Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
This is our little favor that our friend Neena gave us yesterday. It is so cute with the little 'bat owl' on the outside. On the inside was delicious cuts of Stampin' Up! ribbon in new gorgeous colors, some pretty decorative brads and watercolor cards with the cutest kids on them. I should've taken a picture of the contents but once I put it back inside, I didn't want to mess up the ribbon again. I think I'm just pooped from all the work yesterday. It wasn't so much the sewing, but moving an entire sewing room to my friend's place. But soooo worth it~
Susan went to visit her mom about a month ago and brought us treats from the Quilter's Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana. One was a cute little finger pincushion and the other was a book with historical quilts and quilters who have made it into the Hall of Fame. I didn't see my name in there so I guess I better get busy!!! lol
Susan worked on some beautiful Fall placemats, which I didn't get a picture of with some of the leftover fabric, she made these cute table runners. I think they took her about an hour. A really simple pattern where you cut a 10" strip of each of the fabrics and sew them into a tube. I can't remember the rest cuz I wasn't paying that close attention.I was working on these......
Friday, September 24, 2010
I wanted to give the girls a little something festive for their sewing table. I know it's not even October yet but with Halloween candy in all the stores and me gathering up my stamps up for Halloween cards, I guess I'm in that frame of mind and this is what I came up with.
I found the bottles at Michael's last year. They are "message in a bottle" invitations and I think I got them in the dollar spot. I had seen something similar here but don't have any stamp sets like those in the photo. When I saw these, I HAD to get them even though they aren't quite the quality of the ones on the Taylored Expressions site.
In case anyone is interested, I used the spider from a retired Stampin' Up! set called Just Flying By and "Boo" from a retired set called Bitty Boos. I just stamped them in Basic Black and punched them out. The ribbons are from Michael's and I punched three stars from orange, black and yellow cardstock. I put a small clear bead in between each star to keep them separated from each other and threaded them on 24g wire. It's really easy to bend but holds its shape. I just wrapped the ends around a knitting needle. If I had more time, i would cut a bigger design and colored it but it was getting late after I packed all my stuff so it'll have to do. And anyway, it was just to give the girls 'nutrition' to get them through those grueling hours of sewing!! :o)
I got the candy at Target. Juju Ghosts, Jelly Pumpkins and Fall colored plain and peanut M&M's.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Isabel said she went through her floss and didn't have all the colors she needed so she had gone to her local "in town" craft store. They didn't have any black or a couple of other colors she needed. I had already eaten dinner and my hubby was playing golf so I told her I'd run to Michael's real quick. She lives in a cute little town with Ben Franklin as her local quilt shop and has to make a kind of long drive to get to "the big city". LOL I make it sound like she lives in po-dunk, huh? She's not but she still has to make a drive to get to the good stuff. I'm a city slicker, with many craft store choices in any direction. So off I went and found all the colors of floss I needed except one, #444. That little space was empty. Isabel told me that it's a yellow color so I picked up some alternate choices. I had her on the phone and she was looking at her color chart. :o) Technology. What did people do before computers and cell phones? I got the floss for her too and back home I went. (And let me tell you how hard it was NOT to buy any new Cricut cartridges at Michael's!! I had to walk right past them to get to the floss!!!)
When I got home, instead of working on my current (and very behind) BOM, I sat and cleaned up my floss box, wound my new pretty colors and re-wrapped some that were loose and messy. Look how pretty it looks now. (My sock drawer should look this good!!) lolWhile I was sitting winding, winding, winding, I was watching some tv and then the news came on. The weather man said something about a Harvest Moon and that we won't have another one like this until 2029. Hello? I'll be 72 in 2029....if I'm lucky. Since I didn't know if I'd see another one, I got up, grabbed my camera and went outside to take a looksie. And this is all my little old Sony camera could do....
I could've gotten the same results by using a hole punch and a piece of black cardstock!! LOL So I looked online today and got this 'more-than-I-need-to-know' explanation about a Harvest Moon, the equinox, yada, yada, yada and some much nicer pictures than what I could take. Now this is more like it. Makes you want to snuggle up with a nice flannel quilt and get those cooler temperatures for Fall's arrival.....
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
And today I received an email newsletter from a local quilt shop with this book for sale, Vintage Journey by Jo Morton. It looks like a similar block but those look like signature blocks. Pretty cute!
Monday, September 20, 2010
This is what Stephanie (and her elf helper) made yesterday. Instead of using cardboard coasters, she used chipboard (a knock-off really) from my buddy Carolyn. Carolyn does payroll and the packs of checks have these cardboard sheets. She mailed me a bunch and they saved Stephanie or the hospital actually, a bunch of money.
