Inchworm Applique Block

I grew up listening to and reading fairy tales. My favorite stories came from The Grim Brothers and Hans Christen Andersen, with Mr. Andersen being my very favorite. I loved The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling. I remember seeing the movie Hans Christian Andersen with Danny Kaye, and fell in love with the song about The Inchworm. It wasn't until later, when I couldn't find the story,The Inchworm, in any books, that I discovered that not everything you see in movies is true! As an adult, I saw the movie again, and the narration began with "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales." So, there you have it!

Despite the fact that The Inchworm is not a Hans Christine Andersen story, I still associate it with him, because, truly, it is the kind of story that he would have written. In the song, the inchworm is too...Read more

Planting Cosmos

Have you ever noticed, how at the beginning of spring, everyone is so anxious to get into the gardens? Later, as long summer days bake the ground, and the parched Earth cries out for a freshening shower, what was once "fun" can become "chores"? But, with partly cloudy skies, a balmy 72 degrees, and flats of cosmos just waiting to find their summer home, everyone joyously dug into the moist dirt, enjoying the smells and frequent encounters with worms :)

Unfortunately, Bug had a little more school work to finish up...

But how bad can that even be when you are outside, with a babbling fountain serenading you?

I was concerned when I thought my arthritis would deprive me of the joy I always experienced in my gardens. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Now, with my loving and willing helpers, my joys have tripled as a new generation of gardeners learn to love gardening as much as I do! 

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Super Easy Throw Pillow Covers

As I mentioned last week, we have a new slipcover for our sofa, making all of our tired, dirty old throw pillows look even more shabby. And yes, I'm almost done with my embroidered owl pillow... and will be sharing the embroidery patterns and pillow design for that soon... but in the meantime I made a bunch of these super easy throw pillow covers for the rest of the sofa pillows.

I picked out some lovely peach and teal fabrics from Dragonfly Fabrics. I ordered a half yard of each which is enough to cover up to an 18" pillow.

The first thing you need to do is measure your throw pillows. I had 14" and 17" inch throw pillows.

Cut your fabric the width of your throw pillow. Yes, the exact width. Even though you will loose some width with seaming... this will give your pillow a fluffy, fully stuffed look. If you cut it with extra room, it will end up looking like a pillow case... which is not what you want in a...Read more

A Child's Dream Give-Away :: WoolPets Needle Felting Kit

Today, Debbie from A Child's Dream is offering two readers the chance to win everything that you need to get started needle felting, including your choice of one WoolPets Needle Felting Kit, a foam mat, and a wooden needle holder. Our international friends are welcome to join the fun!

Comments are now closed. The winners have been selected. Congratulations Ginny and Theresa.

awesome giveaway

Permalink Submitted by Ginny Blankenship (not verified) on Sat, 05/17/2014 - 10:07

I've been wanting to try my hand at wool felting but didn't know where to begin. This would be a great start. If I won, I would choose the frog. :)

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Permalink Submitted by Theresa (not verified) on Sat, 05/17/2014 - 09:57

Not only for a second chance, but really like their products..

If you are one of the lucky winners, please email us with your shipping information. If you did not win, remember that Debbie has offer all of our readers $10 towards your next purchase of $45 or more, valid through Saturday....Read more

Needlefelted Hedgehog

Tomorrow, we will be hosting a give-away from our sponsor, A Child's Dream. Yippy Skippy! When Debbie, the shop owner, was trying to decide what to give-away, I quickly suggested her WoolPets Needle Felting Kits. I've got a history with needle felting. Actually, it's a tale of woe, but I'll share that tomorrow, and I thought it was high time to once again dabble in needle felting :) Anyway, thought our readers would love the kits, and Debbie suggested she send me one to play with before hand. I was psyched! 

There are many different animals to choose from, including a bug or 2 :) You can check out the WoolPets Kits HERE. I chose a cutie patootie hedgehog! First, because they are cute as a bug's ear and second, because it said it was a "beginner" kit. I have done some needle felting, but it's been a while, so I thought I'd start out easy. I was a wee bit concerned when the kit came in because it had a sticker that said "intermediate" on it. So, not quite sure if the sticker was wrong or the description, but since he was...Read more