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Where strangers cross paths to become friends, sharing their love of PRIMITIVE/SEASONAL decorating, CROSS STITCH/ WOOL/SEWING/QUILTING/CRAFTING, recipes and home life.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your visit!!

Tanya (pronounced like the color TAN) : ))

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Look What the Easter Bunny Brought Me!!!

First of all I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday, celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It didn't really feel like Easter usually does to me, probably because it was pouring the rain when we got out of church that day. We've been getting some doozy storms and tons of rain lately, but everything is now in FULL bloom and very pretty.

We invited my parents-in-law to eat dinner w/us on Easter and my MIL (a.k.a. ~ this yr's easter bunny)lol, brought me 5 very old quilts. She did NOT make them, but they were in her stash. Only one was good, the other 4 were in pretty bad shape, but she told me I could use them as 'cutter' quilts. I was totally excited nonetheless. Here they are stretched out on the couch ~ these are the 'bad' ones. (Edited to say that I'm only showing you the 'good' sides), LOL.

It will be very very difficult for me to actually cut into these, but I've seen such cute things that some of you have made w/cutter quilts and I'm inspired to say the least. My sweet friend Christine, from Preferably Prim has recently made some very cute items for spring w/some of her cutters.

This one was the only old quilt out of the bunch that was in pretty good shape, so I ended up putting it in our b'room since it's done in a quilt theme.
You can tell how old they are by the stitching and looks like they've been washed a lot over the yrs.

Can you tell which one is the old one?? LOL

Also, our doggie BJ celebrated his 6th b'day last wk. on Apr. 20th. We got him when he was 9 wks. old and back then, he was all ears. He has sure filled out since then. ha
This is what he does when he wants a treat ~ he goes over to the cabinet where I keep his treats and stares at it until I give him one. But his all-time favorite treats are mini carrots, raw. I feel like I'm feeding a guinea pig! LOL

Next time I hope to share some more zippy bags I've been making lately and also round 2 of my TB quilt blocks, so keep checking back.

Here's your quote for today ~ "Girlfriends are a gift from God, and the beauty within them is His reflection."

Have a great week everyone, hope yours is not too soggy! LOL


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Almost Forgot!!

I almost forgot to post a pic of my project for the Fri. Night Sew~In. Sorry for picture quality~ I was in a hurry. I made only one zippered bag so far, but I now have several more zippers to make more! I was so happy w/the way it turned out, mainly because I haven't sewn a zipper in about 20 yrs!!! The pattern was wonderful to work with and great to follow ~ a Terry Atkinson's design. She gives great tips too!

I am really enjoying getting back into my sewing again!! I've already got one on order, so I have plans to make several more and in different sizes/styles too, so if anyone wants one ~ I'm taking orders. Just leave me a comment on here or email me. You can choose whatever colors you want, so just let me know. They are fully lined w/quilt shop fabric and fusible fleece which makes it feel so soft. This one is approx. 4 inches by 7 in.
These would make great yr. end teacher's gifts for teacher appreciation or a great little bag to hold your glasses/sunglasses or a make~up bag, etc. This one is just the right size to put in your purse. I put my contact case/solution in mine along w/a few other items or you could even use it as a little sewing pouch.

As most of you know by now, I will always be a 'prim' gal at heart, but sometimes I just feel the need for brighter, more whimisical colors for the warmer seasons. But if you'd prefer darker colors, just let me know. I've got plenty of darker fabric that would look wonderful as well. I will try my best to get some more made over the next few days and come back w/clearer pics so you all can get a better idea of what they look like.

Have a great wkend! Here's your quote for today: "Girlfriends put the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart."


Saturday, April 9, 2011

It's That Time of Year Again!

AHHH~CHOO!!! LOL Yep, it's allergy season in our neck of the woods and I've been sicky all wk. w/a stuffed-up head/sinus drainage, a really bad sore throat and now a wonderful cough that keeps us up all night long, even propped up on 3 pillows. I even tried the vapor-rub thingy that you put on the soles of your feet and is supposed to work 100% of the time ~ well, I must be the one exception! I even rubbed it all over my chest for that menthol smell to clear up my head, but still not happening!!! (My dh got me the off-brand kind, maybe that is why it's NOT working)???? So I said all that to say that I just didn't feel like doing much stitching or sewing this past wk. but I did manage to get a couple of things done before we left on our first camping trip of the season last wkend. A couple of posts back I asked you all if you had any idea what I was making w/these strips of fabric ~ nobody guessed it. It was for my very first journal cover. Now, I'm still not completely finished w/it yet, but here it is so far. It's supposed to have rick rack on the flap and also a covered button, but you get the idea. I would love to make one similar to fit my Bible, as my other one is so old. Here's the inside.... a pocket for pens and other goodies and a 5 X 8 notepad. It has a velcro closure.
I found this pattern a bit confusing and some of the info was wrong, so I'm not mentioning who the designer is, but I don't think it's for a beginner. I took notes on the pattern for the next time, cuz I'd still like to make some more.
This other journal cover is a pattern by Indygo Junction and was a breeze to work with. I made it especially for our new granddaughter who had a b'day this wk.
This pattern did NOT, however have any kind of alphabet to go by, so I just winged it and freehanded the letters myself, using pearl cotton.
The inside has pockets for pencils and pens.
I had all this fabric in my stash, so didn't have to buy any this time. :))
This is Brooke who turned 9 the other day, but we celebrated her b'day early last wkend. Her mom is a former hairdresser and put PINK highlights in her hair for her b'day. She is quite the girly girl and we had a blast w/her and her brother Ethan all wkend. I had so much fun w/them, but they wore me out! LOL
I had so much fun shopping for 'girl's' clothes for a change that I went back twice! Having boys, I never got to buy anything pink!!
Brooke's mom and aunt made the cake/cupcakes to match the napkins/plates/tablecloth.
Amy, my step-daughter, is very artistic and I thought it looked like it came from a bakery!
Here she is on the big day! There were about 15 family members that all drove from out of town to be there, including us.
She had a few more presents that came after this pic was taken that filled up the other end of the table. She got a lot of really nice gifts!! Mostly clothes, then later her mom and I watched her try them on as she gave us a 'fashion show' walking like the models down their hallway. It was bunches of fun for all of us ~ she is quite the 'ham'. LOL
Here she is squeezing her brother Ethan. :)))
They were so excited that we brought the camper and our doggie BJ w/us. They ended up sleeping w/us both Fri. and Sat. nites. We played w/play-dough and colored in coloring books and watched Disney movies and bounced off the beds, oops, wasn't supposed to let that out, ha!

Then we awoke early Sun. morn to go to church, which was just a few steps away(we parked the camper in the church's parking lot) LOL. Our son-in-law is a preacher, so we got to hear him preach for the very first time and he did a great job.
They didn't want us to leave and neither did we! A great wkend was had by all. This was the very first time we got to celebrate her b'day w/her and we were thrilled to get to be a part of it. We are looking forward to many more visits and hoping they'll get to go camping w/us this summer.

Well, I'm headed back to the couch w/my blankie and Kleenex box to stitch while I watch some movies since it's raining out again! I still owe some of you an email, so I'll catch up w/you soon! Have a great wkend everyone!

Here's your quote for today:"Laughter w/a girlfriend can soothe everything from a bad day to a broken heart."

P.S. ~ A big Happy B'day to my sister-in-law Cindy whose b'day is today!!

Take care! ***Tanya***