Friday, January 31, 2014

Valentine Rag Wreath

Well, I almost waited to long to write this post – but if you are looking for a quick and easy Valentine Wreath then this is the one for you!

Plus it didn’t cost me a penny – zero, nothing, nada!

Now before we go any further – please excuse the quality of the pictures – some were taken during a rain storm and the others were taken at night.  Sorry!

The inspiration for my wreath was from a pin on Pinterest -  


If you are interested in seeing how Cindi made hers – here’s the link to her post:
In her version Cindi used a grapevine wreath and inserted the material in the actual wreath using a flat head screwdriver and tweezers to pull the fabric strips through. 

I wanted to do something just a little easier – not that I’m lazy or anything – I just wanted a cute little wreath in a hurry.  

So, let’s move on to my version – okey, dokey? 

Ta-Da -  here's my version -

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Want to know how I made it?  It's really easy - I promise.

First thing I did was go to my local fabric store – aka my mom’s house.

My mom is a quilter and she has more material then you could shake a stick at – so sometimes when I need material in a hurry or don’t want to spend any money, I just take a quick look in her quilter’s closet and find what I need.  The only issue is, I can't need a large piece of fabric as most pieces are 1/4 or 1/2 a yard.  But, for this project, size wasn't that important.

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I picked out these seven different colors.

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I asked the hubs to make a heart shape out of a simple wire clothes hanger.
He did a good job, didn’t he?   If you don't have a wire clothes hanger you can use any gauge wire to form your heart shape.

Then I got out my cutting mat, my ruler, and my rotary cutter.

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If you don’t have a rotary cutter don’t worry – you can use scissors, or, if you are using cotton, just tear the material at the width you want.
I decided to make my strips 3/4 of an inch wide and approximately 6 inches long.

Do you remember that I had picked out seven different pieces of fabric?  After I got home and really looked at the fabric,  I decided to just use three of them  - one light pink, one medium red, and one dark red.

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My strips all cut.
I didn’t take any pictures of the next step – it is a little hard to take pictures and tie strips on the form at the same time – but I think you can figure it out.    

All you have to do is tie the strips on the form – that’s it.

I started with the lightest color and ended with the darkest red, but it really doesn't matter.  What ever you want to do will work.

It doesn't take long to do the entire wreath – I did mine while watching a movie Sunday night.

I love my little rag wreath - 

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Hope you do too.



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Monday, January 20, 2014

Best Laid Plans

Hi everyone!
I hope that you all are having a great Monday, 
and for those of you that are working, 
maybe you have the day off for MLK day.

I had such great plans for this past weekend.
I was going to get all kinds of 
stuff organized,  
posts drafted
and some pictures edited.

That is, until I received a phone call from
my daughter asking if she and
the babies could spend the night with us.
You see, Friday she discovered that the carpet
in the corner of the master bedroom was 
soaking wet and when her husband
got home and checked it out -
there was MOLD!
Well, we didn't want the babies around
that, plus Justin (SIL) was using some
chemicals from work to kill the mold and
we didn't want the babies around that either.
So, to make a long story somewhat short,
my daughter and both babies spent the
entire weekend with us while Justin
worked on getting all the mold
killed and the house put back together.

So, I didn't get anything done that I had 
planned to do - other than cook a lot
more than I usually do on the weekend
and that certainly wasn't "planned".
That's okay - I'm just glad the
kids had a safe place to stay and
all the other "stuff" will
get done - 
sooner or later!

Hugs -


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Goals for 2014

Hi everyone!
It's been a busy few days around here.
Between keeping Lorelai everyday so mom can work at home
(still on "leave" from having the new little one)
and trying to do the regular things
around here - well, it's been crazy!

Yesterday I drove Melissa up 
to Lakeland for her
six-week check-up.
(She is doing fantastic)
We did take some time to go out for some lunch 
before our two hour car ride home.

She was able to snap a couple of pictures
of the sweet one in my lap.
She is such a ham - LOL!
However, I know why the good Lord gives
children to those that are younger
(at least, younger than I am).
I was absolutely worn out last night -
all day with
an eighteen month old and a four week old baby
sure did wear this "nana" out!

I've been planning and working on my goals for 2014.  
I know that it seems like I am a little behind on stating all this stuff.  
It seems like everyone else
 had their goals posted the first week in January.
I guess because I decided to start this blog in January
 I'm just a little behind.  
That's okay - 
at least I'm writing my goals down, right?

 Goals for 2014

Interior Goals

1.  Have carpets professionally cleaned.
2. Install closed cabinets over washer/dryer.
3. Rehang laundry room and guest bathroom doors.
(so they will close and stay closed)
4. Close in windows in family room and door in laundry room.
(maybe install window in laundry room)

Exterior Goals

1. Repair irrigation system.
2. Landscape front flower beds.
3. Replace dead plants in back yard.
4. Create a "child friendly" play area in back yard.
5. Paint house/front door.

