simple valentines bunting

IMG_8562During our short stretch of snow days I, as could have been predicted, spent countless hours on Pinterest. Of course people are pinning all sorts of valentines ideas which I normally pass up and don’t spend time on. But the past few days, I’ve had nothing but time. So I decided to follow up on a pin that led me to felicityjane.com where I printed off the bunting from this free template. 

I’m so glad I did! Simple, cute, quick and not flashy or overly pink. Love it.

IMG_8564I printed two pages onto a nice burlap-brown colored card stock. Simply staple the top corners together. It creates a great hinge for the two triangles.
IMG_8563IMG_8571 IMG_8561You putting up any simple valentine’s day decorations?

be thou my vision

Some songs just stick with you. They last through transitions, within one’s life and throughout generations. “Be Thou My Vision” is most assuredly one of those songs. The lyrics have been wandering through my mind the past few weeks.

I like creating these little pictures to use as my home screen or desktop background. I print them and hang them around my house or stick them to the fridge. It’s a beautiful way to see meaningful words and add color to my surroundings.

These new ones are yours to print, save, send, share. Enjoy.

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*Photos are taken and edited by Homespun Haley.

Free Printables For Y’all

Since I got my new phone, I’ve been taking/editing photos like mad. I find it so relaxing and it’s been a good break from sewing. It still takes visual creativity, but this I can do while laying on the couch watching “Ray Mears – Bushcraft” episodes on YouTube. (I’ve been hooked as of late.)

Prints like these have so many uses. Frame them, hang them, stick them, glue them, send them, wrap them, fold them…the list goes on and on. So these pictures, which I shot and edited myself, are all for you. You have my absolute permission and encouragement to copy and save these, pin them, print them, whatever. I only ask one thing in return. If someone says, “Ooo that’s a nice picture.” You say, “Thanks! I found it on Homespun Haley.” Deal?

Which one is your favorite?

Many waters Winnie the Pooh eat, drink, smile, nap be still my heart I love you to the moon and back butter or cream hope anchors the soul

Giveaway, baby.

Five things you probably didn’t know about me, that I don’t advertise openly:

1. I love watching videos of dance crews. I do. I love it. Every once in a while I’ll go on a dance crew craze and spend a couple of hours you-tubing them. At the present moment I’m fascinated by Keone and Mari Madrid. Less dance “crew” and more dance “duo”. This couple choreograph stunning dances. I’m in awe. Here’s a great example of their hip-hop choreography. And here’s a great video of totally different style of choreography. In it you see them team up with a singer to create a live performance to one of her songs. If you want to skip the intro, jump to 7:30. For some reason, watching that dance always makes me teary-eyed. Watch it.

2. Once a week at least, usually as I’m driving somewhere, I think about a close friend, family member or myself passing away and just cry. Some how I let myself wander into a deep painful place. Imagining, in rich detail, life without someone. All the circumstances that follow. The long dark days and the things that would remind me of their presence. It usually takes me a few minute to snap out of it because it all feels so real. One time, I had to pull over, having to remind myself that I hadn’t actually lost Matt. He happened to call a moment later and I felt relief at the sound of his voice.

3. When my dog gets sick, which he has been quite a bit recently because of some food issues, I sit next to him and pet his back. I tell him it’s all okay and ask how he’s feeling. I’ll offer him fresh water and a few bits of bread. In fact, he’s learned now to come get me. He’ll actually find me wherever I am, nudge me with his nose and then walk out to our hallway, before he gets sick. Poor puppers. I’ll admit, Gideon has been the subject of my episodes from #2. Sigh. Did I just tell you that?

4. I play video games. Well, computer games. Really. Don’t make fun of me. My favorite are “point and click adventure” games. The best are the semi-creepy or murder mystery ones. Like where I get to play Sherlock Holmes and track down Moriarty. Ha! Here is a classic semi-creepy point and click game, that encompasses all I love about these things.

5. I “read” like a mad woman. Why the quotes? Well, cause I go to my library’s online catalog and order a mystery (75% of the time) in both book and audio-book. I listen to the audio book while I’m driving, cleaning, etc. Then before I go to bed, I grab the actual book, find my spot and read for a while. Is that cheating? I “read” at least 2 books a week this way. Right now I’m on “I” is for Innocent by Sue Grafton. Starting in the 80’s she wrote detective mysteries A thru Z. They are classic detective stories without all the blood and gore of some more modern thrillers.

Okay. That’s that. Now for the giveaway. Yesterday was my 200th post. I think that is cause to celebrate. If you win, you can choose any one pair of earrings from my shop. Here’s what is currently there:

There are even more pictures of each earring on Etsy, so check them out! Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment. Yup. That’s it. Say anything. I’d be most interested in hearing if you related to any of the things I wrote above, but that’s not a requirement. The Giveaway will be open until this Friday, October 26th at 5pm pst. Eeekk! Tell your friends!

Giveaway.

Well, I got into a fight with my wireless router yesterday. Which was weird considering it’s a 5″ x 5″ plastic box. It was not clear however, which of us would be the victor until I made one last ultimately successful move. I bought a new one. So here I am! I can watch Poirot and look up new sewing tutorials once again. The two days without either of those things was close to torture.

So I’m happy about my new super fast internet, as well as several other things. A. I pulled some onions. They’re amazing.

B. My spider mums are blooming.  and C. The cobs are looking awesome!!

All of this excitement means it’s giveaway time. So, I’m going with the whole mum theme, and dishing out this super cute clutch for one lucky commenter. 

There are more pics online here, if you want to take a look. It’s lightweight and perfect for summer.

All you have to do is comment on this post by Wednesday (tomorrow) at 5pm PST.

Happy Winning!