February 28, 2011
February 27, 2011
February 26, 2011
It's that time of the week again (yeah!), as another tutorial has been posted to The Quilted Fish's blog, by one of the Creative Consultants! This week's tutorial was written by Jana of Confessions of a Cross-stitch Drama Queen!
Here's a sneak peek of Jana's Hanging Chair Sign Tutorial! Growing up the birthday tradition in my house was to eat off of the 'birthday plate' on your special day. My sister and I used to love the tradition (and technically still do!). I'm almost positive that the combination of a birthday plate and Hanging Chair Sign would have sent us to the moon! :)
February 24, 2011
After getting all nice and clean, I went back to the sink to find that the rubber band molded into the shape of a heart! I know that its silly, but the purple rubber band heart made my day; it gave me hope!
2010 proved to be a hard and difficult year, and 2011 hasn't been too much better. I find myself in the middle of stressful life transitions, but know that there is a reason, and that I have a future that is greater than anything I could plan on my own!
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
February 23, 2011
February 22, 2011
A before shot of the bargain armoire (sans the drawers, as I had already removed them- oops!).
Drumroll please, as here is the 'tah-dah' shot of the armoire, after it was sanded, painted, left to dry, and then roughed up to achieve the distressed look! The helpful gentleman at Home Depot recommended using a semi-gloss paint, which I did, but in the end I wasn't happy with the sheen, thus the roughed up/distressed look! :)
I searched high and low for the perfect (affordable) knobs, and purchased them at World Market for $5 a piece and used a $10 off of $30 coupon, so they ended up being a sweet deal! :)
I have plenty of room inside of the armoire to store my yards of fabric! Each individual bin holds a particular yardage of fabric, and within the bin the fabric is organized my designer/manufacturer.
The drawers neatly hold all of my scraps, zippers, and accessories. The scraps are organized by color, which makes it easy when I'm looking for something in particular! :)
February 21, 2011
He's comfortably snuggled up in the red blanket, as I sit next to him blogging. Life sure is rough when you're a dog! :)
February 17, 2011
Here's a sneak peek, as Sally is a master at embroidery! Not to mention, how cute is her sheep!!! :o)
February 16, 2011
Cardigan- Banana Republic; Cami- Old Navy
Shoes- Apt. 9 (Kohl's); Necklace- Sam's Club
The sides of the pant (along the waist band) are equipped with two buttons and a flap, thus these pants fit like a glove on my fat days, as well as my skinny days! :)
February 14, 2011
1/2 cup Butter, softened
3/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 (14-ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Miniature Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
Candy Coating/Semisweet Chocolate Chips
Cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour, milk and vanilla; mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
Shape into 60 1-inch balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
In a bowl, melt candy coating, stirring often until smooth. Dip balls in coating; place on baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, at least 15 minutes. If desired, re-melt remaining coating and drizzle over candies.
Store in the refrigerator.
Makes 5 dozen (60)
- Main Focus Fabric (Front and Back Border): 1/2 yard
- Coordinating Fabric (Front Border and Back): 1/2 yard
- Binding: 2.25" x +/- 113"
- Quilt Batting: 13.5" x 40"
- Heat n' Bond (optional)
- Sewing Machine
2. From the Coordinating Fabric, cut two 2.5" x 13.5" and two 2.5" x 36" pieces for the Border on the front side, and cut one 9.5" x 36" piece for the Back of the table runner.
3. With right sides together, and using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the 2.5" x 36" Border pieces to the Main Focus Fabric (9.5" x 36"). Press seams toward the darker fabric.
4. Repeat Step #3, sewing the 2.5" x 13.5" Border pieces to the Main Focus Fabric (9.5" x 36"). Press seams toward the darker fabric.
5. The back of the table runner will be the inverse of the front, so with right sides together, sew the 2.5" x 36" Border pieces to the 9.5" x 36" Coordinating Fabric. Press seams toward the darker fabric.
