Sunday, November 30, 2008

Silly Kids!!

I don't know about you but my kids are a constant source of amusement. Some of these things amuse me and not others..this may be one of those situations. I will share anyways. My daughter Sophia slid a mailing box over her head a few weeks ago and walked up to my husband telling him "I robot, I robot", in a robotic voice. He decided to cut arm holes for her. Last night she walked up to me and was wearing this saying "I robot, I robot". She really has a great sense of humor silly. She is a mini me, as I am easily amused :0) Pleas excuse the mess in the background, she is "The master of disaster" as we call her. That is actually a nickname my uncles gave me when I was!

This morning she put on this plastic pitcher as a had and proceeded to tell me that she was an astronaut, then ran away screaming "Blast off!!!!!".

My sweet Devi wanted in on the picture taking..he's such a sweetie. He too has many comical moments. Most of which need to be recorded by video. He is always singing and dancing. The kid has a million favorite songs. Just when I am getting frustrated he has a habit of saying something hilarious...Gosh, I love my kids! They have great personalities.

Just so you know I try not to take too many pics of Devi. He has several bald spots in his hair caused by intense scratching from his Eczema. We've been waiting about a year for it to grow back :( Hopefully it will soon. It's been a SLOW process.

Thanks for letting me share my silly kiddos with you. Believe me there will be more!

Sunday Stash!!

It's Sunday again already. That means it's the day to share a little bit of my fabric stash :0) Today I chose a few fabrics that won't be in my stash for much longer. I will be making Market Tote bags out of them. I found the tutorial over at Film in the Fridge's blog. HERE is the link to the Market Tote Tutorial. Now for the fabrics.......

From Left to right: Green Floral print I picked up a bit ago at Joann's Fabric, Heather Bailey's Dotted Paisley in Peach(the first 2 will be paired together), Heather Bailey's Large Peonies, and again Heather Bailey fabric called Peonies in pink. I will pair the last two with a pink linen like fabric. I will post again with a finished product!

I have to say Heather Bailey is my fave, well one of the top 5. Can you tell by my stash post?! I am very drawn to bright fun colors. Heather Bailey's fabrics definitely fit the build :0)

Anyhow, it happens to be a rainy Sunday here.....Perfect day to sew and get thing done around the house. I have a week to fully prepare for my first craft fair. I have a ton of tissue covers made, totes cut and needing sewn, and a bunch of other items I'd like to get done. I already have a variety of purses sewn up, I just need to slip stitch their linings closed. Here are 12 of the 20 tissue covers. I will be giving some away as X-mas gifts. You can find links to make these HERE and HERE. Super easy project. I got the tissues at the Dollar Tree, Pack of 6 for $1.00. Thanks to Abbie telling me about them :0)

I have however finished my first order and wanted to share the final product. Here are 4 of the 25 change purses I made.

I have a second order from my step mom which includes 6 tote bags with the vintage skater print. I have completed 2...well I still have to top stitch them. I had to order more of that particular fabric. It arrived Friday, so now I can complete them all. Take a peak!

I used a Moda Tote bag pattern I got from a quit show. It was $2.50. It is also the first pattern I had ever sewn. I did tweak it a little. The handles were just sewn onto the lining at the end and you could see the stitched box with X on the outer part of the bag. I did not like that too much so I hid the end of the handles. It looks so much nicer. This is a good sized tote too. I lengthened the handles per my Step mom's request.

OK apparently I have a ton to get done so I am off to the sewing machine. I will post again with some finished goodies to share with you all. Enjoy your Sunday!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Fabric is a girls best friend.....

Forget diamonds, fabric is a girls best friend! OK so really I am just speaking for myself, and I do still like diamonds. I wanted to share some items I have around my this cute owl print. I purchased this for a gift for my sisters close friend Cindy. My sister has had a bunch of medical issues lately and just got out of the hospital. While in the hospital her friend came and spent most of the day, and even stayed with her a few nights because my mom could not. Cindy LOVES owls, so I decided I would make her some goodies for Christmas for being such a good friend to my sister. I am thinking of this Pattern HERE. I am toying with the idea of lining it with Muslin....We shall see I like to change my mind frequently.

