Friday, November 29, 2013

a whole lot goin on..........

 
lots of crafting.............

 
dancing..............

 
and mailing of packages going on around here............
Christmas time is a comin.................

at 4 am these can be scary

 
next time I buy Dunkin and Phoebe some toy mice I will make sure they are the RED ones. these white and gray ones scare the beejeepers out of me...
 
 
especially at 4 am!
 
Dunkin likes to leave them in my path for me to play with him......
he doesn't realize that his human is half asleep and seeing one of these gives me a heart attack!
 
JUST SAYIN..........

Thursday, November 28, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FOLKS!

 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
 
Thank you God for the food on our table
for friends both old and new
 for family
for a roof over our head that we now own
for warmth and comfort
for internet friends
for quilty friends
for our health
for the good and bad because without the bad we wouldn't appreciate the good.
 
 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE
I AM THANKFUL FOR YOU.........
 
 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

nineteen ninety what?

 
Look close. 1990. How can one save stuff this long? Am I a hoarder?  Or just sentimental? or?????
 
This magazine has some cool looking recipes. maybe that is why I saved it?

 
Here, take a closer look. this is the cover........bread bears......how cute are they?

 
and this little guy...........near some kind of cookie. they could make those cookies out of mud and I would pay GOOD money for them if the puppy was included. right????
 

 
but here is the inspiration I think I saved it for........a village......I just love gingerbread type houses
I think it is so cool to try and get the proportions right and the look right using common ingredients....
how cool are the candy cane lights?

 
and all the little details.............Love it!  hopefully some ideas for my gingerbread making which will soon start.........as soon as I collect my building materials........they never give you cool stuff in those kits.......I make my own royal icing too. sticks together better.........
stay tuned............


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

where does the time go

 
making gingerbread houses years ago........many happy memories as each girl got creative and made their house their own.......we put them on dollar store trays so they had more space to create scenes if they wanted. ad want they did.........
from traditional Christmas candyland...................

 
to nascar theme.........she is a Jeff Gordon fan can you tell????  she even had a small driveway with a Jeff Gordon candy car and trees. too funny!
the memories.......
 
with my nieces years ago..........these girls are grown now and one has a little one of her own......
and it warms my heart...........she made a gingerbread house with him for Halloween.
she "couldn't wait" LOL
 
love my nieces!
Alicia if you are reading this, I am making my house the day after Thanksgiving.........
cant wait to see what you come up with......
 
 

time to make the ornaments............

 
time to make some salt dough and shape to paint..........2 cups flour   1 cup salt   1 cup water
then roll, shape, bake till hard, cool, paint, seal with clear spray, enjoy

 
candy canes.........these are already done! YEAH!

 
this one is HUGE.... not sure what I will do with it..............



 
these! GRRRRRRRRRRR.........
I thought the LIGHTS were the worst part of decorating the tree!! LOL

 
these need to be stiffened and dried..........now where to put them so they wont be disturbed
that is the question..........

 
and this.......Oh, I just threw it in to see if you were paying attention. ha ha
have a great day my friends........and enjoy your holiday preparations........

Monday, November 25, 2013

All I want for Christmas....................

 
All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!  ha ha
no silly I still have them..........(that is a GOOD THING)

 
No I want a little sewing elf that I can borrow.............to help finish up all the projects floating around in my head...............like this cutie pie.............

 
and this cutie...............

 
and PLEASE FINISH THIS PAIN IN THE *&^$%  project! ha ha
Is that too much to ask of the fat guy in the red suit?
 
send me a sewing elf?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

a blue start

 
this is the start of a blue set........I am loving it so far......
 
gotta find matching fabs for the bottom, lining and accessories.....
 
I wanna be a Santa's elf!  ha ha

Saturday, November 23, 2013

lookie what I did!

 
I started some laundry and decided to meander into the sewing room..........
and I started sewing the bag together. the next step is to cut the lining and quilt it.....
 
at the top I finished TWO Kleenex holders.......
 
but wait!   what is that buck?    

 
oh a little zippy bag.........buck on the front.............

 
floral on the back.........this is finished for the set.
 
whoot whoot! and I like it!
 
next up will be to quilt the bag and find fabric for eyeglass case, maybe chapstick keyring .........we will see how much I can get done for these..........

Friday, November 22, 2013

calling to me..........



this project is calling to me,..............I hope I can answer the call and spend a little time before Thanksgiving with it............I NEED to get back into the sewing room for a bit..........

Thursday, November 21, 2013

lipstick case pattern

http://www.themotherhuddle.com/free-lipstick-case-pattern-and-sewing-tutorial/


check out the link to go to mother huddle and find a tutorial for a lipstick case pattern.

