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Happy St Patrick’s Day

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March St Partrick's Day  count on it quilt

March St Patrick’s Day Count on it quilt

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  This is my little quilt I made for March for my small quilt hanger.  I have posted some of my other small quilts in Oct and Nov.  This one is out of Nancy Halverston’s book, “Count On It”.  She has  one for every month and even one for a birthday.  I just love her designs and I have many of her books.

I spent Saturday scrapbooking with the M.A.D. scrappers and got most of my Easter cards finished.  Today, Sunday, I quilted with a few friends and got the Easter quilt done for this hanger.  I will post it later in the week.

I am sure you have noticed that I haven’t been posting any recipes.  I have been going to Weight Watchers and trying my best not to even think about food.  I will be having Easter at my house, so stay tuned for some great eats in the next couple of weeks.

I am still waiting on the warm weather and hope it gets here soon!  I hope someone told Mother Nature that Spring starts this week!

 

Construction Quilt

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Boy's Construction Quilt

Boy’s Construction Quilt

Well it’s about time!

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I would give you a peek at some of the quilts I have done on my long arm machine.  This is one I quilted for my good friend, Kathi.  She has been very busy this year and I have done several quilts for her.  This one was for one of her grandson’s.  I loved the use of the bright colors.

cobble stone quilting

cobble stone quilting

I tried some cobble stone quilting in the outer border.  I thought the trucks needed some pavement!

star quilting

star quilting

I repeated the stars that were in the blocks in the quilting.  I put large stars in the plain blocks and a little star rope in the white border.

I am hoping this will get me inspired to get back to the quilting machine.  It is kinda’ cold in the basement, so maybe the warmer weather will be the spark I need to get my engine going!

 

Happy New Year – Fitness Plan

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New Year's Tree

New Year’s Tree

Happy New Year!  First I wanted to share the New Year’s Tree that my niece, Kathleen made.  Isn’t is so cute.  Her mom has this little tree in her living room and they like to decorate it for Holidays.  I think this is the first time she has done New Year’s!  The rest of this Post is about my fitness plan, so if you are not interested, you can just go back to surfing the web.

Today is a time for reflection on the past and the start of a new future.  Mine today, as every day fitness (lack of it on my part) and weight.  I think these are probably the number 1 and number 2 resolutions made my most people on New Year’s Day.  It is so easy to start fresh on this first day of the new year, but it is the days and weeks that follow that are a struggle.  My struggle also starts today with my sister-in-law, Kelley’s “cabbage roll open house”.  Every year she makes over a 1oo cabbage rolls and friends and family gather to enjoy her cooking. I will have to admit I usually take a container and bring a couple home and of course there are also sweets involved.

Over the Holidays my brother stated that he has topped out on his weight.  What he meant was that his weight is at an all time high.  He works out and is fit, but he also likes to eat and is cursed with a wife (Kelley) who is a wonderful cook and packs him lunches that would feed a small country.  My sister and I have also topped out this year.  We have been texting inspiration and exercise stats since Christmas.  It hasn’t helped me yet since this is my BMI this morning on the Wii.  Notice how chunky my little person is!

BMI

N BMI on the Wii

This doesn’t even tell the entire story, since it is 10:15 am and the days weight is not listed.  I have also found that if your batteries are weak or you use a battery pack in your Wii balance board, you get a lower weight.  No I didn’t show my weight, but by my scales did and it was highter than the Wii so this BMI should be even higher.  I think we will start here and hope the trend starts to go down.

workout stamp

Workout stamp

This is how the Wii Fit Plus program tracks your workout routine.  You get a stamp if you even visit it during the day.  You can not cheat and go back and stamp days that you don’t visit, so this is my goal, I will have at least 28 stamps by Jan 31st.  I am going with 28 since I will be going on at least one out-of-town trip and will not be taking my Wii.

Fitbit

Fitbit

I also purchased one of these little numbers.  A Fitbit!  It is an activity tracker that uploads to a free website so that you can track your steps and activity.  It also has an app for your phone if it is 4S, but mine is only 3S, so I don’t have that feature.  Just to keep me on track you may see some numbers on the bottom of future posts such as:

steps  10,000 (goal)

BMI  22 (well I know that won’t happen, but I would like to get it @ 24 or less)

Good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions and I hope this is the year I can stick to mine.

Personalizing Vinyl Toys

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vinyl toys

personalizing vinyl toys

Mickey Font

Mickey Font

My sister bought her grandchildren matching desks for Christmas and of course we wanted to avoid any fighting over which desks was theirs, so I went to my trusted Cricut for a solution.

