Monthly Archives: November 2012

Happy November Quilt and Decorations

november quilt

November Quilt and Decorations

The air is crisp and Thanksgiving is a little over a week away.  I can not believe how fast Fall is moving into Winter.  Fall and Spring are my two favorite times of the year.  As promised in my October post, I am once again posting a view of the dresser in my downstairs hallway.  Yes, it is VERY wide and there is space for a dresser, which I use to store seasonal decorations and it reminds me of my mom and my Grandma Stotts, so it warms my heart each day as I pass.

The Turkey quilt is another of the mini quilt from The Wooden Bear.  I just love these quilts and they are only 12″ x 12″, so they are fast to make and easy to store.  I did them all on the machine with a blanket stitch and Wonder Under Light.

thanksgiving turkey quilt

Thanksgiving Turkey Quilt

The scarecrow was a present from my good friend, Teresa.  I have had it several years, but I don’t have any information on the pattern.  Sorry! Isn’t he just the cutest thing!


Handmade scarecrow

There is the Fall table runner she made me.  I use it until I put out my Christmas decorations.

fall table runner

Fall Table Runner

Notice the glass handles on the dresser.  They are my favorite thing about this dresser, except for the fact that it was my Grandmother’s.  If you look closely on the shelf, you will see ceramic pilgrims and a turkey.  I made these for my mother in the 70’s and have placed them in her honor.  There is also an awesome card my friend Laura made for me several years ago.  Yes, I am a pack-rat and can not part with homemade cards.  The candle was made by my friend Val.  Thanks to all my crafty friends for the decorations.





Fabric Organization – part 2

Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus

I know the title of this post is fabric organization, but I couldn’t resist posting a picture of my Christmas cactus.  I was given a start for this plant from a former customer when I worked for the Post Office.  I learned that there are two types of Christmas cactus’.  One actually blooms at Christmas, but this one blooms two times a year, around Thanksgiving and around Easter.  Isn’t it beautiful.  The flowers don’t last long, so enjoy.

Fabric organization

Fabric organization

In an earlier post I showed you an under the bed fabric organization.  Those containers house the less than one yard pieces of fabric.  This is my solution for the fabric over one yard.  I was lucky enough to already have a closet that has been divided into @ 12 inch sections.  I now have the neatly fabric folded and divided by yardage.  1 to 2 yard pieces, 2 to 3 yard pieces and pieces large enough for  backing.

fabric organization

fabric organization

I then took it one step further and recorded the measurements in a photo album.

fabric measurement

fabric measurement

measurement album

measurement album



The album is stored here.  The next organization post with let you know what is in the box pictured here…

Happy First Anniversary Card for Ashley and Tim


One year ago today we stood on the beach and witnessed my daughter become the bride of Tim Fialkowski.  That was one of the happiest days of my life.  When your children are born I think we all have the same wish …that they are happy and healthy.   I have always told my children that family comes first.  I believe that with my whole heart.  So I feel blessed that my daughter found her “prince charming” and had a fairy tale wedding in front of a big pink castle.
As I reflected upon this happy occasion, I looked back on the reason I started this blog.  It was to showcase my creative journey.  This journey has been ongoing, but it was my daughter whom talked me into this blog.  So over the next few weeks I will be having a wedding post once a week where I showcase some of the creative projects we did for her fairy tale wedding.

You also need to understand that this wedding was so unlike my own.  We were married at St Nicholas Church with the reception at the local Knights of Columbus Hall, which is still about the only place to be married in our small town.  I think we only had cake and I am sure a couple of kegs of beer.  No cocktail hour or spa day for us.  No one did my nails and I am sure I even did my own hair. A” Plain Jane” wedding with homemade dotted swiss bride’s maid dresses.  So when I stepped into the lobby of this grand hotel, I felt like I had  stepped  into someone else’s life.  I still can not believe that is me in the picture.  It is remarkable what a day at the spa can do for a person!!

Happy anniversary stampin up card

Happy First Anniversary Stampin Up Card

This is the card I made for their first anniversary.

You will need:

Stampin Up products:  You can order them by clicking here!

Paper: Shimmer White, Marina Mist

Punches:  Word window Modern Label

Stamp Set: embellished Events

Pearl Basic Jewels

Organza Ribbon

Poppy Parade marker (retired)

Non Stampin Up item  –  Metal Forever tag and Pilot Silver marker ( not a real good idea–used it to stamp the glasses and it was hard to get off the stamp)

State Of Ohio shirt for the Buckeye Girl

state of Oh shirt

State of Ohio shirt

A one point in time the tourism bureau used the saying, “Ohio the Heart of it all.” So I guess this saying was the inspiration for the shirt.  My daughter saw a shirt similar to this one on Etsy and wanted one to wear to the Buckeye’s tailgate party.  I started by cutting the Ohio image out of freezer paper with my Cricut using the cartridge, “50 states.”  I cut several sizes using the “real dial size” and settled on 4 1/2 for the final product.

cutting freezer paper with the cricut

Cutting freezer paper with the Cricut

To get the freezer paper to adhere to the mat, I used my brayer to get the waxy side to stick.

trace the Oh image

Trace the Oh image onto Wonder Under

Oh image

Ohio image

I cut the image out of an old black t-shirt (I think her brother left it here, sorry Kris it now has a big hole in it).  She then wanted me to add a small heart @ were Columbus would be on the map.  I did a machine blanket stitch around the heart.


Marking placement

I then had her try the shirt on and I marked the placement with pins.  I practiced stitching one on an old paint shirt of mine and decided it needed something under it to stabilize the shirt while stitching.  I didn’t have any stabilizer, so I ironed on a piece of freezer paper and that worked great.

freezer paper

Freezer paper

The freezer paper was ironed onto the inside of the shirt.

compare the two shirts

Compare the two shirts

I don’t know if you can really see from the picture, but the rust colored shirt stretched when it was stitched without using the freezer paper under the stitching.  The gray and white striped shirt went on without stretching.  You will notice the small gray square inside the shirt.  This shirt was originally from The Gap, but was sold at our local discount store we call “Gabe’s” for $1.99.  I think the result came out great for $1.99.  Happy sewing!!

placement of the OH

Placement of the State of Ohio

We tried to get the Ohio image a little to the left and a little high so that we did not create a “bull’s-eye” with the heart.