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Making presents

So I've made a few presents recently, besides the quilt for Brittaney. The first one was for a recently turned 5 year old little girl from Alex's preschool class. Abby Sue was SO upset that it wasn't for her. I promised I'll make her one soon, just different fabric Though it does look awesome, I don't think I want glittered fabric to deal with.

This one was for a baby shower. They don't know what they are having, so this pretty shade of green was the ticket. Everyone seemed to love it, my kids included.

I had so much fun making both of these, and they were super quick too. I've got to make a few more!

Jelly Rolls, Layered Cakes, Turnovers

So I've recently jumped into quilting, and still trying to stay afloat. Awesome patterns are EVERYWHERE. Then come the challenge, finding those perfect fabrics. Sometimes I'm completely lucky. A friend introduced me to www.aboveallfabrics.com and there I found Popp'n Posies. Yes, Abby Sue will have a quilt for a big girl bed before she is out of a crib. The best thing, they have a fabric kit. True it doesn't come with everything I need, it comes with enough (and it was on sale right now too!) to get started. I found another pattern that is jelly charm friendly. For you, and for me I went ?. Apparently quilters not only have a love affair with fabric, but for sweets too. Jelly Rolls refer to lengths of fabric cut into 2.5 inch strips (all off one collection). Turnovers look just like turnovers, triangles. Honey buns are 1.5inch strips. Desert rolls are 5 inch strips. Then you have your charm and your flat quarter packs.

Boy, this gets confusing and hungry. So I munch on a cookie or two and try to search for something that is impossible to find, boy friendly fabric. And rejoice when I think I found two Jelly rolls to decide from, but atlas no matching charm pack. And it is hard to tell online if things match or even close enough.

So I'm no closer to finding my fabric and still want more cookies!

Latest Projects

Memo to self: I must remember to take photos are all those handmade presents. But here are a few of the rest things.

A baby present for a good friend who is due with a girl in about a month.


Teagan's turtle blanket, he is still learning to love it.


Abby Sue has a lady bug


Alex's dinosaur, and Teagan wants a green one
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Latest Mischief

My SWEET neighbor has taken quite a few nights out of her life to teach me how to quilt. Let's just say I'm hooked, and I love it. This is the first of many quilts. This one is for Alex. And he is SUPER excited about it and loves it too. Makes all the work more than blissful. Sorry just realized my lens needs to be cleaned.

Next project is already in the making. It is a turtle shaped rag quilt, and yes it is for our turtle lover Teagan. This has turned into a saga. I've been to three fabric stores searching for the perfect flannel. And I have all the flannel I need, but I'm not happy with it. So being married to an internet dude, I search the internet and found this cool website. quilter search engine It has given me so many more options without having to search each individual website. Now I've got the tough choice of what to keep and what to get. Fortunately my mac comes with "Numbers" a spreadsheet software (but does so much more). I'm using they remodel template to display the finished picture, and all the fabrics I have and all I like. That should help me to decide (fingers crossed). Continue reading "Latest Mischief "

Mass Production

I've been busying working on mass production items: birth announcements and thank you cards. And they are FINISHED (minus 3 more thank you card I need to make)! I hope Abby Sue appreciates all I do for her. The birth announcements were very time consuming. I stamped, water color painted the two flowers and then hand cut one of the two. I was luck there was a punch that fit the other. I did enjoy making the first 12, but after 35 I don't want to make another. So it took me a while to work up the gumption to make 15 out of the 19 thank you cards (one for her scrapbook). Maybe that is why the thank you cards are so simple, but simple is very pretty too.

What I go through to teach my kids good manners.

Finally Selling!

I've finally have been able to get two of my finished blankets up for sale on etsy.com! I'm very excited. I'm hoping they will sell, they are quite cute. So go to etsy.com and check them out. I'm tatemommacrafter. Here they are:

Destruction

No, this time it wasn't the boys. It was me.

I have collect quite a few craft magazines, mostly cross stitching. But recently Joseph FINALLY talked me into downsizing my stack. I find this hard to do. What happens if one of the patterns I threw away I'll need? Then I got practical in my thinking. No more ads and the stuff I don't like. So I've done most of my cross stitching magazines (I get three different ones and they pile up fast) and then last night I went through my scrapbooking ones. I've been though these dog earring the pages I liked or stuff or techniques, but last night I had to think more. What do I like about this what don't I, would I use this as a scrap-lifting page? But I'm pleased to announce the magazines have been downsized, minus the ones in the living room. Now I want to take notes on what I like about each page and file it in a three ring binder with page covers. (I love those plastic page cover. They are wonderful for cross stitching, keeps them clean, dry, and I can mark on them with a dry erase marker and wipe off when the chart is done.) Now the question is how intently do I want to organize them? I better decide fast I need to work on my cross stitching magazines asap, they are piling up again! And before Alex and Teagan can ruin the magazines (Teagan loves looking through my magazines).

Penny a Print

For all those Scrapbooker: Clark Color is running a AWESOME special. one 4x6 print for a penny. You can order up to 50 prints per order. BUT you can reuse the coupon, over and over again. You'll end up pay about 2.95 for shipping. I love their quality, I've only had one print that came back fuzzy, and they immediately reprinted and mailed it to me. I think with first time users you'll get some free prints too.

Craft Update

I'm hoping the recipients of these gifts have received them and I'm not ruining the surprise, which is one of the reasons I've waited so long to post them. The pink blanket was hemstitched and then crocheted edge with a shell design. The flower towel design was from one of my cross stitch magazines. I hope they like them.

Photos

I love to scrapbook, but try to cut cost corners here and there (typical of every stay at home mom). So I hold off ordering photos till I have 100+. I think one time I ordered nearly 400, so lots of photos to work on at once. I am so happy that clarkcolor.com has a new product, they have collage prints! The only thing that really sucks is that you can't move the photos on the print, but when you don't have the fancy expensive software you take what you can get. So this time instead of ordering 250ish photos to them crop, place and glue, I ordered a few 4x6 prints and several collage 8 x 10 prints. The best part is that I save a bunch of time in the prep stage and get to having fun faster. I've tried this feature out a few times, and since have found it wonderful and look for excuses to use it. Thanks Grandma Betty for wanting a poster size of our last beach trip, I had a blast playing with the border size and colors. I hope you like it. I just recently finished a 8x10 print of our recent Moab trip. I used the sepia filter on several of the photos and then left a few in original color Boy those really pop. As soon as I get the print I'll have to upload a picture of it. I think it will be great especially to scrapbook. Maybe I can ask my honey for some awesome photo software for Birthday/ Christmas, but with my luck he'll find some complex free software that I'll never use (he has found several that just 'collect virtual dust' on my computer. What is the good of free if you have to have several different programs to use to accomplish the same thing as one? Especially if they have different user set ups and confuse me?).

PS I'll be posting my lastest finished projects for those who would like to see them soon.