My Knitting Project

Last Winter, Kevin and I have noticed that the new tiled floors make the house feel cooler. We talked about getting a few runners. When we spend a good Dollar on something, I want to last it for several years. And I need to like it. In the meantime, a DiY-carpet runner has to do the job keeping us warm. Kevin ordered a French Knitter, which arrived yesterday. Last night, I started with my little project. In the photos it shows the beginning of a round carpet for the front room. It keeps me busy, while I watch TV after the girls are in bed. The pictures show the blue much lighter. But it is actually called “pool”. Today, I added “mint” as a second color. I’ll keep you updated with this knitting project.

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Irish Blessing

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.

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A Candle Jar For Every Celebration II: Valentine’s Day πŸ’—

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This morning I sprayed the jar with Frost Spray paint and let it dry in the sun. In the meantime I printed out the Mickey & Minnie silhouettes, I found on Pinterest. Once the jar was dry, I cut out the silhouettes and glued them carefully on the glass. Those little mouse tails always need a little extra attention. I usually put a little bit of glue on my finger, before I put it on the fine tails. It helps to prevent a mess. And I always can wash my hand afterwards. While the glue tried, I added someΒ πŸ’—-stickers and tinsel stems (pipe cleaners), which I purchased from the Dollar Store. Adding a tea candle to it gives it a romantic atmosphere. Now, all I need is some chocolate to celebrate the work I’ve done. πŸ˜‰

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A Candle Jar For Every Celebration I: Mardi Gras βšœοΈ

Next week there will be three “holidays” to celebrate. On Tuesday is Fat Tuesday. It is the last day to celebrate with rich foods, before the fastening begins on Ash Wednesday. On Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. ❀ And on Friday is Chinese New Year. China will celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Dog.

In our house, I always like to decorate for these moments. Katelynn, Sara and I talk about that particular event or holiday. It gives them a little bit of a cultural insight. For these events I chose to make candle jars out of old apple sauce jars and Dollar Store items, this year . I spent all morning to get the jar for Mardi Gras decorated.

First I ripped up gift paper in the three colors, which represent the colors ofΒ  Mardi Gras. After it was glued to the jar, I printed out a Fleur de lis and colored it. Playing with the mask and the beats, makes it a good center piece for the dining table. The jars might end up on the mantle, when they are all done. On this gloomy, cool day, this is a perfect project.

The “Sun” Cheese-Pumpkin Pie

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Sara and I baked a “Sun” Cheese-Pumpkin Pie to celebrate the Winter Solstice.

Sara and I were making Cheese-Pumpkin Pie filling and decorated it with phyllo dough.  Sara really enjoyed helping me with the pie. She and Katelynn enjoyed it even more having a slice of pie, today. It turned out good. But we decided we make everything from scratch, next time. It will make it taste even better. 🌞

Lanterns For The Garden

Now, the days are becoming seemingly shorter and the night are longer, I like to light up some candles in glass jars. Usually, I make DIY-candle jars to save money. A couple of ol’ pickle jars, frost spray paint, silhouette-prints and cutouts will do the magic. And our girls are in awe.

Here is another candle jar I made on a cold and wet February afternoon, four years ago. Boredom hit hard and I wanted to do something creative for my garden. I went to Pinterest to get an idea, what I could possibly do. On that day, I found an old pickle jar and wax paper in my pantry. After I ripped up the wax paper into tiny pieces, I began to glue them to the jar. This process took a couple of hours, since the pieces were small, and I overlapped them. When the jar was all covered in paper, I looked at it and had even a better idea. I printed out the symbol for LOVE in Chinese-Mandarin, cut it out and glued it to the wax-papered jar. Perfect for February, right?! It looks amazing with a lit candle in it.

Beach Home Decor

Since it is Summer time, it’s also vacation time. My family and I use to travel a lot all over the U.S. But we can’t always make it to the beach. Therefore I make sure, we have a little bit of beach flair in our house during Summer Break. The shells come out of the boxes, and I start to be “artsy & crafty”. With some flower pots, candles, paint, shells & glue a lot of cool beach designs can be done. Here are a couple of ideas, I did in the past. And Mr. Pelican approves it.