Jul 28, 2013

The Muddy Furball

What do you get when you mix light showers, dirt, and an overly active furball?  The answer:  one drenched, muddy, yet very content fur ball!!

While finishing up some yard work during very light showers, Rusty managed to find multiple spots to dig in and within a matter of seconds, yes seconds, he turned into this.  His paws and legs and muzzle magically turned from apricot to black!  Oh the joys of our 4 legged friends.

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Today's Abundance
-Inquisitive four legged friends
-The joy of owning a dog (well, most days)
-Light showers
-Weeded flower beds
-Morning coffee

Jul 11, 2013

Everything Goes Aqua

Christmas in July has its kickoff today on Etsy and runs through July 21.  Etsy treasuries featuring shop items that are on sale are in abundance.  Here is one that features all good things in aqua curated by Kimberly of ATinyForest, including one of my table runners.

Each shop has their own sale offerings.  My offering is 10% off anything purchased now through July 21 or any custom order purchased during that time.  Just use coupon code CIJ10 during checkout to automatically receive 10% off.

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Today's Abundance
-Christmas in July
-All things Aqua
-Etsy Treasuries
-Morning Coffee
-The Creative Gene

Jul 10, 2013

Christmas in July Sales on Etsy - Microwave Bowl Potholders!

It's July and that means Christmas in July sales abound in brick and mortar stores and on online venues including Etsy.  My Christmas in July sale is 10% off anything in my Etsy store or any custom order made and paid for during the sale.  Just enter code CIJ10 at checkout time to receive the discount.  The discount is good through July 21st.

I have added some Microwave Bowl Potholders to my store today.  These make for great gifts for hostesses, teachers, coaches, college bound students, guys, bachelors, family members, and yes, even for yourself!  Microwave Bowl Potholders are great for warming up soup, making oatmeal, heating up leftovers.  All you do is to fill your bowl, put the bowl in the potholder, and then put it in the microwave.  It makes it much easier on the hands when removing your bowl from the microwave.

Here's one that has a maroon and gold chevron design on both sides - the colors are similar to the Minnesota Golden Gopher colors.

And this one has a purple and gold chevron design on one side and a solid purple on the other.  The colors are similar to those of the Minnesota Vikings.
And this gold, green, and white chevron design (with a solid green on the the other side) are similar to those of the Green Bay Packers colors.

I have more available and will be listing them over the next couple of days.  And if you're a sewer, you'll find a pattern to make these yourself in my Etsy store too.

Remember, use CIJ10 to receive your 10% discount.  It's never to early to start your gift shopping for the holidays!

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Today's Abundance
-A beautiful summer day - not too hot, not too humid
-Text messaging - a great way of keeping in touch
-Freshly mowed grass
-Blooming Tiger Lilies

Jul 9, 2013

Trail's End Table Runner or Wall Hanging

At the June Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild meeting I had the good fortune of winning one of the Two-Bit Bags.  It contained a half dozen fat quarters from Moda's Trail's End collection by Holly Taylor.  So, after some fussy cutting, some piecing, some quilting, and the binding this is the end result:

Now, should I use it as a table runner or as a wall hanging?

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Today's Abundance
-Fall colors and fall leaves
-Fat quarters
-Two-Bit Bags

Jul 6, 2013

Blue Red and Yellow Table Runner Or Placemat

Yeah!  One more project completed!  This time it is a table runner ... or you can use it for a placemat!  Either way this blue, red, and yellow fabric is certainly festive.  There are 3 coordinating fabrics in this top - the floral fabric, the striped fabric, and the tone on tone fabric.  The back is a 4th fabric that also coordinates with the top.

One of the benefits of attending monthly club meetings at my local quilt shop, Quilt Cove, is that we receive a free pattern each month.  For this table topper I used a pattern designed by Sherri Falls of This & That that we received a couple of months ago.

This is also the first binding that I used the "Elmer's Method" to help secure the binding before I machine stitched it down.  A big thank you to Mary of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild for demonstrating how to do this at our last meeting.

The fresh daisies are from my flower garden.  Daisies are one of my most favorite flowers so I really do enjoy them when they are in bloom every summer.

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Today's Abundance
- Fun summer blue, red, yellow fabrics
- Free patterns
- Christmas in July sale (it starts on Thursday so stay tuned for more info)
- Daisies in full bloom
- Elmer's Glue

Jul 2, 2013

Red and Black Outfit for American Girl Doll

I've spent some more time in the sewing room working on clothes for American Girl and other 18" dolls. This time I worked on a 3 piece outfit in red and black.  The top has sleeves, the pants are below the knees with cuffs, and the third piece is a short vest. The pants have an elasticized waist and the top has a velcro closing in the back so it can easily be put on and taken off.

Next up is a blouse, skirt, and hat!

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Today's Abundance
- Red and black
- Daisies
- A low-key day
- Fresh spinach salad
- Raspberries


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