Friday, August 20, 2010

A Birthday Bookmark

A co-worker of mine has a birthday today.

So I made her a little gift.

She loves to read
and she loves to quilt.
(She especially loves to read books about quilting
like all the books in this series, which I highly recommend ... good stuff.)

 So I decided to make her a quilted bookmark.
It's made of some natural KONA cotton
with two layers of interfacing to make it sturdy.

I appliqued a "C" to personalize it
with that cute thimble fabric I love so much.

On a separate note ... if you are looking for a good read,
check this book out.
It will rock your world.
Trust me.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Membership Has Its Privileges ...

Lookie what I just got in the mail!!!

What is it, you ask?

It's my new Starbucks GOLD CARD!

To find out how to get one of these beauties for yourself,
click here.

I'm just in it for the free frappucinos.

Does it make me a freak 
if I use my Starbucks card to buy drinks
so that I can get free drinks,
and I reload it with my American Express card
so that I can get free miles while I get my free drinks,
and when I go to the Starbucks kiosk in the Piggly Wiggly,
I use my PFC card to get Greenbax
so that I can go to the FAIR for free,
all while earning free drinks and free miles?


Monday, August 9, 2010

On Pins and Needles ...

Do you remember this post from last year?
Christmas gifts for all the sewing girls in my family
and one for me, too, of course!

Did I ever tell you what they were?
I can't remember.
Well ... they were fun pincushions / sewing organizers.
I got the pattern from Sew Mama Sew, which is a great site for anyone who loves to sew!
(You can find the tutorial here if you'd like!)

Come to think of it, I promised I would post some full pictures
after the holidays,
and I might have forgotten to do that!
Oops ... sorry!
Well, if you have been waiting for the photos 
in suspense for all these months,
then today is your day!
Because I recently made another one of these jewels as a gift
for my dear friend Heather
who sews brilliantly
and has a love of all things hawaii / ocean / blue.

And this time I remembered to take pictures for you!
Aren't I thoughtful? 

When I saw this fabric, 
I knew I just had to make something for Heather with it!
The mermaids are just too darn cute for their own good.

The pincushion sits right on the edge of your sewing table
and dangles down
with spaces for scissors and other sewing tools
and a little catch basket to hold scraps and threads that need to be thrown away.

Basically, this keeps all your sewing stuff neat and tidy
which is exactly why I love it.

Isn't it a great design?
Just perfect to keep by your sewing machine
... or on the edge of your side table 
next to the big comfy chair you sit in while you sew
in between your grande coffee frappucino
and your bowl of reese's pieces.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

My New Addiction

A few weeks ago,
while out with my sister-in-law and her mom and another friend,
we stumbled across a fabulous knitting store.

I asked if we could go in briefly
because I was looking for an easy shawl pattern.
Little did I know that I would walk out with two patterns 
and a bag full of luxurious yarn!

Can you believe that I chose the green / blue colorway
for one of my shawls?
Honestly, I never would have chosen this
had they not had one already on display made of this exact yarn.
I couldn't resist!

I am happy to report that I am nearly finished with this particular shawl,
(thanks in part to the owner of the shop who spent 3 hours with me last weekend 
making sure that I understood the pattern!)
and once I learn how to block it,
I will post pictures.

I also found this yarn,
but they didn't have enough skeins
so I had to search online and order it from
(Who knew there was a

Yes ... it's half silk and half merino.
If I could afford to buy enough to make a big afghan out of this,
I would.
It is so soft and silky
and RED!!!

I still have a lot of work to do on this wrap,
but it's crochet, so it seems to go quicker than knitting.
This is a really flirty short "tea wrap"
and I seriously can't wait to wear it with a black dress
this Christmas season!!

More pictures to come when both shawls are finished!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

No Sliding Zone

So ... remember my little confessional the other day?
I might have one more confession to make.
Or two.
OK ... no more than three.

First Additional Confession :
I might be slightly addicted to knitting.
It all started with this scarf,
(which has quickly become a favorite!)
and things have gone downhill from there.
I'm having a seriously hard time putting down my current project
(a gorgeous shawl ... more on that later)
so much so that I find myself saying "just one more row"
while drifting into dreamland
in my big comfy chair
with knitting needles still in my hand!
Dangerous, I know!

Second Additional Confession :
Even before I was addicted to knitting,
I would hate to put down my project
for fear of the stitches sliding right off the end of the needle
and messing up all the hard work I had already put in.

I tried all sorts of techniques to avoid sliding stitches :

I tried pushing all my stitches to the non-pointed end of the needle,
but that only works if you have a smaller number of stitches on your needle.
Stitches can only be squished so far, you know
and there is no guarantee that they won't slide back!

I also tried poking the needle into the remaining ball of yarn
to hold the stitches in place,
but this only works with tightly-wound balls of yarn, 
and I also realized that when you pull the needle back out, 
sometimes the stitches stick to the yarn ball
and slide right off.

I even tried putting a rubber stopper on the end of the needle, 
but honestly ... that was ugly,
and I'm all about the cute.

So ... this brings me to my 
Third and Final Additional Confession :
(for now, at least)

I have officially made myself two
stitch keepers
I saw these online somewhere
(sorry, I don't remember where)
and I made some for myself.
Yes ... I know this is a trend ... I see something, I make it for myself.
I rarely buy.
It's a problem I have.

Anyway ... here is the one that fits my smaller needles.
It's just made out of cotton quilting fabric
that has some medium-weight interfacing in it to make it more sturdy.
I love the fun colorful thimbles ... 
I imagine my mom would have LOVED this fabric.

Now ...
when I'm ready to put my project down,
I simply insert the non-pointy end of the needle into the little pocket
on the right-hand side of the stitch keeper

and slide the rest of the needle up in between the two layers of fabric.
It has to be a snug fit!
Then I close the little pearl snap on the left
to keep the needle secure.
The snap also serves as protection
to keep the stitches from sliding off the point of the needle.

I can then put my project in a bag with the ball of yarn
and the matching needle
without worrying about losing any of my work!

Cool, huh?

I also made one out of this fabric for my longer needles,
just for fun.

It makes me smile.

Now if I could just find a good solution for my circular needles!