Saturday, March 31, 2018

Setting the Table with a Spring Centerpiece

Galvanized three-tier... doohickey?

Top tier filled with silk flowers and greenery, decorative eggs and a bunny figurine plopped in for good measure.

Plain white paper napkins.

Pioneer Woman placemats (they're red with white polka dots on the backside).

And now the table is set for Easter brunch.  Lunch.  Dinner.

Whatever it turns out to be.

Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!  

Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring Cleaning the Greenhouse

Despite snow in the forecast, it's time to spring-clean the greenhouse:

Dusty cobwebs, brown leaves...

Remains of my first forsythia starts and blueberry bushes...

Grapevines, holly, mums... will any part of them return to green?

Leftover planting cells, empty pots...

Floors swept, branches and limbs checked, hints of green discovered.  

Open windows, clean and sort, listen to Michael Buble and John Mayer.  Music is essential.

Hello, Elephant.

Table cleaned, porch and yard items tucked away until spring's official arrival...

... and there's my star-topped "tree!" I still haven't decided if I'll fill the gutters with nasturtiums or some other flower this year.

Two signs and a wind chime left to hang.  

This is how the season of rebirth begins in my neck of the woods.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Ice Storm To-Do List

School was canceled today due to the ice storm moving through Kansas (just look at the coating on my window), so my usual kindergarten-teacher to-do list was set aside.  Instead of ABC's and 1-2-3s, there will be baking and crocheting:

Raspberries and blueberries in a buttermilk cake...

... and a soft, warm cowl, crocheted while sitting on the couch catching up on recorded shows.

How do you spend your snow or inclement weather days?


If you read the last post about my Valentine gift for my husband, remember that you have until March 13, 2018, to use my discount code: TwigsandTulleCampaign2018 (all one word) during checkout to receive 20% off of your order from Photowall!  

Monday, February 12, 2018

PHOTOWALL Review, or, as My Husband Put It...

"... wow, this is an AWESOME Valentine gift!"

My husband grew up hunting with his father in Indiana in the woods near his farm.  Much of what he learned as a child and young man he has of course, naturally carried with him into his adult life.  We don't make it back to Indiana as often as we would like, so the last time we were there, I took pictures.  Lots and lots of pictures.

The corn crib:

The flag:

 Fields full of corn:

... and the woods.

The woods are beautiful, sunlit, lush and green.  But they're in Indiana.

Enter stage right, a "Swedish company with a passion for design and quality" whose "wall murals and canvas prints are environmentally friendly, fire-retardant in accordance with Swedish standards and do not fade in sunlight."

Offering wall murals and canvas prints, you can explore and choose from gorgeous designs that PHOTOWALL has categorized for easy searching.  Take a peek at wallpaper patterns for children, architecture, and offerings from artists and design agencies such as Peppercookies, Anna Pernilla, Michael Tompsett, and Binny Talib.  Imagine these in your home, classroom, studio or workspace!

Total eye candy, right?

But PHOTOWALL doesn't just offer pre-printed wall murals and canvas prints, oh no-no-no.

They'll produce canvas prints from YOUR own photos!

Take another peek at my husband's favorite Indiana woods photo above, and then imagine it as an almost 48-inch-tall by 32-inch-wide canvas print!  Are you ready to see how it all came together?  Check out the slideshow:

Didn't it turn out wonderfully?

Happy husband, happy memories, happy wall, happy den.  I suppose he's right: it makes an awesome Valentine gift!


What's to love about this company and its products?  A whole lot:

In addition to their huge selection of wall murals and canvas prints, PHOTOWALL can create a wonderful custom canvas from your own photograph.

The colors on the canvas are true without any obvious pixelation.

My PHOTOWALL point of contact, Jennifer, was friendly and helpful as I explained how I was wanting to use a personal photo, and she made sure my upload was correctly aligned and centered.

Printing, shipping and delivery were FAST!  I received email and text notifications every step of the way, so I knew exactly when to expect the canvas.

Packaging kept the canvas, frame, and hardware from being damaged in transit from Sweden, and the quality of the materials from the canvas, real wood frame and well-made hardware is obvious.

Instructions for assembly were enclosed, but there's also a helpful video demonstrating how truly easy it is to combine the canvas and frame to create a fabulous focal point for any room.

The attention to detail is impressive: I was able to customize the color of the edges of the canvas (I chose black), and noticed that the frame had notches cut into in each corner so the folded pieces of the canvas could be overlapped and tucked without their bulk causing a gap between the frame components themselves. The adhesive holds the edges of the canvas against the wood perfectly, and the bracket and screws provide even tightening of the frame without any waviness or sag to the canvas.  No pieces are loose or misaligned.

The hanging hardware was easy to position onto our wall and securely holds our canvas in place.

Seriously: just LOOK at it:

Would you like to give PHOTOWALL a try?  

Use my discount code: TwigsandTulleCampaign2018 (all one word) during checkout to receive 20% off from now until 
March 13, 2018.

Thanks so much, PHOTOWALL, for helping me create the perfect valentine for my husband!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I (Crafty-Heart) Love Snow Days

I do.

I love snow days.  They're a little gift to my crafty I-want-to-play-in-paper-and-yarn-and-bits-and-bobs self.

Lesson plans, written and printed.  Center prep, done.  Construction paper for crafts, cut and sorted.

Which makes "snow days" FREE days for me.

Today I'll be weaving ends into a humongous afghan I've crocheted for my dear mother, and catching up on back issues of my favorite Stampington publications and home decor mags that no, as a matter of fact, I didn't have time to read over the holiday break, and I'll use the crockpot to make dinner, *just* to extend my hours of creativity.

I might make more valentine-y messes too:

... decide whether to turn these into gift tags or string them onto ribbon for bunting:

... and enjoy my Valentine tree, full of past swappy ornament goodness:

I ❤️ snow days.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Simple Fabric Wreath

Thanks to the addition of Luci-the-Wonder-Beagle (our daughter's sweet, energetic and rowdiness-inspiring pet) to our household, our usual Christmas decor is requiring a change in strategy.

Upstairs (and exposed) goes the kitsch tree with its felt and shatterproof Alaskan/matryoshka mix, while all of the fragile ornamental treasures AND presents go downstairs behind a baby gate.

Sorry Luci, but that's just how it has to be.  That goes for you too, Buck.

Yes, yes, both of you.

With the change in decor, it's time for a new wreath.  I started with two yards of four different colored fabrics and a green wire form:

Our eldest, already home for Christmas, used pinking shears to cut the fabric into strips about ten inches long and two inches wide:

And then it was time to tie, tie, tie.  The frame has four separate circles in graduated sizes, so I chose different combinations of the four fabrics to tie from the inner to outer wire, mixing it all up as I went along:

Door before:

Door after:

Simple and fun!

~Merry Christmas!~

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Greening Up

It's greening up in the greenhouse, which is the point, yes?


Forsythia starts:



Cherry tomatoes:



Thank you, lucky elephant!