~What’s been going on round here~

Well y’all… I love Pandora. I really love it. You pick a song and it builds a  “station” around the songs you like. Love that. Imagine a little rock, a little country, a little folk. Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Kid Rock, Dixie Chicks, the Band Perry. Daughtry, Paul Simon and everything in-between. Cool.

My cat ate some roving.. I am freaking out. I don’t know if you remember our Kitty but he ate yarn– we think… the next thing you know he was gone from a horrible intestinal blockage. He didn’t make it. Oh, it was bad so, so bad. Scratch that, I think she is ok, this was yesterday and she hasn’t missed a beat. I don’t know. We’ve had a bad run with cats.. I might be a little paranoid.

It wasn’t this, it was gray roving. This is an art batt. So pretty. It’s from my My friend and inspiration Camilla.  So pretty and sparkly.

Hello Charlotte~I have Charlotte on my mind. I love the name Charlotte. I didn’t use to, but I really do now.

I love her little outfit~

I am about to start a project for a friend. I so hope I don’t muck it up.

~Hello pretty face~

I have just realized my blog is outdated, old stuff on here. Ugh. I need a makeover. Deep sigh.

I am excited about Christmas. It is shaping up to be a good one this year. This is me praying for no problems, no drama, Lord please keep us all safe. Please.

Trying to find a Christmas service for my daughter and I to go to. My husband is working on Christmas, but I want to go to church. I really do. Must get on that.

Also, need to get teacher gifts.. not so prepared this year.. what to do ??

What’s new with you??

~First quilt of 2010 done~

Well,  let’s make that the last quilt of 09 and the first quilt of 2010 done.  Whatever, it’s done and that makes me happy!

  ~I had the hardest time taking pictures, I had to go outside and chase the sunshine!

The quilt pattern is called the “Roundabout Quilt” by  Amy of a Commonplace Life.  The first time I saw her completed quilt’s and her tutotial for her pattern, I knew I wanted to make one. I just loved it from the start. 

I will say I was nervous about piecing circles but I got over it, quickly.  I love circles.  They are easy.  I was pinning and pinning at first, but soon I just kind of lined them up and let it rip.  It was fun!!

Here is the back, I wanted a little bit of calm here, as opposed to the wild jumble of color on the front.  I just made a few more blocks then pieced with  Kona cotton “Snow” to complete the back.  I used Kona “Bahama Blue” or something like that for the binding, again going for a little calm.

This quilt is for my daughter Emma, I had promised her a quilt and it took  me forever to get around to it. I just had to have the right fabric, the right pattern, and I think this  is what I wanted for her.  I call it my “Circle of Love” quilt for her, so she will always remember that she is surrounded with love. Corny, but true!

A quilt is never done until it is photographed,  so now it is in her possession and she is really happy.  That makes me happy!

~I think I LOVE it! So happy and colorful!   Thank you Amy for sharing this wonderful pattern! It is genius!

Odds and Ends~

With the holidays quickly approaching, I have been slowly working on some odds and ends for  swaps and what not..  
~ a little clothespin angel made with vintage linen and lace.

 ~a vintage Christmas card turned bookmark, or ornament, decoupaged…

  ~ playing around with stamped lined, added crocheted picot edging.  I finally used my hemstitch/wing tip needle.  Pretty fun!

  ~ one more stocking, boy version.  I used a Pottery Barn sheet for the dinasours and some gingham and other odds and ends. I  quilted the top and used  linen for the back.

 

Time is certainly wizzing by…

Still grateful and swap updates…

It has been a while since I have posted my gratitude… grateful5so,  I just want to say how grateful I am for my new furnace. It is a wonderful thing. It is more energy efficient and all programable. We are so warm and cozy it is just crazy!  I do live in an old house and it was very hard to heat with the old furnace (some rooms too hot, some rooms to cold.)  They had vented it in an old chimney and that wrecked havoc on our plaster walls in one room. Ok~ Enough of the boring details, I am just so grateful for our new heat condensing, green, tax rebatable furnace.  Woo hoo! and for our friend who put it in for us.. not an easy job~!

Now for some fun~ Hope from Going Sew Crazy is doing a stocking full of cheer swap!
I have started working on the stocking and an ornament or 2.

   I gathered my materials..

   and I made a quilted stocking. I used this stocking pattern for my starting point. I changed it up just a bit..

   ~ I just kind of made it up as I went along.  I pieced the top using muslin as a base.  I then quilted it.  I used a very special piece of linen from my stash for the back.  I did a binding for the interior of the stocking to clean up the edges. I also did   a bindingfor the top of the stocking and then added a loop for hanging and I just could not stop without adding a little gingham ruffle.  I really like it!   I just can’t decide if I should wash it and crinkle or not..

I am slowly starting on my ornaments~  

I need to start working on my other swap…

                                     holiday-tradition-exchange

This one will be a lot of fun as well!

Merry Christmas and a wrap up…

Merry Christmas to all who read my blog. Thank you for sharing your time with me. I hope this new year finds you happy, healthy and full of good cheer.  Blessings to you and your families…..

I just can’t stop with the Rubblework Scarf…  I love the pattern have you noticed??? Can not say enough good things about this. Fun and fast!

Christmas gowns…

burnt the midnight oil on these … 

 Thrifted sheets from the GW… finally got around to using them!  McCalls  pattern 5510.  Love it! Then on to the pajama pants… Butterick 3314

 I made some slight changes~ I added drawstings to the elastic to make it just a little more cute.

