Thursday, September 19, 2019

FALLING FOR SOFT EUCALYPTUS

It's Fall Y'all!

I have a few decorative items that I recently
updated for my home. I used much of what I
had on hand and added some dollar store items.
And a few things from a cr
Since I am more drawn to neutrals in my home decor...
I have fallen hard for the soft eucalyptus colors!
This old antique vase...
added some dollar store flowers
and a tiny burlap pumpkin


I had the giant white sunflowers.  
Added some dollar store leaves and mums.
Tiny pumpkins from  TJ Max
The ceramic vase is a BIG LOTS $3 clearance. 
and voila...a new arrangement
TIP: buy garland when half-off and cut pieces vs.
buying picks...much cheaper.
That's what I did with all the eucalyptus and lambs ear
you will see in these designs.


Found a wooden box in the basement
and filled it with some of the same items
Added a few burlap leaves with some old leaves 
I had on hand.   I love these centerpieces!



I have always wanted to do a Hoop Wreath
TJ Max pumpkins with a bit of euylaptus, lambs ear 
and tiny pine cones was perfect 


Sorting thru a closet...I found this BIG pumpkin I bought
a couple years ago for  $5 on clearance
I simply added the pumpkins I had left, some eucalyptus and
 lambs ear to kick it up a notch.


Next I actually made something I saw on Pinterest.
I have another post coming to show you how easy this is to make.





I guess I need a CRAFT ON signature.
Anywhoooo Martha Stewarts's got nothing on me!



Thursday, August 22, 2019

A QUILTERS GARDEN OF CHAOS

I have NEVER EVER been on a bus shop hop like the one I was on in July...
from Lawrenceburg, Indiana to Frankenmuth, MI

BUYER BEWARE!

There was no pre-trip communication from the shop, no trip agenda, shops dropped off the schedule due to bus drivers limited driving time,  many shops didn't know we were coming and a trip leader (not the shop owner) who didn't know much of anything, including IF we would get shop discounts.  

I sent an email to the owner because there was NO feedback survey form.  She didnt' like it cause after doing 4 or 5 sold out bus trips she must be doing something right" ahhh 40 of 54 seats
is not SOLD OUT and I hate math!

 Apparently I was the only 1 of 40 to complain. 
Perhaps  I was  the 1 of 40 who had to balls to speak up.
  Quilters Garden should up their customer service and communication skills!

All that being said, my partner in quilting crime and I 
found some fun regardless of the unorganized trip!

Sew let me share the shops I enjoyed
The Quilt Foundry in Maumee, OH

Beautiful historical building


now a lovely quilt shop.


This shop had a nice mix of fabrics
and patterns.  


I was surprised to see 'A Day in Paris" by Zen Chic
one of the few Modern Designers in the shop


A great selection of GRUNGE


Guicy Guice fabrics were vibrant and caught my eye!


The Busy Thimble in Bowling Green, OH  knew we were coming...
15% discount and actually had a gift for us!


A mostly traditional shop...lots of MODA


Great Christmas Fabrics tucked in a corner


My favorite shop of the entire trip
 was located in Ann Arbor, MI
As an OHIO STATE BUCKEYE fan
 I have finally found something I like in that town!

THIS SHOP did NOT know we were coming
I was sew embarrassed when the trip leader, argued with
the owner, that the SHOP DID KNOW we were coming!
The shop owner had called them (when? a year ago?)
The shop, fortunately, had plenty of staff and did offer a nice discount regardless of the disrespect!


Pretty fabrics covering all quilting aesthetics... 
in a VERY LARGE SHOP





Pretty Quilts hanging everywhere









My bigger purchases were these.
Gray and white are for quilt backs
Gold, purple, green I needed for a Mystery Quilt backing
and the last was a sale piece.


Other fun fabrics from various shops to add to my stash.


Yes, I buy fabrics I don't need and who knows if I will use them.  Its my Kwilty Pleasure, after all.
Thanks for stopping by today.  
I don't vent disapproval very often but when you
pay good money for a trip, there are expectations.
 Bad customer service is NOT one of them.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

CHRISTMAS IN JULY - PROJECT 2


Its a Cotton and Steel Christmas in July project!
Simply Modern Christmas by Cindy Lammon
I got this book last year as a gift in the
Instagram  #getyourquiltywishesgrante
(and its a signed copy)

I have been collecting Cotton and Steel fabrics,
Tinsel and Garland lines, for some time. 


I selected a soft gray background from my stash.
White seemed stark, even though the blocks are SNOWBALLS!


This book is packed with great patterns.
But Snowball Games was my choice.


This project began...as a lap quilt.
I thought it would be a fun sofa throw.


Lots of 2 1/2" squares to make the sashing.


On the design wall and I started thinking...
what do I really want to make!
A quilt, wall hanging?  
I often change my mind...mid stream.


I though about my guest room voila! 
A table runner to go on the hope chest.


Wall hanging to hang above it.



I am now to this point....its ready to quilt...
BUT WAIT...
now I am thinking of someone who might really like this
as a quilt.   I will have to visit with her and find out
what she might like in her house.
She commented on IG that she loved this fabric and projects.
The hard part will be keeping the secret.

I have the backing...just need to quilt
unless she wants a quilt...then I have to combine
sew more sewing will be needed. 
She is worth the work...either way.