Financial Goals

1. Create and stick to a "real" budget.
2. Pay off credit card.
3. Pay off credit line loan.
4. Create an emergency fund.

Personal Goals

1. Lose 10 pounds.
2. Exercise more.
3. Go to the movies at least once a month.

Blog Goals

1. Post a minimum of three posts a week.
2. "Attend" a minimum of three parties a week.
3. Encourage a minimum of three other bloggers every week.

So, that's it.
Some of these are really pretty simple and
should be able to be accomplished with no difficulty
while other are a little more
daunting (and expensive).
Which means some might actually be in direct conflict 
to some of the other goals.
Budget will determine EVERYTHING!
Guess we shall see
 how many we actually get done.

Have a great day and 
I'll talk to you later!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

One Word

Seems like everywhere you turn
in blogland
people are choosing
one word 
that they are going
to concentrate on
in the new year.

I have spent a lot of time
thinking about
single word
I would choose.

One single word.

One word to define
for a 

One single word.

Some people chose

That is a good word.

But not 

Some have 




Once again,
 good words
but not

After much thought and
prayerful consideration
I have 

One single word.




It was extremely hard
for me to 
agree with myself
for this year, 
I needed
to stop

It's time for
me to take some time
for me.

To take the time to 
take better care of

eat a little better.

exercise a little more.

wash my face more than
once a day.

To actually
get out of my

To take a little
time to
pamper myself
(Maybe a haircut more than once every couple of years)

Take some time
for myself 
to be by
even if it is
going to the movies and
losing myself
in the story on the screen.

When you have
for so long that
you can't even remember
when you did any of these things
it's time
for something
to change.

After all,
you can't take care of
if you haven't
taken care of

word for

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Happy One Month Birthday!

Today is my newest grand daughter's
one month birthday.

 The many different faces
of Adalyn Harper.

She is growing so fast!

It seems like everyday, when I go over to pick up
her big sister, she has changed from the
day before.

Think she is a camera
hound already?

I know these are not the best photo's, 
but they were taken with
my phone.

Forgive this grandmother,
I just wanted to show off 
our sweet little one.

I've been busy all week - 
and I'll be
sharing some of 
the projects
next week.

Thanks for stopping by
I'll talk to you later!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Winter Wreath

Good morning everyone!
I hope that all of you are safe and warm.
With all the talk about the weather conditions in most
of the U.S. I feel a little guilty.  Yesterday, the hubs and I
went out on the lake for a lovely boat ride before settling in and
watching play-off games.  
Temperature - a balmy 83 degrees!
Guess that's why we live in Florida.
(but to tell you the truth, I would love to have a little of that snow, just not the blizzard that so many are expecting - especially if I could just snuggle in with the fire in the fireplace - ahhhh, yes!)

On my first post I said I would share my winter wreath with you today.  
I wasn't sure I would be ready to do the post today, but I was able to finish it yesterday afternoon.

I saw a picture somewhere (I'm sorry, I can't remember if it was on Pinterest or a blog that I read), so I can't give credit for the original idea.  I did use the basic idea but added my own little twist to it to make it my own.

What do you think?

It was really pretty easy to do.

Here's what I did.

I started with a regular, run of the mill, grape vine wreath.
This one was fairly small, but it was one I had and I didn't have to
buy a new one.

Then, the hubs and I went looking for twigs.  We don't have any
oak trees in our yard.  However, there are lots of small oak trees just
down the road.

So,  I grabbed the clippers and a plastic bin, jumped in the 
golf cart and away we went.

I gathered a lot more twigs than I thought I would need, but
I really didn't want to have to go back and get more.
(Plus, they were calling for rain!)

Once you get your twigs you just start
jabbing them into your wreath.
You can trim them up to the size you want
or just break them off.

I'm sure that you could hot glue the twigs onto the wreath, but I didn't take the time.
I just stuffed the ends into the wreath.
(My wreath will be somewhat protected so I don't think I will have to worry about wind or rain).

I just kept sticking the twigs into the wreath until I had a
design that I liked.

Then I had to wait until the next day to paint it - as that promised rain was falling.

First thing the next morning I went into our side yard and spray painted
the wreath and twigs very lightly with white paint.

I do mean lightly! 

The look I wanted was a light dusting of 
snow - 
not a blizzard!

(Yep, I place a board across a garbage can as my painting bench - 
we're just low tech around here!)

Once it dried, all I had to do was hot glue my
little cardinal on his branch

and then tie the burlap bow.

