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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Celebrating 2009 - Give Away Part 3

Nana Days are such a fun blessing of 2009 and I'm looking forward to more in 2010.
Leave a comment to enter for the drawing for the ornament on previous post.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Celebrating 2009 Give Away - Day 2




Another blessing of 2009 has been the opportunity
to create scarfs along with others that are given out at local shelters. To enter the drawing see info on this post.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Celebrating 2009 Give Away


One of my blessings of 2009 has been trusting God as He has taken many things out of my schedule leaving me more dependant on Him. Leave a message of one of your 2009 blessings to be entered for this Christmas ornament. Drawing will be December 31 after midnight.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Jesus!

For the first time ever, we woke to no electrical power Christmas morning. This year there was no egg strata or home made cinnamon rolls cooking while we read from Luke 2 in the Bible or opened presents one by one. Sandwiches for lunch and sandwiches for dinner by candlelight. What an adventure. Of course my dog still got her walk in the quietness of the beautiful icy and snowy day. We are still without electrical power and moved our family gathering to one of our homes that has electrical power today. I'm reminded that God's power is never unavailable. His ways are higher than my ways. Thank you LORD and Happy Birthday Jesus.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas




These festive Cardinals (see female on pole) and Red headed woodpecker and enjoying themselves.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

From Our Hearts To Yours

From our hearts to yours is the title page on these special cards for some special folks. The messages are written, they are assembled and wrapped. What fun!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ornaments Completed















Beads were wired onto the ornaments along with the brass mesh banner for the painted date. Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
Of course, there's not even a dent in my buttons, but it's a start.
10 inches of snow here! Woohoo!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Appreciation Notes


Many years ago when my husband's grandmother was alive, our children, my husband and I each wrote a special memory or note of appreciation to her in journal and gave it to her for Christmas. She loved it and it seemed to truly bless her,
maybe more than anything we could have bought for her.
This year, these handmade journals await cover embellishments along with words of a special memory or appreciation for some special people in our lives.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Time

This is one of my first pieces. Notice how symmetrical, color coordinated and square and it's even hand quilted! Actually, it was planned to be even more symmetrical but somehow I switched the left and right trees and didn't notice until it was complete. Even though my design style has changed quite a bit, I still enjoy hand quilting on a few pieces.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Advent Calendar




Counting down the days until we celebrate Jesus' birthday is fun with this Advent Calendar. Each day a yellow Ultrasuede star is "buttoned" to one of the 25 buttons until Christmas Day when the calendar is full of stars and the large yellow Ultrasuede button is added. This is one of our family traditions but you can see others here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Surprise In The Mail!


Lynne describes the scarf by writing, "It is actually mohair from our angora goats. I triple dyed it to get the 3 different shades, then spun it with a special core and ply technique to get that fuzzy yarn look. A friend of mine did a commissioned shawl with this technique as a piece for a NY runway show! Enjoy. " Obviously, the photo couldn't do it justice. And check out the tin of home made caramel popcorn too. YUM. http://mustardseedfarm.webs.com/

Monday, December 14, 2009

FUNky Buttons












Anyone familiar with my blog knows I like buttons - especially for embellishments. When my local quilt shop got in some of these FUNky buttons, I realized I'd finally found a way to embellish my thrift store purse and still allow it to compliment many outfits. I simply threaded torn strips of batik selvage and knotted it then sewed it to the purse. I think the first photo looks a bit like a cereal character advertised on TV. ** I'm still seeking opinions from yesterday's post. **

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Opinions?












The idea for these Christmas ornaments has been moving about my head until yesterday when I began making some options. I would appreciate comments as to what you like and dislike about them...please just be kind. My main issue is with the date tags.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

"He Also Made The Stars"


Created by members of a Miniature Bee I was part of awhile ago, each block was to be a wacky star using blue and yellow. Notice the one with the moon fabric. This is a fun piece to decorate with a Christmas time.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Nativity


When I was part of a group that did miniature quilts, we each created a block or too of this paper piecing pattern a month for this Nativity. My style has changed since then and I can't remember when I did paper piecing last. This is one of those pieces I really like but plan to never do again.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hand Made Knitting Needles


My hubby is the best! A while ago, he cut and sharpened some hard wood dowels. Then I molded some Scuply clay on the tops and baked them in a low temperature oven. Next they were painted and varnished. I've used them many times and have made several pair to give to teen girls so they can learn to knit. This scarf will go in January along with other items our church is collecting for the local shelter.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Slow Progress


This piece is turned and the border quilting (which I do first) has begun. Slow progress is better than no progress.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Paper Play
















I started with this marbled paper from Carol R. then added and smeared some paint, stamped and added water drops. Next I cut up rectangles and combined them with strips and textured paper circles and a verse. What fun and 4 cards ready to send.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hand made Gifts


Hand Made Gifts are my favorite gifts to give. These Quilted Desk Art also give the gift of Truth and Hope by using Scripture as part of the collage design. See more ideas at We Are That Family.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"For Nothing Is Impossible With God"


The verse is complete and in the correct spot now. I removed the basting marking lines and now I'm ready for the flowers!