Spring Mantle and other spring projects.


We are still in search of spring around here.  We have had a few nicer days, but this weekend has been ridiculously cold.  So I guess I will have to create my own spring... inside for now. 
My first project was our mantle.  I became sick of looking at wintry items but there wasn't much in the budget for decorating.  So I made the banner out of some scrap fabric I had on hand.
I also made a new burlap wreath and found the metal Home sign at Hobby Lobby for just $10. Everything else I had on hand.  All in all a pretty cheap and refreshed mantle for spring.

And I've been sewing too!  I made this little skirt for my grand-daughter Callie. She can wear it as soon as I get it in the mail because it's 80 at her house.

And I made this one for little Addison who has grown like a weed this winter.  Instead of lace I added teeny pom-poms around the bottom edge of her skirt.
I am also working on a dress for her and I am almost done.  I figure when or if it ever does get nice outside I will just put my sewing machine away for awhile.
We did see our first robin yesterday.  But the poor thing looked cold.   I just hope he doesn't turn around and head south again.
Although I couldn't blame him.
But hope springs eternal and that my friends keeps me hopeful for spring.
Have a wonderful week,


A brutal winter but I'm still here.

     I have taken a blogging break that I really hadn't planned on.   However this has been one brutal winter and I feel like the past month all I have done is try to keep warm.  I mean literally that is what we have done.
     On one sub zero Sunday afternoon my husband Dan offered to give me a taste of summer.  Here he is taking some steaks off of the grill.  What a guy huh?
When we woke on Monday of this week it was 30 below zero and school was running late again do to wind chill warnings.  I can't even begin to remember how many times this has happened this winter.

We have tried to get out of the house whenever possible.  We took little Addison to a local children's museum one day.  She loved it and it was fun for us as well. We've gone to several movies and spent a weekend in Minneapolis.  All of this helps but still....

Whenever it would warm up just a wee bit it would snow some more.  Here is my car buried at the end of our driveway.  I have spent more time helping to dig out my car this winter than ever before.  I have fallen on the ice more than once this year as well.  And I have literally been chilled to the bone.
Finally today we were in the 30's which is still below normal but with the sun shining it almost felt warmish.  That is just how bad it's been.  And I know I am not alone, much of the country has been through the same thing.  

 And even though we have several feet of snow outside.   And it will probably take until May to melt all that white stuff.  I am going to try to think spring,  when the outside of my house will look like this. 
And summertime when I can pick wildflowers and make a simple arrangement.
Because even though I have begun to believe we now live in a state of perpetual winter, I still know deep down, that spring will come.
Now off to visit all of you, I hope you haven't forgotten me yet!