Monday, March 5, 2012

Seems Like Spring

Well - time sure flies. I always have good intentions to update this blog, and then life gets in the way. I'm 5 weeks off shoulder surgery and doing pretty well. I'm not making jewelry yet (you may notice the shop is empty), but hope to be back to it in just a few more weeks. Also, I'm sure two jobs in two different cities with two different houses probably has something to do with it my inability to keep up with my blog. Of course, when I get home, I like to spend my time sewing, quilting, cooking, jewelry-making and my new hobby - Pinterest. Seriously, I am hooked. Yesterday I was out scavenging for wood pallets for my next gardening project:
And yes, I'm also searching for just the right-sizes rocks. I mean, how cute is this? It will match my rock turtle.
And then there's all the quilting inspiration on Pinterest. Oh, and did I forget to mention the recipes? If you haven't got involved with Pinterest, proceed with caution. You may find yourself spending countless hours pinning images, and more hours scouring what your friends have pinned.

On an unrelated note, it sure seems like spring in Northern California. We hit a high of 76 degrees today. The trees are in full bloom and it smells soooooo good outside. I understand there may be a change in the weather tomorrow, but that's ok. I'm not going to let it spoil my spring time mood.

Sending you warm wishes until my next post,


Friday, January 13, 2012

Mug Rugs for Your Sweetie

First, let me start out with saying please excuse my photography skills. I believe I've established from prior posts that photography isn't my thing. Regardless, I had to take pictures to share with you my latest mug rugs. In combination with the mugs I found, I think they are fabulous. I love them!

Mug rugs are fun to make, are a quick little project and the fun continues when you hunt for the perfect mug to go with the rug. I must admit, though, that I've often wondered what should come first - the mug or the rug. Anyway, if you are in the mood for a mug rug sew fest, you can find tutorials to mug rugs here, here and here. A quick Google search will lead you to many other mug rug tutorials as well.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Choosing the Right Quilting Design for Your Quilt

After finishing our quilt top, many of us, including me, struggle with how to choose a quilting design to finish up our quilt. If you are in the same camp as me, please check out the eclass called Quilt Whisperer. I've taken this eclass and it was a big help in determining the final quilting design. The class starts today, but the instructor says new students can usually add during the first week. Happy designing!!