This was, by far, the hardest part of this entire

Number one, this is the very first time I have done anything with burlap -
yes, I know, I'm a little late to the party. 
I bought the burlap ribbon and little bird at Michael's Saturday and
I might have gotten the wrong type of burlap - as the weave on this ribbon is very open and it was extremely hard to get it around the twigs sticking out of the wreath without breaking all the twigs  - but once I got it woven around the twigs it seemed to go together okay.

I just tied a bow at the top and hooked it around
the small nail on the door.

I'm still not sure about the tails of the bow.

I haven't decided if I like them hanging this long - or if I want to cut
them off.

Maybe right above the top of the wreath?

What do you think?

Guess I'll live with it for a few days before I make up my mind.

I just love my little cardinal!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope
 you are staying warm!

Talk to you later!


Friday, January 3, 2014

I Just Couldn't Wait!

Hi everyone!
I know, I know.
 I said that the first official post would be on Monday - 
but, I just couldn't wait!

I know that the weather has been
a topic of conversation
in a lot of households.
I mean, with the northeast having
below zero temperatures
and blizzards, who wouldn't be talking about it.
My oldest daughter lives in Nashville
and they are expecting temperatures
in the single digits and

So, weather has been a topic
of conversation in our household also.
I don't think I told you earlier that my
husband and I, along with our two mini doxies,
live in South Central Florida.
The temperatures around here have been in
the 80's all "winter".
I think that the lowest temperatures
we have seen was about 65.

That is until today!
It rained like crazy last night
as the leading edge of a cold front approached.
Then today, the wind was blowing hard
it was C O L D!

I mean, chilled to the bone if you were outside
kind of cold.

So, what do you do when the 
weather outside is

Make chili, of course!

I pulled out the ole crock pot and fixed
a big pot of delicious, warm you to 
your toes, chili.

My husband likes his chili to have more meat and beans
in it than, what he calls "soup".
It really doesn't matter to me if there is
more meat and beans than 
tomato based "soup".
So, I try and make it to suit him.

I don't know about you guys, but when he eats
chili all he wants is Club crackers and

My family used to have Saltine crackers
when I was growing up, 
but I'm not a 
cracker connoisseur
so Club crackers are fine with me.

While he doesn't want any thing else - 
I started adding a nice dollop of
sour cream and
a little
cheddar cheese
to mine
when we were living in 
North Carolina.

I guess you could say that it was pretty good.

Plus, we have some left overs
for tomorrow.
Who knows, maybe I'll fix some
chili dogs to
go along with
our football Saturday!
(I'm a HUGE football fan)

Hope you have a great
rest of your weekend
and stay warm!

Oh, I'll leave you with just a little
tease of my "winter" wreath.

I'll see you on Monday!
 (I hope I get this thing finished)



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Here's to a New Year

Hello and welcome to the
Little Country House on the Lake!

My name is Carol and I'm starting
a new blog in the new year.

I'm so glad you dropped by.

Since this is the first post on 
Little Country House on the Lake
let me tell you a little about myself
 and what my vision is for this blog.

First, I'm an "over 50" blogger.  

Okay, honestly, I'm an "over 60" blogger!
(are there any more of us out there?)

I'm the mother of two beautiful daughters
and the
grandmother of two
precious grand daughters
 who, I am sure,
you will see plenty of pictures of.

my youngest daughter and my two grand babies
on 12/11/13

I'm a follower of Jesus Christ, 
and while I am far from perfect, 
I strive everyday to follow His word.

My husband and I love DIY projects -
that I will be sharing - 
as we work to make
 this small 1200 sq. ft. 
house our home.

I dream up a lot of "great" ideas
and my sweet husband
brings those ideas
to life with
amazing skill.
(Yes, I am blessed!)

I love to decorate our home
so I'm sure I'll share 
some of those decorating projects here also.

I'll share craft projects with you -
starting with a 
new wreath for our front door - 
and even a few
  sewing projects  
for example,
a rag quilt for one of the
grand babies.
(It's quick, easy, and oh so soft!)
I'll even do some projects that
I see and pin on
(Are you like me and have a ton of pins that you haven't done?)

Do you ever have problems with organizing?
Well, I'll share some strategies
for organizing areas of your home -
 from your pantry to your closets
and almost everything in between.
(Remember, I live in a 1200 sq.ft. house, so organizing is my friend!)

Oh, and just in case you are wondering,
I'll be doing everything on a
very limited budget -
plus, I'll be working on getting
us debt free.
(That should pay the price of admission by itself! LOL!)

I'll also throw in some recipes and ways to make
your time in the kitchen
more efficient - which
will get you out of the kitchen faster
because, if you are like me, 
you would rather be doing just
about anything else then
being in the kitchen!

So, as you can see, I have
some really 
plans for this

I hope you will decide to 
 stop by often to see what
I'm up to 
here at the
Little Country House on the Lake.

(First real post will be on Monday, Jan.6th.)

In the meantime -
I wish you and your family a very

Happy New Year!

See you soon!