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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Flowers for my sister!

My sister, Laura, gave me this sweet little flower vase at Christmas time and I've been waiting for spring to come so I could fill it with little wildflowers from my field. I picked a couple of these lavender wildflowers (weeds!) and they looked so cute in this vase I had to photograph them, photoshop them, and share them!! Thank you Laura, I love you so so much.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Patchwork Pouch!

The next thing I have sewn is this cute little patchwork pouch!  You can find this pattern (by Sherri Falls) in the Spring 2011 edition of Quilts & More by BH&G (see pouch on cover pic below).  This was a fun one! Again, I had to read the instructions a few times to figure all the steps!  I still don't have a zipper foot yet, but I managed without one.  Making this pouch I learned how to do 'darts' for the first time.  By the way, if it wasn't for You Tube, I wouldn't know how to do half this sewing stuff.  You can look up any stitch or technique you want and actually SEE how to do it!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Owl Purse

This cute little owl purse is the 3rd things I've ever sewn!!  This stuff is really fun!  If you look close you can see the stitching around my binding edges is way off track!! hehe!  This pattern came from the Winter 2010 Quilts & More mag (BH&G).  You can see this purse (designed by Terry Atkinson) on the cover (below).  I can't even begin to tell you the instructions on how this was made, but I had to read the article several times to comprehend and understand what I had to do. Especially since I'm not familiar with sewing terms!  But I managed it!  I will definitely make another one of these - it will be much easier and faster this time!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Apple & Orange Dishtowels

Sew, I've been teaching myself to sew lately!  You may have already seen my Placemats, which was the first things I've sewed on my new Singer Simple sewing machine!  (it's really basic and easy!)  This time I tried some applique on a set of dishtowels!  I freehand drew an apple and orange on some yellow cotton fabric with a water soluble fabric pen.  Then I cut them out.  I sprayed the back with a temporary fabric adhesive (you can use this as an alternative to the fusible web stuff) - I'm just learning what all this stuff is!   Then I placed it onto my dishtowel and then sewed it on all around the edges!  I used a tight zig zag stitch.  I know it's not perfect and it's pretty un-even stitching but I'm still learning!  Then for the faces I hand stitched those parts with the 'stem stitch' which I've also just learned and haven't yet perfected it.   On the apple, I used the running stitch to demonstrate a "shine".  On the orange, I did french knots to demonstrate the dimply skin of an orange, with a little circle at the top to be the naval part.  Then I stitched on a piece of orange rick rack at the bottom.  That's it!  My first applique attempt!  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to just ask me!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Vintage Cookbook from Granny!

Granny gave me this sweet little cookbook yesterday while I was over there!  You can tell how much she used it just by looking at it!  I think she even left some ingredients on a few of the pages! =)  It is copyright 1947 by General Foods Corp.!  I just thought I would share a few snapshots with you today!  I just love the pink cover and the fonts they used in the design! I think it looks like a card I might make!!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Welcome Spring!

Hello Friends!  A sweet cherry blossom right from Granny's backyard!!  I'm so happy Spring is finally here!  Hope it is warm where you are!!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Blog Hop Winner!

Thanks to everyone who participated! I hope you found some great spring inspiration along the way!  And now, to announce the winner of the "cute birdy hugs" digital stamp set is....


Congrats MicheyMoo! I can't wait to see what you create with this cute stamp set!! Be sure to collect your winners badge! Thanks so much for playing along!

Original Digital Stamps

TD10 Photo Card Challenge

Here is my card for the newest Tiffany Doodles Challenge! It's a photo inspiration challenge and here is the photo! (from pottery barn):
I used the Forsythia & PussyWillow Digi stamp set!  I colored with copics and inked the edges with distress ink! I also distressed the edges with my scissors!  I hope you like this card and find it inspiring!!  =)

Friday, March 04, 2011

Tiffany Doodles Blog Hop!

Welcome Spring!!  I'm so happy Spring is here - the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing! Life is good!!  Today we are beginning a 3 day blog hop at Tiffany Doodles! There will be giveaways at every blog along the hop! You have 3 days!! You must sign up to follow every blog and comment on every post in order to be eligible for the prizes!  And boy do we have prizes!!   Every Design Team member is giving away a Tiffany Doodles Digital Stamp at their blog!  Plus, there will be a Grand Prize at Tiffany Doodles Blog!
For my giveaway, I choose the "Cute Birdy Hugs" digital stamp set!  So, follow my blog AND leave a comment with your email and you just might win this set!!  (Winners chosen by

For my card I used the colorful Basic Grey - Lime Ricky Paper. I just love this colorful paper! I used a paper daisy flower by Martha Stewart, I colored with copics and used my glitter pen to dot around the sentiment! And some pretty yellow rick rack! If you have any specific questions - just ask me!

I'd also like to mention the Tiffany Doodles Card Challenge starts on Monday the 7th and lasts for 2 weeks!  You have a great chance to win great prizes!  Also, Tiffany Doodles is hosting 2 great SALES for March!  Buy 5 items and get 10% off your order, or, buy 10 items and get 20% off your order!!  Take some time to wander around the store at Tiffany Doodles - you never know what you will find or what you might have missed!  In February alone, I added 19 new stamp sets totaling about 47 new stamps added to the inventory!  I have lots of surprises up my sleeve that will be coming in the next several months!  So stay tuned!

Here is our Blog Hop Map!  To qualify for prizes you must do two things: 1) Follow every blog 2) Comment on every Blog Hop post!  Thank you and enjoy your journey through some inspirational cards and spring creativity!!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Journal Sets 1 & 2

2 new journal sets have been released at Tiffany Doodles! I made a card here with one of them! I used Journal Set 2

Something to Sing About!

Another new spring release from Tiffany Doodles! This Cheery Bird Digital Stamp Set comes with 4 different birds plus the sentiment!!  (In my card I used the same bird 3 times!)
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