Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Twas the Night before....

Twas the night before the blog hop and what do you know- Bobbie is here with something to show
Creatin' in the Sticks made me a gift - a little tea pot and a mug rug just gave me a lift!
 Carla did a fabulous job and stalked my pinterest page to see just what I'd like and she hit the nail (or pin, as the case may be) right on the head!

Aren't they the sweetest things? - She even made me some sweet pins to go with the pincushion! 
I had so much fun with this hop- its perfect for me - I am a last minute gifter- no matter how hard I try I am always making something on Christmas eve. I must like the adrenaline rush or something!
The other bloggers have shared so many great ideas that will make my gifting easier!

Right now I am in the middle of getting ready for our bazaar which is on Friday. I have been crafting like a mad woman. People donate items in need of TLC and I give it a fluff fluff  here and a spritz spritz there and a couple of la tee dahs - sometimes people even buy their own items back :)

Wreath before
And After

My wreaths make a quick and easy non sewing gift.

 I also made

kitchen fun on one side

 and Gingerbread on the other

Reversible aprons - my friend mentioned last year that she didn't have a Thanksgiving apron so she was just wearing her Christmas one.   I thought "since I line my aprons anyway, why not make them for Christmas AND Thanksgiving" or another holiday.

Peanuts Fall

Peanuts Christmas


I wore the Peanuts Apron to our Thanksgiving dinner and threw it in the washing machine- I am at work so it is difficult to get another picture of it. My Mom took pictures of it and sent them but the attachment didn't come through- oh fiddle! So I've added a picture of the fabric.

I had to put Trudy's name on her phone case because I wanted to keep it!
These are my "go to" gifts - glasses cases and cell phone cases. I hate losing my phone in the depths of my purse and my friends are always losing their glasses too, so I make these that hook on your purse with just a carbineer hook (sometimes you can get 2 for $1 at Wallyworld) I was going to put my phone in the case so you could see it in there- and then realized- I am taking pictures with my phone....Duh!:)

Thanks so much for stopping by! and our Super duper Santa's Helpers deserve a cuppa hot chocolate and a candy cane for putting this hop together! Thanks Madame Samm and Marlene! You are the best!

Be sure to stop by and see what everyone else is making!

Creatin’ In The Sticks < ----made me the cutest Teapots
From This To That < -----this is ME!
Sew Me Something Good <----- I made her gifts!

It is snowing outside  and a whole 6 degrees tonight
A Quilter's Dream come true!
'Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.

Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.

She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all and to all a good night!
Author Unknown  -

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Twas the week before....

The fantabulous "twas the night before..." blog hop started today and there are sew many great ideas to try!  I have been crafting like mad here trying to get ready for my bazaar which is NEXT WEEK!!!! AAAAAARGH!!!!! My office has been transformed into Santa's Workshop and me and my elves (oh wait I am the only elf in here) have been gluing and painting and spraying and tearing and printing and "oh Stink"ing when I realize that the paper I need for this project is at home. Of course, at home this elf has been cutting and stitching and gluing and "oh Stink"ing because the fabric for that project is at work. I am having a lot of fun and have actually got a lot finished for the little time I have spent crafting. Not having a vehicle is really stinky this time of year- I am so grateful for friends who do give me a ride even though it takes ForEVER to get me out of Hobby Lobby! One of my littles at church has learned (from her Dad) to say "Miss Bobbie likes Hobby Lobby." It is the cutest thing -with her little girl voice, she says W for her L and has a lisp too. I should record it!

I have been doing a lot of "From this to That"ing - people donate their gently used items and I make them purty again.
Yesterday, with just a bit of glue, paper and my new friend Glitter Blast Spray,

  I changed this poor angel in need of some love to

THAT beautiful sparkling angel.  The music is Hark the Herald Angels sing. It took 4 copies of the song to cover him, but now he's ready for the angel choir again!

Be sure to check out all my friends on the hop-
This hop is so much fun- we all received a gift from the blogger before us on the list! My gift is just perfect and I love it but can't show you yet! my day is the 19th- lotsa hopping to do before then!

