Beautiful Blue Table Runners!!


Blue is such a wonderfully relaxing and comforting color!  No matter where you live, it can remind you of the sky, the water, a relaxing day at a spa. Blue will work in any environment.

These pretty blue table runners are made from a wonderful soft and nubby 100% cotton fabric that is reminescent of old fashioned grainsacks. Just added to the shop, these wonderful runners are a great way to add color and warmth to your home for the spring and summer months.

If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, stop by Vintage and Vino in Queencreek May 18 & 19 and see them in person.  I’ll have some available for you there!




Handmade Christmas – Gifts for Men

I thought that I would start with gift ideas for men.  I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to find unique gift ideas to make for the men in my life. So better start now!  LOL!

Here is what I have come up with so far (and I will add more as I come across some good ideas).  I hope that you find something that you will like to make, or get inspiration from one of these projects:

Applique Baseball Pillow from BHG.  Perfect for that Sports fan! Put his favorite team name on it!

How about some handmade soap scented with his favorite scent?  Here is a tutorial from Rachel over at Small Notebook that is for beginners.  The perfect thing to learn while there is still plenty of time!  And you may decide to make plenty for others on your list as well! (I can’t wait to make some!)

Personalized Towels.  This is a nice way to take a towel in his favorite color and personalize it as a one of a kind gift.  A great idea to make if you have several men and boys that you need gifts for!  Also works as a last minute gift idea!

How about a Blue Jeans Quilt? Over at there is a pattern that tells you step by step and has diagrams that are very helpful.  A great way to recycle those old jeans!

Here’s a peanut brittle that is sure to please!  From the Food Network, Alton Brown shares a yummy recipe!

Here is a how-to from Martha Stewart for no-sew slipper socks.  Boy these look great!  Easy to make for all of the men on your list!

Or how about this easy belt rack to help him keep organized in the closet? (OK, I know, boring….but it could be appreciated!) Maybe add a couple of new belts?

Here is a how-to to knit a scarf for your favorite guy!  You can customize it by selecting his favorite color, or using a yarn of your choice.  Sure to be appreciated by men of all ages!

I hope that you will find some ideas here that help you get a start on your Christmas gifts.

Take care, and thanks for stopping by!


Handmade Christmas – Links to Gift Tutorials

If you ‘re like me, you have a long list of gifts that you would like to make for family, friends, and neighbors for Christmas.  Now is the time to get started! I have assembled a list of tutorials and instructions for some handmade gift ideas to get you going.  I will be adding to this list as I find other projects throughout the next couple of months, so check back frequently.

Of course I have to add my link for my fabric bucket/basket tutorial.  This would make a wonderful gift with other items added to make a gift basket for the recipient.

I also have included my tutorial for a needle keeper/holder.  A nice stocking stuffer on it’s own, or make a sewing basket for someone just learning to sew or doing other needlework.  Make the fabric bucket and add a needle keeper along with other sewing goodies to make a sewing basket.

Here are some quilted coasters from Martha Stewart‘s website.  A great stocking stuffer or gift for a friend or co-worker.



Here is a potholder/oven mitt that would be great for yourself or added to a set with towels etc.  Make it in holiday fabrics and add to a batch of cookies for a friend.


Here is a pattern to download for free for a set of teen matching pj bottoms and top.


Here is a ‘Everything Pocket Bag’ from Chickpea Sewing Studio. She has a downloadable PDF or Word document.



Over at Sew Mama Sew, here are links for 2009, 2008, and 2007 for some great gift ideas that they linked up to.  I am sure that there will be another collection this November, so watch for it!  Well worth it!

Here is an adorable backpack over at the Moda Bakeshop.  Contributed by Tiffany – Tiny Seamstress.  So cute!


Over at Purl Bee, there are tons of wonderful gift ideas.  Here is a link to some blankets, mostly for baby, but thinkd outside the box and make them larger for teens, moms, dads, friends and neighbors!


Have people on your list that you would like to make an apron for?  Here is a list from Tipnut of 40+ free apron patterns and tutorials.  Sew, sew, sew!



Here is a cute ‘Sewing Companion Case’ that would be a wonderful gift for a sewing friend.



Here is a ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’ quilt pattern for a baby quilt, although I am sure you can enlarge it to whatever size you would like it to be without a problem.  I like the jigsaw pattern and bright colors in this one!


