A Couple of Cards


You probably think I have been slacking since before Christmas, right?  With K’s wedding approaching, I have been spending all of my free time working on things for her–and I can’t post them here until after the wedding.  So, please rest assured that I am still crafting away–and won’t be going postal any time soon!!

I have a few events coming up–a baby shower this weekend and a wedding next weekend.  Both of the women like the vintage/rustic/burlap and lace look–so I decided to make my life easy and make them both basically the same card.  (Is that cheating?)

I used Crumbcake and Pink Pirouette card stock–along with some Pink DSP and vellum, gold foil and gold embossing powder and some framelets.  Really simple and easy.  Added a lace border to finish it off.  

Luckily, the women aren’t so close that they will see each other’s card and call me a slacker!




It took me a year–

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So, last year, we were in Houston for Thanksgiving with my favorite Aunt, Uncle and Cousin–and Aunt Jeannie (that is, Crazy Aunt Jeannie) pulled out a boatload of old t-shirts that they had collected from their travels through the years.  She said, “I wish there was something we could do with these besides give them to charity.”  I told her that I would make them a quilt.

I don’t know what I was thinking–I have never made a quilt–t-shirt or otherwise–and I am not a great seamstress.  I sew a bit on my spiffy new machine the girls bought me a few years ago (thanks, sweeties!) but am not very good.  I guess I figured it was all straight lines so how hard could it be?

Side story–when pregnant with my eldest, I decided to sew bumper pads, a quilt, dust ruffle and curtains for the baby’s room.  I did this on the old machine (I think my mom got it when she graduated high school–in 1957) which tended to jam and without a pattern–because that is how I roll.  My ex-husband said, “You remind me of my mom when you sew.”  I thought that was sweet and asked him, “Do you have happy memories of your mom at the sewing machine?”  He said, “No–you cuss as much as she did when she was sewing.”

Anyway, I started this after we got home.  I measured all of the design areas and cut squares and rectangles in widths to make columns–and then decided which pieces should be in which column to make each one 84 inches tall.  (Once again, the planning part is not natural to me–this is as precise as I have ever gotten–and it WORKED!)

I sewed the pieces into columns and bought a king size velour blanket to use for the backing.  I really wanted to give this to them for Christmas of 2012–but, I had too much on my plate–and had to send them a photo of what was to come.  Then I put it away.  I looked at the strips and the blanket all year–and just mustered up the courage to finish it two weeks before Thanksgiving of 2013.

I sewed the strips together and decided to attach it to the blanket by topstitching down the column seams.  I measured and pinned–and unpinned and repinned at least 4 times before I got it anywhere close to even.  Then started topstitching near the middle.

If I wasn’t so competitive, I would have slashed it with scissors and thrown it in the fire.  Holy cow–the blanket I used was WAY too thick–and I had to roll up the edge to feed it through my machine.  it was so heavy that it was hard to keep on the machine–and I had to walk away a few times, drink wine, sleep and then start again.  After a few days, I was done.

There are some places where the blanket pulled–and got sewn into the topstitching with a buckle.  I asked my daughter if I should rip out those seams and re-do them.  She said, “They are old–they won’t see the mistakes.”  I told her, “Actually, they never see my mistakes.  If I stood on top of the Thanksgiving dinner table and wet my pants, they would applaud me for being so clever!”

Well, the reaction I got when I delivered the blanket this Thanksgiving made the process so worthwhile.  They loved the blanket–and kept talking about all the places they had been and their favorite travel memories.  They are gathering more shirts so that I can make one for my cousin next.  His will be backed with a sheet–not an inch thick blanket!

Have any of you made T-Shirt Quilts?  If so, will you share your secrets for success with me?  Thanks!

November Blog Hop


Welcome Back to the Blog Hop!  You should have just come from Caren’s blog here–if not, use the link to go back and check out her tags!

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Here are my Christmas tags–they are going to be a Thanksgiving gift for my favorite aunt and uncle.  One of my favorite holiday traditions is wrapping all of my aunt’s presents over Thanksgiving weekend.  She is quite a buyer–so we spend all day on Saturday watching football, eating leftovers and wrapping gifts.

So now, you will want to hop on over to Sami’s blog–enjoy!

Bits and Pieces




This is a card I made for a friend’s 50th birthday (youngster!) and the envelope was made using DSP and the new envelope punch board which I LOVE!!!  




And another with help from Sami–I had the thinlit dies for the words–and hadn’t used them yet–and wanted to make a Thanksgiving card.  I got all of the leaves on it–and, no matter what color word I tried, it kept getting lost in the leaves–so Sami and her magical talent pulled out the burlap ribbon (I always take out the stitching–that is the point of burlap, right?  To have fraying edges?) and I backed the “thankful” with that.  Can you guess who will get this card?  

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Yes, I have been temporarily MIA–work is crazy busy (praise God!) and I have been traveling–so slacking on the blog posts.  Have no fear, it’s not like I haven’t been crafting!  

So, Sami and I decided to have a Christmas card/tag day–she made the cards and I made the tags–and a box so that you can give them as a gift.  Mine will be going to my favorite aunt–I always wrap her Christmas presents when we visit them at Thanksgiving–we sit in her room with the door shut and the football games on and she writes the tags while I wrap the gifts.  My daughters think I am crazy, but I find it very soothing!  So, here is the box–



And here are the tags.  I didn’t make multiples of each like we did on Saturday–so I will be making more so that she has a full assortment!


Banner Blog Hop!


This month’s blog hop is one of my favorites–I love the new Build a Banner Kit and have had so much fun with different banners!!  You may be coming from this blog–isn’t Denise talented?

My eldest daughter is getting married in May–and my friend, Sami, hosted her first shower–a Pampered Chef shower.  I wanted to create a banner for the  shower that Kendall could also use for any other events in the future–so decided to make one with the word, “Celebrate”.  Here is the finished banner:


And this is what it looked like for the shower–with photos from the years they have dated.  Obviously, I think that, if a little is good, then a lot is fabulous!!  Remember, from here, you want to be sure to visit my mentor, my hero, my friend, Sami!Sept Blog Hop banner