A Frosty Sunrise

My how time goes by!  It’s already past the middle of January of a new year!  I just took the picture in my header this morning.  The orange was so intense when I first spotted it, but just the few minutes it took me, to first check for new e-mail, and answer questions regarding shop listings, etc, it changed completely.  But I thought it was still worth taking.  Only 27 degrees, a hard frost, and the sun rising.  It’s going to be a good day!

I have been sewing and sewing, mostly to restock the shop.  But I do have pictures that I would like to share with you, from my completed, yes you read that right, completed projects from the end of 2012.

Colin's quilt

Here is the quilt that I finished for our new grandson, Colin.  He was born in November, a sweet little guy…

Colin - Newborn

I took some of the extra fabric and made him some matching washcloths..


And then I made him a matching fabric basket with his name on it.


I purchased an embroidery machine in November so that I can do projects like this one, and some monogramming on items in the shop, more on that later.


And this was the quilt label that I machine stitched for the back of the quilt.

We also had another grandson in August, my son’s….

Zane - Newborn

Ducky Hamper

I picked up this old wicker hamper, which was somewhat beat up and all white, and painted it for baby Zane.  I thought that the ducky should be blue to match his room, and I made a new liner for it. I also made a fabric basket and covered memory board with the blue checked fabric, but gave it away before I took some pictures!

Like most people, I look to the new year to make resolutions, or promises if you will, of what I would like to accomplish or do differently this year.  I’ve decided to keep it simple this year, since I know how things change as time goes on.  One promise that I made myself was to finish the projects that I have started, and I have some that have been around for a long, long time, before I start new ones.  And I have tons of new ones that I would like to do.  So I am doing just that.

Lap Quilt

I don’t know if anyone remembers this lap quilt, but it has been setting in the closet folded up and waiting to be completed.  I actually had it all machine quilted and ready for the binding.  Then I noticed that all of the quilting needed to be removed.  The tension on my machine, don’t know how I missed it, but it was off.  And the stitching on the back looked terrible.  So I have started removing it.  I am about half way done.  This will be my first project to get completed. And I have someone in mind that I will be giving it to.

Then on to this one……

Orange Sherbert Quilt top

This is my Orange Sherbert Quilt.  I only did the top, then never assembled the quilt.  It is a crib size quilt, so I guess you know where I may be going with this one?

I have other projects, but lets just get these couple done first, ha, ha!

What projects are you tackling this year?  Please share with me! Maybe we can support each other and get them done!

Enjoy your day!


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!!

Signs of Spring

I am having a slowwww adjustment period, moving from Arizona to Washington.  There have been very few days without rain, and I am use to the blue skies of Arizona, and this time of year, the warmth.  This isn’t a complaint, I am just admitting that it is taking a little more time than I thought it would.  Today, since the rain seems to have taken a break,  I took a few moments to get out and investigate a little closer, the things that I have been looking at through the windows, some signs of spring.

There are several gardens on our property, all of them needing my attention.  I am so thankful that the previous owner enjoyed seeing spring flowers.  She planted several sets of bulbs all around the property, including the wooded area behind the house.

There are several bushes showing signs of life, new leaves appearing and buds bringing the promise of future flowers….

This plant (yes, I need to research and find out the names of all of these plants.  I only know a few of them) has beautiful blossoms, and now new growth, where the red appears at the end of the branches.

I find this bush very striking!  The coral looking leaves have been changing, as the weather changes.  I think it’s hard to see, but at the ends of the branches it looks like there is a very small blossom.

As I wandered around, I found many more plants blooming than I realized there were from inside.  What a wonderful way to get some inspiration for spring projects!

Thanks for stopping by!


Coming Up This Week…….

The owls came back and had their babies in the same saguaro cactus this spring…..


Baby Owls 2010
Baby Owls 2

They are so adorable!

Cactus Blooms

And the cactus have all been blooming. Here are a few blooms from the walkway up to my house……


Spring has come and gone…..


Now it is getting hot!!!!

This week I will be posting up a book review, peeks of my revamp of my sewing area, and a new Etsy shop review.  I hope that you come back by and visit.  Let me know what you have been up to?




Take care, and enjoy your Monday!



A Little Spring Color Inspiration…..

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to inspire…..


Rolls and Rolls of Color!


I found these small packages of ribbon at Target, in their $1 bins as you go in the door.  I thought that they were so sweet, I had to have one of each color!  Each reel is only 1/2 yard, but I thought that they would be great for some of the small projects that I have planned for this spring and summer!


My Main Ribbon Drawer...


I mixed them all in my main ribbon drawer.  Look at all of the wonderful color!  The sun is peeking through the window and casting a small amount of light on them.


Lace Drawer


And I knew that the lace drawer would not want to be left out! :)

And here is the latest fabric basket added to my Etsy and Artfire shops.  This is the large one.  The outside is made of vintage floral cotton fabric, a pale blue cotton lining, and warm and natural batting as the interfacing.


Large Fabric Basket of Vintage Floral Cotton


Spring is showing up everywhere!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by,

Take care,


My Pumpkin Patch

I have been growing my own pumpkin patch here….

Pumpkin w/Sunflower

Small Pumpkin

Berries & Corn Pumpkin

Pumpkin w/BirdnestThis has been keeping me busy this past week.  I took a couple into work that I had left from the batch that I had made last year (I think that I had sold about 8 of them last year)……


These are just a few.  I can’t seem to keep up with the orders at work!  But I love it!  Since fall seems to be slow coming here, these have really made it seem more like the season!

I’ll be posting more about what I’ve been up to in the next couple of days.  For now, enjoy the fall and planning the upcoming holidays!

Take care, Cheryl.

A Piece of Fall

I keep waiting for fall to appear here.  I thought that I had a peek at it last week, when the low temperature was about 42° for a couple of mornings.  But here it was in the 90’s today, and it’s November 3! Arghh!

So I am looking around the house for some way to make it feel like fall.  And then I remembered that I made this little fall wall quilt last year!

Fall Pinwheels
Fall Pinwheels

It’s about 12″ or so across, and about 20″ in length.

Button Flowers
Button Flowers

I added these orange buttons, and did a satin stitch on my machine to make the stems and leaves.

Fall Wall Hanging

I love the sunflower fabric, and how it pops out in the quilt!

This will help inspire me to do my quilt for the Fall Quilt Swap!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

Take care,