I'm not usually a Valentine's Day kind of girl. Yes, I did make this heart-shaped meat loaf one year, but that was kind of a fluke. I've baked square and round cakes, cut the round cake in half and created a heart-shaped cake, too. Those things were fun but this family just doesn't usually get totally wound up in the Valentine spirit.
(Actually, they REALLY made fun of the meat loaf! LOL!)
Oh well. Not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, huh? ;)
Except for Pinterest. It has me wanting to bake more, cook more, craft more, decorate more, read more....you get my drift. And if you are on Pinterest, too, I'm sure you feel my pain.
I didn't find this exact idea on Pinterest
but some of the ideas I did find
sparked this one.
I think it turned out to be rather cute
and it was also very inexpensive to make.
You just need:
2 of the $.97 plastic tablecloths from WalMart
A wire coat hanger or some wire you can shape yourself
A pair of scissors
A pair of pliers to bend and twist the wire
Make the heart shape using your wire
or wire coat hanger.
If you're using a coat hanger, you need to
untwist the neck of the hanger
so you have both ends of the wire free.
You're going to need those ends
so you can poke through the plastic.
I opened the tablecloths to their full length,
cut them into quarters across their width,
then folded their length accordion-style.
Starting at one end of the long accordion fold,
I punctured the center of the plastic
with the end of the wire,
pushed it through 3 to 4" and
then pushed the end back through
the folded plastic.
Back and forth, back and forth,
just like sewing stitches down the center
of the accordion folded plastic,
until the full length of it was
on the wire.
I took the pliers and twisted the ends
of the wire together in the center
of the 'V', then using my fingers
I fluffed and tweaked the folds
of the plastic until I had the shape I wanted.
It took 6 sections of the tablecloths
to cover this size wreath,
so that means I have two pieces left.
I think that means I have a head start on another wreath. :)
I later decided to add embellishments.
These are foam hearts I had
from an earlier project.
I plan to let Tucker take this to his teacher.
I'm already imagining what I can do for
St. Patrick's Day, Easter, etc.
The possibilities are only limited
by the colors of tablecloths they have in stock!
If I'm not clear enough on these instructions,
I will try to take pics of the entire process when I
But I'm telling ya, a few days out of the routine and getting back into it is such a chore! Christmas
break ended last Wednesday, but with it being a short week and there
being no practices or lessons or anything, it still wasn't our regular
routine. This is our first full week of 'normalcy' (and that totally depends upon your definition of normal!) and it's tough getting back into the swing of things. Still, here we are, Tuesday already, and I'm doing what needs done. Laundry,
vacuuming, dishes, planning dinner, getting the Mom Taxi ready to run
for after school pickups, drum lessons and a basketball game. It's not
even noon and I'm exhausted.
I would like to thank those of you who posted comments or messaged me regarding my last blog post. I've tried repeatedly to reply to those comments but I'm having an issue with either Blogger or Discus. Whichever it is, it's frustrating, to say the very least. Regardless, I very much appreciate your comments and advice. I have some pretty terrific bloggy friends. :) And I promise I'm working my way toward more regular posting of meaningful/helpful/entertaining content.
Some days it's right there,
begging me to spill it.
Other days...well, you know.
I am working on a post for tomorrow that I hope you'll enjoy. I don't know if there is another blogger doing something similar (if there is, I haven't seen it...though I know that doesn't mean it doesn't exist) but I had a little idea and I'm hoping to make it happen. As I've mentioned in the past, I'm pretty addicted to Pinterest (FOLLOW ME!) and all the cool things that can be found there. Recently I've been seeing lots of pins that offer incredibly wise advice regarding life in general; thoughts and ideas that have touched me deeply in one way or another. Some of these things are definitely worth sharing and I would like to do just that. Therefore, tomorrow will be my first Wise Words Wednesday post. I hope you'll stop by and see just what struck my fancy this week. :) Every Humpday I plan to have a new thought or idea to share with you, to give you something to consider and possibly put into action to make your life just a little bit better. There are so many fabulous offerings out there that I honestly think the hardest part for me is going to be choosing which ones to share!
Be sure to stop by tomorrow to check it out. :) The first one is one I pinned several weeks ago but I can't seem to get it off my mind. Definitely some wise words worth sharing!
