Saturday, October 22, 2016

Natural Acorn Wreath, Spray Painted

Living "out in the sticks", as my dear Mother always
used to say, does have quite a few perks.

Other than the peaceful quite, where we live,
there's an abundance of natural FREE elements
to decorate with - and acorns are one of them.

A couple of years ago, I made this Acorn
Wreath and spray painted it orange
for the Halloween / Fall season.
I love orange!

Not that it's 'rocket science,' but here's the gist:

Foam wreath * see note 1
Acorns, cleaned and baked * see note 2
Glue gun and glue sticks
Spray paint (your color choice)

 * NOTE 1: For this project I strongly recommend
the round solid foam kind and not the DIY kind,
such as pipe foam insulation secured with
duct tape. This will be a rather heavy wreath.

* NOTE 2: Before you start this project, 
you WILL need to wash and BAKE your
acorns - they really do have bugs and bacteria
inside them!
Go here for instructions to do this.

Did I say you'll need some acorns
for this project? 'Some' means LOTS 
and lots of acorns.

After the cleaning process and your ready,
pop in a movie (or two) and begin hot gluing 
acorns to the wreath. Use the smaller acorns
to fill in any gaps between the larger ones.

Then spray paint it your desired color.

I use my wreath indoors, but I suppose you 
could use a clear exterior sealer if you choose 
to hang your acorn wreath outdoors.

Super easy peasy! A little time consuming, but 
you'll have a beautiful wreath for years to come.

As I said, this will be a slightly heavy wreath,
(as compared to most) so you could use color coordinated ribbon or burlap to hang it, or
or simply prop it up on your mantel or a shelf.
(Sorry for the blurry pics - phone camera!)


Happy Crafting, Y'all


Friday, October 14, 2016

"Solid Circles" Granny Square Cotton Baby Blanket

Happy Friday, y'all. 
Here today to share a nice little blanket I made
for my newest grandson, a
 Solid Circle Granny Square baby blanket, made from
100% cotton Sugar & Creme and Peaches & Creme.

I think this yarn is used a lot for dish clothes,
and I did have my doubts while working up the circles
then assembling the blanket because it is not as soft as
the acrylics I'm used to working with, which is mostly
Red Heart's LOVE or Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn.

But after giving it a good ironing, it is as soft as ever.

Next time I'll be using 
Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton.
(I just wish each skein had more yardage!!)

I can see this pattern done in so many different color 
variations!  I found this wonderfully easy pattern 
over at Spin Cushions, which she calls a "Dotty Blanket". 

What ever you want to call it, hop over and take
a look at her site for the pattern and browse her projects.

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nine Patch Granny Crochet Block


Nine Patch Granny Crochet Block

I mostly used Red Heart's LOVE for this project.
Very nice yarn to work with - easy on the fingers!

It makes a nice sofa 'throw' size.

Here it is on my antique 3/4 bed.

This will probably be gifted this coming Christmas
to a very sweet relative - we draw names each year.

To join the small black blocks together, 
I used the slip stitch method.

After adding the blue border, I used the zipper stitch method.

It creates such a pretty "V" stitch.

For the DC border, I stitched into the back loop only.
It creates more of a flat stitch.

Happy Crocheting, Y'all!


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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Simple DIY Outdoor Wedding Arbor


 Hi all! I thought I'd share just a few photos of the arbor 
we built last August for our daughter's outdoor wedding 
in September, for only a few dollars. 

Seriously. 2x4's. Painted white. That's it.

Sorry, no time for step by step photos, and I only had a 
short time to snap these with my phone camera, but I 
know you savvy DIYers out there get the gist of it...
Three 10 ft. 2x4s...that's it. Two of them have about
 2 ft. buried in the ground. The third one had the ends
cut off to use as side braces and to stabilize the top board.

A dear friend of hers from her workplace did
all of her flower arrangements, as her wedding gift.

The wedding time was late afternoon, and, as you
can probably tell in the photos, it was cloudy...
and it DID RAIN about 2 hrs prior to the wedding!
Daughter originally wanted to use wood branches/small
trees for the arbor, and build wooden benches.
When she decided the time of the wedding, we all decided 
with the wedding being late, and no sunshine, 
that WHITE would POP against the natural background of grass
and trees - I'm so glad WHITE was chosen.