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rush hour

Red, black and white fabric =bliss!  I was unable to get the Rush Hour  fabric but it is definitely on my wish list. I have been oohing and aahing over each and every post!
I surprised myself and actually had my project finished right after I signed up for the hop - it was my sorta sister in law's birthday and I found just the right gift.

I had the Mickey fabric on hand from our
 Disneyland  tour at the nursing home -  I made this skirt
 for the Minnie Mouse Mother's Day tea. 
It only has a little yellow so it works for the hop right?)
My first project is (drum roll please)  a loyalty card holde I found the tutorial from a lemon squeezy home on Pinterest of course.  My wallet won't close because of all those loyalty cards and I can never find my Shopko card or Starbucks when I need it. 

next time I will have to use a non directional print!
 With this handy dandy pouch (and me remembering to place the cards where they go)  I can find them in a jiffy.  There are alphabetized tabs to sort the gazillion cards to make them so much easier to find. 

 Since I started using it there's no more searching for the card and holding up the line extending Rush Hour. And it worked up sew quick -I made two in  an hour and now that I know what I'm doing they will be even quicker. A great "twas the night before" project.  

I added some quotes to the cards just
for fun. The next ones will be made
 from fun cardstock.
As  I was looking at Tuesdays participants, I decided I needed another project - I just finished Emma bean's owl quilt and was thinking of making her a bag to match but with the hop coming I decided to make one for me first. Emma's bag will be coming next week.  I saw a picture of an owl bag and decided to make my own.  The gingham wings are from some shoulder pads I removed from my dress the other day because one got twisted. 

 I have a Bazaar coming up in November and plan to make a few more owl bags- I will be adding a pocket and making it a bit larger and some card holders to sell.
The owl  loyalty card holder I made for me! I figured out
 how to get the owls right side up- sorry Mickey!
Thanks to Madame Samm and Carol for putting all this fun together for us! Be sure to stop by and check out the other amazing Rush Hour projects!

Whoo needs a cup of coffee? Owl get it!
Friday, September 26
From This to That >>you are here 

Monday, September 22, 2014

From this to that

From this old window that Jim saved for me to my new piece of art for my living room.  The map I bought was slightly too small for the window so I added some postcard scrapbook paper. I am so happy with how this turned out!  My nephew is drawing a few requested pictures for me to go along with my maps. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Back at it

I actually sat down at Sherman and was able to sew.  I hurt my back and then the flu knocked me for a loop and then had a big luau at work to host so Sherman has been feeling neglected. It's been like a month - I did get to work on Emma bean's quilt a bit last night - it's so  close to being finished two more areas to quilt on the main section and the border to quilt. 
This week is a new hop over at sew we  quilt "Rush Hour"  the button on the side of my blog will take you to the schedule.  My day is Friday.   Have a great day ☺

I'm linking up to show off Saturday @sew can she

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday make over

Ooh blogger is being bratty today - Just lost half my post :-(  great and now it won't let me publish because two pix didn't load and it shuts off when I try to remove them. Grrr starting over - love cut n paste :-)

I decided a couple months ago that I wanted to redo my living room and bring in some aqua.  3 walls are dark paneled and one is faux stone. I rent so painting isn't in the mix.  It took me awhile to decide exactly what I wanted - I like my living room decor just want to update.  I decided a new rug would be just the thing - but way out of my budget and I couldn't find what I wanted any hoo.  To pinterest I go - aha! I can buy a cheap ugly rug and fix it with fabric!  Whilst wandering JoAnns looking for the binding for Emma bean's quilt, I found the perfect fabric for my rug! It has the c colors that are in my living room now and aqua - that means I don't have to change the whole thing at once!  And I love this fabric.  Now I have the jumping off point.  I don't have the rug yet but the fabric is on the floor (testing for cat hair adherence - and so far  it's not too bad.)
Anyway I finally decided on maps and book pages.  I have some old windows and intend to place a map behind one like this one I found on pinterest except mine will be sepia - I painted some picture frames and the window frame this morning - since I am writing this on my phone the pix will not be in order.  So far I haven't spent much on this redo - 1.87 for paint 15 for fabric and 3.99 for my map - which I found thanks to this post from beadandcord.com. 
Have a fabulous Monday - hopefully my back will let me sew  for a while so I can get Emma bean's quilt done - sew close and yet sew far...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rush Hour coming soon!