Happy 2013 to all of you! :) Hope your new year has gotten off to a good start. My kids went back to school on Wednesday and I've been doing some major reorganizing in my kitchen and a couple other areas of the house. Cleaning out, weeding through and getting rid of the unnecessary. What is it about this time of year that always sets me on this path? As much as I love Christmas, I also love the way my house feels when I get the tree down and all the decorations put away. It's all clean space and a fresh start. Feels good!
In case you haven't noticed, I've updated my blog design just a bit. I like the simplicity of it. (That whole 'clean space, fresh start' thing coming into play again, I suppose.) I searched around until I found something that is pleasing to the eye without being overly fussy. I've visited many blogs where the background was so busy that I had trouble concentrating on what I was trying to read. I hope you guys find this one as easy on the eyes as I do.
Lately I've found myself struggling with this blog, as evidenced by my lack of posts recently. It's odd that when I first created this place, I couldn't get through a single hour of the day without coming up with a half dozen different things about which I thought I should write. Every event, every occasion, every little happening seemed blog-worthy. Nowadays I struggle to find something that I think needs to be said. Don't get me wrong...I don't feel the need to be the go-to site for a daily dose of news/reality/current events/rambling thoughts. While I would never presume that this little blog is a necessity in anyone's day, I would like to think that I could contribute something worthwhile on occasion. And I suppose that's what it is that I've been missing: something that I feel is more worthwhile reading and less random poppycock.
So here I am, gears grinding and steam rolling out of my ears, attempting to find a focus for this little corner of my world. Writing is a passion and, in and of itself, it is not the hard part for me. Give me a topic and I will find something, typically many somethings, to say about it. I will study it, research it, dissect it and do my best to gain a perspective that others may not have considered. Ask my opinion on a subject and I will politely (most of the time, anyway) and (often) emphatically share my thoughts. But, left to my own devices and my wildly unfocused thought process, I will sit and spin my wheels for hours in an attempt to choose a topic about which to blog. It's maddening, really.
I spent many years writing only for myself. I have written more story starts, poems, short stories, articles and essays over the years than I have shopping lists. Aside from a few previously published essays, this blog is really the first time I have written with the intention of sharing my words with others. I thoroughly enjoy it! Writing is a baring of the soul; a sharing of innermost thoughts and dreams. My first posts were trivial things, just a way of getting my feet wet and discovering whether or not this blogging thing was really for me. Then I began to take it more seriously and realized that this was an opportunity to put myself out there. It was a chance I had to take, for myself, to prove simply that I had it in me. And I wrote about something that wasn't so mundane; something that had meaning to me. After much editing and many bouts of doubting it was the right thing to do, so openly exposing the real me, I hit that 'PUBLISH' button. Then I did everything in my power to go on with my chores and errands, driving my mom taxi, having my ordinary day. And all the while, in the back of my mind, I was wondering who (if anyone) was reading it, what they were thinking, if they were commenting.
When I eventually allowed myself to take a peek, I found that someone had read it. Actually lots of someones. And some of them let me know that what I had written had touched them, made them think, gave them a new understanding, or even simply made them smile. Only another writer can fully understand the pleasure of receiving that kind of feedback.
There are just so many niches in this blogging world and I am one of those who considers herself a Jack of all trades, master of none. It is a real struggle for me to narrow my options and yet I know that in order for this blog to have any quality content, that is exactly what I have to do. So please bear with me as I figure out exactly where it is I belong. Opinions are welcome! Let me know which of my posts you enjoy the most. I can sort of figure that out by the number of hits and comments received, but I am also aware of the fact that readers come and readers go. There are a few of you who have been right here with me from the very beginning. May I just say I LOVE YOU FOLKS BUNCHES! :) I've made some wonderful friends in this place. But there are also a number of new folks who stop in because of a search they performed or a link they've discovered on Pinterest, etc. I'd love to see them become regulars here, therefore I'd love to offer them the kind of content they like to see.
So speak up! I'd love your help in making Countin' Your Blessings a place you like to visit. I want to give you loyal bloghoppers the type of content you find the most useful and entertaining. Let me know what you need and want the most. Tell me what strikes your fancy and makes you look forward to coming back. You can comment here or you can contact me via email with the link in my profile.