Mickey Font Cricut

Mickey Font Cricut

I decided on the Mickey Font Cricut Cartridge for the lettering.  I just cut the letters out 2″ high using  black vinyl.  I then peeled off the back and centered them on the desk.  The letters are easily removable if you want to reposition them or remove them altogether.  This desk was from Step One, but you could easily add vinyl cutouts to Little Tykes or any other vinyl toy.  It only took about a 30 minutes to complete from start to finish.  In fact it took me longer to do this post than it took to actually letter the desks.  Now all that is left is to deliver them on Christmas Eve.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Tooth Fairy Pillow

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tooth fairy pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow

What is that saying?  Waste not want not…make do, do without, use it up…Oh, something like that!  My friends all know I am a great scrap saver and saver (hoarder) of all things that might be used later.  It is a good thing I have a hubby who keeps me in check.  I have been known to save the littlest scraps of paper and fabric.  Well my “hoarding” saved the day when it came to making a tooth fairy pillow for my BBF friend, Francie.  It was not for her exactly, it was for her grandson Dereck.  She had been telling me for about a month that he had a loose tooth and was going to need a tooth fairy pillow.  I got on Pinterest and couldn’t find one that looked “manly”. So I got to thinking and came up with the idea to make one out of a pair of jeans.  The original idea was to make one with an old pair of HIS jeans, but his tooth kept getting looser and the jeans never appeared.  I started looking in my “hoard” and found the legs of a pair of Cassidy’s jeans that we had cut off to make her shorts earlier in the summer.  (didn’t work though, got them way too short) Have I mentioned that she is a lot taller than me?  I had a long length of jeans to work with.  I decided to make it easy on myself and use the existing seams, so I just cut off the ragged bottom of the jeans and cut about a 8 1/2 inch length of jean.

tooth fairy pillow

Jeans for tooth fairy pillow

Next I was going to need a tooth.  I am not that talented when it comes to drawing, so I went to my trusty Cricut and found a tooth on “A Child’s Year” cartridge.  It was a little “pointy” for my taste, so I cut it out of freezer paper and rounded the “roots”.  I then ironed it onto felted wool to use for my tooth pocket.

tooth image

paper tooth on left/ wool tooth on right

Now I needed a pocket for the all important money.  I drafted a jeans pocket on freezer paper and cut it out and ironed it onto a scrap of jean fabric from the upper part of the leg of the same pair of jeans.  Make sure your “tooth” will fit on the pocket.

jean pocket

Jean Pocket

I then cut out the pocket leaving @ a 1/2″ around each side.

jean pocket

Cut out jean pocket

If you look closely at the picture, you can see I ironed the freezer paper pocket to the right side of the jean material.  I then took the pocket to the ironing board and pressed the sides to the back using the freezer paper for my guidelines.

jeans pocket

Pressed jeans pocket

I  guess my shadow got in the way on this picture, but I hope you can get the idea.   Two sides are pressed to the back in this picture.

jeans pocket

Pressed Jeans pocket

Once all sides are pressed, sew around the  pocket to keep the sides in place.

jeans pocket

Jeans pocket stitched

Now blanket stitch the wool tooth to the pocket, leaving the top open.

tooth pillow

Tooth sewn own pocket

Now the tricky part, I pinned the pocket on the jean and carefully sewed the pocket to the pillow part of the jean leg.  I admit this was pure laziness on my part.   Then turn the leg inside out and sew one open end completely across.  Sew the other end and leave an opening for the stuffing.

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Seams sewn on Tooth Fairy Pillow

Turn the pillow right side out and press.

tooth pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Forgot to save the rotated image, but you get the idea!  Now stuff your pillow and slip stitch it closed.

tooth pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow made from recycled jeans

Happy Birthday Dave

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cricut stampin up card

Birthday card made with the Cricut and Stampin Up

The newest member of our family recently had a birthday.  He just bought a Harley this summer, so I thought he might enjoy this card.  It was made with my Cricut. I used the “Going Places” and “Graphically Speaking” Cricut cartridges.  If you would like to order paper products to make this card you can click here.

Ronk Wedding – Cricut /Stampin Up card

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Cricut Wedding Card Stampin up

Wedding card cut with the Cricut using Stampin Up paper

This is the fifth and final post on the Ronk Wedding.  It is the card I made using my Cricut and Stampin Up paper.

You will need:

Wild Card cartridge

Wisteria Wonder & White Stampin Up card stock

Wisteria Wonder ink pad or marker

Road to Happiness stamp set

Versa mark ink

Silver embossing powder

sheet of vellum

rhinestones

ribbon

The card is a 8 1/2  x 11 sheet of White paper folded in half.  I cut the Wisteria Wonder images with the Wild Card cartridge.  I put the couple and words on the front of the card and then added the sheet of vellum, ribbon and rhinestones.

Cricut Wedding Card Stampin Up

Inside of the Wedding card cut with the Cricut using Stampin Up paper…

I embossed the car and cans with silver embossing and stamped the saying and wedding couple with Wisteria Wonder ink.  These items may be purchased here.

And they lived happily ever after

Bride

Bride on the first day of the Honeymoon
groom

Notice the Groom kept with the umbrella wreath theme in his drink