Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Anyone out there using Paypal to sell stuff? Do you like it?
And Amanda Jean's Finish it Up Friday at CrazyMomQuilts.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The kitchen is a wreck...
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
I took a little sewing and IG/blog break but now I'm back sewing for the upcoming craft fair. Thanks to a great tutorial from Film in the Fridge, I made a set of fabric baskets today. I love them!
I made Mitch a belated birthday cake and thought I'd share the recipe. It is So simple, everyone must try this!
One box mix of angel food cake mix. One reg sized can of crushed pineapple. That's it! Don't add the egg or oil. Don't drain the can. I baked it in my bunt pan. Then I mixed up a quick thin icing to drizzle over it. I even got "all fancy" and made an "M" on the plate. :-D. The icing has butter, powdered sugar, milk and a little cream cheese. I added "tardis blue" sprinkles on top.
Duke is still in his bow tie. It's held up well, and he has received many compliments on it. Time to make a red and green one, I'd say!
Monday, November 19, 2012
We are also talking about doing a craft fair together on December 6. It would be fun to do with a friend, don't you think ? She is making jewelry. Some of her beads are made from paper like the beads in the picture below.
I'd better get to it if I want to have things ready. I'll also be working on dog bow ties like the ones I've been posting on IG. Duke loves them! I'm sure there will be a post on that this week. I have such a patient, sweet dog-son!
I'm linking up to Sew Modern Monday...the button is in my sidebar.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ornaments out of left over value dance blocks became more important than finishing the quilt? Don't ask. I can't focus sometimes. Then I HAVE to get stockings made because I've been meaning to since last November. I plan to make each one to suit the tastes of the person in our family. There will be elements of dogs, music, baseball, skateboarding, TX, CA, pink anything, doctor who, university, all seen in our family stockings. I'm even making one for each of my parents who are visiting this year. Mom likes the leopard prints and pink...but absolutely no blue. I started with dogs and pink.... Guess who?
Now that I'm completely caught up with Homeland I'm having withdrawals having to wait a week in between episodes. Did anyone catch the Homeland SNL skit this week? Hilarious!
I'm linking up to Freshly Pieced - see the button in my sidebar. There are lots of link ups today!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I'd decided a few weeks ago I was going to make this quilt.. I have been going full steam ahead since Friday and have all the blocks sewn!
I started off using the line Urban Cowgirl, then added in some bold colors a la me! Meaning, subtle colors are just not my cup of tea. Had ya' noticed? Examples:
So yeah, I like pink and dark pink, and turqoise, and bits of purple and lime green - none of which are in this quilt. But I really do need to break out of my color comfort zone. So I gave it a shot.
I took this photo yesterday to see how the values were looking. I decided more whites and more darks were needed and replaced and added to this layout last night. I could have played it really safe and done all white or cream for those places where light is called for (center of every other row) and (hour glass blocks) but I prefer more color. I read on another blog that sometimes when the eye has to work a little to see the values change, it can be more appealing. So, I'm going with that here. :-)
As usual, Duke was a big help.
Taking a picture is always a great help. I just noticed I have a green center block in this row where light centers should be. Gotta fix that! My blocks will be trimmed to 4 inches while Rachel's are trimmed to 5, because my Urban Cowboy charm squares were 5 inches. This was easy enough to adjust on the hour glass block but when I came to the square on point block the math did not tabulate in my brain (as usual) so I winged it! I went with 3 inch center squares and 3.25 inch corner squares ( which you cut in half ). My rule of thumb...when in doubt, guess!
Now to trim up those blocks and sew them all together!
Thank you for your kind words about Kyle both here and in private emails I received. My husband came up with a neat stencil to spray paint or carve into the grip tape on skateboards, for our locals to pay tribute. It's awesome. We live 7 doors down from our skate shop. It was raining when I told Jack about the stencil. He put his board in a big plastic bag and ran out the door to the shop to have his grip tape done.
I'm off to check out Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Fabric = therapy. Sewing allows me to escape in my thoughts while occupying my mind and body. It allows me to feel joy when what I really feel is complete sadness over the loss of a friend. I've been sewing a lot this weekend, and looking through pictures.