Thursday, October 28, 2010

Heads Will Roll!....

...on Halloween night! We have a tradition at our house of either baking treats or creatively packaging store bought goodies. This year Kassidy and I have been busy making cute little treats with paper. We stamped and imbossed this cute little girlie skull...no scary stuff for us!

Then we cut lots and lots of paper....(this is only one nights worth!

We punched edges, scored, glued and stapled.


We put our favorite candy, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups in the middle with glue dots.


We tied bows for the finishing touch...


We've been working on them throughout the week because we made ALOT OF THEM!



Some of them we put in a big vintage bowl so that they will be ready for ghosts and goblins that will be showing up on our doorstep on All Hallow's Eve...

How about you?...are your treats and costumes ready?


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Monday, October 25, 2010

My Secret Project ...revealed!

I'm so excited! It seems like I have waited forever until I could show you what my secret project is....and now....today is the day!
But before I show you some rosey-cherry-daisy-polka dotty-gingham eye candy...

I am announcing the winner of my 1930's scraps giveaway.
The winner is Rhondi from "Rose Colored Glasses"....
Congratulations Rhondi....shoot me an email with your address and I'll ship your fabric to you ASAP!
A great big thank you with a cherry on top to everyone who left me all that bloggy love and entered the giveaway...watch for more giveaways coming soon!


Okay....now on to my obviously "not so secret anymore project".
I'm assuming that you can see I'm announcing my.... first fabric line!!!!!!....
called "Sew Cherry".....can I get a woot?
Oh my gosh...it's been sooo hard keeping this secret!
I'm excited that the line will come through Riley Blake which is a fairly new and also a very successful, creative company.
Designing my own fabric really is a dream come true and a long time in the making and I hope you all like what you see:)

Here is the story board showing the full line of "Sew Cherry". It will be displayed in the Riley Blake booth at Fall Market in Houston. It's now available for ordering through Riley Blake and the expected delivery will be in early spring!
"Sew Cherry" consists of 8 designs in 3 color ways with the addition of 3 solids (white,yellow and red) for a total of 27 different fabrics in the line.
Having the solids will be so helpful in all of the MANY, MANY patterns I have designed for the "Sew Cherry" line.

On the back of the story board you can see the dots that will be on the selvedge....showing all of the colors that I used in the line. I'm sure you aren't suprised by these colors as they are my normal palette to work with!



The colorways that I chose are....
Red and Yellow....



Blue and Brown...



...and Pink with Green.
All of the colorways have brown in them.


The main floral in Pink...




White.....



....and Butter Yellow.



I thought I would show you a larger view of the stripes as they were only able to put a small square photo of them within the colorways on the storyboard....


I chose to do the striped fabric in a large scale. I'm really happy with the way it turned out......the fabric is going to be so versatile to use in many projects .....and will also be perfect for fussy cutting!
I could only choose 3 colors to have my polka dot fabric and also my gingham fabric to be printed..... so I chose red, green and brown.
The other 3 colors that I wasn't able to choose were yellow, pink and blue....soooo....I put in them in as gingham and polka dots in the striped fabric! Yay! Now I have them in all six colors which is what I really wanted.
The polka dot sections in the stripe measure 5" wide and the gingham sections measure 3" wide so they will be plenty big enough to use for cutting quilt blocks and other things.

So there is the long explanation of my ginghams and polka dots!
And of course if you know me at all....I obviously would not design my first line of fabric without the addition of red gingham and also red polka dots.....both are my absolute favorite fabric to work with.
If you have been following my quilt designs throughout the years you know that I always use them in every quilt!


All of the images I am showing you are of course....on paper.
I won't be getting my actual fabric until after the first of the year:(
I can't wait to get my hands on it and sew it up into the patterns I have designed!....patience is NOT one of my virtues...LOL.
In the meantime....I am busy working on my second line....so what do you think my bloggy friends?
Do you like it?

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Who wants my scraps?...


Anybody?
Do you?
Well you just might get them because...
....I'm giving all of these scraps away in honor of my friend Jodi's newest bloggy venture, "Sew Scrap Along"..... go over to Pleasant Home and read all about it.... HERE


You'll be sew glad you did because you won't want to miss out on all the fun...
So be sure to join up with us!




Jodi is going to tell us how to organize our scraps so that they are ready to sew into several scrappy-licious projects.




She has already given us our first assignment for the Sew Scrap Along....read about it HERE


After you visit Jodi and join up...be sure to come back here and enter the giveaway to win my scraps! They are all 1930's reproduction fabrics and let me tell you...that box is fully loaded...I put in as many scraps as I could fit.

I will wrap them up just for you straight from my studio where they can be featured in your sew scrap project.

To enter...you know the drill.

Leave me a comment and become a follower of my blog.

Make sure that I can get in touch with you!

I will leave the giveaway open until midnight this Saturday.

I will announce the winner on Monday the 25th.
Good luck to you all and lets all have fun sewing scraps together!


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Monday, October 18, 2010

What I'm working on...

We are having a block exchange in my Clothesline Club this month. Soooo....better late than never...I thought I'd better get mine finished up in time for the exchange next week.

We are making blocks that are reminicent of the depression era. I need to make 30 blocks to exchange.


The rules are that they must be 8 inch finished...


We must use Kona Snow for the background...



And we must use 1930's reproduction fabrics.



I decided to make blocks from a pattern that I designed in 1998 called "Scrappy Spools"...



All 30 blocks are complete...I just have to add a little applique to each one and I'll be ready for the exchange!


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sabbath Song...

Autumn day, autumn day,
God gives richest gifts today.
Look on ev'ry side and see
Pleasant things for you and me.

Apples red and apples yellow,
Round and juicy, sweet and mellow,
Load the trees till they bend over
And thier branches brush the clover.

Child, be glad with all that lives,
But forget not God, who gives!

-Songs for Little People
Words & Music by A. B. Ponsonby

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Quick Apple Crisp...

Around here on Sunday afternoons....my family wants something sweet ...and something homemade ...and something that involves ice cream.

One of the apple trees that we have in our backyard is a fuji, and not only are they delicious to eat...but I think they are good for baking.
Any baking apple of your choice would work...

Slice and core about 6-8 apples.



Place them in a buttered dish....and preheat your oven to 350*...


Use a pastry blender and mix together...
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 nutmeg
and 1/2 cup softened butter.

Arrange mixture over the top of sliced apples...and bake 1/2 hour or until apples are tender.



Serve warm ....with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
The sweet taste of fall abundance.
Yummylicious:)

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