Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Well It's time to start getting those scraps out & start making some stocking stuffers.
I found the history, and other info of stocking stuffers  here on eHow. Now I am gonna do a search on some things I would like to try using my scraps.
I found these via the tip junkie

TUTORIAL: Lil Cutie Pouches these are cute!!!


Monday, October 24, 2011

The Pickledish Patch

The Pickledish Patch:
Your chance to win a Go-Baby fabric cutter by Acuquilt, and 3 dies of your choice. Just follow the link for instructions to win from a very generous fellow blogger! Have fun!!!

'via Blog this'

Ceramic Button Covers Assortment Destash by sassyfibersbySonja

Ceramic Button Covers Assortment Destash by sassyfibersbySonja:
A new listing in my Etsy shop. The need some crafty love!!!

'via Blog this'

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Piec-lique by Sharon Schamber | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Piec-lique by Sharon Schamber | Flickr - Photo Sharing!:

Piec-lique by Sharon Schamber

Product Description
Award-winning quiltmaker Sharon Schamber shares her quiltmaking secrets from her years of professional garment sewing. Her need to produce projects fast and accurately evolved into a new machine technique she calls 'Piec-lique' (pronounced like applique). This method provides the speed and control to make curved piecing fun. There are four different applications of the technique: layered for gently curved seams, inset for enclosed shapes, combined for seams interrupted by other elements, and free-form for spontaneous piecing without templates. Three dozen gorgeous block patterns have been designed or redesigned with simple curved elements. The author's original designs include beautiful flowers, like the simple daisy, charming blue bells, and sophisticated black-eyed Susan. Quiltmakers will also find excellent information on fabric selection and help for figuring yardages.
Editorial Reviews
Piec-Liqué: Curves the New Way by Sharon Schamber doesn t just come from a quilter; it comes from the originator of a new method of quilting: one which uses curved shapes from piecing which looks like appliqué. Thirty-six block pattern examples using this simple curved technique range from flowers to block quilt patterns. No pins are needed to use Piec-liqué, which helps make curved piecing without pins. -Library Bookwatch, September 2005, Midwest Book Review
Product Details
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: American Quilter's Society; 1 edition (June 15, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1574328808
ISBN-13: 978-1574328806
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

'via Blog this'

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

More Ways to Preserve Autumn Leaves – Crafting a Green World

More Ways to Preserve Autumn Leaves – Crafting a Green World:
I found this article to be quite interesting. While going thru some of my stuff for my flea market booth, I found a flower press that I bought when my oldest daughter was a toddler. When I loosened up the screws & took off the top....lo & behold....those fiddle-leaf ferns that grew wild in front of the rent house I lived in where preserved quite nicely. I had forgotten about them after all of these years....I wanna say at least 18 yrs give or take a year.

'via Blog this'

Monday, October 03, 2011

I'm back! Living LIFE!!!

Hello my friends, & my poor neglected blog! It is very nice to be back.....back to blogging, back to sewing, back to creating, back to thinking about creating.....back to my LIFE!!!!
It has been a very slow process......
I have been in a funk, a slump, a depressed state, call it what you will....for a very LONG time.
The death of my beloved father....
The death of my younger brother the following summer....
My open heart surgery, the very next summer.....
This all drove me to a very dark place, that lasted for a few years.
The diagnosis of a tumor in my lung, non cancerous at the 2008....
The break up of my family unit 2 months later on April 2nd; (so I guess it couldn't be confused as a BAD April Fools joke.)
D-I-V-O-R-C-E after 15 yrs. of togetherness, my youngest daughter deciding to move with her dad, being a single mother to the middle daughter, & the loss of my medical insurance when I needed it the most, not to mention the moral support.....all shambles....done!
I took some time off from a very energy demanding, life sucking job for about 6 months, but had to return due to financial most of us do, so 2 more years of that.....yikes!
Well I finally quit that job a year ago this month....yay!!!
I have been looking for a job ever since, now that my savings has pretty much been exhausted...and living by the seat of my pants so to speak....
Getting turned down at Toyota USA because of my pulmonary problem....being over qualified for cutting up fresh fruit and packing in those plastic containers at my neighborhood HEB.....& everything in between.....It's amazing that I am still here after all of that isn't it? Well I AM!!!
I feel better now that I let it all hang out here (minus the nasty details of course) but I am sure you get the jest.
I will continue to struggle....I always have!
I will continue to fight.........I am a survivor!
I will fall.............................I always manage to get back up!
I will continue to live...........I have too many unfinished projects to finish....& too many people left on my list to piss off before I go.....LOL!
I will no longer live angry, focus on the past, second guess myself, or allow negativity in my LIFE.
My car is fixed, the roof doesn't leak, I have a part-time job, a few side jobs coming up, my middle daughter just started UT Austin & is doing great.... & I am happy.
You can check out what I've been sewing on my other blog ....& I have some Christmas postcards in the making, & will be posting those pics here in the coming weeks!
Thanks for listening if you are still here....I FEEL BETTER!