Scoop Group Mega Spring Linky Party

  Welcome to the Spring Linky Party! I am so excited to be a part of this event! Lots of great blogs will be linking up their very best ideas for spring! Check out this line up: Worthington Court The Everyday Home Cedar Hill Farmhouse Confessions of a Plate Addict Stone Gable The party goes live March 3-7! Linking up on my site, your work will appear on all of the above sites and many more! The link up will be going on all week long, be sure to stop back to see the latest updates! I am going to be focused on SPRING this week. Each day I will feature a new spring project. I am writing this because I know that if I commit myself on the web, that it will actually get done. Otherwise, it might be July before I get around to it! Ha, Ha! Today’s project is this sweet little moss planter. I adore this purse shape that I came across at our local garden center. I had to put something green in it of course, hence the little primrose. It’s a bit small for our big door, so I added the frame behind it and the spring banner. The banner is made from cardboard and craft paper. I was feeling crafty yesterday and stenciled it while basking in the sunshine. Sigh. The butterfly was one I had left over from some of my projects from last spring. I just love butterflies. I can’t get enough of them . I know what you are thinking,…
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Amaryllis in Bloom and a Giveaway

  Today the sun was shining, bright and beautiful. We actually made up to 37 degrees, after months of subzero temperatures it felt sooooooo good! I am now confident that winter won’t last forever. It just seems like it. The snow even melted enough so I could see the edge of our garden beds. A reminder that they are there, and that the growing season will arrive soon. But, for now I have to be content with my indoor blossoms. Remember my post on Growing Amaryllis in Water? I just wanted to let you know how it all turned out.   The double blossom Amaryllis is simply beautiful. I keep it by in the window beside my bed. I have loved how elegant it looks in the glass vase. And the best part is….I don’t have to water them. I can be rather forgetful at times. I will definitely grow more of them next year. I wasn’t sure how well the vase would balance the weight of the heavy flowers. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t seem to cause a problem until both flowers were open and the leaves began to grow in at the base of the bulb. As the bulb begins to age, it shrinks a bit and became loose in the jar. In the end I had to prop it up on the wall, but it was very sturdy for a long time while it was opening. Quite a feat considering it is rather tall. The other variety I grew was a miniature one. It stands only…
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DIY Knitted Hat

  We had a birthday here yesterday. Our sweet boy turned 16. It’s so hard to believe, seems like we just brought him home from the hospital yesterday. He is growing up far too fast. One of the issues I have with my kids growing up is that they have become harder to buy inexpensive gifts for. Remember the days when you could find a cute little outfit for a few bucks at a rummage sale? Or the simple gift of a few precious new books to read? Teenagers are hard to buy for. Even harder to make things for. I am undaunted by this challenge, I refuse to give in to conventional gift giving rules.  A few weeks ago I signed myself up for a knitting class on how to make hats. Living in Wi, we always have a need for hats. In fact, we loose about 3-4 of them per person per year. Somewhere there is a giant pile of lost hats from our family. I have decided to personally make my own so that they will stand out in a pile of lost hats, and will be distinctive and easy to find. I tend to favor bright colors, especially for the boys. This is the hat I made for our boy for his birthday. He loves it. He actually wore it IN PUBLIC. This is a good start! You would be amazed how easy it was to make. I am not saying I didn’t have issues, because I did. My dear friend had to come and help…
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Valentine’s Day Bling

Welcome friends to my new domain! I am now a .com instead of a bloodspot.com. There are a number of reasons to make this move, one of which was that I no longer had access to my old domain for some crazy reason! I guess I needed a push to make the jump. It’s all for the best however, and moving my domain was one of my New Year’s Goals for 2014. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? This decision, as much as I wanted to do it, didn’t come with out complete panic and a whole lot of scrambling! We are hard at work moving all links and files over to this new location, the move should be complete soon. Bear with me just a little longer! I have been working on a few new projects in between snow storms, I am so ready for spring! Are you? I have had a few project fails, and need to go back to the drawing board on a few things. I have some ugly candle sticks that need a complete re-do. They are truly, seriously UGLY. The scarf I stayed up late to knit didn’t turn out at all and rather makes me look like I am choking when I put it on. I like it anyway, but I don’t think it’s a blog worthy item. I do like how my Valentine’s Day Heart turned out. I made the Heart Garland out of felt and hung it above the chalkboard wall in our dining room. Then I added some BLING…
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Visit to Chi-Town

