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November Wall Hanging

I forgot to share the wall hanging I put together for November.  It seemed appropriate for Thanksgiving Day.  I really like the braided border on the top and bottom of the wall hanging.


Cleaning Silver

When my mother-in-law moved into her apartment she decided to donate these items because she didn't have room for them in her new place.
The items were tarnished and I thought it would take a lot of effort to get them clean. I wish I took pictures of the actual procedure but I did take before and after pictures.

I used 9x13 pans and a regular pot that I was heating water in. I lined all of the pans with aluminum foil, shiny side up.  I even lined one of the pots that I boiled water in to clean smaller pieces in.

Whatever container you use, adjust the measurement based on the amount of water you use.

1T baking soda
1T salt
2C very hot water (I boiled mine)

Stir to combine and put your silver pieces in.  The silver needs to be touching the aluminum foil for this to work.

Rinse well to prevent pitting and dry with a towel.
The picture above and below were taken after they were cleaned.  I have to say that the dirtier pieces caused the water to smell but it was kind of nifty to see h…

Wise Men from Afar

Another card I saw on Pinterest.  I didn't go to the site because it is simple enough that a picture will do.  I think it is a classy card for the Wise Men.  The site attached to the picture belonged to Jennifer Brum.

Stamps:  Wise Men from Afar
Ink:  VersaMark
CS:  Basic Black, WW, Gold Foil
Misc.: Gold embossing powder

Bells and Boughs

The color isn't the best on this photo.  I saved a card VERY similar to this several years ago on Pinterest and I finally made it.  I'm working on using up some old Christmas designer series paper. 
Stamps:  Bells and Boughs, Greetings of the Season CS:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, DP, Silver Glitter Paper Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Folders: Stripes, Designer Frames

Wise Men from Afar

A rather simple looking card, but then the birth of our Savior was simple as well.  The base for this card is white.  I covered the base with the gold.  To cut the Night of Navy cardstock, mark the left side at 1/4" and 3/4".  On the right, mark at 3-1/2".  Most measure from the top down, I measured from the bottom up for that measurement.  I wanted more of the gold paper to show.  The bottom right corner I made a mark at 1/4".

On the inside I gold embossed the star and stamped the sentiment in black.

Stamps: Wise Men from Afar
CS: WW, Gold, Night of Navy
Ink: VersaMark, Tuxedo Black
Markers: Pink Pirouette, Hello Honey, Elegant Eggplant, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Delightful Dijon, Marina Mist
Embossing Powder: White, Gold

Painted Harvest

I needed a quick thank you card.  This turned out to not be as quick with the fussy cutting of the flower and leaves.  A nice card for this time of year.  I really like the wood textures DP.  My mantle is so full with fall decorations it was hard to find a spot with enough room for this card. haha
Stamps:  Painted Harvest CS: Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures DP Ink: Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Cajun Craze

September Paper Pumpkin

I'm not one to use pillow boxes but I loved that the paper for the box because it was embossed.  It made for a lovely backing on the card below.  I always need thank you cards in the fall and was delighted to be able to use the kit for the that.

Boo Wall Hanging

A few of the things that make you think of Halloween.  I love the candy corn "flowers".  I appliqued the Boo letters with orange.  I really like the pop of color rather than just plain black.  The black cat with the moon behind on the "O" is too cute, too!

Baby Shower

September was a busy month for me.  It was as if October, November, & December were combined in one as far as busyness goes.  One happy event was a baby shower I had for a new mother.  I knew her the last time we lived in Albuquerque and she was a teenager then.

My girls took a few pictures for me to help me remember what we did.  The food wasn't all out when they took the pictures but that is okay.  I felt bad that most of the food was store bought.  I would have preferred for it to be homemade but time did not allow for that. 
I would have liked to have streamers go the width of the table but it was rather frustrating because the crepe paper had a mind of its own.  This is as much as I got up before I called it good. haha
I love balloons.  I think they make it so much more festive.  I had two dozen balloons and half a dozen mylar balloons in the atrium, living room and dining room.
I hung a clothes line with the clothes I bought for Alison.  I thought it would add to the d…

Welcome Autumn Wall Hanging

Another beautiful wall hanging that I enjoyed seeing about our door.  The letters on the burlap are attached to the twine.  The ends of the twine are tacked onto the wall hanging.  It didn't get to hang too long before the one for Halloween went up.

Home Sweet Home Wall Hanging

I made this wall hanging in July and hung it for August.  I'm going to use it again for January because I'm not into having 2 snowmen and a penguin above my door.  I'm sure I would feel differently if I had little ones or I actually lived where the snow stuck around for more than a few hours.

The wall hanging itself I think is adorable.  My favorite section is the beehive with the bee buttons "flying" by the hive.  The "Home Sweet Home" is loose and hangs on the button. 

I need to come up with a better way of storing these wall hangings. than carefully folding them.  I would like to leave them laid out flat, I just need a container for that.

This next picture of the Bloc-Loc I had to share because this is the BEST tool to have for half square triangles.  It makes squaring up go so much faster.  I've had several projects, one with many squares and these make it go so much faster to square up and move on to the next step.  I was told you could use ta…

Christmas in July

Fall of 2015 I saw a picture of "quilted" Christmas trees on Craftsy.  I saved the project and the fabric requirements.  The instructions list a youtube video that is no longer available.  With the information I had, I figured out how to make these trees.

Sometime around the time that I saw the idea on Craftsy, I bought the styrofoam trees with the intention of making it.  I bought fabric for it last year but still didn't get them made for Christmas.  I've had it on my "to do" list all month.  My reasoning is that I have more time now than I will in November.

Surprisingly, It took me about 5-6 hours to make these two trees.  I didn't think it would take so long.  The taller tree has a 4" base and is 12" tall.  The smaller tree has a 3-1/2" base and is 9" tall.

The trees are made with 2-1/2" squares of fabric that are folded in half diagonally, pressed and then folded in half again and pressed, making a smaller triangle.  I'…

Turkey Talk

I don't have a lot of decorations for Thanksgiving.  I usually stick with the fall leaves and pumpkins.  I have a stuffed fabric turkey and some pilgrims and Indians someone gave me as a gift years ago.  I thought it would be nice to add something to my Thanksgiving stash.

Like the other projects I shared this week, I painted the wood pieces first and then I cut the paper and mod podged it on.  I must admit, I wish I had some sort of a template for the leaves.  I could have made one but I didn't take the time.  In some ways I wish I'd taken the time but I'm okay with how it turned out.  Honestly, no one is going to sit and stare at the turkey feathers and think, "ooh that one needs to have more of a curve."  Well, you might now that I pointed it out. haha.


I did this the same way as the "family" letters.  I traced the blocks onto paper, cut it out and mod podged onto the wood blocks after painting them.  I like the paper for these blocks.  The black paper is soft and fuzzy.  Down side is it picks up lint like crazy. haha The pumpkin is sparkly chevron paper and a wood grain for the stem.  The ghost is white paper with gold sprinkles all over it.  This will be a fun decoration for October!


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.

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.…

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:  Wate…

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

Cool Treats

Stamps:  Cool Treats

Framelit:  Frozen Treats

CS:  WW, Pear Pizzazz, Watermelon Wonder

Ink:  Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip

Misc.:  Dimensionals

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

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

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

Daisy Delight

Stamps:  Daisy Delight, Tin of Cards


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

Misc.: Gold EP, Dimensionals

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…

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.

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!

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.

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 q…