Saturday, May 28, 2011

4th of July Pinwheels

It certainly does not feel like summer yet or even that June is approaching, but if I wait for summer it will be to late to decorate for it! Also, my poor little table under the TV was looking naked since the Jelly Bean Toparies have been put away.

I used the Fanfare collection from Close to My Heart to make these patriotic pinwheels and flowers. The pinwheels are made from 6" square paper and you make an "X" on them from corner to corner. You then cut along the "X" until you get approximately 1/2" away from the center. Once that is done you punch a small hole in every other corner of the square and then you fold those into the center to create a pinwheel. I used corresponding brads, but you could also use buttons and glue dots.

I added 3 circle flowers also to give it a little more dimension.

If you live in the Spokane area, I will be teaching this class on Thursday June 16th from 6-8pm. E-mail me to register.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Table Runner-Moroccan Pattern

After years of thinking about it our family finally upgraded to a flat screen TV. I will say it is much cooler than I ever imagined! However, that meant our entertainment center went away and we brought in a small shelf to put underneath the TV for the electronics and toys. The top of it was crying to be covered with a table runner so I went through my scrap bag and pulled some fabric out to make 3 blocks from a Moroccan Tile quilt pattern that I found in an old issue of Fons & Porter magazine.

The table runner took much longer to put together than I thought and although I would never do a complete quilt with this pattern, I am happy with how the table runner turned out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

June Class Schedule

Wed. June 8th-Cricut 101. 6-8pm
Argonne Library. Cost $5. Bring your cricut, mat, blade and note taking supplies. Paper provided.

Thurs. June 16th-4th of July Pinwheels. 6:30-8:30 pm. Make some great pinwheels for your 4th of July party. Cost $5*

Wed. June 22nd-Mini Cards. 6-8:30 pm Create 15 3x3 cards that are perfect to add for a birthday party, shower gifts, etc. Cost $8*

Mon. June 27th-Card Workshop. Create 10 beautiful all occasion cards. North Spokane Library 6-9 cost $15**.

SAVE THE DATE: July 25th-Christmas in July workshop.

*Free with $25 CTMH purchase
**Free with $50 CTMH purchase
All workshops at my home unless noted.

New Year Resolutions

I cannot believe June is almost here. I decided since we are 5 months into 2011 it would be a good time to look back at my New Year's Resolutions and see how I am doing. I can tell without looking, not so good!

I did start a blog, but since I am not accomplishing a lot it has not been updated in awhile. Which leads to controlling my Crafter's ADD, which is still out of control. I have had the same picnic blanket on my quilt design wall for 3 months now, have a table runner that just needs the binding sewn on, still 18 months behind on our family scrapbook and am prepping for card classes up until people arrive and I still have not started summer decorations for the house.

Every year many of us put working out/loosing weight or the like on our list. This is one think I have actually accomplished. Thanks to a fabulous Zumba/TRX instructor I have been working out regularly since March and fit into shorts that have not seen the light of day since before Simon was born!

Other personal resolutions I had were to spend more time nurturing my friendships, find something that I enjoy doing that helps me grow as an individual, more girl's night outs and have more date nights with my fabulous husband. I have seriously failed at all of these things. However, that stops today!

I am going to spend less time on Facebook/Internet, more time calling friends and finding out how they are doing, scheduling more play dates, join a bible study and definitely plan some fun summer date nights for my husband.

One thing that I have done that was not a New Year's resolution was I began teaching card classes and sharing my passion for paper crafting and sending out personal touches to people. My classes have been fun and successful so this month I decided to join Close to My Heart to continue sharing my passion for paper crafting. A good side benefit of this is I will be forced to quit procrastinating and may actually get caught up on our family scrapbook's since I will need to show you all the fabulous ways to use Close To My Heart products.

Stay tuned to see how I do the next six months at meeting my resolutions and for some great blog candy.