Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas For the Family

Last weekend we had Christmas with my side of the family and this year I decided to make a few of my Christmas gifts. First off, I made this wall hanging for my sister and her family.

Then about two years ago, that same sister gave me the recieving blankets from her little twin boy's to make quilts out of. So I came up with these quilts. Took a while but they are big enough for the boys to use for quite a few years.We have puppies on the green one and monkeys on the other one. I did a 'quilt as you go' pattern where I stacked and slashed the blocks, quilted the individual blocks and then put sashing in the middle to put the quilt together. I probably won't do it again for a while but it was fun.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Funky pointy fabric thing.

This is another one of those posts to acknowledge somebody else's hard work. At my Quilt Guild Christmas party, I gave some book covers and I happened to receive this funky pointy fabric thing from another member in the guild. She informed me that when she was little, she had a toy similar to it and after some trial and error she figured out how it went together and so she made a couple. This one is made all out of 1930's vintage fabrics. I probably won't use it as a toy for baby, but it will look really nice in baby's nursery. Maybe as a mobile?
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tea/Coffee Cupboard

I am so excited about this that I have to post it. Mr.Sir and I got all motivated tonight and organized the tea and coffee cupboard. We moved all of our bulk tea's into little labeled jars so that we can see what we have easier. Yes, we drink that much coffee and tea that we have an entire cupboard dedicated to it. There is also hot chocolate mixed in there too.

Anyways, every time we go to the Natural Food Coop we always have way too much fun in the bulk tea and herb section. We have found that it is so much cheaper to buy the tea in bulk rather than in bags. It looks expensive when you look at the container (ex. 35.00/lb) but tea and herbs are so light it adds up really slowly. When drinking it, for just one mug we have a 'tea' spoon with holes in it, and for a pot of tea we just put it in the french press. I am not saying that we don't drink tea in bags, because we do. They are just so easy. But we also like our loose tea and our herbal tinctures with basil, oregano, and the such. It depends on our mood and the time of day.

I have also started making my own additions. A couple of those containers have home grown dried mint leaves and powdered orange peel that we have preserved ourselves. I don't have much in the way of an herb garden yet but next year I plan on putting a little more effort into one. It is so easy and takes very little time to make your own.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Fabric Book Covers

On Monday I have a Christmas Party for my quilt guild and it took me ages to figure out what I wanted to give for a gift. Sure I could go out and buy a 20 dollar quilty gift but that would defeat the purpose of being in a quilting guild. I also like to create useful gifts. Today I had been talking to Mr. Sir about how I needed to make a few covers for our books. So perfect. Also, if any of them happen to see this blog, well they know what will be in my package!

I used the Little Bits- Paperback Book Covers pattern by Cindi Edgerton. It was a lot of fun and really simple. I hope my giftee enjoys it!

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