Exciting hellos and happenings! 

      Spring has sprung! It’s finally here! So from this point on the weather can only get warmer right?! I’m just going to keep telling myself this….even when it’s still chilly with the wind blowing like it’s been. The weather is suppose to reach 60 degrees by the end of the week so I guess I’ll take it. 🙂

     Well a lot has been going on since my last post! But first I have a few things I would like to share with you! You know it’s these little things that kind of make me really excited… 

I got a follow from Bev from Flamingo Toes on Pinterest! Bev has some of the cutest crafts ever! She is really quite good and everything she makes is something you think “Oh I want to make that!” or “Oh I want that!” Check out Bevs beautiful things on her website to see what she’s up to! http://www.flamingotoes.com

     So if you guys haven’t already caught on to Farmhouse Rules on foodnetwork…. well you need to 🙂 I love watching Nancy cook. It’s a great cooking show with lots of yummy recipes. I love Nancy’s sayings like “fresh is best” and she’s right. I will even find myself saying her sayings as I’m cooking like “chop chop in the pot” I love listening to her talk and tell stories. She always has her family on her show. It’s really sweet. You can tell she puts a lot of love into everything she does. My mom grew up in upstate New York and I’m familiar with Hudson Valley so Nancy really hits close home for me. Nancy Fuller from Farmhouse Rules is always a pleasure to watch. I’m so glad she liked a picture on Instagram and even commented xxx

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Find more here!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/farmhouse-rules.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/chefs/nancy-fuller.html

http://fullerfarmer.com



    So in the middle of all the busyness an unexpected guest… the stomach bug decided to pay the Silva and Bernstein households a visit. For whatever reason I was the only person who managed to not get sick…. I was pretty lucky for whatever reason why…. I did try to spend some time trying to hide and destract myself from it by reading the lovely April 2015 issue of Country Living Magazine. Country Living Magazine may have been my lucky charm!

http://www.countryliving.com


     Book stores are very nice places. I often end up spending more time in them then I should. I become very distracted, jumping from one thing to another. As I typically do.. I check out the hobby and crafts sections and….

 when, what to my wondering eyes should appear 

Craft It Now in a real bookstore. BAM bookstore. 

 It felt like Christmas.





I also just wanted to quickly update you on my etsy shop I’ve been taking some time away… I’m absorbing new creative inspirations and nurturing my creative process. I’m not sure where this takes me but, I’ve come up with this piece. I hope you enjoy it and I hope to cultivate more new and fun pieces

xxx Ashley 


by: ashleymarydunlop 

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A Vermont Winter Wonderland

The holiday season is always a very busy time of year! I can’t believe Christmas is practically here! Can you tell I’ve watched the Grinch?! One of my favorites! Can’t go wrong with a little Dr. Seuss 🙂

Before I jump into holiday stuff I need to explain how wild the weather has been in the good old state of Vermont! Indeed, we get snow and are use to it but last week was crazy! With all the snow we got we lost power for almost four days! I resorted to resourceful ways and buried my groceries in the snow! I guess this was the positive side with how cold it was and all the snow on the ground. Mother Nature saved my groceries! Lol

I’ve been busy in my shop! I’ve added a few items!

I also participated in a swap on Instagram called #swapsgiving around Thanksgiving time! We all swapped embroidered hoops with our partners! It was very fun and will deff do it again! I’m in another swap but haven’t started too much on it just yet. Once I get going on it I’ll share more but I’m waiting for Christmas to pass before I start working on it! 🙂

I can’t believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve and then Christmas! We certainly moved right through 2014! I was busy yesterday getting all the last Christmas finishing touches completed. I finished my homemade gifts and got all the Christmas cookies made! A lot of work goes into these holidays and I love doing all the holidays things like shopping, decorating and everything else that goes along with it but, I can’t wait to finally be able to enjoy it all and relax with my family. Another year is coming to an end and it still boggles my mind with how quickly it goes by.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! I’ll see you in 2015!!

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Book Themed Sprinkle Preparations

So I made a few different assortments of crafts for the sprinkle as you can see!

Here you see a Cat In The Hat bunting that went along with the book theme. I hung this on the front of the table. I made a custom Where The Wild Things Are bunting with Elijah’s name on it so my cousin could take it home and hang it in Elijah’s room. I may have to consider making one of these for Liz because she loves this book too.

I will also be posting a custom order bunting listing on my Etsy shop in case others want to order a bunting as well!

20140828-103423-38063075.jpgSo what’s a party without some cute little caterpillars?! I made some crafty caterpillars out of little pompom balls and pipe cleaners. You can easily find these supplies at JoAnn’s and Walmart. I made these guys to go along with the Very Hungry Caterpillar book and paired them with some fruit salad. What’s even funnier about these caterpillars is how much Noah and Anna loved these guys! So if your ever in doubt on fun party decorations.. Think caterpillars! Lol they requested to take the caterpillar family home with them.

