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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Whirl Into Winter Giveaway

The Winner is Simple Stitches! Congratulations!

It's time for the Whirl Into Winter Quilter's Blog Giveaway!





I am offering a mixed bag of goodies from my sewing room. My giveaway package includes:

-A pair of cute Mary Englebreit teapot buttons
-A large seam ripper (we all need plenty of these)

-An Origami Crane Wallhanging pattern
-A Perfect Pouch with a sewing theme made by me :o)
-And 1/2 yard of the Alexander Henry Panda fabric you see in the upper left and lower right corner of the picture.

Since the new year is all about new beginnings, I would like to hear one new thing you plan to make (quilty, crafty, or stitchy) this year. I have so many new things I plan to make, I hardly know where to begin. Since we have moved to a new house, I plan to make a new quilt for my bed in brown and turquoise. It is a queen size so it will probably take me all year but that is one BIG thing I plan to make.

To be entered in my giveaway:
Leave a comment on this post between January 1st and January 15th telling me about your one new thing. :o) If you do not have a blog, please make sure you leave an email address so I will have a way to contact you if you are the winner. I will draw a name no later than 8:00 pm EST on January 16th.

Happy New Year Everyone! Let the fun begin!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Introducing Ziggy!














Ziggy's Story:

Ziggy came to live at the animal hospital where I work 2 years ago. A good samaritan picked him up off the side of the road when he was about 8 weeks old. She brought him to the hospital because he was cold and lifeless and presumed he had been hit by a car. She left him with us to be euthanized so he would not suffer.

When the doctor examined him she could find no broken bones or signs of trauma. He was cold, hungry, and dehydrated. We warmed him up, fed him, administered fluids and he was on his way to recovery. Since we had lost our resident hospital cat the year before, it was decided he would become the new hospital kitty.

Ziggy loved being at the hospital. He greeted all the clients when they arrived. He wrestled and played with the new puppies. He climbed up on the shelves and knocked things down as all young cats do. He was happy living inside the confines of the hospital until two months ago.

In October for some unknown reason, Ziggy decided he wanted to explore the great outdoors. No longer satisfied with his responsibilities as resident greeter, he would wait patiently at the door for a client to arrive only to dart out the door the moment it opened. Our hospital is located on a busy highway just adjacent to a busy shopping center. One of the staff members would have to go outside to round him up and bring him back inside. His escapes became more frequent and he began to run from us when we would go outside. We tried spraying him with a water bottle when he went to the door but discovered that he has no fear of water and in fact likes it. The situation was not good and we began to fear that Ziggy would meet his maker in the road or the parking lot. Ziggy had to be confined to his kennel.

We began trying to find a new home for Ziggy. One of the assistants really liked Ziggy and said he would take him home to live with him since he didn't have a cat. Within hours of Ziggy's arrival at his new home, the assistant's wife started having an allergic reaction. She was allergic to cats and Ziggy was returned to the hospital the next day.

One of the receptionists said she would love to take Ziggy home to live with her and her other cats and dogs. Ziggy didn't like the other cats at his new home. He would constantly pick fights with them and soon the resident cats started urinating in inappropriate places to show their dislike of this intruder. After two weeks and no improvement in his behavior nor that of the resident cats, Ziggy bounced back to the hospital again.

I began talking to everyone who came in the hospital to see if I could find a home for Ziggy. He would have to go to a home with no other cats or live outside in the country. It is very difficult to find a cat lover in an animal hospital who doesn't have cats. Ziggy had been confined to his kennel for 2 weeks now with no prospects of a new home on the horizon. It broke my heart to see him shut up in a kennel 24/7 but I knew I couldn't risk bringing him home with me to have him fight with my 15 year old cat. Or....could I?

I spoke with the owner/doctor at our hospital to ask if he thought I could make Ziggy an outdoor cat. We have a bit of land with no other houses on the land near us so he would have some room to roam. The doctor said he would buy a doghouse for Ziggy if I would give it a try.

As they say...the rest is history. Ziggy has a new home with us. He loves being outdoors, although he does try to sneak inside at times. He loves playing with the foster puppy but doesn't get anywhere near Lola. Hopefully, Ziggy will like living here and won't run away or get into any trouble outside. He has been with us for two weeks now and hasn't wandered too far away from the house (and the food).

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!


I just wanted to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas. I am sitting here waiting for my other son to arrive. He is coming home to spend the night with us and celebrate Christmas.

