Friday, April 18, 2014

Surprise!

Hello!

I'm still here!
It has been a crazy few months.
 I'm getting myself back on track.....slowly.

Even though I haven't been blogging,
I've still been sewing.

To start my "welcome back",
I'll just get right in to a few projects I've done.

I did some sewing for Christmas gifts.
One  gift was created using fabrics provided to me by


Terry's Fabrics are a great home deco quality at a great price.
I honestly cannot say enough nice things about this company
and their fabrics.

In this case, I used Emi, and exclusive Prestigious Textiles design in the color Mimosa.

Hey...did someone say MIMOSA?  Wait...I'll be right back.  I need a drink.......

I made pillows for my brother and his honey.  OK, so they have been together for years,
and engaged for quite some time, so for all practical reasons,
I'm calling her my sister-in-law.
She is just like a sister to me anyway.  :)

The "K" and "L" were purchased from Sweetwater on Etsy.
This is also one of my favorite shops to find unique items.
The pieces were 'coffee dyed' prior to being sewn on the pillow.
Their home is very rustic, so I thought doing this, along with adding 
the burlap embellishment, would be the perfect touch 
of coziness.


I also made a pillow for my awesome mom.
I have to say that this is one of the most favorite pillows I've made.
And even though I love my mom to bits,
I did almost keep this one for myself,
but I think she deserves it more than I do, 
so mom won.
:)


One of my favorite things to do is thread paint.
Even in small touches, it just makes me smile.


The snowman was creating using a Sizzix die.
(I love Sizzix!)

You may not remember, but I do pattern testing for Aria Lane.
I LOVE their patterns.
Very modern, incredibly informative, easy to follow, and
their directions are spot on.

The quilt I can show you now is Modern Morocco.
The front is so elegant.


My special blogger friend, Melissa, of 100 billion stars sent
me a BEAUTIFUL care package a while ago.  In it contained fabric from Free Spirit.  
From this luscious care package I used Tangier Ikat by Dena Designs, along with Kona white
to make this quilt sample.  I think those fabrics
worked perfectly with this design.
Thank you again so very much, Melissa!!

It was also my first time doing pieced curves.
I LOVED it!

Don't let the curves throw you for a loop.
This pattern is wonderful.

One thing I love about the patterns from Aria Lane
is the instructions provided for a pieced back.
Simple, but yet adds the perfect finishing touch.


For the back I used Amy Butler fabric, and I apologize because I don't have 
the information as to what line this is from!

And on a final note, since I've already made this post incredibly long,
my most recent project was this bag made for a little 10 year old girl for her birthday.


I apologize for the quality of this photo.  I had to make this bag rather quickly
and didn't realize the picture quality was so bad. 
That's what I get for hurrying to make the bag,
and hurrying to take a picture before I had to give it away.

My sister requested a bag for her friend's daughter,
so I used my own creative juices to put this together.
No pattern....I've made enough bags in my sewing history
that it's now rather easy to put together.

And of course, I had to use a little thread art on both the front and back of this bag.


And add cute little touches to make it perfect for a young little lady.




All projects were made using Aurifil thread.  This is the only thread I use anymore.

I have so much more to share with you, but I think this post has exceeded it's limit.
I hope you have all been well
and are thriving in your own creative juices!

I'll be back in a couple days....promise.

xoxo
Cindy

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Terry's Fabrics and a Divider Basket

I received some very scrumptious fabric from a
wonderful store called
 
 
The quality of these home deco fabrics
is outstanding!
 
I decided to make a divider basket by Noodlehead.
I used the stars and cherry fabric for this.
 
 
The fabric played very nicely with the pattern.
If using cotton fabric, the pattern calls for both
fusible interfacing and fusible fleece.
With Terry's Fabric I only used the interfacing.
I didn't use anything when creating the handles.
The fabric holds up well enough on it's own.
 
 
I don't know why I was so afraid of this pattern.
Everything went together so easily and I can't wait to make another one!
 
 
I truly LOVE this cherry fabric.
The addition of the tiny blue dots make it extra cute.
 
 
Stop on over to Terry's to see the beautiful collection!
 
I'm sure you're wondering what happened to the third fabric in the first photo
Well, that will have to be shown after Christmas.
But I promise you will love what's made from it!
 
Enjoy your day!
xoxo
Cindy

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Quick and Easy Recipes for the Holidays

Happy December!
Have your Christmas shopping all done?
Coal packed away for the naughty ones?
Carrots and cookies ready to go for Santa and the reindeer?
Yeah...me either.
 
But what I do have is a couple of quick & easy,
and even yummy, recipes that you might want to use over the holidays.
 
Lets just start with getting our vegetables out of the way.
I was watching Food Network a couple Saturday's ago.
(LOVE that channel!)
I was watching Trisha Yearwood's show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen.
She was  making this mouth watering corn salsa.
It goes together VERY quickly. 
Actually, this is so good y'all will forget your eating rather healthy!
 
 
You can find this recipe on Trisha's website on Food Network
I will share with you, because tomatoes aren't in season, I used cherry
tomatoes, just because they looked better than the orange things
they try to pass as tomatoes.
(can I get an AMEN!)
 
I took this to work and it was a hit.
Between myself and two of my friends, we at the whole bowl.
No lie.
We are still shocked.
I won't mention names.
Carmen & Shelley
 
This next recipe is a little on the sweeter side of life.
You may already know about it and have it as a staple in your recipe book.
 