Here are some recent pattern purchases. They are by Jess Goldman from Bananafana. They are the My Pennie Purse, and The Brooke Bag. Check out her blog she has some really great patterns for skirts, and quilts too.

Last but not least I wanted to share more of my quilt block for my first quilt. I have a lot more to do. I really enjoy making them...

I have had several more custom orders..YAY!! so I have been working on those. Along with Gifts I am giving this season, and craft fair goods. Oops, and gifts for my swap partners..I have 2 done. Needless to say i have been and will be a busy little bee the next few weeks. Hopefully I will buzz through all of the things I have to and want to get done. Wish me luck!

Sewing Supply Raid!!

Yesterday I spent the day with my in laws. My mother in law is a avid seamstress. She is also the yard sale queen. That said she has tons and tons of fabric and other sewing supplies. Now when we go over there I come home with free goodies :0) Above was a fitting Thanksgiving day find. Don't ya think? It's fleece with Indian print. I thought it would be perfect for a little boys coloring's big enough for 3 of them. Can you say craft fair?

Next were the zippers I took a handful of them in several colors. I love free stuff :0)

Embroidery thread, and some bobbins. You can never have enough bobbins. Look at the pretty colors...ooohhhhh!!

Here is some Ric-rac. I am making some ornaments for my up coming craft fair and needed Ric-rac. Needless to say I was very excited about this find.

Lastly, Bias tape and Boutache Braid. I also raided her fabric room...yes a full room dedicated to her fabric stash, and had a stack of fabric to bring home which I forgot. Who forgets to bring fabric home?? Sheesh! I also had a stack from the previous visit sitting right next to it because I forgot the last time too... Really I'll be honest I feel kind of bad taking her stuff. Even though she's all about it and doesn't mind. I don't know I just feel like I am taking advantage. I do not want her to feel that way as well.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!!

Hello fellow Bloggers :0) I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Turkey Day!! Enjoy your day with the company of family, friends, and pets(if you have them). I just love the holiday season. As great as it is, it is also a time in which we think of those who are no longer with us. My step-father, the man who raised me passed suddenly on Father's Day 2007. This time of year is still hard for our family because he is no longer with us. But, I am thankful for the fact that our relationship was somewhat mended before he passed. That I got to see him try and become a better father, husband, grandfather, and man in general. Sometimes we are not the best of people, nor do we make the best decisions. What matters is if we strive to be a better person, and strive to do the right thing in the end. I feel like I saw this change in my dad...I am thankful that I can remember that side of him. I am also thankful for my husband, and children. My son has severe food and allergies, eczema, and asthma. These factors land him in the hospital 1-2 times a year. I am thankful that these issues are nothing more, as it could be worse...Aside from his constant itchiness he is a wonderful, fun loving, sweet little boy.
I am thankful for my daughter being a happy, funny, healthy little girl. I do wish however that she would sleep in her own bed, and quit nursing completely(she's 2-1/2).
I am also thankful for my husband and myself being happy and healthy. That we still Love each other even though we have seen some really hard times together. We are still together and work very hard to stay that way. Let's face it not all relationships are a cake walk, and all take lots of work and effort.

OK that is what I am thankful for..sorry for anything remotely depressing. I am very thankful for each and every day I am here. As everyone else should be too. Again Happy Turkey Day!! Enjoy and eats lots of good food!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Stash

I am participating in The Sunday Stash Group. The title is pretty self explanatory, every Sunday you pick a bit of you stash to share. My stash is not huge, so when I start to run out of stash to share I will have an excuse to buy MORE!! To get get further details about "Sunday Stash" you can visit 1/4 of an inch blog. Come on it will be fun!

Here is a peak into my stash. Today I am sharing 3 fabrics I think look fabulous together..I'm having a hard time deciding what to make with them...Frankly I don't want to cut into them. I'm content just looking at them :0)

From Left to Right: Heather Ross Lightning Bug Dots in Olive; Heather Bailey Tiled Primrose in Red; and lastly my fave Kokka Dragonflies in Brown.

I love Japanese Import fabrics..absolutely adorable. I just wish they were a little less expensive :0( I be buying in moderation due to that fact.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Yummy Goodness on a Cold Day!!

