Wednesday, May 26, 2010

1,128

1,128


That's the number of fabric triangles I laid out on my living room floor this weekend.


Yep ... that's right.  
1,128 triangles.


By the time I finished laying all the pieces out,
I could no longer move my knees and my back.
I am getting old.

I'm pretty excited about seeing this quilt take shape.
It's made entirely out of fabric scraps ...
... some of which my mom had cut out,
and others I cut out.
I don't think I've ever made a quilt that is so colorful! 


Now all the triangles are in neat little piles
according to rows.


Boy, do I have a lot of sewing ahead of me.

I'll keep you updated ...
can't wait to get this one finished!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Merry Christmas



This is a picture taken in my living room


THIS MORNING
Not kidding.

My friend Cynthia helped me put up these vinyl letters in December of last year
and I have procrastinated in taking them down
(That's a bit of an understatement, don't you think?)

At this point, I'm thinking I should just tough it out and leave them up there, 
since it's only 6 more months until they will be an appropriate wall decoration again.
:o)

Speaking of Christmas ...
I just finished a Christmas quilt I've been working on for the past 18 months (or has it been 24 months?)
It was a "block of the month" program at People Places and Quilts
and now it is a wall hanging that will replace this quilt during the holiday season


This is my mom's Southern Album quilt, which stays on my living room wall for most of the year.
During the summer, I have a red and aqua quilt that I hang on the wall.
I suppose it's about time to put that one up!
And now ... at Christmas time
(and ONLY at Christmas time ... I promise)
I'll hang this one :


(pay no attention to the clothespins holding this up over the other quilt for the photo)

Isn't this a great pattern?
I love the colors.  Of course.
I had a lot of fun putting it together.
I just have a couple of little embellishments to add ... 
... some beads and other decorations here and there.



This is my favorite block
A partridge in a pear tree



I mean ... how much fun is that?


I also love this block of candles
and how Vickie (who quilted it for me) put little golden halos around the flames


And look at the fun swirlies Vickie made in the snow!
Love them.

And I suppose that since we're on the subject of Christmas
I should remind everyone that June is right around the corner
And you know what that means ...
... the start of my annual Christmas ornament.

This year ... the baby Jesus.
Seriously can't wait.




Friday, May 21, 2010

The Dangers of Couponing

A couple of years ago,

thanks to my fun college friend Amanda,
I started shopping at CVS.

I was intrigued by Amanda's claims that she never paid for things like
toothpaste
shampoo
deoderant
razors
lotion
makeup
etc...

How could anyone NOT pay for these things?
Ever?!?

Well, I'm here to tell you that she's right.
I now no longer pay for any of those things either!!
It has become a game to me ... how much useful stuff can I get for free?
(If you want to learn how to do this, Jenny at Southern Savers has a great guide to shopping at CVS,
and she posts the good CVS deals every week)

The only danger about all these great deails is that 
I am the only person in my household
so, I end up with a lot of extra loot.


And when I say a lot, I mean a lot.
I mean ... there is only so much free toothpaste that one person can use!!!


Here is a picture of all of the EXTRA stuff I currently have, which I do not need.
Crazy, huh?

So, here's the deal.
For all of my local Charleston friends,
(and Mary & Kate, since I will be visiting you in 2 weeks!)
if you see something here that you (or someone you know) could use,
it's yours.
Absolutely Free.
Today, I'll be like WalMart ... passing my savings on to you.

First come, first served.
Just leave me a comment to let me know what you want, 
and include your email so that I can contact you.

If I still have stuff left by the end of the month,
I'll donate them to the Our Lady of Mercy Outreach Center on Johns Island
(which, by the way, is a fantastic organization that my family has been working with for years)
Deal?

OK ...
So here are some closeup pictures, and descriptions of what is up for grabs.


2 Right Guard Total Defense 5 Power Gel Men's Deoderant (Fresh Blast Scent)
Covergirl Foundation (2 in Ivory & 1 in Classic Ivory)
2 Bayer Aspirin Quick Release Crystals - 4 pack
1 Bayer Contour Blood Glucose Monitoring System
Aussie shampoo - "Aussome Volume)
2 Dove Shampoo - Go Fresh with Cool Moisture (Cucumber & Green Tea Scent)


4 packages Stayfree pads (Super)
1 Dentek Floss Picks (fresh mint)
2 Schick Intuition Plus razors (variety pack with 1 shea butter and 1 milk & honey)
2 Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Daily Oral Rinse (Peppermint Twist)
5 Colgate Total (these are going with Jodi to the Lowcountry Orphan Relief)
4 Toothbrushes (these are also going with Jodi to the Lowcountry Orphan Relief)



9 Dry Idea Deoderants for Women (these will go with Jodi to the Lowcountry Orphan Relief)
2 Dove Cool Moisture Conditioner (Green Tea Scent)



1 Schick Hydro 3 Razor for Men
1 Blade 5 Razor & Trimmer for Men
1 Schick Quattro Titanium for Men (Wolverine Limited Edition)


