Friday, December 30, 2011


 I really and truly thought I took some full pictures of the red/white/blue Log Cabin quilt above....
but I can't find them! Will need to do that when I'm at my son's house....
I started that quilt for my son when he was a high school senior quite a few years ago and got sick of working on it and put it away for years...
got it out this year and finished it and gave it to my son and his wife for Christmas!

And below are some smaller versions of the scrolled paperback book pages made into a wreath/ornament....

I made some for gifts this year...

 ... and the Christmas fascinators that I made for my friends' party...
I made some more for family on Christmas Eve....
(picture at my daughter's house)
That's my daughter holding Ashley Jo, me, my daughter's mother-in-law, and my son's wife!
Did you make fascinators?

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Baby!

Merry Christmas from my new granddaughter,
Ashley Jo, and me!

She will be a month old on the 29th!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday.... whatever celebration you do!

May God richly bless you and yours!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Global Garland!

Don't you love this garland! You can make it.... go here.

Great last minute gift for your travelling loved ones!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Fascinators

 So the other night I went to my annual "Dirt Diva" Christmas party.
(don't ask)
Since I've been busy on "grandbaby duty", I didn't have to bring any food.
So I told them I would bring the "joy"!!!
I made Christmas Fascinators
.... in honor of this year's Royal Wedding!

I bought Christmas ornaments at Target and hot glued them to cheap plastic headbands!
The divas loved them and some wore them the next day to "appropriate events"!
hee hee
You should make some for Christmas Eve!!!
Let me know if you do, I want to see!

Friday, December 16, 2011

QB5 Christmas!

Remember the shakers from last post that I made for the QB5 December swap?
Well.... this is what I got in return.... such a talented group of women sent me the following:

First is Patty's soft felt ornament.... love the little bird and the way she applied the "feathers"!
she used her hand dyed ribbons...
 has sweet crochet and netting.
  And she attached one of her wire bird's nests! A treasure for sure...

Then we have Carole's
darling Santa snowman...
she sold them at fairs this month in New Zealand...
not sure if she still has any in her Etsy shop...

His hat can be lifted up and I could see me hiding something in there!

Here is Nathalie's precious pin cushion in a china doll appendage!

I love appendages.....
 she has some in her Etsy shop....
 or did... you'll have to check...
these are adorable and I want to figure out a way to wear it.

...and Margaret
....  she sent a packet of goodies (as they all did)....
and this adorable matchbox...
she has some of the best images and just being in Switzerland makes it all so much more special
 ... all that snow and Heidi...
well, you know!

My packages arrive here...... thought you'd like to see my lights...

Merry Christmas!

(come back tomorrow to see the Christmas fascinators I made for a party last night!)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Shakers

 I made these little "shakers" (for lack of a better word) for the Queen Bee 5 Christmas Swap.
I ordered watch part cases online..... name of shop escapes me.
I painted some vintage white on white wallpaper and cut it to fit the backs for the background.

Then I punched two holes in the top edge with my crop-a-dile and pulled white ribbon through with a jingle bell hanging inside.

I had some of those theme tags from the dollar bins at Michael's.... had bee skeps on them....
so I cut the bee skeps out and then I hot glued a cork to the back and the skep image to the top of the cork.  (cut wine corks into thirds with a knife... pretty easy... to provide depth)
(Disclaimer: I don't recommend YOU use a knife though!)

Then I spread some glue around the cork and along the bottom edge and sprinkled mica flakes and a little glitter in.

Made some "word art" in a circular shape to glue on the back of the case!
Really simple!
Fun to make..... you can put soooooo many things inside these....
Have you done this? I'd love to see!

(I'll show you what they all sent me in the next few days.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ashley Jo is here....

My first grandchild arrived on Tuesday at 4:10 p.m.
She weighed 7 lb 8 1/2 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long.
She's perfect!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Doll To Be Thankful For

Isn't she beautiful!
Patty (Magpie's Nest)
sent her to me last week.
I was blown away by her generosity.
Her dear Mutti made this doll.
Patty lost her sweet mother earlier this year.
She sent it to me as I am about to become a grandmother for the first time...
I am so thankful for my friendship with Patty and I will treasure this doll.

I knew you would want to see her.
And I knew you would want to see under her dress.... I know you!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Purple Stuff

I gave
my daughter the purple Log Cabin quilt that
I made years ago... crib size!

Who knew when I made it that it was for my first grandchild!!

 In case you haven't paid attention.... my daughter has done the nursery in shades of purple..

She bought paper mache letters at Hobby Lobby and some scrapbook paper.
I took them home and traced the letters on the backs of the paper and cut it out and glued them on!
We ended up making a hole in the back of each letter and then hung them on nails and using sticky tak to hold it askew!

   Here is my son's dog with my daughter....
he knows she's going to have a baby and he wants to stay right by her!

and here is the A that I made with
all my purple buttons and all of

Natalea's (Kandeland)
 purple buttons!

Thank you, Natalea!

  I'll show you the other things I made after we hang them in the nursery.... and this letter A will get suspended with purple ribbon. (I bought a stretched canvas, sprayed adhesive on it and then laid the fabric on top.  I printed out an A and cut it out and drew it on the fabric after I glued it down... drew it with a blue fabric marker that washes off.  Then I sewed each button on.  Use a thimble!  It's so easy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Etsy Faves!

I love these from Nathalie!!
 (note to my children.... do not order for me... I think I'm getting one as a gift..don't tell)

these are big favorites of mine!
I love those dresses at Messie Jessie's!

and then...
Porcelain baby doll head planter eclectic vases

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Just Some Goodies!

 These are photos from a recent shower for my daughter...
her friend, Brittany (no blog but putting a link on her to her Pinterest) made some things for it that I thought you'd appreciate.
Above is a wreath that we've all seen on Pinterest!!!!
Britt actually got one made...isn't it darling!

 Cutest diaper cake anyone has EVER seen!

and below...are some picks that are precious....
 closeups of the diaper cake....

 The cake has various sizes of diapers.... and they are all larger sizes that she won't need for a few months, so the cake can stay in tact for awhile! 
 It's in the nursery at my daughter's house now!
Here is mom-to-be sitting on the floor of Reliant Center

on Friday while we were at The Nutcracker Market.

(photo from my phone)

Yes, I was able to pull her up!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

International Quilt Festival 2011 Part III

 Loved the bee!
 Loved those girls and that background!!

They took photos of historic Texas homes and digitized quilts hanging on the porches...
here are a couple...


Sunday, November 6, 2011

2011 Festival Favorites

This one you saw when you first walked into the convention center...
 It was a winner.....
 Here are a few of my favorites.... that we could photograph...

 I took this close-up to remind myself how simple it really CAN be...

 Yes.... if you stood and stared into the center it would make you dizzy....
Still have a few I can show you next time....
(remember you can click on the images for a closer view)