Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Le Petite Project - Butter Churn

Good Morning

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. We had a nice time and I will share some photos of what we crafted that day in the next day or two.

I wanted to post about the Le Petite Project today, here is my Butter Churn project.

I used some red snowflake fabric that with using the steam iron was bleeding a bit, not real happy about that but I really like my little project. It will be on the dining room table as soon as I get it cleaned off. You can click on the photo to see it in better detail.

I really enjoy working on these little projects, they take less than a day, and they sure do turn out cute. I am so glad I joined this group - it is wonderful to try a project that you might not have tried. To be honest the photo on this pattern really doesn't do it justice.

I know we are supposed to use charm packs for these but sometimes I don't like the really scrappy look, I thought since this was only 24 inches I would like a more planned look.

I can't wait to see everyone elses Butter Churn Project.

Off to the Creation Station....I have lots of things in the works!!

Happy Stitches

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Turkey Day!


I have been busy sewing up a few things... here is a bib I made for my nieces baby. Too cute. We won't be with her this Thanksgiving, she is going to her in laws. But the rest of the family will be together in Iowa. Should be a fun day, first time we are going to be together at this brother in laws house, they just moved back from CA last year.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and are with people you love.
Happy Stitches

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday Night Sew In

Good Morning

Can't believe I have not posted since Monday...it was a crazy week. Had to deal with some issues of my unemployment, apparently they said I had not worked at all, so twice this past week I was down at the unemployment office with proof (w-2's and paystubs) proving that yes I did work.. So I guess early next week I will get a check, about time since I have been off since Oct 16th!
So needless to say the week has been a bit stressful in this house.

I also got my entire creek side garden mulched - I shoveled about 5 yards of mulch onto our snowmobile trailer and then re-shoveled it into the garden! It took 2 trips to the free mulch pile, but the great news is the tree trimmers were just in our town and it is all wood chips! so my creekside garden is all cleaned up and looks great! Can't wait til the day after Thanksgiving so I can put up my snowman bird feeders.

Friday was a great day, my quilting buddies and I signed up for a Lisa Bonegan from Primitive Gatherings workshop and we worked on a wool Christmas candle mat - it was a great day stitching with my friends. Lisa was a great teacher and alot of fun. Unfortunetly the shop owners were quite the poo poo heads. They did not even say thank you for coming, they did not walk around the room to see how we were doing and all of Lisas patterns and kits were in rubbermaid totes w/0 prices and you had to ask a price for each thing. It was really a horrible experience with them. But again Lisa was fabulous. I have never been to this shop before and never will go back. Kinda sad in this economy I would think as a shop owner you would be as friendly as possible to get the folks back to your store, especially since there were 7 in our group and most have not been there. And my one friend spent over $400 on Lisas kits and patterns. Oh well enough said on that subject. Here is what I got done between the workshop and last night at Friday night sew in.

Then this morning was the BOM but with the unemployment issue I have chosen to stay home :) I am very sad about it, but I don't need to be tempted. I did get my mystery quilt up to the step it needed to be last night at the Friday Night Sew in also. I love the fabrics and can't wait to have my friend bring me over the next step maybe later today or tomorrow.

Well I have to get busy sewing today......I have lots I want to get down for Thanksgiving. I got the neatest vintage stamp fabric at JoAnns last week and my brother in law works for the post office and has for 30 years, so I want to make him and his wife a table runner from this fabric. So I am going to sew this morning. So far I have cleaned up the kitchen - amazing how things get so messy when you are not home and hubby is here by himself!
Enjoy your day
happy stitches

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Monday

Good Morning

Well Happy Monday, that is not something you hear everyday right? Usually Mondays are the worse, I got an IM from my sister in law and she said she hates Mondays. I can understand that, but with being off this winter, I worked all weekend at a craft show, so my Monday is happy. I am going to work in the Creation Station today -- first thing I need to do is clean it up, it is almost to that point that it will be a disaster at any moment. Well...really I have to run some errands this morning and then I will come back and do some cleaning.

I thought I would show you a few things I have been working on...

I got this pattern from JoAnns last week when it was 99 cents....I made this cute little doll for my neices baby for Christmas....I think she turned out really cute.

This little doll quilt was just a quick 4 patch, I love the border fabric so I wanted to use it. It also fits nice on an end table in our living room. Quick and cute.

I am in the Candle Mat Swap on Flickr and these are 2 that I have made, my secret partner wanted oranges and greens, so I made 2-- one to keep and one to swap.
I am putting one of these in the mail today.

I better get going on my errands, have a super day!
Happy Stitches

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Salute a Veteran today

Good Morning

Happy Veterans Day 2010. I just wanted to tell you a few things about my favorite Veteran, my Dad, Robert True Frye. He served in the Navy and was on board the USS Curtis Dec 7th 1941, yes he was in Pearl Harbor. And he was very proud of that fact, in fact this is one of my favorite photos of him, wearing his Pearl Harbor Survivors Hat. This picture was actually taken by the local paper when they did an article about Pearl Harbor years ago.

He and I were best buddies, I truly was a daddys girl - he had to retire early due to health issues and he got a paper route 3 days a week and I went with him, we really had some good times while we delivered those papers. I worked 2 hours a day with him and I got $3 a week, then the paper went to 5 days a week and my pay stayed the same!
He was a good man, he loved to garden - we had the best veggie garden in the neighborhood, he was a great home improvement type man, he knew all about tools and fixing things. And he loved to go to Wed night Bingo at the American Legion in town with my mom every week. They never missed.
He and I always went Christmas shopping today, Veterans day, it was our tradition he wanted to get out before the big crowds.
And when he got sick, I never really knew how sick he was, he hid it well.
I was only 18 when he died at age 60. Somedays it seems like yesterday, sometimes it seems like forever.
But I know today he smiling down, wishing we could go shopping again, just one more time.
Thanks for reading about my favorite vet today.

