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When things start getting very busy for everyone!! Halloween is just around the corner, then Thanksgiving and we can’t forget the big favorite…Christmas! Or should I say the Holiday Season.  But no matter what you are celebrating the bottom line is, its gift giving time.

For the normal person there is the usual, shopping malls, speciality shops, Amazon, etc.  For crafters such as myself this is the time of year when we begin to inflict major amounts of pressure on ourselves.  For us the mind-set is “I’m making all my gifts this year” and then we spend the next two months in hell trying to achieve the impossible.  But I may have found a super fast and super useful answer to my unending need to over achieve!

I found this on Pinterest (I know…) and it’s what I didn’t know I’ve always wanted.  This is also the season for making soups, stews and warm, yummy desserts but there is a problem, burned fingers and hands when you try to remove your heated goodies from the microwave!! Not any more!


No your eyes are not deceiving you…I’ve made a microwavable bowl holder!  No more burned hands or laps (as some of us like to eat in front of the TV).


Put your eatables in the bowl, put the bowl in the “cozy” and pop it in!!  It is completely safe since all the materials are 100% cotton.  As you can see I took these pictures this morning…healthy oatmeal for me!


It is the perfect “height” on the sides of the bowl (this one measures 10″ from one side to the other.  When you read the pattern that will make more sense).

There is so much room to have fun with your fabric choices and quilting patterns with this project!


This print is so subtle and so pretty!!  Nice simple quilting.  You can also just sew straight lines.



And this apple fabric is just irresistible!!!!

So have you guessed yet what everyone is getting for the holidays.   I may even have time to make a few to sell (I always dream big but then….we’ll see).

I used this pattern/tutorial specifically but referred to this one as well.  Both tutorials are great and the instructions are super easy to follow.

So now that I have one less thing to worry about (deciding what to make for everyone), I can focus on a more pressing crafting matter.

For all those living in the tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) area don’t forget The big New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY this weekend!!!

I just have to finish these mittens and I’ll be good to go.  I can do it in 2 days right?  These aren’t complicate at all….(help…)


And one more thing before I’m off to knit furiously.  Earthtones Girl has reached 100 Likes on Facebook!!! I’m so excited and once the fun of this weekend is done I’ll be having another giveaway so stay tuned!!!   I’ll also be posting progress pictures of the mittens on my page so come over and visit…and maybe “like”!!

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By Hand

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again there is nothing like a quick project to motivate you.  I’m definitely drawn to simple, fast projects these days not only because I can get them done so quickly but they are a great canvas to try/practice new things.  As I said in my last post I really want to improve my hand sewing/quilting and this was a perfect little project.

Who wouldn’t love to get one of these with a surprise inside?


My stitches are not perfect but that’s the point…practice, practice!



CUTE!  So everyone….this what your gift card envelopes will look like from now on.  Think of all stitching and embellishment possibilities depending on the occasion.  I can’t wait for Christmas!!!

To answer a comment question, no US Post for this, hand delivery for sure!

Check out today’s POTD!! Excellent tutorial!  I’ve been following her directions.  And yes, I used perle cotton #8 for this project!

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


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.


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


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.


PURE by Julianna Baggott

Just downloaded it!! Can’t wait. 



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!!!


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.


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…)


That said…check it out

A Day In The Sewing Room


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 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!)  


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


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!!


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. 


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

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.


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….


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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Here’s a little baby gift I made up this weekend for a friend of Chris.  A boy, obviously and I just couldn’t resist the “traditional” color and theme.

This is the kind of project you can make in about 1/2 hour.  Measure, cut, assemble, sew, edge, iron…DONE!!  It’s from a tutorial I found on Pinterest (where else)  for a Self Binding Baby Quilt.  It’s actually a receiving blanket, but so what…it’s super cute and easy.   (Gosh I sound like Jenny from the tutorial.)

Here’s a close up of the print…CUTE!! Who can resist puppies?

I used a simple decorative stitch between the print and solid fabrics.  In hind sight I probably should have used brown.  It would have “packed more punch” but oh well…It’s done and off to the family.  Next time…

See what I mean.  That white thread just gets lost on the back (and front).  But when making something for a stranger, in my mind, I’d rather err on the side of simple.

The tutorial was done by the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I like their videos/tutorials for the ideas but they are not to big on technique and exactness.  That is good and bad depending on what you are looking for.  In this case…it was just what I wanted.  A quick handmade gift without a lot of details and perfection.

Here ‘s the YouTube link…Enjoy!!!


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