May 30, 2012

Pinwheel Quilt Ta-Dah!!!!!


It's done!! I started the blocks for this quilt just before Easter and they waited patiently for me to get my quilt mojo back!

The fabric is the new Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. Love it!!

I think the prairie points look like bunting banner and may be my favorite part of the quilt.

I machine quilted using a diagonal grid on the pinwheels, did some straight quilting on the inside sashing and followed the prarie points on the outside sashing. All in all  I am pretty durn happy with how the quilting came out!!

The backing is actually from the Ruby collection, and the binding is red and white polka dot.

Thanks to Jodi over at Pleasant Home for the tutorial on pinwheels and prairie points!! 

May 29, 2012

Color Inspiration

I bought this zipper pouch at Michael's for $1.00. I couldn't resist because the colors and pattern reminded me of Cath Kidston. Last night, while blog hopping, I came across a pattern for a pincushion and thought I might give it a try. It called for four colors and I immediately thought of  my cute little pouch. I grabbed some yarn and set to work. The yarn I was using made the squares much too large for a pin cushion, but they ARE the perfect size for a pillow! I have three done and can hardly wait to work on more this evening!

Oh, and if you haven't tried Pic Monkey's collage feature yet, you really should. It is so easy peasy lemon squeezy :)

Happy Tuesday!

May 27, 2012

Holiday Weekend Update

Well here we are smack dab in the middle of a holiday weekend!

I decided today was the perfect day for some quality quilting time, which I haven't done in a LONG time. I am still working on my pinwheel quilt, and today I finished piecing the pinwheels, added the inside sashing and now I am in the process of attaching the prairie points. One side is done. The other side....well let's just say I am hunting for my seam ripper...argh.  But it is going to be so, so cute.

I also made a Happy Little Pin Cushion with some of the scraps from the quilt! It is in my shop if you need a pin cushion!!

Tomorrow is picnic day!!

While you are blog hopping, be sure and drop by Notes of Sincerity. Trish is having a give away of some adorable Lecien Petit Fleur Fat Quarters!! 

Hope you are having a super weekend, and thanks to all who have served our country!

May 23, 2012


You know how some days are almost perfect? Tuesday was one of those days.

I started the day working on an etsy order and got it done and packaged while having my coffee.

Then I hunted down my walking shoes and gym clothes, and headed to Edgewater Park for a walk. It was a cool and breezy day, and the lake was choppy and the sound of waves washed out all of the typical city noises.

Then we stopped at Half Price Books to drop off boxes of cookbooks that I never used and were cluttering up my cabinet. And I actually got a decent amount of money which I spent on these....

Herbs! Basil, Thyme, Parsley and Pineapple Sage. I had never seen pineapple sage before. If you rub the leaves between your fingers, it smells just like pineapple. I also got some verbena. Couldn't resist something called Cotton Candy Mix!

We found the most awesome garden center that has almost every plant you can think of. Their pre-made planters were amazing, and the best part? Big band music playing! For me, that is the equivalent of every day Christmas music. And it makes me happy!! It was a blissful hour of looking at pretty flowers. listening to happy music, hearing birds chirping and water fountains bubbling.

I came home and put on a pot of Starbucks coffee. It is my bi-weekly splurge to pick up a bag of their coffee. YUM!

I am off to plant my herbs and finish my coffee.  I hope that all of you have a day like Tuesday!!

May 21, 2012

Happy Little Projects

I don't know what it is about the month of May, but I always seem to get a surge of creative energy. Maybe it's the abundance of daylight and sunshine? Or all of the pretty flowers blooming in the yard? Whatever it is, I love this feeling.  Here is my first finished crochet project. I am not sure what it is supposed to be, but I think it looks cute underneath my peonies. I love peonies. My kitchen smells divine!! 

Here is a cute little coin purse that took about 2 seconds to put together. Do you LOVE this fabric??? There are a ton of tutorials on how to make these.I found one here and here. I need more zippers. Lots and lots of zippers!!
Yarn and fabric for more projects. The fabric is for items in my shop. The yarn is either going to be granny squares, or maybe a granny stripe blanket a la Lucy at Attic 24. Haven't decided yet....

