Monday, September 29, 2008

{ quilted table runner }


This afternoon I was chatting with my sister and I said I guess I should try to accomplish *something* on my day off... so I started working on a table runner... and I actually finished it just now! Woohoo! It's very rare that I start and finish a sewing project in one day. You can find a tutorial for this little lovely at Quilt Bus.
I thought the runner needed some sort of something in the center square. I was thinking appliqué or embroidery, but my daughter said, "that's where the fruit bowl goes", so I left it plain. She's right, once you add a vase or a fruit bowl you don't need anything else.

{ pumpkins }


Here's a cute little pumpkin wall hanging I made last week. I used this Patchabilities pattern. (I actually made 4 of these babies!)

* This adorable wall hanging is available for purchase!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

{ criss cross apple sauce }

Throw some whole apples in a pot with just a splash of water. I've only removed the stems and the bottom thingy from the apples, but left the core & the peels intact.

Simmer over medium heat until the apples turn to a ball of mush and sort of explode out of their peels.

Dump into food mill placed over a pot or bowl and turn the handle. Add a little honey & cinnamon.

Mmmm! Warm apple sauce to serve with pork chops. (or breyers double churn french vanilla ice cream)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

{ maple walnut cupcakes }


I recently discovered Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog. Wow, there are some amazing recipes there! Last night the girls and I made these maple walnut cupcakes, which are a variation of Maple Fudge Sour Cream Cake. I toasted a bag of crushed walnuts in a frying pan and tossed them into the icing. I also reduced the baking time to 18 minutes for the cupcakes.

I hope the neighbors enjoy these!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

{ today }


Today we took a mini road trip. Our first stop was Kimberly and Andrea's booth at the Mt. Lehman Fair where I picked up this adorable fall garland for my wall:
My youngest did a little rock climbing with Andrea's daughter:

After a much needed drive-thru at Starbuck's (grande mocha for me, pumpkin spice latte for Rhonda) we stopped in at Michael's in search of 4 crow buttons for some projects I am working on. Sadly, they didn't have any crows, but they did have a pumpkin stamp that I couldn't resist!

Our final stop was some amazing eye candy and some fun purchases at Country Quilts in Abbotsford. The owner, Cheryl Wall, had an open house today. Every surface in her beautiful home was covered with gorgeous quilts, pillows, stitcheries, etc! It was so nice!

Monday, September 15, 2008

{ woo hoo }

Woohoo! I sold another two Craft Racks over the weekend! If you're new here you may not know that I sell 4 different shelving units that are made specifically to hold stamp pads (Stampin' Up and many other brands) as well as ribbon etc. Please take a minute to browse my Craft Racks site and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Have a nice week!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

{ autumn stitcheries }

French knots... I love this hand dyed embroidery floss, don't you?

Felted Wool Applique... lots of fun! I love the texture it adds to the stitchery.

*This gorgeous stitchery is available for purchase!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

{ farmers market }

So exciting!! Hamels Fabrics now carries Farmer's Market fabric! I can't wait to see what these 3 pieces (that followed me home) turn into. I heard they will soon be carrying lots of new lines of fabric, including Amy Butler. I am so happy!

I also *had* to get these 2 patterns, obviously! I am just putting the finishing touches on the Autumn Sampler that I showed you the other day, so it was a given that I'd get all the other seasons as well. Funny thing is, I haven't seen "Spring" anywhere! It must exist. It must!

PS. I found the Spring Sampler here!

{ taking orders for ... a custom keepsake quilt }


What a perfect September day. I can't believe how hot it is! This afternoon while the rest of the fam is at the farm, I put the finishing touches on this custom keepsake quilt for Deb. She commissioned me to make this quilt for her son using his baby & toddler clothing. I am so pleased with how cute it turned out! It's such a thoughtful thing for a mom to do for her child. Don't you think? It's something, I'm sure, he will cherish forever.

If you'd be interested in ordering a Keepsake Quilt from me, I'd be happy to give you a quote. Instead of keeping your baby's clothing in a box in the garage, why not have it made into a one of a kind quilt that your child can use and keep for years to come?

Friday, September 05, 2008

{ hello september }

My current take along project... an embroidered Autumn Sampler.

Here's Rhonda quilting my quilt for me at work today! This weekend I hope to get it bound so I can deliver it to my customer early next week.