Jan 23, 2011

What have I been doing?

Well let me show you!
Not only have I been keeping my sewing machine a humming.
See some of the quilt blocks I've done in the post below. But I've also been sewing on some things for a swap (that I can't show you just yet, sorry)
All last week we (Bonnie, Tammi, Tom & I) have been fixing up Tom & Bonnie's kitchen! They really liked the Kitchen hutch that I just painted for my kitchen and asked if I could do that to their hutch too and maybe their cupboards also. You could probably guess what I said. "SURE I can do all that". And so the kitchen redo began to happen!

Sorry I didn't get any BEFORE pictures, but we were so excited to get started that I forgot. The before cupboards were a very dark stained wood. We took all the doors off the cabinets and brought them to my house so we could work on them in my garage. The grandkids helped me with the sanding & the first coat of paint. Tammi came over to help with the sanding & painting too. In the meantime Bonnie & Tom stripped the wallpaper border and painted the walls a deep gold color. It turned out beautifully. Then I took the cupboard doors back to their house to finish up. It would be better for them to dry with the staining if they were already hung. Bonnie & Tom like the more primitive or rustic look so we roughed up the cupboards before we put the stain on. This is the finish that Tammi, Bonnie and I accomplished.
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Here is the finished cupboards.

They are going to put wood floors in some day.
She is decorating her kitchen with roosters. Here is Kelly showing off some of Bonnie's decorating.

I We think it turned out perfect!
They brought the kitchen hutch to my house yesterday. Now I'm going to work on it with the same colors. This is what it looks like now...dust & all.
The top...
and the bottom...

Did you happen to notice the black barstools in the picture with Kelly? I would like to paint those to. With a mustard or black on the legs & a rooster on the seats. That will be a surprise for them.
Well that's why I haven't been posting as much as I would have liked to.

Now I better get to sanding!

Jan 22, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In

Last night was the Friday Night Sew-In for January. I actually got to get some sewing done last night! Last month I signed up but something came up & I didn't get anything done. It has been so cold outside these last couple of days that I was determined to stay inside where it was nice & warm.
I joined in on a couple of BOMs (block of the month) again this year and was already falling behind. Last night I got the fabrics out for the Layer Cake Quilt Along and started making some of the blocks. Before I knew it, I had four of the blocks finished! Now I'm only two blocks behind. I had to order some more fabric before I could make anymore. I'm making my quilt with some Halloween fabrics and I didn't have as many as I thought I did and they are hard to find in the stores this time of year LOL.
This is block # 1
I could not get my points to come out right. Good enough for me this time.
Block #2
This is my favorite so far.
Block #3
I'm going to embroider a spider & web in the corner of the handle on this basket.
Block #6

I also got the first block finished on the Birdie Stitches Quilt Along.
I'm doing all my embroideries in shades of red. Then I'm going to be using some beadwork & buttons.

You can find these Quilt Alongs on my sidebar if you would like to follow along too.


I was the big winner at the 'Be Mine Blog Tour'! WAHOO!!!!!!!!
I won a $100 gift certificate to use at The Fat Quarter Shop. Can you believe that? It took awhile for me to actually believe it. So today I went SHOPPING at their online shop. Goodness that was a chore (too many pretty fabrics to choose from) but sooooooo much fun! I'm getting a jelly roll for the postage stamp quilt, some Halloween fabrics for my Layer Cake Quilt, a layer cake of Dilly Dally for Kelly's birthday quilt and some fabrics that I really liked. Now I shouldn't have any excuse to not get things done.

Now I'm going to go check out what some of the others have been doing for the Friday Night Sew Along.

Have a great evening!
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Jan 6, 2011

Hi My name is Judy

I'm not very good at "tooting my own horn" but I'll give it a try.

I've been married to my high school sweetheart for 44 years. We have 4 kids ( 3 girls and the youngest is the boy) and 3 grandkids (2 girls & 1 boy)... well actually 4, my son's fiancee has a girl too. My middle daughter is mildly mentally handicapped and she has one of my granddaughters. They both live with us. So I will never have an Empty Nest. But that's good because I didn't like the QUIET when they were all gone.
We live in an old house on 22 acres of ground that once belonged to my Hubby's grandfather. We also have our own private lake that the whole family likes to play on.
Photobucket I have been doing something crafty my whole life. I remember making Barbie doll clothes when I was just old enough to thread a needle. Now I'm passing that on to the grandkids. They love to come to my house to make stuff. There aren't too many crafts that I haven't tried. But there are a few & I'm sure I will try most of them before I'm gone. I had my own little shop for awhile & taught decorative painting for about 5 years.
I Love to paint!
Here are some things that I've painted:

Tammi's bathroom cabinetcabinet redo

I also like to sew:
Photobucketsnowlady giveawayZacks quilt

I also like to mosaic, embroider, crazy quilt, crochet, rug hook and so many more.

I love to garden and do a lot of canning each fall.
And I love to decorate my home with shabby primitives & antiques with a bit of pink & aqua thrown in.

These are things that I like or collect:

wool & anything made with wool
purple cow collection
Longaberger basket collection
pink & blue Fiestaware
bluebirds / cardinals
wooden bowls
ornies for my little tree
Hall Crocus dinnerware
salt glazed pottery
vintage canning jars
handmade dolls
plants / seeds
rolling pins
favorite colors: pink, aqua, sage green, barn red, mustard & purple

Wow, guess I should've just listed the things I don't like:
rhubarb, Americana, sushi, fruit scented candles

I've been put on a gluten free diet due to my intolerance of wheat, barley & rye. But that's not all bad cause it has helped me in my weight loss journey.

Well that's all I can think of to tell you about my 60 year old self!

Jan 4, 2011

Interested in winning a quilt pattern?

For all you seamstresses...check out the blog from these generous ladies.
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They are giving us all the opportunity to try and win the ENTIRE set of Springtime BOM patterns.
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They say it's there biggest giveaway ever!
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I wish you good luck...but not too much cause I really would like to win.

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