Let me know if you - or someone you know - want any of these items!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Miscellany Monday





Today is Miscellany Monday over at 
and I thought I'd join in the fun.
I have been neglecting my blog recently,
and I thought maybe this would kick-start some creativity.  
At least for today.  :o)
So ... here goes ...
 1.
I have one of these fancy-pants devices made for runners
that I used when I was training for marathons.
It's a pretty cool system, although I'm sure I never really used it to its full potential.  
I decided to get it out this weekend and use it again, 
since I've been running outside more in preparation for the National Race for the Cure.
Well ... after realizing the batteries were dead, I discovered that this thing takes batteries in each of the three components ... the GPS foot pod, the wrist unit, AND the heart rate strap.  
And they are ALL different batteries.
I searched all over town yesterday to find all three batteries,
and finally ended up at the new Batteries Plus store about 5 minutes from my house.
Next time, I will save myself the effort and go to Batteries Plus first.  
Whoever started that store is a genius.

 2.
I heard on the news the other day that some satellite has gone out of orbit
and will potentially interfere with cable television coverage for many people in the US.  
They are predicting that outages could occur on Sunday, May 23rd.
That just happens to be the same day as the Series Finale of LOST.
(as in the very LAST Lost episode ever)
Great.

 3.
My mom was an artist.  
Some of her artistic genes passed down to me.  
Others did not.  Drawing, for example.
All I know how to draw are ladybugs and flowers.
Not kidding.
And so ... when I sit down to draw with my sweet niece Anneliese, that's what I draw.
Every time.
This weekend, I realized that now, every time she draws me a picture, it has ladybugs on it.
I love her.

 4.
Every girl wants a hero.
My brother is mine.  
He sticks up for me when others don't.  
And I love him for it.

 5.
I'm a big fan of peanut m and m's.
Have you ever seen The Wedding Planner?
Matthew McConaughey's character has a theory that he only eats the brown m and m's,
because chocolate is already brown, so you get less articificial coloring.
I, on the other hand, will eat all the colors ... 
but ...
I always eat them in the same order :
blue, red, orange, yellow, green, brown.
Don't ask.

 6. 
Speaking of chocolate ...
If you're looking for a quick chocolate fix, try these


They are so so yummy.
I keep a stash in my freezer, and I just bake a half a dozen at a time.
I would recommend you not look at the nutritional information, though.

 7.
Last night I had a nightmare about a stalker
who had all of my personal information, and was tracking all of my activity
including credit card charges.
I was trying to figure out how to buy a plane ticket without my stalker knowing it
so I could skip the country and fly to Paris to hide out with my French family for a while
Then I woke up.
While exercising this morning, I told my dad about my nightmare
and he asked, "Why didn't you just pay cash for the plane ticket?"
He's totally an engineer.

That's it for now ...
Happy Monday to everyone!

I've been working in my studio a lot recently,
so I should have some picture updates soon!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Baby Boom

I think there's something in the water that my friends are drinking.


Not kidding.
I have made gifts for 5 babies born in the last 3 months.
And that's only for my CLOSE friends!
Crazy!

For all the baby girls,
I've decided to make smocked dresses.
Needless to say, I've been sewing like mad to get these done.

Here's a picture of all three together :


Three little dresses all in a row.
You might remember me posting about getting started on each of these recently.



Here's a closeup of the smocking on the green dress.
I went out of my box on this one. 
I usually don't choose blues and greens,
but I really like the way this came out!



This dress is right up my alley ... RED!
It's hard to see the smocking in this picture, but I like the simplicity of it.



Of course, they all have labels on them.
This might be my favorite part of making dresses ...
... being able to write their names in them after they are born!



Yay!
They're done!
(finally)

And a Happy Mother's Day to all these mothers, too!
(one day early!)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Birthday, Eden!

Today is Eden's 6th birthday.

Eden is my sweet friend Heather's daughter.
I heart her.
A lot.

So, when she asked me to make her brownies for her birthday, 
I said OF COURSE!!!





I used my alphabet cookie cutters to cut them into "E" shapes
to celebrate Eden's life!
I figured it was a simple way to make them special.

I might have had too much fun with the cookie cutters.
I need to get out more.  :o)

Happy Birthday, sweet Eden!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Custom Mary Janes!

Recently, I received an order for a pair of Custom Mary Jane Baby Shoes
for this customer's grand-daughter's christening.
She requested white shoes with pink soles and a special embellishment on the toe!



I just think they are the cutest, girly-est shoes.
I love the pink.
Particularly because it allows me to donate a portion of this sale
to the Charleston Breast Center
AND to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of my race next month!


I embroidered an "S" on each toe.




Here they are all packaged up and ready to be delivered!

What I love most about this order is knowing that these are exactly what the customer wanted!
She chose everything ... color, size, embellishment ...

I got to thinking that maybe other people would like to have a pair of custom shoes for their baby.
Would you like to design a pair of shoes with your favorite colors?

So ... here's a listing in my shop for a CUSTOM pair of shoes.
You pick everything, and I make it for you.
What could be easier??