Pattern Variations: Getting the Colors Just Right

Much about creating, whether it is sewing, quilting, embroidery, or any other artistic form, depends on having the ability to visualize the project in your head. I don't know about you, but it is getting harder and harder for me to do that every day. Sometimes, it is easy to bypass a pa... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Designer Wet Bags aka Pool Bags

  My daughter has a baby due in a few weeks and since it is her fourth she needs to replace a few things.  She uses cloth diapers and needs new wet bags before this baby comes.  She seems to be getting a little anxious about having everything done and ready even though the baby i... [More]

Embellishing Embroidery

  Machine embroidery is so versatile it becomes a palette with enormous possibilities when you add simple embellishments. Embellishments add interest by making embroidery three dimensional, introducing textures, and adding sparkle. Hot fix crystals are one way to accentuate embroidery designs... [More]

Keeping It Simple – Freestanding Snowflakes on Display

We have had snow and ice twice already this season.  So, what do you do with three little girls?  Make stuff of course.  A couple of years ago our oldest granddaughter was intrigued with snowflakes and we made lots of them.  I showed what we did with some of them in this blog.&nb... [More]

Keeping It Simple – Narrow Holiday Runner

Do you have unfinished projects from past years?  I do.  I am always inspired at the beginning of the holidays and have lots of ideas.  Then it seems the season always gets hectic and some of the things I start just do not get finished.  So, this year I decided to finish those it... [More]

Quilting with Embroidery

My eldest favorite daughter (I also have a youngest favorite daughter) decided she wanted to make a rag quilt. They are shabby chic, typically created with muted colors, fringed all around and stitched with ragged edges showing on one side. The more they are washed, the more comfortable they become.... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Bricks and Banners

It's here again.  Already!  Halloween, apple picking, pinecones and colored leaves.  The season's fly by so quickly I can hardly keep up.  We took a trip out to the Old Town main street the other day to pick up our fall and winter spices.  It is an all cobblestone st... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Back to School Rag Letters

Back to school.  Everyone is saying it - it is posted in every store and website that we visit.  Our girls have school at home but still our daughter is in the back-to-school rush trying to get everything ready.  Some of our girls are young and recognition of letters and numbers are t... [More]

Keeping It Simple - I Spy Bags Galore

We are preparing for VBS this week.  My daughter volunteered to co-ordinate the craft room and it has been a big job.  The same basic craft, with minor changes, has to work for all ages from three years to fifth grade and go with the lesson for each day.  She has come up with some cre... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Elegant Wedding Shower Decorations

My best friend's daughter is getting married.  And I was going to give a shower at my home in April.  The colors were ivory and pale gold with touches of red.  It was the nearing the end of March and although there was still plenty of time I had been thinking about how to dec... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Embroidered Door Stop for Spring

While out one day a few weeks ago my mother and I saw some really cute little door stop decorations done in an Easter theme.    I love the fresh spring air flowing through the house but I always have to use a door stop to keep my front door from swinging shut.  In the past I have... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Burlap Wreath for Spring

We had our first really nice day here today in what seems like forever.  And tomorrow is supposed to be even better.  Maybe those 8 foot piles of pushed snow will finally melt.  So, with spring in the air the mood struck to create some new things for the front porch.  Since I hav... [More]

Keeping It Simple - Gone Fishing In-the-hoop

Our third granddaughter is not a sit in the corner type.  She is always in motion.  On top of that being the third little girl in her family we are always struggling with gift ideas.  The other two are not hard on things so they have lots of little girl toys.  At two though she&n... [More]