Personal Alphabet

Personal Alphabet

I challenged myself to come up with a descriptive word about myself for each letter of the alphabet. Some letters were easier than others.

Here is what I came up with from A to Z.

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  • A – accepting, active, adaptable, amicable
  • B- bird watcher, book lover, British by birth,
  • C – crafter, Canadian by choice, cat lover, cheerful,
  • D – determined, decisive, dependable,
  • E – energetic, easy going, English,
  • F – friendly, frugal, fastidious, forthright,
  • G – Granny, gardener,
  • H – helpful, handy, happy, hard working
  • I – imaginative, inventive
  • J – joyful, jolly, jaunty
  • K – knitter, knowledgeable, kindred
  • L – list maker, learned, library goer, loved, lenient
  • M – mother, motivated, mature, meticulous,
  • N – nifty, nice, non-judgemental
  • O – original, observant, older, objective
  • P – patient, photographer, parent
  • Q – quiet, quilter, quiz lover
  • R – reader, realist, retired,
  • S senior, sensible
  • T – teacher (retired), tea drinker, traveller, thrifty,
  • U – upbeat, up front, unbiased
  • V – viable, vibrant, virtuous
  • W – wise (I’d like to think so), wife, welcoming,
  • X — xenodochial (friendly to strangers)
  • Y – youthful,
  • Z — zealous, zesty
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Why don’t you try a personal alphabet.

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Alphabetical posts ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Inside Snowflakes

Inside Snowflakes

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Snow is pretty when it covers the trees and shrubs but it is prettier when it is inside decorating some red dogwood branches.  I’m sharing a simple pattern made with plastic canvas (clear or white) and some white yarn (plain or sparkle).

These simple snowflakes are nice to decorate the Christmas tree, hang in the window, or use as part of your winter decorations.

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You need 2 of the above pattern pieces.  Plastic canvas is sold by the sheet and comes in 7 count and 14 count.  These snowflakes are made from 7 count plastic canvas.  You can buy it at craft stores and some dollar stores.  One sheet of plastic canvas would make many snowflakes.

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Each piece is stitched according to the red lines on the pattern. I’ve used plain white yarn and also yarn that has gold or silver threads through it.  The sparkly yarn makes very nice snowflakes.  In the center you can stitch or glue a sequin star.

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To put the star together you need to put one piece on top of the other (as in the first image below) and begin to tuck the points under very carefully.  This gives the snowflake a 3D dimension.  I added a silver star that was in a little kit I bought at the dollar store when I was looking for star beads for the button trees.

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The kit had a variety of beads, stars, and sparkly bits that I can use on different crafts.

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I have made these with white plastic canvas and clear.  I’ve also made some leaving the edges unstitched and some with a stitched edging.

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I think it is nice to have a variety, then just like real snowflakes they aren’t all the same.  You can either use a tree ornament hook or a loop of thread to hang these onto your tree.

There is a print friendly version of the pattern here.

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I have a green vase tied with a red and green ribbon that is filled with red dogwood cuttings.  With some of the snowpeople collection and the snowflakes hanging on the branches this makes a nice winter decoration for the mantle.  I also think they would be nice fastened onto a ribbon to make a snowflake garland to hang in the window.

The winter season officially starts today, and I hope there is snow for Christmas, but if not, why not make your own inside snowstorm.

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Have you seen some of my other ideas for Christmas decorating?

For the Bird Lover

For the Bird Lover

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Here is a quick and easy gift to make for the bird watcher that you know.
It doesn’t matter if the person is an experienced birder or a brand new one, this gift will bring hours of enjoyment.
You need a mason jar, bird seed, paper or material, raffia or ribbon, a suet feeder and a block of homemade all season suet.

Into the mason jar layer different types of bird food … sunflower seeds, safflower, peanuts in the shell, hulled peanuts, and premium bird seed.  Add a paper or material cover over the jar lid and tie with raffia or ribbon.  I went with the natural look and used brown paper and raffia.

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 Recently when I made up some all season suet I made some in block shapes that fit the wire basket feeders.  The wire basket feeders can be purchased at Walmart or Lowes or other stores with bird departments in them.

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I attached a copy of the all season suet recipe because once the birds taste it they will want more and the recipe means the bird watcher can make their own.  I printed the recipe on photo paper so that it will be more sturdy and last longer.

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It isn’t an expensive gift but one put together with the recipient in mind.  I know I would love to get this sort of gift.

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I got this idea after making my gift jars of bean soup.  The jars come from Classico spaghetti sauce and I save them for all sorts of uses.  Do you have a bird watcher on your gift list who would appreciate a gift like this?

Here is the recipe card.  It is turned sideways so it can be printed on photo paper but you could also use card stock.  Be sure to save the image to your computer, and then choose the correct printer settings.  I used glossy paper, 4×6 photo size, and scale to fit the paper.   I can see a preview before printing so know if it is going to turn out right.  Your printer may be different and only you will know which settings to use.  I hope you are able to get it to print properly.

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