Friday, October 31, 2008

Monsters, Monsters Everywhere

Are these Monsters not the cutest things you have seen today? I don't think the site owner would mind the extra advertizing on my blog. I seriously think I need to make a couple of these. Love the guy with all the eyeballs.
Ok, now you have to check out these Furry Monsters too. Love the mug shot lineup background.
Now I don't know which ones I like better.

Christmas Already

I feel like I am back in my old Stampin' Up! days. By the time a holiday rolls around I have already had my fill of it and have moved on. So today is Halloween and this is what I am working on. This is an old fabric panel I have had that I am turning into a Christmas table runner.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Completed Projects

Kim has a doctors appointment this morning so I have an extra hour a the house by myself. A very unusual event.
My fabric heart swap partner sent me this adorable heart and button bouquet.

I got the binding put on this last night.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Moment of Panic

So during a moment of panic when I didn't know the status of my sewing machine and I had the pink and black swap looming over my head I bought some pink and black scrapbooking supplies.

I made 20 simple black and pink cards.
And then decided to decorate a little box for the cards. I still have to add my swappers name to the front of the box but otherwise I am done. I did throw in a pink gel pen, pink and black eyelets and if I get some time I will diecut the remaining pink and black cardstock.
This is my table afterwards where the two worlds of sewing and paper crafts collided. Guess I will be cleaning that before I start any new projects.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Head Over Heels

Well I wouldn't exactly say I am head over heels with the new sewing machine. I miss my old one but this one does have a couple features that I really like. David loves that it is so much quieter than my old sewing machine. So much quieter that he has threatened not to get my old one repaired. And it has a clear bobbin compartment so you can see when you are running low on bobbin thread. What I don't like is that it is an electronic machine. It always ends with the needle in the down position which is a tad annoying and it seems to always take one extra stitch more because it wants the needle in the down position.
I tested it out making a reversible headband. So I was able to use it or at least I was half heartily open to change. I do need to make the elastic part just a tad bit bigger to stretch onto a head. Overall not bad for the new sewing machine.

Froggy Pumpkin

Kim's pumpkin was a frog. He looks a little ill like a psycho frog but it is Halloween so I guess it is fitting. It is sad that she has never experienced carving a pumpkin before. I think she enjoyed it. Although a couple times I thought she was going to quit. As you may recall we have a little problem with follow through with Kim.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Oh Brother

I have been wanting a back up sewing machine for a while and I sure could use one now with my trusty 23 year old one acting up. David got off work a little early I asked him to check out what he could find at our local big box store.

One of these will be waiting for me when I get home this afternoon. I really didn't want to buy a new one, and if I did I wanted a very high quality machine. But with two of us in the house sewing it makes sense to have a cheap backup. Better yet I don't have to be so incredibly stressed about what is wrong with mine. I am sure the repair man will be happy to know I won't be stalking him either.

Limited Edition Project Runway CE-5000PRW - 50 Stitch Computerized Sewing MachineProfessional Features for the Designer in You…the CE5000 PRW is a Project Runway Limited Edition computerized sewing machine with 50 built-in stitches and 87 stitch functions. Use the LCD screen to choose decorative, quilting or heirloom stitches to embellish your wardrobe. The exceptional feed system enables effortless sewing on denim, tweed and other thick fabrics. Complete with an automatic needle threader, fast bobbin winding system, Quick-Set™ bobbin and super bright LED-lit work area, the CE5000 PRW will turn your clothing into runway style creations.

Carved Pumpkin

Kim and I carved pumpkins yesterday. I got a photo of mine this morning. The eye balls are not carved they are plastic eyes that came in a kit I got a few years ago. I am impressed that Mason knew what it was without asking. So I must have followed the pattern close enough.

Bigger Than a Coaster

The fabric panel said these were coasters. They are actually more the size of large pot holders. This is the only thing I got finished before the sewing machine started acting up.

Waiting and Waiting

My stack of sewing waiting for a sewing machine. The cats and dog quilt top is complete and binding made waiting for fabric for the back. A Halloween wall hanging waiting to be quilted. It may be next year before it is displayed. Two Christmas table runners waiting to be quilted. Two head bands waiting to be sewing. So we wait and we wait to see the status of the sewing machine.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Now What?

