Friday, December 31, 2010

December Bee Blocks

Happy New Year's Eve y'all!  I am back today to share the rest of my December Bee Blocks with you.  I really enjoy the virtual quilting bees that I am participating in via Flickr.  I have definitely tried out some blocks that I never would have otherwise and have enjoyed the challenge and inspiration. :-)

First up, is the PBee&J swap that I am in ... I made this wonky house block for Corley. This is a block I wouldn't have tried on my own, but I am glad I did!
In this swap, we also make a signature block.  She asked for a 5" square, and I chose to make it a mini house.
I also made two more wonky-style blocks for December.  This time, they were log cabins and for the do.Good Stitches bee, which is a charity bee.  Anna, our quilter this month, asked for white, aqua/turquoise and white blocks.  I hope my colors are on target and will blend well with the others.
And the second block ...
Well, that is all for now!  :-)  Have a great New Year's Eve everyone!  See you tomorrow :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

4th Quarter Bee Blocks

Hi again!  I was so excited to start sewing for fun today ... with absolutely no letter shirt orders on the books! :-)  I am working on quilting a large quilt for a friend and I will share that soon, but I also had some time to get caught up on some bee blocks for a few swaps. 

For now, I will share the blocks I made for the 3 x 6 - 4th quarter swap.  I was in beehive 9 for this one.  Basically, you make 6 of the same block in different color ways. I chose to do a pinwheel block.

Here's one in aqua, green and white ...
Pink, orange and yellow ...
Red, aqua and white ...
This one with black, red, white, and gray ...
Gray, red and white ...
And purple, gray and white ...
I hope all my fellow stitchers love their blocks!  :-)

Back tomorrow with some more bee blocks to close out December & 2010!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Stay warm!

The snowstorm of 2010 left us with this ...
For the most part, beautiful ... minus the 3 hours of no power.  But at least it was a short period without electricity ... especially since this is perfect weather for using our new Keurig coffee maker! :-)

Hope you are all staying warm!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

White Christmas!

Hi everyone!  I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas!  We had a nice day visiting with my mister's family in the morning and then heading to my parents' home in the afternoon.  We got home just before all the snow settled in ... we now have about 5 inches or so.  I will try and post a few pictures of that tomorrow.  :-) For now, I will leave you with a picture of our Christmas tree ...
Take care and talk with you soon! :-)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Paper Crafts Mag

Hi!  Can you believe Christmas is less than two weeks away?  Good grief do I have a lot of projects left to finish!  A few more shirts, a quilt, a few other projects, and more ... better get back to work!

I did want to share some news ... the PaperCrafts Jan/Feb 2011 issue is out and I have a fun shaped card in it ... you can even download my template from the PC website!  Here's the magazine you'll be looking for at the store ...
It's blisteringly cold here and we may get a little white stuff on Thursday ... which I would love, but then we'd have to make up the day next Wednesday instead of having a 2 day week.  I think I'd rather just get the school days over with!  ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  :-)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Scrappy Cards

Hi and happy Friday!  We have one more "handmade holiday" post this week and this one combines my love of paper AND fabric!  Yippee!
Check out my tutorial post for this card and comment tonight if you want a chance to win our samples from the week!  :-)

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Hiya!  Happy *almost* Friday y'all!  It has been a long week of meetings and grading and decorating and more, so I am definitely looking forward to this weekend ... even though there's no college football that we have a stake in!  :-)

I wanted to share a card I made several weeks ago ... one that I really love.  It's the colors I think that I like so much about it and I think its just stinkin' cute.  Maybe that's why I haven't mailed it to anyone yet!  haha  This was pretty easy ... slap a tag from a tag book down, add some letter stickers and a flower, button and some felt leaves.  Cute huh?  Love that zig zag paper!

Speaking of cards ... giving some away with today's project on the Sew Lux blog.  Hope to see you over there too!  :-)

Also, if you're shopping online and NOT using ebates, you're just plain crazy!  They give you cash back on your purchases AND list the coupon codes for just about every store I've ever wanted to shop online at. 

Have a great Friday y'all!  :-)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Giveaway Alert

Just stopping in to share that we're continuing our Handmade Holiday series on the Sew Lux blog.  Today we've got a tutorial on some quick & easy coasters - perfect gift to add with some pretty mugs and some tea!  You can also win the coaster set we've shared!

I will be back tomorrow with a card for you!

Thanks for stopping by!  :-)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cards & More

Hi everyone!  I wanted to stop in and share a set of cards I made a few weeks ago for a friend's birthday.  I used a few pieces of paper from a 6x6 Basic Grey paper pad and mixed and matched them into these 3.5 x 5.5 cards. 
I did decided to "rough 'em up" with some tea dye ink and I think it worked well with the paper combination.  I kept the sentiments pretty generic so she could use them for any number of occasions.  I am planning to go on a card set making blitz here in a few days to prepare some sets for Christmas gifts ... I will be sure to share them here after I've given them away. :-)

Speaking of Christmas gifts ... I have a fun, quick gift I idea for today's Handmade Holiday post on the Sew Lux blog.  Here's a sneak peek ...
Now run over to the blog and see how you can whip one up for yourself!  :-)

Thanks for stopping by!  :-)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Handmade Holiday

Happy Monday y'all!  Today kicks off our Handmade Holiday week on the Sew Lux blog.  Check out our quilted fabric ornaments and comment for a chance to win one!  :-)

See ya back here tomorrow with some cards!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

do Good Stitches November Block

Hi!  Just checking in and sharing my November do.Good.Stitches block.  Rachel hosted this month and sent us each an embroidered animal and asked us to use a specific color ... mine was butter yellow.  Hope I got the shade right!  :-)

This block took me a LOT longer to make than I thought it would.  (So did deciding on a design. Which I finally decided and just went on ahead and improv-ed it.)  I was then too scared to trim it after all that, so I will let her do that.  Hope she doesn't mind.  :-)  Here's the block ...
Here's a closer view of the block.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I hope it will look great with all the others she is putting together!  :-)

Edited to Add:  I designed this block as I went along.  I had intended to do all hexies, but wanted to use bigger hexies to do that.  The embroidery piece limited the size, so I ended up added borders instead of doing hexies for the whole block.  :-)

I am still working on getting the Sew Lux Blog ready for the "Handmade Holiday" series that will kick off this weekend ... so be on the lookout for some quick and fun projects!

See you soon!