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New Year's Eve Fire Works, well not really

I've never been one for celebrating New Years, seldom do we even make it to midnight. It's just not a big deal to me. New years day isn't either since neither of us are sports fans and don't watch any of the "big" games. I seldom even know who's playing and my friends joke with me that I only know the colors of the uniforms to even be able to tell them apart. I do cook the good luck black eyed peas, but that is about the end of any traditions around here. It's a day off work and one to relax and in my case, sew. I did get several very nice sewing related presents for Christmas and today while working on an apron for Angel my pin cushion ran dry and when I went up to get more I put them in one of my new pincushions that was from Angel. It's Mary Engelbreit and so very precious. It even has a little pillow that goes in the chair.

I finally got the sewing machine back open yesterday and had other things to do and not a lot of time to sew so I started…

My Blocks Are Here!

We had a small but very enjoyable Christmas this year. We didn't go out of town because I'm very lucky to have all my family right here. We had a very yummy breakfast here Christmas morning with my sister and her hubby and we all pigged out on the good stuff Angel and I made. After that all I could think about was hitting the couch - I'd been sick for the past few days, so we just chilled the rest of the day and watched a wonderful DVD my SIL gave me for Christmas, Craft In America. It's wonderful. I did finally get out of the house today, had to go to the post office to pick up my signature blocks! They are all so very different it will be a lot of fun trying to figure out how to arrange them all into a quilt. I've got them all spread out on top of the sewing machine cabinet (which is still closed) and I look at them every time I walk by. I want to resist putting sashing between them and setting them in a row if possible. Not sure what I'll do yet...hum. Than…

Counting down till Christmas

It's getting to be very busy every day now with Christmas rolling upon us quickly. Was all ready for the cookie baking this morning and realized I was out of butter. Darn how does that happen? That is one thing I sometimes forget to do is mark items off my list when I take stuff out of the freezer. Then I look at the list and it said I had butter down in the freezer... So out I go into the 30 degree weather - yuck. And then when you're at the store just buying butter you see that a pretty roast is on sale and the next thing I know I've got a cart half full.
Wanted you to see this new recent phenomenon we have here. Hubby got these 2 little carpet samples from the flooring store for our little babies. With the cold weather and the lack of carpet they sit on these little islands of soft warm fuzzy and it's almost as if they are adrift in a sea of cold hard floor.


Made cookies today for hubby to take to work, for their holiday brunch tomorrow. Have 2 quiche's in the o…

Finally Finished

Well it took me a month to get back around to this little quilt. I started quilting it right after the fabric was ironed in place but I was having big problems with my thread. I ended up getting some info from the author of this technique Maria Elkins and switched over to Superior Thread. Wow what a huge difference it made. I couldn't find the thread locally so I ordered it and by the time it came in the house was in a mess with the floor project. So now that life is back to normal and I can sew again this was one of the first things on my list to get finished. I see a good list of things I'd would have liked to have done differently, but it was a great experience and I plan on making many more quilts with this technique. I'd love to do my dogs, but that would be a good bit more difficult I'd think.

Christmas is pretty much here and I've just got a little wrapping left to do and my baking. I'm going to try this super easy snack recipe I saw in a magazine. Just …

Only Crazy People Do House Renovating At The Holidays

Well I guess that makes me crazy. After I'd determined to get that old carpet up thou their was no stopping me. Well the old floor stopped me, but just for a while. The the prices of new floor stopped me, but I'm a hard headed girl and moved on from there too. So now 10 days later it's over with and I'm so glad. I've moved the last piece of furniture back into place and even opened the sewing machine today. Life returns to normal. This is what it started out with, sad huh?

The babies didn't want to give up the carpet. It was all broke in, for goodness sakes. All the sawing and compressors and nail guns were almost too much for Ginger. On the other hand thou little Auggie didn't seem much to be bothered by any of this.

The kids still miss the carpet and for now I've just got them little carpet samples I got at the flooring store. Hubby said we could just move the little carpets around and the babies will just go where we sit them. That is pretty much true. W…

Button Up For Winter

Been very lax here lately with my blog. I guess I've lost my mind starting a big home improvement project this time of the year, but hey you know sometimes you just have to go with it when the mood strikes. So I've decided I've had it with the carpet in the downstairs of our house and have pretty much ripped it all up. One room left to do. It's been a bear to deal with. All those seemly thousands of staples not to mention the angry track stripping. So under the carpet is 77+ year old solid oak flooring. I'm keeping my fingers crossed with each hammer blow and hope for the best. I knew there was paint splattered all over it but only after I'd pulled it all up did I find the cupped planks and in places rotted wood. Oh heart break. Well buck up and come up with plan B. Checked into having it replace and almost had a heart attack. Might as well look for a new house, good grief. So it's time to shop for new floor covering. Been bouncing ideas off hubby of the ne…

