Monday, November 27, 2006

It's That Time

Time to start putting up the Christmas decorations. I do very little decorating anymore, since I'm "decorating" a craft booth every weekend. That doesn't leave much time to do your own house and besides, I'm a little burnt out by the time the shows are done.

This is a quilt I made last year. I used all my favorite snowmen pattern from about 6 different books. It's one of my favorites.

It hangs on the wall in the living room and is the first thing you see when you come in the door.

Here's the snowmen decoration I painted for my brother, all lit up.

And last, but certainly not least, this is the reason why I paint for my brother and he goes all out for his decorating. This is the youngest of the three kids. Alex didn't want to pose with any of the new decorations -- he only wanted to be with "Papa Noel."

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Making a List. . . .

Hello everyone! I checked my counter yesterday and was absolutely amazed at how many people have stopped by. Thanks so much!! Guess I should give you something to look at and read huh?

Well, I made a list of things I need to get done in the next month or two and things that need to be done right at the first of the year. I've been getting so many orders and requests, I figured it was time to write them down or something was going to fall through the cracks and I'd be in panic mode. Here it is:

Quite a bit there. Kind of frightening in a way. The frog quilt top is pieced, but needs borders and everything else. It is for my mother for Christmas so it takes top priority. Next is the dog pillow. This is for the same person that commissioned the doggie memorial quilt that I've blogged about before. All the other items are just in my head (ha!). Guess I need to spend this long weekend trapped in the sewing room, but that won't be possible.

I did get a project done for my brother. My brother adopted 3 children from Columbia, South America. They arrived last year right before Christmas (and needless to say were a little overwhelmed. They didn't know the language or what the heck was going on with everyone giving them presents). So this year will be their first Christmas when they know what's going on. Two boys, one girl, ages 6, 5 and 3. My brother goes all out with "yard art" for holidays. He cut this out and I painted it.

This is rather large, probably about 4 feet tall. There's a group of snowmen, but Blogger isn't cooperating today and won't load the picture. Maybe next time.

So I get to be off Wednesday before Thanksgiving and then the Friday after (don't know how THAT happened as where I work they're not known to acknowledge holidays that much). So I will take advantage of this time off and try to cross off some items from that list of mine.

Next time I will show pics of 2 of my UFO projects since Sandi from A Beautiful Craft has issued a challenge. I can't participate fully by showing ALL my UFO's because even Blogger doesn't have enough bandwidth for me to upload that many photos.

Till next week!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Printing On Fabric Question

Lenore left a comment asking what ink I used when I was printing on the fabric with a Dell printer. Since I used my sister-in-law's printer, which was a brand new Dell printer, the only ink I could use is the cartridge that Dell sells. She has a beautiful printer, but you can only buy the ink from Dell, on line (at least at that time anyway). It's just a regular ink jet cartridge.

The secret to the bright, crisp prints is the rinsing you do after the fabric sheets are printed. It's a fairly easy, relatively painless procedure of mixing liquid fabric softener and water in a big pan and dipping the fabric sheets into it and then letting them dry. This sets the ink, makes the colors crisper and brighter and I was very impressed with the fabric sheets I used. Since this project was going to get washed, I needed the best (and turns out most expensive) fabric printer sheets. The directions are there with the package. I'm sure each company has their own recipes for the fabric softener bath. Like the old saying, "Just read and follow package directions."

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Come to the Craft Show

Last weekend was our last BIG craft show. This show opens at 8:00 a.m., which meant a 4:00 a.m. wake up call for me. I share a booth with my parents (they do all the wood stuff), and we've had some really big shows in the last few months and kind of got caught short with our Christmas/Winter stuff.

These are the posts that my mom and dad make. They have lights on them. Of course, the camera battery died before I got a picture of them lighted up. They sold over 10 of these.

Here's one of our shelves and table displays. EVERYTHING in this photo was sold. Gone. Out the door. Aren't those little frogs absolutely darling? Those are done by my mother. The pillows are mine (well, not anymore, they all found new homes).

It was a rush to set everything up, people were lined up outside the doors before 8 a.m. and I didn't sit down until 12:15 p.m. I was totally exhausted. It will be nice to have this weekend off, and then another show. Our set up will certainly be much easier at the next two shows because we'll only have one set of shelves and a screen to set up.

Hope you had fun coming to the craft show with me!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Challenge No. 1

Oops, I'm a little late getting this up on the blog. My friend Judyth (of Crazy Judyth's Fabrics), and I were talking a few weeks ago and we issued a challenge to the CQForNewbies group. The first challenge is to organize something! It doesn't have to be your whole house, whole room, whole life (LOL), just organize one thing, something small. It could be your bead box, your thread box or just one bin of your "stuff."

Several ladies took Judyth up on the challenge and there has been a virtual flurry of organization going on. And it has spread from the one little bead box, to whole shelves and closets (LOL).

One of the members, Elizabet ( has her pictures up. Dianna ( has gone absolutely crazy with organizing. These are just a few.

So take up the challenge -- pick one thing/area and organize it. You'll feel better.

There will be 3 challenges total -- stay tuned for Challenge No. 2 which I will announce in Mid-November.