Thursday, December 30, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR

FIRST OF ALL, MAY I BE THE FIRST TO WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This is the easiest and most fun bag to make from Cotton Way. I am teaching it as a class at our Church this next month. They are so fun that I wanted to make one for everyone I know.
If you received your new copy of Quilt, you will see Bonnie's quilt; Blissful Day on the cover. You can order kits for this darling, fast quilt, direct from her while supplies last!Next, I wanted to tell you all about the Fresh and Fancy Table toppers available that are "two sided" So fun and so fast and VERY FRESH! Order yours now for a year of table topper sewing here.
So many exciting things to do this coming year!
Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I believe Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem and that the angel of the Lord said to the Shepard's, "Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'"
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope your year has been one filled with happiness in spite of all the sorrow in the world. My wish for the coming year is that our lives will be filled with goodness toward each other. That we will be a little more friendly to all we meet, a little more kind to those we love. God bless all good people everywhere.

Friday, December 10, 2010

EVEN MORE PRETTY PAPER

You know I love those Crafty Crow people....I think these are so pretty! Also check out these, and these!!! I vividly remember the first time I ever saw a construction paper chain. My neighbors were making one when I happened over to their house, and because this was before I was in grade school and had never seen one, I thought it was so beautiful. Did any of you ever make one for your Christmas tree?
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MORE PRETTY PAPER

Cheryl shared these pretty paper flowers....I think they are AMAZING! I wondered how they would look made from Christmas paper? Thank you Cheryl!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

PRETTY PAPER

Pretty things made out of paper has always intrigued me. Aren't these animals the sweetest? Look here for these cute paper animals.
Here is more pretty paper. People are brilliant! Watch for more!

Friday, December 3, 2010

A SPARKLE CHRISTMAS

I put out all my sparkly cream, silver and gold decorations.
Being a child of the 60's I grew up with Christmas being a very sparkly time of year. I remember even the Christmas cards being glittered. All things glittered make me so happy.
Glitter has become more popular the past few years, and now you can find even more sparkle and glittered things.
Most of these ornaments are very old and purchased from White Flower Farmhouse .....I love them all!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

PISTACHIOS

I would like to know what Drug Ring has the market on Pistachios....these surely must have an addictive drug added, because 'Oh my goodness' I can't stop eating them!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

WINTER

My friend asked what I liked about winter. I said I only like two things about winter.
1. When the sun shines and makes the snow sparkle.
2. When winter is gone!
This was looking out my front door last year and we are almost there now. Even though I don't personally like winter, I know we need the water for the crops in our farming community... for all you people who eat Idaho Potatoes! I didn't get my beach house in Southern California worked out for this year, but I am going to see my sister in Southern California in January and hopefully February. That will have to get me through.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

CROCHET GIFT TAGS

Look at A Spoonful of Sugar girls blog and see these "oh so sweet" quick crochet gift tags. That would be something fun to do while sitting and enjoying the holidays. Thanks ladies for letting me share!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

BRAVE GIRLS CLUB

These are the Brave Girls, you must check out their website. It is one of the most positive and interesting places I have been in a long time. They have an online club, daily positive thoughts in your email and uplifting messages.....classes and retreats that have a long waiting list. Such a fun place to visit, hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Check here for their story.

Monday, November 22, 2010

EMBARRASSING SCRAPS

Finally, this circle polka- dot quilt top is finished....
This is the embarrassing part. I bought polka-dot fabric "here and there" not keeping track of how much I had accumulated....needless to say, I had enough for the back...plus a little more! My logic was, "I need a good variety of dots!"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

GRATITUDE

Rebecca Sower has a post about Gratitude that touched me deeply in a way words cannot express. I hope I can gain a better attitude of gratitude, not just at this Thanksgiving time, but everyday. Thank you to all who have visited my blog world.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

PAPER GOODS

Old paper and books are like a sickness for me.
When I see them, I want to touch them.
I image all kinds of fun things to make with them.
I am a tactile person, so perhaps it comes from that....I don't know, but it is just about as bad as fabric. You know those people who go crazy in a fabric store, or a scrapbook supply store? I go crazy in old book stores. I have seen some wonderful things online made with old paper. Check here for a perfectly lovely gift favor! I loved the feather!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I COULD LIVE HERE