Giving Thanks

Yesterday while out doing the pre Thanksgiving shopping I was thinking just what am I thankful for? I guess I was thinking a list would come to me of things that are important to me like family, friends and my health - the old stand by. Then I started thinking of the other things that make each day good and the list rolled threw my mind at rapid speed of the thousands of things I am thankful for.
The answer is just everything.
This past Sunday afternoon I taught a poly clay class at my local JoAnn's and we had such a good time. We made these tiny Santa's and Christmas Trees which will end up on top of a jar for candy or other such goodies of the season. Here is Monica (mom) and Kendall her daughter with their finished creations. They turned out great.


Here were the first ones I made while figuring out the formula for the amounts of clay for each part of the figure. Poor snowman has no arms...I'll fix you don't worry.


I found out yesterday just how much my trunk will hol…

A day for photos AND A give a way!

Mother Earth Necklace - with hand made beads



Today I spent the day taking photos of my jewelry and posting it on 1000 Markets. It always amazes me how long this can take. But the photos turned out nice and I opened a new section in my on line shop. To celebrate this new section in my shop I'll be giving away free hand made beads with each order. The beads will be custom made to your color/texture requests so it's a great deal. And to help get you started I'll be giving hand made beads and buttons away here on this blog also. So if you are interested in some free beads/buttons for your quilting or mixed media this is a good time to get some. Just post that you are interested and what colors you would like. If you like a theme then let me know that too. These buttons/beads are beautiful ways to add texture in a wall quilt or on your ATCs. They range in size from tiny to quarter size and come in different shapes too! What a great deal. Free is always good. The necklace at the…

This Old House

No sewing today. Working on ridding our home of the wall to wall carpet. What a job that is. Tiny staples and little nails everywhere. The hard wood lurking under their is 77+ years old and not looking as nice as I'd hoped. But I guess I have to cut the old girl some slack. Not sure why I've had this sudden urge to work on this big of a project so near the holidays, but it's started now. Even went out and got a hand sander to work on the wood work too. You know when you have been looking at something for years and one day you just snap and have to fix it? Well I'm there. So old home of ours you get a holiday facelift. Now I'm mulling over a new paint color for the hall. That will be my first room to finish. This old house has big windows and lots of big wood work glad I enjoy painting. But I'm thinking tomorrow I may take part of the day off from this and do a bit of sewing. Have a 50's project planned for a Christmas present and really need to get it going…

First attempt at Color Blocking Portrait

This isn't finished yet, but just wanted to show it in stages. So far I'm happy. After I took this photo I added copper accents to her hair with a Cedar Canyon Paintstik. The photo I went from is below. The one thing I did forget to do was flip the image prior to printing the pattern, but it's no biggie on this one. I learned how to do this from the Maria Elkins DVD, Making Faces. This was just a test and I didn't put the time I should have into my fabric selection. Got these fat quarters when they were on sale for 79 cents. I'll take a little more time with the fabric selection next time. I didn't have much fraying thou even with the cheeper fabric. It was so interesting to see how this developed charter as I put the 4 fabrics together.



Getting A Few Things Finished - Finally

Sometimes when I start a project I don't see a clear ending. These projects just get set aside until it's clear to me how they need to be completed. Here are 3 of those projects. The little brown tapestry bag here started out fine till I discovered I didn't have enough fabric to make the handle match. I was just sure I had 2 of these remnants. I didn't think I wanted a different fabric for the handle so I set it aside. Later I remembered this leather "look" fabric I had and wondered if it would make a good handle. I think it worked out well.


This jean jacket embellishment started out with the fabric pinned to the jacket and hung out on the dress form for about a month. Then I decided I wanted to do the front part all by hand. Crazy me I hate hand work. But it just seemed it needed to be done that way. I make my patterns for cutting my fabric with tracing paper. I place it over the garment and draw the shape and then refine when cutting the pattern out. It work…

No Sewing This Week

I've been very down in the dumps due to my dear friend Auggie, my little dog being sick. He's been in the baby hospital. The vet isn't sure why he's not getting better. It's hard to think of much else other than him being sad and away from home. I just want him well and back with us.

