Homespuns 'n Hayfields

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

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 ~

Monday, January 02, 2017

1 Year of Blogging

Hi Friends,

It's hard for me to believe that today is the 1 year anniversary of my first post.  That year went fast.  I was so excited at that time to start a blog and I'm so glad I did.  I haven't had any regrets other than wishing I could have created more posts in the last year.  Recently, things have been a little slow on the posts but hopefully 2017 will change that.  I enjoy it as much now as I did 1 year ago.  Many of you have been blogging for years and I'm in awe of that.  I hope I can say the same one day.

Sneakers enjoying a nap, isn't he sweet?

I am so thankful to all of you that have taken an interest in my blog, it means the world to me.  I am also very thankful to my niece, Stephanie, over at The Enchanting Rose for introducing me to the blogging world, helping me to get started and introducing my blog to so many of you.

Thank you for stopping by, your visits make my day!  Stay tuned for more posts.

~ Kelly ~

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas


Recently, my hubby and I decided to take our granddaughter, Lily, out to cut down a Christmas tree, we thought it would be an amazing experience for her.  Although I grew up with real trees for Christmas and have always loved them, sometime through the years I converted to a fake tree.  It was just easier I guess and they hold the heaviest of decorations.  Every few years I would buy a real one but would convert back to the fake one again.  When my hubby and I moved to the country, we were determined to have a real tree. it took the third Christmas here to do it but we finally did.  I didn't realize until that day that although my hubby grew up with real trees, they were always purchased at a store.  He had never actually cut one down.  He thoroughly enjoyed the experience as did Lily.

The day was absolutely perfect.  The snow was falling all around us but it wasn't too cold.  We were way back on the farm with the forest surrounding us.  It was beautiful!!!  The only thing missing was a thermos of hot cocoa.  Lily had an absolutely amazing time.

Lily waiting anxiously for Poppa to pull her on the toboggan to see the Christmas trees.  She was sooo excited.

The determination of a 3 year old.  She was only able to pull the tree a few inches on her own before she asked Poppa for help.  Look at her form!  That girl knows how to get it done lol.

The tree waiting to be decorated...what do you see?

My Christmas Village.

Life has been busy and hectic again.  Not only have I not had the concentration to blog, I haven't had the concentration to visit all of your wonderful blogs either.  I was so looking forward to seeing what everyone was posting for the Christmas season and keeping up with your lives.  In the mean time, I think I need to catch up with mine lol!

One of the busy times recently was on November 17 when my daughter welcomed her second child, Morgan (a boy) into the world.  Lily is now a big sister and absolutely loves the role.  They are still living with us and it can be quite difficult some days as we're tripping over each other.  The original plan was for them to move out sooner but that has been delayed.  Needless to say, our home renovating has been placed on hold for the last 7 months and will have to wait a bit longer.  I can still dream though.

During this time period we also lost our water supply due to a hole in the line coming from the well, eventually the water stopped running to the house altogether.  We had many days of lugging water from the store just so we could continue to live in our house.  I have to was NOT FUN!  Our plan was to put a new line in but after digging up the yard, the line to the house wasn't located.  There goes my lawn and garden.  Our neighbour was absolutely wonderful in using his backhoe and only charging us for gas as it could have cost hundreds of dollars otherwise.  We have quite the mess to clean up in the Spring.  In the end, the line could only be repaired.  I hope we don't have any other issues with it.

Our pretty boy with the Christmas candle.

I want to wish EVERYONE a Very, Merry Christmas.  May God bless you and yours through this holiday season.  Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Tea Cup Exchange

Hi Friends,

I recently had another opportunity to take part in a tea cup exchange put on by Stephanie @ The Enchanting Rose  This is my third tea cup exchange and I have enjoyed everyone of them.  Stephanie works very hard matching people up and the tea cup exchange continues to grow with people taking part all over the world.  It's always exciting to open up the box of goodies and see all the wonderful surprises that your new tea cup buddy has sent to you and it's just as much fun to purchase items for the person you are sending to.

I received the following gifts from my new tea cup buddy, Lynda Ruth Bowers, in New Brunswick, Canada.  It looks like she put a lot of thought into all the wonderful gifts she sent to me.

Oh how I love Lupins.  We  have just a few of them in the garden and I have been wanting to plant more.  They are such a beautiful flower.

