Thursday, April 16, 2015


I love the look of coloring in the areas of my embroidery pieces, but I've never had a lot of success with crayons.  I thought I would try painting the designs with watercolors on paper and having them printed on nice cotton fabric and I really like the way they turned out!  I have 8 new patterns with the colored fabric included - no tracing the embroidery pattern or coloring with crayon - it's all done for you!  Just stitch! 
The other thing I wanted to do was incorporate quotes and short sayings that I've always loved.  Here is an example of one of the new patterns called Friendship, I hope you like it.  To see all of the patterns click HERE.

This is the piece of fabric that comes in the pattern

Here is a close up of the stitched design
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*Just a note, thread is not included with the patterns.  I like to use Sulky® 12 wt thread, but 2 strands of DMC works too, it just makes a bit thicker of a line.
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Buttermilk Basin Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome!  Thank you so much for taking a moment to stop by and see what I've been up to!

For as long as I can remember I have ADORED anything tiny.  When I was trying to come up with a project for this blog hop I thought it would be fun to think little.  Every well decorated tree has it's own lovely tree skirt to finish it off and I thought it would be fun to make a little tree skirt for a little tree!

wool tree skirt
1. A small artificial tree (mine is about 14" tall)
*It came with the base wrapped in burlap which I removed to reveal a "rustic" wooden base.

2. Wool -
     black - about 12" x 12"
     gold - 2" x 6"
     green - 4" x 6"
     red - 2" x 4" 

3. Pinking shears and small sharp scissors

4. Fusible web
*I used Soft Fuse®
fusible web

5. A white, or light, marking tool.
6. A dinner plate for a template
*or something round between 10 1/2" - 11 1/2"
7. Thread to match the wool - gold, red and green
8. Floss to match the gold wool

Place the dinner place on the black wool and trace around it with the light marking tool -

Cut out the circle using the pinking shears -

Fold the circle into quarters and snip off the folded point about 1/2" from point then unfold-

Fold the circle in half and cut along the fold from the edge to the center on ONE side.  Trim the snipped whole to a circle if needed -

Trace 12 holly leaves, 5 stars and 18 berries onto the paper side of the fusible web.
Iron the pieces to the appropriate wool color using a hot dry iron -

Cut out the shapes.

Peel off the paper backing.

Arrange on the black circle.

Press to adhere the shapes to the wool.  This is more of a temporary hold.

Using matching thread whip stitch the pieces in place.

For the red berries double the thread and make a French knot (wrapping the needle 3 times, in the center of the circle.

Using 3 strands of the gold floss make two lines of running stitches around the edge of the skirt.

If you really want to get into it how about wrapping some tiny presents!  Or find a little train to run around the base of the tree.  The possibilities are endless! I would love to see pictures of what creative ideas you come up with.

Click HERE for the mini Christmas Tree Skirt pattern.

Now it's time to bake up some Snickerdoodles!  These were my boys favorites (and mine too).

For a printable copy of the recipe click HERE.

I wish I could make this a scratch and sniff for you!

Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Make sure you hop over to Crabapple Hill tomorrow!  I can't wait to see what darling thing she has in store for us!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Chalkboard Doodle

I hope 2014 was a wonderful year for you and your family.  

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Blog Hop


Oh goody!  I get to participate in Buttermilk Basin's Holiday Blog Hop again this year!  It starts December 1st with Quilts by Cheri.
I already know what recipe I'm going to offer - Snickerdoodles!  They are my son Tom's favorite and since he just moved back to Oregon from Boston last weekend I'm going to make them for him.
I do have to admit I wasn't one of those Mom's that baked fresh cookies for my kids very often.  I usually picked up a pack of Oreos or something.  One time I decided to actually bake cookies for them and when they came home from school and saw warm, soft cookies on the cooling rack they said, "We didn't know cookies could be made at home!".  How sad is that!  hahaha

Here is a list of all of the participating blogs -
Dec 1 * Quilts by Cheri
Dec 2 * Plumcute Designs
Dec 3 * Gail Pan Designs
Dec 4 * The Woolen Willow
Dec 5 * Ali Strebel Designs
Dec 6 * Cardiff Farms
Dec 7 * Blackberry Primitives
Dec 8 * Wooden Spool Designs
Dec 9 * Heartspun Quilts
Dec 10 * Notforgotten Farm
ME!  Dec 11 * Kathy Schmitz
Dec 12 * Crabapple Hill
Dec 13 * Primitive Gatherings
Dec 14 * Buttermilk Basin
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