Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Not a Crafty Post

My house blog is gasping for breath. So, for those of you that don't like gardens I am sparing you the trouble. For those that do...... 
Click on the mushroom!

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Little Charm Quilt

The other day Jess said, "We should make some stroller quilts."
Then she made three.
With appliqué.
I managed to eek out one in twice the time!
 My challenge was to use fabric I had, and I did. Even down to the batting. Of course it's tiny, 35 x 35, so I'm not sure it should really count as fabric out...
Michael Miller Pod Pozy charm pack.
 Kaufman Kona chocolate border.
 Michael Miller Ta-Dot for the binding and back.
Sorry about the not so artistic sun spots. I wasn't in the mood for a do over. 
Next up is my gratuitous baby shot. Avert your eyes if you are tired of these........
Trying to capture golden baby lashes on a wiggly boy.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

And The Winner Is!

Oops! Is it Saturday already?

Thanks so much  for all of the lovely comments!! I truly appreciate the time you take to leave them for me. I love knowing what all of you think, and it's nice to know that I'm not the only one that is jazzed about seeing my name in print. 

So without further ado................. 

the random number generator chose,
In between working and trying to have some fun, I've managed to restock my shop. Take a look and tell me what you think!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Reversible Bucket Hat

After seeing Jen's version for her daughter, I thought I needed this book.... When Jess commented that this was the hat she wanted for the little guy, I bought it. It was delivered two days later and I made the first version that night. That night, three (or four?) weeks ago.... I'm a bit slow with my show and tell....
 I'm so silly, I photographed it on him sideways. Part of the problem is, he's not really enjoying the wearing of the hat. He didn't mind it so much at first. Then he decided it was a great chew toy. I'm not sure he is aware that the hat will keep the sun out of his eyes. We'll have to have another conversation about it.
 The pattern is quick and fairly easy. I did not hand sew the crown as suggested in the pattern. I so do not have enough time right now. I just top stitched them together and it works fine. My machine needs to be cleaned desperately and I obviously need to adjust my tension....
 Brinkley loves to hang out for a bit, letting our chunky monkey practice his petting technique. Thankfully he is a gentle, patient dog and doesn't mind the baby kung-fu grip too much.

Thanks so much for all of the really nice comments on my last post! It is really nice to have people out there thinking good thoughts about the little things I like to do. I realized that I may have been clear about the giveaway....... I am giving away one of my copies of the magazine. There is still time to go and make a comment.
See ya in a couple of days!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Well, This Was A Fun Surprise....

I got a box in the mail this evening, after coming home from work. I couldn't figure out for the life of me what it was. Jess was here and I was cooking so I told her to open it. When she pulled out three magazines wrapped in plastic I was all, huh?? See, I'd forgotten all about it. I was asked, but not chosen after all. I thought oh well, it was nice to be asked...... Moo. (she said with sadness) Then tonight happened, three magazines arrived, I jumped up and down and hugged Jess. My eyes got teary but I wasn't crying,  I have a cold or sinusitis or something going on.
 K, maybe I cried a little.
 Tell me you would too. Even over something so very small and so very silly. 
 Yes, that's me! The sweet and simple key fobs...... Something I made out of necessity, to make it easier to carry my house key while walking my dog. Then I found that it worked wonderfully to clasp my keys to a ring on my purse so I never loose them in the abyss. I sent a selection of eight and these are the three they used. (Recognize some fabric Katelyn?)
Jess and I looked through the issue and found several very cute ideas that had me wishing I didn't have desperately hungry people waiting to be fed. A lot of the projects are quick like mine, most are far more clever than mine... seriously.... I could have squeezed in a quick key fob, my MIL needs one... but hungry people are nothin to mess with. The food did take a bit longer,it's hard to cook while happy dancing.

Would you like one? I'm giving one away. So comment if you'd like a chance. Anyone commenting on this post, before next Thursday, Midnight, EST will be entered. I'll announce the winner Friday.
Now happy dance with the dorky girl!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

When Work is Fun

A few weeks ago a friend asked if I would make her a purse. She wanted a duplicate of a purse she'd worn out.  I told her to bring me her fabrics and I'd get started. For the outside she found a light canvas in colors she loves and for the inside she had an old dress of her grandmother's. As close as she could figure, it was about 75 years old and well worn. She couldn't wear it and wanted to have this tangible piece of her grandmother with her daily.  She remembers her grandmother wearing it being told it was made from flour sack fabric. It was interesting working with something that had been made by another seamstress so long ago.

I really enjoyed making this set. I hope she enjoys using it!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

First Vegie

Sorry I haven't shared much lately....
Thought you might like to see the first fruit vegie of my labor. 
It was everything a radish should be. Smooth, crisp, a bit spicy with a lovely pepper finish. 

Back a few weeks ago while some of this work was being done, Micah was over it and napped. When I checked on him I almost laughed out loud. 
This boy is so funny.

I'll be sharing my radish post over on sidewalk shoes's Garden Tuesday.