We are back from a weekend of fun and relaxation in the big city. A yearly trip to Chicago always makes me inspired. I come home ready to take on new projects and think of things in a whole new light. Perhaps you could use a weekend away as well? Here’s my tips on having a great experience in the Windy City! We stayed in a hotel next to the famous Chicago Merchandise Mart. It is a giant building, taking up an entire city block. The Mart brings back memories of my days when I went there on business. It was a million years ago. Tip: traveling on a weekend will save you about 50% or more on your hotel expenses. Because we were visiting on a weekend the majority of the Mart was closed, but there are a number of shops and restaurants on the main floor. Most of them are wholesale showrooms, which generally make up the Mart. This mannequin is dressed in a ceramic tile shirt. Isn’t it awesome? Tip: Plan ahead for meals. Eating out in downtown Chicago is very expensive. There are very few grocery stores around. This beautiful gown is also made of ceramic tile. WOW! Staying near the Mart has it’s advantages and disadvantages. On a weekend, the place is practically deserted. The Chicago River makes for beautiful views. There is something about city architecture that I love. It just has an urban feel we don’t see out here in the country. I could just take this bridge home with me. I love…
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Virtual Progressive Thanksgiving

Welcome friends! Glad you could join me for the Virtual Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner blog tour! Nothing compares to a beautiful center piece for the holidays.  I realized that if you are cooking a big meal, sometimes the center piece is the last thing you want to worry about.   Fortunately, this one you can make a head of time with just a few simple supplies.   You will need:  1/2 dozen or more white roses (I got mine at Aldi’s for $3.99)   3 lb. bag of yellow delicious apples   3 lb. bag of one of red pares 3 pomegranates 3 white tapered candles 3 small blocks of floral foam (from the Dollar Store) Miscellaneous greenery 6 or more Mason Jar lids You could use any combination of fruit in this arrangement. I bought what was on sale. I choose not to use tooth picks to anchor the fruit, because I want to be able to eat it later. The Mason jar rings hold the fruit in place and keep it from rolling about on the tray. I began by planning out where everything would go on my tray. The foam in this photo turned out to be too large, so I switched to the smaller pieces. I nestled the fruit inside the Mason bands, it will get covered up with the greenery in the end. I pushed 3 candles down into the floral foam in the center of the fruit. I trimmed the greenery into 3″ pieces and stuck them into the foam.  Then the roses were cut…
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31 Days of Cleansing: Day 10 Aromatherapy

I love essential oils. They are incredibly beneficial and under estimated in their effectiveness to promote healing. Each oil has it’s own individual healing properties and can be used in different ways depending on your family’s health needs.  DIFFUSING There are both warm and cold methods of diffusing essential oils. Warm diffusers release the fragrance of the oil with heat. You can purchase a ceramic diffusing ring that fits over a light bulb in a lamp from health food stores such as Whole Foods. I prefer to do it the cheapskate way, with a mason jar ring.  I put the ring over the bulb with a few drops of essential oil in it. As the metal heats up, the fragrance is released into the room. It’s amazing how effective it is. For the holidays I used a cinnamon cent. It was wonderful. When my kids are squirmy, I use lavender to calm them. This method is recommended for use in 15-20 increments. As you get more used to the oils, you can increase the frequency of the treatments. The heat is said to slightly alter the effects of the oil, but I have gotten good results this way, so I have never tried the cold diffusing method. Several drops of oil can be applied at a time to the spinal cord and covered with a warm towel while they are absorbed. Some oils need to be diluted with vegetable oil before using. I have never tried this but it sounds divine. When you get a massage at a spa they frequently use this treatment. Or…
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