a different perspective.

Just so you know, I wrote these last week and scheduled them for this week. We are finally heading to the cabin for a longer period of time. I need to be at my special retreat. It’s where God refreshes me and at this point, I need some refreshing.

I’m going to study my Bible, read a couple of novels, take naps, sleep later in the morning (that probably won’t happen but I can dream, can’t I?), hit some thrift stores and overall just relax.

Just in case you haven’t seen some of the pictures of inside the bunkhouse, here’s a few. I’m always changing things.

 

 

(The “thewomrninmyapple.com” that is overlaid on the picture was the former title of this blog.)

This is my “kitchen” in the bunkhouse. I love the way the hanging light fixture projects the stars on the blinds.

Here’s the progress of the “love u more” plaque.

love u more sign/diy

love u more placque/DIY

llove u more sign/diy

love u more sign/diy

The outside of the bunkhouse had to match the cabin so it’s red, white, and black on the outside. Here’s where you can picture me napping and reading (not at the same time 🙂 ). I’ve just sewn new covers for the back cushions.

bunkhouse porch

I hope you have a wonderful week and God bless you today.

 

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