Wednesday, October 29, 2008
So I had Chinese for lunch earlier today or since I'm a night owl and posting this super late, yesterday to some of you. It's still 'today' for me, I haven't slept yet. I had to snap these beauties. I've never had such perfect fortune cookies out of the wrapper. Mine were always smashed or already broken in half, but look at these:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
There are so many projects that can be made and you can only be limited by your imagination. To help give some of you some ideas, I found these blogs that have projects in them that can definitely work for our swap.--of course these are just ideas, you do not have to do one of these--you do what you want at your own pace!
Check Them Out!
Scrap Party Garland
Fabric Covered Barrettes
Fabric Wall Art
Handmade Fabric Cards
Fabric Pom Pom
These are such quick and easy projects, you'll end up making some for yourself. Please join our swap. Remember to enter through the link on my sidebar & be sure to leave a comment under the swap post to be entered in the giveaway. Visit and leave a comment on Handmade-O-Holic to also enter in her giveaway.
I'll be back with more posts!
Monday, October 27, 2008
This one is being hosted by myself(Abbie)- The Handmade Quilt-er, and Kat over at Handmade-oholic.
PLEASE READ EVERYTHING......
What: A swap of scraps from your scrap pile--please use scraps no smaller than a 4" square to your group partners. Each group will have 3 people in it, so you will have 2 partners. Fill two sandwich size Zip-loc bags with as many scraps you can fit into it. Try to have the same equal amounts of scraps for your partners. Send yours scraps out along with a self-addressed stamped envelope measuring 8" x 10"with 6, 42cent stamps on it.
In turn your partners should be sending you theirs as well with a self-addressed stamped envelope for you to mail their items to. When those arrive, mix it all up and create little gifts to make for your swap partners-2 in total, 1 for each partner out of the scraps you received. You should be left with scraps yourself and create yourself a gift!
When: Sign up is now until November 3, 2008, or depending on how many will be participating we may extend the dates further. Your 1st package of scraps in the sandwich bag should be mailed out no later than November 15th. Have your 2nd package of your gift mailed out to your swap partners by December 13th.
Where: Sign up is located HERE. Click on the word "Here" to be directed to our sign-up sheet which will enter you in the swap. You will also find a link to sign-ups on my sidebar.
Who: Anyone who signs up before November 3rd regardless of whether or not you have a blog, just be sure to provide your email address.
Any questions you may contact me at The Handmade Quilt-er or you may also contact Kat through her blog at Handmade-OHolic. Both blogs have the same information, sign-ups can be placed on either blog.
Kat and I will be sending out your swap partners by the 7th of November with their information. Please be sure to write the deadline dates down as we really want to make sure everyone receives their gifts before Christmas. Please note that the dates may change depending on the number of participants we have end date of sign-ups. You will of course be notified if there are any changes to the swap. The deadlines again are:
Sign-ups Until Nov.3
Ship Scraps out by Nov. 15
Keep checking back at either blog as we will be posting several ideas to make using the scraps you receive. If you know of some, please kindly leave a comment and share with the group.
Place this button on your sidebar with a link to the swap and leave a comment on my blog and you will be entered in a giveaway.
I will also be having a giveaway myself which will include a bag and wallet to send out along with some fabric goodies and a quilting/sewing book to the winner through my blog. So if you're interested in our swap please sign in by clicking on my sidebar button, to enter the giveaway place the button on your sidebar and leave a comment on both blogs!
This will be soo much fun and I look forward to seeing the fantastic items that come out of this! Help us by spreading the word! The more people that enter the more fun it will be! Thanks again in advance for participating in our swap!
Main Wall of Vintage Fabrics, the drawers hide my fusibles & quilt blocks
1/4 of my vintage fabric collection. I love vintage fabric!!
So my sewing area is done......it's now off to organize my knitting area.....I'm posting a before pic and hoping to add an after shot soon!Everyone, meet Isabel or Bel, Beli-my 2 year old daughter. She wanted her picture taken.
I can't stand these bins. I need to come up with another way to display the yarn and my embroidery and cross-stitch supplies. HELP! Any suggestions?
Some more knitting & crochet books. Told ya'll I loved books.
& some yarn scraps in little baskets placed right next to my rocking chair. My relaxing spot.
So Kat & I have been discussing about arranging a swap of some kind having to do with our scraps. It's still in it's early developmental stages, but we are very close to having the final rules and will be ready to post about it. We'd like to get it started soon and have it end 2 weeks before X'mas so we all can get early presents. How many would be interested? I will also be having a giveaway soon with a lot of the stuff I purge from organizing & as well a quilt to giveaway. Check back, follow me to make sure you don't miss sign ups. Oh yeah. I was really serious about trading or bartering for some sewing/knitting/quilting stuff. I have plenty to give out or trade with in exchange for a knitting needle case/roll so if you're interested, please post a comment here or send me an email! Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This is the space that I found would best fit the new storage/display area for my ribbons:
I was ready to head over to WalMart & pick some wall shelves or towel rack, and that would have easily been $15-$20 or more for each one, but then my bff Kat gave me the best idea ever.....and definitely the most cheap & very doable for everyone. Her idea was to use paper towel holders--BRILLIANT!
I still went to Walmart & found a very sturdy holder for $7.85, I used that, but I still had plenty of ribbons left to hang....so the next stop?--The Dollar Store, they were not as sturdy as the one I bought at WalMart, but definitely worked, I screwed them to the wall above my desk, I had wooden dowels and cut to the length I needed to fit between the holder and VOILA! It worked & I couldn't be more happier with the result.
