Sunday, December 14, 2014

DIY Christmas Crackers for Kids - Handmade Christmas Poppers

 These would be fun for Christmas and New Year's Eve too!

Vintage Pattern Marketplace: DIY Christmas Crackers for Kids - Handmade Christm...: Christmas Crackers Green Lifestyle, an environmentally focused publication from Australia show us how to make our DIY Christmas a lit...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tutorial: Make a Hankie Gift Pouch / Card Holder

 Making an envelope out of a hankie is quick and easy and doesn't require any sewing.
You'll need a hankie and a decorative pin.
Lay your hankie out flat
Then fold it in half 
and in half again
Your hankie should now be folded in quarters.
Turn it so the open edges are at the top.
There will be four layers.
Take the top 3 layers and fold them down as shown below.
Iron your hankie to press to folds in place.

Leaving the back layer in place, 
take the next two layers and tuck them under the front layer.
Pull the front layer back up to cover the two layers you tucked under it. 
You have now formed a pocket.
 Take your decorative pin and pin thru everything except the single back layer.
This will keep your pouch from coming apart.
These are so cute and really make a unique holder for a small gift or a card!
I added a vintage Christmas card to mine,
These make a lovely gift with a a sachet, a pair of vintage gloves 
or any other small item tucked inside. 
The best part is that all you have to do is take out the pin and unfold the hankie...
and you have a vintage hankie to use and a pin to wear!

Merry Christmas everyone!
I'm sure you can find many ways to use these fun hankie pouches.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cherry Prairie Craft Class

I'll be hosting a Christmas craft class in Carson City, NV on December 6th.
Here's a sample of the fun project we will be making using greeting cards and ribbon spools!
 The class fee includes the materials to make one ribbon spool decoration.
Fee is $20 per person.

  And here's a peek at some of my handmade Christmas goodies 
that will be available for purchase at the class.
They are also available for purchase online in my etsy shop

Join the fun! 
Create, shop and enjoy some yummy cookies!

If you are in the Reno, Carson area and would like more information 
or to sign up for the class please contact me.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

White Christmas Shadow Box Wall Art

I've started making these lovely shadow boxes for my shop. 
They are quite a bit of work as I have to make the box first but they really are worth the extra effort.

I love the little feather tree in this one!

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!!

Linking with:
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Free Gift Wrap During the Holiday Season!

I like to give my Cherry Prairie customers a little surprise by wrapping up their orders
like presents during the holiday season. 
After all, doesn't everyone want a pretty package to unwrap?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Decorated Matchbox Button Box Tutorial

Decorated matchboxes are perfect for storing vintage buttons.

Scan a vintage button card and print it, or, use the image provided below.

Cut a piece of scrap book paper to cover the entire matchbox cover.
Apply modge podge to the back of scrap book paper and apply to the cover, wrapping it around to cover the front, sides and bottom of the matchbox cover.

Cut the button card image to fit the front of the matchbox cover..  
Apply modge podge to the back of image and affix to the front of the matchbox cover.

Coat entire cover with modge podge to seal and protect the box. Stand on one of the open ends and let dry.

When completely dry you can add embellishments like, lace, ribbon, or buttons.
Button card image

Linking with Shabby Art Boutique

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Free Little Miss Stuffed Doll Pattern from Vintage Pattern Marketplace

This sweet vintage dolly is here just in time for you to stitch her up and give her as a Christmas gift!

At 18" tall she would be adorable sitting under your Christmas tree. Especially if you were creating a vintage toy land theme. You could even make her suspender skirt out of felt with a tiny holiday applique on the front!

 Click here for the free pattern from Vintage Pattern Marketplace

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Collection of Goodies for Your Laundry Room

"Whether you hang your clothes on the line or use a dryer, you're sure to want a few of these laundry supplies or vintage items to brighten your laundry room and make laundry day less of a chore."

Monday, September 15, 2014

Living Farmhouse Style in Surburbia

I live in a small 1960s ranch style tract house with a large yard. I love the idea of country living but not the inconvenience of traveling long distances to shopping, the doctor's office, etc. I tried that and really didn't like driving in the snow to get to town, having the deer eat all the vegetables or not having water when the electricity went out and the electric well pump couldn't run. So I've tried to take all the parts of the country life that I like and incorporate them into my suburban existence. 

To me farmhouse living means simplicity, connecting to the earth and doing what you can with your own two hands.

I'm not living in rural America but that's okay, I'm pretty happy with our own personal blend of suburbia and country! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Handmade Muslin Towels

These Sunbonnet Sue towels are new at 
They are 100% cotton muslin.
I applied the design and then hand tinted each one.

This one is my own design and perfect for Fall!
 I'll be making more designs soon!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For the Love of Desert: Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

 These cookies sound just perfect for Fall!

For the Love of Desert: pumpkin spice chocolate chip pudding Cookies : Preheat over to 350F Degrees  1/2 c. all purpose flour* 2 tsp. baking soda 1 (3.4-3.56 oz) box of pumpkin spice pudding (dry) 1 1/2 stick of butter, softened ...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Old Farmhouse Cooking: Lemon Blueberry Sweet Tea

Mmm, this sweet tea sounds like just the thing for a hot Summer afternoon!

Old Farmhouse Cooking: Lemon Blueberry Sweet Tea: Lemon Blueberry Sweet Tea 12 oz. pkg. frozen blueberries 1/2 cup lemon juice 3/4 cup sugar 1 gallon Sun Tea for garnish: L...

Decorating with vintage stamped linens.

Vintage linens with lovely stamped designs are often found at rummage sales and thrift stores.
The designs were meant to be hand embroidered by an industrious house wife.
I know I'll never embroider them but that didn't stop me from buying them and stashing them away!

So rather than keep them in a drawer I decided to use them just the way they are.
These linens go particularly well with farmhouse and prairie decor adding a rustic charm to your table. Remember that the designs were meant to be removed once the embroidery was complete
so I don't recommend washing them.
 Use them alone . . .
 Or layer them with other linens.
I especially the rich color of this golden brown one.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Milk Bottle Cap Refrigerator Magnets

 Add a little country, farmhouse charm to your kitchen
with these refrigerator magnets
Find the here:
Cherry Prairie