In memory of Grandma

Throughout my entire childhood, the one thing I remember about my grandma was her love for sewing. After her passing last year, my Aunt and Cousin graciously passed my grandma’s sewing machine on to me. I have always loved her sewing machine as I remember many nights sitting beside her, playing with the scraps of fabric that hit the floor. Those are just some of the many great memories that I had with my grandma. When I placed the beloved sewing machine in my craft room, I always had this idea that I’ve finally been able to complete (well one so far).

One thing that always fascinated me was the hundreds of patterns my grandma had. Years and years of collected patterns that after using several times ended up in bags or boxes. Now for me, I would go through the boxes and look at just how much styles have changed. I was born in the 80’s so I could see at least 40 years worth of styles.

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My goal was that I wanted to display some of the patterns above the sewing machine. So far I’ve only made 1 but I’m planning on making 3 more. I wanted to display the pattern packaging but also the pattern itself. Here’s how it turned out….

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Update 3/11/2017- I am thrilled this post is so popular. Since the birth of our son I’ve had to temporarily move my Grandmas sewing machine to our bonus room until I can complete my craft room above the garage. Our daughter is old enough now to help me create a few new pattern pictures so in the next few weeks I’ll post some new examples!

Thanks for visiting!!! 😊

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Tomato Cage Christmas Tree

So here goes…. My hubby, which I must say is the best hubby in the world, helped me with building a tomato cage Christmas tree. Could I have done this myself or with my daughter? Absolutely! But it was so much fun making this with the hubby!

Here are the items you’ll need:
Tomato cage
Plant container
Tie wraps ( aka cable ties or zip ties)
Garland
Christmas lights
Drill (optional)

Step 1) set your tomato cage inside the plant container (aka planter pot) to ensure it will stand up inside the pot. Use your first tie wrap to secure the legs of the cage together so that it begins to look like a tree.

***optional step is to use drill to drill holes around the edge of the planter so you can use the tie wraps to secure the cage to the planter which we did.***

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Step 2) Begin wrapping your garland around the bottom edge of the cage/the top of the planter. (We used garland which has the lights in it which made it a lot easier.)

Step 3) As you start wrapping the garland, you’ll begin using the tie wraps to secure the garland at each ring on the cage. This keeps the garland in place so it won’t slide down.

Step 4) Once you get to the top continue looping the garland over the top and tuck in the last bit around a layer that is already secured. You may choose to use a tie wrap at the end as well .

Step 5) Enjoy your new tree! We kept ours plain for now but I may add some ornaments soon.

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