Saturday, September 25, 2010

Full Blown Awsomeness

I am a geek, or a Dork or whatever. I Love Star Trek and Star Wars and a lot in between. Here's what I received a few months ago from THIS shop.

I follow Mr. Nimoy on Twitter and he announced one day that the first 10 people to buy a shirt from his Etsy shop would get a personally autographed pic. I shopped as fast as I could, but never thought I'd be one of the 10!
I couldn't breathe when I opened the package and there was my name in his handwriting! Remember, I'm a dork.
This now proudly hangs on my living room wall.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Etsy Update

Hello!

Long time no update. Sorry.

I have finally added some new things to my Etsy store. Check it out here.

More later!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lilith Fair review and WIN!

I have so wanted to go to this concert. Just hasn't happened yet.

"Secret Agent Josephine" writes a great review about her amazing time at the Lilith Fair.

Spoiler Alert!

The bathrooms are amazing and really isn't that one of the most important things when you go to a concert? So check out her review and her Blog and you might just win a $100 gift card.

I know, right? Easy!



Saturday, July 10, 2010

Quilty WIPs

This is a post about quilting, procrastination, and good intentions.
I hope some of you can relate to this.

Let me start by saying that quilting is in my blood. My Granny Syvalene (great name huh?), My Great Granny Gaylor-Bittner, and my Great Great Granny Brisco all were quilters. Probably their mothers and grandmothers also quilted, but that's as far back as I know. I still have the hand quilted fan quilt that Great Granny Gaylor-Bittner made for me when I was a child. It is in need of repair because I used it all the time as a child.

I always wanted to make a quilt, but for some reason I didn't start one until I was in my 20's. A woman I worked with was an avid quilter. She even used to own her own quilt store. One day she brought in a quilt catalog and I made the leap. I ordered my first kit.

Now the one I picked was probably not the one I should have started with, but I figured since I already knew how to sew clothing, quilting shouldn't be a problem.

Here are the pictures of my WIP quilts. (a WIP is a work in progress)


This is the first quilt I ever started. The key word here is "started" as this is also the first quilt I have yet to finish.
It's called a watercolor quilt. The background is made up of small squares of different shades of floral printed fabric. I love this pattern. It was supposed to be machine appliqued, but I did all of the applique by hand. It was rather difficult, due to some of the tiny, pointed pieces, but it turned out nice in the end.



Here's a closer look. I plan on adding some embroidered details and beads when I quilt it. Someday I will hang this on my wall.


This is the second quilt I started, even though the first wasn't done. Do you see the trend?

It is a beautiful wildflower quilt by Mckenna Ryan. It's called "Petals of My Heart" and I bought it as a block of the month kit. That means you agree to be charged once a month and they send you one block at a time. That is supposed to help you get the quilt done quickly by having a whole month to finish one block.
Obviously, I had other things to do, so here it sits waiting to be finished.

The thing I love about this quilt is that McKenna Ryan herself picks all of the fabrics for the kits and she should know what looks good. Most of the fabric is Batik, my favorite. I am also crazy about wildflowers.



The pattern calls for lots of tiny flower pieces to be cut and fused then machine appliqued as it is quilted. There are also several 3D elements such as butterflies, bees, and flower petals that give this wall hanging lots of amazing texture and interest. Several of the flowers also overlap the block next to it, making it look as though they are outgrowing their respective backgrounds.


Needless to say, this is a big undertaking and I don't expect to be done with this anytime soon.
I still love it though.



This is one of my favorite blocks. The hummingbird looks so real and the rich blue background makes the fiery red Columbine flowers pop. Sorry if the picture doesn't do it justice.


This quilt was a kit that my Mother bought me for my birthday one year. It's a paper-piecing, crazy quilt. The fabric is Asian style and the colors are stunning. (in my opinion) Again, the photo does not do it justice. I really need a better camera.


This is the backing fabric I chose, though I didn't buy enough. Something you really have to think about when quilting. There is no skimping permitted. You always have to have more than you think.

I hope to add a black border to the top to make it wide enough for our bed and also plan on adding two black sections to the back to fill in for the lack of fabric.


This is a quilt I had originally planned on giving to one of my nephews when he was born. While I was working on it I got the news that someone I knew had died after a long struggle with Leukemia. That made this quilt mean something else. It's almost as if my memories of that person became a part of this quilt and I just couldn't give it away. If I do get this one finished I will most likely give it to my son or daughter, to keep it in the immediate family.

