Saturday, December 29, 2012

Embroidery in Hoops...

I love the look of embroidery in hoops and have seen a lot of really neat examples of it lately on Pinterest and a few blogs I like to visit. I created a three different ones for Christmas gifts this year and have waited until now to share them to keep from spoiling the surprise. I painted the hoops to match each one and really love the way they turned out.


I saw a cute example of this one on Pinterest and created the pattern on the computer using the fonts I liked. I added a ribbon loop for hanging.

I embroidered the "&" in a split stitch and then did the names in back stitch over the top of it.

After doing the 1D in back stitch, I used a crayon to color it in - giving it a "grunge" look - and then heat set it with and iron.

This is one of my favorite sayings and I found the design here at Stars & Sunshine.

For all three of these, I finished the backs with a circle of felt attached with whip stitch.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas...

Wishing you and your family a blessed day full of happiness and joy.


Friday, December 21, 2012


I love birds. These little guys have been hanging around my computer desk for a while now. Both of them came from very special people.

Is there really only 3 more days until Christmas?


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rice Bags...

I have been sewing lately. Sewing by hand. Mostly because my sewing machine is not working properly. But, sewing by hand is very relaxing and I really love the look of it - very vintage. I have been making rice bags. Pretty fabric, sew it up, fill it 2/3 full with whole grain rice and then stitch up the opening. Once done, pop it in the microwave for about 2 minutes and it will be your new best friend. Sore muscles are relaxed away. I even heat it up and take it to bed with me, it keeps me warm until I fall asleep.

Can you be in love with rice in a bag? Oh yes you can...


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Saturday Baking...

I know, it's Wednesday. But Saturday I baked up some very delicious cookies and wanted to share them with you. Chocolate chocolate chip from the easiest recipe and oatmeal cookies from a cookbook that I have had for 15 years. The house smelled so good that day. And, the cookies have been thoroughly enjoyed.


Starting off with a cup of vanilla coffee...

The wonderful book I am currently reading...

Chocolate chocolate chip cookies - 1 box cake mix, 1/2 cup oil, 2 eggs, 1 cup (or more) of chocolate chips. Mix, form balls and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes...

My oatmeal cookies...

My favorites...