Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Treasures

One Christmas Present for Ben and I this year was a new camera so soon their should be an improvement in my pictures. This picture and a possibly a few more to come are yet from my older camera. This one of the gifts I made for a friend. It is a scrap bag to put threads.., in when you are sewing. I didn't take picture of all my gifts but in addition to this scrap bag I made the cake pin cushion, two sketchbook/pencil case sets, a colored pencil roll, tea wallet, two buttercup purses, four reversible drawstring bags, a recipe card wallet and an oven mitt.

My next project will most likely be reversible flannel baby kimonos with matching shoes as I need to have one of three mailed out in about a week. I have three relatives all having baby girls in March.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sweet Treats

I did a little holiday baking today. Most of the ingredients made it into the bowl where they belonged. As requested by Ben I made snicker doodles.

I also made divinity. Yummy! Not sure that either will last too long. :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Seattle in December

The faithful crew cruising the streets of Seattle. If you could have seen down the street next to us you would have seen two horse drawn carriages. In Seattle we visited a quilt shop and a yarn shop in our travels. The quilt shop had these really cool topographical map quilts that Ben thought were pretty cool. The lady who made them spent a crazy amount of hours on each one.

A trip to Seattle would not be complete with out walking through Pike's Place Market. We had some very tasty mini hot doughnuts and sampled some not so tasty goat cheese.

My sister had to take her picture with the fish guy who threw a stuffed fish at her and made her and made her jump. I'm just sorry I was walking ahead of her and didn't see it happen.

Here I am trying to drag the branches down to my level to prove this silly tree was blooming already. A couple weeks ago it was bitterly cold. At 9 in the morning it was still only 16 degrees out one morning. Today was a balmy 59 degrees requiring no coat.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Special Music

This Sabbath was our Church's special musical Christmas program. My family performed the last song, "Let it be Christmas" by Alan Jackson. My current camera only takes three minute clips so you will only get to hear all of the first two verses. My dad played the bass, my mom played the guitar/sang, my sister played my keyboard/sang and I played the flute.

Date Night

The third Thursday of every month has free admission hours at several of the Museums in Tacoma. Ben and I decided to take advantage of this and a date out of it. We first stopped at the Outlet store from the Brown & Hailey's candy factory, they are the makers of Almond Roca. Then we toured through the Washington State History Museum. The Tacoma Glass Museum was toured next. They had this really cool exhibit where glass artists made glass figures/creatures based off pictures that kids had drawn. The green guy pictured above was one of my favorite creations. They also had this area called the "Hot Shop" where we were able to watch them creating with glass. During the hours they are in the Hot Shop you can watch them live at the following link. Online it says the Hot Shop is Open Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm, Third Thursdays 10am to 8pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

Cake anyone?

I've been wanting to make this cake pincushion for a long time. This pattern was featured in a Quilts and More magazine. The special cake pictured above was a Christmas gift for my friend Karrina. :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Journey to Bethlehem

This past Thursday night Kristina, Ben and I journied to Bethlehem, with bellies full of pizza, to see the Wisemen/Camels and to find "Baby Jesus."

Here is Kristina and I all bundled up for our Journey. It was really cold and frosty out.

Luckily the Roman guards allowed us into the city because it was a lot of fun walking around the market place and even joining in with a bridal celebration. On the out skirts of the city we found ran into the shepherds an saw the angels heralding His birth. At the stable we found Him wrapped up from the cold in Mary's arms. (A very cute baby I might ad.)

Christmas Cards

Last week I was able to finally get a start on my Christmas cards. I was having a hard time narrowing down what items I wanted to use to make my cards this year.

I finally decided that I was going to need a variety of card because I couldn't decide on just one. There for I have two color themes and then variety within each theme. The first them are the cool winter colors (blue, purple) and the second theme is the traditional Christmas colors (red, green).

Early Present

Ben's Christmas break from school is going to start about a week before Christmas so he is going to have some free time on his hands. In addition to that when I'm excited I have a hard time being patient, plus Ben claims he doesn't care if he is surprised on Christmas.

Since he was able to guess what I had bought him I didn't see much reason to wait till Christmas day when he could start enjoying his present now. :)

My original plan had been to place it in his Christmas stocking as a surprise but maybe now I will be able to sleep in a little longer on Christmas morning before excitement wakes me up.

Christmas will be over at my sister's house so Bagheera won't be going but at least she was able to watch the first present of the season be unwrapped.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's Officially Christmas Season

I had to put my Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. It is kind of dwarfed in this room but it still holds the pretty lights and has room for presents underneath.

And of course room for a little kitty/inspector to lay underneath as well.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


One of the things I enjoy doing at Christmas time is packing a shoe box for some kid in another country as part of Operation Christmas Child. This year Ben and I decided to pack a shoe for a girl between the ages of 5-9.

As you can see we had lots of fun picking what to put in it. Today I dropped the box of at one of the many drop off locations. This year your suppose to be able to track which country your box ends up going to so I am anxious to learn where it ends up traveling to. :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Chistmas, Christmas, Hurry Fast....

Christmas music, CHECK! Pretty snowflakes, CHECK! Glitter, CHECK! Yummy smelling candle, CHECK! Cozy pajamas, CHECK! Makings for a wonderful day. My once were nut tins now disguised as pretty little Christmas treat holders just waiting to be filled.

