Saturday, December 28, 2013

Frogs On A Log and A Raccoon

I am loving this series so far....'Frosty Forest'.  Here is 'Raccoon Cabin' finished ... adorable, right?! 
I love the raccoon.
I'm not using the buttons so instead I stitched a Bluebird where the bird button would have gone. 

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Now that I stand back and look at it, I see a few mistakes that I need to fix but those will have to wait because I've received #2 'Snowy Deer' and can't wait to start it. 
Designs by Country Cottage Needleworks
Stitching on 36ct Edinboro Pearl Grey

The new quilt I am starting...
Scrappy Frog and Toad
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I found the pattern in a book someone was giving away. It's called 'Quilts for Kids' by Carolann Palmer. I don't know if you know but I am a big frog and toad lover, so when I saw the 'Frog Pond' pattern I grabbed it up.

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I am going to try to use as much of my own fabric as I can (scrappy).  So far I've made 3 frogs. The crazy cutting and angles make the blocks a little time consuming but they are turning out really cute.  There are 60 frogs/toad to be made sooo I'll be working on them for awhile. hahaha

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I hope everyone had a lovely Holiday! We sure did! I think I will keep our tree up a bit longer... it's so beautiful I hate to take it down just yet. Truth be told, I was still listening to Christmas music yesterday ( the 27th) while working on my Project Life. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Some Handmade Goodies

I'm going to show a few of the Holiday gifts I've made 
because I am pretty sure these people don't read my blog.
First is the Tardis potholder for my son's teacher.
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He says she is a huge Doctor Who fan. She even has a Tardis sitting on her desk at school.
I've never seen Doctor Who (this may shock some) so I had to google what a Tardis looked like.

Next is a little 'Peace' ornament I made for my best friend. The pattern is a free one over on 'Krissy-Cross's' blog.
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I know my best friend doesn't read my blog... I am actually pretty sure she doesn't know I have a blog (this may shock some too). LOL  But we are more like 'camping buddies'.  She doesn't sew and when we get together we talk about where and when we're camping next and what the menu will be.

I am about 99% sure my daughter doesn't read my blog... so here is a peak at her chemistry / math love pillowcase...
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She loves chemistry and math and is studying it in school.  It will go with the 'Keep Calm and Graduate On' quilt I made her. She keeps the quilt on her bed at college.  The body of the pillowcase is a math print called "Back to School" by Timeless Treasures.
 I had my husband google chemistry things and draw them up for me. I then took my handy dandy light box and traced the images onto what fabric, then embroidered them in black.
The two chemistry glassware have colored  fabric fused on them, then I machine stitched them down.
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The molecule is Caffeine... she loves coffee.

Lastly... is my son's Horned Owl...
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His favorite!
I will be making this sweet owl into an ornament for him.
The pattern came from the booklet 'Woodland Birdies #3' by Victoria Sampler.

So there are a few of the handmade goodies I've been working on.  I'm still working on some and others I can't show yet. teehee hee

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

In My Hoop ~ and lots more

I can't show you all the things I'm working on because most of them are Christmas gifts...
but here is my start on 'Frosty Forest'. 
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I had to work my way down to the raccoon because I couldn't wait to stitch him.

My recent purchase is 'Woodland Birdies' by The Victoria Sampler.  If you didn't know, I am a little bird crazy / obsessed.
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I am going to try to stitch the owl for my son for Christmas. His favorite owl is the Great Horned Owl and this little guy looks like one!

Back in November I entered a blog give-away over at 'A Whole Lotta Latte'. Jacki likes to scrapbook and stitch too and she is very sweet and generous. She gave away 4 pieces of 40 count linen.
And guess who won...  me.
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I'm so happy! I can't wait to stitch all kinds of things.  Hop over to Jacki's blog (she's also on instagram)  and check out her stitching. She is working on a Quaker Christmas design that is so gorgeous. I'm going to need to stitch it too one day.

Our Family Tradition
Every year we go fetch our Christmas tree in our 1958 VW Delux bus.
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This year the kids talked me into letting them have a bigger tree. It's twice as big  as the trees we usually get. The deal was that they had to put the lights on because that's usually my job (and taking them off).
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They did great!!

In my backyard,
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My sweet girl! Isn't she beautiful?!