Homespuns 'n Hayfields

A blog about country living, DIYing, crafts, antiques and gardening.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Another Craft Room?

Hi Friends,

Life has been busy and I decided to post something before you forget about Homespuns 'n Hayfields completely.

The old wooden spools of thread in the vintage jar were picked up at the local thrift store.  They're for display only unless I get desperate for a certain colour of thread.  I love the old wooden spools.

In a previous post, I gave you a sneak peek into my craft room.  I was almost finished setting things up when life changed.  Well...that craft room no longer exists.  To make way for my daughter and Lily moving in, parts of my craft room were temporarily relocated to our bedroom.  The temporary relocation of course lasted longer than expected but things are starting to be on course again.

Unfortunately, I never really created much when it was in our bedroom for 8 1/2 months but I did have good intentions.  I always do lol!!

After my daughter and her children moved out last month, we started to reorganize the house.  It has been a major undertaking.  Basically, 6 rooms are being relocated at once.  I need to start thinking on a smaller scale don't I?  Maybe 1 room at a time?  My original craft room is now in the process of being set up in a different bedroom upstairs so my hubby can have that room for his man cave (hockey room).  The poor guy has been waiting a while.  To all the ladies out there...crafting is more important than hockey right?  LOL!!

All I can say is "what a mess".  We have made great progress with moving the furniture but now we're down to the smaller details which takes some thinking.  We don't have any time to paint, etc. so the rooms are being decorated as is for now.


This cabinet was purchased for $20.00 at the Chatsworth Garage Sale 2 years ago.  I have recently decided to paint it since some of the veneer has come off.  It should give it a fresh new look.  I can't believe this garage sale is only 2 months away already.  That means Spring is right around the corner.  I can't wait!!

This is the next "sneak peek" into the craft room.  This bedroom had been turned into a kitchen many years ago and we have now ripped out all the cupboards except for the one you see in this photo.  We're going to keep it for now.  The wallpaper is definitely not a choice we would have made but it will have to stay for now.  I don't think it's that bad actually but it's not what we're looking for.  Sneakers of course stopped in to assess the situation.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the craft room(s).  Come back again!!

~ Kelly ~

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Shhhh...It's A Secret

Hi Friends,

A few months ago my hubby was looking for the entrance to get down underneath the main floor bathroom as we'll be doing some renos and he needs to know what our options are.  He couldn't find it anywhere.  The bathroom isn't located in the original  home but an addition that was put in some time later...we have no idea when.  Therefore, you can't access it through the basement but we knew there HAD to be a way.  There was a spongy spot in the dining room floor which is next to the bathroom so he decided to pull the carpet up in that area to access it.  Nope!!!  No entrance there.  Instead, we found a secret.  Shhh...don't tell anyone.

We found this cement safe built into the floor.  We remembered at that point that somebody once told him that he had installed a safe in that room many years ago, we had forgotten all about that.  To our surprise, we found it.

When he pulled back the carpet, this is what we first saw.  Not too exciting lol.  Just the carpet underlay haha!!

Step 2 - still quite boring!  Hang on friends, the excitement is starting to build...

Drum roll please...there it is, the safe.

When he began to remove the top of the safe it was so exciting.  What would we find?  Money, jewels?????  No...just an old tea towel.  How disappointing, the story of my life LOL!!  We figured it was placed there to keep dampness away.

As you can see from my favourite striped helper, it isn't that large.  He's a big boy though.

The cement slab that had to be removed to access the safe is about 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm) thick.  It's heavy!  You can see it on the right side of this photo.

This photo gives you a little better view of the depth of it.

Remember, it's a secret.  Don't tell a soul!!

Thanks for visiting!

~ Kelly ~

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Moving Day

It's's finally here!  Moving day.

In the last 2-3 weeks my daughter, Alyssa,  has been working hard on finding an apartment for herself and her two kids.  It has been a long haul since they moved in with us - 8 1/2 months to be exact.

When she first moved in with us last May with her daughter, Lily, it was to be a temporary thing but it quickly worked into 6 months.  Early November we expected that she would be moving back out on her own but it wasn't meant to be.  She gave birth to her second child, Morgan, in mid November and ended up staying longer, we weren't sure if we could make it but really didn't have a choice.  It has been quite difficult at times as my hubby and I are very quiet people and there has been a lot of noise lol.  It has also been a very rewarding experience.  We  have had the opportunity to watch Lily grow and learn about many new things and see Morgan go from newborn to smiling and cooing to us.  Yesterday was a day full of both excitement and sadness.  Excitement that we finally had our house back haha!!

Morgan was doing a lot of cooing in this photo, he's sitting in his bouncy chair which he loves dearly.

Although my daughter is only living about 15 mins. down the road, it's going to be strange for a while.  When we arrived home yesterday after moving their contents to their new apartment, Lily's rocking chair was sitting in it's usual spot and I felt a wave of sadness.  That little girl has become such a huge part of our lives.  We planning on seeing her often but as grandparents instead.  We'll be able to send her home lol.  On the other side of things - our quiet house is wonderful.  I can actually hear myself think, it's been a long time since I could do that.

Lily with Blackie around the time she moved in with us.

The one thing my hubby and I were looking forward to after they moved out was to get the house back in order.  The contents of nearly ever room have been shifted so it's going to take a bit of work to accomplish this.  Today we were able to get some of that completed.  It felt good!  Hopefully we can share these photos with you soon as things come together.

Thanks for popping in as I always love your visits.