I have been busy, busy but not with holiday things. I agreed to foster a boxer puppy for Four Seasons Boxer Rescue. Many of you know Boxers are near and dear to my heart and they were desperate for a foster home for Snowflake. All of the foster homes have had a young puppy with Parvovirus and it is very contagious. Those homes who are infected can not have an unvaccinated puppy. So......we have an 8 week old puppy for Christmas.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ornament Swap



Now that my partners have received their ornaments I can post a picture of them. They may look familiar as I made a turquoise one to hang in my window a few months ago. I added a button to the wings of these and used a silver metallic ribbon for the hanging loop. Wouldn't a tree full of these in different Christmas fabrics be pretty? The pattern is from Quilts and More Magazine Fall 2008.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Stitch A Long Ornament



Here is my 2nd ornament for this month's Seasonal Ornament SAL challenge. My finishing technique needs a little work but I think I might have it down by July if I keep on keeping on. Don't you? LOL This ornament reminds me of my new home as we have a row of cedars in our front yard and we live in a bird sanctuary so we always have lots of avian visitors.

Snowy Night by The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue 2008
28 count cream linen, DMC threads

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pretty Pouches



Today I made these Perfect Pouches to match two of the bags I made. I made a couple of extras just because I was cutting and well you know how much I like to cut things...not. I still need to make one to match the blue bag I made and will probably make a few more. Who knows? A giveaway may be in order soon. :o)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Productive Day


I accomplished what I planned today and more. I made not one but two bags for Christmas presents! I decided I should cut out two bags since cutting patterns is my least favorite part of the process and I might procrastinate on cutting out the second one. I chose fabrics for each bag that would use the same black thread so I could sew them assembly line fashion. I even managed to prepare a nice supper of grilled chicken, rice, and green beans today as well. Just call me Suzy Homemaker! LOL
Pattern: Pick A Pocket by Monica Solorio-Snow from Quilts and More Magazine, Fall 2008

Time to make gifts



Last night I decided I best get my rear in gear and start making gifts for some of the ladies on my list.


Every year Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs gifts us with a free pattern and when she posted this one of the Noriko handbag last Monday I knew it would be perfect for my niece. The picture on the left shows it closed and the one on the right is with the sides folded out a bit. When it is full the bottom curves out in order to hold more of those "treasures" we all like to carry along with us. I plan to make her a coordinating Wonder Wallet, also from Lazy Girl Designs and perhaps a tissue holder to round out the ensemble.


Thank you Joan for such a wonderful gift!


I have a full day of sewing planned today. On the to do list - a bag for my sister in law. Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Noel

Another ornament for the house! I finished this one up as a pinkeep. I could use a little practice in making a pinkeep but I am okay with this being my first. It looks pretty sitting on a little quilt beside a candle on top of the DVD cabinet.

I didn't have any pretty pins to put in the sides so I used regular old pins with a green bead. Next time, I either need to use narrower ribbon or add more batting to the center of my pinkeep. :o)

On to the next one!




"A Star On Top"
Blue Ribbon Designs
Mystery 28 count linen, DMC threads

Sunday, November 30, 2008

After Thanksgiving




I hope all of you had an enjoyable time with your family and managed to eat just a little bit of your favorites this year. We had a great time visiting with family and eating way too much food.

Even Mr. Squirrel managed a feast of his own. I looked out the window early Thanksgiving morning and there were five squirrels feasting on the acorns in our front yard. I managed to snap a quick picture through the window before they were off to hunker down in their nest and rub their full tummys.








After dinner everyone is so stuffed and turkey makes us sooooo sleepy, we usually settle in for a wee little nap. As you can see, Glitter and Lola took our cue and shared the dog bed. (They really didn't need a cue or a hint, sleeping is what they both do best!)









Today I finished this Christmas ornament. The pattern is a freebie from Waxing Moon Designs that I blogged about a few days ago. I finished it as a little pillow, again with a longer hanger so it can be placed over a doorknob.
I pulled out some of my Christmas decorations this weekend along with all my Christmasy quilts and started placing some things around the house. It is fun having a new house to decorate. Money is a little tight this year so I won't be buying any new things, but I still have quite a bit accumulated and I am still making more things.
I am working on finishing another ornament and should have more pictures to show in a day or two.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Itty Bitty


One more little Christmas ornament for the week. This is small 2"x 1-1/2". I found this in my cross stitch stuff when I moved and would love to give the designer credit but I can't find the sheet with the pattern. I do remember it was a handout from the LNS which is now long gone. I mounted the cross stitch to a piece of peltex, backed it with red polka dot, and zig zag stitched with the machine around the edges. I added a couple of eyelets, beads, and a ribbon to make it a little tiny ornament. :o)

It's time for turkey!



