Upcycled Sunflowers

upcycled sunflowers

Well, we’re on the downward slope of summer now, heading swiftly into autumn. It will be here before we know it, but I can’t say that I’m that upset about it. Even though I love summer with all its sunshine and warmth, my heart belongs to autumn.

It’s one of those seasons that, at least in Pennsylvania, seems to start out so beautiful with the changing leaves and chill in the air…and a week later…all the leaves are gone, the trees are brown and bare and it’s freezing.

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Upcycled Star Garland

upcycled star garland

So here I am again with another upcycled garland pattern. I just love these so much. I get to make something pretty and upcycle something that might otherwise end up in a landfill. I do recycle religiously, but I’m hoping that by sharing this pattern, other people could help out in the fight against polluting the planet. I realize it’s a small gesture, however, I honestly believe that big things begin with little steps!

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Burlap-like Ruffle Garland

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crochet burlapp-like ruffle garland pattern

Hey Everyone!

I love the look of the burlap wreaths and garlands that you see everywhere these days. It’s so country! I’ve been meaning to try my hand at crafting with the burlap, but I just never got around to it.

One of the archways in my house, a rather large one that opens up to my staircase, was looking a little bare.  I dug through my gigantic yarn stash (anyone else have one of those?) and found a couple skeins of the Red Heart Warm Brown. It was remarkable how close this color came to matching burlap.

And it hit me!  A soft, flexible garland that looks like burlap! Fantastic!

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Hope Hanging Tags

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Hope Hanging Tags

Hey Everyone!

Hope.

It stirs so many emotions in me. Never give up. Don’t lose faith. Dream big. Now dream bigger! Everything will work out in the end. (It usually does too!)

This inspiring little word needed a place of honor in our home. A reminder to never give up hope. Something that my children would grow up reading every time they saw the tags. They’ve watched just how hard their mom has worked for months and months to prepare for this blog. And hope is what brought this dream of sharing my patterns with the world into reality. I hoped, I worked and I achieved. That’s the kind of example I want to set for them. If I can do it, they can do it too!
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