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It’s Friday yall!!!  Time for a BLT!!! 

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In my never-ending search to improve my skills I stumbled over this little gem on Pinterest.  This blog is so inspiring I don’t even know where to begin.  Actually I do.  My friend Kim, asked if I’ve been making any mini quilts, coasters, etc on any of my other sewing machines and the truth is no.  For some reason, every now and then I need someone to point out the obvious.  What a great idea! I can use my machines, learn new quilt blocks, improve my skills and not feel so guilty about having all my beauties just sitting around. 

The thing that caught my eye about Charise Creates are her paper pieced blocks.  I’m in love and have to learn immediately how do it.  Thankfully she offers a wonderful tutorial on her blog and references some great resources.  Hooray!!!!  The timing couldn’t be better. Kira starts nursery school next week and I’m going to have some extra time on my hands.  Win Win!!!

So go visit Charise Creates and be inspired.

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Another reason I love September and the fall are apples.  Baked, Pies, Crisps, and now Cake!  Oh yes!!

FRENCH APPLE CAKE by Joans Food Wanderings

French Apple Cake by Joans Food Wanderings

TUTORIAL

I just realized you’re getting 2 for the price of 1 in this BLT.  This is another great little project I can work on with another machine.  Maybe my newest after she’s cleaned up.    The tutorial looks super easy and more sharpening on the skills.

OVEN HAND MITTS by The Idea Room

Oven Hand Mitts by The Idea Room

These would also make great holiday gifts.  I’m aiming for much simpler and all hand-made this year.  There’s that road to hell….just waiting for me.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. 

A side note: I’m in the process of blog house keeping so there will be some “in with the new and fresh” and “out with the stale and boring” (more like no longer necessary).  I’m even thinking of changing the entire look to this (my friend Sara is amazing and her blog is beautiful)  I’d love to know what you think? 

Again, have a great weekend!!!

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Hoped you all enjoyed that little sneak peek of the Henry’s quilt.  I’m almost done!! And don’t worry Daria, it’s a pleasure no pressure….

It’s Friday the 13th and I thought about doing something historical about the date but then thought, who cares.  There are so many other things to chat about!!!!…And much more fun.

BLOG/BOOK:

PURE by Julianna Baggott

Just downloaded it!! Can’t wait. 

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BLUEBERRY BAKED OATMEAL

In a word…DELISH!!!  Here are my step by step pics…I took these pictures about 2 1/2 weeks ago and have made this 3 times since.

All the above brings you to this!!!!! Heaven!!!

TUTORIAL:

We all need instant gratification in some form or another.  When my projects are piling up and begging to be completed I just start another one that I know I can finish in less than an hour.  Not to mention takes pictures of too, all during Kira’s nap time.  It gives me the perfect “high”! 

May be simple and boring to some but it makes me SO happy.  And makes my sewing room look even more inviting.

IRONING BOARD COVER TUTORIAL

Before…functional but super boring.

A lovely Japanese print from City Quilter which I picked up 2 weeks ago.  I have to show you the other fabrics I picked up.  Gorgeous!!! My fabric stash is now in hard competition with my yarn stash.

I followed the instructions to the letter and it works but it’s a bit tight.

Another inch would have given a much better fit.

But I’m still thrilled.  Project done, feeling of accomplishment achieved, ready to tackle the project mound and life too!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

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BLT # 14

Right on time this week…

I saw this blog & store on Facebook and it’s wonderful…it looks like a quaint little English shop where I could see myself spending many an hour (if I lived  near by…have I ever mentioned that I whole heartily believe I was born and raised in England in another life?…oh wait I think I said that in my last BLT…)

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That said…check it out

A Day In The Sewing Room

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No scones this week! Actually I’m officially off dessert since I got on the scale this morning and literally gasped…that ain’t good! So I’m going light this week.

SUMMER SALSA

Summer Salsa by Be A Pot Stirrer

Doesn’t that look yummy and perfect for all this hot weather and much more waist-line friendly…(I’m really not liking my reflection these days…help May May!)  