Paula Deen's Mt Dew Cake.
Oh
My
Gosh
 
Yeah
That's all I'll say about that.
 

 
It is SO moist!
It is SO yummy!
My mouth is watering right now looking at the picture.
 
I use Pam,
not my friend Pam,
or my cousin Pam,
but a spray Pam.
The one for baking.
Have you tried that yet?
It has a sweet flavor to it so it doesn't take away from your baked goods.
After spraying the pan with Pam
(I like how that sounds...lol)
I sprinkle it with some of the cake mix rather than flour.
 
 
After it's done baking,
and the cake has cooled,
I just slice it up and serve it.
You can make a glaze to put over it,
but it truly doesn't need it.
I've honestly never put a glaze over this cake.
The only glaze that takes place is in my eyes
after my sugar coma takes over.
 
 
You can find the recipe for this little morsel
The only adjustment I made was using 2/3 cup oil instead of 3/4.
 
I'll be back to more sewing over the weekend.
I have my divided basket started and am hoping to finish it up over the weekend.
 
Keep on keeping on and I'll see you back here soon!
xoxo
Cindy
 
And here's my little disclaimer - I was not paid for any of this post.  Not even for the cooking (seriously...can you believe that??).  All these opinions are totally mine, free of charge.
 


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Across the Pond & a Pillow

Hello world!
 
Here in my part of the good 'ol USA
it's freezing.
Seriously.
6 degrees this morning while I'm out taking all these pictures.
 
Our project for the Across the Pond sew along this month was anything apple.
So, I made an apple.
:)
 
 
I just pulled scraps from my bucket, got a twig from the yard and
there you have it!
 
I also saw this adorable BLOCK TUTORIAL on Facebook the other day.
I chose to make it into a pillow.
 

 
I couldn't be more happy with how it came out!
 
I did some free motion applique around the holly leaves and berries.
 


 
And for the back, I used Amy's (from eamylove) covered zipper pillow backing tutorial.
 
 
 I love this tutorial and use it on all the pillows I make.
 
What's next on the list?
Well, I'm FINALLY going to make Noodlehead's divided basket
using these gorgeous fabrics from
 
These home deco fabrics are so luscious.
I can't wait to cut into them!
Be on the lookout!
 
xoxo
Cindy


 


Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Quilt for My Mother-in-Law

Several years ago,
when my husband's grandmother passed away,
my mother-in-law acquired a bag full of
hand stitched butterflies she had made.
When all the grandchildren started having babies,
she would take these butterfly blocks and make a quilt
for the newest addition of the Smith family.
 
I thought it only fitting that my mother-in-law should have a quilt
made from these beautiful, treasured pieces of art.
 
 
My brothers-in-law and their families chipped in for the items
needed to make these blocks into a quilt.
 
Each butterfly was hand stitched by Grandma Smith
(who is actually my mother-in-law's mother-in-law)
did you catch that?  hee hee
 
I used a floral fabric for the sashing.
I found that fitting for butterflies.
Don't you agree?
 
 
I just did a straight line quilt,
because I didn't want to take away from the
memories of the butterflies.
 
 
She really liked it.
Whew!
:)
 
 
I'm very happy with how it all turned out.
I love the story behind it.
 
I hope Grandma Smith is smiling down
and happy that her memory is cherished!
 
xoxo
Cindy


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Across the Pond - Skinny Pinny

I LOVED this months project for the
 
Incase you need a refresher,
this monthly project is hosted by
and
 
They take turns sharing a project for the month.
 
This month was hosted by Susie and her project was the Skinny Pincushion.
You can find the tutorial by Green Bean Patterns
 
This goes together very quickly
and is SO cute.
 
The first one doesn't work for my machine. 
I keep my extension table on,
so I needed to make mine a bit skinnier to
accommodate the small space.
 
So here's my first one.
 
 

 
I will be giving this one as a gift.
I'm pretty sure I know who will get it.
 
 
I used Amy's measurements to make my second one and it worked perfectly.
 

I like to use crushed walnut shells
to fill my pin cushions.
My sister and I buy a bag of them
from the pet shop and then split it.
(because you get a HUGE bag!)
I love the weight and firmness the crushed shells
give the cushions.
 

 
I also did a little embellishing
 

I love those polka dot buttons!
The lace and button can be found at
the Little Red Cottage on Etsy.
You can find them
 
 
So hurry up and go make yours!
And if you do,
make sure to share in the Flickr group.
:)
 




 


Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's that time again!
The Blogger's Quilt Festival
hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side

 
I chose to enter one of the most favorite quilts I've made.
The pattern is Smitten by Rachel Griffith of psiquilt.
I used fabric I won from Laurie Wisbrun called
 
I knew right when I won the fabric what I wanted to do with it.
I needed to make a warm quilt sewn with a lot of love
to give to my dear friend's son.

 
I totally adore this quilt!
 
 
Her son is now a year old,
and she also just had a beautiful baby girl
(for which I am making another quilt!).
PS...please, Michelle, stop already! 
LOL
 
I think sweet Nick will be happy this winter snuggling in all this quilty love.
 
 
 
For the back I used a high quality, very soft, flannel.
 
 
Since the weather is getting a lot cooler,
I really need to get this sent off so Nick can enjoy it!
 
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by!
I love visitors!
 
Make sure to check out all the other beautiful quilts,
and their stories, during the festival.
Voting will start on November 1st.
I'll make sure to remind you to vote for your most favorite!
 
AmysCreativeSide
 
Enjoy the show!
xoxo
Cindy