Last week it was the iron that went up in flames after 23 years of use. This weekend it is my sewing machine acting up. It started with a squeak on Friday and by this morning it is almost complete frozen. I will do some calling around tomorrow to see if I can get it serviced. It is all packed up in my car, hopefully I can drop it off at lunchtime.

I made good use of my downtime from the sewing machine by cutting a few things out. Headbands and a couple mini quilts are ready to go as soon as I am back in business.

Friday, October 24, 2008

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Sewing

We interrupt your regularly scheduled sewing for this special craft project. Handmade bubble mailers from scrapbooking cardstock and paper. This is one of the most creative ideas I have seen lately.

Oh, I made these eight mailers in about 30 minutes. Not bad for my first attempt. Scrapbook paper, rubber cement and bubble paper is all you need. Now back to our regularly scheduled sewing.

Calling My Name

I was interrupted mid stitch by Mason needing something for school and Kim wanting to know what was for dinner. I haven't had a moment to touch the cat and dog quilt since I left it like this on Tuesday evening. It has been calling my name ever since. Hopefully I can get the quilt top done over the weekend. I don't plan on getting it quilted, just the top completed.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Trick or Treat Bag Update

The trick or treat bags have arrived at their new home and are proudly being used by Allison. I am so glad I made the second smaller bag.

Too Many Choices

Mason worked at the library last night. So instead of going home I ran errands and did a bit of shopping before picking him up. I broke down and bought a quilting magazine to read while waiting on him. My problem is I am not even finished with the cats and dogs and I want to start a new project. Thre are just too many choice for me to decide. Can you tell I like bright colors?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cats and Dogs Everywhere

During the week I don't get much time to do anything except work, make dinner, help with homework, chauffeur kids, relax for about an hour and go to bed. I have been trying to work in 10-20 minutes a night of crafting just to unwind from the day.
So little by little I am working on the cats and dogs. I think the nine blocks in progress now will make it large enough for a nice size lap quilt.
And the new iron is fabulous. I guess every 20 years or so we should buy new applicances just for the new features. What else have I have I been hanging on to that really needs to be replace?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Raining Dogs and Cats

It looks like it is going to be raining dogs and cats for a little while as I work on this quilt. I was able to find more of the dark brown fabric for the border so can sew another 9 squares before adding the rest of the colored fabric. So far I am still loving the colors. Although I may be sick of it in a week or two before this is completed.

Up In Flames

Sunday was our 23rd wedding anniversay. Which we actually celebrated on Saturday. David left early Sunday to drive to Murfreesboro for work. As soon as he left I started sewing on the cat and dog quilt. While ironing on the quilt blocks my iron went up in flames. Luckily I had enough sense to unplug it and blow out the flames. Only minor damage to the quilt blocks I was working on which I was able to trim off. I wonder if it is a sign that my 23 year old iron goes up in flames on our 23rd anniversary

I really like the color combination of the cats and dogs. I am probably about 50% done with the quilt top. Still need to add some touches to it and pick up an other yard of the brown polka dot fabric.

Mulberry Fest and Pumpkin Patch

Kim and I stopped by the Mulberry Fest on the square yesterday. They actually didn't have too many vendors there but I was impressed with the quality of vendors. There were no manufactured items vendors there. All handcrafts or artists. One vendor was handmade doll clothes. She had a very cute idea for a doll sleeping bag. A photographer had an awesome idea of taking photos of letters to spell out names. One vendor was making bags out of burlap bags and old mens ties, interesting idea. We didn't stay too long and then went by the Methodist Church pumpkin patch and got a couple of pumpkins.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hey Y'all - Ooey Gooey Butter Butter Cake

We celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary today with a quick trip to Harrah's Tunica and lunch at Paul Deen's buffet. David loves her down home food like collard greens. Of course my favorites are the cheese biscuits and mashed potatoes but today I have added a new all time Paul Deen favorite... Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. How on earth have I missed this recipe in the past.

Ingredients & Directions:
1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan. Prepare Filling
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Ease of preparation: easy
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen and Random House Publishing


Kim was beautiful in her dress and had a ball at the dance.
She made the dress all by herself. I lead her through the instructions but she sewed every bit of it herself.
Mason tore himself away from his computer for a photo with Kim.
And of course Buttercup just had to get in the action.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Signs of Fall

The weather is finally turning cooler in West Tennessee. Homecoming game and dance are tomorrow night. The festival on the square is this weekend. Halloween is just around the corner. Today is Valerie's Birthday. Our 23rd wedding anniversary is Sunday.