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Cheesy I know but I love it 🙂

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A New Adventure

Well I’m not sure where to begin, I had to look back on where I left off. I’ve been extremely busy, so much is going on. I’m just trying to stay optimistic that i am going to get threw it all!

Let me show you some of my projects I’ve been working on and completed!

I finished another patchwork quilt that I had been working on. I had mentioned in my previous post that I was making a quilt for a scholarship fundraiser. The turnout was really great. My quilt went to the highest bidder and I couldn’t be happier with the home it went to. This person holds a special place in my heart. I was honored to be able to do this.

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 I’ve whipped up a picture and memo board made with some chicken coop wire! I thought this was so cute because as you know by now I love vintage/antique looking things 🙂 and this does just that! And how cute are the mini cloths pins, just the trick for pictures. I didn’t have a whole ton of time to dig up old pictures for my board… I found an old homecoming picture from high school, I think this was 9th grade lol and the other is of my sister and I when we were itty bitty 🙂 my dad made the swing for us

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 I’ve came up with a textile design that I’ve called “the enchanted garden” I put this on a cardigan and I’ve had many people message me about how much they really liked the design. I’ve had a few custom order requests from people asking me if I would put the design on their cloths. I just thought that was so neat.

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I’m also working on making some prairie curtains and pillow cases. Once I have those completed I will be sure to share a picture.

I’ve also have some shops selling my cabochon earrings!

So it’s been a really busy past couple of weeks for me and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down. And I’m really pumped. It’s taken so much and I’ve had people literally tell me well you can’t do it all. Well let me tell you I certainly can, I am doing it and been doing it. I have been coming to find and learn that life goes more smoothly when you don’t have things weighing you down. Of course some things in life we have no say in but you just shouldn’t do it to yourself if there is a choice. Don’t weigh yourself down.

I also have some other exciting things that are still up in the air but if it all works out they maybe some really great opportunities, so keep your fingers crossed for me

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage sheet patchwork quilt

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Well the spring weather has finally sprung it’s way back into Vermont. I can’t tell you how much I’ve been craving this wonderful weather! There’s nothing better then seeing nature coming back to life and not to mention all of the lovely things that come along with the spring season. I am reluctant to say that the mud on our dirt road hasn’t been too awful neither of our vehicles have gotten stuck! (Hopefully, I’m not speaking too soon) Keeping my fingers crossed.

So far I’ve been busy working on a few projects but there are always more to be done. One project in particular I’m happy to say I’ve completed is making my first vintage sheet patchwork quilt. I started making this just before spring came because I couldn’t take not having some color in my life. I say the more the marrier! Don’t get me wrong the winter has it’s good parts but my spring fever happened to itch so early for some reason. I like to think that my quilt was just encouraging the spring to get here a little faster 🙂 I also had to get some little mini roses to celebrate spring, how I love them!

I now offer crib size patchwork quilts in my shop as a custom order item. Which I find to be kinda nice because you can basically have whatever type of fabric you want or have it go along with a theme or match colors.

And I actually just ordered some fabric for a very special quilt that I will be working on and that’s really all I can say on this.

Decorative pillows are available to order at Heart2HomeCreations. I’ve made some really pretty pillow covers with decorative trim! They would make a great gift for Mother’s Day!

 

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

 

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Craft It Now!

My Decorative Bottles are being published in a craft book called Craft It Now! It is scheduled to be coming out very soon! I am very happy to be able to share the book covers with you! I also found out that my bottles are on the back cover!! 🙂

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Also Craft It Now is available to Preorder at Barnes & Noble and also on Amazon! Here are the Links! 

Craft It Now Preorder on Barnes & Noble 

Craft It Now Preorder on Amazon 

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These bottles are perfect for flowers! Make great decorations for your home and celebrations! Also great for centerpieces at special events like weddings! Functional and versatile. Customize these bottles  to exactly what you like! Can also be found in my Etsy shop!  www.Heart2HomeCreations.com 

 

Measure Twice Cut Once

I feel like this quote applies to more things in life than just sewing. Something I will think about..

Well I’ve worked on a couple of projects this past week. One was a cozy blanket cloak that was a custom order and I finished a little embroidery project I had been playing around  with.
Accomplishing projects is always a great feeling. Working on/designing orders and being an RN, it’s nice to finish a project for yourself since I am left with little to no time to do so.

