Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cupcake Cottage

Each year, in Shipshewana, IN there is a gingerbread house contest.  Each year I say to myself, I wonder if I could do that?  My friend, Nancy, has a restaurant and bake shop there and I thought it would be good publicity for her if I did one.

My teenage daughter and I decided to go for it.  We have been tirelessly working for the past few days to construct this house in order for it to have time to settle before we drop it off on Monday.

I enjoyed working with her and spending this time laughing and sharing and feeling a bit sick over the smell of candy together.

We were having difficulty knowing when to stop.  We do have some cupcake topiaries and a cupcake snowman to make yet.

It took my daughter over three hours to construct the roof last night using over 100 sticks of bubble gum.  The smell is so nauseating that I don't think I'll be chewing gum anytime soon.

All of the fencing and scrollwork for the arch and decorative details are done in royal icing and made in advance.  The neco wafer (stone) foundation is one of my favorite parts.

With this being our first gingerbread house, we really didn't know what to expect.  Although it was alot of hard work, it was fun and we decided we might start a tradition of making one every year, contest or not.  Although, we do hope we win the $500 even though neither of us can feel our fingers today!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Retro Fun

Yesterday's treasure hunt took me down a retro road, so to speak.  I am drawn to a particular time and color.  All these finds cost me less than $20.
A fun and sassy juice pitcher

A petite creamer to add to my Crinoline dish collection

Vintage Christmas Wrapping

And my gem of a find...

A mirror and tissue holder

Looks like I went Christmas shopping for me!  Actually, I can't show those gifts yet, in the event that family is reading.  I have something fun to share with you tomorrow!  Have a blessed day!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

One Man's Junk...

I'm out doing some treasure hunting today for Christmas.
Enjoy your day!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Aprons and Butterflys

A package arrived in the mail over the weekend from Sue at Country Pleasures.  I had won her recent giveaway which was this darling apron and a very cute card making kit.  I just love this apron pattern, so feminine yet practical, just as aprons should be!  Thank you, Sue!

During the sewing room redo, I found these butterflies that I had forgotten all about.  Quite awhile ago I had discovered them when I was out on of my treasure hunts.  If you click on the picture you will see that they still have pins in them.  The fabrics are wonderful old prints and deep colors, like the orange.  My favorite is the pieced butterfly at the bottom, this was a resourceful quilter for sure!  My plan is to combine them with some other old quilt blocks that I found and make a small quilt.  There is a sweet satisfaction in finishing the work a dear quilter started a long time ago.

With joy,

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life,
to mind your own business and
to work with your hands..."

1 Thessalonians 4:11

With joy,

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Pretties

Today I would like to share with you an artist I found on Etsy.  I just love her whimsical art and jewelry.  Her name is Andrea and she is from Argentina.  You can find her here.

For more Friday Pretties, visit Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things.  Have a great Friday!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

With Needles

I so enjoyed reading your comments on yesterday's post.  I got another quilt cut out and started these gloves as a Christmas present for my daughter.  Lori suggested that I do some applique.  Awhile back I won her giveaway and since she's the Queen of applique in my book, I decided to spend some time today studying her methods and trying a small applique quilt pattern that I have.  Di's comment about her husband borrowing her machine to make a Halloween costume had me laughing.  She has a recipe on her blog today for Pumpkin Fudge.  Yum, yum and yum!  Time to make some coffee and get to work.  Have a blessed day!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday Woes

It's been almost three weeks without my sewing machine.  My strips of fabric sit all ready to go.  I never thought I'd have such a physical reaction to not having my machine.  I'm pretty sure I might have a full-blown anxiety attack shortly.  I think I'll go cut out another quilt...


Monday, November 8, 2010

Sewing Room Redo

On Friday, my daughter and I met up with my dear friend Amy for a trip to Ikea.  It was my first time there and I think I walked for hours with my mouth open.  Fortunately Amy knew the ropes and directed me towards my intended purchase, a new cutting table. 

After looking and measuring and weighing all the pro's and con's, I bought a kitchen island and chair.  Saturday I removed everything from the room except the big cabinets.

sweater garland by Joyce

I did a major inventory of my goods and confirmed again that I'm on a purchasing lockdown until I can use up a great many items.  I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I even found things that I forgot I had..

Then I began putting the island and chair together.  It was not as difficult as I thought it would be but we'll see if they actually stay standing.

I like all the open spaces I have now, hopefully it will encourage me to keep things organized.

The quilt I hung in the room is the first needle-turn applique and redwork quilt that I made back in 2003.  I thought I would never get the leaves and vines attached.  It is true, the harder and longer a quilt takes to finish, the more you love it in the end (not so much during).  The Victorian saying reads,

"Remember me at twilight hour
when all around seems sweet and fair
when mirth and jest have lost their power
O! I would be remembered there!"

With joy,

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Scripture

"I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord."
Psalm 104:33&34

With song,

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations to Cora at Heartfelt and Homemade!  She is the winner of the blogiversary giveaway!  Cora has a wonderful blog so be sure to stop over for a visit.  Have a wonderful Saturday!


Friday, November 5, 2010

Strips of Promise

It seems that the buzz in blogland is Christmas, it's impending arrival, and the crunch to get gifts made.  This year I'm planning on a huge king-size Christmas quilt for my husband and I.  I spent the better part of yesterday cutting many, many strips for my first log cabin quilt. 

There is something about the feel of fabric in your hands during the quilt making process.  It feels like hope and promise to me.  There is an excitment in a swatch of fabric.  The possibilities are endless.  The strips of fabric look like a work of art to me, all lined up on the vintage drying rack, ready to go.

The last Christmas quilt I made was this snowball quilt.  I have collected Christmas novelty fabric for years and wanted something colorful and fun for the family room.  This quilt is loved so much that it stays out all year long.

I am drawn to retro Christmas images.  They remind me of being little again and how much I've always enjoyed the Christmas season.  There is talk of snow here in Michigan today.  The air is crisp and cold.  Good quilting weather!

I am joining Joyce at I love pretty little things for Friday Pretties and Dayle at A collection of this and that for the Airing of the Quilts.  Happy Friday everyone!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Inspired Ideas

If you're looking for a way to get your creative juices flowing for the Christmas season, you need look no farther than Inspire Ideas.  Amy Powers, of Inspire Co. is the brains behind this wonderful online magazine.  Head on over to her blog to look at the online magazine for FREE!

While you're paging through the most sublime photos, look for this little mouse.  Amy was asking readers awhile back to send pictures of their favorite Christmas ornaments and my sweet little mouse made it into the magazine.  I've had this mouse since I was a wee bit of a thing.  So fun!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

In My Happy Place

Little by little my Red Rose Farm quilt is coming along.  I've been auditioning sashing fabric and measuring and trimming and playing with the arrangement.

I just love this fabric.  I have tried to utilize as much of the fat quarter bundle as possible and I do believe that when this quilt is all finished, I will only have tiny pieces left.  I love that!

The kitchen chorus (as I like to call them) really make the quilt for me.  I know that whenever I see this quilt hanging in my kitchen, I'm going to smile.

My machine has been in the shop for almost two weeks.  I needed to sew terribly so I went and found the machine we bought for our daughter when she was in elementary school (she's in highschool now).  It sounds like a truck is coming through the house when I use it but it sews a straight, quarter inch seam and that's all that matters to me.  

Sweet blessings,