Well now that it has gotten COLD, I have been craving the ultimate comfort food...Broccoli Cheddar Soup. I love Panera because of their soup and the fact that it comes in a bread bowl. Mmmm...carbs! Anyways, I decided that is high time for me to make it myself. Mainly because it is more cost effective(I'm all about saving some $$). SO I got all my ingredients which included bread for the bread bowls, and made it :0) It was so good!!!! Not to mention a good amount of soup. Plenty for leftovers. Maybe I'll even freeze a little......

Here is the LINK to the recipe I used. I suggest using fresh ingredients where possible. One of the reviewers suggested the same. I used Mini Sourdough Boules for my bread bowls. I got them at Walmart. They came in packs of 2 and were only $2.50. Definitely worth a try on a COLD day. Just so you know it keeps flurrying here....I really hate the cold. I'll take the beach any day..thanks! If you decide to try this recipe out or have another one to share let me know.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Let's Add Another Giveaway to the Mix!!

I swear the giveaways are endless. I feel like my blog is dedicated to informing others about all the awesome giveaways that come about. That said head over to Film in the Fridge's blog. She is hosting a giveaway and there are several goodies up for grabs for one lucky winner. Here is the list: 2 Handmade Potholders, Set of 6 Napkins, 2 reusable Produce bags, and a whole lotta fabric scraps. What a great prize package. Click HERE, and enter to win on her blog.

First Quilt Blocks!!

I have officially finished my first two quilt blocks. Let me tell ya, I am so excited!! I cannot wait to keep making more. The anticipation of what the final product will be is just awesome. I feel like a kid in a candy store ;0) I am using Urban Chicks1974 line fabric. A jelly roll, and charm pack. I absolutely LOVE this fabric!! I'm addicted to making these blocks, and have already paired all the pieces of each one. So they are ready to sew...Hopefully tonight will be an early bedtime for the kiddies. That way I can get sewing. Aren't they cute?!

I am supposed to be working on the 25 wallets for my step mother. But I am more interested in working on my first quilt...ADD, I know. I have cut, sewn, and turned all 25 wallet pieces. I have to press, add loop, split ring, fold, and stitch them. Then lastly I will add a cute little snap and they will be done. I'm really in no rush, as I was told not to be in one. You only have to tell me once..HA! I'll get them done before the weekend is over I'm sure. Here's what I have thus far...

This is a picture of what the finished wallet should look like. But with cute ice skater fabrics.
I purchased the PDF Pattern off of Etsy. I love PDF patterns because you get them way quicker than paper form. For those of us who have no patience what so ever.....HERE is the link.

By the way, I know my camera really stinks. But it's what I got. I guess it could be worse, and I could be camera-less...*Gasp* I know, I know who would ever want to think such a thing!

Scraps Galore!!

I have received some scraps form my Happy Scrap Swap Partners. Oh what to make, what to make!! I had so many ideas I'm drawing a blank. I'd like to make something useful for my partners. Not just something that they will put aside and never think twice about. Any ideas? There is a mix of more modern bright fabrics, and others with a more vintage feel. I'm not quite sure how to tie them together. Here are some of the ideas I have tossed around....Bookmarks, magenents, tissue cozy, coffee cup cozy. The decision is that much harder due to the fact that I am making something for a complete stranger. I have no clue what they like, or don't for that mater. Any and every idea is greatly appreciated..Thanks!

In the meantime check out my glorious scrap pile :0)

Melly and Me Giveaway!!

Go check out Melly and Me's blog page. They are having a giveaway! There will be 2 lucky winners..#1 will win 3 of their new patterns; Pipi the Horse, Bonzer & Beaut the Aussie Koala couple, and the Fat Quarters Bag. Winner #2 will win a choice of 1 of those 3 patterned mentioned. Their patterns are so adorable, don't ya think? I certianly do!! So head on over to Melly and Me's blog and leave a comment to enter :0)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Old Red Barn Giveaway 3 Quilts=3 Winners!!

Head on over to Old Red Barn Co. Blog. She has 3 quilts up for grabs, so that means 3 lucky winners..YAY!! YES really 3!! I want them ALL!! They are all soo very wonderful....I have stars in my eyes..hee hee!! And get this, there will also be winners 4 and 5 who will win the Candy Bar Road Quilt Pattern, which was used to make the Sugar Snap Quilt by Susan Guzman.
There a numerous ways to gain extra entries as well.

