Fireplace Swag

About 3 years ago I created this swag to hang over my fireplace to add a little more decoration at Christmas time.

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Sorry for the image quality!

I liked the swag so much that I left it there all winter and into the summer when I decided it was too Christmasy and put it away.

I had seen this idea somewhere and loved it so I had to recreate it.

I already had plenty of red and green fabric and a spool of mop string so I began ripping fabric into about 6″ strips.

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The tying them with an overhand knot to a length of mop string with a loop on each end that was measured to fit my fireplace.

Somewhere I had bought this string that had cute little knit caps hanging from it.

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So I got the bright idea to hold it alongside the mop string and tie the fabric strips around it too.

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It’s really adorable and I love it hanging there giving the fireplace a pop of color during the Christmas holiday, besides just the stockings hanging there.

Next year I’ll probably find a strand of white lights to blend in to brighten it up even more.

Because I tire of it about the time spring rolls around I have decided to make another for winter.

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This one is mostly blues, whites, yellows, brown, and black with a little offwhite and red mixed in.

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As you can see I also incorporated some blue lights among the fabric strips.

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I really like it hanging there with the cutting board chalk board I made.

I’m thinking this spring I will make one for spring/summer and then another for fall.

I’m really looking forward to the fall colors (oranges, browns, reds, yellows……).

This way I can change it out for the seasons and I’ll never tire of any one swag.

I’m sure I’ll be looking forward to each season’s change.

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Not that I get much time for crafting, but this was a quick creation that I could put down and pick up when I had a minute or two.

What have you been up to?

Happy Monday!!

TFP  :)

Happy New Year!

Each year I toy with the idea of claiming a new year’s resolution. I consider and reconsider. And every year I decide against it.

Am I the only person who does this?

Thank you! I knew I wasn’t.

But this year? It’s different. I considered and reconsidered and decided I needed to make some changes.

The year 2013 was a tough year for me.

We lost Casper Dog

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We also lost Spirit

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It’s never easy losing one of the family.

There are other things that have been going on behind the scenes that I won’t go into, but the thing that has been bringing me down over a matter of several years is the amount of negativity in my life.

Some of it I cannot change. Atleast not right at the moment. But it’s coming.

Other things I can change. Things that are and will be changing.

I cannot for the life of me understand why people are so negative. Is it because they think they are supposed to be that way? Or maybe they like it that way? Are they so miserable that they must make everyone around them just as miserable? Or maybe they are just stuck in the negativity that surrounds them?

Which is where I presently stand.

And starting in 2014 I am walking away from and removing as much of the negative things that grind at the core of my soul. My nature is to be happy, fun loving and spontaneous. I haven’t been that person for longer than I can remember.

So today January 1, 2014, my resolution is to rid myself of the negativity that makes me so unhappy before it begins to ruin me and my health. I am taking back my life and making it mine again.

Look out 2014, here I come!!!

Won’t you join me?

Happy New Year!

TFP :)

Mud

And lots of it!

Last weekend we went to a mud bog.

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I’m told this farm hosts a mud bog 3 times per year.

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There were 3 seperate pits. One for ATV’s, one for the big trucks and one for the kids to play in.

You can see by the tell tale signs that this truck is supposed to be white.

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They came by the car loads. They came by the truck loads. There were thousands of people there. Early in the day we heard there was approximately 3,000 people in attendence. I would guess that number only grew as the day wore on due to a steady stream of vehicles moving in/out all throughout the day.

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And at $10 per person, I’d say those people raked in some money that day.

We ran into several friends while there. I don’t know why that surprised me, we were only about 45 minutes from home.

The picture below is of a friend who was making steady progress through the muddy trenches until the Jeep finally bottomed out.

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Early in the day the bog was easy to travel through. But as the day wore on the ruts became deeper and more difficult to maneuver.  One problem being that if you get caught in the wrong rut it just drives you further into the pit and deeper into the mud.

By the time we left the vehicle below was the only vehicle that could travel through any part of the bog without getting stuck.

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It was also the only vehicle that could pull any other vehicle from their bottomed out, spun out, knee deep mud bog final resting place.

And of course there’s always the guy that succumbs to the pit and becomes one with the mud.

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In case you’re wondering…..yes he’s doing the back stroke.

I wonder how many showers he had to take to wash away all that mud????

I have heard of mud bogs but had never witnessed one. And let me tell you it was all I expected and more. I told my husband it was a South Carolina redneck convention!

Have you ever been to a mud bog?

If so, did you participate?

I did not participate. It was my first mud bog experience and personally I like to check things out before I go jumping in.

Will I participate next time?

Maybe. It just depends on whether I get to drive or not!!!

Will I become one with the mud and do the mud pit backstroke?

Not on your life!

We did have fun watching and anticipating which 4×4 truck/Jeep/ATV/SUV…..would make it completely through without needing assistance from a chain/tow strap and an additional 4×4.

The only thing I did not like about the whole experience is that it seemed to be total chaos everywhere with big trucks, Jeeps, ATV’s, sidebysides, etc. in constant motion. I felt like I had to be in constant motion to make sure I did not get flattened. I finally backed myself up to a very large tree and enjoyed the show.

My husband and son are already discussing how they can come up with the money to prepare either “The Moose” (old Dodge Power Wagon) or the Bronco, both 4×4′s, for the next mud bog frenzy.

So, again, have you experienced a mud bog? I would love to know your thoughts about the whole total chaotic experience.

Happy Saturday!

TFP :)