TUTORIAL: 

Since I’ll be munching on that awesome salsa I won’t feel so bad sitting to make this for Kira.

BUTTERFLY DRESS

Butterfly Dress by A Day In The Sewing Room

It looks super easy and I can’t wait to give it a go.   I have so many projects in the works right now I don’t even know what to do next….I really need some help….on lots of levels. 

Have a great weekend everyone.

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This comment is from one of my readers and it’s one of the reasons I love blogging.  Thank you Chante!  I get SO excited when I hear from you all about something I’ve posted that’s inspired you.

“I read this post around eight this evening and I downloaded a sample of the first chaos book to my nook immediately after. It’s now eleven thirty and I’ve already downloaded all three books and I’m about four chapters in. I am totally addicted and now I have to recommend this series to all my friends so that I”ll have someone to discuss this with too. Thanks and I really love your BLT posts. I’m so glad you decided to bring them back. Now i’m off to find out what the eff the “quiet” is about.”

-Chante (one of my blog readers) and now lover of the Chaos Walking Triology

Just wait until you find out what the “quiet” is!!! You’re going to love these books.  And I’d love to chat with you about them.  I’ve been dying to talk to someone who’s read them…

Which leads me to this weeks BLT!!

BLOG/BOOK:

Got another book for you.  I’ve been plowing through audio books lately.  I wish I could just sit, read a book and sip a cup of tea but I think those days are over for a while.  As soon as I sit down I start feeling guilty and thinking about all the things I should be doing (laundry, dishes, and other equally tedious house hold tasks).  But I can do all the afore-mentioned and listen at the same time.  Guilt Free!!!  Win-Win all around.

So now I’m completely riveted to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows.  It is the polar opposite of the Chaos books and exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for.  My aunt recommended it and when she recommends a book I run to get it.  I don’t know which of us has a bigger appetite for the written word.  And this book is the word at it’s best.  I was laughing from the first chapter.  I’ll keep ya posted as I progress. 

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Since this book is set in England (I swear I lived there in another life) and the island of Guernsey I thought it fitting to have some appropriate munchies to accompany me as I listen.  My rear end would love it if I skipped this part but who can resist. 

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH SCONES by Bird’s Party Blog

Traditional English Scones by Bird’s Party Blog

What’s interesting is just after the war (WWII, the time in which the book is set) making these would have been very difficult.  Food coupons, rationing, etc.  And to have the clotted cream…almost impossible.  For those of you who have never had clotted cream (sounds a bit gross, I know) you haven’t lived.  It’s worth being the sole reason one travel’s to England.

TUTORIAL:

I’ve been inspired to create a tutorial after seeing this PERFECT BABY GIFT on Pinterest.  I just fell in love with it, rushed to buy the PDF but it’s sold out.  So I’ll get to work and see what I can come up with.  No idea when that will actually happen but I can dream…you never know….

A BABY BATH APRON TOWEL by BLISSFULpatterns

Genius! A Baby Bath Apron Towel by BLISSFULpatterns

What mom couldn’t have used one of these at some point?  Very smart…

So there ya have it!! Another BLT for a week filled with inspiration!!! Till  next time.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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I don’t know how many of you read the articles I linked about Pinterest but to say the least I’ve been a bit freaked out!!!!  The following statements are for complete clarification.   

1.  Anything that I have ever “talked” about on this blog has been linked and credited back to the source. 

2.  In no way do I claim anything to be “mine” nor am I making any profit of any kind. 

3.   The sole purpose of my BLT series is to share, inspire (as I have been) and pass along information.

All that said…My conscious is clear (somewhat)…so let’s have some fun shall we! 

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Another great quilting resource for beginners, for everyone actually.  Lots of tutorials, links to shopping and tons of patchwork eye candy.  Once again I have to pause and thank bloggers for their generosity in sharing their skills.  I love this blog!