But it worked out to the good. Down here in South GA,
it was a HOT and MUGGY morning. 
All of God's pesky critters were threatening to 
RUIN the wedding... Gnats, Wasps, Mosquitoes, Flies.
You name it, it was buzzing around. 

But the rain subsided, and for September in the South, 
we were left with a relatively much cooler and 
mostly bug-free evening. Thank you, Lord!

The framing for the "Entrance" old wood doors was
made in much the same way, except the
doors themselves had wooden shims drilled in them
and drove into the ground.  I used black chalkboard
paint on two old children's headboards, one used here 
to welcome guests and announce the wedding party.
It was propped against a old table used for a water jug and
cups for guests while they waited for the Wedding March.
(the other used to announce the evening's menu)

We used an old dry sink with mirror
to hold the bug spray (not even used!) and
the Wedding Programs (not pictured due to rain!
they were set out just prior to guests arriving.)

Daughter preferred to use her old school globe for her
guests to sign there names in lieu of a traditional guest book.

Simple grapevine wreathes with baby's breath tucked
neatly around the bottom adorned each door, so pretty!

And what outdoor country wedding would be complete
 without a Pallet Project or two? 

TIP: set out a "Deer Cam" (left side, on the post) 
to capture random photos!

Even our pet donkey, Shrek, wanted in on the action.

And, I just had to share this photo. Our family RARELY 
has a dance at weddings, so this 'Father-Daughter dance' pic is
very special to me! Those two little girls at the bottom of the 
photo (actually there were about 6 girls or so sitting there), 
they simply sat with there mouths open, staring at the 
"Princess of the Evening."
It was so precious!

 We transformed our boat shelter into an all out "Party House",
 complete with dance floor and lighting. 
The Best Man provided the music via his iPod and 
portable mega speaker,
and they danced and sang til Midnight!!

The Bride

The Bride and her Grandmother

If you are in the South Carolina area, esp Greenville, 
and are in need of a photographer for any special occasion,
please consider Kendra Martin Photography. She's terrific!
If you click the link above, you will see various sample 
wedding photos, including some of my daughter. She is
the dark haired beauty with her man and wedding party
in the Pine Forest near our home.

To view more great photos of the wedding, click here
You'll read a short overview of their wedding written 
by Kendra Martin on her blog, and even get a glimpse of  
my lovely little grand-daughter and grandson, who were  
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.

NOTE #1: that is plain juice in his cup - he was tuckered out!

NOTE #2: Her diamond ring is actually a combo of two of
my old 14k gold and diamond rings - the band with the
"open side loops" was part of my "pre-engagement ring" her 
Daddy gave to me when I was only 16 years old!
(And Yes, I am, well, over 50 )
The diamond "head" part was cut from my wedding
ring set, and made into a necklace many years ago.
So, with both pieces just sitting in my jewelry box,
I had our local jeweler make her ring, as 
her "Something Olde" and now, her Something Special.

Thanks for stopping by!

I'd love to read your comments.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Granny Square Tote Bag Purse All Around Pattern

 Here's another great item that is ready in 
my Etsy shop It's a great multi purpose bag
made with premium acrylic yarns and cotton blend lining.

Nice sturdy handles!

Double lined - ecru to prevent see thru to pattern
and a lovely print inner lining machine
stitched for extra durability to hold heavier 
objects like books, water bottle, baby items - 
you name it!

has a "Button and Crochet Loop" top closure

and an inner zipper pocket.

Could even be an overnight tote. 

Endless uses and possibilities!  


Thanks for looking!


Monday, March 28, 2016

SweetPepperRose Etsy Shop Now Open!

45"w x 55"L Afghan

36" x 36" throw

Granny Square Tote Bag with Lined bag AND Handles
to control the stretch!

Hi All!  Just dropping a line to let you know I have opened my Etsy shop 
and have a few items listed for sale -
with FREE SHIPPING for a limited time!

Check it out if you're interested!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WIP: All Around Granny Goodness

WIP... these lovely Spring colored "all around"
 granny squares are shaping up
to be my next project. 

I've made a few items that will be available 
in my Etsy shop soon.

Stay tuned!

They remind me of Easter egg colors!