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a new home???

Since I am having problems here. I have switched over to wordpress. I don't know that I will stay there though. So come here and click on the link below until told otherwise.


i can't find the problem. really annoying. the suggestion of it being an ad-blocker sounds good. but can't find it or anyway to change anything. frustrating.

glad you all can see the pics though.

ok. another weird thing. i can now see other blogspot.com's pictures but still can't see my own. yesterday i couldn't see pictures on any blogspot.com that i have saved. weird, huh?


can you see...

can you see the pictures on my blog???

i have been wanting to post but where the pictures are it is just gray. help!


more christmas presents

These I made because the boys were bugging me for something fast. So these are puffy scrap magnets courtesy of the Pink Penguin.

These are more scrap magnets. not stuffed though. just fabric sewn around the magnets. I used pinking shears around the edges of the red and white ones.
these are made from quilted scraps from the coffee cozies coming up.

sorry for the dark photos. it was late when i finished these.

coffee cozies courtesy of House on Hill Road. (Sorry for some reason I can't get this one to link up.)

super easy. fast. nice. think i will try to make a couple more before the big day. ones on the right are quilted using moda fabric strips. the backing fabric is from an old pair of jeans. the buttons are from last year's big mother-in-law present of a 100 buttons. the middle fabric is felt.

these are some more mama chic wristlets from JC Handmade, because I love them and wanted to make some more.

buttons from the stash. quilted fabric is moda strips. backing material is from an old denim shirt.

my boys made necklaces for their grandmas from the shrinky dinks that they made.

and I realized that my mom needed some more goodies so i made her a rice foot warmer thingy.
the rice bag part if made from muslin. i probably put too much rice in it. oh well. i was just doing this from the seat of my pants.

cut two pieces of coordinating fabric. cut one of the pieces a little bigger and cut it in two pieces. folded down one side of each and top stitched it. then put them faces together and sewed clear around the entire piece.
turned right side out. and voila.
a pocket to put the rice bag in.
put bag in.

heat in microwave.
stash near the feet or any other cold appendage.
coming up... an everyday tote by lotta made by me for mom. more details to come.


Christmas sewing

First, the Pixie sewing machine stinks. Yeah it came with a lot of cool stuff and it was cheap, but it only works about half of the time. Bummer. So I borrowed my mom's Kenmore sewing machine and made the following...

2 sets of quilted coasters. This set for my dad's wife and...

This set of 8 for my mother-in-law. She has a big family.
Made this up as a went. started with 5" squares. quilted one square using felt as the backing. put right sides facing, sewing all around and living a gap of about 2.5" to turn it right side out. folded in the opening then top stitched around all the sides.

Fabric is from JoAnn's. precut fat quarters sold in a pack of all reds and whites.

I made 3 adult reversible headbands following this tutorial.

and 2 child size reversible headbands following the same tutorial.

Then what I wanted the most... wristlets by JC Handmade. Tutorial here.

The fabric is from JoAnn's. Precut in strips. I think that it is Moda fabric. Used felt for the lining and denim from an old shirt for the back.
I used some of the fun stitches available on mom's machine to top stitch the pieces.

Old headbands for the part to go over the buttons.

still need to sew buttons on these, but I am doing that today. I want to make more of these. I really like how they turned out.
There are 5 all together and one is staying with me.
Also made a whole bunch of little rice bags for the 5 stones game. tutorial found here.

there are enough for 5 gifts. need to sew or find some kind of container for them, yet.


Coin purses and a baby sewing machine

Leethal had these lovely coin purses in a free pattern the other day and I just had to make some. Besides my mom was needing a new one. So here are two of them made per instructions.

I added a Shrinky Dink "button" that the boys and I made last weekend.
To see the quilted insides, go here. If you read my other post on these you know that the quilting was a mishap due to cutting material toooooo early in the morning.

Then I wanted to make a green one out of the leftover malabrigo from the Fetching mitts. Well it turns out I can't read. I about a 9" kelly green zipper instead of a 7".
So I added 2 more inches to the knitted piece. And voila! A larger coin purse!

I love the "button" for this one. This coin purse is going to a friend of mine here at school next week.

I liked the quilted insides of the other two soooo much that I did it to this one on purpuse. These one has 3 pieces of like material sewn together. I absolutely love it and want to make more of these. It is a great way to join sewing and knitting and to use up some leftover yarn!

Also, I finally bought a sewing machine. Nothing exciting. It's just a baby but it should suit my purposes fine.

It's a Pixie Plus multi purpose craft sewing machine. It does a pretty good job. I was practicing with it this morning. Later today it gets the real test. Sewing a pair of slippers for my mom!

Plus it came with all of these goodies. Hand sewing needles, two thimbles, measuring tape, little scissors, pins, buttons, snaps, extra needle and a two threaders.

But that is not all...tons of prewound bobbins and...

several different colors of thread. Although I did discover that this stuff breaks pretty easy. :(