Here is how it ended up looking:
It ended up looking really cool, but it left a bare spot next to it, so I went back to Wally's and picked up a Dry-erase/Cork Board Combo and found that wooden oval rack and wrote the word "scissors" on it, now not so plain. I LOVE IT! What do you guys think?
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Seeing as this is the only blog that I do have, I know I can add another one, but I just wouldn't possibly be able to keep up with 2.--I've been blogging mainly about sewing & quilting, but did you guys know that I am a whiz in the kitchen?....well let me tell you.......
I am proud of these pickles, when I was mixing all of the ingredients in, I kept my fingers crossed and hoped that it would taste as good as I imagined it. It far exceeded my expectations! With a tweak there, adding of an ingredient here and removing of one there, I now have the final sample for you to make.
I love pickles, whole pickles that is, just no pickles in my sandwhich or hamburger-I'm weird like that. So I wanted to share this fantastic recipe for Pickle people. *WARNING: THIS ISN'T GOING TO BE A RECIPE WITH INSTANT GRATIFICATION--PATIENCE IS NEEDED, IT WILL BE READY IN 3 DAYS AND SO DEFINITELY WORTH THE WAIT!!*
1 Gallon of Kosher Dill Pickles, can be bought at Walmart or Costco-You can purchase whole or sliced, just know that if you buy whole pickles you will end up slicing it. I'm all for saving time and short-cuts so purchase the sliced pickles....you'll be that much closer to your pickles.
1 Large Clove of Garlic-Chopped
2 cups of Vinegar
6-7 Cups of Sugar
1/2 lb. of Jalapeno Peppers & Sweet Little Red Peppers
Take your gallon of pickles and drain all of the juice from them. Set them aside for right now.
In the empty gallon, combine your sugar, vinegar, garlic and peppers, mix well and slowly add your sliced pickles while stirring.
Leave on your counter away from sunlight for 3 days--make sure you stir at least twice a day until then.
After the 3 days, stir and you may serve it warm or place in refridgerator to make it nice & cold and crispy the way I like it.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Ignore the fabric beneath those books, those are just layer cakes that I purchased about two weeks before....like I said it alternates--Last week I purchased the whole collection from Anna Maria's Chocolate Lollipop and Sandi Henderson's Farmers Market and Ginger Blossom, I also picked up several yards of Heather Baileys collections.
Anyways, I was talking about my addiction for books and then started to ramble on about fabric....you see what I mean? Not even in purchases and addictions I switch between the two, but in writing and talking, sorry for those that cannot follow my rambling. Where was I? Oh yeah, the books that I bought last weekend---I'm definitely loving them and finding lots of great patterns that I will eventually work on.
I also did purchase a few more patterns, I'll be posting them for sure on here once I have completed some.
I've entered several swaps, and some contest giveaways. As you may be able to find on my sidebar the number of swaps that I have entered. I just enjoyed my Gratitude Swap hosted by Mel so much, I scoured the blogs to find more swaps currently going on that aren't due anytime too soon, I also found a great blog during my search. This one gets us placed on the blogging world map. I know that there are some of you out there that feel your blog is just sitting there in the middle of no-where---you are definitely not alone. Thankfully there is a blog that has hundreds of members there that felt the same---not any longer! Everyone supports one another by leaving comments and visiting your blogs. The blog is the "The Secret Is In The Sauce" also know as, SITS, we call ourselves SITStas!
Head on over to their blog, join if you would like and add a cool button like the one I have onto your sidebar after joining! There is currently a Photoshop Elements 7 Giveaway going on right now for the month of October. Don't miss your chance to enter & read some fantastic blogs! I'm enjoying them very much and it has definitely kept me from reading my romance novels :)
Another swap is called "We the People Swap", what it is is purchasing a charm pack of your partners choice and choosing one of the patterns on their wish list, not to exceed more that $12.99--just for the pattern of course. The sign-up is until Nov. 4th, hurry up and enter, once you post on your blog you will be entered in a chance to win another pattern from you list...so the possibility of 2 patterns-- I LOVE PATTERNS! This one is to ship out by November 24th.
Make sure you take a look at the other swaps that I am involved it----I know, I know, before you say it.....that's too many swaps to do, but well hey, I've got somewhat of some free time on my hands and I could use these to keep me busy. Some of them still have sign-ups open so get on it, go by and sign up!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Quilting is Done.
Showing off the embroidery
Close-up of one of the embroidered flowers
Ready for it's new home......
Other projects completed.......
Fiona Bag, by Jenna Lou Designs
My New Bag Tags.....I LOVE THEM! THANKS ED!
My Executive tote.....I have no idea what to name this
My fabric label & bag tag.....added to everything I make.
So that's it for now......pretty good progress in one week, I've got about 3 bags to finish 7 more quilts to go----gosh, why did I take that long of a break?? Well, I will be back to post more projects as I complete them. I just remembered.....along with these orders I have to complete....I also have to make 20 log cabin blocks for a swap, darnit! gotta go.
Monday, October 20, 2008
What can make a room like this:
With Everything in its designated spot
It all started with Lila Tueller's Blog about keeping it real.......You go Lila! I was one of the very few that got the chance to read her blog before her revisions....and man....was it freakin' awesome----so you know what??......i'm following in their footsteps and "keeping it real" myself & allowing the world and my closest friends and family to see the "real" me now---not the after I've cleaned the house for so many hours because I know they are coming over and I can't let them see how messy I am "me".----So folks, this is one of many messy parts in my house.....don't even make me post a pic of my knitting area.....ay ya yay.....
Thanks Chelsea for making up a great contest and thanks to Lila Tueller for showing us how great and relieving it is to just be real.