Christmas crafting

I can now share my crafted Christmas projects. First, this rug.


This went to my sister, Jenny, in our exchange. I could really only see it in her house so I was really glad it went to her. I had some trepidation about it because I really felt it was for her or maybe my sister Katie’s kids. I am looking forward to seeing this after it is washed a few times. Here is the back where you can see the stitching:


This next project went to my sister, Katie. This is a book I made. I haven’t made a book for many years, but it turned out really well. She said she would use it for her little girl’s drawings.



I make one of these denim lap quilts every year. This year I gave to my brother and sister-in-law. Hopefully, they will be able to sell it for their upcoming trip to China to adopt a second child.


Here is the back. I love this wild horse fabric. My friend, Sandy, gave to me a couple years ago and I finally found the perfect project for it.


wow- it’s been a while

Yes, it has been a whole week since I was here! I was sick these past few days, which made the craziness of Christmas even crazier.  I got very little done so I only have these small objects to show you:

DSC04374They are wish paper I made on my computer with stars cut out and paper put on the back.  Steve and I put recycled cards behind the cut out stars.  I think they turned out nice.  Now they need to be framed and put on card stock.

wedding highlights.

Finally, after all the anticipation, the wedding! It was a beautiful wedding. Here’s the bride and groom.

Here’s the cool bridesmaids.

These were the beautiful centerpieces that my mom and sisters made.  I helped assemble them at the church. Each one was unique.

And here is a snapshot of one of my contributions, the garters:

What a great time!

grads and weddings

Life converges sometimes and things kind of all come together.  We were blessed to be invited to two special events this weekend.  The first was a wedding, for my cousin.  So I made the card above, with a red rose for love.  Steve helped.

Then our dear church friends’ son graduated.  This card has a real tiny tassel that I made.  I was really pleased how they both turned out.   Sometimes simple is best.

new quilt for Paul

I have been working on a quilt for Paul for a while, gathering fabric.  I put together this block called Crow’s Beak yesterday.  If  you want to copy it the template and instructions are at Quilters’ Cache by Marcia Holn.  I will be altering the template myself.  The way she puts it together the last piece has to be inset.  I want to change that so it can just be sewn straight across without being inset.  My whole quilt will not be that pattern. I have so many different ideas for his quilt right now.

Here’s another block, unfinished, with a guitar I thread sketched.  You may be amazed by my awesome ability to thread sketch but there is a really easy trick to it. Get a photo or a drawing you like and then lay it on the back.  Stitch right through the paper following the drawing.  Remember to photoshop with mirror image it, if it has words. I usually drop my feed dogs and use a free motion embroidery foot. You have to be a little aware of your sewing machine tension when you do this since the bobbin thread will be the right side. When I’m done I rip the paper off.  I don’t worry too much about little paper shreds since they will be inside the quilt.

anniversary present

So, I think I mentioned this top-secret project in passing a couple of times.  I couldn’t post because sometimes my husband reads my blog.  I made this little heart-shaped scrapbook for my husband for our 20th anniversary.

Here’s the first page: our wedding day.  He really liked it.  I made all the pages to fit inside this satin heart-shaped box that I bought on clearance last Valentine’s Day.

What is so hilarious to me is that I was sure he saw it.  If there was a big heart-shaped box that looked like it once held chocolates in it in any location in my house, I would have definitely looked in it at least once to make sure there were no more chocolates.  My husband never did. 

I also know he loves me because when he opened it, he never asked where the chocolates had gone.

May ufo finished!

Graduation is Friday and the party is Saturday.  The scrapbook is done.  Here is a few of my favorite pages.  The one above is obviously him learning to ride his bike.  The one below is about when he was little how he would obsessively line things up.  I loved that.


I have been so busy with graduation plans, I haven’t taken any photos.  So I went through my old photos that I hadn’t used for the blog and found this one.  A few months ago we drove out to Yo-yo donuts and bought these donuts.  Do you see the bacon? The whole reason we went was because of the bacon donut.  It is a maple long  john with a slice of bacon on it.  Delicious.  The other ones were great, too. 

Anyway, I have been too busy to do much work except on Eliott’s scrapbook and photos.  I have spent the last 17 years shoving photos randomly in photo albums and boxes.  Now, I am trying to impose some kind of order on the photos.  Right now, I am just shooting for chronological order.  It would seem that since I acquired the photos in chronological order, I would have put them in the book in said order.  That is how a logical person would do it.  That imaginary mother would buy an album, fill it in order, then get another and do the same and so on.  I think I bought an album, filled it, then went back and put pictures I liked over older pictures I didn’t like as much.  Maybe that’s how.  Maybe a squirrel came in and rearranged them according to the squirrel’s alphabet.  Actually, I don’t remember.  I’m having a hard enough time guessing the order of the pictures based on size of the boy, whether or not his brother was in them or what glasses I’m wearing.  It has been fun to remember all those times.

ufo number 9

I can’t believe it but I gave ufo number 9 away!  It was denim dress that I had had for a couple years.  I loved the long line of silver buttons.  However, it always made me look dumpy.  So, since then I have had some influx of clothing.  So I let it go. 

Since next month is graduation, I will really start working on my son’s graduation scrapbook: another ufo.  I bought a book now, and I have several pages done.  I want to have it on display at his party and I am not near done.  I also have a top secret project that has a due date soon (more to come on that).

paper dolls

I have a deep love of paper dolls.  I have been thinking about making some for my little nieces for Christmas this year.  I have made them for myself when I was a little girl, my sisters and my niece who is now 21 years old (how time flies).  I like especially to make dolls that evoke the person who is receiving them.  I even made dolls where I xeroxed the person’s face and attached to a sketched body.  Then I made an outfit that reminded me of them.  That was really fun.  Over on PatStudio: A Celebration of Slowly Made Goods, she was talking about some vintage paper dolls and the nostalgia they evoked for her.  I have the same sweet feeling: remembering my store bought paper dolls, punching them out, and my drawn paper dolls.  Mmm… maybe I will draw those paper dolls for my nieces today.