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My Retired Life on the Prairie
Overland Park, Kansas
Learning to navagate this new territory called retirement. So far so good!
Interests: I live by the three C's - cooking, crafting & creating. I love dishes and linen and setting a pretty table because everyday should be celebrated. Creating a pretty home is important to me and my best days are spent fluffing and puffing in my happy place - my home. Follow along over on Instagram @suzanne_zingg
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Well hello, it's certainly been awhile, but it's a new year with new resolutions so let's see how I do with this blogging thing. I'm so glad you're here. Back in December I posted a photo on my Instagram feed (@suzanne_zingg) of a little plate wreath that I had made... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2020 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
Oh, I do hope you'll try them Betsy! Here's an additional tip: the mark you make on each side of the point must equal two times the second fold so my second fold was one inch so my mark was two inches from the point. I have some inexpensive napkins with very narrow hems and that works too. Just remember whatever the second fold is, times that by two for the marks and the points will turn out perfectly every time. I'm excited to find others who sew. Can't wait to see yours!
It's such a slick technique. Let me know how it goes or if you have something you could add to the instructions. I feel like I'm back in Bernina Club.
If you've been following me on Instagram (suzanne_zingg) then you know I'm into doing tablescapes and table top decor. I love pretty dishes with coordinating table linen but because I sometimes have trouble finding just the perfect cloth napkins, I decided to try making them. My nicer commercially made cloth... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
Several friends and I got together recently to do a dollar store challenge. The assignment was to come up with a DIY project or decor look using primarily items found at a dollar store, the Target Dollar Spot or Goodwill. The inspiration for my Woodlands Camping Party started at Target... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
I guess you could say that these colorful paper doilies have kind of become my signature look over the years. They all started about eight years ago when I whipped up about 400 of them to hang in my store. We got so many complements on them and loved them... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
Today I wanted to share with you some ideas for making wreaths using glass ornaments. This is such a fun project and a great way to use ornaments found on clearance, at thrift stores and at yard and rummage sales. I tend to collect ornaments as I find them throughout... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
Here's my new favorite trick that I discovered just this week! It now seems so obvious that I wonder why I hadn't thought of it myself. Over the past month I've been working on cozying up our home and recently purchased a couple of faux trees for some added greenery.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
They were fun to do Barbara.
Thank you friend - they were easy!
I hope you give them a try Marilyn.
These sundaes are so much fun to make and will last for years. I think they add a real fun factor to almost any tabletop decor. Although I’m showing red, pink and white sundaes here for Valentines Day you can make them in any color combination, for any season. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
Today I wanted to share with you a decorating trick that I've been having fun with for the past few weeks. Containers. I recently found these wire baskets at Hobby Lobby and have been having so much fun using them in my table and counter top decor. I'm a big... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
I love making frosted sugar cookies for Valentines Day, but after all the sugar overload from the holidays I really didn't want the temptation of more sweets around. So this year I decided to make my cookies from wool felt. (My darling chippy metal cake stand was purchased here.) You... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
Since we were snowed in over the weekend, I thought it would be a good time to try a DIY project that I'd had supplies for since way before Christmas. Natalie from the Vintageporch on Instagram shared how she made trees from faux olive branches from Hobby Lobby and since... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
After the trees are down and Christmas is packed away, I typically like to decorate our main dining table for winter. The house always seems so bare and blah and honestly, the thought of tackling the entire house seems overwhelming to me. Somehow a six foot table just seems more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
Jumping on here really quick to share a current favorite with you all. I feel like everyone may already know about this, but just in case you don't, you NEED to try it! I love it on avocado toast and bagels with cream cheese. It just makes ordinary seem so...extra!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
Yea!! I'm thrilled that you were able to find them Julie. ENJOY!
I sure hope you can find them. The hunt is half the fun!
I hope you can too Pat. Since they have a spring look I'm hoping stores will carry them into the new year.
I love mixing my Mackenzie-Childs pieces with other dishes and decor.
This is a Friday feature where I share some of my favorite finds. I know I'm probably opening up a big ol' can of worms here because we all know that no two Home Goods have the same inventory and sometimes finding what you want at your HG store can... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at My Retired Life on the Prairie
I hope you find some towels before they get bought up. I can see yours with lots of hand stitches and buttons.