Here he is, preparing (running) from his big debut this Thursday! LOL I finished up this little guy last night. The pattern had the wording "Who Me!!) underneath him but I decided to leave that off and just smile at his colorful cuteness instead.
He is the first challenge I completed on the Seasonal Ornament Stitch Along blog. Several of us are getting together for friendship and encouragement so we can have lots of little ornaments to decorate our homes all year long. I have always been a sucker for wanting a seasonal decoration of some sort for each month/season/holiday so this is right down my alley.
Designer: Nancy Boggio
"Who Me!!!"
28 ct Mushroom Jazlyn
DMC floss w/substitutions

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Swap Ornament


I got this gorgeous ceramic santa in the mail this week. It is from Kim on the Quilting Passion forum. (no blog that I know of) She does wonderful work on these ceramic ornaments and I just think he is so handsome. The picture doesn't pick up on the glittery paint in his beard very well. I am looking forward to hanging him on my tree this year.

When I received this ornament I thought....hmmmm.....something about him is familiar. So, I went digging through some of my Christmas stuff and sure enough! The snowman I have in my collection was made by Kim as well. She was my partner in a Secret Sister swap in 2006 and sent me this snowman ornament as part of my package.

I am busy working on my ornaments for the Quilting Passion Ornament swap. No, I am not late. It seems like everyone is mailing early and if I can get my rear in gear I will be about 2 weeks ahead of the mailing deadline myself. So....HA!

I finished up a turkey cross stitch I am working as part of a challenge and will have pics to show tomorrow. Who knows what else I might "brew" up in my sewing laboratory!?

I hope you are having a great weekend!



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Is it Christmas already?


Is it just me or are all the stores starting Christmas extra early this season? I guess they think they best get a jump start since the economy is down right now but really! I started seeing Christmas things before Halloween this year.

I haven't been doing a whole lot in the quilty/stitchy area lately. I attended a conference last week and it took me forever it seems to get over the tiredness that the late nights and travel invoked. All I want to do is sit around on a quilt like Glitter is doing.


While I have been sitting I have been doing some cross stitch. This is a little freebie from Blue Ribbon Designs . I plan to make it into an ornament. I am also working on a snowflake scissor fob and a little turkey design for Thanksgiving. That is the wonderful thing about cross stitch - I can have several projects going at one time so when I tire of one set of colors, I can switch to another.
Since I would really like to have lots of Christmas as well as seasonal ornaments for my home, I have joined this group. I am hoping it will help to keep me focused and excited about stitching.
I am also working on some quilted Christmas ornaments for a swap. I will finish those up this weekend so they can go in the mail early next week.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Swap Ornament

Look at this lovely ornament I received from Meineke in the Netherlands. I am participating in a swap on the Quilting Passion forum and I was lucky enough to be receiving one of Meineke's ornaments. It is all sewn by hand using the English Paper Pieceing method. I just love it!

I am working on my ornaments - the mailing deadline is December 5th so I have plenty of time.

I am off to a conference in Florida on Tuesday so you probably won't hear much from me until next weekend.

Have a gr8 week everyone!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Progress

I finished up this little cross stitch piece. It is a free pattern by Waxing Moon Designs that I found here. I am still trying to decide how to finish him, maybe a flatfold, maybe a little quiltie. I plan to do all 4 of the seasonal ones eventually - I already have the flosses gathered for the autumn and spring one, just can't decide which one to do first!

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Finish!


Bwahahaha! Note the date on this piece - 1994. I sure hope it doesn't take me 14 years to finish what I am stitching now! Anyway, I decided it had "cured" long enough and needed to be made into something. I finished it as a flat ornament but made the hanger a little longer so I could hang it over a doorknob.

I want to thank everyone for their condolences on the loss of my brother. It was a tough weekend but I found that doing some stitching helped to keep my mind occupied for the most part. I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Edit: Why is it that there is always a stray thread hanging around when you take a picture? Stoopid thread.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Scissor Fob Finished!

Here is my very first scissor fob! I used a pattern "Roberta's Pups" from Sharon at Cross Stitch Happy. It was very fun to make although I made lots of mistakes. This one is stitched on 28 count linen. I can see several of these in my future. :o)

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sad Day

My oldest brother passed away today. He has been in Hospice House for the past two weeks with liver failure. Thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Turkey!