The dancing animals in the border have to be machine appliqued and all of them have embroidered details, so this has a log way to go. By the Way, the center section with all of those tiny triangles was a real pain in the behind. I think it turned out nice though, and I'm crazy about all of the bright colors.



This is the latest quilt and it's the furthest along of this batch. I started it after my daughter was born. It's obviously for her and very girly. I love the Prairie Point border, something I'd never done. The fabric is 1930's repro. and I am crazy about the colors. The backing fabric has pink Hydrangeas on a sky blue background.

All that is left to do is the quilting on this one. I haven't done it yet mostly because I'm afraid to mess it up. I wan to make it perfect for my daughter.
Maybe that's the problem though. I'm afraid to screw up.

There is one quilt I finished and gave to my eldest niece when she was born. Here it is, with my son blocking most of it.

I'm sure it has been well used. After all, that why we make things for people right?

I have every intention of finishing all of these quilts, and starting some new ones. I already have several patterns for my next batch of unfinished, quilty goodness.

You might ask, "Why not finish one before starting another?" and I might reply "Why not?", but what I really mean is that I get bored easily and I am addicted to fabric. Although my fabric stash is considerably smaller than most.

I just love creating things, even if I never get done. I know I'm not the only one. Just look around the "blogosphere."

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 5, 2010

In the Garden

Here are some pictures of the flowers I planted, starting with seeds, in the Spring. I haven't had luck with all of them. The ones that seem to like my West facing flowerbeds are the Zinnias, Cosmos, and Bachelor Buttons, though the Bachelor Buttons don't have many blooms yet. The Zinnias seem to be the happiest.

I am hoping that they will reseed and come back every year. That's the main reason I haven't cut any yet. I can't wait to have vases filled with flowers from my garden all over the house.

Enjoy a few pictures;







Friday, May 7, 2010

My Etsy

I have finally listed some pieces of jewelry on Etsy! This was s big step for me. I think I was a bit terrified.....a bit. :)

It's just the beginning I hope.

I plan on listing more than just jewelry. I have a box full of jewelry I made for a craft show a while ago and decided to start there.

Wish me luck!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Beautiful Butterflies

Over the Easter weekend we decided to take the kids to the Butterfly House. I had never been and when I walked into the temperature controlled room I was awestruck. I literally couldn't move. The butterflies were everywhere. I felt like we were in a fairytale. The kids loved it too. Here are a few pictures of our adventure.















Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lincoln MKT review and giveaway!

I love reading this blog. "Secret Angent Jo" is really fun and talented and I just love her pictures. Probably I'm a bit jealous of all the beach pics.

You should check out her review of this Lincoln MKT. What an awesome gig!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Baby


She's crazy about Elephants.....This cake wore me out.

Happy Birthday Baby!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"Yo Gabba Gabba" Giveaway

Here's a link to a great Blog. Kim has so many fantastic deals and giveaways. It's amazing how she finds all of these.

One of her latest giveaways is for tickets to see "Yo Gabba Gabba, Live" . My daughter would just love to go to this.....an so would I! YGG is just the coolest kids show on tv right now.

So here's the link so you can enter for someone you love as well.




Monday, February 8, 2010

Tasty Tasty Mud Pies!



Did you ever make mud pies as a child?




What if the mud was actually chocolate?




This was my second attempt at making chocolate truffles for Valentine's Day. Actually I make them almost every year, but for some reason this year I make a batch that was a real stinker. I had bought the wrong chocolate, and lost my original recipe, so I made it up. Bad idea.
I like bitter chocolate, but this was terrible, so I added some milk chocolate and......wait for it......raspberry jelly. HA....well, actually I've used preserves before, but the jelly was not good.
So after that, I broke down and redid the whole batch. I also decided to dip the balls of chocolate in chocolate bark.....for a bit of a bite.





These are so good! I gave one to my son to try. His eyes got so big and (I'm sure he was just being kind) said that they were the best ever! That's all the affirmation I need.

Happy Valentine's Day kiddo!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

lengthy abscences



It's been so long since I wrote something here. Trust me I haven't forgotten. It's been a rough holiday season, but I am still here and crafting my next post. I'll be back, I promise!

Those are pictures of the only craft I did over the holidays....some loverly little soaps for my wonderful Granny......I still owe her a sock! :)

Love....