Hopefully with all that is going on I will have some time to work on a few craft projects over the weekend. I want to finish the placemats I started last week. And then I want to start the doggie lap quilt.

My mom sent me a box of sewing goodies. There is some great canvas fabric that will work for bags. And the zippers will be put to good use. But best of all she sent a box of sewing machine feet. I only looked at them breifly but there were some very neat hemming feet that I want to try out.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I had joined a photo hunt. Actually I had joined a photo hunt for Kim to accomplish but as usual she doesn't have much of a follow through with anything. One of the photos was to be community. The gazebo in our town square is one of my favorite places to visit. During the summer there are concerts and this coming weekend there will be a craft fair and festival. I can't wait to go get some crafting inspiration.

They're Back

David and the kids got home yesterday. My peace and quiet are gone. Needless to say I got nothing accomplished having them home. Mason is feeling better, face isn't as swollen and only has a black eye remaining. He is back at school today. It is homecoming week so it will probably be a week of chauffeuring the kids around.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pigtails and Snails - Quilt Giveaway

Click on the link to the right to see the fabulous quilt that Elizabeth Cranmer is giving away. What great quilting inspiration.

Fabric That Makes Me Smile

I found this fabric at lunchtime today. I am thinking about fussy cutting the cats and dogs. I want to add a deeper pink/coral color and two shades of brown to the fabrics before decide exactly what I want to do with it. But the plan is to make a lap size quilt.

Guess I need to finish a couple other projects before I get too involved in this one. Some fabrics just make me smile this is one of them.

Tile Job

In May we had a water leak in the kitchen ceiling which the plumbers originally thought was from a leaky shower pan. The leak was actually a copper pipe in the wall between our master bedroom and bath. But it started a remodel of the master bathroom of epic proportions. Well it is now October and 200 square feet of tile later our master bathroom is finished.

The horrible old shower is gone and we have a new bathtub. It is really hard to take a photo of the bathroom due to it being split in half by a wall but you can at least get an idea of what it looks like now. The hit of green on the far left is the wall color throughout. It is actually a very bright green apple color that David picked out. It grows on you after a while. I am very pleased with the way it all turned out. But no more big home improvement projects for a while.

Oh I forgot to mention the 200+ square feet of tile were all hand laid by me. Measured, cut, laid, grouted and sealed by me. My first attempt ever at tiling.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Updates

After I finished the table runner I even had enough time to make this outfit for a friend's daughter. I know summer over but I couldn't resist the pattern. The fabric is a ME cherries that I got from craigslist.
It was a quick and easy pattern. If I get a chance I will try to make the sundress from the same pattern.
Now let's see what else I can get accomplished while my family is gone.

Oh by the way I found the missing paperwork. It was hiding in the kitchen. Go figure. Why didn't I look there two weeks ago.

Val's Table Runner Completed

It sure feels nice to complete the table runner and have it ready for mailing before Val's birthday. I hope she likes it. I wasn't sure how I would like the cotton batting but it really is quite soft. I need to figure out why during free motion quilting I keep breaking needles. I went through 3 trying to complete this yesterday.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fabric Heart Swap

I joined a fabric heart swap yesterday. The swap was for one heart but it was just as easy to make two while I was at it. Both are made from fabric left over from Kim's formal dresses. The black lace over white satin made a fabulous dress. Hopefully my swap partner enjoys the hearts.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Table Runner Day Three

I was able to get quite a bit of work done of Val's table runner tonight. Amazing what I can accomplish when I don't have other people in the house distracting me.

I need to pick up more thread in the morning before I start free motion quilting on this but I think I should be able to finish it pretty quickly. Next time I will avoid fabrics that have writing on them. Too hard to make decisions about the direction of the writing. I would rather spend my time worrying about something else.

A Four Day Weekend

Well I actually only have two days off work but David is taking the kids to East TN for a long weekend to visit his family. I am home for 4 days by myself, oh what will I do with myself? I have a very long list of things I want to get accomplished this weekend. At the top of the list is the table runner for Val for her birthday. Plus I need to find some missing paperwork from 2006. So if anyone has any ideas of where I might of put paperwork two years ago let me know. The good news is while I was looking through boxes last night for the paperwork I found other things I was looking for, which lead to other things I wanted to look for. It may just be a weekend of total distractions and getting nothing accomplished. And I wonder where my son gets his ADD from.