From Left to Right in Pic:

1)Quilt made using Sugar Snap by Melissa Averinos
2)Quilt made using Nest by Tula Pink
3)Quilt made using various designer fabrics!!

Head on over to Old Red Barn Co. and check them out!!

Thimble Blossoms Quilt Giveaway!!

The O-So talented Camille over a Thimble Blossoms is giving away a get to choose the pattern you like!! I know it's amazing! Click HERE to head on over to her blog and enter to have until Nov. 23rd. I personally could not narrow it down at this point. She really has some amazing patterns. I am really eager to get Quilting :0)

Go on head on over and check it out. Look at all of those amazing quilt patterns, and be inspired as I am.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pondering My First Quilting Experience!!

So, I have never quilted before. I really want to learn though. I have to say I have been a bit intimidated by the whole quilting process. That is probably why I haven't tried yet. I have been doing a lot of reading of Quilting Bloggers lately and have decided to try my hand at making a quilt. I have been very inspired by reading Crazy Mom Quilts....She's amazing!! There are really so many talented quilters out there that have amazing blogs.

I had considered just doing a doll quilt as a starter, but that's not how I roll....It's go big or go home. So I am going to go a step up and start with a lap quilt(lol, Ok so not that big!). I have chosen to use a jelly roll, and charm Pack from Urban Chicks..1974 Print. Hopefully I am not biting off more than I can chew. Really I am just psyching myself out. The reason...who the heck knows! I also decided I am not going to follow any particular pattern. Yep, I know a recipe for disaster but I'm willing to take that chance. I'll be sure to post my progress.....

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Show and Tell!!

I just wanted to share my step-mom's finished bag. She has already received it, and taken it to work with her. I was told it was a hit at the Ice Skating Rink she teaches at. She also asked me to make 25 change purses for her students for X-mas gifts....YAY!! She is my first custom order..woo-hoo!! Everybody has to start somewhere, right?

I have another fun Ice Skater print in red. I also ordered green, and yellow. These will be perfect for the change purses! I think that print is more fun for kids :0) I better get started with the print I do have.

I also have a ton of sewing to do to prepare for my first Craft Fair. My friend Abbie asked if I wanted to participate with her, my response is "Of Course!!" I'm really excited. So I have until Dec. 6th to get a lot done. Not to mention I need to get some more inventory in my Etsy Shop. I have had a total of ONE sale over there...and it was for a charm pack I was selling to De-stash a little. My stash really is not that big, but is sufficient for me. I have had to have a lot of self control and not keep purchasing fabric.....The hubby had a bit of a fit when he realized I was acquiring package after package of fabric in the mail..Oops!! So I have agreed to not buy anymore unless I need it for a custom order, or I have sold Items I have made with what I have already. Man, husbands can be a bummer sometimes..Can't live with em', can't live without em'!

Here is a picture of some smaller scrap pieces:

Here are some vintage fabrics:

Here are my beloved Magazines:

And an explosion on my Dining table:

Ok I'm going to get my butt into gear and sew till I can't sew no more!! Have a good weekend :0)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I Voted!!

I am so excited about the fact that yesterday I voted for the first time. I will be 30 next month and never voted before....I ask myself why?? I am so proud that I have voted in one of the most important elections this country has has. I am also so very overjoyed with the fact that the candidate I was rooting for has been named the a landslide :0) I was on the edge of my seat last night watching, and waiting for the numbers. Obama won by a landslide!! Now I feel a sense of relief and hope for our country. I know millions of others feel as I do, and are excited for a fresh outlook for the U.S.

Monday, November 3, 2008

And the Giveaways Just Keep Comming!!

This entry features 3 more Giveaways at different blogs. The first being my dear friend Abbie's blog. She is giving away a beautiful quilt....The quilt pictured is not the actual giveaway quilt. She will give the winner a choice in the color scheme..It will be the same pattern though.

You see this bag, it could be your. Not only that you can pick your fabrics... Just go on over to Threads of Friendship Blog to enter :0) Winner will be announced Sunday.


This Table Runner is up for grabs over at This That and the Other's Blog. Head on over there and check it out!!

I have a Winner!!