A couple of the Christmas gift tags I made today. I tried to remember to get equal glitz on myself. :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Beginning to End

This past Sunday we watched the launching/Christening of Katie M., which is the cat boat Ben helped build at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building. In the picture above he was working on something or other for the boat. The preliminary beginnings of the boat can be seen in the background.

Here is the man who commissioned her and his son decorating her with pretty flags.

A little bit of an above shot to give you a look at the cockpit.

This shot gives you a little glimpse inside the cabin of the boat. Ben did a lot of the work inside the cabin. It appears they haven't touched it since he worked on it as it still needs to be stained and finished.

Here is Ben proudly posing on his baby before it sets off out its maiden tow across the bay.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

What Thangles Are All About

I didn't make these blocks but they are also based on the Thangles technique that the recent shop hop blocks were based on. I wanted to share a you tube link that shows how you use Thangles. So for those of you who hopped but still don't quite understand it this will explain it. I purchased the 2.5" set if anyone wants me to share.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Christmas Preperation

I have been working on my Christmas table top pattern from my Figgy Pudding charm pack. It is now ready to be sandwiched with batting and backing and then quilted. Or a may just use fusible interfacing and forget the quilting. I have matching red fabric for the back and will have at least some of it show around the edges of the top.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Southwestern Washington Quilt Shop Hop

Today was the day I participated in the Southwestern Washington Quilt Shop Hop. Here is my sister posing at our first stop while looking at some fall colored fat quarters. She ended up with a Moda Layer Cake and Me and My Sister pattern to maker herself a throw quilt on her new sewing machine.

My cousin Stephanie went along as well. Here she is at our last stop checking out how bag she liked was constructed. She is currently taking a sewing class at the academy.

On this hop each store gave you a free fat eighth piece of black and white fabric along with a Thangles pattern piece. These are the different fabrics I collect.

And these are the different patterns I collected. *Attention Mary Heather* I want to see pictures of the patterns you collected at the stores you hopped at.

I did really good today and only bought the half yard piece on the right and the fat quarter on the left. Most of my shopping was done vicariously through my sister today. :)

This is actually a picture I took in June in a shop that was participating in the Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop. My sister just delivered the book she purchased for me to be able to make this pattern. I like the looks of the variation on the left best but probably with different colors.

This n' That

Random things I have not yet blogged about. Here are the bumble bee cupcakes I made for my friend Mary Heather's birthday.

Aw, my little cutie pie has not been in enough pictures lately. She loves snuggling with her Ben.

Here she is peaking out at me from her favorite snugly spot.

Blurry as it maybe you get the idea of the Fall gift tags I made. I also added glitter around the edges with a glitter pen after taking the picture. I got the cool variations of orange around the edges by using distress ink.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Huston Quilt Market 2009

They just held the fall quilt market for this year in Huston. Quilt market is where shop owners go to preview new fabric and place orders for their quilt stores. Different people ended up posting pictures and videos of their sneak peeks at the market. There were two different My Mind's Eye lines coming out that I like. The one pictured above is"Andrea Victoria" and will be released Feb/March 2010.

The other new My Mine's Eye line I liked is Summer Song and will be released Mar/Apr of 2010.

I also came across a photo of a dress that Pillow and Maxfield have a pattern for that I really like. I hadn't previously heard of this design team. Ironically, Heather Bailey has a similar new dress pattern coming out as well. Next Fall Sandy Henderson Has a book called "Sewing Bits & Pieces" coming out that uses fabric scraps which sounds like it could be potentially interesting to get. Anna Maria Horner has a new book coming out as well that will feature patterns for babies.

Time to get a good night's rest as tomorrow is the Southwest Washington Quilt Shop Hop and I am planning to hit up five local quilt shops with my sister and two cousins.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baby Cuteness

Here is the baby overall pattern I chose to use for the owl fabric I bought. According to the pattern I had only bought enough fabric to make a small pair of overalls but I lucked out and was able to squeeze a size large out of the fabric. Lets just say I have very little scraps left over. There might be one spot that I could could cut out a 5" square but the rest is pretty much little strips.

Since I am on this cuteness kick check out the cute baby blocks I saw in a magazine. There are four appliqued animals that you can mix and match their heads and bodies by rotating the blocks. The animals included are: a giraffe, a frog, an alligator and an elephant.

This is the equivalent in blue. A set of two blocks costs $25. I am going to copy the idea and make my own. I was able to find a picture of all four appliqued animals on the Internet.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fall Stash Dash 2009

Ah, here we have my partner in crime Mary Heather. Sunday morning we started out on our adventure to travel to six different quilt shops on the Olympic Peninsula with the purpose of collecting free fat quarters in yellow/blue from the different quilt shops. But we both know it is an excuse to hang out and shop for fabric. After a whirlwind day full of laughter, fabric and crepes we concluded our mad dash at just after 5pm, having to plead to be let into the last shop. If you go to all the shops you get entered into a drawing to win some pretty cool prizes.

This was my haul of, "Oh that's so pretty I must get it even though I have no idea what I will use it for." I have since decided that the cute owl corduroy print will be for making a pair of baby overalls.

This collection of fabric is of smaller pieces but is for making the Cherry wall hanging I previously posted about. (Now why can't I spend the day sewing vs. having to be at work?)