Back From Our Trip To Gatlinburg

On Tuesday Paula and I headed out for Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg for 5 wonderful days of fun. Paula was there on business, and had to be in meetings for 2 and a half days. I went shopping while she was in her meetings and then after they were over we both hit the trail looking for good deals and of course quilt shops. From what I can see there are only 2 shops in the area. The one near Pigeon Forge which is in Sevierville, we'd both been to before and it's a really nice shop called The Cherry Pit. We found lots of very tempting fabrics and Paula got 2 patterns that are oh so cute. Can't wait to see them when she gets them completed. One was a beautiful Christmas Quilt which she is thinking she might do in blue's.
The other quilt shop we went to was on the Arts and Crafts Trail. This is an 8 mile loop just covered with small shops mostly run by the crafts persons to sell there arts & crafts. These small shops serve as their studio too. You can find pretty much anything…

A Fun Saturday With Crafty Friends

Saturday I was in a small craft show in near by Murfreesboro TN. It's a fun little show and I met several new craftspeople. I did want to take a moment to brag on my little sister. She is a wonderfully talented photographer and this was her booth at the show. She does beautiful portraits and you can view her work here, and her blog.




I did finish the jean jacket and here is the front with the hand stitching and beading. I was pleased with the way it turned out. There was also decorative stitching on the back, but it was done with my Pfaff.
I have several other things I wanted to share but the sun just hasn't come out this morning so I didn't take any photos. I'll try to get those on here tomorrow, if the sun will shine in my little part of the world.

Jackets & Handbags

I've been in a flurry of making handbags here lately. This was mostly prompted by an upcoming show on the 24th of this month. I've never been fond of commercial patterns and must admit that is due to me not having a clear understanding of them. So I pretty much make my own patterns for my handbags. That works out better for me in several ways.
I also got several Lee Jean Jackets and wanted to embellish them. This is my first one which isn't finished but I want to show it to you as it progresses. Today I'll be adding beading to the fabric sections I've put on the jacket. I love beads and adding them to my fiber projects is always a good thing.

I used the same fabric on the front and back of this jacket. I will be adding beads to the Geisha's hair and garments. I'll also be painting on this jacket with Shiva paint sticks. I love these paint sticks. If you've not played with them then you really should. After the art is completed you just let them sit for 24 hours then ir…

Handbags & Brooches

This weekend I made several handbags and this silver oriental print was my favorite. The lining is black & while with small oriental charters.

Another thing I started yesterday and finished this morning were these fiber brooches. I'd made some of these about a year ago and wore one quite often. I swap from my hat to a shirt. I enjoy the feel of it being like sculpture with fabric. These are hand sewn, believe it or not. I just don't pick up a needle very often. It's very relaxing to sculpt the sheer fabric into shapes then add the embellishments.
Purple Victorian Lady

Silver Snowflake

Bronze Leaf

Silver Leaf


Fiber Accessories - Just for the fun of it

Fiber Brooch

Today I'm going to be making some of these fiber brooches. I love making/wearing them. They always get some good attention. I use my Baby Lock Embellisher to get them started. The beading and other added embellishments are so delicate they are mostly done by hand. I need some with fall colors to wear on my hats. They look great on jackets too. They are fun to make cause you never really know how they will turn out. On average they are about 3 inches across.

Making Faces

I finished my little "Spooky" ATC's for the swap. They were fun. I always try new techniques on this little quilting guinea pigs. I played with the Cedar Canyon paintstiks, markers and dimensional paint. These were my first ATC's with no quilting! Just used steam-a-seam.

I ordered the How To DVD from Quilting Arts by Maria Elkins and watched the whole thing on Tuesday. I was so excited after I finished watching this and couldn't wait to try some of her wonderful techniques. I've never been very good at drawing faces and when I do I normally draw and erase repeatedly till I get it right. On fabric you just can't be erasing so it was a little scary to just put that water color pencil to fabric and start. Little samples like this are kept and dated so I can later see how I've improved. So even thou this isn't very good I was still very happy. I tried the technique and found it easy. On Maria's DVD she goes over the basic layout of a face. This was…

What Was I Thinking?

Little Vamps Are Scary Too
What was I thinking trying something with fabric sections this small, I just don't know. His little hands are just a bit bigger than the end of the pencil. I was about to get the tweezers to get the backing off the steam-a-seam - and I was going to make these for my Halloween cards! Crazy girl - I'm switching to jack-o-lanterns.

Great Finds In Centerville

Yesterday while at the Centerville Quilt Show (my first time there) we checked out several gift shops and went to a crafts show. The small town was hopping. As soon as we parked at the square we spotted a cute little gift shop where I was so happy to find this precious little piggy. I might have mentioned I have pigs in my kitchen - just a few now I've recently down sized the collection cause they were taking over the place. But I just couldn't not bring this one home.



Another find was this paper towel holder that really made my day. I though it looked great with the counter/backsplash and I'm a total sucker for pottery and, well it was just going to be mine - nuf said.


OK now for the quilts.
This wall hanging was my favorite and got my vote for people's choice. This was about 24" square at the most and has over 541 pieces. It was made by Ruth Smith of Dallas Texas. I love it.
A postage stamp quilt that looked like it had been fussy cut. I wish I'd taken notes…