Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hippity Hoppity Spring

No matter how long the winter
SPRING is sure to follow.
- Proverb -

A happy hello and happy spring to you, 
sweet friends!
I hope you are well on this first day of spring.

a lovely reminder
of how beautiful change can be.

A little while ago my sweet aunt-in-law sent me a photo 
of some burlap bunny napkin ring holders;
she thought maybe I would enjoy making some and she was right.

I decided to make mine with colorful fabric rather than burlap 
only because I wanted something bright and happy for springtime.
If you were to make these napkin rings with burlap 
I think you would be able to skip the sewing
and simply glue the rings together,
making it a fun no-sew project.

Let me show you how I made these cute little bunnies. . .

white pom poms
fusible interfacing
hot glue gun and glue

You may be wondering what the burlap leaves are?
Well, I found them at Hobby Lobby in the wedding section
and the leaves looked like bunny ears.
The main reason I got them instead of making my own bunny ears
is because the "ears" are nice and stiff.

For the napkin ring you will want to cut out a strip of fabric
that is 6  x 3 1/2-inches.

Iron on a piece of fusible interfacing that is 5 1/2 x 3-inches
to the back side of the fabric.
This will give the ring a nice stiffness.

Fold the strip of fabric right sides together
and sew along the edge with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Do not sew the ends together, just the long edge!

Turn the napkin ring right side out
by pulling through one of the ends.
Press with a hot iron
and then sew the two ends together.

Flip the ring right side out
so that the seam is on the inside.

Get two burlap ears
and a cute cotton tail to finish the bunny napkin ring.

Apply a small amount of hot glue to the end of the burlap ear
and press onto the inside of the napkin ring.

And finally,
apply a dab of hot glue to the cotton tail
and press onto the center of the napkin ring.

Slip a cloth napkin into the bunny ring
and you're ready to dress up your table for Spring and Easter.

My favorite weather 
is bird chirping weather.

It was one of the March days
when the sun shines hot 
and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light,
and winter in the shade.
- Charles Dickens -

Sweet friends,
I hope you have a beautiful first day of spring.

Love and hugs!

A kind word
is like a Spring day.
- Unknown -

There is a SPRING SALE going on in my Etsy shop right now.
Enjoy 25% off your order.
Offer good until March 31st.
Please feel free to stop by Rose Petal Blessings.

And one last thing. . .
many of you have been asking if I will host a spring tea cup exchange.
Well, why not, my friends!
Please get ready for the 12th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
Registration for this beautiful and blessed event will begin on April 4th.
That is only two weeks away from today.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Our Family Vacation

Hello, lovely friends!
You may have noticed it's been a little quiet around here
and that's because I was away on vacation with my loved ones.
I scheduled a few posts to come up while I was away
and I wanted to thank all of you for visiting and commenting.
It was a joy to come home and read your sweet words.

My husband, son, and I had the delight of traveling to Arizona,
a place both my husband and I love.
There is such magnificent beauty to behold in the dessert and hills.

While we were in Arizona
we stopped by the Four Corners,
visited Page and enjoyed the Cathedral Slot Canyon tour
and Horse Shoe Bend,
stayed in Payson where we hiked to the Tonto Natural Bridge,
went to Roosevelt where we hiked up to the cliff dwellings,
and stopped by Scottsdale where we enjoyed a couple of 
Colorado Rockies Spring Training games.
My oh my, what a splendid time we had!
Join me, dear friends, as I share our adventure with you.
**WARNING! Lots of beautiful pictures in this post.**

First, we stopped by the Four Corners.
To be honest, it was rather anticlimactic,
but at least we can say we have been there - HA!

Next is the Cathedral Slot Canyon.
Because it was still the off-season we enjoyed the tour to ourselves.
Before we got to the canyon we stopped at the Four Sisters.

The rock formations are supposed to resemble heads
or profiles of four sisters.

Just getting to the slot canyon was a treat in itself
as there is beauty everywhere.

The slot canyons are very impressive
and quite a treat to walk through.
There are some places you have to *cough-cough* suck it in
as the trail is rather narrow.
Here we are at the entrance of the slot canyon.

Let's walk through,
shall we. . .

This is looking down 
on the canyon we just squeezed ourselves through.

And when we finally made it to the Cathedral Canyon
this is the glorious sight that greeted our eyes as we looked up. . .
amazing, isn't it?

On our way out of Page
I saw this Taxi/Police car that made me laugh
so I thought I would share it with you.

Before we headed to Horse Shoe Bend
we also stopped by the Glen Canyon Dam.

Now it's off to Horse Shoe Bend!

The view was breathtaking!

Now let's go to the Tonto Natural Bridge.
We hiked into this beautiful place
and had the opportunity of walking underneath the bridge.

The hike started off nice and easy. . .

And pretty soon we found ourselves 
surrounded by rocks and boulders.

This is the view looking up
as we hiked.

After a little while
we came to what we were looking for. . .
the natural bridge.

The water underneath the bridge 
was so clear and beautiful.

After enjoying the beauty
we continued on our adventure to the other side of the bridge.

This lovely view was at the opening 
of the other side of the bridge.

And finally here is the Tonto Natural Bridge 
after we hiked through it.
Beautiful, isn't it?

The next day we went to the cliff dwellings
near Roosevelt, Arizona.
It was a perfect day.

This was the view from the trail we took
to get to the cliff dwellings.

Here is a little information
about the cliff dwellings.

Almost there. . .

It was truly amazing
to be able to walk through the cliff dwellings.
It's hard to imagine what life was like back then
and to think about the hardships these people faced.

One last look at the cliff dwellings
from the bottom of the trail.

We also enjoyed some Colorado Rockies Spring Training games.
My grandpa used to love going to the spring training games
and the last time I went with him I was about 12-years-old.
I have such fond memories of that time as I watched the game with him
and was able to get a baseball autographed by many of the players.
My son is a baseball lover so in memory of "Poppie" we took him this year.
We truly had a blessed time.

My son was able to get a few autographs 
from some Rockies players.

Along with a few autographs from some Diamond Backs.
We went early and had the opportunity 
of watching them during batting practice.

And then there was a very special moment for my son. . .
we left the game a little early in hopes of seeing a few Rockies players leave the field.
We learned that they don't come out after the game to sign autographs,
but while talking to an employee of the ballpark Ian Desmond came out.
He was running in the field and looked right over at us.
My son waved to him and he waved back.
Then. . .
he came over to shake hands with my son and have a little chat.
We were the only ones there and it meant so much 
that Ian took the time to make one little boy happy.
Ian Desmond (#20) is the player on the right side in the picture below.

I want to make memories
all over the world.
- Unknown -

And on the way home
we stopped to see the dinosaur tracks.

Thanks for visiting, sweet friends.
Your comments are always a blessing
and I appreciate the time you take to leave them.

Love and hugs to you!
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