Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Christmas Through The Year….Show & Share


The end of the month is almost here and Darlene and I can’t wait to see what everyone has made.  Darlene will have Mr. Linky up and running on Wed011nesday the 29th….so make sure you link up!  This  months giveaway is a gadget bucket…with some other surprise goodies tucked inside.

Earlier in the month I finished two 003 tree toppers to

be added to my Christmas box, and tonight I got the itch to make something else!

Karen from Sew Many Ways has this great tutorial for making heart bookmarks, so I decided to give it a whirl!!!!  001

They are so fast and easy to make and stinkin’ cute don’t you think?002  I’m tucking


them away in my Christmas box too!!  If you are thinking you didn’t have time to whip up a gift this month, I recommend this tutorial!

Thanks for taking time to stop by, and wishing you all a very happy week!!

Friday, February 24, 2012


ayos 2012 button  Last year I watched from the sidelines all the great Schibbles projects being made, so this year when Sherri and Sinta decided to continue on, I was in!

This months Miss Rosie’s Schnibbles pattern is   i.s.t.h. (insert snappy title here…..I just love that).  With days ticking down and wanting to get my project done, I went001

for a table runner.  So fun to make…and I am considering quilting it myself…scary :-( !!!

My binding business is GREAT and a member of my family has decided to join the team 005…….Big Dot is the official pin pusher and does an outstanding job!!

Little Dot is the official428138_3424396809253_1250230420_3473345_113308061_n play time boy and like his big brother, doing an outstanding job!

Love them both so much!!!!

Wishing you all a very happy weekend!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Christmas Through The Year Tutorial Monday

 christmasthroughtheyearbutton The month is winding down….9 more days to go in fact.  Darlene will have Mr. Linky posted on her blog at the end of the month, so you can enter in for this months giveaway………011  a gadget

bucket, plus a few extra surprise goodies!!!  I am so excited to share some more wonderful tutorials with you……so many creative people out there, and they all are so kind to share their wonderful ideas with us.  Once again, if do make a project from one of these tutorials, please give credit to the creator of the tutorial with a link back to their site.


Bags, bags, bags!!!!  Lori from Bee In My Bonnet made these cute lunch bags.  Love the drawstring part.   The tutorial is from Ayumi at the Pink Penguin4879303107_c89785ebb0 .  Here’s is Ayumi’s


beautiful lunch bag.…..lots to see there for sure!

The  mother daughter team from A Spoonful of Sugar, Lisa and Sarah, have thisBasket

sweet tutorial for a gathered basket…love this!!


Amber from A Little Bit Biased has a tutorial for her 189854940511195399_XRLywr91_c Holly Berry Table topper. A great way to use up some of your stash for this one…and notice the RICK RACK!

Talk about a cute stocking………


Allison from Cluck, Cluck Sew is sharing this great tutorial.  I think I see a new stocking in my future!!



Liz at/s4h-badge-square strikes a189854940511235677_9eCuCks0_cgain!!  A tutorial for this great travel case!

Maureen at Made by Marzipan has this great tutorial189854940511234828_Kqv6BUpI_c for an iPad/iPhone case stand  and a v189854940511234833_h4cd5pi9_cery sweet earring travel case.  This tutorial will pop up on her lefthand sidebar on her blog.

I know a couple little guys that are going to love these next two gifties…..  Suzanne from Just Another Hang Up45176802481948309_z2mmW06y_c

has a tut for this Lil’ Boy Car Caddy and Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy has a great tutorial for a crayon roll……72831718943833784_MOnSntDj_c

Cars and Crayons to go…now what kiddo wouldn’t love these!!


So how about joining in????  Nothing like having Christmas presents made way ahead.  Darlene and I are excited to see all the goodies that you make!  Happy week everyone.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

FNSI Finishes…My Friend Joan The Wrapper and My Friend Carol The Tree Maker

For me Friday Night Sew In started in the afternoon.  002  Two tree mats (buttons sewed on even!!!) and a pouch to be mailed off to a friend today.  The trees not only are my Christmas finishes for the month, but will count as my Sew It’s Finished projects.  They were started at quilt camp in November…..so a twofer….YIPEEEEEE!


Later Friday night I made this Bookkeeper..pattern by Kim Walus with a link here.  It was so quick and easy to make.  It can hold a Kindle, IPAD, paperback or as Kim suggested, would make a cute sewing pouch.  I will definitely be making more of these!!