Well I used a number generator for this one.....The winner is Carrie..YAY!!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-11-03

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Swap Entry Comes to an End Tomorrow!!

All good things must come to an end....Tomorrow will be the last day to enter Happy Scraps Swap.

I have found a few ideas for those of you participating.

Diaper Case...You can also make it a patchwork version.

Hot Pads

Key Chains

Checkbook Cover

Lavender Eye Pillows


For those of you that are already signed up....groups will be announced this week. Those of you that have no, well....Come on times a tickin'!!

Just A Reminder!!

I just wanted to remind everyone that Daylight Savings Time is here. If you have not already, set you clocks back 1 hour. I know that if I had not been told I would have been completely clueless. So that is why I am posting this in case there is someone else just as clueless out there ;0)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fabric Giveaway!!

Post # 3 for today....I guess I am making up for the lack of posts this week. Now for the good stuff!! See Katie Sew is having a fabulous fabric giveaway on her blog. The giveaway is in honor to her 2 year blog mark. She's not just giving away any fabric, but the GOOD STUFF like, Amy Butler, Sandi Henderson, and Erin McMorris. There may even be some vintage goodness in there as well. She mentions that she will fill a flat rate box up with her favorite prints..woot woot!! Visit Her blog to find out more, follow her instructions, and enter to win!!

JC handmade's Baby Quilt Giveaway!!

My goodness, the abundant amount of giveaways if overwhelming. I came across this one on JC handmade's blog. She is giving away a custom baby quilt/play mat. What is awesome about this is the you pick the color pallet, and she does the rest :0) Enter NOW because she will be announcing a winner on Monday Nov, 3rd. HURRY, HURRY, click on the link above!!

Below is a picture of the baby quilt she has already made. Obviously this is not the one up for a giveaway prize. I just wanted to show you an example of her beautiful work. Just felt like I should mention that anyway!

What I'm doing this weekend...

This weekend I would like to finish up some of the projects I have started. I have a habit of starting a ton of things at once instead of doing one project from start to finish...I'm so ADD. I've mentioned in a previous post that I am like this...and that I get bored easily..(ADD), so this is why. Plus, I feel like there are so many things I want to sew so I start something, read about something else, get excited, and then start something new....It is what it is!

This morning I have cut everything for my Giveaway Bag and the Matching Wallet. All I need to do is sew it..YAY!!
I also need to finish my Step-Mother's Birthday gift...It's mostly cut. I cut 2 of the pieces an inch too short and need to go to the fabric store for more fabric. That way I can actually finish. I really should not cut anything when I'm dog tired, cause that's when mishaps happen :0(
I REALLY need to finish this one, and have it mailed on Monday. Her B-day is the I think this is feasible. Hopefully it will make it to Vegas in time.

I have also cut, and pinned 3 crayon rolls. These are Christmas for my son Devin, and one for each of his boy cousins. It is race car fabric I found in my fabric stash :0) Don't you love finding something in you stash you forgot. It was perfect because I thought I'd have to buy some and I had the perfect fabric here!! It is the same print, but one is blue, one is black, and the other is red.

I also plan to start my friend Abbie's Christmas gift....she already know that I am making her Amy Butler's Birdie Sling, with Joel Dewberry's Chestnut Hill Fabric. Tho I think I need to order another fabric to go with what I have cause I am not 100% about the combo. She picked out the 3 she wanted together, but I dunno if she was 100% about the combo. The fact of the matter is that is all I had for this collection, so she didn't have a ton of options with the combo...we shall see!

I have some charm packs that I need to find something to do with....I am really interested in learning to quilt....I'm a little nervous about quilting. Don't ask why, I just am. But I am thinking of making a doll quilt for my daughter...and giving it to her for Christmas. I found a Tutorials for them HERE, and HERE. I will also be making a diaper for her doll. Diaper Tutorial can be found HERE. Fia keeps asking me for one of her diapers so she can put it on her baby dolls.

By the way The Happy Scrap Swap registration ends Nov. 3rd which is Monday, along with the giveaway entries...Please spread the word so we have more participants. The more the Merrier!! Read my previous post pertaining to the swap, and click on the link to enter :0)

I am officially of to SEW, SEW, SEW up some good stuff. I will post some pics to this post later.