Saturday, February 25, 2012

Remember the Block of the Month?

Finally got the 2011 Block of the Month back from the quilter. She did a fantastic job... Close up of the border quilting. Really cute daisy pattern - kinda hard to see on this busy fabric.

There was an empty spot - so I made a signature block.

This is ready to be sewn to the back of the quilt. It is the Key to all the blocks. Remember this is the quilt where there are 2 blocks made of each pattern - just the values of the fabrics are reversed -making them unrecognizable in most cases as being the same.

I wanted you to see the backing I bought. I LOVE this fabric. It is copies of old feed sack labels and really fits in with this '30's quilt!

Here she is - just waiting for red binding.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pretty Plate

I have been agonizing for months (maybe even years) about painting our bedroom. I finally decided on a pretty soft blue color and found this plate at Home Goods. There are so many projects I have in my head. I guess if I just do one at a time they'll eventually get done, right?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Some New Marta Projects

Marta is so generous! While visiting her last month, she gave me the stuff to make this cute pie, uh, pin cushion!

And, last year, she gave me the fabrics and pattern to make this darling apron...

(actually, I thought I would use the pink and green gingham in the pockets somehow, but they didn't make it in the final result)

Cute, uh? It wraps around the back - very nice pattern, you don't need any buttons or dreaded button holes!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Am I the Only One Out There?

Ok I probably will be showing how dumb I am but here goes... I just found out how to choose a different font as my default in word. (ok Kristy, stop laughing) It has always annoyed me that whenever I start a new document, I have to choose a new font, and most of the time I would prefer Times New Roman.

Anyway, you just go to the box that is located just under box that has the print options (bold, underline, etc.) the box says Font. There is a little, tiny box in the right corner with an arrow in it. You click on that, choose your font, then choose default at the bottom. Voila - you're set.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

I have a decorating book that I just love called Flea Market Finds. they show how to re-purpose old cast-offs into pretty things. I wanted to make a 'cutsey' for some special friends for Valentine's Day so here they are...

Gel Candles

Gel Wax -bought at Hobby Lobby with a 40% coupon. (30 oz)
Wicks and color from Hobby Lobby - you can also purchase scent but I didn't.

Old Pan, spoon and whisk bought at the 2nd hand store.

Punch cups bought at the 2nd hand store.

Step 1. Crank up the hot glue gun ahead of time - so it's hot when you need it. You will then glue the wick in the center of the cups.

Step 2. Melt the gel to 180 degrees.
After it hits that mark and is completely melted, remove from heat and add a few drops of color, stir, then pour into your cups.

That is how much of that 30 oz tub I have left. I used over 1/2 the tub for just 4 small candles. Pretty expensive craft I must say. I think next time I may just use paraffin. I think it would look just as pretty and will be much cheaper.


Oh boy, don't ask me why 2 are solid looking and 2 are see-through. The first ones I made were the opaque ones and I forgot to glue the wicks to the cups ahead of time, and by delaying just that minute or two caused the wax to cool too much -so I got bubbles and opaqueness.

But I actually don't mind - both are pretty!

Don't forget to trim your wicks!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

So Pretty

I really want to paint our bedroom and while Marta and I were 'surfing' (probably on pinterest - who knows?) I found this photo. It said at the bottom that it is called "Luna Light" by Columbia paint.

I did some detective work and found an outlet about 30 miles from here. They wouldn't send me a paint chip because it is an old paint, but they still have the formula.

In the course of the conversation, the guy on the phone said that they had been bought out by Sherwin Williams a few years back. So, I called my local Sherwin William store this afternoon and asked if they could get the formula and make up one of those small sample cans for me.

They would and they did and I got it!

Can't wait to see how it looks - I'll post pictures when I start painting.

(which could be awhile - so don't hold your breath!)