Friday, July 18, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 72

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 72!
Another week to spread the love and show off your latest inspiring posts. 
Another week to celebrate the creative sparks of others.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 71.

Needle Felting Fun at Artistic Endeavors 101. Brooke shows off her first 3-D needle felting project and shares some tips for beginners. I am fascinated with needle felting and have collected quite a bit of inspiration on my Needle Felting Board on Pinterest. This delightful little guy looks like a great starting option.

Pattern Hack:  Double Ruffle Capris at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Jamie shares a free pattern and tutorial for these oh-so-cute Double Ruffle Capris pants. I imagine any little girl would love to have a pair of these - so fun!
Mobile Mud Kitchen at Kids Activities Blog. The simplest ideas are sometimes the best ideas such as this Mobile Mud Kitchen from Jackie. Mud pies and make believe - one of life's simple pleasures!
Table 2 with Instructions at My Do-it-yourself. Uwe shares his repurposed table made from discarded fruit crates. Love the center space feature for the potted plant.
A Vintage Wedding Dress for Africa at My Sweet Mission. Heather has passed along her vintage wedding dress with the hope that it will bring the joy and happiness she felt so many years ago to many other women.  She explains all the details in this post.
What have you been chewing on lately? at An Extraordinary Day. Diane shares a thought provoking post and challenges us to join her in 'training'.
Wrapping Gifts with Baby's Breath at T-Shirt & Jeans. Nicki shows us how she wraps gifts with plain, natural packaging and bits of baby's breath for a soft, romantic look.
Almost Sourdough at Yesterfood. Joy shares a mock sourdough bread recipe that does not require a starter.  She describes the finished bread as "a tender, hearty, pleasantly chewy loaf".  We love our homemade bread around here, so I just may have to give this recipe a try.
Strawberry Poke Cake at Swanky Recipes. Jessica shares a yummy recipe for Strawberry Poke Cake just in time for strawberry season.

Utica Greens Recipe at Upstate Ramblings. Anne received some fresh escarole in her CSA box and instantly knew she would be making 'Utica Greens', a traditional recipe from Upstate New York.
Sweet Sprinkles Popcorn at Eliza Ellis. Eliza threw a last minute party and shares a simple sweet and salty popcorn recipe that was a big hit with the kids.

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If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
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- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 71 and Updates

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 71!
I started this party to provide a gathering place for people to share their latest inspiring posts.
With that thought in mind, I have added to the list of suggested category ideas to include 'Photography' and 'Ponderings'. Whether through words, pictures or both, we all have stories to tell and I hope this will encourage you to share some of yours. 
Of course, all of the other categories are still joyously welcomed.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 70.
Paint Your Old Buckets at Little Brags. Christine has a thing for old buckets and shows us how she dressed them up a bit with some paint. Love the polkadots! 
Easy Summer Decorating on the Mantel at Chateau Chic. Mary Alice shares her tips for easy summer decor with her pretty Summer Mantel using vintage objects and a botanical theme.
Outdoor Makeover Challenge:  Big Reveal at Making It In the Mountains. Kristi participated in an Outdoor Makeover Challenge and transformed her deck into a wonderful outdoor gathering space with a minimal budget and some great DIY projects.
$30 Kitchen Island at Mom In Music City. Sabine wanted a kitchen island, but got sticker shock at the high prices. Using the fine art of 'making do', she made herself one for a mere $30. Love the rustic feel to it and the stain and paint combination.
DIY Chalkboard for My Entryway Wall at Seeking Lavender Lane. Deb shows us her quick and easy DIY Chalkboard that she say took only an hour to complete. Another simple idea with a big impact - got to love it!
Lined Glasses Case at It's Organized. Jackie shares a step-by-step sewing tutorial on how to make this pretty and useful eyeglass case.
Roast Chicken on Wild Mushroom Sticky Rice Risotto at The Woks of Life. Sarah shares her idea for a Risotto replacement that is equally delicious, but with much less effort in this savory recipe.

Butter Cookies with Cherry, Raspberry and Chocolate at Something Sweet. Winnie shares a yummy recipe for these Butter Cookies that is sure to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Copy-Cat Outshine Strawberry Popsicle Recipe at The Pin Junkie. Bonnie shares her recipe for a Strawberry Fruit Bar that makes a perfect treat on a hot Summer day.

