Holiday time…and a tutorial

Hello friends and Happy Thanksgiving if you live in the States!

I thought I’d fit in a quick blog post, because otherwise I won’t get to it until next week! In my experience the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas just fly by and I don’t want to forgo my blog!

First of all, I want to announce the winner of the last prize on the Maggie’s First Dance sew-along: Bev Baker! Bev wrote that she has been so busy taking care of a sick friend that she hasn’t really had time to work on Maggie’s quilt. I was happy to pick her name and hope that the prize will help her catch up once she has some more spare time! Congrats, Bev! Your prize is on its way to you🙂

I was glad to finish up my Maggie, because my room sure became a pig-sty during that marathon finishing-up session:

It was amazing I could find anything at all! High time to tidy up, which I did and I must say it was SO nice to see my table tops again!

It of course did not stay tidy for long, but it doesn’t look THAT bad yet…just wait until after my marathon Christmas session that I’m sure I’ll be having!

I am happy to say that my Cozy Christmas blocks are coming along very nicely! I have just one block left to quilt, and then I can start putting the quilt top together, layer it on the backing, some more quick quilting, then binding, and voilá, DONE! I think that I should be able to get it done, unless I get distracted by some other cute project……

Speaking of which…hahahaha….a few weeks ago hubby and I visited this cute little antique store where I picked up this adorable mini ironing board.054I thought it would be a cute photo prop so it came home with us. But while at the shop, I also saw this adorable little fabric skate attached to a runner. I have no idea who made it, there were no tags or anything, but I’m pretty sure it was not an antique. ANYWAY, when I came home and decided that I needed to make me some of those skates and this is what I came up with:

So cute, don’t you think?!  The whole process is really pretty simple and if you are interested I have put a tutorial up ( just go to the top of this page, click the MENU button  and look under “tutorials”. I am providing the pattern right here: skatepattern.

Okay, well, I’m off….even though I made most of my dishes yesterday ( the stuffing, the sweet potatoes, the mashed potatoes, the pecan pie, the pumpkin pie, and the apple cake~PHEW!) I still need to make my rolls. Luckily hubby looks after the turkey, gravy and squash! Enjoy your time with family and friends if you are celebrating, and if not, I hope you will go do some crafty things!

Until next time!

 

 

 

My 60th post!

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Wow, I cannot believe that I have published 59 posts already this year and today marks the 60th. That is worth a celebration, don’t you think?!  How I come up with what to write  is a mystery….some days I figure I should share a blog post, but have really nothing much to write about, and fwoop, before you know it I have written way too much already🙂

This week I have a few new things to share… My absolute favorite Continue reading

Winner, winner, …..

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Hello there!

I hope you have all been enjoying a beautiful week full of crafty goodness! Here, our Fall temperatures have returned, thank goodness, and we have enjoyed some gorgeous days. Mind you, some of them were rather miserable, like the day we went to a parade and the wind gusts were terrible and it was rather chilly, but I would rather see that than summer temperatures by the end of October! Apparently our temps might actually drop to the freezing mark by tomorrow…BRRRRR! Bring on the fireplaces and the hot cocoa and the quilts! Speaking of quilts, a few weeks ago I pulled all my Fall-themed quilts and decorated for the season:

I also still have this one lying over the back of the sofa:013It doesn’t match the Fall color scheme, but I love it so much I couldn’t bear to put it away yet….( for more info on the pattern you can click here).

This past week I didn’t get anything else done on my Cozy Christmas sew-along...sad…you just know that I will get this far and then forget all about those blocks and NOT finish that quilt, don’t you?! PLEASE ask me about that quilt, and BUG me about it, until I relent and finish it! Promise? I really want that hanging this year!

I did manage to work on a few Christmas gifts however! My sister had commented how much she loved my little snowman from Lori’s pattern004and she should know by now that you don’t tell me that you “LOVE” anything, because that means I will make it for you..:). So I ended up making her her very own snowman in pillow form ( I don’t think she reads my blog on a regular basis, so I can let you all have a sneak peek!)011Isn’t he sweet? I actually like him better than the original ( might be the eyes…the first one looks like he is dead..hahaha). Anyway, I decided to make this pillow “medallion style” so I just added pieces here and there until I got to the desired size.002That was SO much fun to do! I think I have to do more projects in this manner! Anyway, here are some pics of the pillow construction in progress ( I just love making an envelope backing~ makes it look so professional)

And here is the final product! So sweet, right?!

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While I was on a roll, I decided to make my niece a pillow as well. I had done one embroidery of the Bee-autiful sew along on Facebook and I used it to make this pillow for her:

Two presents done, one more to go! Good for me🙂

Alright, now for the exciting part! Last week I showed you my give-away and this week I am announcing the winner of this sweet little quilt pattern:007I stuck all your names in a cup and drew out……041Laurel Lee! Congrats, Laurel Lee! I hope you have fun with your pattern🙂 If you didn’t win this time, no worries, I bought a few other goodies and will be giving those away soon!

MAN!! Sometimes I go to write a new blog post and I wonder if I have enough to write about, and before you know it, my posts are too long already and I haven’t even talked about everything yet! So here is a quick end to my post: IhavebeenworkingonsomesamplesandwewenttoanantiquesshopandIfoundbuttonsandthissweetvintagefabricandIsignedupfortheSewSamplerboxfromFatQuarterShopandIloveitandmyroomneedstidyingintheworstwayandIlovemypupeventhoughheALWAYSlaysinmyway!

Did you get all that? Hahah, until next time!

 

Fall is here…and a winner!

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Hello there,

Since I last blogged, Fall weather has definitely arrived! Even though the trees really haven’t turned color yet, there is a definite “Fall feel” in the air. Now we need a jacket to walk the dogs, and the leaves are starting to collect on the lawn a bit more. I think Fall might be my favorite season! I love the chilly mornings and evenings, plus the smell Continue reading