Since I didn't catch cross stitch fever until a bit too late for Halloween, I started this Turkey for Thanksgiving. I plan to finish it to display using this tutorial. I rather like the idea of having lots of little pieces to display in this manner.


Of course, I started another little project last night. I am making a decorative fob to hang on my embroidery scissors. The pattern is here. I didn't surprise you by the motif I selected, did I? LOL


Have a great week everyone!






Thursday, October 23, 2008

I'm A Winner


I won a prize from Marilyn in the Fall Into Fall Quilter's Blog Giveaway and it arrived today. :o) It is even cuter in person and has a special place in my current fall display. Thanks Marilyn!
I have been working on some new cross stitch pieces - pics tomorrow. I really need to frame/finish some of the pieces I have but I just wanted/needed/had to stitch on something new to see if I still could. LOL

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

And the winner is.....

Jen @ Miss Punkie Pie !!! Congratulations Jen. An email is on the way to you so I can get your package in the mail.

WOW! One hundred and thirty two comments! Thank you to everyone who visited my blog. I hope you will check in now and again to see what new things I might be creating.

Thank you to all of the participants for not only participating in the giveaways but also for giving me such wonderful eye candy and new blogs to visit.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Stitching


This week I ran across one of my bags of cross stitching supplies. Since we moved I am "finding" all sorts of things that I had forgotten about. I don't have enough time (or energy) to do much quilting through the week so I thought doing some stitching in the evenings would not only be relaxing but I wouldn't feel as if I was wasting so much time in front of the TV.

It has been quite some time since I did any cross stitch (early 90's?). I once did quite a bit of cross stitch and pulled thread work. I went surfing on the net to see what new things might be out there. Boy! Was I surprised. I wanted a new pattern to work with and I wanted it right then. I found this site and just loved her whimsical designs. I discovered that she sells her patterns for download and purchased this one.

While looking for the correct floss colors I found all these finished pieces you see on the left. (There are more) I really need to finish these into something to display. The top two will definitely be made into Christmas ornaments soon as I just joined an ornament swap. Still thinking on finishing ideas for the others. I have quite a few finished pieces framed, I really need to get those unpacked and hung on the walls.

What other kinds of needlework/crafts do you do?

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Apple Dumpling Gang


Do any of you remember that movie? I might be dating myself here. What you see above is my first attempt at Apple Dumplings. Yeah, don't look at that one in the upper left corner. I can't decide if it exploded, imploded, or simply lost it's oomph.

Now lemme tell you, when you see these at your local bakery and you think the price is too high - just double that price and pay that amount because they are worth it. I like to cook and I like to think I am pretty good at it. We rarely have leftovers of anything. However...........I am amazed that people actually want to do this for a living.

I got out my handy dandy cookbook and oh they make it sound so easy. "Cut the shortening into the flour until it is pea size" - what they really mean is until your hand feels like it is going to fall off. "Add milk one tsp at a time and move the moistened flour to one side of your bowl" - my bowl is round, how the heck do I keep the wet away from the dry? "Roll your dough into a 12"x18" rectangle" - okay, so what do I do about the part of the rectangle that is stuck to my rollling pin, which leaves my rectangle looking more like an egg???

Those pastry chefs deserve every penny and more.

Anyway, after tucking the apples into the squares of dough, forgetting to put a pat of butter on top of each apple, and sweeping about a pound of flour off of the floor I must say my apple dumplings were delicious. DH and I sat down to indulge and we were "mmmm, this is good, mmmm". Then we ate our way to the center of our apples where the walnuts, raisins, and honey were living and it was "wow, mmmm, this is really good!"

So if you can set aside a couple of hours (or in my case, half a day) to make some of these delights, you won't be disappointed. You might want to spread a drop cloth in the kitchen floor - you know, just in case. ;o)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy Fall Ya'll

Wow! Almost 50 entries in my giveaway already. Thanks to everyone who visited. It seems the majority so far enjoy the reds and oranges of fall.

We made a trip to the local orchard today and picked a few apples. Our new home is about 5 minutes away from Millstone Creek Orchards. I just love going there. The owners are so friendly and the fruit is the best! It really put me in an autumnal mood as they had a nice display of pumpkins out front. The apple cider slushies they serve are my husband's favorite.