Blueberry Cobbler Bars at Kleinworth & Co. - Recipes that include blueberries rank very high on my scale and Gina is getting my vote once again with these delectable bars.
And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Unexpected Guests. In this post, I share about a surprise visit we received from some of God's creatures and the parting gifts they left us.

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Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Unexpected Guests

We have seen plenty of wildlife on our reclaimed land including deer, coyote, bobcat and turkeys.
On a recent trip to the property, we came across some unexpected guests.
While driving up the long dirt driveway, we noticed some areas of the lawn had been disturbed.
Some of our newly planted grass was dug up and the loam was pushed aside into piles. Our first thoughts were, 'what the heck'!
This pond on the property is thriving with life. It is home to some mischievous beavers....
....and a solitary 'Blue Heron' that will stand in place for hours on end.
 On this particular day, we were visited by some other inhabitants of that same pond.
We had been invaded by a trio of Common Snapping Turtles.
They had climbed some 150' from the pond, up a steep embankment, across the driveway and continued their journey onto the freshly planted hill.
 They were on a mission, and our landscaping efforts were of no concern to them.
They had traveled from their aquatic sanctuary for the sole purpose of laying eggs. Their nesting habit is to lay 20-40 ping pong ball sized eggs into their freshly dug holes, cover them and return to the water.
At this point, the eggs and any future hatchlings are on their own. Their chance for survival is not very good as we soon discovered.
Fast forward to a few weeks later and we came across this sad sight. Something had destroyed one of the nests and all its precious cargo.
As of now, the other nesting sites remain untouched. Our hope is that they are able to hatch and migrate to the pond sometime in August or September, but we know the odds are against them. 


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 70

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 70!
One of my favorite things about this party is the wide ranging mix of projects, ideas and ponderings that are shared each week - diversity at its finest! It's this mingling of creativity that provides a fresh perspective and rejuvenates our imagination.    
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 69.
Model Homes Tour at Boogieboard Cottage. Mary had a great time touring three different model homes and shares a gallery of photos she took from her inspiring day.
 
Preoccupied with Primaries at Poppy View. Poppy blogs from Crete, Greece and shows off her beautiful surroundings. Primary colors are a continuing theme throughout the island and Poppy's home as well.
DIY Spray Painted Glass Bottles at Homemaking Hacks. Dawn shows us that simple spray painted bottles can make a great accessory. The key is to choose colors that compliment the room.
Easy Summer Decorating Using Bottles at Chateau Chic. Continuing with the bottle theme, Mary Alice has lovingly placed vintage bottles throughout her home as part of her summer decor. This is such a simple way to add some 'pretty' to any space.
Patriotic Wrap Dress at USS Crafty. Tonna created this sweet dress for her daughter and shows us how she pieced the skirt and finished it with a sash closure. Love the patriotic fabrics she chose.
A French Bag and a Tag at Vintage with Laces. Julia shares a gorgeous French themed bag and tag she made for her dear friend. As always, her work is just amazing.
Cathedral Window Update at The Locust Blossom. Lady Locust has been steadily working on her Cathedral Window coverlet and updates us on her progress. The batik's and prints she placed within each window are so striking alongside the black. Just beautiful!
Cheese Grater Earring Holders at Homeroad. Susan acquired some vintage cheese graters and repurposed them into these unique earring holders. The patina of the metal works so nicely with the wood mounts.

Sunrise Smoothie Recipe at Some of This and That. There is nothing more refreshing than a cold smoothie on a hot summer day. Jamie shares a simple and healthy recipe for a Sunrise Smoothie that will help kick start your day.
Lobster Avocado Sandwich with Garlic at Spaceships and Laser Beams. Stephanie shows us how to enjoy lobster without breaking the bank with these scrumptious sandwiches.

Kale & Garlic Scape Pesto at Upstate Ramblings. Anne found a way to sneak some kale into her kids diet with this unique Pesto recipe that she says is garlicky and delicious.
Strawberry Yogurt Creamy Popsicles at ABC Creative Learning. If you have kids, you know that popsicles are a necessity on hot summer days. Victoria has you covered with this wholesome homemade version.
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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
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Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
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I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar or if you prefer, GFC and Linky are located at the bottom of this page.
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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