I’ve watched this swap happen month by month – never really got involved. . . but holiday favorites – they have been on my mind lately! The last 5 or 6 years Jenna and I have spent an entire day baking, or making candy – depending on how adventurous we feel, and how many recipes we want to try. :)
This is a recipe that we found last year and love.
Cran-Crazy CookiesImage is from bhg.com :)
Super yummy cookies with whole wheat flour – I hope you try them.
I made these for a birthday girl! After my last post about bracelets, Jennifer requested one for her daughter, but when I showed her my samples, decided to have two made. One will be for Christmas :)The little box was intended for gift cards, but I’m always looking for a way to present bracelets. I love the box and it was super easy – and I’m not a paper person :) I will definitely use the pattern again.
If you are interested in something like this for yourself – let me know! There are many different styles of letter beads available for a delicate or chunky bracelet – depending on you!
If you haven’t been to Sew-Mama-Sew today there is a huge list of giveaways – just in time for Christmas gifts! I would have joined in … Read More »
It seems that the months keep flying by! I blame Thanksgiving being late in the month for the surprise of December, and the first being on a Monday doesn’t help. Over the long weekend I made a table runner to coordinate with our tree skirt. I had purchased a panel, but after being half finished with the quilting, I decided I hated it, didn’t want to use it, and ripped it all out! It was too large a panel for my table. I took off the squares that I had added to it, and cut them a bit to make it more in scale with my table and the size that I wanted.This is what I ended up with – simple and fun! The day before Thanksgiving I decided to set this aside and make … Read More »
I spent some time adding bookmarks to my etsy shop last night. I was thinking I would like to offer you, my friends a deal. How about buy 2 get 1 free!? If your interested just let me know that you are a blog reader and I will adjust your invoice!
Have a great afternoon~Amy
I got word from Lucinda that my two-color quiltie made it to her the other day. Now I am free to share it with all of you :)It was a bit dark the day I took pictures – I had to get it in the mail or I would have ended up keeping it and making something different to send! The pattern is called Wedding Bouquet – I had stumbled on an abandoned site with tons of free blocks – I really liked the flower and it was just two colors!I had borrowed a book from the library last time that had a lot of influence over this quilt. Creative Quilting with Beads – it was a fluke I even picked it up. I had Owen in my arms, and Sophia following me (the older two … Read More »
It seems I have avoided this place for much of the week. This year has been full of ups (mostly our children) and downs. As you know I am always thankful for the big and little blessings in my life – I AM blessed. But this Thanksgiving was different – in so many ways. I didn’t want to be a wet blanket for anyone else, and haven’t been sure how to express myself – so I didn’t. We were blessed to be with good friends for the holiday, and there was tons of good food too!
I guess I miss our church family most of all. Being around a table of 20+ people, young and old, coming each with something delicious to share. It’s been that way for 5 years, and now being here … Read More »
I probably could produce three different posts out with all that I have to say . . .
First up – I finished our tree skirt! I love it :) It is just over 40″ square. After seeing a couple of others a bit smaller around blogland, I thought it may be to big, but why go to the trouble if no one will see it under the tree!I opted to add a tie to the center – it’s festive :)And I quilted stars randomly – I had to find a good one – they were not all this happy.
Now I can’t wait to start decorating for Christmas!
Next up – My new loot!
These fat quarters and thread are from the Freespirit giveaway. I have no idea what they will become but they sure are pretty to look … Read More »
I know that they could have used it though, they have been at each other’s throats since 7:30 this morning. Rest time. I’m sure some of you are thinking “What she hasn’t been having rest time!?”
In my defense – for the last 5 years almost, I have had a baby and a napper, who would both go down for a nap in the afternoon. And the bedrooms up stairs are right next door to one another – causing one to keep the other up, if rest time were to go awry. So I haven’t done rest time.
Today – I’m losing it and it’s only noon. Emmalie and Sophia, only 17 months apart, are both independent and smart little girls. Many days they play together without trouble, other days they are trying their … Read More »
So somehow I managed to sit on the goodie bag from Beki for the last two weeks – hmpf! Here’s the goods she sent -
Her Short and Sassy Pleated Handbag, can be found in Beki’s etsy shop if you happen to have a hankering for a cute new bag! I’m trying to decide which fabric to make mine from – I’ll fill you in as I make my mind up :)
Yesterday I had a great crafty day! I quilted the tree skirt. I designed/made two new bookmarks. I got to 75% finished on my scrap quilt. And cut binding for the skirt. I just need to get back to the machine and the tree skirt should be complete tomorrow. We’ll see!
I have plans to make orange chicken for dinner – yummy! … Read More »
A clean house/space does wonders for the creative energy! I’ve done other stuff too, but want your thoughts on these – if you please :)
Gotta run! It’s time to get Ella :)Thanks for your help!
Words from Ella as she came inside from playing at 4:45pm. Yes, the sun has already set here by then. While they were outside I whipped up a batch of these yummy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Well technically my mixer did the grunt work, but someone has to operate it – right? And I let each one have a small cookie before dinner – I wasn’t able to wait myself either. Yummy :) And here’s their smiling faces to prove it!Ella – always ready with a pose and smile.
Emmalie – I had to ask her to open her eyes – her smile is that big!
Sophia – she likes to roll her eyes at the camera – or is it me? Pretty sure it’s the camera!
And Owen! Who happens to … Read More »
It may only be Tuesday, but I feel my week quickly getting away from me! So I thought I would post what needs to get done and hopefully be able to check it off.
- finish the binding on my swap quiltie, photograph and mail.- quilt the tree skirt, I’ve had it pinned together for a week now – I need to sit down with it.- continue sewing with scraps.- cut fabric/interfacing for bookmarks.
Looking at it here, it doesn’t look like much, but I have another “to do” in my head. Cleaning. I feel like a few areas in our home have been ignored long enough and I need to pay some attention to them.
With that, I’m off to get started! Hope you are having a fabulous day~Amy
Oh and look over here – I think I … Read More »