Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Felt Halloween Ornaments

My social and work life has been very intense lately so I decided to take last weekend off and rest. I watched a good part of HBO’s Game of Thrones series. I made Halloween felt ornaments as I watched. It was very relaxing and productive too I guess.

I loved Game of Thrones. I can’t wait to watch season 2. Like most HBO shows, it is full of passion and violence and of course sexual content. It is a fantasy of mythology, war, feuding, intrigue, lust, power, and honor. There are many characters and storylines so you have to really concentrate to figure how who everyone is and what is happening. I watched the first two episodes twice but I recommend reading the summary or watching the recap of season 1 at the Game of Thrones homepage. If you like most HBO programming, you will absolutely love Game of Thrones!

I love these Halloween ornaments. They are soft and cheery. They look adorable hanging in a window, wreath, or bare branch tree. They also make pretty gift package decorations. I made 6 sets and they are selling in my store: The Crafty Cupboard.

I found the pattern for these cute little Halloween ornaments in the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Craft magazine 1999. I altered the instructions to make them simpler. They are easy and inexpensive to make. I cannot share the pattern and instructions on this blog as they are copyrighted. You can buy a completed set from my store, The Crafty Cupboard, for $5.99 plus shipping.

If you would like to make a set, you could use cookie cutters or draw the free hand patterns and stitch them using felt, embroidery thread, ribbon, beads, and polyester stuffing. I would also be willing to copy the pattern and instructions and mail them to you for a small handling fee of $3.00 plus a stamped envelope. Email me if you would like your own copy.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mums and Marigolds

We finally got a break in the weather. After days and days of hot humid weather, a cool front has blown in. It is truly a breath of fresh air! I had to make an effort to enjoy summer this year. Some days the water temperature in my swimming pool was 101 degrees!

It feels a little like fall. Everything is drying up and I saw an empty school bus drive through our subdivision as I took my morning walk. School begins on Wednesday here so I guess that bus was making a practice run.
Summer flew by fast this year. The official first day of fall is September 21st which is about 49 days away. It’s not too late to plant stuff in the Midwest. You can still plant cool loving, quick growing vegetables like peas, cabbage, spinach, and carrots. My garden didn’t do very well this year due to these long hot, rainless days. I will be putting in some peas and carrots this week. Fall flowers like chrysanthemums and marigolds can be planted. Some home improvement stores and nurseries will still be carrying plants that can be transplanted into pots and beds. There are some really good bargains on seeds, plants, and bulbs right now. The easiest plants to grow during the fall and summer are mums and marigolds. Mums and marigolds bloom late in the summer and continue to bloom well after the first frost. They come in beautiful fall colors. If you have a lot of ruined pots of flowers, you can replace them with some new soil and plants or just throw in some marigold seeds. Dwarf marigold seeds will flower in about 45 days just in time for fall, and you can enjoy the pretty green foliage until then. You can also plant shrubs and trees. Late summer plants may need a lot of watering.

Our state fair is this week. This weather will make it a much more enjoyable experience. I guess we should enjoy it while it lasts because I’m sure there are still some hot August dog days in our future!