I will be adding more links as time goes by, but this should give you a good start on some projects and places to look.

Have fun!


Handmade Ornaments Links


Vintage Felt Stocking Ornament

Only 17 weeks until Christmas!!!  OK, don’t panic, but there is ONLY 17 WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!

It’s time to start getting some of those handmade presents and Christmas ornaments and home decorations made, if you haven’t started yet.  I know that every year I think that I will get everything done and I am always working on something at the last minute.  I thought I would put together links to some ideas to get you started (ok, to get me started too!)

The Better Homes and Gardens website has some beautiful ornaments to make.

Martha Stewart’s website always has some wonderful and creative ornaments.

Here is a recipe to use with kids to make dough ornaments.

Ideas for taking things around the house and making them into ornaments.

Here is a link of fun ornaments that can be made with the kids, inexpensively.

There are several links here, for the TLC channel, of various themes of Christmas ornaments for you to choose from. They have western, victorian, country, kid themes and more.

Here is a link that has a lot of ornaments that would be great to do with kids.

Link for a quilted ball ornament.

Link for a beaded crochet snowflake.

Link for some cute ornaments that are pet related, for baby, breast cancer awareness ribbon and a peace sign.

Cute crochet snowman ornament.

Here is a cute mitten ornament from oliver + S.

Some cute primitive country ornaments.

Homemade Angel Christmas Tree Ornament.

Several more sewn ornaments (a variety).

Fabric star ornament.

Here is a fabric scrap ball, a great way to use up those little scraps from your quilting projects.

For some fun and interesting reading, here is a link to some History of the Christmas Ornament.

This should get you (I mean us) going for now!  I will be adding more links as I find them, so check back for more!

Next week I will post some tutorials for items that would make wonderful gifts!

Thanks for stopping by!


Edit:  I will be posting the new links down here:

Crochet Christmas Ornaments from CraftStylish.

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



I’d Like You to Meet Ted…..

I know that his name is not very original, but it really suits him.  Ted has been a WIP for quite some time.  I finally made the decision that he needed to come to life!

It just wasn’t fair to leave him partially done, lying on the sewing table.

Ted is 4 1/2″ tall standing, and only 3″ tall when sitting.  He is entirely hand sewn from ultrasuede, so he is verrrry soft!

His arms and legs are attached with some pretty brown buttons…

He’s hoping that someone will go to my Etsy shop and adopt him.  Give him as a loving gift, and maybe even give him a more original name!  Oh Please!!  LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Take Care,    Cheryl

By the Bucket Full!

Hi!  Sorry I haven’t been posting here, but there really hasn’t been much to post about!  I’ve been up to my ears in work, some on the house, some getting ready for others to work on the house, a special custom order from my Etsy shop, and a couple of items ready to put in the shop.

It gets dark early here now, usually fairly dark by about 5:30, so it’s been hard for me to get any pictures taken of anything that I’ve sewn.  And since my sewing space is in my bedroom, and we are having some work done in there, I haven’t really been able to get to my sewing table.  Challenging all the way around. But tonight I managed to get a couple of pictures taken outside, of some baskets/buckets that I’ve completed:

The custom order I received was for a large bucket, made of the same fabric as this small one.  I didn’t get a picture because I finished it on Friday night, and put it in the mail on Saturday morning.  Destination:  Singapore!  Yes, one of my buckets/baskets in Singapore!  I really have trouble holding back my enthusiasm! It’s so hard to believe that something made by my hands is that far away!

This floral bucket/basket is the size of the basket that I sent.  This one is out of the same fabric from Moda that I used last summer.  I just posted this one up in my shop.

And here is another small one that I completed:

I had just a fat quarter of this fabric, which is just one of my favorites!  I am listing this one in my shop as well.  I think that these bucket would make wonderful gifts on their own, or to fill with other things, and use as a part of the gift!

How about some yarn, or some sewing supplies, or chocolate goodies!

I have a couple more cut out and partially assembled out of coffee sack printed burlap bags.  I absolutely love them, and will post them up when they’re complete.

Until I get a little more order around here, which should be by the weekend I think (which should last for at least a couple of days) I may not get much sewing done.  But I am planning!!!  I have had all of my Christmas sewing and craft books out, and my patterns and I have a ton of ideas!  I’ve even started a couple of Christmas gifts.

What are you working on now?  Decorations?  Gifts? Please share with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Take care,  Cheryl