I think I may try one. doesn't look too bad and may be nice to go with the girls totes.....

Do YOU want to make some?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I am confused

 
I guess I don't think like a cat.........Can you see? PHOEBE IS ON DUNKINS QUILT AND DUNKIN ON PHOEBES............AFTER THEY WERE HAVING A TIFF ABOUT IT A FEW DAYS AGO..........

 
PHOEBE SO CONTENT ON THE NEW QUILT............

 
DUNKIN CONTENT ON PHOEBES OLD QUILT.............

 
I DONT GET IT!!!!!  lol  they never cease to amaze me........my two cutie petuties!  don't you just want to curl up and snuggle with them? 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

love this gingerbread house


this is on the cover of a magazine I saved. love love love this gingerbread house. maybe I can make one as sweet.........we will see.......
looks like maybe an Andes mints roof with dormers added..........and a stone chimney maybe made of something like fruity pebbles?
so pretty and holiday-ish........



still playing around with this tree........as you can see I am having issues with the ornaments.......this may not make it into an advent calendar this year..........
I am not having fun with it so that tells me to can this idea and try again later.


WHO SAID I HAVE PATIENCE????????

oh, I NEED patience..........NOW THAT MAKES SENSE!!!!!

looky.......a snowman............

 
one of my nieces made this for me with a sock and rice when she was younger.... she was surprised I still had it.........I said look at that cheery face............how could I get rid of him?????
 
he reminds me to smile..........
every time I go into my sewing room he stares at me laughing...........
telling me to take life less seriously and have fun........

 
sorry for the blurry picture but this is another one of those projects I want to make. a teacup shaped zip pouch to hold teabags. I know a couple of people I would make one for........and I know I have pretty "teacup" fabric. found the pattern on the internet and printed it off.
now to find the time.......I may cut them out first and then sew up production style......

 
this is a special gift that was given to me from an internet quilty friend who is no longer with us. I never met her in person but she was special to us. I would always get a cheery email almost daily from her. we would be each others cheerleader through sad times and bad times and good too. I miss her.........I will always be reminded of her friendship. and now I email her daughter. isn't the internet grand?

 
this too was a gift from her........they hang in a place of honor in my sewing room for me to see daily as a reminder of a special soul.........
special gifts from the past............

Monday, November 18, 2013

start of the girls sets

 
this is the pattern for the tote I got off the internet years ago. unfortunately I am not sure where.

 
but you use 12- 5 inch squares for the body, then a piece for the bottom, a small piece for the top to latch onto a button and then a lining........its quilted.........and simple......if you want a pocket for inside you can make with two 5 inch squares as well....
(I LOVE the fussy cut deer...........I am making both sides the same......)



 
this will be my lining..........

 
and this is the pattern for the "matching" Kleenex holder.....just two squares 6 1/2 by 7 inch. one color will be peeking out as a contrast.........use one for lining and one for face.......I am not sure yet which will be which but once I sew I will be better able to tell........
 
It took me a while to choose the fabrics that I wanted to use......and where I wanted to sew them.....
 
I will show you my progress as I make the set......
I am excited! I also have a Deer and a deer pillowcase in my stash so this will make a cute set.....
what do you think?
 
I just need to figure out the handles fabric.........but I have tons of all of them so will see as I go along......
 
the zippy bag I think I will do scrappy as well......only in strips instead of squares....
then will need to cut the eyeglass case, maybe a cell phone case? and a chapstick holder.
 
I am on a roll...........and I don't mean crayon roll anymore!
 

my Christmas box overflows..........

 
added a few more things to the Christmas box......some calendars and some ornaments I ordered special with pictures on them.........
fingernail polish to tuck into a stocking or zippy bag............



photo calendar........ordered one for mother in law, one for us, and one for a gift..........
for $8 each! and each month I put a new picture and everyone's birthdays on them........check out Vistaprint and get your very own..............LOVE IT!

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...................

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dunkin loves his quilt

 
Dunkin loves his quilt...........he looks so cute and comfy doesn't he?  and believe me, Phoebe can get NOWHERE NEAR his quilt! 

 
see? she opted to nap in a box that I was going through. I came over to take things out and go through it and this is what I saw.........sound asleep........away from her bratty brother.......LOL

 
and he never woke up......... or missed a beat........after all he was on HIS quilt..........and safe and sound........

getting holiday ready

 
kids pics are up.........

 
ugly gold frame is painted black to match our theme......

 
rearranged the dining room area again with things........

 
Phoebe slept on the job.............

 
Dunkin was like "Ok, what is next? are we gonna have a tree or something in the living room?"
he is such a smartie pants...........
 
getting ready for the holidays is a lot of work.........