Wow! I've have been quite quiet on the bloggy front! I am sew glad Madame Samm has just the right hop to get me blogging again! This time its Rush Hour!
Sew we quilt
 and the way life has been it's been a constant rush hour 'round here! Hopefully things will get back to a normal ish schedule now that I have an assistant again. I have been toying with  ideas for the hop and just today a perfect idea popped into my email! YAY - I have the fabric just didn't know what I wanted to make! Stay tuned- I will be showing it off soon!

 I have been working on a quilt for EmmaBean (she is 5yo)- she was with me at the fabric store and I decided to make her a dress but couldn't decide which owl fabric I liked best so I asked her. She said- with that sweet sigh, "Aunt Bobbie, I'd rather have a blanket...." How can an Aunt Bobbie say no to that? Emma is the only one of my nieces and nephews that didn't get one when they were born. Emma picked out the rest of the fabric- with some veto power from Aunt Bobbie- and a few nudges the right direction.
 I spent a couple hours playing with the ideas for the pattern, and I am pleased with it so far. I forgot to buy binding and found the rosebud fabric in my stash and ended up using it for the back and a border- and didn't have enough to use for binding- soI got some white with dots- not that I'm ready for the binding yet, but...
I am using Warm and Natural batting- which I've not used before and WOW what a difference! I LOVE this stuff! I almost feel like I should apologize to all my other projects for not using it!

Have a fab day!  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Carolina Breeze Bag

I make a lot of fun things and rarely keep them. My projects always end up as gifts but on Friday I decided I needed a new purse so I made one! I found this wonderful free pattern on Craftsy  from Grits and Giggles and it really was a breeze- except for Bobbie not being able to count to two. (the pattern said to cut two on the fold- I was using fat quarters and had to piece my fabric to make it fit- since I had two pieces of fabric I thought I was good- um sure for only one side of the lining) I had to find another fabric for contrast :) I do love the way it turned out and will certainly make another one!
I had to change the bow - I ran out of fabric
obviously this was not a planned project :)

I tweaked the pattern a wee bit to add the flip flop
 fabric on the inside

Friday, May 30, 2014

April and May, where did you go?

April and may seem to have disappeared without reporting in. after the wedding fun, I went straight into our Volunteer party-an evening in Paris. Then it was headlong into Disney nursing home week. Of course in between all that was the regular fun: spring, Easter, surgical removal of a tooth, nurses week, graduations, etc. My time sewing at Shermans side was minimal. I did make a very fun skirt for our Minnie mouse Mothers Day Tea, and a purse for a friend. I also altered Cinderellas ball gown. The rest of my craftiness was painting, arranging  and gluing.
I will post Paris party pictures at a later date since they are not on my phone.
National nursing home week celebrates both the residents and staff. This year our theme was "celebrating those who make Green Acres Healthcare the happiest place on this part of the earth"
We visited each land in Disneyland throughout the week. Each day the kitchen made a fabulous lunch inspired by the land we visited. Our dining room had a different name each day as well. Staff and residents were encouraged to dress up in the day's theme. We started our week on Friday with Toontown where we made Mickey ears for all the residents. Saturday,we had Minnies mothers day tea with minnie mouse cupcakes.
On Monday it was main street usa and we held a penny arcade with skee ball, plinko, a shooting  gallery etc. each game earned you Pennies which were spent at the candy store. Tuesday was New Orleans Square, pirates of the Caribbean day. We had a treasure chest pinata that the scally wags had to throw cannon balls at, then whack it with the sword to get the loot.
Since I am typing on my phone and can not put the pictures where I want them, I will post the rest of the Disney fun later.
My Mom and Fredly are taking me to a minorleague baseball game today-late birthday present. And it's a perfect day for  baseball! I plan to make myself a new purse and possibly a skirt before time to go.