Wednesday, June 29, 2011

July 4th decorating

I had seen a patriotic flag garland quite some time ago. I saved the picture to my computer but at some point along the way all of my 'favorites' for the internet got erased so I don't know who's idea I started with. (I hate that!)

Anyway, sometimes I actually get it together and actually do one of those projects that has been patiently waiting for me.

The little framed piece in the middle is an ant with a slice of watermelon stitchery.

Here's an up-close of the flags.

It was soooo quick and easy!!

I cut rectangles of red ticking that I had on hand, and used pinking sheers around the edges. Then I cut smaller squares of denim from a pair of old jeans and sewed it on.

To string the flags all together I wasn't sure what I was going to do. Then, in digging through my stash, I found a cafe' curtain that I had bought at the thrift store. It was plenty long enough and I loved the red gingham. I just cut the bottom off of the curtain, very close to the hem (so I wouldn't have to stitch it again) and sewed the flags to it.

So quick and easy and I just love the results!

Monday, June 27, 2011

When a cake fails

Today is a friends birthday so last night I was making a cake for her.

I had grand plans. Everything was from scratch. And then, despite generous greasing and flouring, the cake stuck to the pan anyway. And not even in a remotely salvageable way. One side stuck, while the other side fell out. The more I tried to fix it, the worse it got until it all crumbled into a big mess.

So what was I supposed to do then?

I fretted for awhile, and then inspiration struck.

If life gives you a messy cake..........put it in a jar!!!! LOL

Of course Dax looked at me like I was crazy. But, the birthday girl and the other cake-in-a-jar recipients thought it was a really cute and clever idea.

That is until Dax made me tell them why it was in the jar. lol

But, hey, it works, right?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

In the works....

I thought summer was supposed to be a time when I could relax a little with the kids out of school and all.

No such thing around here. We've been busy as ever. The kids have summer activities going on, it's been crazy busy at the office, and that doesn't leave much time for me to play. *pout*

But, I've been squeezing in what I can when I can.

It's a small project and should be quick so hopefully I'll have it to show soon.

How is your summer going so far? Hope you're getting time to enjoy it.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Annie Block #8

I did manage to get another one of my Annie BOM's finished.

I'm still one behind but I'm trying desperately to catch up on all the BOM's I'm doing. With the kids having so much going on it's just hard to find time to do this stuff when I'm not exhausted. LOL I understand that I only have 3 more patterns to receive and while I find that a little intimidating at this point, I'm excited to put together a finished product.

Friday, June 10, 2011

More Coasters

I made some more of those cute coasters that will hold fluted glasses too......but this time I made some for me. Woohoo! lol

For these I used Riley Blake fabrics (love her stuff!!!!) for the fronts and a pair of Dax's old blue jeans for the back. They turned out sooooo cute!!

To get all of those coasters I only used two charm packs and part of one leg of the jeans. And I'm in love with them.

But that probably means I won't let anyone actually use them. LOL

I had a helper when I was trying to take these pictures. Can you see her paw in this one where she was trying to grab the camera strap?

Here she is helping again.....

Monday, June 6, 2011

Makings of a great weekend.....

My husband and I spent the weekend in San Antonio. My parents came to stay with the kids so we could have a little get-away.

It was a wonderful weekend, and how can you go wrong with time spent on the balcony outside our room with time spent stitching, drinking a diet pepsi, and eating mini oreos?

It's funny the shift in what makes for a good weekend get away after kids are in the picture. Just a little time to sit and stitch uninterrupted )and to be able to eat more than one little cookie before the whole package is wiped out) is like a little bit of Heaven. :0)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Another block done

I finally got another block finished in the birdie block of the month. This is the February block. (That's how far behind I am. *sigh* This whole raising a family thing takes a lot of time. LOL)

These are really cute and I'm determined to get this done. Goodness knows I don't need any more UFO's!!