Monday, May 25, 2009

Finally Finished CSQ - for Alora

I signed up for a Crazy Shortcut Quilts class in April...It is for my newest Niece Alora - she was born in September. But she will eventually have a twin sized bed - in the house Jamey and Mike had built - crossed fingers for a closing soon!!! I am really happy with the way it all turned out. It took 40 fat quarters and 1 1/2 yards for sashing and binding. I also made a matching pillowcase.....

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Teacher Gifts

I needed 3 teacher gifts this year...Jakob's Mr. Carson, Tessah's Mrs. Caole & Mrs. Mastroyanis -

Tessah desperately wanted to give Mrs. M. an apron... but I could not make 2 - not enough I reworkd a PartyLite candle for Mrs. Caole.

Mr. Carson was a bit more difficult, but I jazzed up jar I had laying around and in the morning we will go to the store and fill it with candy....I'm tired.

Projects in action.....

Indiya in her dress with purse!!!! Her barbie dress is packed away for the trip to the new house.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Another project....

Back at Christmas I drew my 60-ish year old MALE boss's name for Secret Santa. It is hard to buy a gift for a man you know well...let alone one you have only worked for for 2 months... Since our office is dog friendly, his canine children are often at at work with I snuck pictures of them, re-worked them on one of my favorite picture editing sites, framed them and...he LOVED them. Since then, another co-worker asked me to do one of her dogs for her sister's birthday. I wish I would have taken a picture of the first one I did...this time I added the dogs names - and VIOLA! I am going to be doing one of Olive soon I think.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Let them eat Cake!!!!

And they did!!
I made the princess cake and the cupcakes for Indiya's party....cute cute cute

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fabric Stash put to use

Tomorrow is my neice Indiya's 5th birthday party! I am making her cake (which I will post pics of later) and making her present this year. As I have said in earlier posts - we are financially challenged- so from now on homemade gifts with materials I already have is my goal. According to my sis-in-law - the last thing Indiya needs is another Barbie (although that's what she wants - she is a 5 year old girl, y'know) So I waded through my fabric stash and found some perfect little girl fabric (confession: I had to buy the ribbon at Joann's - but I had a coupon - it cost me $1.29) and made her a sundress with a mtaching dress for one of her 17 Barbies. It actually fits Tessah as a shirt - so I'm sure I will be making this again.

I stole the idea for this dress from here....
AND here

I had no bandannas so I Googled the "standard bandanna size" and cut my fabric appropriately.

What do you think?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there....and to my mom!

Kenai Fjords Cruise - 2007

Saturday, May 9, 2009


My T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter is having a "food" table at the flea market run by another chapter today. We decided to rent a table as a chapter and have a food & drink we all need to donate goodies - the proceeds go to our chapter. So I got to thinking - everyone will be making cookies and brownies, etc.... I'm going to be different (shocker, right?) I decided handmade chocolate drizzled pretzels were the way to go. And they look really good - taste good too - according to Brent and Jake (and me- LOL).

Since I am supposed to be taking off pounds...I'm glad I'll be at my table - not manning the chapter table! Wish us luck!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

In the card-making groove

OK - so even though many quilting projects are unfinished....I needed a break from the machine - and i had some cards I needed to make - and a new thing I am trying - gift tags.... they are tiny and adorable!

A friend of the family just graduated from college - and we've been invited to the graduation party... since we are financially challenged right now and buying a gift for a guy is daunting - I thought I would make him a set of thank you cards in his school colors. Manly cards are a challenge for me...but I think they turned out pretty good - 2 down - 18-22 to go!!!!