Jaybird Quilts

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Since spring is in the air (sort of, it was 29 degrees when I walked the dogs this morning) I thought we would move away from the “heavy”,  chocolate-y, bread-y desserts and try something lighter.  It’s also one of my favorites.

CHEWY LEMON SNOWDROPS by SOPHISTIMOM (a beautiful blog by the way)

Lemon Bars in cookie form!! YUM!!!! Thank you Jaime.

Chewy Lemon Snowdrops by Sophistimom

Chewy Lemon Snowdrops by Sophistimom

TUTORIAL: Check out this amazing quilting tutorial that uses interfacing as a piecing tool for fabric scraps.  It makes so much sense and looks so easy.  Are any of you familiar with Oh Frannson!  You should be… 

Stamp Collection Quilt Block Tutorial 

Sorry I was late this week.  Forgive me May May… Have a great weekend everyone!  Some finished projects next week (I’m so overdue).

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As March Madness begins this month in sports it has also begun here for me.    Once again there is smoke rising from Big B as I’m working on one project after the other.  Interestingly enough all of my projects are geared toward babies and children.  What’s up with that?  If I sew it, it will come?  One can pray…

That said let’s get to some of the things fueling my flame!

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In a word this blog is FUN!  If you have little ones about there are plenty of projects here to keep you and them busy.  This post  in particular really got me going…Adorable and one more skill to put in my bag of tricks. 

http://www.u-createcrafts.com/

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Lately, I’ve been really trying to watch what I eat.  I wouldnt’ say I’m dieting but I’m being more selective.  I’m also working out again.  It was super hard the first few days but I got myself in a workable routine with Kira and I’m managing a workout every morning.  Kira even “cheers” me on.  I would really like to stay focused.  Therefore if I’m going to have something cavity-inducing it better be worth the “cheat”.

I think this fits the bill!  NUTELLA GOOEY BUTTER CAKE

Nutella Gooey Butter Cake by Plain Chicken

Oh good gracious!!!  I would say totally worth it.  Yes, May May we can make this one when I come to visit…

 
 
TUTORIAL:
 
I have two tutorials for you this week and both are for the kiddies!!  I just couldn’t resist.  Especially since I have both in the works for this weekend. 
 
 
When I pinned this 2 days ago it got over 50 repins!  I mixed up a batch yesterday but it has to “cure” for 24 hours.  I’ll let you know how it comes out!
 
 
My darling girl has some major food issues but loves to cook with me in the kitchen so I had 2 thoughts.
 
1.  Make her some of the foods we cook so she can “cook” them all by herself in her toy kitchen then she can pretend to eat them which may lead to the real thing.
2.  She can have something tangible to go with some of her books that have food items in them.
 
Seems like a “win win” to me.
 
These tutorials are also from U-Create Crafts.  Told you this blog was fun.
 
Have a great weekend everyone!  Can wait to hear about what you created this weekend!

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BLT#8

I’ve got some good ones this week!!!

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 If  you’re looking for incredible inspiration, tons clear and easy to follow tutorials and lots of  fabric “eye-candy” try this blog.  It’s one of those sites that I always remembered to check after I turned the laptop off.  Trust me I don’t forget anymore.

The Moda Bake Shop.  

I also can’t resist the combo fabric/baking theme!!!  It feeds not one but two of my favorites.

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This is definitely one of those deceptive recipes that makes you look like you worked really hard on it but so not.  Another one for me to have fun with this weekend.   No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes!!!! I’ll be nibbling on one (maybe 2) of these during the Oscars!

No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes by My Baking Addiction

TUTORIAL

For all you sewers and quilters out there trying to maximize your stash this is an amazing site for you.  Of course I found this on Pinterest and once again couldn’t believe just how much information there is out there…and for free!!  You’re going to love this one.

Quilting/Fabric Math Made Easy

Thank you Minnesota Charms.

Have a great weekend everyone!!  See ya on Oscar Sunday!!

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