Vintage and Vino Event – Queencreek, AZ

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I am so excited to be participating in this event next month!  There will be vintage, antique good, handmade, lots of wine, mimosas, good food and live music!

Stay tuned for some pictures of new table runners, pillows, towels and other goodies that I will be getting ready to take to the show, and posting available in the shop!

Cheryl

 

 

Crafty Ideas: Fall Crafts and Decorating

With fall fast approaching, I decided that I would scour the internet and some of my favorite blogs and websites looking for some great ideas for Halloween and fall decorating.  Here are a few that I found that I am thinking about doing myself:

 Love this sign!  Jump over to lil blue boo and view Ashley’s tutorial on how to make it.

How about this Jute Monogram Wreath over at the HGTV website?

Look at these cute little soft squash!  Great craft to do with the kids!

Look at this great fall wreath!  How-to’s over at MarthaStewart.com

Love this door arrangement, again over at MarthaStewart.com

Over at A Little Tipsy, Michelle has the cutest Halloween projects! Here are a couple of them, but stop by and check out the rest!

OK, I thought that I would look for some recipes to add.  I love fall baking!

The Bakery Spot has a list of 35 of yummy recipes, as you can see from the pictures above, for goodies to make using pumpkin, apples, and cinnamon.  All my favorites!

I think these crafting and baking ideas will get me started.  If you do any of these crafts, or bake any of these goodies, let me know and share pictures!  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Fall!!

Prizes, Decorations and Candy!

This is such a busy season, shopping, making gifts, baking, cleaning, decorating, school programs and all of those things that make the holidays what they are to each of us. I thought that I would share a couple of things that have been happening at my home during this ‘most wonderful time of the year’…..

As a lot of you may know, Sew Mama Sew just had their ‘Giveaway Day Dec 2, 2009.’ The work we’ve been doing on our house prevented me from participating this year, although I did get by a handful of blogs to enter a few of their contests, and find some new creative inspiration. Well, I won a prize! I received it a couple of days ago, an Olfa Circle cutter!

I received it from Amanda Herring.  She has a wonderful blog called “The Quilted Fish“.  And some great ideas for using this cutter for making circle mousepads for gifts!

I’ve been thinking that a circle quilt is just what I will need to be working on after the first of the year!

Next, I made this wonderful potpourri Christmas decoration from directions that Terri over at Terri’s Notebook has so generously shared with everyone…..

I used a fairly large jar that has bubbles in the glass, and an old crocheted doily that has roses and green leaves around the outside edge.  It works perfectly, and you can smell the pine potpourri’s subtle fragrance that comes from the small amount of warmth of the lights. So stop over and see Terri and her tutorial.  This would make a wonderful gift for a friend!

And next, a sweet treat that I made today, that I just have to share!

This is Cardamom Fudge.  I had never heard of it before, but I picked up an issue of Country Living Magazine – British Edition, and this was included in their baking/candy section.  I made mine with a mixture of dark and light brown sugar so it is a little darker than what they show in the magazine.  It is fairly rich and has a slight caramel flavor.  The recipe can be found here.

We have a bit more work to finish on the house before we put it on the market.  We’re hoping for next month. My bathroom is torn apart as I sit here typing, new tile on Friday and Saturday and the floor will be grouted tomorrow.  New faucets installed there as well, and a new sink in the laundry room.  Yesterday a new sink and faucet was installed in the kitchen.  Unfortunately, this means that I may not have the time to come by and write until after Christmas. I do miss being here, and I try to stop by to see a few of your blogs each day.

I want to thank each and every one of you for coming by and offering your support and encouragement throughout the last year.  I want to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday and the very best for the New Year.  I hope to be back on a regular basis soon.

Take care,     Cheryl

 

 

Family

This week has been geared toward family.  Both at home, and at work.

Wednesday was my daughter’s birthday.  She just turned 26 (how can she be so old, when I’m so young? sigh!)

Kathryn 2009
Kathryn 2009

She requested a white cake, raspberry filling, and cream cheese frosting,

Birthday Cake
Birthday Cake

Nothing fancy.  You’re never too old to have mom bake your birthday cake!  And she loved it!

Yum!
Yum!

