Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas boxes

I will be posting a lot of old projects and so here are the boxes I made and then filled with homemade Christmas candies and cookies.

This is what they looked like all dressed up in ribbons and bows.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Star Wars cookies

Loving the cool Star Wars cookie cutters we got for Christmas. Thanks Mer :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Doubble Hourglass Blocks

Here is a fun peek at my doubble hourglass blocks. They are so pretty I can't wait to put them together! This quilt will be a good crib size quilt when it's done. I bought most of the fabric at Wal-mart, and I chose them because they reminded me of vintage sheets. I do have one actual vintage sheet fabric in there.

Lovely Gift!

I have wonderful, beautiful, creative sisters and mother. Mer, one of my lovely sisters made this adorable quilt for my baby boy coming in just 4 weeks! It is SO cute and cuddly! It has orange minky backing and I already love to snuggle my baby belly with it.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Origami Boxes...

...made with Christmas card stock

My sister at Lorajean's Magazine posted a tutorial on how to make origami boxes from vintage wallpaper. I didn't have any wallpaper so I decided to try wrapping paper and that turned out to be very difficult and flimsy (it was my thickest one). But this 12 x 12" Christmas card stock was thick and sturdy and turned out to be perfect for making boxes.

I didn't dress up my boxes with any ribbon yet but they will be so cute when I fill them with treats and tie them up with cute ribbons, bows and tags. I put my chocolate chocolate chip muffin I was eating inside to see how it would look.

Latest Project: Doubble Hourglass Quilt

I have so many projects in the works and I finally took pictures of one! Ever since I saw this tutorial on one of my favorite blogs I knew I had to make one.

This is my first couple of test blocks.

I am about half way through cutting, and I discovered I can get three blocks from each fabric strip! I really had no idea how much fabric I would need to make this quilt, and it turns out that I will have plenty of this fabric left over to make more fun quilts.

Here is a picture of a double hourglass quilt that I saw at a fun quilt shop at Gardner Village with Mer Mer last Thanksgiving.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Princess Castle Party

Here is my big FOUR year old! And her Birthday celebration!
I have been dying to make this cake! So this was a fulfilment of my dream to make a pink castle cake and I think a fulfilment of her dream cake as well!
This was my first time ever using fondant. I bought Wilton fondant from Wal-mart and colored it pink. It was tricky and I think after some practice I could get better at it. For the towers I frosted jumbo cake cones and regular sugar cones. I had to cut the cake cones to get them to look right and they cut surprisingly well. Frosting them was trickier. The cake turned out fantastic! I loved making it. I'd even do it again.

The boys got prince crowns and swords. The girls put on some dress ups and got princess hats with tulle and a wand.

Queen mommy and the princess. We had an enchanted time!

Castle Party Invites

Just sharing the fun invites I made for my little princesses 4th birthday. The castle stamp is from Stampn' Up, I got way back when I graduated from high school. I had fun pouring on tons of glitter. :) Inside I printed out the party info like this:

"Hear Ye Hear Ye!
By royal decree all fair Princesses and brave Knights of the land are
requested to attend the celebration of Her Royal Highness
Princess (daughter's name) 4th birthday!
Please join us for feasting and festivities at the (our last name) castle,
(address), in the township of (city) on
Saturday September 4th at 1:30 to 3pm.
Please let Queen Mom know if you will be attending, as she has to
prepare the castle for your arrival (phone number)"
I got a lot of my inspiration for the invite from

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dino Quilt Progress

You may remember the quilt that my son designed in this post. So here are some in progress pictures of how it's coming along.

The above photo shows my applique dino pinned to the background fabric. The puffy little feet were my son's idea, so cute! I used freezer paper to turn the edges but I'm sure I ended up doing it the hard way. My fusible bond stuff was too small and too stiff but I think if I'd bought another kind it could have been easier.

TA DA! the finished quilt top!
I need to add more borders to make the blanket larger but every time I make suggestions my advice is often shot down by the designer.

Almost done, just need to get some batting (I can't decide what kind to get) and and start quilting.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Finished my very first quilt!!

Woo Hoo I completed my first quilt!! I pieced it and quilted it and bound it all by my self. There was only one part that my sister helped me with. I was doing home work so she helped stitch the sail boats on after I had ironed them on with Heat n' Bond iron on adhesive.

Here is the detail of my nephews name I stitched to one of the the boats. I debated which boat to put it on and I know it would have been easier to read on one of the other boats, but that's the one I wanted it on.

Here you can see some of the fun echo quilting I did around the boats.

The back shows all the quilting really nicely.

A close up of the binding and the stitch I used.

And this picture shows the little strip of piecing I put on the back, I think it looks so cute.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sewing with my boy

While I was sewing my boy came into my sewing room and wanted to do what I was doing. He saw the quilt I was working on and decided he was going to make a quilt for his baby brother coming in the fall. I pulled my fabric stash out and identified what fabric he could use. These are the ones he picked out:
I then handed him a pad of grid paper and explained that he needed to draw his design before we could start. He then used the entire paper edge to edge to draw a large flying dino in the center of the quilt: Then I had him color it to show where he wanted to use each fabric. I then measured the fabric to see how it would work out and then redrew his design (only changing it a tiny bit to make it a little more clear) until it looked like this:

We have it almost all cut out (not the big dino yet) and he's super excited to get it done. He is so creative he even suggested we use some green ribbon for the plants. I am now trying to figure out how to let him sew most of it without being a bossy perfectionist. Wish me luck.

Friday, June 25, 2010

My Summer Boredom Solution

I made these little index cards so my kids can really see how many cool options they have. Now if they claim they are bored, I tell them to pick a card and do it.

So far so good. One day the kids did the activities on over half of the cards. I have an even longer list of ideas to fall back on. It takes time to make these cards but they have a great visual effect.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Little Dolly Dresses

I've had these little 6 inch dollies since I was a little girl and they fit really well in my castle doll house. Well I finally stared sewing pretty little princess like dresses for them so that they feel comfortable in their castle home. I have about six of them and two Mermaids so I have a few more dresses to make.

Here is what they looked like before I worked on their hair and these are the kinds of clothes they came with. The thing I love about these dolls, you can never loose their shoes or socks, some come in tights and they always wear underwear (it's painted on) that's my favorite part!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My first Jelly Roll

I bought my first Jelly Roll of Moda Neptune fabric last summer with a cute pattern to make a quilt with dreams of finishing it before Christmas. Well when school started in the fall and all my sewing was placed on a shelf reality sunk in and I knew I'd never get it done before then. I cracked open my Jelly Roll last week and almost finished the quilt top yesterday for MLK day. All that's left to do is squaring up the sides and then of course quilting and binding. Confession here, I have no idea how to machine quilt and I'm more than a little intimidated about attempting it. And that's why I haven't completed a single quilt yet, but I'm hoping to soon!

I had a lot of fun making this quilt top and it was SO very easy, and that of course helped make it fun!

Monday, January 11, 2010

little shell angels

I've been wanting to make these forever! I love sea shells, and I wanted to make some pretty angels for my christmas tree, so I finally did. they may be a little cheezy but they make me happy.