~ Kelly ~

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Winter Fun

Hi Friends,

Lately we had been going through a January thaw and have lost a majority of our snow.  There was a hint of Spring in the air and it was wonderful.  And then...back it came which of course we expected.  Snow squall watches and warnings and slippery roads.  Thursday morning was gorgeous as we had heavy, wet snow and all the trees were coated.  It was beautiful.  Unfortunately, I didn't have time for photos.

Today, snow has been falling quietly and steadily throughout the day, there wasn't even a hint of a breeze in the air.  I had been wanting to get Lily and Katie out for a walk so I thought what better time to go than when it's a winter wonderland.

Katie loves her walks so she ran ahead then waited patiently for us to catch up.  Once we were close, she took off running again.

Lily always has to climb up on the picnic table whenever we go for a stroll.  I didn't expect her to do this in the winter but you know how insistent a 3 year old can be.  So up she went.

The pond hasn't completely frozen over since the thaw. 

This is the mini marsh (the frog pond), behind the main pond.

And here comes Katie.  Running...

and running...

And running...she's having a great time.

Lily tossing some snow in the air.

Making snow angels.

 As we were heading back, Katie decided to take a much needed rest.

I hope you enjoyed your winter walk with us.  It wasn't that cold out today which was nice but I looked like the abominable snow monster by the time we went back into the house.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you come again.  I always love reading your comments.

~ Kelly ~

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Decorative Heart Pillow Tutorial

Hi Friends,

Today is the day for my first tutorial.  It has been a long time coming.  Since I'm now at the start of my 2nd year of Blogging, I figured it was time.  This is a fairly simple pattern but I loved how they turned out and wanted to share it with you.

Decorative Heart Pillow - Supplies Needed

Needle and thread
Sewing machine
Fabric of your choice
Lacy fabric or doily
Ribbon - 12" (approx. 30 cm)
Strip of Lace
Polyester fiber fill
Glue gun and glue - optional

I started out by cutting a heart out of paper.  I usually use lined paper as it allows for straight lines or folds when required.  You can make any size of heart - it's your creation, create what works for you.  My heart measured 8" (approx. 20 cm) in length and 5 1/2" (approx. 14 cm) across the widest part.         

I pinned this paper heart onto the fabric of my choice, I used a cotton fabric.  Cut 2 of these.

Now repeat this step by pinning the paper heart onto your lace fabric, cut 1.

  I found this piece in the thrift store, wow is it thick and heavy.  I can't recall if it was in the fabric section or the table cloth section, that was erased from my mind before I left the store.  I'm sure some of you can relate lol!  When I was about to start this project I looked at this piece and thought - I can't cut this, it's too pretty.  But then...I saw that someone had already cut one side off.  I was in luck!  No guilt!  I couldn't get to the scissors quick enough.

Isn't it pretty?  I love the scalloped edge, I'll be keeping this part for another project.

This is what the heart will look like once all the pieces have been cut.

With the right side of the lace fabric facing up, take one of the cotton hearts and place it face down on top of it.

Now pin these 3 pieces together.

Stitch around the outside of the heart ensuring you leave an opening of about 1 1/2" (approx. 3.75 cm) or so, I left the opening on the straight side of the heart.  To determine my seam allowance,  I used the edge of the presser foot as seen below.

Now for this next part, I forgot to take a photo to show you.  When you sew around the curve of the heart and you get past the inner point, go straight across for a few stitches then go back up around the next curve.  I hope that makes sense.  This will help prevent bunching once you stuff your heart.

Before turning your heart right side out, you want to clip around the curves, cut straight across at the bottom tip of the heart and at the inner corners at the top center of your heart (at the L shape of the seam).  CUT AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN TO THE SEAM WITHOUT GETTING TOO CLOSE, you don't want to cut the actual seam then have to re-sew it.  Are your confused yet?  I really need some photos.

Turn your heart right side out, make sure you turn it with the right side of the lace facing outward.  Now you're ready to stuff it with polyester fiber fill.  I stuffed mine firmly.  Stitch the hole closed with your needle and thread.

I made one of these lace flowers and placed it on the heart.  This particular embellishment is actually an earring from the thrift store.  Enjoy being creative.

To make this lace flower, cut a strip of lace.  I have no idea how long this strip was.  How am I doing for my first tutorial?  Haha!!  I think it was about 12" (approx. 30 cm) long and 1 1/2" wide (approx. 3.75 cm).  You will know what length of lace you require as you stitch it.

Using a needle and thread, stitch back and forth close to the edge of the lace to create a gather.  Pull it tight every so often, by doing this you will see the flower forming.  Once the flower is looking full, sew the ends together to secure it.  Make sure you use enough lace.  If you don't, it will bunch up and curl inward.  Place an embellishment in the center once completed. 

For this lace flower, I glued a fake pearl in the center (it also could have been stitched on instead).  I folded the strip of ribbon in half and glued it to the back of the flower, then glued the flower onto the pillow (you could also stitch the flower on instead).

These were made for a local craft sale.

Thanks for following along, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

As always, I'm thrilled when you come for a visit.

~ Kelly ~

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

A Blustery Day

Hi Friends,

The snow squalls have set in - yet again. This is normal for the area I live in as the high winds from the Great Lakes blow the snow and sometimes the squalls in producing white out conditions.  There are currently a few road closures around the area, I'm hoping tomorrow will bring better weather.  I do love being out in the country though, staring out the windows at the blowing snow while being safe and sound in a warm home.

Poor Katie...she loves the snow but not when it's like this.  It was all I could do to push her outside to do her "doggy deed".  As you can tell, she wasn't impressed.

Spring is starting to look really good about now.  How many more weeks?

This poor rocking chair didn't get brought in from the porch before winter set in.  The blowing snow gave it a nice wintery coating today.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~