Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Journal covers

These are so easy to make. What are they, you say? You know those composition books you used in school? Or, maybe some of you use one to keep a diary or journal. We are having a journal cover swap in one of my online groups. I wanted to do something "cool" but, instead, it's "hot"! LOL I had to hurry and make a cover since I hadn't taken the time to do it and we have to post a picture by the end of the month. And, since I'm leaving early in the morning, I thought I'd better get it done now.
The second cover is actually the first one I made a month or so ago. I gave it to my dad covering a book that he uses now to write in. I was hoping he'd keep a daily journal of sorts, but I don't think he's been keeping it up. Maybe he writes in it every now and then. That's good, too.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Is it Christmas?

It sure looks like it in my living room! This is what I found in a box on top of the kitchen counter when I got home from work. My aunt Dolores sent me this Indian Nativity Scene. Yes, I am a collector of Nativities. I have never seen one like this, though. I set it up on my round glass-top table where it will stay until after Christmas this year. It's sitting on cloths she also sent. Thanks, Tia! She also sent Judy some beautiful little Indian angel ornaments and a Dallas Cowboy towel. What else is so heartwarming than to come home to an unexpected gift??

I have my first REAL Scentsy party tomorrow so I'd better get busy and get my stuff together. I've only had basket and catalog parties. I'm looking forward to actually being able to display and talk about Scentsy to a group. I had a lot of fun in Amarillo this past Sunday at the Peddler show. It was the first time I've been able to display and sell. Wish me luck!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mug Bag!

It was my turn to come home to a "squishy"! And, look what was inside! The cutest little "mug bag", a mug mat, chocolates and a package of hot chocolate mix. All this from my pal in Australia, Narelle. She also included some beautiful postcards depicting the Australian landscape. The applique is just beautiful! One of my favorite quilt designs is Sunbonnet Sue. How did she know? And, chocolate! Oh my...Thank you, Narelle!

Our trip to Lubbock was uneventful, thank You, Lord. Dad's legs are healing, slowly. The right leg is looking much better but that left one...just keep on praying. Actually, the left leg is showing improvement but it's the bigger one and it's just taking a bit longer.

Time to get back to working on swap projects.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Betty makes another appearance

A client decided he really liked my first Betty Boop quiltlet to give as a gift to his secretary so I am making another one. Sorry for the lightness of the pic. This was a hurry-up job this morning only because time got away from me and I didn't do a lighting check. Time to shower and get to work. I will be busy until at least 4 p.m. today! I'm already

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A "magnificent" bag!

Could not resist making another one of May Britt's bag. Instead of the stitchery, though, I used a little panel that Deborah gave me a while back. These will make great gift bags. Yes, I spent the night just doing this. Oh, the front panel is actually a little pocket on the outside of the bag.

I have been having some pretty good hot flashes and everyone around me tells me it's cold! lol Well, they're not really flashes because I seem to stay hot all the time. Maybe it's the fact that I've been trying to lose some weight. Maybe my metabolism is revving up! lol I can dream, can't I?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Easy, peasy...

If you go to you can find this easy to make sewing caddy. I think you may have to register first though, so you can access all the free projects. It's free, though! When you get there, click on fun projects and then look for sewing room accessories. I made the red section last night (lots of different stitches which made the diamonds) and then I put it together this morning in like, 15 minutes! lol I told you, easy, peasy. The thread catcher and pincushion is a gift from one of my clients. She found it at some craft show, I think. I've got this set up at my dad's house where I have my Sears Kenmore. Click on the picture to read the words.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

So many projects...

and so little time! The dresses are so easy to make that I am slipping into a lazy mode these days. So, I thought I'd work on the pinwheels for a while. The design wall is occupied with the kiddie blocks (still) so I had to lay the pinwheels on the basket under the ironing board. Pretty bad, huh? If I'd finish the kiddie block quilt, I'd be able to get more done since the design wall would be free. I just can't decide how to finish off the KQ! My brain just won't cooperate with that project right now. All I want to do is make more stitchery items. The pincushion I made on Sunday night because, again, I didn't want to work on anything bigger. But, I needed to make another stitching project for my swap pal.
The bag/bucket swap went out in the mail last week. It is going out of the country. As soon as it arrives at it's destination, I hope my swap partner will take a picture of herself holding the bag. I'll keep you informed.

I spent the night at Dad's last night to give Joe a break. The night girl is out of town. I'm not sure we'll even have her back since Dad seems to be doing so well. He's been a bit out of sorts lately, but I think he's a little worried about Chris not being there at night. Although, he did very well last night. He got himself up only twice and he didn't even call me. I heard him as he was returning to his room. Once he peeked into my room and asked, "Are you okay?" LOL

Time to work on dinner and maybe some stitching.

Friday, September 05, 2008

I hit pay dirt!

Wow! One of my clients was so generous today! She has been cleaning out her closets and drawers and brought me this pile of goodies. There are zippers, buttons, lace, sequins, etc., etc... And, in the bag, there are kits to make those felt Christmas stockings as well as other pieces of different fabrics. The quilt you see under it all is one I've been entrusted to quilt for a friend. I haven't even begun to think about that yet. Soon...

Back to the goodies...all this "stuff" will aid in helping me make gifts for the upcoming Christmas season. I can't wait to start working with it all! Thanks, Lila!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Bags and more bags..

I am having so much fun making little stitchery things for my Stitching Angel swap partner. Here you see the latest bag suggested by the swap organizers. I'll send this and an armchair caddy to my swap partner. Then I'll only need to make one more thing (we're supposed to make at least 3 stitchery items to send). So, I may make one or two more items since we have 6 weeks, I think, to do this in. you see the bag I made to be sent to my partner in the Bag/Bucket Swap I joined. We were not able to send anything to anyone until September 1st. So, I think I can show the picture now. Notice the ribbon? Yes, it got a first place ribbon at the fair this year. I'm sending it along with the bag. I've got a few more little things tucked in the bag, too. I'll leave that a secret until the recipient receives it just in case she reads my blog.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Quilter turned dressmaker

Okay, so they're not full-size dresses but aren't they cute? I bought a bunch of kitchen hand towels while at the store the other day. I figured I'd sit down someday and just whip 'em out! lol It's taken a few days, but I only have one more towel left to turn into a little dress.

I've got to finish a few more armchair caddies before I get bored with them. Oh yes, I get bored easily! lol There's also the kiddie block quilt that still needs borders and a "Twist and Shout" wallhanging that needs finishing.

I slept until nearly 8:30 today! Whew! I took a Tylenol PM last night and I think I slept a bit harder. I need to go shower now and get ready for the day. Must meet one of my Scentsy downline gals today to help her get started. Be sure to check out my site to see all the new things for fall and winter.

Praying for those in the path of Hurricane Gustave today.