Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It's a SALE!

I'm in the mood for a sale and I hope you are too!  Especially since the holidays are coming up...

I've added lots of new items to the shop and will continue to do so during the next month. I've got a whole stack of things you haven't seen in the shop previously, plus I'm adding lots of fabrics too!

If you see something you want, make sure you use the coupon code Holidays2015 and a 20% discount will be applied to your purchase(s). The coupon expires 12/31/15.

Hope you have fun!!

Take care,

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Bags and socks... that's my life!

I've been making lots of bags this last year and knitting socks, but I have done practically nothing that I could call quilting. Except purchasing quilt fabric, of course! I have one more commitment in each of these categories and then I am free to do a little quilting. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy making bags and knitting socks and when someone wants to buy them, well that's the icing on the cake. But, I do have a couple (more than that really) quilts that are close to being finished and it would be wonderful to call them done! :)

This is the latest Caravan tote I made. Again, it was fabrics supplied by my "customer/friend" from which I was able to choose. I love doing it that way since then she gets something she knows she'll like and I still get to feel creative.

The Caravan tote is a wonderful pattern. It's the perfect size with lots of pockets and it looks so sophisticated. The only modifications I make are to use Soft & Stable and to make a recessed zipper.

And, these are the latest socks I knit. I've been using the Tesserae pattern over and over because I love it, it fits really well, and it's so easy I don't have to think about it while knitting. As long as it fits the foot it's made for, I'm happy. I used BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Sassafrass colorway. And... they're for me! :)

On a different note, we have been having the exterior of our house painted and they will be finishing up today. Our painters have done a great job as it looks wonderful! Just in time for the El Nino rains. We also had our gutters cleaned and our drains cleared so we're pretty much ready.

Today I changed to flannel sheets on the bed so it's actually starting to feel like fall. We're still having warm days, but the nights are a lot cooler. Yea!!

Happy weekend!

Take care,

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Another little bag to show you. I'll bet you're not surprised!

This little bag is so cute when made up. It's got 5 pockets if you can believe it. Great for carrying just the necessities when out for a walk or running errands. It's for a friend, of course.

It's the BB Traveler Bag by Brookshier Design Studio. The only modification I made was to add a magnetic snap, which is a necessity!! It's made with scraps I had left over from a Sew Together Bag I previously made. Scraps are perfect for this little bag.

I'm a little embarrassed to post this photo, but the bag is so cute I just had to do it! I don't seem to be improving my skills with my camera phone. :)

Take care,

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I'll bet you can't guess who this is...

I love this song and I love her voice. Would you believe it's "Florence" from The Jefferson's tv show? Yep, it is! My husband works with her grandson and he's the one who remastered her album. This is the best song on the album, imho, and I thought you oughta hear it! :)

Take care,

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The nest!

Yesterday, as we were removing an 18+ foot tall Japanese Maple tree in our courtyard, we found this...

This hummingbird nest is a little tiny work of art, isn't it? How do they build such a beautiful and tiny nest and how does it hold two babies?

Other than taking out the tree, it was a quiet day for us. A quiet and relaxing Labor Day. I'm still finding it difficult to believe that it's September already.

Take care,

Thursday, August 27, 2015

This is a good looking bag...

This is the latest Caravan Tote I've made and to tell you the truth, it's my favorite! It's for a friend and although she gave me a big bin of wonderful texty fabrics, I didn't use many of them. I tried and tried, but the combinations just didn't click for me. Until I turned to my own stash and tried these fabrics together. Then, I had a wow moment! :)

I'm hoping my friend loves it as much as I do! I'm seriously considering selling the Caravan Tote I made for myself (since it hasn't been used yet) and making one just like this!!

Take care,

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

At quilting yesterday...

I got to quilting just a bit late yesterday because I've been having pain in my left hip since last Friday and as a result I move in slow motion. In fact, I spent Friday through Monday basically sitting on the sofa in the only position I could get comfortable in. It wasn't as bad as it sounds since it was raining out and the perfect for watching lots of old movies (which is exactly what I did).

Anyway, part way through our meeting, Karen casually asked me if I wanted to see her finished quilt top. She had already shown it to the others before I got there. I knew immediately which quilt top she was talking about and was excited to see it. And now you'll see why...

Look at that embroidery!! The quilt top is gorgeous and Karen's work is exquisite, as always. Besides that, she's F-A-S-T!

I thought this was a Crabapple Hill pattern, but when I went to their website, I didn't see it. I'll have to find out who the designer is and then I'll add the information to this post.

Take care,

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


We had thunderstorms with lightning and thunder and rain over the weekend. The temps, for most of the day, were in the high 70s so it felt very humid, but it was so wonderful to see that rain coming down. And, it wasn't just a sprinkle... it was heavy duty rain!!

The hydrangeas certainly loved it. This bush has three different colors on it this year. Last year it only had pink.

And, I had to take this screenshot of the weather app on my phone since this is something I never see living in so cal. Isn't it cool? I'm not going to use that app for a week or two just because I like the way this looks! I know... I'm a fool!

Take care,

Monday, July 20, 2015

I joined the drop...

Are you familiar with Massdrop? If you're not, you should be. They have some really good deals on quilting fabrics, notions, tools, etc. Actually, they have great deals on a lot of products unrelated to quilting, but I'm not much interested in them. :)

Anyway, I joined the drop for the Inked (by Lynn Krawczyk) Fat Quarter bundle. I've been hoping it would be offered here and it's a great deal!!

Take care,