Then there was the baby shower at work.  I made Lindsey this little basket,

Peter Rabbit Basket
Peter Rabbit Basket

And I filled it with little girl baby clothes, which I didn’t take a picture of.

Baby Shower Potluck
Baby Shower Potluck

It was a potluck so I made a taco bean dip, (you can kind of see it in the middle of the picture).  Lots of food!

Baby Gifts
Baby Gifts

And she received lots of gifts.  This is as far as I got at the shower.   I had to run off for a conference call.  But I did let Lindsey know that she has one more gift coming from me! ( shhhhhhh!  The baby quilt, I didn’t tell her what it was.)  I will have it done by time the baby arrives!

Tomorrow morning I will be flying out to Tulsa to see my in-laws.  My husband is already there.  It should be a relaxing weekend.  I’m going right now to get some fabric and supplies together.  Maybe I can get a start on some more projects or some hand sewing done!

I hope that you enjoy your weekend!  Thanks for coming by!

Bread

Ok, it’s early, and I couldn’t think of anything witty to call this post..

I have found that most people that love to sew and quilt, also love to bake!  So,  I thought that I would share the loaf of bread that I made last night, in between piecing a quilt top (which I hope to have done to show you tonight!):

bread

I got the recipe from a book called  ‘Artisian Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.’  It is a quick, no knead refrigerator bread, and everything they say about the success and ease of making this bread is right!  This loaf is made of white flour, but I have substituted whole wheat for a part of the recipe with great success.

They have several other recipes in the book, I’ve only gotten this far.  Here’s a link to the recipe and some of the vital information that explains the process in more depth.  The link is to Mother Earth News Magazine.  I guarantee that if you like homemade goodness, you will love it!

Home Decor, Quilts, Giveaways, Baking…..

It’s been a busy end of the week, and weekend!  I’m sorry that you haven’t heard from me.  I’ve just been trying to get things done!

First of all, I had some new honeycomb blinds delivered for my bedroom.  I measured and ordered them online.  My old ones held up well, but were coming apart.  So I got some that are room darkening this time.   Our bedroom has a lot of windows, and they face Southeast.  So the room gets a lot of the hot summer sun for most of the day.  Anyhow, I put them up on Saturday.  And after doing that, I was reminded by the empty rods hanging over the windows, that I still had some shear curtains that I had started (I’m embarrassed to tell you how long ago) stashed away in the closet. So I got them out and finished them! I used some wide white grosgrain ribbon to tie them back.

Sheers
Sheers

Here is just a peek of a couple.  On the left is one of the windows, there is another one farther to the left, which has a panel that hangs on the left side of the window.  The one on the right is one of two that frame a section that includes a window, door then another window.  They go almost to the floor.  I just thought that the sheers would keep the room from feeling heavy and add just enough to make it comfortable and serene feeling, with the light blue walls.  What a relief to get them up!  I dislike sewing sheer fabric because it slips so easily.  But my walking foot helped tremendously!  I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before!

Next, I completed my giveaway item for the Sew Mama Sew May giveaway that will be taking place on May 27.  I won’t show you now, but please come back by on Wednesday and leave a comment to be included in the drawing!  I have made an item, and then there are other items included for you to use to sew and craft with, so stop back by!  And to find out more about it, you can click on the link in my sidebar or….

Click Here!!
Click Here!!

Next, I am starting another baby quilt!  It will be a Flying Geese pattern and made of white and orange:

Flying Geese Fabric

I have been looking and looking at this fabric in my stash, and I think it will be great! I can’t wait!  I’ll keep you posted.

And last but not least, I love to bake!  I made some Snickerdoodle cookies today from Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook. If you’d like the recipe click on the picture below:

Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodles

I post my baking and cooking recipes over at my other blog – All My Eggs.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I hope you are enjoying some time with family and friends and doing something special for yourself!

The Weekend Edition

Saturday was a busy day, here’s what I’ve been up to:

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These are decorations that I put on my Etsy site.  And these lined gift bags will go up today:

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And you saw the Christmas trees that I finished on my post from yesterday.

I also baked up some sugar pumpkins for my Thanksgiving pies:

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And I made some whole wheat waffles that I put into the freezer for easy breakfast this week:

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I wonder what today holds?  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!