I will leave you with one of my favorite fall poems. :o)

October's Party
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came —
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.
Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”
- George Cooper

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My Fall Into Fall Giveaway!

The winner is..... Jen @ Miss Punkie Pie! Congratulations Jen!


Here it is! My prize in the Fall Into Fall Quilters Blog Giveaway. It is a Lazy Girl Designs Sassy Bag made with my own little hands. I also crafted a coordinating tissue holder to "sweeten the pot".




All you have to do to win is comment on this post and tell me your favorite fall color. I just love all the rich reds, shades of brown, and even the eggplanty purple you see when the leaves start to fall.

I will draw a random winner at 8 pm EST on October 15th. If you do not have a blog, make sure you leave an email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.

Make sure you visit the other participants blogs and enter their giveaways too! You can find them at

http://fallintofallquilters.blogspot.com/2008/09/october-1-giveaway.html

Good luck everyone!

Fiber Content

Yes, I do remember how to sew. I have been so busy I decided I needed some ME time. I decided to sit down and sew for a bit this week.

Isn't this little bird cute? I found the pattern for it and the bag below in the latest issue of Quilts and More.

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On the home front.....check out this visitor to my wind chime. (Yes, it is really a wind chime given to me by my sister in law. Clever idea doncha think?)

I first thought he was a leaf that had somehow made its way upward. On closer inspection - LOL. He comes and goes and mostly stays here in the heat of the day. Click on the picture to get a better view. :o)

Don't forget about the Fall into Fall Quilters Blog Giveaway. I have been photographing my goodies this evening so I will be all ready to post my giveaway on the 1st. We still need more participants so get out a pretty fat quarter or two, tie a ribbon around them and join in.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Back to blogging

Hi everyone! I am slowing starting to get back into the swing of things. We love our new location and are still painting and unpacking. It takes a long time to get 20+ years of stuff squared away.

I probably won't be posting as often as I did before but I am going to try to do a weekly update. Our old house hasn't sold yet so that is consuming a lot of my free time.

I am planning to participate in Debi's Fall into Fall Quilters Blog giveaway. Be sure to check back in on October 1st to see what I plan to give away.

Friday, May 23, 2008

I am still here!

Just a quick note to let you all know I am still here. The closing on our house went off without a hitch. We have been working nearly round the clock getting it fixed up, painted and ready to move in. We hope to move in by mid-June. I should have lots of pictures and tales to tell in July.

I have been keeping up with all the regular blogs I read, I just haven't had time to leave anything but the occasional comment. Please know that I still enjoying visiting with all of you and seeing your newest creations. You all help me wind down at the end of my long days.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I'm still here......

....but I am moving! We just bought a new house and I have been busy with paperwork and cleaning and packing. Unfortunately blogging had to take a back seat to this flurry of activity (and exhaustion). We hope to close on the house in a couple of weeks and be moved in within a month.

I hope to be back blogging soon. I miss you all!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Spring Inchie Swap

I hosted a spring inchie swap on the yahoo group Fabric In Altered Art. Here is a set of the inchies. I just think they are the cutest little things! Flowers and fairies and chicks and butterflys - oh my!
Just when I think we are really going to see spring here it gets cold again. Friday it was 80 degrees, today 70 degrees, and tomorrow? 50 degrees! Oh well, I can look at my inchies and dream of spring.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend. :o)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Not much happening...


...in the sewing room. I think I either have a cold or allergies. My head has made me feel as if I am in a fog for the past couple of day and I can't seem to shake it. It doesn't help that I haven't been sleeping well either. UGH!
I did get this bright and happy postcard from Jane for the Big Bird's Birthday swap. The feather has many layers of cotton and glittery organza. Very nice interpretation of the theme and I love the bright yellow with the blue background.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

More sewing



I made two more Wonder Wallets last night. This time to match my Sassy Bag. I am on a coordinating roll! LOL

Why make two you ask? Weelllllll, I am coming up on my 100th post (this is the 95th I believe) and I think it might be about time for a giveaway.

Stay tuned. :o)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Some Sewing

I made a Wonder Wallet to match my purse! Instead of using a button I used a snap and used my Crop A Dile to attach it. The green of the snap doesn't exactly match the green in the fabric but it is much closer than it appears in this scan.

I also finished up the last item I was making for my Goodie Bag Challenge with the Fabric In Altered Art Group. I hope to get those in the mail to my partner on Monday and I should be able to share pictures with you in a week or so.

