Friday, March 27, 2015

Shades of Dresden

I am having so much fun working on these Dresden plates. I love working with all the color. Sifting through all of my scraps and then laying the pieces out until they each fall in just the right spot. 
Then it's off to my machine to stitch each petal. Once they are all sewn together then I sit with needle in hand and embroider each center into the middle.
I still have shades of blue, turquoise, green, brown, black, cream and grey to work on. Once I get them finished I'll stitch them onto and all white background and quilt it. Can't wait to see the end product.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dresden Plate

I just finished quilting a small lap quilt for my mom and as soon as I removed it from my frame I was off in search of another quilt to start on. This time I chose a dresden plate because I have plenty of fabric scraps that I can use without needing to spend money on more fabric. Though I will need to make a stop at the fabric shop to buy the background fabric for it.
I have spent the last few days going through all my totes of fabric and finding the bits and pieces that I wanted to use. I found the pattern HERE at Sew Mama Sew and made a template of it. 
Next was the fun part of cutting all my pattern pieces out and placing them in a colorful arrangement. 
As you can see PINK was the first color that I chose. 
This is my first time working on a dresden and I love it. I love COLOand so it has been fun working with all the bright and colorful scraps that I have accumulated over the years. 
Speaking of BRIGHT....the sun is out and shining today....yippee!
I am so over winter. It's been in the 50's for a few days and it feels great!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dry Skin Relief

Winter weather always wreaks havoc on my skin. The dryness slowly starts creeping in during the fall and continues right through spring before it seems to improve. My hands suffer the worst and I'm constantly looking for a *new* or *better* lotion to try that will hopefully bring some relief. If you suffer from dry hands that constantly split and crack open then you know the misery that I'm talking about.

I found this recipe somewhere on the internet several years ago and wrote it down. I tucked it away in hopes of trying it someday. In December I decided to mix a batch of it up and give it a try. 
I am ready to throw away all the other lotions I have ever bought and use only THIS! 
It works that GOOD!

3 simple ingredients are all you need and a few containers to store it in.

2 (15 oz.) bottle of Baby Lotion
2 (4 oz.) jars of Vitamin E Cream
2 (3.75 oz.) of Vaseline
8 pack of Glad Mini Round 1/2 cup plastic containers with lids

I purchased all of these at Walmart for a total of $12.00. I believe you can use any of the baby lotions. I have tried Baby Magic and Johnson's and Johnson's Shea butter and both worked just as well. Also plain Vaseline is better than the scented. I tried the lavender scented Vaseline and it seemed to make my skin burn when I applied it.
Don't throw your empty lotion & Vaseline jars away as you can reuse them to place your homemade lotion in.
You will need a metal or glass bowl of some sort to mix these in and a metal whisk. Something that will easily wash afterwards. I use the whisk attachment that came with my hand mixer. 
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix away. Make sure that you incorporate the Vaseline throughout the mixture. Once it's whipped then spoon it out into your containers and place the lids on. You should end up with about 10 (4 oz.) containers that are great to give as gifts or just to share with friends and family. 
This is the second batch that I have made just this winter. 
Give it a try!
I think you will like it.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Creations

Christmas is almost upon us and I've been working every day to get a few homemade gifts completed. They are finally finished so now I've just got the wrapping to do and my baking.
The photo above is the snowman coaster in punch needle. I am so pleased at how it turned out. I added a white crocheted edging around it and love it!  If you are interested in the pattern it can be found at Primitives by the Light of the Moon. Ginger so kindly shares her doodles with us.

I needed a unique gift for a Snoopy lover who has every imaginable Snoopy collectible there is. So I found a favorite graphic of Snoopy and Woodstock and traced it onto my fabric. A few days later and this is what it looked like. 

Last but not least is this stitched Christmas heart. I made several of these in a variety of colors and fabrics. Very quick to stitch up and sew cute.
All of my projects are finished and now it's time to start my holiday baking. 
Are you all ready for the holidays or are you still rushing around to get it all done in the next few days?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Baking & Stitching

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at our house.
There is a definite chill in the air, thankfully just flurries though and no real accumulation yet.
The Christmas music is playing, cookies baking in the oven and the tree is all alight. 
That is the way my day started this morning. Cozy and bright!
I made some Ginger Snaps and then some Self Frosting Oatmeal Cookies. While those were baking I worked on a few pieces of clothing that needed altered then off to the store to stock-up for our Thanksgiving dinner next week.
Home to cook dinner, a little more stitching and now it's 
almost time for bed and I am more than ready.
Tomorrow's plan is a lengthy day in the kitchen canning the last bit of summer's tomatoes. 
Long and busy days but so rewarding.

Sweet treats for our tummies
  Small gifts made to share with friends and
   Shelves full of garden goodness

If you'd like to try the Ginger Snaps then you can find the recipe below.
Ginger Snaps

1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup white sugar (for rolling)
Beat first four ingredients in mixer.
Combine the remaining ingredients in another bowl and then add to the mixer and combine all.
Roll into 1- inch balls.
Roll balls in the 1/2 cup sugar to coat.
Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet (or a greased sheet) for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.