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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!

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? 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.
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
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!
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.
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!


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.
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!

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
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! 
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!
Enjoy the show!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


I think I chose the perfect day to take off work.
It was a last minute decision
and I am so happy I did!
We are having our first snowfall of the season.
The snowflakes are huge!
The apple tree we planted 7 years ago, which never, ever had apples,
now has 5!
(I can't believe my husband never noticed when he was mowing the yard!)
I think my snow-topped asters look beautiful!
Our gourd bird houses are also enjoying the new weather.
I think everything looks nice covered in a bit of white.


But I think today I will take the lead from Miss Rosemary.

I hope you are enjoying your day!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I Love Fall

Today is just sharing
fall around our home.
I love decorating for the seasons/holidays.