Bread and Flowers

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. ~Chinese Proverb

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I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

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Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful. ~Jim Carrey
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Hidden Garden

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Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. ~W. Earl Hall

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I would I had some flowers o’ the spring that might
Become your time of day… daffodils,
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty; violets dim,
But sweeter than the lids of Juno’s eyes…
O, these I lack,
To make you garlands of, and my sweet friend,
To strew him o’er and o’er!
~William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale [IV, 4, Perdita]

Winter Sunrise

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The shed of leaves became a cascade of red and gold and after a time the trees stood skeletal against a sky of weathered tin. The land lay bled of its colors. The nights lengthened, went darker, brightened in their clustered stars. The chilled air smelled of woodsmoke, of distances and passing time. Frost glimmered on the morning fields. Crows called across the pewter afternoons. ~James Carlos Blake, Wildwood Boys

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Happy New Year!

Hey there!
2014 was an epic year for the blog, thanks to you! New commenters speaking up, as well as many new subscribers.
Thank you guys, it’s so nice to hear from you. I love blogging, and to have an actual audience after 5 years of mainly talking to myself is inspiring.

I tried a few new things this year. Adding a new crafts page to the main directory with Weekend D.I.Y. Also a new feature, with a monthly post featuring “real world” fashion that, according to stats, you really liked a lot.

In the coming year we’ll have more of what you liked, and a few changes that will make WFH a worthwhile place to spend your free time. Let me know what you’d like to see more of on WFH!
Here’s to a great 2015!
Happy New Year,
Kathy

Here’s a quick look back at what we got up to in 2014:

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Friday Photos were a lovely addition last year. I hope to do more of these in the coming year.

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Formerly “Sunday Surfing” the new Link Love was a reader favorite. I hope you all stayed in your jammies and grabbed a nice cuppa and had a leisurely look at the fun side of the internet.

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We were introduced to many inspirational bloggers this year with Meet a Blogger. Many more to come next year I assure you!

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We ate well this year!

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Really well! Get your appetite whetted for more fantastic recipes and entertaining ideas!

We learned a few new things about packing light when we traveled to Maui this summer.


Mid August I added Watch This! to the blog line up. Trendy, fun, informative, and just plain mind-blowing videos from around the world were another reader favorite! More this year! Stay tuned.

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Probably my favorite feature last year was the monthly Bookworm series. Come by Goodreads and let’s be friends!

DIY Halloween Banner

My cursor hovered over the add to cart button. That burlap Halloween banner was SO cute, it would be mine! I knew just where I would put it too. The finishing touch to my seasonal decor.
And then, the voice in my head: “Are you nuts?! I’ll bet you could make something just as cute for $5.00! You are NOT going to spend that much money on something you trot out once a year!”
The voice was right. She’s always right.

Halloween Banner

What you’ll need:
1/2 yard Burlap
10 feet Twine or Cording
Printer, Computer & Word/Doc. Program
Pencil
Scissors
Cellophane Tape
Black Acrylic Paint
Fine Bristle Brush
Cup of water
A Window

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1) Make a template. I used a scrap of paper towel.
2) Cut the banner pieces. You’ll need 14, but, cut a few extra. Just in case.
3) Open your word program and type H A P Y L O W E N.
You’ll be tracing those letters over and again to make your banner. No need to waste paper and ink typing out the whole thing is there?
I used Apple Chancery font set at 250 pt.
4) Print.
5) Tape your burlap piece over the letter.
6) Hold your template up to a window during the daylight. (Free light box!)
7) Trace the outline of the letter onto the burlap with a pencil.

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8) Thin your paint with water until it’s the consistency of thick ink.
9) Fill in the letters traced on your burlap with paint. (You might need more than one coat)
10) Allow to dry for an hour.

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11) Measure out two lengths of twine. One at 4 feet and one about 6 feet.
12) Fold over the top of your banner pieces and snip two holes for the twine to thread through.
13) Thread the burlap pieces onto the twine!

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Look how awesome! You can now sit back and smugly admire your Halloween vignette.
And, maybe…talk to someone about that voice in your head?