I am often asked “how do you have time to do this?”… I often wonder that myself, really. It isn’t easy but, that is life. You make it happen. I am very dedicated and use my time as wisely as I can. I will say nursing has had some influence on shaping my time management skills. I’ve always been a creative person. It’s in my nature and really grew up with it. I think it’s really important to have something you enjoy doing that you can pick up and put down whenever you want to. Good way to have your own personal mini vacation I like to think of it 🙂

Also, another thing I’d like to mention is that my cozy blanket cloak was on Fresh Squeezed Fabrics blog which I thought was pretty cool! 🙂
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This cozy blanket cloak came in pretty handy because this past week we have had some very cold negative temperatures. (-20) Brrr!! I guess that’s the crazy New England weather for ya! Although, with the bit of rain we had it melted away some of the snow and for a moment there seeing all the grass again it gave me hopes for spring. But I’ll keep dreaming.. One of the lovely things about having my etsy shop is I can make a little spring cheer with my fabric.
Heart2HomeCreations is having it’s own bit of early spring cleaning currently. I am still taking custom orders via message but the shop needs a little renovating. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I need to get things prepared because something big for me is happening this spring. I will share more with you about once I get more information!
Tomorrow I am going to a “Food Fight” no not the kind where you throw food… That sounds fun too though lol but a cook off show down. My cousin Nick has a big part in this event he is a chef at Lincoln Tavern and Restraunt in Boston. Ticket proceeds are helping with the fight against childhood hunger! Lucky & I are really looking forward to this event. I will update later on how to goes! 🙂

Here you can catch up on what Lincoln is all about!
https://www.facebook.com/LincolnSouthBoston

A Happy Day!

Well, September has been off to a pretty busy start!

On September 7th my best friend from collage got married! It was a beautiful wedding and everyone had such a nice time. The wedding was held at The Quechee Club in Quechee, Vermont. A great location for a Vermont wedding.

Up until the wedding I had been working on a card-box for the gift table.

Finally finished Cassie’s Card-Box after a couple of late nights!

According to The Knot, (A great resource for Brides to use while planning a wedding! Very helpful!)

” Wedding card holders provide a beautiful and secure container for your guests to leave you their gifts. Generally placed near your wedding guest book or on the gift table, these money holders will serve as a visual reminder to help your guests remember to give you the generous gifts they have prepared in advance. After the party is over, your card box will be filled with gifts for you and yours to take home. Add your wedding colors with a band of  favor ribbonor maybe a few flower petals. ” 

http://www.theknot.com/

Card-boxes have been appearing in more and more weddings and are becoming very popular. I can definitely see why! Card-boxes are a more modern version of a card holder. Card-boxes allow more creative freedom since they can be customized to what the bride likes and coordinate to the wedding. They are also a great way to make a gift table look more unique! It is a fun, affordable and a creative craft that a Bride would love!

My Card-Box on the gift table & with the Bride!

My recommandation for card-boxes is to coordinate it to the wedding and have fun with it! Ribbons, glitter, paper, fabric, bows, flowers! Enjoy! 🙂

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Congratulations Cassie & Chris!

(Once I get pictures I would love to share them with you!)

Please feel free to leave comments about you’re weddings!

That’s A Wrap

This past Sunday I attended a baby shower of a very good friend of mine! She is having a girl 🙂 It was so good to catch up with friends and the baby shower was just beautiful.

 

Here’s some help with giving a great baby shower gift and some fun tips for wrapping your present!

 

Hmmm….. Not sure what to give?…..

 

– Its good to always check the baby registry! The mommy to be more than likely already knows what she has in mind.

 

Here’s where you can have some fun with your gifts, get something off the registry and a gift that you picked out yourself. This is a nice way to incorporate something mommy to be asked for and show you took time to pick something out for her and baby.

 

– If your still out of ideas ask those closest to her such as, family members and friends!

 

– Also if a baby shower is being held offer a helping hand! A wonderful baby shower is something a mommy to be will never forget!

 

My gift wrapping tips for a baby shower gift!

 

– If there are any crates, baskets or tote boxes for toys on the registry buy these first! You can put whatever else you buy in the crates!

 

– Get fun wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons and bows! I personally recommend checking out dollar stores. You can find the best gift supplies and its affordable!!!

 

– Clear gift wrap is a total must if you use any type of crate, basket or tote box. Clear gift wrap has two purposes. One protects the actual basket from scuffing up and getting dirty and two keeps all your gifts in one place! This is helpful so your not scrambling around because you didn’t know where you put something…..that is if your like me 😉

 

Here is what I did! Hope this is helpful! Leave me comments on what worked for you and share some ideas ❤

 

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Easter Craft Fun!

I really like this Easter egg tree. craft. Really quick, fun and not to mention easy on the wallet! You can find supplies any where. I found mine at Joann’s and Walmart. This craft works on any budget just depends how fancy you want to get with it. Here’s a picture of the supplies I’ve used. I originally purchased a white styrofoam cone but painted it green so none of the white showed through the grass. I also picked a cute poke-a-dot ribbon for a little extra touch. I currently keep my Easter egg tree on my kitchen counter. It is next to a vase of bright spring flowers and i’ve added my decorative flower inserts that are Easter eggs! Really cute way to let you know spring is in the air. Happy crafting! 🙂