Thursday, October 09, 2008


I have tried to teach our teenagers that life is all about choices. You choose to turn left or right, you choose to wear blue or green, you choose to do your homework or play computer games. And life's choices can have consequences great, small or none at all. No photo with today's post because the only photos I took yesterday were of my son's injuries in the emergency room in case I need to go to court to get medical bills paid.
It starts with a kid pouring milk on Mason's back and ends with a broken nose in the ER. The only good thing I can say is that the other kid was taken out of the high school in handcuffs. Both boys made poor choices and the consequences could be great for both of them. Hard lessons to learn.
Needless to say the only thing I did yesterday was deal with the aftermath of poor choices.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Val's Table Runner Day Two

My car has been in the shop for the last week and I finally got it back yesterday. It was pouring rain so I went home instead of fighting the flooding rain to get back to the office. Which gave me a couple extra hours at the house yesterday afternoon that I wouldn't normally have. I made quite a bit of progress on Val's table runner. Got all the 9 patches sewn and the majority of them squared up.
Mason has a big project for science class due tomorrow I have a sneaky suspicion that I will be helping with that and not sewing any tonight.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Val's Table Runner Day 1

Val's birthday is next week. My goal is to make her a table runner and actually get it to her before her birthday. The plan is for it to be a nine patch around 50 something inches long. I had a little time last night to cut out the strips and sew a few together. If I can make a little progress throughout the week I should be able to finish it over the weekend. Work really does get in the way of crafting. Although I probably couldn't afford craft projects if I didn't work. Somewhere there should be a happy medium but I haven't found it yet.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Wash Day

I never thought I would be excited about a load of laundry. But I was thrilled to finally get the binding on my first free motion project and throw it in the washing machine and dryer. I wanted to see how much more it puckered. Oh it turned out fabulous. Love the effect. The girls came over to play Pokeno on Sunday and I threw my little mini quilt over the bar in the kitchen. It looked just great with bright green plastic plates. I can't wait to start on the table runner for my sister. She will be so excited.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Trick or Treat Day 4

The smaller bag is a much better size for a two year old. The small one is 100% complete. The larger one just needs a bit of trim work on the inside to hide the seams and a bunch of threads trimmed. Yes, I normally trim threads as I go and it more effiecient that way. But I was in a hurry to make progress and decide I would wait until later.

The remaining halloween fabric had a large witch graphic on it. I may try to turn it into something if I have time before Sunday. Otherwise I am done and can move on to another project.
I found a bunch of bag and hat patterns Mom gave me a few years ago. Those may be perfect to use with the fabric from craigslist.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Fabric Find

I finally connected with the woman from Craigslist selling the fabric yesterday. This just part of the fabric. Almost 30 yards total for $25. The majority of it is in 1 yard lengths. You could actually see the wheels turning in Kim's head last night. She was asking what she could make with it. I am thinking headbands, book bags, fabric boxes, maybe a couple summery tops, and the list goes on and on.

The bright colors make me happy. I could just stare at them all day.

Trick or Treat Day 3

I got the chance to spend about 30 minutes working on the trick or treat bags last night. The big bag is almost done. Just need to trim all the thread and finish off the interior seam. I may a a bit more quilting detail if I have time. I plan on using some of the leftover pieces to create the smaller bag that a 2 year old could actually carry. Hopefully just add a bit of the raggedy trim, line it and a bit of machine quilting to give it some stability. If all goes well I will see an end in sight tonight.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Pantry Redesign

This one is for you Mom. Several months ago I spent a couple weeks and redesigned our pantry. I absolutely love the basket drawers. They are deep and keep things organized. I guess I need to get a picture today to see if I have been able to keep the pantry clutter free since the redesign.


I am not much of a candy eater but the two things I really don't like are mint flavors and little colored discs of sugar. So why on earth would these be the candy my husband would buy?

Trick or Treat Bag Day Two

After two days, well two partial evenings working on the trick or treat bag I can see an end in sight. I was originally looking for feathery trim couldn't find any and am actually glad I found this raggedy looking trim instead. It just screams witchy to me. I machine quilted one side of it last night. I should be able to finish quilting the second side tonight and assemble it. Now for the bad news. It is going to be way too big for a two year old. So I think I am going to make another one a bit smaller for the little girl to carry and her mom can carry this one to hold the girls stash.