Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cottage Charm Valentine Garland Tutorial

 I have seen so many super cute Valentine garlands using everything from old books to simple hearts sewn together.  

I knew I wanted to make one to brighten up our little farmhouse!

I raided my stash and came up with this!

I love the aqua jumbo ric rac and the little lace appliques they really add to the cottage charm.  

Would you like to make one?  

You will need:

 1 1/2 yards of Jumbo Ric Rac
6 red felt hearts
4 pink felt hearts
7 lace appliques 
White embroidery floss
 (Fray check optional)

1. Stitch the lace on 3 red hearts and 4 pink hearts.
2.  Place your hearts with lace on top of the ric rac and layer another heart of the same color on the back.  With the rick rack  in the middle. Pin in place.
3.  Stitch around the hearts using 3 strands of white embroidery floss.

4.  Use a little Fray Check to keep the ends of the ric rac from unraveling or you can fold over the ends and stitch.  

5.  Hang and enjoy your super cute Cottage Charm Valentine Garland!

This will match perfectly with my Candy Heart Tablerunner 
(Click here for Tutorial)

and Sugar Cookie Pillow!
(Click here to buy a kit only one left)


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Friday, January 11, 2013

FARMtastic Friday's Fabulous Pinterest Finds

Welcome to FARMtastic Friday!  

 I will be spotlighting fabulous Pinterest finds.  
These link directly back to the original source.  

Farm Girl

I loved this article!  
Keeping chickens in the winter can be a challenge.

Cold weather chickens - speckled sussex in the snow
Source: Cold Weather Chickens

For the Farmhouse

I have a few empty window sashes in the barn.  
Can't wait to try this!
Source: Old Window Chalk board

Quilt Inspiration

I started a one of these this week!  
I am way nervous using just my scraps.  
I'll post pics next week.  
Aren't these scraps just lovely!
Source: Scrappy Trip Around the World

Main Dish

I love love love Cafe Rio, but it is hard to get in Ohio!  
I am so excited to try this recipe!
cafe rio pork
Source: Your Homebased Mom

Sweet Treat

Isn't this a pretty treat for Valentine's Day?
Source: Valentine Bark
Visit these fabulous sites and stop by my Pinterest boards for more inspiration!

Have a FARMtastic Friday!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sugar Cookie Pillow

I love cookies!  

Especially sugar cookies with lots of yummy frosting.  

This little pillow is the calorie free version!
 Ha Ha! 

When I was sewing this sweet pillow I thought of my Grandmother.  The ric rac reminds me of a pillow on her couch, the pom poms remind me of her kitchen curtains and the fabric looks like her aprons.
 Wouldn't it look sweet sitting on a bench, chair, bed or shelf.
Perfect for Valentine's Day or all year.

This pillow is quick and easy to make. 

I have kits available in my new Etsy Store. 

Click on the link to visit my store:
A Farm Wife's Cottage

 I am excited to now have a way to share some of our farm made 
home decor, toys, quilts, gifts, kits and patterns. 

This kit includes: Pattern, quilt quality fabric, super cute pom pom trim, ric rac, embroidery floss and Ecofi felt hearts 
(Ecofi is made in the USA from recycled water bottles)

Wouldn't this sweet sugar cookie pillow add some cottage charm to any room?


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