>> Sunday, October 17, 2010
Another accomplishment this weekend... This one motivated by my church's, Messiah Lutheran, upcoming fund raiser for Lunches for Learning. Each year our church holds an annual Handmade Market where crafts made by members of the church and community are donated for sale. The proceeds from the Handmade Market will be used to support Lunches for Learning which provides daily lunches for elementary school children in the rural areas of Honduras.
For the fundraiser I am donating not only the wooden pendants I made this weekend but my Lone Star Quilt I finished today. I hope it brings forth a good donation for the cause.
>> Saturday, October 16, 2010
It's that time of year where we start planning our crafts for Elfin Magic. This year we plan on make Christmas bauble candle holders, stamped coasters, decorative jar ornaments and a version of scrabble tile pendants inspired by Becky Ann Designs. So to get in the mood I test drove one of the crafts today. Using blank wood squares, scrapbook paper and plenty of mod podge I manged to create the following...... For a full tutorial on how to make your own visit Make & Takes. Only wish I could have found some diamond glaze to give it that glass top look.
>> Saturday, September 18, 2010
>> Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Okay don't keep holding your breath...my day job has reclaimed my life.
Hope to be back in time for Christmas.
>> Sunday, July 18, 2010
It's that time of year again....No not Halloween and not Christmas though the catalogs and stores would make one think so. Back to school time. And for some odd reason this year my sons' school isn't allowing backpacks. So it's up to mommy to create some tote bags for the boys so they won't be forced to use our target or publix grocery totes. I worked on Bayard's today. He insisted on fire trucks but not having any fire truck fabric and not wanting to spend an money I convinced him to accept fire truck dogs as the main fabric.
My husband says it turned out way too girlie. And well maybe it did but Bayard loved it. It was also a good way to pratice my free motion quilting. Now on make Holden's his will be the states.
>> Sunday, July 11, 2010
I finally found a little time to finish the gift for niece's birthday. This cute little sailor girl's outfit. McCall's Pattern MP220. Simple vibrant top with little jean shorts. She will be absolutely adorable in it.
>> Saturday, July 10, 2010
>> Tuesday, June 29, 2010
So in order not spend the summer watching TV aimlessly at night and to get a jump start on my Christmas projects I've signed myself up for several sewing class. Although all are classes geared towards the beginner I figured I could still learn a trick or two. Plus it is just a good excuse to sew without little interruptions. This week was the beginning of my quilting class. We are making Color Blox Stars quilt from Blank Quilting. I've chosen a somewhat softer color palette for my quilt but after seeing a few of the girl's brightly colored versions in class I have to admit I was envious. Anyway, here is a glimpse at first two blocks we made tonight.
>> Thursday, June 10, 2010
>> Friday, May 28, 2010
Here's a snap of what is to come.
>> Monday, May 24, 2010
Okay here's a drawing of the quilt pattern I am using for my graduate quilt. You'll have to ignore the color schemes and just use a little imagination. Excel only has so many colors and I just don't have the time to pull in new colors. Yeah, I don't own any fancy quilt making software here. Excel works just fine for me for now. Also allows me to do the occasional quilt mapping on my lunch break.
>> Sunday, May 23, 2010
Inspiration has finally struck at 1:30 am in the morning. I am excited. I had these fabrics for over year and a half and have been waiting for the perfect moment and idea for using them. A new quit is on the way and just in time for my cousin's graduation. Hopefully, she'll find it a nice fresh modern quilt for her dorm. Details to come. I have a two week deadline so off I go.
Here's preview of one of fabrics in the collections I am using. Check all of Laurie Wisburn's collection out at Scarlet Fig.
>> Tuesday, May 11, 2010
>> Sunday, April 18, 2010
Finally sucess. After weeks of back on forth with mother of the flower girl we finally settled on design of sorts and I started to work. For those of you new to my random crafts I have been the responsible party for sewing to the flower girl dress for my sister's wedding, To make it all just a wee bit more challenging for this average sewer I had to take one anthropologie dress (bridesmaid dress) and make it into one fabulously perfect and sweet little flower girl dress all for the love my sister.:). BTW, I was supposed to make the ring barrier pillows as well but thanks to Etsy I foudn a much better crafter to do it for me.
Well I finally stoped procrastinating, only at the point when I realized the store was no longer carrying this dress and decided it was now or never. I must chop and sew. I am pretty pleased with the end result and I am hoping it just looks adorable on the little girl and her mother is pleased.. So below you will see the dress I started with, and two flower girl photos one with the sash and one without. We are all wearing sashes but I thought I might make something I little more funky to dress up the flower girl dress instead of the sash but those juices are still a brewing. I'll post photos of the big day once it has come and gone in three weeks.
>> Saturday, April 10, 2010
Okay so as you could probably tell by the shopping habits and the fact that I did not post last week I went over my 300 dollar challenge for the month. And yes, I did. I became a victim of my coupons and well over bought just for the sake of the deal but I did get a some awesome deals and learned a lot in the process. So here is last weeks total. I got 365.98 dollars worth of groceries and beauty products for 198.41. The best day in that adventure was getting 134 dollars worth of groceries for only 50 dollars. I did also take advantage of CVS Olay ECB promotion and stocked up on those because combining that with the buy product and get body wash free coupons in the paper made and the 15 dollar rebate from Olay it worth it. I now have about 30 dollars in ECB for March. and 15 dollar check on the way. All of which I did not count in the savings.
This brings my Feb spending total to 464.20. The breakdown for the month looks like the following:
I spent 464.20 dollars in groceries and beauty products
I got a total of 835.11 dollars worth of groceries and beauty products
For total monthly savings of 44%.
The goal for March don't give into my coupons just for the sake of the deal, and continue to work to reduce my bill down to 300 a month. I am already on a good start. I've even been to the grocery store once this week.
Oh and must share this steal of purchase: I got 7 yards of 100% raw silk in a print that matches my living room for only 4 dollars a yard. The silk was originally 30 dollars a yard. A great deal and lucky find. New curtains are the works.
>> Sunday, February 21, 2010
I finished my niece's matching outfit this weekend.
I plan on making one more outfit matching set to send as part of the gift. Probably a strip skirt and little top.
>> Wednesday, February 10, 2010
So my total this week: brought 202 dollars worth of groceries and only paid 119.30 this week. Brings my monthly total to : 265.69. We had few non-coupon purchases this week in preparation for valentines and vistors. Looks like I probably won't make my 300 dollar goal but I am defintely going to try.