This is a pill case and it's absolutely perfect.  It's always handy to have one of these around.

    Lynda Ruth placed some pretty sea glass in the pill bottle, what a nice little extra detail.  It's also my colour.

I looked up the translation of the tea pot and google shows "the beauty of the beautiful".  For those of you that speak this translation correct?  Or does it mean something a little different?  It's such a cute little single serving tea pot and tea cup.  I love the colours.

I was playing with my Ironstone in this photo, lol!!  I think it looks great together.

I also received some wonderful herbal teas.

My other new tea cup buddy is Andrea Ostapovitch @ My Everything Corner.  Andrea and I have been visiting each other's blogs for a while now, I always enjoy reading her posts.  I also love Frank.  If you want to know who Frank is, you'll have to drop in on her blog and discover for yourself lol.  He's a cutie!

Unfortunately, I didn't get the photos that I needed regarding what I sent to her, she does have everything posted on her blog though.  I did happen to take a picture of the pumpkin I made for her since she loves pumpkins.

I'm linking up this post at The Enchanting Rose so make a pot of tea and go have a look and see all the wonderful things that everyone received.

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The First Snowfall

Hi Friends, we are, the first snowfall of the season.  It's supposed to warm up again tomorrow so the snow will soon disappear.  That's okay with me, I'm not ready for it yet.  It sounds like it will actually be a nice weekend so I'm looking forward to that.

This house is just a few minutes down the road, isn't it gorgeous? 

There are actually quite a few field stone houses in this area.  They're all so beautiful to me.  We tried to buy a field stone house days before buying the one we have.  It wasn't meant to be I guess.

I love seeing the leaves on the fresh fallen snow.  Most of the trees are close to being bare now but some leaves are still hanging on.

Our yard.

My daughter told me that when Lily woke up this morning and looked outside, she was really excited and said "Poppa and Gammy got snow for me!"  She makes us laugh.

Thanks for dropping by, I always enjoy your visits!

~ Kelly ~

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Scarecrow Invasion

Dear Friends,

I thought I should get this post out before winter is upon us.

About 2-3 weeks ago my daughter, Lily and I stopped to see the annual Scarecrow Invasion in a nearby town.  It really is amazing seeing scarecrows all through the downtown area and extending out of town.  They are literally everywhere, and I do mean everywhere.  As I pass through this town on a regular basis, I'm able to enjoy seeing them for a little while.  They also have a scarecrow parade which I've never been to.  Maybe next year, I know Lily would love it.

In the park.

They had many musicians in the park, one of which was Michael Jackson.

Willie Nelson

The Beatles

On the day I took these photos, I had decided to take Lily to a roadside stand to buy some pumpkins and gourds for decorating and also some fresh picked apples.  I wanted her to experience the joys of Autumn and all it's splendor.  The first place we stopped at I bought some gourds and apples.  The owner was so pleased with Lily's manners that she gave her two small apples, she helped her squeeze one of these apples into her pocket.  I also bought Lily her own personal tiny pumpkin (gourd).  She was absolutely thrilled.  She has actually slept with it a few times lol.

Lily had never seen a scarecrow before, or at least remembered seeing one in her 3 short years.  We tried to get her to stand beside it for a photo but she was scared of it's arms blowing in the breeze.

With some encouragement, we were able to convince her it wasn't going to hurt her.

She was hooked, she now wanted her photo taken with "every" scarecrow. 

Since we were only able to buy baking pumpkins at this roadside stand, we decided to drive onto the next market.  As we went through town, her mom and I decided to take a few photos of the scarecrows (seen above).

Then, onto Grandma Lambe's we went,  We went into their sweet, little store first and Lily was just in awe of everything.  I love watching her enthusiasm and excitement.

After leaving the store, I proceeded to place a purchase in my car.  Lily got very concerned and said, "but I don't want to go in Gammy's car".  LOL.  Normally it's not a problem but she had spotted the pumpkins.

Lily trying to pick up a pumpkin.  That didn't work!

I hope everyone enjoyed a touch of Autumn and a tour of the Scarecrow Invasion.

~ Kelly ~

As I am finishing up this post, my husband came to me with a half eaten apple.  He found it on our bed.  Hmmm...I wonder who put it there??????