Monday, September 1, 2014

Burlap Sunflowers

How would you like a quick and easy tutorial on burlap sunflowers?
I always think of sunflowers at this time of the year.  I love them for their size and their brilliant colors.  So, I decided to play around and make some out of burlap.  These are so easy.
Take a bush of sunflowers - I got these at Michaels because I wanted the bigger ones.
Pull them gently apart.  This one had two large, two medium and one small petal piece, a center and a calyx.  We are going to use the petal pieces for patterns.
Pin them to your burlap.  I found I could easily cut two layers at a time.  You do need really good scissors. 
Then, you are going to take your wire stem from your original silk flower and stick it through the layers of burlap.  You will have the one small layer on top, then the two medium ones, the two large ones and the calyx.  In my case, the wire then pushed into the artificial center - got it? 
I did put some hot glue under the center and held the petal layers up around the center.  Then I pushed the calyx up tight and put several dabs of hot glue between it and the bottom layer of burlap.
Add your leaves and you are done.
I decided to put mine in a small aqua vase.  Hope you enjoy your burlap sunflowers.
You could basically do this with any type of silk flower using it as your pattern.  You do need the center and a calyx to hold it all together.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Did You See The Super Moon and Happy Anniversary to my Sweet Husband!

One night week before last while we were at the hospital, I heard that there was going to be a "Super Moon" for a few nights.  This meant that the moon was going to be as close to the earth as it would be this year.
I went home to feed Bella and took these photos while I was outside playing with her.
It really was awesome.  So big and round and the whole sky just glowed from it.  It was a sight to see.  I am so glad that I got to see it.  I went back and told John about it, but where he was in the hospital, you couldn't see it. 
On another note, August 31 is a bittersweet day for us.  Forty-six years ago we were married (and they said it wouldn't last).  I am so thankful for my husband and all of the forty-six years we have celebrated together.
But, on a sadder note, it was also on August 31 six years ago that our precious great-grandson Landen passed away.  It was almost the exact time of day that we were married.
So, it's a good and hard day at the same time.  We have so many good memories that they outweigh the not-so-good ones.  We will celebrate quietly as John recuperates.
I need to once again thank you for all of your prayers for John and I.  The doctors keep saying that they don't know how these good things keep happening to him and John and I just smile and say that it's all of the prayers being said for him.  I am so grateful to have made so many praying and thoughtful dear friends.
Thank you all.

Friday, August 29, 2014

We're Home!!

Just a short note to let you know we are home and doing okay.  Not super-but okay.
John is feeling pretty well.  We just need a few days to decide which option we are taking next.
John's surgery pathology report came back - not good.  Of the 24 tumors they removed, 17 were cancer.  So, we have several options but have not decided which way to go yet.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers.  Hope to be back blogging soon.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  We know that the Lord will guide us through this decision.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

We're There Again!

Just a short note to let you know John is back in the hospital again!  He woke up Thursday with a temp and swollen and very warm legs. After calling the doctor he wanted us to go immediately to the hospital.  We were whisked into a room in the ER - thank goodness.  They have done lots of blood work and cultures and we are awaiting results.  Meanwhile, they have him on massive amounts of high powered antibiotics.  He is better today but they are keeping him pretty knocked out.

Bless his heart, he started the worse case of hiccups I've ever seen from 3 in the afternoon on Thursday until 11 this morning.  He was just miserable.  They finally gave him something and they quit!  Weird, eh?

So, once again I ask for your prayers for him and his doctors.  God is still in control but your prayers helped so much last time.  So thank you in advance.