Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fabulous Giveaway

Take a look at this gorgeous jewel of a pin cushion.....

I so want this..............

Next up is Gerry's giveaway on her blog found here She makes the most gorgeous pin cushions ever! And I really want to win this one....but you can go on over and put your name in the hat also.

That's it for toady's giveaway post!!

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One Diamond Wednesday

Here is this weeks diamond. I really like the colors in this one. It was dark when I made the pic so I will make a better one and repost on tomorrow.
Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

One Flower Wednesday......Plus

Well today is Wednesday and I do have a flower to share today. I almost had two but did not finish the second one so it will have to wait. Here is my flower for today. (Edited to add: they do not allow diamonds in the one flower Wednesday showing so I will be posting mine as  "One Diamond Wednesdays" from this point on. Is there anyone out there who is doing diamonds and wants to join me just let me know.)
Next up is "Heartly" my new mouse pin cushion pattern that I have designed based off a mouse my paternal grandmother used to make as a refrigerator magnet. I am still tweaking it but this is the proto type. I will be putting these in my Artfire shop soon. Isn't she cute!

 Everyone in blog land seems to be in a early bird Christmas mode. I am in a Christmas exchange over on A Swap For All Seasons. We are doing matchbox ornaments. Anyhow......I decided to go ahead and put my Tulle Christmas Tree tutorial on my blog now instead of waiting until December. You may want to make one for yourself before the holidays get here or like myself make them for gifts. They make wonderful little gifts for those on your list. Here goes... Supplies Needed:
Tulle about 2yds color of your choosing
Tacky Glue
Cone shaped styrofoam tree
Felt the color of your tulle
Wooden skewer or tooth pic
Beads are optional

(1)First take your felt and cut a circle to fit the bottom of the form. Then take your tacky glue and run a bead around the outer edge. You can put some in the center if needed. I usually just put it around the edges. Let dry completely before you move to the next step or it will shift. Believe me I have had it to happen to me over the years that I have been making them. It takes about 20 minutes to dry on the styrofoam.

(2) While the felt and glue are drying cut your tulle into strips. I usually use 2 1/2 inches to 3 inch strips. Any wider and they tend to droop. You can starch the tulle to keep larger cuts stiffer but I prefer to use the smaller ones. Just my preference.

(3) Now take your strips and cut them into squares. I don't usually measure I just roughly cut what I think a square should be.

 (4) Now when you have your squares ready the bottom should be dry enough for you to handle without movement. Take your wood pick and three to four of your squares, put the skewer in the middle and hold next to the form. Push in enough to hold the tulle in place without falling back out. You can put a dot of glue on the tulle if you like. Just remember to let it dry for 24hrs. before you add any beads or such. Also, I have used hot glue and if it is too hot it will melt both the form and the tulle.

 Continue with this step until you have completely covered your form making sure there are no empty or thin spaces. You want the tree to be full and thick. When finished your tree should look like this. These are fun and quick to make and are wonderful in all different colors. You can customize them for any decor.

 The tree above I did not put beading on as I just wanted the tree to be as it was. These look really good in groupings of three or more. They also make great little trees for small places and nooks that we normally do not have decorations because of the size. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and if you make a tree please let me know so I can come by your blog and have a look see.

Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Little of This and That

Had a busy weekend as my dd and her dh was down. Monday was spent at the Dr. office while she had a three hour glucose tolerance test done. We will know the results of that next week. All is well with baby Jasmine and we are assembling items for her. I will be making her some burp cloths out of the fat quarters below, I also purchased yardage to make her a quilt. I love this fabric.

And the yardage for her quilt. Is this fabric not just so luscious! I love it. Hope I have some left for bibs as well.

I will be mailing out my three PIF for the first one that I was in on tomorrow, so be on the lookout girls. Jane, Nancy and Sharon. Which brings me to my next show and tell. A While back I entered Tudy's PIF and this is her gift to me. I love it and will be using this bag while working on my hexie's. I will be posting more about this on Monday of next week, so check back then for details. Here is the pic of my bag. She also included some extras for me to use. Thank you very much Tudy, I love my bag and all the extra goodies that you sent.
Happy Stitching,

Thursday, August 12, 2010

GFG Update

Well it has been a long time since I worked at putting any flowers together for my hexi quilt that I am working on. So to help keep me on track I have joined "One Flower Wednesday" in the hopes of keeping on track with this project. Surely I can make one flower a week and hopefully more. You can go here: to check it out and sign up if you like to be a part. Karen has a beautiful blog and her work is wonderful. She also has a list of others who are a part of  One Flower Wednesday. I just signed up on yesterday so I didn't get to post a flower for my garden. So today I decided to go ahead and post the flowers that I have made this past week and next week I will be posting my flower update on Wednesday with everyone else. Below is my box of ready to make hexi's.
Next up is a flower for my sister. She loves all things Irish and I am making her a table runner for Christmas that she can use for St. Patrick's day. These will be appliqued to the center of the runner and I may add some smaller ones in a scattered pattern later on.
Next up is a couple of pink ones for my on personal use. I am thinking maybe a pin keep or cushion. Undecided on which I will use the pink ones for.
All my hexi's are 2" as I don't have the patience at this time for the smaller ones. These I will be making as I take my mom and dad to Dr.'s appts. and such. This way I can utilize the office time for something I enjoy. Next is a couple of thrift store finds that I wanted to post about. The first one is a little pixie deer, isn't she cute!  
The next one caught my eye and I just had to buy it. It is a poodle pulling a cart. I always see the little donkey's with carts, but this is the first time that I have seen a dog. I love the way his fur is done. It is super cute.

I may put candy in his cart for him to pull. I think that would be a cute way to display him.

I have more projects to show at a later date as they cannot be revealed until the owners receive them. I have three PIF going out on Friday along with some other projects.

Happy Stitching,

Sunday, August 01, 2010

And The Winner Is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, well we are back and very tired I must say but in the very happy mode! We had a wonderful time in Atlanta with dd and her family.  Anyhow, I know everyone is wanting to know who won the prize package so...........Hey you want to know what we did while there......just kidding, although we did have a lot of fun. Now a big drum roll please...........There was a total of 44 comments...and before someone says no there were 45, someone commented twice and I removed the second post from my counting list so that it would be fair to everyone who entered the drawing. Therefore the total was only 44 comments. I listed each name by a number and then went to to get my number. The number was 7 and on my list number 7 is Ann Flowers!! Congrats Ann, if you will email me you mailing addy I will get your prize in the mail to you.

Happy Stitching,


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