December Wreath

IMG_8181This wreath post ends my trek of posting a wreath a month.
These 2 wreaths are made using the same tools and techniques as my January wreath.
They are quite festive and jolly for Christmas.

I wish you all joy & a wonderful holiday

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My two December wreaths, pictured at the very top of this post, are made with Red Heart yarn on a Knifty Knitter cord loom and some flower looms that I don’t know what their name is.
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sewmiconThank you Charlotte for being my inspiration.
I can hardly wait to see what you’ve planned for next year.
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Here’s why I posted a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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November Wreath

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The wreath base is made from old papers and covered in raffia.
The decorations on the wreath are stuff from around the yard: acorns, pine needles, straw, pine-cones and leaves

The leaves are real too, but they feel like a plastic or a light-weight vinyl. They look better in real life.
I wish they hadn’t reflected the flash so much.

I picked the leaves, laid them out on a piece of cardboard and covered them with paper towels and a heavy book. I left them for a day or two.
I painted each leaf with 3 coats of outdoor mod-podge, Allowing the leaves to dry thoroughly between coats.
After a few weeks and the glue totally cures out, the leaves don’t feel real anymore. It’s pretty neat when that happens.
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Sending you all positive thoughts and warm wishes.t120002

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Here’s why I’m postinging a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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spgrnbgln

October Wreath

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Just popping in to post a Halloween wreath for my October Wreath of the month.

The wreath base is homemade from old papers and covered in fans made from Mary Jane’s Peanut Butter Kisses wrappers.
I sculpted little figures and added them to the wreath.
I made this wreath last year. It’s fun and brightens up a room.

We’re healthy and doing okay, however Life is still a roller coaster right now. This month has been filled with changes: some good, some bad, some sad and some annoying ones. I need to continue to be on break from my blog. I hope that life will calm down soon and I can comfortably come back to blogging.

I wish you all a very Safe
and Happy Halloween.jacolb
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Here’s why I’m making a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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spgrnbgln

September Wreath (2)

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I didn’t make a second wreath for September,  instead I decied to use one I made back in 2013 (some of my blogging buddies may remember it.)
In honor of this first day of Autumn here’s a wreath that I made using broken pecan shells.
It’s little, about 6 inch in diameter. I used low temp hot glue and glued the broken shells on a wreath base that I made out of old paper. The ribbon is made with paper raffia.
I think the finished wreath turned out quite charming considering it was made with broken pecan shells. ;)

Life has been a way-off-track again. I need to take another break from blogging for awhile.  I’ll be back when I can.

Take care & have a Happy Autumn! t110008

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September is a 2 wreath month. 1st post is; September Wreath (1). :)

Here’s why I’m making a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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spgrnbgln

Potato Soup

IMG_72250Here lately, the weather has been dreary and cool. The gray drear is somewhat of a downer, but I’m not complaining about the cool temps, they’re a nice break from the hot muggy dog days of Summer. Sadly, the days are much shorter. I miss the longer afternoons/evenings of enjoying the sun. A few of the trees are starting to loose some leaves. There’s definitely a feel of Fall all around us.

I told my husband, this is the type of weather just right for a comforting bowl of potato soup. My husband heartily agreed. Happily, I made a pot of potato soup. I used some of our homegrown potatoes and onions. I made a pone of my southern cornbread. It was a mighty-tasty meal, even if I do say so myself.

With my Fall moodiness, I thought it’d be a good time to share my favorite potato soup recipe with you.
If you give this soup a try, let me know how you like it.

I hope the rest of your week goes super.

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Potato Soup

2 or 3 cups potatoes peeled and cut into 3/4 to 1/2 inch pieces
2  or 3 cups chicken broth
1 cup of water – if needed add water to cover the potatoes in liquid
1 cup milk
About 1/2 cup instant potatoes
Salt and pepper or your choice of herbs to taste – optional
1/2 cup chopped onion or garlic – optional
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Cook the potatoes, onions, salt and pepper in the chicken broth and water.
When potatoes are tender add the instant potatoes & milk.
If too thick add more milk. If it’s too thin add more instant potatoes.
Cook it about 15 minutes more.
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added thoughts:
*After the soup is done, turn the stove on lowest temperature setting and let the pot of soup simmer for a little while to let the seasoning/potatoes blend better. Check it often in case it needs more milk or to be removed from burner.
*enhancements: Add bacon bits, sour-cream, cheese or cornbread
*I realize this recipe reads pretty bland, but I make my own broth, therefore it’s already seasoned with herbs and gives a good taste to the potato soup without my having to add more seasonings.

Original Recipe by my BFF

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