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In 2015 I was looking for a unique gift to give to my Aunt and Uncle for their 30th wedding anniversary.  I did a search on Pinterest and found tons of ideas for gifts with made with pennies.  So I found 30 pennies — one for each year that they had been married.  I started with 1985 and found pennies all the way up to 2015.  Let’s be clear, I hope you have a LOT of pennies to go through, it might sound trivial, but it is a task to find all the years you need.   I found them all at my house, with the exception of 2.  I was missing 2002 and 2006, so I had to enlist at a friend at the bank to find pennies from those years.

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I used a teal colored piece of mat board for the back ground.  I arranged the 30 and used the extra pennies around the edges.  I cut out the Name and the Established using black on my Silhouette Cameo.  It’s not as easy as it looks to line up all the pennies into the formation you want.  I started in the top left-hand corner with 1985 and ended with the 2015 in the right-hand corner.  Be patient and find something you like.  Other cute ideas include the shape of a house or a heart.  This is a great gift for a 22nd anniversary since that is the Copper Anniversary.  Play with it and have fun!!!

 

I was out and about this weekend checking out “64 Galore” — a huge run of yard sales along Highway 64 in Arkansas.  Each year in August, a weekend is dedicated to a massive yard sale.  Hundreds of people set up their sales along the sides of the roads at churches and businesses, subdivisions have large neighborhood sales, flea markets and antique shops have sales.  The opportunities go on for miles.  While looking for something very specific (which I never actually found), I happened upon a flea market in Vilonia, Arkansas, where I found one of these:

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I thought it was very unique and I’d never seen anything like it before.  I asked the man at the counter what it was and he explained it was a butter mold.

Some quick facts about Butter Molds:

A butter mold makes butter more visually appealing for table use.  Old, primitive butter mold presses were made from wood and carved with a handle on the top and a flat bottom with a design carved on the underside. People pressed the design onto the top of the butter.

  • Pressed butter is a popular item at old-fashioned festivals and country fairs. Put the butter on the table for display but keep most of it in a cooler to prevent it from melting in the sun.
  • Most wooden butter molds were made of hardwood or maple.
  • The intricacy of the design can increase the value of the press. The most common designs were simple carvings such as wheat sheaths.

I bought one because I have a vision for this butter mold and what I can make out of it.  I can’t get to work on it. Wait and see what I turn this butter mold in to.  I hope the end result comes out as well as I can see it in my head.

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I may or may not have a problem!

I’m working on a new baby set……I’m loving the way it’s going and can’t wait to share the final results!!!

Another easy but SOOOOO cute pattern.  I found this one on www.pinterest.com

I found the pattern here:

http://catecrochets.blogspot.com/2013/09/adjustable-boot-cuffs.html

I made one slight modification — I only did 7 rows of shells instead of 8 simply because I only had 6 buttons instead of 8.   I picked up some really cute metal buttons at www.hancockfabrics.com.

I used Lion Brand wool-ease that I got from Michaels.  I think they turned out great and will be fabulous for my $5.00 gift exchange!!!

Here they are:

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I have never been a tattoo person — but last year after I started this blog — I thought that if I was to ever get a tattoo I would want my 2 little red birds.  I did it this weekend.  Thanks to Caleb at Electric Heart Tattoos in Little Rock.  I LOVE IT.  It’s on my foot and visible above my flip flops.

What do you think?

 

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Tumbling Bunnies

I’m obsessed with these bunnies for Easter!!

So I’ve been pretty busy. And unsuccessfully tried to post a tutorial on how to make a pintuck duvet. Maybe I’ll get that figured out…. In the meantime, I got a brand spankin new embroidery machine and have been pretty busy learning it. One of my first projects? Well, bunnies of course!!

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Aren’t they just adorable? And since there are those bad apples… err… bad bunnies out there…

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He’s just so cute and so soft, he can’t be all bad right? And he’s got a sister!!

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She’s easily influenced but not as bad as her brother.

these adorable bunnies can all be customized just for you at http://www.etsy.com/shop.arkansasmade Just request a custom order and we’ll chat!

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and just for good measure, here’s a pic of my moms puppy and her flat bunny. I couldn’t leave her out!