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.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
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.
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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
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!!
Sunday, December 29, 2013
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
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).
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.
Friday, November 29, 2013
A few years ago I had made a simple wreath for myself and my mother-in-law asked if I could do one for her. I spaced her asking and she spaced asking so I was off the hook for a bit. Right? So this year moving and all, I noticed how much crafting stuff I have. In an effort to use as much of it as possible before the next move sometime in the future when the hubby finishes school I decided to make this for her for the Thanksgiving festivities. The leaves and cattails I got from the dollar store. The ribbon, flowers, 14" grapevine wreath and berry picks came from my favoritest store in the whole world Hobby Lobby.
Friday, November 1, 2013
This is my costume this year for Halloween, I wanted to go as Belle. This is the first year that we didn't coordinate. When I get a picture of my husband's costume I will post it too, but for now here's mine.
The gather on the shawl dropped right before this picture but I didn't notice it until after the picture was already taken. One of the other girls at work came dressed like Snow White. We didn't plan on having a Disney princess theme, it just kind of happened so we wanted to get a picture. My dress is made complete out of a yellow sheet set I found on Ebay. (Solid yellow sheets aren't as popular as you might think). The skirt took both the flat sheet and the fitted sheet and the shawl is made from one of the pillowcases. I was pretty excited how it turned out. I found the gloves on-line (and was kind of disappointed they didn't really match the yellow of the sheets but that's hard to do when you order them from two very different places.) The wig I got at Joann's for 60% off. All-in-all it turned out pretty great. I was inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest.
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