Tag Archive: Crafts

Patriotic Banner

I call this an up-cycle project. Sometimes, you buy something that works okay, but could be better. This is one of those circumstances. I found a really cute Patriotic Pennant made out of burlap with embroidered letters that spelled out “AMERICA”.

1-Start the banner

It was a little too small for the space I intended to hang it, and a little too rustic for my home. It had an unhemmed edge so the burlap had kind of a shaggy look to it.

2-closeup of A

I don’t have a working sewing machine at this moment. So I had to think of a way to fabricate the border without sewing. I decided to add a 2 inch border all the way around each pennant that would take care of the raw edge that I dislike. I also liked the idea of using a variety of patriotic prints to add some color and interest. So I purchased some fabric and double-sided fusible product (stitch witchery) to use in place of sewing.

3-before and after

This worked really well under the circumstances. All you need is the pennant pieces, fabric, fusible, and an iron. I spent a lot of time lining up the patterns. And I think the final product looks pretty nice.

4-banner done needs stringing

You can see in this view the variety of patriotic fabrics used. Each one is different. But you really do have to see it hanging to get the full impact.

5-finished hanging banner

Welcome to Spring Rose Cottage

It is such a pleasure to welcome you our blog about our home–Spring Rose Cottage! Most of the topics I write about are home related in some way—albeit sometimes a remote connection.

Spring Rose Cottage Exterior

I will be sharing some of our family’s favorite recipes, activities, shopping spots, crafts, gardening, hobbies, travels and of course some of the unusual features of the house.

Tower and WitchesHat

I might write about hanging out around Spring Rose Cottage, especially if it involves “Parlor Dwelling”—one of my favorite things to do.

Inside Parlor

The topics will be interesting to me and I hope a bit thought provoking. Feel free to share ideas, thoughts and reactions with me.

Patriotic Pennant Craft Project

I have wanted to do a blog for many years, but could never find the time to devote to it. Well, children do grow up and all of a sudden…one does have time…and the “children” might even help with the technical stuff! (Thank you Theo Leiss for being an amazing webmaster, 3D modeler, animator, sound engineer and my go to person for anything technology related—if you are into that sort of thing, check out Theo’s web page at http://www.theoleiss.com/ ).

I really can’t even express how much I enjoy reading other people’s blogs, facebook posts, pinterest pins and appreciate our shared experiences and love of life. My mission is to share some of my experiences, life lessons, and passions—because happy thoughts are infectious. This world of ours could use a whole lot of happy right now and I will try to do my part.

Looking forward to sharing the journey,


The Lady of the House