More pretty mail

Here is the ATC I received from Kate. She was having a drawing on her blog for some extras she had made and I was lucky enough to have my name pulled from the hat! Do you see the cute little purple face? She has been including these in several of her recent pieces and I just love them. Thanks Kate
Kate used this card she made to enclose the ATC. It is just as pretty as the ATC. So creative.


Here are the fabrics I selected for my next Miranda Day Bag. They arrrived today from Desperate Quilters. My first experience ordering from this company was with the Full Moon Forest fabrics I used for my Sassy Bag. The service was so good I went back to them for a second order. I have had mixed experiences ordering on the web and was very pleased with Desperate Quilters. Rose has taken the time to write a little note on each of my invoices and included a tea bag in each of my orders. No affiliation, just a satisfied customer. Oh, the fabrics are from the Flutterby line by Tula Pink for Moda.
I am heading to the LQS today as they are having a big sale and I need some bobbins for my machine. I hope to manage to sew a bit later today.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Feeling Sassy

I am just having too much fun with these bag patterns! This one is the Sassy Bag also from Lazy Girl Designs. It was very quick and easy to make.

While it isn't large enough for MY everyday use it is a great bag to use for a trip to the mall or when you will be walking around a lot and don't need to take the kitchen sink with you. It has two pockets inside and a large pocket across the back.

The fabrics I used are from Moda's Full Moon Forest line by Tula Pink. Did I mention before that I love her designs? :o)

I managed to center the owl perfectly on the front flap. I couldn't find any suitable "moon" buttons so I used these "sun" ones instead. I think they look pretty good with the browns in the fabric.

This was my final Thing A Day for the month of March. I did quite well on this challenge to myself and only missed doing
something creative two days out of thirty one.

My sewing time is probably going to be scarce for a while. We are looking for a new house and trying to get this one ready to sell. Not a lot of fun but something that has to be done.




Sunday, March 30, 2008

Adorably Lazy

Remember the patterns I won by participating in Pat Sloan's Sew A Long? The A-Door-Ables pattern by Lazy Girl Designs was one of them. I needed a couple of prizes/gifts for some challenges and these were perfect.


They are very fast and easy. They can be used as a gift in itself or be used as a container/pretty package to hold other little gifts. A-Door-Ables are designed to be hung on a doorknob and can be filled with dried or silk flowers to decorate your home.



As you can see I had to "bling" them up a bit. The purple one uses a double button - the outer gold rim is one button and the inner teal is another button sewn on top of the first one. I tied some glittery purple yarn around the button to add a little more interest. The yellow one uses a plain round gold button as well as a moon button sewn off to the side. I added some star sequins with beads in the center, some pearl-like strands of trim, and feathery yarn to finish it off.


I see a few more of these in my future. Wouldn't these make nice packages all done up in Christmas finery to contain some of those smaller Christmas gifts? In the smaller size you could even hang them on the tree until the gift giving festivities commence.


I realize I have been gushing about these Lazy Girl Designs but I just can't help myself. For the quilter like me who is accustomed to sewing patches all the time and taking months (sometimes years) to complete a project, the almost instant gratification I am getting from these patterns is making for some extremely enjoyable sewing time.


Saturday, March 29, 2008

Mail Call!

This is the fabric I chose for my next handbag. It is from the Full Moon Forest line by Tula Pink for Moda. There are bits of nature "hidden" in each design. The paisley like pattern actually forms an owl which I hope to be able to center on a purse. The more solid purple has raindrops, the green is a squirrel tree, and the pink stripe is trees. Fun!




I received this lovely postcard from Lynn for the St. Patrick's swap on Art We Mail. You can't see in the picture that she added a layer of netting over the green that gives it a lot of dimension. I should have a nice display of cards for St. Patrick's Day next year to put in my hanger. :o)





And last, but certainly (certainly) not least, I got this gorgeous set of inchies from Debbi. She made a couple of extra sets for a swap she is in and offered the extras for trade on her blog. I sent her a package of "goodies" in return.

The picture doesn't allow you to see all the tiny details in each of these true one inch square works of art. The inchies I make are called plus size inchies as they are 1-1/2" square and they seem so much larger than these tiny inchies that are 1" square. I am looking for the perfect frame for these as I want to display them.

I stalled for a couple of days on my TAD. We are looking for a new house and that ate into my creative time in the latter part of this week. I will be back on track this weekend and should have some pictures to show for it tomorrow. Now, get off that computer and go sew something!