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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Young Women's Baptismal Covenants July Lesson

 They changed my calling at church and I'm back in the Young Women's organization. I have the Come Follow Me lesson on our baptismal covenants.  The talks really focused on service so I did these service journals fir tge girls.  They are the composition notebooks I put some scrapbook paper and printed the quote on some shipping labels. I had some little bee stamps and used the ribbon I had on hand. Total cost if doing ten handouts was less than $6. The notebooks cost 50 cents at Wal-Mart.

The quote is from the talk by Carol M. Stephens that was part of the lesson. The quote really stuck with me so I put it on the journals. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cleopatra comin' at ya

I work with children and adults with disabilities.  Right now we're in the middle of the summer program.  Each week there is a new theme for the activities that week. Next week us holiday week and ine of the days we are celebrating Halloween.  I didn't get my  for my mother-in-law done yet. Or really evreallyven close but I did get my Cleopatra costume done. I had most of the materials.  The only things I had to buy was the gold metallic thread,  sone regular gold thread, and the gold beads for my headpiece. The dress is made from white knit. I bought the fabric several years ago with no real project in mind but was glad I had it available for this.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Red and White Pinwheels

I started these blocks a couple of  weeks ago. They were meant to be a blanket for my mother-in-law's 60th birthday. I had the idea at the last minute and was still in the middle of making the Hulk and butterfly quilts so I wrapped the squares that were finished with a promise to complete the whole blanket soon. In 3 weeks this is all I have to show for it. but they are 13" squares so they are working up quick. I'm just swamped with so many other things, but thought I'd show these off. And keep track of the progress.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Butterflies and Hulk

It seems like forever since I have posted. With starting school, moving, and two grandparents dying it's been a little crazy around here. I finally managed to squeak out a couple of finishes.

My husband just got made the ScoutMaster at church. Each year the young men and young women do a service auction and the adults at church offer up services as well. We had a bake sale so the hubby made 3 dozen of the same cake pops we made together here. Which were apparently a big hit since they were sold out by the time I made it to the bake sale table. 

Since it was an auction for the youth, I decided to make one boy themed blanket and a girl themed blanket that wasn't especially girlie. 

Both came together fairly quickly and are about twin sized blankets since I used twin sized sheets for the backings.

I L-O-V-E the colors in this one. I would probably do it again. It was made with 8 1/2 inch squares (With the sides trimmed down to about 6 inches on the side squares) with 1 1/2 inch white strips to separate and two 4 1/2 inch strips separating the 9 patch squares.

Once I got the butterfly down it went pretty quick. I'm hoping one day to get better at quilting, but since I was on such a short deadline, I went ahead and tied this. I still like the look of tied. I think it gives a certain homey-ness to them. I don't have an embroidery machine so these were done all by hand by drawing the design on the fabric and going over it with a very tight zigzag stitch. 

This came together quickly also. I did both of them in less than 5 days. I had them both tied and bound in less than 4 hours.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts. Go check it out. Amanda Jean is amazing!

P.S. I'm working on a red and cream pinwheel quilt for my mother-in-law that I can't wait to show to you all!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

They Come Cheaper by the Dozen

We had another Relief Society activity like every month.  For those of you unfamiliar with what this is, it is the women's organization at church. This month we did a dinner and I made these little babies.  They are my first attempt at cake pops. You know me. Go big or go home. I made about 14 dozen but only took 12 1/2 to the activity since I ran out of sucker sticks and dipping chocolate.  The chocolate coating is almond bark and is so yummy!!! The cake flavors are yellow, German chocolate,  red velvet, and cherry chip. The red velvet was the most difficult to dip but was the most popular flavor. The hubby bought me the cake pop pan a couple years ago for Christmas and this was the first time I got to use it. It was still in the plastic. He was such a big help. I could not have done it without him.  He drizzled all the chocolate and helped me dip them. After we were finished he asked if I wanted to open a bakery. Nope. Don't see that happening in the near future or ever.

                      They were a big hit!!

Linking up with Ashley @ Make it & Love it and Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lucky # 30

This quilt marks the 30th one I have ever done!! And the fact it is going to my nephew, excites me, since this landmark quilt is staying in the family.  That's amazing to me. I'm dubbing this the filmstrip quilt and thought it was appropriate since it was a superman quilt. Filmstrip and comics seemed to go together nicely. It worked up really quick. Maybe that's what I love the most about it. It was approximately 4 1/2 hours start to finish for the quilt top. That's ironing, cutting, and sewing. The best part is the whole top was made from scraps. I call that a slam-dunk for fabric stash. My goal for 2014 is to whittle that stash down quite a bit so that it all fits on one shelf in my craft room. (Wish me luck with that, right?)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

An "Antique" crock pot

Today, a little tute on how to make this cute "antique" crockpot. I'm doing my kitchen in the new apartment in blues and creams and whites. On a super small budget I had to get creative. 

A while ago (like 4 or 5 years ago) I bought a set of paper mache boxes similar to this. Buy a new set here (also the location of the photo source). 
Darice® Set of 3 Paper Mache Boxes-8'',9'' & 10'', , hi-res
The smaller two were used as Christmas presents long ago and I have been packing around the single biggest one through 4 moves with no idea in sight of what to do with it. When we moved into the new place and I had to redecorate again

I wanted it to look like the old crocks with the handles so I headed to Home Depot and bought one of these 2 inch white birch cabinet door pulls. Marked the center of the lid and put a small hole in it with a quilting needle and attached it with the screw that was included. If I ever do this project again I would get a smaller screw than the one that came with it. Like, much smaller. 
Photo Source and Buy here
I painted the whole thing with the Ceramcoat Plaid brand acrylic Antique White craft paint (purchased at Wal-Mart) after the handle was attached. I had to do 2 coats to get it to be covered evenly, but this paint dries quickly. I let it dry completely and actually let it sit for a few days but you shouldn't have to necessarily wait that long. I had the letter stamps that I bought a couple of years ago at a scrapbook expo and used SEI's blue ink block. The blossom is from the Moravia stamp collection also from SEI. The project was so simple and it really shouldn't have taken me as long as it did. I love it! 

And I think it fits in beautifully with the rest of the decor. This whole shelf of decor cost me right around $15. The lettered all-white crocks were $2 and were lettered with similar techniquesand the two small pitchers and the small cream crock I got at Deseret Industries for $7.