October 28, 2016

Making Christmas Candles out of Wood

Wood Candles
    I made these wood Christmas candles a few days ago.  I thought they would be easy to make, but, they weren't, because I didn't have the tools I needed.  First of all, because of the wood I chose to use, I didn't think using a table saw was a good idea. I was afraid it might bind on me, so I used a hack saw to cut the wood into pieces.  That took longer than I thought it would.
    To cut the holes in the top, I used a drill with a keyhole drill bit.  That only cut a ring around the center about 1 inch deep, but, left the wood in the center.  I used a wood chisel to chip out the excess wood, which again took longer than I had thought.
   Now for the easy part, I painted two of them with solid color paint, that I just poured out of the can and let drip over.  The square one, I painted with a brush, using red paint, then brushing white paint lightly over it.  I then melted candle wax and poured over the top and allowed it to drip down all sides.
   Last I inserted battery tea lights. Chipping out the center was what took the longest time.  If you have a drillpress, and a cut off saw, it would only take minutes to do all of it.

Hope You Have a Blessed Day,

October 09, 2016

Country Baptising Kentucky Style

Pastor Dow Goodin, Brother John Goodin,
John's Great Grandaughter, being baptised,
John's Grandaughter waiting to be baptised.

These could have chosen to have been baptised in a baptistry,
but instead have chosen to be baptised the way people did in Bible days.

  Baptised in the name of the
Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
   This beautiful October day in McCreary County Kentucky will hold lasting memories for three people who have given their lives to Jesus.  
   While the sun shined high in the sky, and a light wind blew, the temperature in the mid to upper sixties,and the water temperature cool, nothing held back the happy smiles on the creek bank today.

How Beautiful to See a Young Mother
 and Her Daughter Baptised on the Same Day.

   A typical Baptising at Indian Creek generally means,
congregational singing on the creek bank,
two or more preachers preaching,
and a wonderful time of fellowship.
                                                     Today was that kind of day.                                                                     

A Young Convert Following the Lord in Baptism


   How precious to be a part of this wonderful Holy Service on the banks of Indian Creek in McCreary County Kentucky.

May God Bless You is My Prayer, Trisha

October 04, 2016

Painted Okra, and Potato Sack Pumpkins

Painted Okra and Potato Sack Pumpkins

   This has been such a beautiful day, that I wanted to make a few Fall decorations.  I like using things I already have.
   If someone needed to decorate a large space, this would be an inexpensive way to do it.
    I let the okra dry before I painted it.  I used craft paint, but, any paint would be fine.  The little potato sack pumpkins are lined with yellow tissue paper and stuffed with plastic grocery bags.  I used okra pods for the stems.
   Hope you have enjoyed this beautiful Fall day.

Many Blessings, Trisha

September 10, 2016

Old Fashioned Days in Williamsburg Kentucky

Carbide Light carved out of coal, by Kentuckian Alvin Powell

     It has been a beautiful day to enjoy the festivities at the Old Fashioned Days Celebration in Williamsburg, Kentucky.  I bought this carbide light carved from coal. It was a logical purchase for me because my Dad, Bob's Dad, and his Grandpa were all coal miners.  I talked with Mr. Powell, who carved it; he seemed to be a very nice and talented man. 

John and Sonya Parrott, Jellico, Tennessee

Had to buy this one, sounds delightful.

    Erica is a very nice young crafts woman.  It is refreshing to see young people getting involved in making crafts and enjoying the rich heritage of the Williamsburg Old Fashioned Trading Days.
POLE PUMPKINS by Erica Flannery

Kenneth and Barbara Stephens are very nice and a joy to talk to.  
They have very high quality woodwork.

 by Kenneth and Barbara Stephens from Glasgow, Ky.

A STITCH IN TIME, Quilts by Fern Ledford and her two Sisters

Fern is a beautiful woman with a wonderful
zeal for life.  She also had homemade lye soap
for sale.  I purchased some of that.

WOODCRAFTS BY Daymond Helton

 Daymond greets everyone with a smile and is happy to pass the time of day with his customers.

I spoke with the lady that made these little jumpsuits, she was very nice and gave me permission to photograph them and put them on my blog, but chose not to include her name with the post 
Christmas Angel
    So many beautiful things, such wonderful Crafters, and Blessings of Sunshine.  
What more could one ask for?
Mesh Ribbon Trees

Beautiful Fall Wreath

September 07, 2016

Inverted Shelf Redo

    I have been looking for a shelf to sit on our fireplace insert during the Summer months to display small items.  I found this small shelf at our city wide yard sale. It was perfect for what I had in mind.

    The only thing I did was, turn the shelf upside down so it would sit upright, then, I unscrewed the hooks that are now at the top and turned them upside down and screwed them back into place for hanging small items.

    This is without a doubt, the easiest makeover I have done, but, I am pleased with the results.  The items displayed are very sentimental, from the old skeleton key that belonged to my husband's mom, a carbide light that belonged to my husband when he was a boy, and one that belonged to his grandfather, the portable butler, a gift from my father-in-law, the sad iron trivet, a gift from our daughter, and an old sad iron like the one I used as a girl, an old snuff box, and a lodge wrought iron skillet ashtray, a gift for my husband from our daughter.
    Hope you are having a beautiful and Blessed day and finding lots of nice old things that bring back happy memories.


August 23, 2016

Making Lap Blankets from a Full Size Throw

    Hello Friends, I haven't posted in awhile.  But have enjoyed visiting your posts.   Last week I tried something I wanted to share with you.  I wanted to help make lap blankets for a nursing home, so I tried to think of an easy and fast way to make them.  I purchased two throws 50 x 60 inches that have velvet on one side and sherpa on the other side. There was only one seam around the inside of the throws, which made it easy to pull out after I had cut into fours.
    The first thing I did was fold the throw lengthwise, and cut through both layers, then I folded both pieces back, and cut again, making four pieces, I then pulled out the inside seam that had the throw quilted together. I turned each piece inside out and sewed around the edges, leaving about five inches not sewn to pull back right side out.
    So with two throws, I was able to make eight lap blankets.  The whole process only took about thirty minutes.  The other four are beige velvet with beige sherpa.  If anyone wants to try this, just make sure you have a top and bottom layer on your throw, that is not heavily quilted, preferably with only one seam that needs to be pulled out. Also, have your vacuum cleaner near by.  When you cut the sherpa, it does make a mess but, vacuums easily.
                                                 Hope you have a Blessed day, Trisha