Friday, January 31, 2014

Flashback Friday: Sister Secrets

April 2009
With Valentine's Day coming up the next few Fridays will be dedicated to love :)
Have a fun weekend!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Part 2

In my last post there were not any block close ups So I decided to add them here rather than making the other post sooo long. The center of the envelope on the right is a Rashida Coleman Hale Spoonflower print from a couple years ago called Love Notes. Pearl bracelet and feedsack print on the left.

Left block has Country Girls in the center and a vintage print surrounding it. The right block is Pam Kitty from Lakehouse and an Aneela Hoey print. 

The calendar print is Japanese and the bird.. well I can't remember but I bought it at Sew, Mama, Sew when they sold fabric.

WIP Wednesday: You've Got {Valentine's} Mail

This project was so fun to make and I think is my first (mini) quilty finish for this year.
Somewhere along the way we have started a week long count down to Valentine's Day. I blame it on these cute mail boxes. I bought some and then figured the kids should get mail in them. I bring them out the week before Valentine's Day and each night i put in a note telling them how much I love them or what I love about them, or a pack of gum, conversation hearts, hair clips, etc. Small little things that will fit inside. When I had 2 kids it worked great. At four kids it was still working but last year having 6 mailboxes on the counter drove me a little batty as I don't like clutter.
I loved the You've Got Mail organizer in Patchwork Please by Ayumi Takahashi but I  already have a mail organization system that works for us. Then boom, the light bulb went off and I decided the mail organizer would work perfectly to replace the little mailboxes from my counter. Win-win!!! 
I grabbed some florals, heart, and letter type fabrics and set to work. The blocks were made my favorite way with paper piecing. I posted some of the individual blocks on IG.
One of the tags from Mindy was the perfect compliment along with some ticking striped binding. I was a little worried about the bulk of the ticking since it is similar to canvas but it worked without any problems.
For the backing I used an Alexander Henry print  that I have had forever! that matches the front in theme only but not so much in color with purple being in the print but it was what I had so I used it!!. The selvedge said 1996. I know I have had it a long time but I didn't realize I had it that long! Wouldn't it be fun if the year was always put on the selvedge?!

It is a dark day for photos here but I pulled out some Valentine decorations to surprise the kids when they get home from school. Last years envelope banner and the "You are my Favorite" banner.

The chalkboard art was a free printable I found on Pinterest and the "All You Need is Love" artwork is from Monika's Etsy shop. I have a couple of her Subway art prints and always love the prints she comes up with.
I also brought out this moldy oldy banner made from a clearance Christmas garland that I made a four or five years back. There is a picture of each of the kids (this was before the 2 little ones were born) and it was fun to see how much they have grown and changed since I made the banner.

Next up is making the twins each a bolero jacket and the quilt for Lala Salama. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Wednesday! Linking up with Freshly Pieced where there are all kinds of fun projects o look at!!

                                        WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, January 24, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Year Freshen Up

When the seasons change I clean out closets. When the year changes I like to start with a clean slate and freshen things up. The girls' tea table chairs had been driving me a bit crazy. It had been 2 or three years since I had recovered them and they were looking a bit shabby. On a whim one night I went to the garage, got the staple gun, and in 10 minutes had a brand new set of chairs.

I think I love using the staple gun as much as I enjoy the new chairs! I didn't snap a "before" picture but I am sure you can imagine what they looked like when they are used by 4 toddlers/children every day for tea parties, coloring, and occasional eating.
My husband bought this wooden rocking horse at a garage sale this past summer and I new he would be getting a make over. He is a popular toy so I had to wait for the novelty of him to wear off before I could steal him away to the garage for painting. Six months later I finally got my chance.
I saw a wooden {vintage} rocking horse that had been painted in my favorite colors and went with that color scheme. I used Behr Jovial, Chili Pepper, and Mermaid song. I have been toying with the idea of adding gold polka dots to the seat but I think I will leave it as is.

 I kind of love it and am thinking about painting my daughter's wood rocking chair, too, or the doll house, or.... Painting is fun! Actually, I do not enjoy painting very much, or at least the prep work, but I do enjoy the end result and I love color! 

Kid tested and approved :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Flashback Friday: Why Do Little Ones Want to Wear Their Food Instead of Eating It?

Today's post is dedicated to my friend Nicole who shared on IG this week how her son rubbed his yogurt into his hair. 

This little Firecracker used to smear her eggs, waffles, and syrup into her hair every.single.morning.

She wasn't happy until every strand of hair was covered. Photos Jan. 2011.
Happy Weekend to You! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Another Day Another Cushion

Inspiration for project making can be found anywhere! I was looking for a card at Tiny Prints when I came across this invitation and thought it would be perfect not only as a party invite but as a cushion design. The invite incorporates many of my favorite things: cute, white clouds, happy balloons, and a girl with pig tails.
The invite was a perfect match to a fabric stack I have had in the works for a few months that is waiting to be turned into a quilt for my youngest daughter. This quilt is down a ways on my to do list but I decided a matching cushion was needed.

One of the fabric prints even has a girl with balloons.
I set out once again with felt, fabric, and Wonder Under to applique the design.The front panel did not turn out as bright as I had anticipated so I added a white border and bound it in sunshine. The white did brighten it up.
I finished around the clouds and the panel with a running stitch.

I put this piece of Amy Butler fabric that I have had forever to work for the backing. If you squint the round things can look like balloons, don't you think? If you don't squint they look like eyeballs or stuffed olives. This is one case where I think squinting is good :)
My daughter has run off with her new pillow so I guess I am not going to be able to count that as a birthday gift (her birthday is a few months away). She thinks the girl on the front is her. Have you found any inspiration in an unexpected place lately? Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Little Early or a Little Late?

Back in December when Midge had her Cushion For Christmas Blog Hop I had all kinds  of ideas swirling in my head. I drew out a few ideas; I made one, started this one, and I have 2 more that remain sketches in my notebook.
I knew I wanted a cushion with a Christmas icon and settled on a trio of Christmas carolers inspired by one of my favorite scrap book paper companies and their Christmas line A Very Merry Christmas.
I wanted a vintage modern, fresh Christmas color scheme and looked to my vintage Frosty the Snowman Little Golden book for inspiration. I used Breakers, Kale, Sprout, Wasabi, Punch, and Pale pink Kona cottons along with some wool felt.

Once I had my idea and colors chosen I had to figure out how to turn it into reality. I googled "paper doll body".
I used the figure as a base to fill in the clothes and hair.

I would usually applique fight onto the cushion but this time I cut out a base to make it easier to put the "puzzle pieces" together.

Little by little layer by layer the little carolers came together. The carolers had to have a music background to carry the theme throughout the cushion. 

After the applique was done I stitched rick rack around the edge of the panel and then flipped it to the back to create a scalloped border and finish the edges. Next I appliqued the whole panel to a piece of wool felt and trimmed them with snowballs.

I used a winter kids Alexander Henry print for the back and it finishes at 12x16. I may have been a bit late for Chritmas 2013 but am ahead of schedule for Christmas 2014! Linking up with Alyce for Sew Cute Tuesday.
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