So my friend Joan is a wrapper…..a fabric wrapping rope wrapper :-)!!  She makes the most wonderful baskets and mats, and this past Wednesday at our friendship group this is what she made for me004 …… stinkin’ cute, and the flower is the perfect touch!  Maybe I did a bit of whining the week before when she made one for another friend….hmmm, I’m thinking the whining definitely paid off!!  I love it Joan..thanks so much!

My friend Carol made this cute quilt001 using the new Lorax fabric…and if you know the story, the trees are the perfect touch……60 trees to be exact!!  It’s her original design too!!

This coming Monday is tutorial Monday, and I have a list of wonderful tuts all set to share with you.

Happy Weekend everyone!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

“I’m Going To Tasmania!”

……that was the text I got from our girl this past week!!  What?…was my text back.    Turns out her work has given her the opportunity to go to Tasmania for a couple weeks of training.  We are so excited and happy for this wonderful opportunity that she has been given.  As a mom, in your mind you can imagine things that will come up with your kids, this is one I never thought of!  Tonight we both successfully installed Skype so we can be in touch while she is there!!  Life…be open to the possibilities!
Here’s my very little bit of quilting..yoyo’s to be added around here and there, and some simple cross hatching will happen.
My friend Loretta that makes the beautiful yard art, gifted me with this pretty006 candle holder….for a how to have a look here!
Then my friend Carol gave me this sweet bag002 .
I love those cute little zipper pulls, and she knows how much I love 30’s.  It’s the perfect fit for001 all my binding
This Friday is the next FNSIFNSIButtonBobbi and Heidi

are the cheerleaders for this group.  Sign ups are here at Heidi’s blog.  My plan is to work on my Christmas present for this month.    Darlene and I are very excited for month two of christmasthroughtheyearbutton the Christmas Club…so how’s everyone's projects going????  Does it seem crazy that’s it’s almost the middle of February?  Remember the Christmas Club is open to everyone....make a gift each month and at the end of the year you have gifts ready to go!! . Darlene will have a Mr. Linky on her blog at the end of the month where we all link to what we made, and a winner will be picked from the Mr. Linky list....here's this months giveaway--a gadget bucket for your sewing goodies.  No sign ups...just jump in when you can!!!!!  Next Monday I have a list of wonderful tutorials that I will post for some added inspiration.     
Wishing you all a very happy week and an early Happy Valentines Day.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tutorial Monday

January was a very successful month for Christmas Through The Year.  Darlene and I were so excited with the turnout!  Speaking of Darlene …we all are hoping that flu bug gets the heck out of your house soon!!
  So here we go with011 February.  This month’s giveaway is a Gadget Bucket for your sewing goodies. To be in the running to win this, all you have to do is make a Christmas gift this month.  Then at the end of the month Darlene will post a Mr. Linky where you can enter a link to your gift. A winner will be picked from this list of names.  The bucket is a 2 lb. coffee can so it holds quite a bit.  There are pockets around all sides.008  Here’s the one I use, filled to the brim!  Wishing I was a better photographer..the picture doesn’t do it justice!

I am so excited to share the following tutorials with all of you.   Everyone has been so nice about letting me use their photos, with links to their tutorials.   If you do decide to make a project from one of these tuts, please give credit to the maker with a link back to their site!   So here we go!!!
From Pam Kitty Morning there’s this wonderful c1 pot holder tutorial.  In case you haven’t checked it out, here’s a peek at her beautiful new line of fabric.  OMW…stinkin’ cute!
Sandra, at Sew in Peace has this reallyDSC_0065 cute snowman mug rug tutorial, and Jodi from Pleasant Home has a sweet tree mug rug  tutorial.        5118125481_b564748e30
Betty Lou at Sugarland Quilts made these cute DSC02802 Christmas Tree napkins using a tutorial from Lyn Brown.   Tisha from Stamp, Stitch and Swizzle Stix has a really cute tissue holder tutorial.untitled  Having the sniffles wouldn’t be nearly as bad if you had this I am sure!!!
Kate from Needle and Spatula came up with this really cute quilted wine 189854940511178832_wrwMUlJM_b
tote tutorial (ok, try saying that 3 times fast !)  I’m thinking polka dots!
Liz at Sew 4 Homes4h-badge-square

has a great tutorial for an Ironing Board Thread189854940511180475_H3XFJ23I_c
Catcher Caddy.  How handy to have your tools right at the ironing board!
Val Spiers has this 6767754223_6b631d4365_z really cute triangle container tutorial over at her blog.  So many uses for this …such a clever idea!!
Now no pressure here, but Carol at Carol’s Crafty Creations has her February gift done.  Click here for a look.  Me, well that’s another story….I’m still in the thinking stage!  Wishing you a great start to your week!!