October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is here!
I've made some new mug rugs to celebrate.


Both patterns are from The Patchsmith.
The first one is the Primitive Pumpkin Mug Rug.
This pattern is available individually,


I had the most fun creating the pumpkin
from a variety of orange fabrics in my stash.
The Patchsmith method was so innovative and easy...
as are all of her designs!


I couldn't resist making a Jack-O-Lantern mug rug, too!


For this mug rug,
Once the basic mug rug was stitched,
I jazzed it up using The Patchsmith's


I like those missing teeth...
someone's been eating too much candy.


I finished both of these off using my own 
These mug rugs look almost as nice on the back, 
if I say so myself!


I hope you'll have a chance to make your own mug rugs,
then enjoy a nice cup of hot cider 
and a sweet treat this Halloween!


Don't worry, though, if you're too late for Halloween...
pumpkins are welcome all the way through November!



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October 30, 2014

End of October - Across The Pond Sew Along Rag Wreath

This month's
featured a fun project...
rag wreaths!


My sister Susie  over at Susie's Sunroom
created a sweet wreath from a range of plum fabrics.
She added some button details.
Sigh...adorable!


Amanda The Patchsmith...
our British "sister"...styled her own
autumn wreath with flannel plaid,
accented with golds, oranges and reds.


When I saw those two projects, I made sure
I took the time to make a rag wreath of my own!
I pulled out a stack of homespun wovens
that have been in my stash for...
ahem...a very long time.

I followed the tutorial by Hiphome for my project,
and I cut my strips about 1 1/2" x 5" or so.
I wouldn't have wanted those strips any shorter,
because they would have been difficult to tie.

My mom and I had a wonderful afternoon
of crafting together, and she created her own
wreath to take home.


My finished wreath looks so full and pretty, 
hung on my front door.


OK...let's be real.
I had to take photos on the front door,
but my wreath will NOT be living there.
The first rainy night or snowy storm
would probably ruin my fluffy wreath.
It's an inside wreath!


I only took the outside photos
so you could see how lovely it is.
It doesn't show up well in my indoor pictures,
but that's where it will really be kept.

{I couldn't get any nice photos of Mom's wreath, but is gorgeous,
hanging in her hallway, against a taupe wall.}



From now through Thanksgiving,
I'll enjoy looking at this lovely textured
autumn palette...I wish you could touch this wreath!


I hope you'll try making one of your own.
If you do, please add it to the 

Come back tomorrow for
another October finish...as we finish October!




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October 3, 2014

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies - A Recipe to Share

If your back-to-school days have been
anything like mine,
there's just not much time for baking.
That's why I love stirring up these
Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies!



Here's how I make them...starting with these ingredients.


Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
                        2 cups sugar                   1/2 cup peanut butter
                        1/2 cup butter                 1 tsp. vanilla
                        2/3 cup evaporated milk   1 1/2 cups salted peanuts
                        3 1/2 cups oatmeal (regular or quick-cooking, uncooked)

Mix sugar, butter, and evaporated milk in a medium saucepan.
Bring mixture to a rolling boil, and boil 5 minutes,
stirring frequently to prevent from burning.
Remove pan from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
Now fold in peanuts and oatmeal.
Spoon onto foil-lined cookie sheets, shaping into cookies.
Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Once you've got the cookie "dough" ready,
you'll want to work quickly to drop them onto the foil.



 The cookies set up in a few minutes, as they cool off completely.


This recipe makes quite a few cookies,
but they're very tasty, so people tend to eat lots of them.


It makes enough to fill two full cookie sheets.


Wouldn't you like to welcome home someone special,
with some sweet treats like this?


Now I just need to come up with a sweet No-Sew project,
for these busy days when I can't get near my sewing machine!

{Hey...that's not a bad idea! I think I'll see what I can come up with.}

Until then, I hope you'll enjoy this recipe!




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September 9, 2014

Little Linen Basket By Susie

Have you had a chance to try making an
origami butterfly yet?
It's this month's theme for the 


As soon as I had made my butterfly,
I wondered where it might land.
I loved Susie's idea to attach it to a
darling little fabric basket!

Photo from Susie's Sunroom blog
Would you believe...
Susie has actually created
a FREE TUTORIAL for making this
Leaf N Linen Basket?

It's available right this minute to download, on Craftsy!


I have to admit it...
I've got a "thing" for little containers.
Whether it's pouches or tins,
boxes or baskets,
I love to collect them.
They're fun to use for keeping little things in one place.


I had sew much fun making this little basket,
and the instructions were very easy to follow.
I'm thrilled with the quilted linen exterior.


I just pulled out the necessary supplies,
and in less than an hour,
I had a finished basket for my butterfly.


I love looking at it from all angles.
The quilting design looks cool on the sides,
dontcha think?



This little piece of cute will be my new sewing buddy.
I can get lots more notions in there,
you know.


After I'm finished with my project,
I think I'll use it to keep some candy handy!


I wish I could share some candy,
or some sewing time, with you.
Thank goodness for Craftsy...we can ALL enjoy 

{Head on over and treat yourself to a new pattern.}



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September 1, 2014

September Across The Pond - Butterflies!

I've been noticing a new trend
in fabric lines and crafts...
BUTTERFLIES!

Have you seen 'em?
They're featured in so many places
that quilters and sewists love to visit.

One place I love to visit is Susie's Sunroom,
and Susie has chosen a sweet butterfly project
for this month's Across The Pond Sew Along theme...
Origami Butterflies!

{You'll find the free instructions for the one below at Michelle Patterns.}


Look what Susie did...
her butterfly has landed on a pretty quilted basket!

{Stop by her blog to see another one that has metamorphosized into a bookmark!}



Not to be outdone,
has created her own stunning butterflies.



Inspired by these pretty, flighty, fluttery friends...
and by that, of course, I mean the butterflies...
I made my own version.

{So easy and quick...I made mine in 20 minutes, at 11 pm!}



Of course, I chose my favorite colors,
turquoise and lime.



I used some Color Me Retro fabric for the small print,
and paired with lime gingham from Darla by Tanya Whelan.


I stole the idea from was inspired by Amanda
to use some pretty ribbon
for a delicate pair of antennae.
That's my favorite detail on this sweet little project.



I'm not kidding when I say that you and a little child
in your life could make these
as a fun art project.
There is minimal stitching, very easy to do,
and the adult in the room could handle the ironing.
Children love origami!



If you are looking for more butterfly inspiration,
check out my Pinterest board,
as well as the links listed below.

Pictured here is Wingspan, one of the fabrics from
a new Bonnie Christine line
for Art Gallery, called Winged.


Next, from Frivolous Necessity, is a quilt that's been on my 
absolutely-must-make-that-someday list, 
from the moment I first saw it.
When I was a little girl, 
my dad made a real butterfly specimen collection
for a college course,
and it reminds me of that one.


Of course, butterflies have been
starring in quilt shows for years and years.
pieced into a beautiful example.


Some fabric butterflies can be no-sew,
as shown in this clever tutorial


That should get you started thinking
about butterflies.
If you've got the chance to create
butterfly projects of your own this month,
please feel free to share them





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