Monday, July 24, 2017


Our ward here doesn't do a super Saturday and I'm wanting to make some new things for our home.  I bought several different projects to work on one Saturday.  This is the first project I put together.  I painted the letters.  I didn't distress them but that would look nice too.  I traced the letters onto scrapbook paper, cut the paper and mod podged it onto the wooden blocks.  I glued on a flower on the "a", tied some crocheted ribbon on the "i" and used some hemp and a brad at the bottom of the "y".  I love the way the letters turned out.  It would be fun to use different papers on the letters but I wanted them to match and be used on the mantle and as a display for lessons in the future.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

America Wall Hanging

Last week I took a break from working on the 2017 - 2018 programs for our DAR meetings and started working on this "bench pillow" by Kimberbell Designs.  I was motivated by July coming soon and I wanted this displayed before the holiday.  I waffled on keeping it as a pillow cover but still hanging it on the wall but for some reason I just can't bring myself to think of using it as a bench pillow.  I think it will take up the seat and people won't sit there or my family will use it and it will end up dirty and perhaps oily if they sleep on it.  I know, I know, it is washable but it is hard to get out oil stains from skin/hair on lighter fabrics.
I called my husband at work Monday afternoon and suggested he may want to come home.  Probably should have started that differently as his mind probably thought something was wrong with his mother.  I quickly told him the wall hanging was done, I just needed to buy the curtain rod and I knew he would be anxious to hang it up.  I ended the call letting him know that I would understand if he came home from work early.  I picked up the curtain rod when I went to pick up one of our daughter's friends. Good man that he is, he changed after work and began measuring to install the curtain rod above the door.
Kimberbell has 13 different bench pillow designs.  I plan to make 11 of them.  Maybe I'll make the 12th but I don't view it as something of much use here.  The one I'm considering skipping has 2 snowmen and a penguin on the cover.  We don't get snow too frequently and if we do, it is gone by noon.  I won't be making the "Canada" one either.  I do love how cheery they are.  Our living room is open to the atrium, well there are arches, but if you are seated in the recliner or on one section of the couch, you can see it hanging happily above the door.  Love it!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cool Treats

 I copied this card from Kim Williams of kjoyink as well.  Super cute!  What is different about this card is that the greeting peeks through the gap on the front of the card.  I couldn't get a decent picture without my fingers holding down the flaps. haha  I love that the inside of the card is as fun as the outside.  The sundae on top is perfect right down to the shiny silver spoon!

The Pool Party base was cut to 7-3/4 x 5-1/2" and then scored at 1-3/4" and 6".  The white strip on each flap was cut to 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" and the DP was cut to 1-1/4" x 5".  On her card, she used the stitched framelits.  I don't have those so I made do with what I did have to recreate her card.  The stitched framelits may have to go on a wish list for me as I've had to improvise several times in the past few weeks.

Stamps: Cool Treats

CS:  Pool Party, WW, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Chocolate Chip, Silver, Pear Pizzazz (stem), Tasty Treats DP

Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip

Misc.: 2-1/4" circle punch, paper piercing, frozen treats framelits

Monday, June 26, 2017

Cool Treats

I copied this sweet card from Kim Williams.  I love the "sprinkles" on top of the cone!

Stamps: Cool Treats

CS: WW, Pool Party, Peakaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Crumb Cake, Tasty Treats DP

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Misc.: Frozen Treats framelits, Sprinkles embellishments

Friday, June 23, 2017

Cool Treats

Stamps:  Cool Treats

Framelit:  Frozen Treats

CS:  WW, Pear Pizzazz, Watermelon Wonder

Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip

Misc.:  Dimensionals

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cool Treats

I came across this card on Pinterest from Libby Stamps.  Love the cones and the splatters.

