Showing posts from March, 2011

Jelly Bean Topiary's

Now I don't normally decorate for Holiday's other than Halloween and Christmas. However, my friend Heather shared a blog (My Garden of Eden) that had these adorable Jelly Bean Topiary's that I knew I had to make. I also had all the supplies on hand, except the jelly beans, which helped make the decision easier.

Before, I show you the topiary's though, I should warn you I learned a few things that they did not point out.

First, when working with hot glue, it is best not to do it in front of you child(ren) if you are going to let slip bad words when you burn your finger. Needless to say, Simon learned one or two words when I was working on them and I decided to put them away until after bedtime!

Second, you really do need lot's of jelly beans. I had to make 3 store runs. You, your children, spouse and animals will eat more than you think. Also, the bag's do not have an equal number of each color. I of course took out all the black, but there were more reds and …

Rag Quilt Tutorial

I found my new favorite quick gift idea, rag quilts. Thanks to my friend Kristen for introducing me to these in December. So far I have made one for my mother-in-law for Christmas and 2 baby rag quilts for shower gifts. They are easy to make and only take a few hours.

I have had a few people ask how to make them, so I am including instructions so you can create your own beautiful rag quilts.

For a baby quilt, you will use six different fabrics in the following yardage:
1 1/4 yard of focus fabric1/4 yard of 4 different coordinating fabrics1 1/2 yard of solid color fabric for the middle layer. Do not pre-wash your fabric. You will wash it after the quilt is complete .

Here is the fabric I used. The cream fabric is the inner layer for my quilt.

First, you will cut 6" blocks from all fabric. You need 84 blocks from your focus fabric and coordinating fabric and 42 blocks for the middle layer (your solid 1 1/2 yards of fabric).

After you cut all your 6" blocks you will begin to …

Card Classes are here!

I am starting card making classes in my home. I have scheduled a general card class, a kid birthday card class and Mother's Day and Father's Day card classes. The price includes adhesive so all you need to do is sing up and show up and you will go home with either a great gift or some great cards for yourself to send to friends and family.

I am not a consultant so there will be no pressure to purchase anything, I am just covering the cost of the products.

Here are a few more cards that we will also make:

Most of the cards can be tailored to whatever style you like, such as all Thank You, all Birthday, all Friendship etc.
Space is limited sign up today. 

Baby Boom!

Lately there has been a baby boom with people I know. I have been productive though and gotten 3 baby quilts made in the past six weeks!

The first is a small rag quilt for a cute little February baby girl, that thanks to my friend Kristen, I have fallen in love with making them.

The next quilt I finished was another rag quilt for my soon to be nephew:

Finally, I used fabric from my stash to make a Brick Road quilt from an old Fons & Porter magazine I have for a beautiful new baby girl:

I will say I am baby quilted out now and so hope to get working on some other quilt projects!

I Believe in Santa...

Bo Bunny is one of my favorite lines of paper. I follow their blog and try to participate in at least one challenge a week. One of last week's challenge was "Catchy Titles". I had the perfect Christmas paper from their "'Tis The Season" line waiting to be used. I thought it was perfect for this year's visit with Santa. I also used the new "Holly Jolly" Cricut Cartridge that I picked up on Black Friday for the stocking and present. The stocking is Fun Flocked with Close to My Heart Flock. The letters,brads and paper are all from the same Bo Bunny "'Tis The Season" line.

Bo Bunny Sketch Challenge

This past Friday Bo Bunny posted this sketch for their sketch challenge:

Using the Bo Bunny Grease Monkey Collection I created a Halloween layout.

My Crafter's ADD Continues

I really was trying to hard to stay focused this year and finish projects before the last minute and not bounce from project to project. However, I think I need to learn to embrace my Crafter' ADD instead of fighting it. I spent Thursday during pre-school cleaning my craft room and organizing my current projects. I then avoided the room yesterday as it was just too much for me to take! This morning when I walked into my craft room I saw the numerous half finished craft projects calling my name.

I have a baby quilt that needs to be quilted and bound by next weekend. A rag quilt (tutorial to follow) that needs to be finished by next weekend, an apron I am working on and quilt blocks for a mystery quilt that needs to be finished by next Friday. I have paper and pictures for a LO to complete for a challenge this weekend and I also need to 2 baby shower cards and a birthday card for next weekend.
I have given up all hope on getting any St. Patrick's Day cards made and instead will …

Pay it Forward Gift

In January on Facebook, a Pay it Forward went around where you replied to someones post that you wanted a handmade item and in return you would make 5 handmade items for the first 5 people that responded to your post.

I had 5 friends respond, 3 of whom I have only met on-line. The first 2 I sent card packs too, but forgot to take pictures! This table runner goes to the third friend who lives in Canada. I still have 2 gifts to go, but promise to get them done soon!

This is from the Lucky Stars pattern by Atkinson designs. This is a fun, simple block that I have made in table runners and lap quilts.

Card Workshops On Your Schedule

In the era of the Internet, e-mail and social media sending a small touch of kindness in the way of a card is starting to disappear. I am trying to keep the tradition alive by helping people create beautiful cards. What better way to say Thank You to a neighbor, Happy Birthday to a co-worker or Get Well to a friend then by sending them a card made with love. If you are looking for something new to do at a girl’s night/day out, Bible Study, Co-workers, an older girl’s birthday party, Camp Fire Club, Girl Scout Troop, Youth Group, or any other group of friends let me come help you create handmade greeting cards. I can also do mini-workshops during your lunch hour at your work place with you and your co-workers creating 4 or 5 cards at a discounted rate. This is for the Spokane area! With a minimum of 5 friends, I will bring the supplies you need to make 8-10 fabulous greeting cards for one low price. All you have to provide is the space. I can custom tailor the cards to any theme you wan…