Thursday, May 31, 2012

Feeling Stitchy - May Project

I finally was able to complete a Feeling Stitchy project in the right month! I loved this pattern from isewcute and immediately thought of Alice when I saw it. I pieced it into a sweet quick coin purse; I used Make It Perfect's tutorial and it came together really fast.

It even has a lining!

Kiddo wants it desperately -she's a bit of an "Alice in Wonderland" nut.. We'll see how long it takes to move from my studio to the bottom of her toy box.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Market Giveaway Winner #18

Through, I drew the #18 -

Blogger Margaret said...
Awesome. I am so jealous that you got to go to market. I really wish I could attend but I am a nobody so I would not even be eligible to go. Darn. I might have to open a shop just to be able to attend next year.
Congratulations Margaret!! Please email me at with your address and I'll send this bag of goodies your way...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ruffled Bums and Bouncing Curls

Ruffled bum bums and bouncing curls..

that's what my summer girls are made of..

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Art Quilting Studio

Thank you "Art Quilting Studio"; it truly was a dream come true to be published in this amazing magazine. This issue is so fabulous with ideas and inspiration, I hope you will pick one up!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spring Market Giveaway

While I'm still on a Quilt Market high, I thought I would do a fun giveaway of some of my favorite things!
What are you in store for?

* One of the most talked about companies this year, a Liberty Art Fabrics bag.
* 3 of the latest quilting/sewing magazines
* A charm pack of Lotta's "Bella" fabric (soooo hard to part with that..)
* TQM's Bias Ruler - make bias binding soooo quick!
* and one of my favorite purchases, the TQM Binding Tool - you will wonder how you lived without it!

Are you excited to win a bit of Market? I sure hope so!

Just leave a comment on this post by midnight on May 29th and I'll post the winner's name on the 30th.
Giveaway is open to International readers as well!

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Dark Side Of Market

Hey that trick I learned from Darth Vadar really helped at Sample Spree! I can't wait to post some Market news and a giveaway, but for now my little angel pies have requested some hours of playing with Mama..

May the dark force be with you!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Prepping for Quilt Market

Today I'm guest posting over at Quilting Gallery - one of my favorite quilting sites! I'm presenting how to create my business card pouches. I made these for a few special contacts at Quilt Market (and yes I'm counting the hours till I board the plane!)

Want to read more about my inspiration to go above and beyond with my cards? Check out my friend, Topsy Turvy's post on her AMAZING cake pop/business cards. Such a creative way to leave a lasting impression! 

Hope to see you at Quilt Market! May the shopping and dreaming begin..

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Soldered Soul Shrines

This past week I treated myself & my mother to one of Lauri Grimshaw-Cox's art classes. After I took one of her soldering classes in January, I've been waiting eagerly to take her soul shrine class. It's probably one of her hardest classes, but it's incredibly rewarding. Inside each of our soldered shrines, we have tucked in personal treasures.

This is my mother's soul shrine dedicated to my sweet grandmother..

 Inside is my grandmother's wedding band, an angel wing, mother & daughter pearls, and more..

And this is my soul shrine dedicated to my soul mate and daughters..

Inside is the key to my heart, a mother's charm, two pink pearls for my lovely angels, and a grey pearl for my hubby.

This was an amazing technique class and in the end we've created such a sentimental piece of art. Lauri does not often list this class and it fills up quick, so I highly recommend joining her newsletter and signing up for the next time it is offered.

I can not wait to make another one! Her classes always fill me with such inspiration and renewed love for soldering.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Bonanza!

I am incredibly lucky that I was able to celebrate Mother's Day with my parents & family. My mother and I have had such fun all week and we are now counting the days till we leave for Quilt Market. It seemed extravagant to have presents in addition to our fun activities, but we love to make presents for each other.

This year I treated my mother to a gardening theme gift...

 I found this gardening tote pattern on Sew, Mama, Sew. I *loved* this pattern! It's well written and so much fun. It's perfect for trying a number of fabrics and some room to try a new freemotion quilting pattern.
I think this tote would be awesome for a couple of uses - it has a very sturdy & large inner compartment as well as 3 outside pockets.

Kiddo painted a flower pot and gifted some pansy flower seeds. We also put together a custom notebook from Tiny Prints. The journal was a great deal and I am sure I will be buying some more in the future!

My parents & husband gave me lots of tea related gifts though they didn't collaborate on it. I can't wait to try  out my brand new beautiful teapot from my husband & daughters! My mother bought us twin teacups sets - one for each of us. So even though we are separated states away, we can share a cuppa tea together. Aww..

And my favorite gift from my mother of course is one made by her hands..

Love it.. I hung it on my wall about 5 seconds after I opened it...

I hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day! I hope those that you have loved and cared for gave you an extra bit of sweetness..

Friday, May 4, 2012

So Amazing, It's Scary

I have a love/hate relationship with horror movies. Now if we are talking Hitchcock, well, I love all of his work. He was a genius! I don't think there is a movie of his that I don't madly love. My all time favorite? Vertigo.. I could talk forever about all the psychology of love, loss, and obsession wound in that film. My next favorite? The Birds...

Then last month the fabulous embroidery site, Feeling Stitchy, featured the amazing art of Drop Dead Quirky . How incredible is this depiction of "The Shining"..

and then I had to see more, so I snooped on over to her Flickr page..and saw this...

I was in love. The way she captured the eerie tone with thread was beyond amazing.

And then, and then, and then...

I have no words. Well, actually I do. I told my husband I would marry that fiber art if I could. It's so amazing, I can't take it.

I've begun checking her Flickr site everyday to see if there is a new fabulously scary piece.

What piece do you think she should do next?
I was going to ask her to do the clown from "It", but didn't want to seem all pushy..
Like by magic, it was her next piece!!

How wicked is that?? I never really liked clowns...I'm pretty sure if I bought this, I would have to tuck it in the freezer each night so I wouldn't be afraid of it all night.

I'm just utterly amazed and inspired by her work..
I'll have to think some piece I could commission that wouldn't make me hide under the covers!

(P.S. These pictures are from her personal Flickr page, if you want to Pin - please credit Drop Dead Quirky. Thanks!)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tattoo Iconic Mother Wreath

I posted about this wreath last year. I still love this wreath and will be placing it on our door later today. I'm still without a tattoo even though I have created a design I would love to have on my upper back..and I have plans for it later this year, but that's for another post.

Even if you aren't a fan of body art, I still think this a fun wreath for Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Summertime, Summertime, Summertime

I have so many projects in the works right now, it is a bit crazy. And almost all of which I can not show pictures..yet. This is impossibly hard for a chronic oversharer. ACK! 

I am still alive and well. I thought I would share what the beginning of our summer looks like.

Nope, I'm not pregnant again. That is not pureed food for a's for everyone! While I'm not a fan of hiding veggies in foods because I think kids need to make the connection of a healthy life with a healthy diet, I do think it's great to pump up some foods. One of my favorite things right now is to add about 1/2 cup of pureed cauliflower to our egg scramble.. Yummy!

 Lots and lots of gardening! This is our first year in a long time when I'm able to get some yard work done with the girls. We won't mention Baby's fistful of EZseed in the mouth and my panic (all is well). Kiddo is the best gardening helper and loves watching our veggie garden grow. (there is no picture of her because her attire is usually just undies..)

And some secret surprises for a special teacher at Kiddo's school. I'm becoming such a fan of the Courthouse Steps motif!

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of a fabulous summer...


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