Stamps:  Cool Treats, Swirly Bird

CS: VV, Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake

Ink: Crumb Cake, Peekaboo Peach, Dapper Denim

Misc.: Frozen Treats Framelits

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Daisy Delight

Stamps: Daisy Delight

CS:  Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, WW

Ink: Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight

Misc.: Silver thread, rhinestones, crochet trim, colored pencils, piercing tool, Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Daisy Delight

Stamps:  Daisy Delight, Hardwood

CS: WW, Old Olive

Ink:  Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Pacific Point

Misc.: Daisy Punch, Natural Chevron Ribbon

Monday, June 19, 2017

Daisy Delight

Stamps:  Daisy Delight, Tin of Cards


Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, VersaMark

Misc.: Gold EP, Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trek Quilts

Several months ago I started working on the top quilt.  Things were pretty busy around here and it took me about 2 months to complete.  Both quilts are a Missouri Star quilt.  I can't think of the name of the second quilt right now.  The top one has a video tutorial HERE.  It is called Pinwheels on Point with Fence Rail.
The center block on this "orange" quilt is from the Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt.  The block is 36" finished.  I had started the top one before I was told that the quilts should incorporate the color assigned to the trek family.  The top family had beige so I used a beige inner border to use their color.  For the orange family I was able to use it as a focus on the main block and throughout 90% of the blocks on the quilt.
Both quilts measure 105.5" x 105.5".  Trying to keep costs down on these quilts I used scrap fabric and I bought over-sized flat king sheets for $15 each for the backing.  

I'm not a scrappy quilter but I do like how these turned out.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Scratch Board

This is simply a brag on my daughter.  The image on the right is a picture.  She used scratchboard to create the cat on the left.  I think it is the spiffiest thing I've seen in a while.  She has some serious talent with drawing, painting, colors, etc.  Just wanted to share.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Wall Hanging

I took an applique class at the end of January at the local quilt shop.  I want to make wall hangings for an area of the living room that has a lot of wall space.  I decided to make a Valentine wall hanging.  Things have been busy because I've been preparing a presentation but I decided to take a break and work on this.  I spent a week on this and it moved along swiftly in the beginning.  I thought I would have it done quickly.  Then came the applique part.  Preparing the pieces and stitching.  (I did the stitching after this picture.)  I seriously entertained not bothering with the heart border.  In the end, I'm glad I did it.  The funny part is, I didn't finish it until tonight.  I sewed on the sleeve on the back and had it hanging before I made dinner.  It is done.  I appliqued!  That class was worth it!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Saturday Sampler

The 36" block on top, that is the one that I had so much trouble with the cutting.  I was so frustrated with myself.  This is two months of blocks.  My goal is to do the month we are supposed to and one month that I'm catching up on.  I should be caught up in March.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Saturday Sampler

 At the end of December when the rush the holidays bring was settling down I finally looked to see what stamp stores are near me.  I looked at the website of the one that is closest to me and saw that they have a Saturday Sampler.  There was 20 minutes before they closed so I rushed over and inquired about it.  It turns out that this started back in October but someone had dropped so they had room for me.  I signed up then and there and went back Dec. 30th to pick up 3 months of fabric.

Let me tell you a couple of things about this.  I had agreed to sign up before I even knew what they were doing.  Part of this was I want to meet more people in the area.  I want to know the workers at the quilt shop that will hopefully be the one I frequent most.  I asked to see what we were making after I signed up and I wasn't excited. This is a modern quilt, I tend to lean toward traditional.  It is all solid fabrics.  I like prints.  I left thinking if nothing else, my kids will have a new quilt to cuddle under while they watch TV.

The first block I tried is ginormous!  It is 36".  I cut the fabric wrong and had to go to the shop to buy more.  They were gracious enough to cut me some slack and they gave me what I needed.  I don't make measurement errors when it comes to quilting.  If I've ever had to re-cut a piece it is because my ruler slipped and I didn't get a straight line.  I've bought boo boo kits for quilts and never needed them.  I came back home and kept working and don't you know I messed up again.  Gah!  I'm going to have to buy some fabric and you'll see that block this month.

The blocks above are what I need to have done to get my next 4 blocks of fabric.

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