Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Pillow Cover

I looked at this bed today as I walked through the bedroom and thought that the yellow pillow didn't really match the bedspread. I had not noticed that before. Maybe that is because this pillow seems to travel in the house on its own accord. Sometimes it is in the living room, sometimes the boys' room, and sometimes in the master bedroom. Regardless, it doesn't match anything in any of the rooms.

So, I decided to make it a new cover since that is in my repertoire of skills. Less than an hour later, a new more colorful pillow has appeared. I think this is much better. Don't you?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wine Bottle Night Light

Not to brag, but I look at my night light wine bottle. For a mere $4, I made this and it is just lovely. (The cost does not include the cost of the wine bottle which my husband bought and willingly drank the wine for me just to do this! LOL!) I used the new LED mini lights so the bottle will not get too hot. I bought the leaf at Wal-Mart this morning. I removed the label from the wine bottle, inserted lights, put the ornament on, tied on ribbon and there you have it! Simple!! It is beautiful all lit up.

(This picture was made before I put the doily under the bottle.)

Friday, December 17, 2010

It's beginning to look like Christmas

I admit, it's hard for me to let go of my creations. I decided to keep the reindeer ornament and instead made this freebie by Lizzie Kate instead. My friend, Gail, and I exchanged and I am so glad she has this ornament. I can go visit it when I get lonely for it!

Design: Peace, Joy, Love
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Fabric: Aidia 16
Fiber: DMC
This is one of my cushions that I have in my chairs in the living room. Technically, they go with the sofa but I like to spread things out. You will notice that this cushion is a nice floral, summer print. What to do? Make a pillow cover in a more holiday season appropriate fabric! And, since I have TONS of fabric (just ask my husband), I selected a nice poinsettia fabric. It took me about 20 minutes to make 2 pillow covers. And, when the season is over, if I don't want to keep them for next year, I will make something else from them. This is the before:

And, this is the after. Notice my purse that lives in this chair. (It's a Fossil purse and is the best size purse I have ever had!) I really like my "new pillows"! I see lots of new pillow covers in my future!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mistletoe Reindeer ornament

Design - Mistletoe Reindeer
Designer - Sharon at Daffycat
Fabric - 16 Aida
Fiber - DMC

I stitched this ornament up yesterday. I was going to use it in an ornament exchange at work but the more I think about it, the more I want to keep it! I may forego the ornament exchange and just keep this for myself! Oh, I know I could make another one, but I already have this one! This is a free design called Mistletoe Reindeer by Sharon at Daffycat blog. You must check out her blog! I love everything she designs.

Thank you Sharon!

I have lots of other things to share with all of you, but since many of them are Christmas gifts, it will have to wait until after Christmas.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Stitching

I finished this Halloween picture a few weeks before Halloween and literally just placed it in this frame for the time. I haven't decided if I like it or not. I think it would have been prettier if the fabric was lighter or if the colors were more in contrast. I guess once I decide if I like it or not, I will consider having it professionally framed or maybe I will make it into a pillow. I have a whole year to decide!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Almost 2 months!! Oh my!!

I am beyond speechless that it’s been almost two months since I posted anything here. My goodness, where did the time go???

I went to a quilt show yesterday and was amazed at all the beautiful quilts. I think there were 200 quilts there as well as vendors. I did not buy anything – good for me!!

Here are some pictures of the quilts that I especially liked. I was amazed at the talent and the number of wall hanging. What I didn’t see was a lot of traditional quilts. That disappointed me. It seemed most of them were more fiber art than actual quilts that you could use. Still, it was an enjoyable afternoon.

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This quilt was made by my friend, Gil. He was our Industrial Arts teacher until he retired. He and his wife discovered quilting. He pieces the quilts and she quilts them. How cool is that?!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

That's not the short of it!

I had cut out the boys four pair of shorts to make, including the ones shown above. When I was sewing these up, I thought they looked a little short in the crotch. Sure enough, they are really short in the crotch. Deniska assured me they were fine but I know better. I think he can probably wear them for a little while but not for long. I like this material. It's a nice seersucker and I expect it to be really comfortable to wear.

Fortunately, I had not sewn the others up so I was able to cut them out a little more. I was using a new pattern and found that it not true to size. Sometime, well most of the time, it's good to make one of something before doing all the others, if you are using a new pattern. I really didn't need a pattern for the shorts but every now and then, I like to use one. I hope to get the others made today. That will not happen if I don't get off the computer!

****Several hours later....another pair of shorts completed!!****

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A cover for my iPod

Dennis gave me a new touch iPod for my birthday back in March. I love this little contraption and use it daily. It occurred to me that I needed a cover/cosey/pouch for it when it travelled in my purse. So, yesterday, I decided to make one. I had this material by Susan Branch (which I love) and I had this pretty pink and brown that seemed to be just perfect. I sewed a ribbon to hold the flap. This works fine but I think on the next one, I will use a button or velcro. Still, it makes me happy.



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Monday, July 19, 2010

PURR-fect Journal Cover

Every year I buy a new Agenda for school. This is a necessity for me to keep up with all the meetings, conferences, etc… that are part of my job. I found this Agenda at Wal-Mart and just love it. It’s an academic calendar with lots of spaces to write for the month. It becomes my life-line as I juggle my family obligations and my job obligations. It is already quickly filling up for the months of July and August. I love the agenda but was not as happy with the plastic cover (although I liked the color.) I just felt that it needed a little more color. So, I decided to make a cover for it. I had some beautiful material that I wanted to use. 100_0189

I believe my friend Rhonda sent me this material that she found at a thrift store or a yard sale. It’s a Henry Alexander design and I just love it. I have been saving it for several years just waiting for the “purr-fect” project. Today, I finally decided that it would become my journal cover. I have a hard time using my favorite material. I used this tutorial to make the cover. It was not hard at all. It you can sew a straight line, you can make this cover. I did modify it a bit. Of course I added rick-rack because I love rick-rack.


I inserted a pocket on the inside of my cover. I am forever having papers that I need to keep up with, so I added a pocket on the inside.


I am sure this will bring me many years of service, as long as I replace the agenda with the exact same kind each year!

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Lizards, and trains, and dinosaurs – oh my!

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100_0180 These are all the shorts that I found that needed to be sewn.  Now, I can start on this year’s material.  I honesty didn’t think the boys would like the train print, but apparently it’s “way cool!”  My favorite pair is the lizard pair!  I love the colors.  I like the stripped pair too.  I like the colors in it as well. 

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