Days of Chalk and Chocolate

Favorite Valentine's Day Treat Ideas

I love Valentine's Day!  It is a little bit of sweetness during the bleakness of winter.  The pinks, reds, and purples of the holiday remind me that just because it is gray outside doesn't mean we can be colorful inside!

Bird Food Valentines (ok, a treat for the birds!)


Table It Link Party #82

Hi everyone!  We had a busy weekend shopping and doing some small DIYs that had been pushed to the wayside during Christmas. Jim replaced another light in our kitchen with a new one and we started to get some color samples for our bedroom makeover!  Love house stuff!  
Now let's party, shall we??

This weeks Host is...
Lori from The Stonybrook House

We just repainted the entry area and the billiard room
Thank goodness, it was a poopy brown color. You'll just have to see for yourself. 

But now that's complete, I've been busy working on updating my Gallery Wall in the billiard room.

After repainting all of the frames, I added some Rustic Wood Accents that were the perfect addition to the wall. Here are a few of them....

Close Up of Arrow & Letter L

You'll have to stop by and see how I made them... pretty easy and mostly from scrap wood! :)
Gallery Wall Wood Accents

Now on to the Party!

This is a Link Party for Bloggers!

It's a pretty much anything goes.... 
DIY, Home Decor, Tablescapes, Gardening, Recipes, etc...

There were so many creative projects to choose from this week, and I seriously had a hard time!

Here are the features from last week's party:

Anika from Little Free Monkeys did a fabulous job on this Fun Valentines Wreath
And all under $5! That's my kind of crafting!


Kassandra from Little Dekonings just finished her Kitchen Makeover. 
You should check out the before... what a transformation!!

Pat & Kate from Table For One set this lovely Winter Day Table
I would love to sit and have lunch there! So cheerful and colorful!

Table for one

Meredith from Coral & Mint Design Co. created these Rustic Wood Coasters
They are so creative, the bear is my personal favorite!


Phyllis from GrandParents Plus baked up these delicious Valentine Scones
She turned tricky into easy with her great recipe!Valentine-Scones-2

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the stonybrook house




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DIY Flannel Throw Blanket

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You all know about my love for plaid and I can't seem to stop the love. I recently fell in love with a gray plaid flannel and whipped up a DIY flannel throw blanket in a weekend!

I added some fun pom poms on each corner too.

I started with 3 yards of flannel which I cut in half so I had two pieces that measured 1.5 yards (by whatever the width is...45" I believe.)
I also cut one piece of mid weight batting to the same dimensions.

I layered and pinned the layers like this from bottom to top:
flannel right side up
flannel right side down

I also added the pom poms at this time. They are sandwiched between the two flannel layers with the pom poms were pointing toward the middle.  When I made the pom poms I left the ties long so I had enough to pin to the corners.

Then I stitched around the outside with a 1/2 " seam allowance. I stopped and started so as to leave about a 6-8" opening.
I flipped it outside right just like a pillow case. I treated the batting and the neighboring flannel as one piece and flipped it so both sides of the flannel were outside (top and bottom of the blanket) with the batting sandwiched in the middle.

Then I tucked in the edges of the opening stitched it closed. Of course, one could always hand sew it closed too but I used my machine.

I quilted it by running a straight stitch every 3 inches following the lines of the plaid. This will keep the batting from bunching and shifting.  That's it!

 Pixie still prefers a tummy to keep warm though.


My Favorite Sewing Machine

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Four, maybe 5 years ago I decided I wanted to teach myself to sew. My mom had been a sewert when we were growing up and I remember standing next her as she was feeding the material through her machine or pinning a pattern.  The trouble was that I had 0 sewing knowledge!

Instead of spending money on a good, high quality machine, not knowing if I would bomb at sewing, I went out and bought a cheapo $80 machine. It was very basic and I started to watch tutorials, etc. And I was THE WORST sewer ever. I spent 90% of my time crying and wrenching knotted thread out of my machine and 10% actually sewing. I thought it was me...that I would never be able to sew something that didn't look like the dog got to it first.

On a whim, I entered a giveaway for a beautiful Singer One sewing machine  and to my great surprise and glee I won!  And to my further surprise and glee I discovered that I wasn't all to blame for my sewing failures. This new machine changed my sewing forever.

Singer One Sewing Machine

It literally purrs as it sews and threading it so turning the wheel and weaving the thread in and out of secret passageways!  It has all the special stitches you need for basic sewing needs and the bobbin tension is factory set. It never needs to be changed!  Of course you can change the top thread tension if need be. I will honestly say that my thread doesn't get tangled or mashed up in the back and now I spend 90% of my time sewing and 10% watching Murdoch Mysteries repeats while sewing.

Some of the other features I appreciate are the slide out tray which holds notions like my seam ripper (which still gets plenty of use), extra bobbins, and the 2 other feet attachments. I still haven't used those but I know one is a button foot.

This is NOT a sponsored post. I just think that this machine is the perfect tool for  the home sewer/hobbiest.  I would gladly spend the $300 it usually retails for because it is worth it. If you need a great machine that gets the job done then I recommend this one. And today on Amazon it is at its lowest price I've ever seen!  $215!!

If you are thinking of purchasing a Singer One and have any questions about it email me and I'll answer as best I can!

And here are some projects I have sewn with it:

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Table It Link Party #80

Are you all snowed in?  We are and it is the perfect way to cap off a busy week!  On the blog this week and last, I had some Valentine's Day fun with these free printable bag toppers!

I also showed off some washi tape desk accessories and reviewed Amy Anderson's latest book, Washi Tape Crafts.

You'll remember that I announced I was joining forces with some fabulous bloggers to give you an awesome link party each week, right?  Well here we go!  I can not wait to see what you all link up:  
home decor

And I hope you'll visit my co-hosts and follow them on social media so you can stay up to date on their latest and greatest!

This week's Host is:
Linda  from : Life and Linda
Below are this week's features:

Pat & Katie - The Welcomed Guest

Michelle- Our Crafty Mom

Let's Party!

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Life and Linda




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