Monday, September 1, 2014

Pillows Pillows Pillows

I have had several requests lately to make pillows for the fabric companies.

So, take a look!!!

Designed by Anna Maria Horner and made using her new fabric line.

Made one for Natalie, too!!

A remake of the vintage Honey Bee Block

featuring Amy Butler Fabrics.

And the most time consuming one of all, but also the best…..

1" hexagons on a neck roll pillow

featuring Kaffe Fassett fabrics!!

for sale…..for sale…..for sale…..for sale

I have a few items from my sewing studio for sale!!


A Big Shot by Sizzix

This system is for use with fabrics.
Included with the machine are 6 dies.

2 1/2" hexagons
1 1/2" circles
2 1/2" squares
5" half-square triangles
2 1/2" x 5" rectangles
2 1/2" half-square triangles

For sale as a package.

Retail Value:  $220
Sale Price:  $60

Set of Jaquard Fabric Paints

Always wanting to try your hand at dyeing fabric??

This maybe just for you!

Retail Value:  $15
Sale Price:  $5

Crazy Curves book and templates

Never been used!!

Acrylic templates

Retail Value:  $40
Sale Price:  $15

Punch Needle Embroidery

This deal includes:

an  instructional dvd
4 punch needles patterns
7" embroidery hoop
all the tools needed

Retail Value:  $125
Sale Price:  $30

Assorted Templates


3 1/2" Drunkards Path Templates (not shown)

4" Drunkard's Path Templates

8" Rainbow Block Templates

Melon Block Templates

All acrylic template sets include block layout options for quilting.

Retail Value: $80

Sale Price:  $25 

Paintstick Starter Pack


Painststicks on Fabric Book

6 Iridescent Painsticks

6 Rubbing Plates

One Pattern

Retail Value:  $70

Sale Price:  $25


If you are interested in any of these deals,

please email me @

Pass the information on to anyone you know who might be interested.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bag Lady

I purchased a great leather bag on clearance at Marshall's recently
and decided it is just like a plastic shopping bag.
The brand is BAGGU and I really love it!


I used one of my plastic bags from Target for a pattern.

The hardest part was picking fabrics from all of the awesome choices I have!!

Really easy…….really fun……..really chic!!!!

Try it!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On the Hottest Day of Summer…….

I decided to bake cookies!!

I was inspired by a new recipe on Pinterest to make

White Chocolate Dark Chocolate Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

yes, all of those good things.

But I also wanted to try out a new baking mat I recently bought on

The Grommet online.

This is my maiden voyage.

Baker's 13 Ultimate Baking Mat
Designed and engineered in Chicago!!

Cookies will never stick.
No more parchment paper or sprays.
Extra thick silicone lasts longer and keeps it's shape.  
Dishwasher safe.
Dough targets to space cookies perfectly.


And it's not just for cookies.
Great Christmas gift idea.

And while I had the oven on and so many ingredients on the counter -
I also made some vanilla blueberry granola.

A good day, indeed!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Apple Does Not Fall Far From the Tree

A shout out for my youngest daughter, NATALIE!!!

She has been one busy girl lately with projects.

First of all she made the bedskirt. 
 I can't remember if she made this quilt or I did.

Then she started on a bench for her porch.

First, she primed these cinder blocks.

Then she painted them a retro avocado green.

She stained some boards to connect it all together and then made the cushions.

Wait, she is not done yet!!

Then she covered some ottomans 
left behind by the previous owner of her condo.

Oh my…….very proud mother tonight!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

What Have YOU Been Reading this Summer???

Summer is a great time to read a few good books.

I've read my share of them this summer.

Take a look.

I do not usually read Stephen King books, but really got into this one!

This book - Still Alice - is my top pick.
A must read for everyone.

 Cop Town is Atlanta, GA in the 70's.
I especially enjoyed it because we lived in Atlanta for 8 years 
and a lot of the places were familiar to me.
It is also about female cops breaking into the force.

 Very good book.  Very good movie.

The Silkworm is the second in the series following 
The Cuckoo's Calling.
Very enjoyable books.

Next up - 

A good summer read.

I hope you are finding time to read!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August 10, 1974 - August 10, 2014

Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary


Big D and ME!!!

Dinner at Coal Fire Pizza in Chicago with the girls.

Thanks to all of you who helped them with their surprise
of many special messages from family and friends.