6. Repeat Step #5, sewing the 2.5" x 13.5" Border pieces to the Coordinating Fabric. Press seams toward the darker fabric.
7. Sandwich the quilt batting between the wrong sides of the Front and Back of the table runner and quilt as desired. (Note- I quilted diagonal lines, spaced at about 2.25" which mimicked the fabric pattern.)
8. For the Binding, cut 2.25" strips and piece together for a total of +/- 113".(Note- I used various coordinating fabrics for the Binding, but you don't have to.Feel free to piece together the same fabric for a uniform Binding).To piece the strips, place the fabric right sides together, perpendicular to each other, and sew across the two strips at a 45 degree angle.Trim excess fabric at 1/4" and press seam open.
9. With wrong sides together, press the Binding in half.The table runner Binding will be sewn on just like quilt binding, so with a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the raw edge of the Binding to the back side of the table runner (leaving a +/- 6" tail from the start of the Binding).When approaching the corners, make sure to stop 1/4” from the corner, lift your needle and presser foot and fold the binding up onto itself. Fold the Binding down again, aligning the raw edges and resume stitching.
10. When approaching the start of the Binding, with right sides together, stitch the end of the Binding to the tail of the Binding (from Step #9).Finish sewing the raw edge of the Binding to the back side of the table runner.
11. Fold over the Binding to the front and hand or machine stitch the Binding in place, making sure to neatly miter the corners.
12. The reversible table runner is now complete, however should you want to add any additional elements feel free to!I chose to add 'love' to both ends of the table runner (which I cut out with Cricut), and backed with Heat n' Bond, which keeps the reversible functionality of the table runner.
February 11, 2011
Here's a sneak peek (just to make you drool a bit!)...
At this time I would also like to share that starting Monday, Amanda from The Quilted Fish, will be selling kits on her website to make the items featured in the Creative Consultant's tutorials. The first two kits to be featured will be KarrieLyne's and Julie's! :)
February 9, 2011
Jenny Reeder was diagnosed with leukemia in November, and went from being a full-time PhD student to being a full-time patient, dedicated to beating the cancer that was attacking her body. Where her days were filled with reading, writing, and researching, they are now comprised of chemo, shots, rest and lots of waiting. With two months down and two years to go, cancer-beating has proved to be a very expensive ordeal! In an effort to help Jenny with her expenses, her friends have put together an auction in which retailers/moms/students/Etsy shops/friends/family/anyone can donate time and talents for sale and all the proceeds go to Jenny’s treatment fund.
After reading Jenny's story I KNEW that I had to do something to help, thus I'm participating in the auction, by donating a Nursing Cocoon (Free Spirit's Robots).
The Auction will begin on Valentine’s Day, February 14th at 9am and close on February 15th at 10pm EST. Don't feel obligated to participate, however should you feel called to do so, additional details can be found here.
February 8, 2011
February 6, 2011
A big thank you to Tammie for letting me be a part of her Sew Full of Love Week!
Here are a couple snapshots of the finished table runner (just to make sure you come back for the tutorial!). :o)
February 3, 2011
My Grandma M. got word of my dilemma and called the house asking if I was interested in her sewing desk.
I of course jumped at the chance, and am so very honored to have her sewing desk as I know she's spent so much time at the desk over the years. She also mentioned that my Grandpa had bought her the desk which makes it even more special in my eyes!
The desk is in need of a quick wipe down and either some paint or another coat of varnish. I'm not quite sure that my sewing machine will fit into the desk's opening (I haven't had the energy to lug my machine downstairs and into the garage yet!), but if not I'm sure I can find someone to help me find a solution.
While I have your attention, make sure to check out The Quilted Fish's blog tomorrow as KarriLyne of the Freckled Whimsy is posting the first tutorial as a Creative Consultant. So exciting! Every Friday there will be a new tutorial, for a different contributor, so make sure to mark your calendars! :)
February 2, 2011
Sweater- Banana Republic; White Cami- Old Navy; Jeans- Gap
Shoes- Rainbow Sandals (my favorite)