Every city has a few of "those" houses that are so adorable to look at.
These first three are from a very small neighboring city.
Gone are the days of the sweet covered front porch.
This one is in my city. I think it is so sweet. It was restored quite a few years ago and I knew owners and was lucky enough to go through it. The rooms were very small of course, but the remodel was so fun to see. The finish work was so amazing that when we finally built our house, I hired the same guy. He also did my kitchen cabinets.
How could you not want to live in a house with a beautiful gate like this? Where did all the master craftsmen go?

Friday, November 12, 2010

DESIGN BRAIN

What happens when your design brain goes on vacation for 6 months? It snows outside...forcing me to stay indoors in the sewing room....looking for something to do...then I think about designing....Here is a sneak peek of something I have been working on. More to come later.

Monday, November 8, 2010

FALL


We have had a beautiful 6 weeks of fall weather. This was an old run-down little farm that someone bought and has fixed up. All the buildings are so nicely re-done. I believe they hold weddings and other gatherings here. In the Spring and Summer all the plantings are so beautiful. I love how they lined up the pumpkins.
We are fortunate to have 4 seasons....even if our Spring is wet and windy, we still have one.
This year the wind did not blow all the leaves off the trees like it usually does in years past....we still have beautiful trees around the city. Such a nice, quiet, peaceful time of year. I feel so blessed to live in such a beautiful country.

Friday, November 5, 2010

SEWING SANTAS

I've been sewing Santa dolls for my friend's shop.
These two have coats made from a pair of corduroy pants from the local thrift shop.
The corduroy pants were men's and quite large....my husband saw them laying on the sewing room floor and asked, "Whose pants?" I smiled and said they were for Santa doll coats. He knew they had potential, but smiled and walked out of the room.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa.
In Raggedy Anne and Andy form! These were a set of Raggedy Anne and Andy dolls my friend had for years that needed a "new look!" So, they got stripped down, fluffed up and redressed....hope she likes them!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

LOVED THIS

POSSIBLE
CAN BE DONE
IMMEDIATELY
~~~
WE'RE ALREADY WORKING ON
THE IMPOSSIBLE
but
PLEASE ALLOW 48 HOURS FOR
MIRACLES
SEE PHOTOS HERE

Monday, October 25, 2010

CHANDELIER....NUMBER?

Chandelier number 5 wins....only because it is the only one I wanted to afford. It was on sale...and free shipping.....I couldn't justify spending 2-3 times that amount just for a chandelier in my sewing room.
And since I don't know much about photography and lights....you have to see it like this. It looks very bright and sparkly in my room....so cheerful!
I am happy. A bit of sparkle goes a long way!
Now.....what about sewing? I am working very slowly on that darn dot quilt....I ran into a snag with the little center dots.
I ran out of the yellow green...and added two rows to the quilt. So, I must decide how many I want to unpick and what to add that will somewhat match. The nice thing about not having a current deadline for quilts is I am not forced to sew...the bad thing about not having a deadline, is I am not forced to sew. However, the quilt is now on th sewing room floor so I can make a decision....hopefully soon it will be off to the quilter.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

RED--FARM COUNTRY QUILTS?

When I was "OUT AND ABOUT" looking for interesting things in my farm area, I noticed I was drawn to things that were red....you know me and red....well you know I wouldn't find much pink out in the farm lands! I thought this sign would make the beginning of a great applique quilt.
For your city folks, this is an old planter of some kind.

These are grain silos....where the farmer stores his grain (wheat, barley) until he sells it. The red ones are old and made of logs...the grey ones are the newer kind...you have probably seen them if you have been, "OUT AND ABOUT"
Isn't this tractor the best? I can see it as the center block of the quilt.
Okay, I know this isn't farm equipment....except if you are a farmer and have to have water for an emergency...plus it is red...standing all alone, along the rural road next to the grain field.

And then of course, the little brick house with the red door must be in the quilt. Interestingly enough, all these places are within a few miles of each other. You have heard the term, "quilting in the country?" The whole world is a quilt!