Monday, November 8, 2010

It's Beginning to look a little like Christmas!?!?!?!

Good Morning

WOW this time change really did a number on us, I think we were asleep by 8:30 last night!

I was a vendor at a local craft fair this weekend and got to see alot of old friends. Sales were ok, but it was great to see some people I only see once or twice a year. I am vending at a much larger show this coming weekend, so I have lots to get done!

One of my new items I made this week is this cute little angel. She is made from chenille stems and a little wood head, her dress is hand sewn. I sold several of these so I need to make some more.

And then when I went to the thrift shop this past week, I did get one other item. A tree skirt, for are you ready..... now this is homemade.....are you ready for the price.....$2

Yes I can not believe it either, I used to make tree skirts for craft shows and they cost a lot more than $2 ....so I had to buy it. I can use it for my sewing theme tree I havc in the Creation Station. I just washed it and dryed it this morning and it came out just fine.

Well I have lots to sew this week....so I am off ....
Happy Stitches

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thrift Shop FInds

Good Evening!

I promised you photos of my Thrift Shop Finds....here they are, well some of them I had too many pictures to add to 1 entry. But these are my favorites.

This is some vintage red fabric I found 2 yards for a total of 90 cents! Sure can't beat that.

Here is a picture of a really cute snowman plate I got for 95 cents, and I also bought a glass of some sort like a margarita glass maybe for 60 cents.....

And after a quick stop at Walmart for some glue for $4 I ended up with a cookie plate! I just love it and I am heading back to the Thrift shop on Monday to get more plates and glasses, the glue I bought works great. And I have lots of glue left. We are having Christmas at our house this year, so I can see several of these around with cookies on them.

Then they just put out the Holiday mugs etc and I hit the jackpot! I got these 4 mugs all perfect condition for 75 cents each! I see a nice coaster and a few hot chocolate mixes in the mugs and I have some great gifts for some or my quilting buddies...or maybe I will make a fancier mug mat for them...stayed tune for more info on these items.

I did make some tablerunners and some really nice angel ornaments for the craft show tomorrow. Well I have to go turn off the lights and get to bed -- need to be at the craft show at 7 for set up tomorrow morning
Happy Stitches

Friday, November 5, 2010

Potholder Holiday Swap

Hi there!

I belong to a Flickr group that swaps potholders and there are some very creative folks on that site.

This is the AWESOME set I rec'd from Kristi...I LOVE THEM! Thank you so much! I will use the ornament on the Christmas tree and then on my little Valentine tree too! Her workmanship is just great, she did a wonderful job!

Here is what I sent - I thought this little snowman would be cute and I think he turned out ok.
He will actually be spending Christmas in Australia -- I sure hope the lady I sent to puts him in the freezer or he just might melt down under!!
I also made a santa ornament.

Here is a close up of my snowman face.

I sewed this morning and then ran some errands, I got some neat stuff at the thrift shop today...photos tomorrow of my shopping trip.
Happy Stitches

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I am a Winner!!

Oh my gosh, I just checked out the Le Petite Project Winners and I won! I am thrilled!

Check out the Paginis over at the Pink Pincushion www.pinkpincushion.blogspot.com

Tomorrow is my First Thursday Quilt Group!

Happy Stitches!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Did you vote today?


I just got back from voting today. I hope you vote today too. It doesn't matter if you are Democrat or Republican or Green, it just matters that you voice something.
This country needs help, and we need to work together as a country to pull this country out of the problems we are having.

With that said, I am off to sew!
Happy Stitches

Monday, November 1, 2010

Le Petite Projects and More Pumpkins

Good Morning!

I hope you had a great Halloween! I just love the day of fantasy - you can be anyone you want to be for just one day. How fun! We had 125 Trick or Treaters. That is down from years past usually we get over 150 and I was worried I had 140 bags prepared and I ran to town to get some "extra" candy -- Hubby was glad - he like the "extra" I bought :)

I joined the group Le Petite Projects this year and our first project was Schnibble Pagini and I had posted a picture a while back and here it is again - still not quilted, hopefully that might get done today after I clean house and take down the outdoor decorations.

I love this little quilt, I had a fat quarter bundle of Thimbleberries, so I made it from that instead of charm squares. I really am trying to use up what I have. It looks fallish to me, so I want to quilt it and either hang it in the hallway where I have a Witch quilt or use it as a table top.

Here are my 2 little darlings, Rudy is the dalmation and he is almost 11 -- he is the love of my life. And he loves to make his momma happy, he had that costume on all day!
Poochie is my little red head and she was Elvis, she HATED it, in fact she has pretty much hated every costume I have bought for her, she was a bumble bee, a witch, the devil and Cruella DeVille and she hides and keeps her head down, so she only wheres her costume for a few pictures and then she either takes it off, or hides behind the couch. So I don't make her wear it all day.

Here is a photo of our house in the day no so scary, our fountain in the middle of the front yard, usually shoots up red water, but our light burned out the day before and hubby did not think it was a crisis to fix it this late in the season, as today the fountain will be shut down for the year. I thought it was an urgert crisis. But I understand.
And here is our yard at night all lit up, kinda hard to see but it is fun.

We did carve and paint pumpkins yesterday morning and here is my favorite that I painted. I paint these at the garden center I work at on pie pumpkins but I thought I would like to use this hat on a pumpkin instead of a scarecrow, and the hat was a quarter at a garage sale, so I really think he turned out cute. He will stay on my front porch til Thanksgiving

Well I better get moving today, my list is long!
Happy Stitches