Splat, Indent, Disaster... and a Lace Tree!

Splat... that is the sound of me falling down after I hit the wall on Tuesday... sick.

Indent... that is what is in my couch, where I've been laying for the last day and a half.

18... that is the number of episodes I watched... 18 people!  Crazy!  My show of choice?  White Collar!  I got through all of season 1 and some of season 2.  And, had pleasant dreams with the beautiful Matt Bomer playing the lead role! :)  Do you have delusional dreams too when you are sick?

Disaster... is what my house looks like right now.  Oh well.

Hungry... is what I feel this morning after not eating for 1.5 days.

Helpful... that is what my kids have been.  The bigs tucked in the little's Tuesday night and they all went to bed w/o any funny business.

Sorry... is what I have said to them, as I have been a little short, not feeling particularly well.

Pity... that is what I felt for myself as my husband had to work late Tuesday.  He got home at 11pm.  Do you feel pity for me too?  I just couldn't move.  I felt like poo!

Relief... I felt this when I heard the garage door open in the middle of the day yesterday.  My thoughts?  Yea, he's come to love me better, to help with the kids, oh this will be nice.

Reality... walked right past me imprinted on my couch, told me he didn't feel well, not enough sleep, said he had a conference call... and then from the other room asked how I was...  my answer... 'It doesn't matter.'

Better... is what life is when we just say how we feel.  Later, after the conference call, Matt came down to love me.  There is always a part of me that wants to push.  I was a little hurt.  I wanted to push.  But, 'better' is me saying I totally have hurt feelings.  I need someone to love me right now I feel like a giant piece of poop!  So, yes, please love me now.  I know he has so much on his plate right now, and it is just bad timing.

Better... is how I'm feeling today. 

Amazed... how much our physical impacts our emotional, and spiritual.  Taking care of our bodies is important.


Ready for some crafty time?

Here is the guest post I did for SugarBee Crafts.

Hi there!  Today I'm going to show you how to make this easy lace Christmas tree for you to display in your home!  It's cute right?

I love working with canvas, especially for the holidays!  You can just replace a picture that is already hanging on your wall with an easy canvas that doesn't need to be framed!  Then, switch it back out when the holidays are over! 

The Christmas tree is an easy shape to work with. 

For the lace tree:

Choose your lace color.  You won't need very much, but that also depends on how dense you want your lace and how full you want your tree.  I only used 2 2inch legths of lace (cut off of my half yard piece).  You could also buy the lace that comes on a roll, that has one finished edge, would totally work too.  You could choose not to gather the lace in that case.

Here is my lace... and lace cut.

I tied a knot with my embroidery thread onto the end of the lace.

I started threading up and down through the lace, pushing it down the thread to gather it. 

I eyeballed all of these lengths.  You have some give with all of it.

I started with my longest piece and determined that length based on the size of my canvas.

I kept making lengths until I had enough for a full tree.

This tree has six pieces.

I layed them out as I went to see how it would look.

Next I put a trunk on my tree with ribbon. 

I glued it down on the front then brought it all the way back to glue it.  That way you don't have to worry about finished edges.

Went ahead and cut off the excess. 

I began adding my lace.  I began by covering the trunk.

Keep gluing and building.

Now you can add the tree topper.  Buttons, jewels, large brads, just about anything could work!

For this tree I decided on a small piece of jewelry.  I took the jump rings off the ends.

Um, then I decided I wanted my tree to be more monochromatic.  So I replaced both the ribbon and the trunk ribbon!!!  See, we don't all nail it the first time around!  Making changes is fine!

Here is the finished tree.  You can see the ribbon a little better in real life.

Easy right?  You can take this idea and change the colors and materials a little to make it all your own!

Here is how it looks on my gallery wall.  Easy enough?

Here is the canvas project I did last year for Christmas...

sparkle tree canvas.

Also be sure to check out one of my latest tutorials...

felt flowers