 More last minute things to wrap up, Merry Christmas!!!

Peace~

Last minute gifts

Crazy quilted coasters on the fly….

Crazy quilted coasters, originally uploaded by jennbennstar.

Coaster’s on the fly…
These were quick and easy to make. I cut fabric leftover from my Rubblework scarf and pieced these together. I used 5 inch squares of linen for the back, and 3 inch squares of the brown and polka dot cotton. I pieced and then quilted them going around the square. I call them crazy quilted because they have a slightly rustic feel to them.

 One more handmade item done!

Inspiration recieved from~

purl and also Sew Mama Sew and I am sure other blogs that I can not remember right now. We are really tired from our Christmas party with mom and family. They are off to Chicago soon for their Christmas holiday. We surely had a wonderful time though!

Knitty Toddle scarf done and another round of Rubble!

 

Ok, so the Knitty Toddle scarf is done! This was easy and fun. No lie! I am really loving this.  This is for a little fellow named Jack who was born in Oct…. He will grow into it I am sure. I have one more little hat to knit then off it will go.  I myself would LOVE a scarf just like this!  close up of the pattern.

 You can barely see it, but in the middle of this photo is the key hole in which to slide the end through.

On another note, I am crazy about this Rubblework Scarf. It is so fun to make. Kathy Mack is a great designer.. here is her crafty friends of Pink Chalk Hill flicker group check out all the cool things folks have made! Ok, here is my 2nd version of the Rubble scarf..

I would love to try this on and model it, but I was out in the cold drizzly rain and my hair is standing up on it’s ends right now… not pretty!  But I think this scarf is kind of cute… I am hoping to give this as a Christmas gift…. hope it will be liked!

Here was my first version…

On another note, just to show you that true love does exist… in case you had any doubt I mean…Here is kitty and Olivia still bonding~

Still feeling the love…

Back earlier when Kitty was still  a baby~

That is love!

A new day…

Moving on to new projects..

from Knitty.. toddle scarf for a little one.

fun and easy. a little time consuming, but easy. The pattern is so easy, my problem is I have no memory. So, I do the cf4,  purl, knit, peal,  cb4,  purl, knit, purl, so on and so forth over and over. Somehow with that easy pattern, I forget cb4 or cf4. Oh well, I will be fine, it is obvious when your off. Also, I know why I prefer wood/bamboo needles, those metal sticks are slick!   I am in LOVE with this yarn, it is Blue Sky Cotton from Purl Soho.

What a difference good yarn makes! Here is the pattern:Toddle Scarf It seems to me that the color is most true in the last photo it is a beautiful blue called Azul.
I can not say enough about how much I love Purl, they are fantastic, artistic, creative, kind and have excellent customer service! Good people!

A little bit of Christmas…

Gifts are being made and our tree has some trimmings. We are slowly making our way.

I still have so much to do, and too little time, but that is nothing new.  I am quite sure I am not alone in that …

Here are a few  sentimental memories that I would like to share… tree!

 angel

 here is the sentimental bit~ crochet snowflake by my grandmother who is 94 yrs old. I am not sure when she made these, but they have been on my tree since I can remember..

 same with the green knit bell. We used to have red, green and white. I only have one lone green bell in my possession, and I need to find a pattern to make more. However, this does nicely in the meantime. This bell has been on my tree my whole life… (I’m 37).

 gingerbread man I made not long after I was married and first getting into crafty things.. married 14 years  a little white dove up top, from my husband’s  childhood…

There are many more, but these I always love to see…

A friend at work is a single mom, with 3 kids.  She has it tough, never enough money, always working, no help from ex,  etc. etc. We are making gift baskets for her 3 children. Here are my contributions…

 One girl is 15

 One is 13

 One is 7.

I don’t know these children personally, but I hope they will appreciate the thought positive energy put into these gifts.  I hope and wish that their mom can continue to provide  all that they need to be happy and healthy.

Last notes:the knitted flowers are from here~ Little Cotton Rabbit’s blog. these are so fun to make! I had a heck of a time with that pink bag! I struggled with it because I would not take time to look at my pattern notes..
All 3 bags are based this pattern from Purl… love this!
Key chains and head band from Handmade in November ideas.

Here is my inspirational quote of the week….
Life is brief, and time is nothing but a thief… (Dr. Phil??)
Heard it last week on one of his shows, and it has stuck in my mind.. No matter how bogged down we are, or how tired we get.. in the big picture what does it matter? We must keep living, being, creating, laugh, cry, we must live our life. Today, because we may not have tomorrow…

Meet Eloise our Christmas Elf!

 

Happy December! The time is drawing near.  In the spirit  of all things Elfie, I have taken inspiration from many places….Here and here (this one really got me going!!)and I know there are many more. Anyhoo, I took my inspiration and focus to come up with …

Eloise~ the Elf!!           

We think she is kind of special!

She was made with Love of course.  Her pattern was cut, materials selected, stuffed, face embroidered, clothes sewn and assembled. She was embellished with an antiqued silver button and a warm gray scarf was woven for her neck and shoulders.  She was a lot of fun to make, and my little helper helped me with finding the appropriate name.

Much more to do with regards to Christmas, first and foremost to find our missing tote box of ornaments. How they disappeared out of our attic is beyond me.. Might have had something to do with our annual attic clean up spearheaded by dear hubby.  Hmmm. .. we have to get on top of this quickly.  We have a tree waiting…

Update:  We have found our “missing” ornaments! Yay!!  Let the yuletide festivities begin..