Thursday, December 19, 2013

handmade with love...

This year our Christmas isn't it's usual bustling busy time...this year it is busy but for another reason.  My mom was diagnosed with end stage lung cancer at the end of November and is very ill.  We are trying chemotherapy to shrink the tumor in order to give us a bit more time but we are still uncertain as to wether it will work or not.  So I have spent the better part of early December on the road and in Armstrong/Vernon.

I am so thankful that crafting for the most part is portable and I have been able to get a few projects done...very therapeutic during this time of grief.  I have only 1 project complete and 4 others awaiting the final binding here is the 1st one...made for my mom

Monday, November 25, 2013

humming along...

Things have been humming along in my sewing room this past week.  I have quite a bit on the go...2 wall hangings and a table runner, as well as my mystery project to finish off.

I had a great outing to Katja's Quilt Shop where I bought another Christmas panel and finishing fabric for my other projects.

I have been throwing in some paper crafting and prep crafting for our church's annual Christmas dinner.

Thought I'd throw in a few sneak peaks...

will be a table runner...

not the best lighting but had fun using my new embossing tool

love the clothespin!

I absolutely love this favorite one I've made so far.

So stay tuned for some finished pics...hopefully soon!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

new creations...

I joined a quilty group that meets 1st Saturday of each month and I am loving helps that 2 friends from church are there and I am really enjoying getting to know them better...Since joining we have been working on a mystery project and we got the final instructions last Saturday so I whipped mine together today...loving it.  Now I just need to finish it...border...backing...and the quilting part...I need some fabric to finish it off so it might have to wait a bit till I get my hands on some cash...but here is the almost finished project it will look even better when finalized!

And man is it hard to get a good picture in the basement with an iphone camera lol...guess I need to start taking them outside like so many others do!

Oh yes and this is just a little sampling of my next projects....yup I bought a kit...supposed to make 2 wall hangings and a table runner I was pleasantly surprised to find it had a lot extra in there too so there will be more than just those three on my machine in the next few weeks...very excited!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Giving of Thanks...

Well it is a busy weekend...full of Jesus, family, friends, crafting and food.  Can't think of a better way to spend a long weekend.  It started yesterday morning with much needed time with a dear friend and we crafted together...she on cards and I on a few projects for Sunday dinner.  Today it is church then family for dinner.  Tomorrow will be quality time with my hubby who doesn't have to work...yay!

So here are a few of my projects from yesterday and a short list of what I am thankful for this weekend...and really everyday!

I am thankful for:

1.  Jesus Christ
2.  Grace
3.  Love
4.  My hubby
5.  My children
6.  My parents and extended family
7.  Our home
8.  Our income
9.  Freedom
and many more things but this wraps up the top most in my mind...Happy Thanksgiving everyone, may God bless you in whatever you are doing this weekend.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Quite pleased!

Finally with less than a day left before the next gathering I have completed my 2 projects...and even started a 3rd.  I am in full swing sewing mode and hope I can keep it up to get some gifts made for Christmas.  I have learned a lot about my own limitations and while I am learning I have to be careful as to which projects I choose as I get better at this new without further ado... here it is my finished table runner...drum

I am very pleased now the only problem is I like it so much I don't want to gift it away...oh dear...

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sweet love

I really love creating things, yet I am very critical of what I create...darn I do have to work on that.  This past month I decided to join a quilting group at Katja's Quilt Shop here in Kamloops.  They meet the 1st Saturday of each month and you get a pattern for a project plus a demo of how to put it together which is perfect for me!

This past month we have been working on a table runner and 4 little log cabins.  I enjoy the cutting and the sewing (mostly) it is the finishing work that has me bogged down.  The actual quilting and binding...I know the more I do it the better I will get but man it is frustrating in the mean time.  Considering I went through 2 full bobbins of thread on 1 project...yikes that is a lot of picking out stitches I am happy with it so to just get the binding right...I've got to learn to look at the "other" side more often to be sure everything is looking right!

I'm not quite done to show you the table runner yet but here is a picture of my 4 log cabins...these came together through the generous donations of two very lovely ladies who gave me big bags of scraps!  I think I might be hooked on the whole log cabin thing and I think I have a jelly roll just calling out to me to do a log cabin

...and a sneak peak at the colors for my table runner too!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Miss "T's" Birthday

We are extremely blessed in this house to be able to have Taylor live with us.  She has been here for a year and a half now and we seem to be coping well with an extra teenager living in our home.  Yesterday she turned sweet 16.  We didn't see much of her what with going to get her "L" with her dad and then spending the afternoon driving around with him then dinner with her sisters.  But in a few quiet moments I was able to give her the gift I made for her.

I have been inspired to try one of these and have seen many examples.  This is what I made:

I outlined the writing in a thicker black so it shows up better.  She was very pleased and I was happy she liked it.  There are so  many options when making these I love them.