Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I've Got Mail and I'm a Winner!

I won Hooked on Needles 700 Facebook Likes Giveaway. 

Wow!  700 likes on your Facebook page?!?!  Yep, I’m one of them.  Mary Grace offered gifts to two winners if they were one of her 700 Facebook Likes.

My prize…one of Mary Grace’s beautiful "reversible" aprons!  I cannot tell you how over the top excited I am.  Her work is impeccable!

Hooked on Needles is always informative and showcases yummy recipes, crocheting, knitting and sewing projects.  What more could a girl ask for?
Thank you Mary Grace!  I love my apron…now I want to bake.

Speaking of baking…check out Candace’s blog.  She has some yummy goodness too!  She is sharing a photo of her Pear Gingerbread Crumb cake that she got from Sue at The View from Great Island.

It's getting that time of the year when I love to bake so winning Mary Grace's apron is most fortuitous J

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Weekend Project and Deck-Ade the Halls

My DD starts college tomorrow.  Seems just like yesterday she was starting Pre-K

My how time flies!
We gave her a laptop for part of her graduation gift.  She has been shopping for a sleeve to protect it while it is in her book bag.  The ones she really likes are super expensive so I offered to make her one.  She went into my stash and chose the fabric.  I went to Jennifer’s and found a wonderful tutorial here and here.

Photo used with permission from Jennifer @ Sewplicity
I turned this… 
Into this…

DD did not want handles since this will be carried inside a larger bag.  We can always add them later if she changes her mind.

It's hard to see but there is an outside pocket she can use to carry the charger or headphones...or both.

This project took me about 4 ½ hours…start to finish.  Jennifer’s tutorial is chock full of photos and is well written.  So easy to follow.
That left me enough time to catch up on the FQS’s Deck-Ade the Halls blocks.  Wreaths and trees…


I have difficulty getting good photos in the sewing cave :(

It’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (sorry, I couldn’t resist).
I'm linking up to Karen's Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...Week 129
sew many ways
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend…did you get to stitch?

Friday, August 23, 2013

I Survived! and The Green Market Comes to Work

 Well, I survived the garage sale and would classify it as a success.  There were only a few items (relatively speaking) left for donating.  I intended to take pictures but honestly, I was BUSY!  The weather was beautiful and the shoppers were out in force.  There was a steady stream of cars all day.

The house is slowly returning to normal and I’m planning to spend a lot of time in my craft room this weekend.

Since I want to spend all my time sewing, I got a jump start on my food shopping today…at the office.  Yes, at the office.  Every other Friday we have a Green Market in our atrium.  Vendors come to sell their wares and it saves me a trip to the Farmer’s Market that I told you about here.

Here are a few pictures from today…

Artisan Cheeses

Lovely Orchids

A variety of other plants

Spreads and Dips
Greek and Italian Olive Oils
There weren’t very many vendors today but those that I use the most were there…except for the coffee lady.  My husband likes to try coffee beans from different countries around the world.  She’ll be back next time, I’m sure.

I finally got around to purchasing this…
I bought the ebook version and it’s already on my computer…just waiting for me to grab a jelly roll and get busy.
I’ll have more to share later in the weekend but for now, I have some cutting to do...a special project for my college student!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend J

Sunday, August 4, 2013

P is for Pumpkin, Presents and Plymouth

Hard to believe that it is already August and we’ll be preparing for the holidays soon.
It is either raining or extremely hot here.  Today it was the heat so I stayed in and put together this little guy.

The pattern is October Scare by The Wooden Bear Quilt Designs.  This was my quilt shop purchase that I told you about last week.  I think the candy corn fabric is my favorite J
 All I have left to do is add the hanger sleeve and bind it.
I decided to hoop him to hand stitch his eyebrows and the spider's legs. I used two strands of black DMC embroidery floss and also stitched around the spiders and BOO.
 I used my Frixion pen to draw the details and then erased the markings after stitching by slightly ironing over the flimsy. I love these pens and haven't had any problems at all with the ink.
Here is the latest Fat Quarter Shop Deck-Ade the Halls block…that is…until tomorrow.  Who doesn’t love presents???? (Even if one is a bit wonky)

 I know I mentioned this before but the patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop are so simple and this is a great project for beginners.  In addition to the easy to follow instructions, you can find video tutorials for each segment on the Jolly Jabber's blog.  This quilt will be an adorable addition to my holiday decorations.
I also started Mom’s scarf that I told you about last week.  Take a look at this yarn. 
It’s EROS II from Plymouth Yarn Company.  I’ve never worked with anything like it before but I love it. 
It’s surprisingly easy to handle and I’m using a set of the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz needles that Mom gifted me.  The scarf will finish at 3” x 50” with a ‘flare’ at each end.
This is going to be a busy week for me.  I’m covering for one of my co-workers while she is on vacation so this will make my days go fast.  In the evening’s I’ll be cleaning out closets, drawers, our shed, etc. to prepare for a garage sale next weekend.  Ugh!  Wish me luck L
Even though I won’t accomplish much in the way of stitchery this week, I hope you do!
Have a wonderful week friends J