Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter...many, many years ago!!



I came across this picture of my brothers, Gary and Bob and myself, from Easter many, many years ago.  I may have been about 8 or 9 years old in this picture.

We used to get all decked out and go to Church.  I remember that we used to receive a small box of chocolates on Easter at Church.  Each week we would go to visit my Grandparents on their farm. 
We always felt so good when we walked in the farmhouse and offered our boxes of chocolates to Grandmom.  I wonder now if she actually took them!!  Lol!


This is a very old picture of the barn that the chickens lived in (see them in the windows at the top) and the front part is where the store was to buy the eggs. 

Sadly, the farmhouse and the barn and all the other garages, houses and outbuildings on the farm were leveled for an office complex.  I was so sad to see this happen...everything beautiful just wiped away forever.  

Shan-Gri-La Farm was located on Welsh Road in Horsham, Pennsylvania

~ Darlene

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Stitching a Pillow Closure


When not inserting a zipper for a closure, do your stitches look sloppy like this?  There is an easy way to sew stitch the closure so you don't see the stitches at all.


Start by double threading your needle and knotting the end.



Make sure your seam edges are pressed with a crisp fold for stitching. 

 
Insert the needle under the fold and come out the top of the fold.



Put the needle in the opposite side and push it about 1/8" and come back out the same fold.  Now go in through the opposite fold and push the needle about 1/8" and come out the same fold.


Continue going in and out and back and forth until you reach the end of the opening.


See how nice it looks and how easy too!


When you get to the end, just stitch in the same spot several times with small stitches.  Cut thread.
 

Finished seam has undetectable stitches. 



~ Darlene

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Have You Seen Me?



Has anyone seen me or any of my friends?




I am 2 and this is my friend 5



We have many friend's and one of us is missing...
 do you know who it is?



These "My Birthday" figurines are made by a company called SONSCO.  I have had these since I was a little girl.  My Mom used to put them on my brother's and my birthday cake each year.  

I am constantly on a search to find the missing "8" (or any other number).  I frequent Antique stores and flee markets where my eyes are always searching for my friend.  I also check Ebay, where I actually found the number "2" many years ago!!!

Here are a few photos where we've enjoyed our tradition of the "My Birthday" pals...

 





If anyone has seen these figurines or happen to have any that they would like to sell, please comment with any information.  

Also, please repost this, PIN this or pass it around in any way that may help locate additional numbers.

 
 PLEASE HELP ME FIND "8"!!!
 
THANK YOU!! 
~ Darlene

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lighted Headboard


Lighted headboard made for Vivian's room in another
 Designing 4 Hope room makeover.



Source: Shelterness

This is the original photo we were given to make a headboard for Vivian's room for a room makeover for Designing 4 Hope.

Nick got right on it!  I am going to show you how Nick built this but I won't be including the dimensions.
That will all depend on your final size of the panel.


Using 2 x 4's, He created a box that was the finished size.  In this case it was 40" x 40" to fit a twin bed.

 
2 Boards were spaced equally to make 3 rows.


Shorted pieces were cout and spaced equally to create 3 rows.  This frame had the boxes 3 across x 3 down.  On a Queen you may need to do 4 across by 3 down.

This is a closeup of how the screws were toenailed in to connect the short boards.


Frame when all constructed

At this point you want to paint the frame the final color.  We were doing white so we primed it first and then gave it a final coat of semi gloss white.

 
We were using white Christmas lights and we didn't want them all dropping to the bottom so Nick made an X with thin wire and stpled it inside the frame.  When we ran the lights through, we wrapped them around the wires and when needed, we used twist ties to keep some in place.

2 sheets of the plastic sheets that are used for drop ceiling lighting were cut (carefully) into squares to to cover the openings of each section.  There was about 3/8" allowance on each side to glue them to the frame.  We chose a frosted sheet with texture so the lights would be muted.  You could also use plexiglass but it is a bit pricier.

A thin bead of E-6000 glue is applied to the edge and then the plastic is set on top.  Be patient since it will take time to  dry.  We didn't think it was holding but the next morning when it was completely dry, it didn't budge.






When the headboard was attached to the wall,
Lori (Designing 4 Hope) decided to move it up a bit so it was more visible and the pillows would not hide it.  Also if you sit up in the bed, your head will not be leaning on the frame.


It looked beautiful in the room and it looked like you were looking through a frosted window in wintertime with white Christmas lights outside...




Vivian LOVED her new room!

Designing 4 Hope is a non-profit organization that creates bedroom makeovers for critically ill children and their siblings.



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~ Darlene


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