Stephanie tried to cut the chipboard with her Cricut Expression but it was giving her a bunch of grief. We trimmed them up and made them pretty and glued on decorative paper (on the front or top side only). She found binder clips at WalMart on clearance and also the post-it pads for .17 each! We did the best we could to match up the sets and used ribbon to try and coordinate.
Stephanie's manager took the scrap paper from the clipboards, rolled them up and tucked them inside a pen. Each PT and PT Assist. will get a set. It's a usable gift and hopefully they'll appreciate them.
We were busy all last week and into the weekend. I only had Sunday to relax and helping Stephanie took up most of my day. I did get two sets of blocks sewed together in the morning and another two sets cut out after she left. They're simple scrappy blocks for a swap and the deadline is quickly approaching so I better get some done this week. And all those new tv shows are starting this week. Ohhhh, it's going to be rough to balance my evenings! I like House and Castle but would like to catch a few of the new shows.
Friday, September 17, 2010
The popcorn box and little black heart box were cut with the Cricut machine and the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge. The matchbox was cut using the die from Stampin' Up! The tags were made using either the SU circle or oval scallop punches and the circle or oval punches.
One white popcorn box was rolled with black ink and a jumbo design wheel from SU. The other white popcorn box was dry embossed with a scroll design and the black one we used a dotted embossing folder. The matchbox was embossed with the new SU wallpaper embossing folder.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Having an 'artsy' daughter who got her beginning in the Fullerton school system, I thought this was a pretty cool thing. The hearts will be auctioned off on October 30th and though I can't afford one, have no place to put one or really don't want one, I think seeing them around town makes my little city of about 126,000 seem just a little prettier. :o)
This one is called Children's Dreams
All Kinds of Friends
The Academy of Performing Arts St. Paul
Saturday, September 11, 2010
My friend Debbie asked me to make a centerpiece for her daughter's baby shower. I used my Cricut Personal cutter and a couple of different cartridges. It needed a little something after the shapes were cut so I added some glitter glue and curly ribbon and I'm happy how it came out.
Most of the shapes were cut with the New Arrival cartridge. The baby bottle in the back right was from the Doodlecharms cartridge because it was way cuter than the one in the New Arrival cartridge.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Then, we all had a little fortune cookie. We all read ours out loud and Richard was last to read his. This man is all about numbers and luck, and look at what his fortune said....
When he first read it, I swore he was pulling my leg!! Last year, his birthday was 09/09/09 so we went to Las Vegas. We had fun but the numbers didn't help us any. I still think he should go buy a lotto ticket this week, don't you? :o)
And just so you don't think all I'm doing is sitting around twiddling my thumbs and eating spring rolls, here are a couple of pics of what I've been doing in the evenings. These "parts" are for a scrappy swap I'm hostessing on Backporch Friends. It's from a free handout from McCall's Quilting.
And I'm STILL working on my last block from the Berry Picking BOM. I can feel me getting closer to the end!!!!! I might have a quilt top ready to be quilted one day soon. "I think I can, I think I can!!"
Monday, September 6, 2010
Saturday we went to a car show in Ventura. First off, it was a Rat Rod show with lots of primered cars, tattooed dudes and pin-up girls, just to give you an idea of what types of people were there. Well, there were some regular folks like us there too but mostly the others. This sight gave us all a laugh. Glazed Almonds, cooked in water, no oil and no butter, zero customers. Budweiser at $7.00 a glass.......well, the line speaks for itself. lol
My sister and I both thought this was a great sign. It was under a tarp for a car group but we thought it fits our sewing groups too. "No dues....no don'ts" The group name, Yakety Yaks fits most quilting or crafting groups too, don't you think? :o)
While at Home Depot picking up potting soil, I found this pretty rosebush called Aquarius, my sun sign. I liked it even without the Aquarius name but that was the clincher. I hope they both produce lots of pretty roses. (fingers crossed)
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Due to all the goings on with my mom's illness and her funeral, I didn't get my blocks done on time to meet the 8/31 deadline. Barb let me send them in late so I got those in the mail yesterday. I had the "parts" left to make one more block so I'll sew this up and try to get a few more put together so I have more to work with for a little quilt.
There are only 5 blocks in a set and I did two sets so I'll just have 10 blocks. They are 8 1/2". My initial thought for the setting for these was to put the blocks in the middle of the quilt and do a big white-on-white border and try my hand at applique. Machine applique probably! Swaps are fun but I hate that they lead to UFO's. Not for everyone but they seem to for me. Grrrr.
Heading to a car show on Saturday with my hubby. We'll go with my sister and BIL and my nephew and his wife. We'll stay the night and come home Sunday. Hubby has homework to do for his online class and I have the need for speed...on my sewing machine foot pedal, that is. ;o) Have a wonderful Labor Day!