Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Pines

Stampin' Up! has so many great sets to make Christmas cards with.  I decided to play around with this set because I have been using the Pretty Pines thinlit dies that coordinate with it.  I got this stamp set to go along with the ornament stamps.  I should have used the dies to cut out the pine cones but it seemed easier to cut them out myself.

For the pine cones I stamped off the crumb cake on the first image and I stamped off tip top taupe for the second layer.  The third layer is regular stamping of tip top taupe.

Stamps:  Christmas Pines
CS:  Real Red, WW
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy, Garden Green
Misc.: Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Real Red 3/8" woven satin ribbon
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Friday, November 18, 2016


I needed a simple card that young girls between 8-10 could make to write thank you notes in.  Another leader gave them a lesson on Thanksgiving and they watched a short video of random people in NYC being asked what they were thankful for.  
I knew I wanted to use the big shot because kids are always dazzled with it.  I turned to Pinterest to see if I had pinned anything that I could get together easily enough.  I had pinned this card but it is only a picture, from the URL, you can't tell who shared it.  I can't give proper credit but it was perfect for my needs.
I cut all of the cardstock ahead of time and adhered the burlap ribbon to the cardstock.  They needed to punch the circle and stamp, sponge and cut the leaf.  As expected, they enjoyed running the card stock through the big shot to add texture.
Stamps:  Gently Falling
CS:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, WW
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
EF:  Square Lattice
Thinlit:  Expressions
Misc.: 1-3/4" circle punch, linen thread, 1-1/4" burlap ribbon, adhesive sheets
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Lavender Quilt

We moved 3/4 of the way across the country this summer.  The girls had a short summer with school ending at the end of June.  They were at camp the last week of June/first week of July.  Their grandmother that was visiting us in June ended up in the hospital 2 days after her arrival and was there for 25 days.  When she was released we had her for a few days and she flew back home.  Two days after she left they started packing our belongings and the truck was loaded few days later.

This is my first quilt project in our new home. The top is 90" x 110"

Blocks 1-4
 Blocks 5-8
 Blocks 9-12
I'm glad I finally got around to making it.  I bought the fabric over 2 years ago.

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Friday, September 2, 2016


I took some time this afternoon to sit on the patio and watch the hummingbirds at the feeder.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016


A lot of unpacking to do but I snapped a fabulous picture of a roadrunner in our backyard today.
This next one isn't as good but look at the colors on the tail feathers.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cemetery Visits

On our way across the country we stopped at a couple of cemeteries.  One for my great grandfather who died when he was 37 from a mining accident.  He was in the hospital for 10 weeks before passing.
The above picture is from a cemetery in Pennsylvania.  This memorial is for my 9th great-grandfather and his family.  It was erected over 100 years ago.  Driving through the area I was overcome with emotion and was crying.  By the time we got to the cemetery I was back to normal.  I have spent over 25 years researching this family.  I wasn't having success in the beginning because I was researching the wrong name.  In the south they call a creek a crick.  When someone mentioned my great-great-grandmother's maiden name was Crick the family wrote it as Creek.  It wasn't too far off but 25 years ago research wasn't done on the computer when they gave variations of names.

I'm very glad that we took the time to come to the area.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Matthew's Block

There is a quilt sampler sew along going on right now called the Splendid Sampler.  I believe it  It started in February and will continue on into next year.  There are 100 blocks and some bonus blocks.  This bonus block was released May 31st.  I altered the sizes a bit to make it a little smaller for a mug rug.  Fun little block to put together.  I don't think I've ever worked with such small pieces.
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