Another Dresden plate. How I love making these. I had a ton of scraps left over from making bunting banners, and the kite fabric is too cute to waste! This just may be the most adorable fabric on the planet!! This one is listed in my shop!!

I wanted to thank you for the sweet comments you left about the projects my daughter made for Mother's Day! If you would like to see more of the cute things that she makes, head over to her new blog! Yes, I live in the house of creativity!

May 16, 2012

The Summer List

This post is a reminder of things that I would like to do over the summer. Things to make, projects around the house, and fun things I would like to do. 

1. Make red gingham drapes for the living/dining room.
2. Go to the beach.
3. Make a new style pincushion.

4. Make a granny square blanket.
5. Soak City!
6. Make a new ironing board cover with CUTE fabric.

7. Clean out and organize the sewing room.
8. Take walks.
9. Drink lots of iced coffee.
10. Trip to the zoo.
11. Plan a 4th of July getaway.
12. Cook out on the grill.
13. Go to an Indians game.

14. Visit the Botanical garden.
15. Trip to the Lake Erie islands.

16. Plant some herbs and zinnias.
17. Go to the County Fair. Eat cotton candy!
18. Stop at a farmers market for fresh corn.

19. Make a vintage sheet quilt.
20. Paint the front porch.

I am sure there are other things that I have mentioned, and will probably add to this list as the summer progresses.

Do you have a summer list?

May 13, 2012

A Special Day

I just wanted to share how special my wonderful daughter made Mother's Day. She crocheted the uber cute granny bunting banner...
 She printed this sweet quote by Sophia Loren...
She wrapped this sweet package, and made the cute crocheted flower. The doily put the cuteness factor over the top.
She baked and decorated cupcakes and added the cute Mother's Day toppers.

And here is what was in that cute package. A German pyramid for summer!!!! If you have been reading my blog, you know how much I love my Christmas pyramid. I have the candles burning and twirling as I am typing this post, and it makes me smile every time I look up. It was a total surprise from both Becky and Gavin and I love it. And I love my sweet kids.  I am such a blessed mom.

May 11, 2012


I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to crochet. I call it "Wish I Could Crochet".  AND
I have been wanting an issue of Mollie Makes since it hit the news stands last year. But I have had a "no magazines" rule for myself for quite awhile (I am a recovering magazine junkie!!) I could no longer resist the temptation when they offered this cute little kit with the purchase of the magazine.

After spending an hour enjoying page after page of the most gorgeous photography and lovely crafts, I set to the task of re-teaching myself how to crochet.  I started by reading the instructions in the magazine,
but written patterns are a thorn in my side. I get brain freeze.

So I hopped over to Attic24, where Lucy "talked" me step by step through making this cute flower.  And then I made another. And I realized that I can, in fact, crochet!! YAY!! I already have a project in mind and have to hunt for some yarn to make it!

I wish all of you a Happy Mother's Day filled with hugs from your loved ones, and all the sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, embroidery and crafting that you can handle!! xoxo

May 8, 2012

Chit Chat

Hello! How have you all been?

I've been up to all kinds of things this week when I haven't been working or sewing for my shop. I wish I had some new cute patchworky things to show you, but you all have seen everything I have been sewing a zillion times!
So I thought I would share some gorgeous flowers that I found at Trader Joe's.
And the new "buffet" that I finally got for my dining room. I have wanted one forever and can hardly wait to decorate it for Halloween and Christmas!
I also painted my old "vintage" cabinet in my kitchen. The last time I painted it, I chose what I thought was red. But it ended up being orange for the past 5 years :).  I like the white as it brightens up all the wood in the kitchen. And I really love the way it looks with my red and white (and blue) dishes.

Last, but not least
Have you seen The Avengers? It is a totally fun summer blockbuster movie. We saw it 3-D, funky glasses and all. And do you love the action hero cake pops? My son's girlfriend made these in honor of the movie. Cute and delicious!!