Friday, June 2, 2017

Hen and Chick Pot Holders

The Secret Sister club coordinator asked that each person give at least one gift to their "sister" each month; if you wanted to give more that was fine.
When I joined the club, I decided up front to spoil my "sister" by giving a weekly gift, to give handmade gifts, to use what I already had on hand and to spend the least amount of money possible.
 For my second gift, I chose a pattern from my Farm Girl Vintage book and made a set of pot holders for my "sister".
I really love how cute these turned out and plan to make some for my kitchen sometime in the future.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Zipper Pouch Gift

Last year, in September, our home-school co-op 
set up a secret sister club. I had heard of these before, so I was excited to join. The first gift I made for my "sister" was a cute zipper pouch.
I used a fun Cat in the Hat fabric,
Lined with a coordinating stripe fabric.
The pouch was then filled with candy.
I was pretty pleased with my first gift!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ribbit Ribbit

An early morning find....
On a cool and wet morning.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Homemade Gift

When giving a gift, I prefer to make something whenever possible; even if it means the gift is given later than planned.
 My original plan was to make a baby blanket for a friend's daughter, but now the little girl is no longer a baby; so I made a toddler blanket. 
I used a Robert Kaufman Girlfriends charm pack for the front.
 The back is Loralie Harris Big Blossoms.
 As an added bonus, I decided to make a rag doll to coordinate with the quilt.
 I used some of the fabric leftovers for the skirt;
 And the bow.
 The doll turned out so cute and goes very well with the finished quilt.
Here it is all packaged up.
I'm so very pleased with both the quilt and the doll and I don't think my friend, or her daughter, will mind that the gift was so late in coming.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fabric Tablecloths

For years I have used a plastic tablecloth purchased by the yard at Jo-Ann Fabrics. It worked very well, but stained very easily.
A couple of years ago I found a fabric tablecloth at a thrift store for a dollar. It was the first time I ever considered using one and was amazed at how much I liked using it and how easy it was to keep clean.
 Finding a used tablecloth for a good price has been a fun challenge. The cheapest one I've found to date, was 75-cents at a garage sale. It is a blue cotton gingham with large print and the fabric has a nice body.
Recently I was shopping at the thrift store and came across this maroon cotton gingham shower curtain that was just like my blue tablecloth. It was under 2-dollars, so I decided to buy it in hopes of making it into a tablecloth.
 After measuring, I noticed the shower curtain was too wide on the long side of my table and too short on the end. After trimming off the sides, I added this extra fabric to the ends, even though it was impossible to match the plaid stripes, and now I have another tablecloth.
An added bonus to using a shower curtain for a tablecloth? I now have a dozen very nice clear buttons for a future sewing project!
 The same day I found the shower curtain, I also found a cherry print tablecloth trimmed in red gingham.
It was way too long for my table, so I simply folded, stitched, trimmed and top stitched one side. 
This one just may be my new favorite.
While searching for a tablecloth big enough to fit my table, I am buying anything that is too small and turning them into more kitchen towels (like these).
The striped towels were a round tablecloth and the rust colored towels were a small rectangle. Both of these tablecloths were purchased at different places and on different days, so it was exciting to discover they coordinated very well.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pencil Bag

This year I bought a fun adult coloring book planner.
 Not wanting to carry around my colored pencils in the plastic box, I decided to make a pencil bag.
 After digging in my scraps, I chose a Joel Dewberry fabric.
 My bag is lined inside with a black and white damask fabric about the weight of upholstery fabric.
The pencils fit perfectly inside; including the pencil sharpener.
The whole bag fits nicely in my purse.
Now I'm ready to color anytime I need something productive to do while out and about.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Fred and Barney

Meet Fred and Barney, two adorable Chihuahua puppies that have stolen our hearts.
We lost their mother, Penny, a few days after they were born. Apparently she had another puppy that didn't come out and by the time we got her to the vet, it was too late.
 Fred, the bigger puppy, and Barney, the smaller puppy, love each other and we are so grateful they are both alive. We spent many, many hours feeding them and almost lost Barney several times.
They are now 5-weeks old and so far it looks like they are going to be okay!

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