Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mug Mat Received from Debbie

  This is the mug mat that I received from Debbie is the swap held by Donna.
Check out her blog to see the wonderful things that she makes.
Be sure to check out Debbie's blog Mosaic Magpie.  She does
the most gorgeous crazy quilting.

Aren't the blues just the prettiest?  Blue is my favorite color,
especially when it comes to clothes.

I love the toile fabric that she used, and the decorative stitching.

The ric rac is an added touch.

This is the back side which is just as lovely as the front.

A close up of the applique.

Isn't this a cute tag that she made.

This heart is an example of her fancy stitching which is just
lovely.  I'll have to use it on something sweet for myself.
This was such a great swap.  Thanks Donna for hosting.
Thanks to Debbie for this great gift.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

V is Vintage Valentine

I am way behind on my 4X4 Alphabet swap for my Yahoo Group.
No excuse, I just kept putting it off.
So today I started the last five cards- v, w, x,y,  and z.
I finished the V so I am going to mail it off to my swap
partner today.  Hooray, one down and four to go.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mug Mat Swap

I participated in the mug mat swap that Donna hosted this month.
My partner was Debbie from Mosaic Magpie who is a very good crazy quilter.  Not that
she is crazy, but that is a type of quilting for those of you who don't quilt.

The above is the mug mat that I made for her.   She had said that
she liked robin's egg blue, but that the room she would use it
in, is red, green, and beige.   So that's why I used the
colors I did.  I also used a print with a bird on it
because she likes birds.   Since she is a crazy quilter I did
some fancy stitches with my machine.  She also likes vintage
so I added a round vintage crocheted circle, and added
some buttons.

The mug mats are very easy and satisfying to make, and thanks to Donna you can find a
tutorial on her blog Brynwood Needleworks .  You won't be able to make
just one.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

More Ditty bags

I had so much fun making the "ditty bag" from Beth Leintz's  Gathering Dust (Check the right side of her blog under recent posts-Feb. 2011.) that I decided to make a few more.  Here are two that I made for two blog friends.  I hope that each will be surprised when they receive their gift.

                                 I made another turquoise one like I made for my daughter.
  I made the bag out of muslin and used vintage trim, except for the button.  Unlike most crafters I
     don't have many vintage buttons that are attractive, so I chose this one from Jenny Bowlin.

I also gave this a short tea bath.

In honor of Valentine's Day
I made the next one red.

I also used some vintage trim on this one.
I also gave it a very short tea bath, beacause I didn't want
the reds to run.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Denim Jumper

I love to go to the Salvation Army Thrift Store looking for things.
What things? you may ask.
Nothing in particular, just anything that strikes my fancy.
A few weeks ago I purchased this child's denim jumper for my granddaughter
I decided that I would fancy it up a bit.
To be truthful, I went to a craft fair at Christmas and someone
was selling children's denim clothes that had been
decorated.  She was sure selling a lot of them, and of course
I thought, as I usually do, I can do that.

This is what I did.

I bought the applique at either Michael's or Joann's.  I just can't remember where, but both
stores sell them.  I thought the owl was cute, and MI daughter just
decorated Sarah's bedroom wall with a vinyl tree
with owls on it.  It is so cute.
So I thought Sarah would like the owl also.

I made a friend through a swap, who has an etsy shop called Bird nests and Paper.
I like to visit the shop because she has vintage and "garage sale" type goods
that are reasonably priced. 
I bought the red eyelet trim for her and I knew that I wanted to put
it on the bottom of the jumper.

I love the way it turned out and I think Sarah will too.


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