Wednesday, December 30, 2009

After Christmas sewing.............

Ah, what fun it is to sew, sew, sew.  Here's my latest project, all finished.  I love chickens and roosters and homespuns and just about anything country and primitive. And can we have enough tablerunners?  I'd planned to have this done before Christmas but you know how that goes.  Now, lets see what other UFO's I
can dig into.


You can find this little cutey in my Etsy shop at


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday To-Do lists................!  Semester finals are over.  I thought they'd never end.  One Prof. decided to add just one more exam that we weren't expecting and our recent snow cancelled classes for a couple of days, delaying my scheduled finals.  But, finally, it's over.  Well, till January that is. Now for some serious fun. 

I 've barely begun checking off items on my project lists for Christmas. This is what I'm working on this week.   I have tons of them to make. I started out planning to make just a couple for Christmas gifts.   Then friends showed them off to other friends and my list grew quickly.  I was very surprised to find out that a lot of people haven't even heard of these microwave potato bags. I guess I've had one for so long, I thought they were a kitchen staple by now.  So, I'm surrounded by potato fabric at the moment.   And if you're like me and keep adding people to your gift list at the last minute, check out my Etsy shop and pick up a couple potato bags. They make a fun but practicle and inexpensive gift. I've been making these large bags that hold a few large roasting potatoes but I'm about to make some smaller, for those single people in our lives.  I love them, they sure make a quick and healthy meal for lunch.

 I'm even giving a few to some of my elderly neighbors.  I have an older gentleman across the street that lost his wife about a year ago.  He is now learning how to cook a few simple dishes for the first time in his life.  Quite a trooper, this guy.   Another neighbor and I are taking turns teaching him a new dish each week.  We're trying to stay away from the stove as he does tend to get side-tracked and forget things, sooooooooo, the microwave and crockpot meals have been a Godsend for him and us.  And one of his favorites has always been roasted potatoes.  So these micro-wave bags are great.  We've just introduced him to adding toppings to his baked potatoes and making a good healthy meal with them.   According to Kenneth, "I never knew you could put something other than butter and sour cream on a potato".

So, that's what I'm up to this week.  How about you?  Are you checking projects off your holiday gift list?  I'll show you more of my list soon.  ASAP, hopefully.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wanna have a snowball fight?

7a.m. More to come. In case anyone wants to know, this is perfect snowball packing snow.  So come on over and enjoy it.  I'll keep the hot chocolate on for ya.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Uh oh! Here it comes..................

more to come............
I've got the chile on, if you can get here in a few hours we can at least eat well.  And I have plenty of quilty projects I could use help with....................

Monday, December 7, 2009

Brrrrrrrrrr................Here we go! Snow!

Our first snow here in Muscatine, Iowa.   The weather man sez lots more to come during the next 48 hours. I'm already done with it!  Once is enough.  Where oh where is Spring?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Handmade Give-aways..............

Phew, Fall classes are just about over and Biology almost did me in.  Still might.  Once the last assignments and exams are finished, I'm hitting the sewing machine hard to get Christmas gifts ready.  In the meantime, check out a couple of great sites and blogs for super tutorials, great give-aways and just plain fun handmade ideas and gifts. 
Giveaway Day ~ Handcrafted Item(s) + Supplies/Materials

The Ultimate Handmade Holidays Master List 2009 

Browse our shop for modern cotton fabric and hip new sewing patterns from indie designers. Visit our blog for sewing tutorials, project ideas and giveaways. Join the supportive sewing community in our forum to share your skills and learn something new.

And don't forget to stop by and see Geta.  She's got another beautiful give-away.  While there, check out her tutorial for her nifty trapunto techiques.