Monday, January 30, 2012


Only 9 swap packages that still need to be sent. 
Don't forget to submit your photo to our flickr group found here.
It is fun to see what everyone made.
I did have a couple of ladies say they forgot to snap a photo prior to sending, so feel free to submit a picture of the package you received too.
Let's go 9.....snip, stitch, and ship! 
Be on time!  Better than that, be early!
I have some nice drawing gifties to give.
You don't want to miss out.

Kelly is having a heck of a clearance inventory sale over at Cotton Charm Quilts.  Time to stock up!  She even has some RUBY at a great price.  Great shipping, too.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gathered Clutch

So I made both my partners a gathered clutch.  I found my inspiration here at Clover and Violet.  They found the original directions here at Noodlehead.  I had actually made Noodlehead's original gathered clutch a while ago and loved it. 

I also used some scrap to make some more these fun fabric portfolios for my partners.  I found the original directions for the portfolios here at The Cottage Home.  Great fast and easy project!  Great directions. 

 This is a picture of the back.  I love these little labels from Sweetwater.  You can find them here.

I also made couple of mug mats.  I wish they were a bit more fun though. 

Stay tuned...I'll show you what my fabulous partner LeAnn sent me in my package!  It is BLISSFULLY sweet.  We have had 17 packages sent out as of to date. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


11 swap packages already shipped
good job gals
21 left to go
you can do it
11 days left to get in on the early bird drawing
you don't want to miss that do you???
18 days left to just be on time
imagine the look of delight on your partner's face when the mailman blasts the horn
and she runs out to get her package

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Have you shipped yet?

Dear Swappers,

Can you believe how fast time is flying by?  My swap packages are wrapped up and ready to ship tomorrow.  Please remember to contact me when you ship, so I can mark you as done early.  Remember we are having a giveaway drawing for EARLY BIRDS. I think we are up to 5 swappers shipped.

Also, here is a Flickr group for you to join and post your projects on.

Happy sewing,


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lilly Aprons

I finished these aprons last Saturday.  Love them.  Makes me feel like baking.  The pattern is called Lilly Apron.  This is my version in some scrap material of Heather Bailey:

This it my Bliss version:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dear Zappos

Dear Zappos,
I would like to thank you for allowing my credit card information to be stolen.  I especially enjoyed your light-hearted, almost joking email about it.  Especially the part where you told me that only the last 4 digits of my credit card were taken and therefore, I was most likely "safe".  Tell me, what are the chances that the very same day you let me know this, that my credit card company also let me know that there have been fraudulent charges on my card, exceeding $200.  REALLY?  I suspect it is not a coincidence.  I also think that you should have returned my email by now, 24 hours later. 

I think it only right to warn other customers, don't you?  Especially when my credit card company representative told me that I was not the first customer who was in this predicament that had reported also receiving the letter from Zappos.  Fortunately, my credit card company has had outstanding customer service regarding this situation.  The same cannot be said for you right now.


Me, the mom who only wanted to buy her son a pair of soccer cleats from you

Monday, January 16, 2012

Zip it

I thought I would pass along an online store that Jen passed along to me.  Zipit.  Beautiful zippers.  Terrific prices.  Fast service.  I hand picked 25- 14 inch zippers, in my assortment of colors for $12.50!  Even with shipping, it still saved me a bundle compared to Joanns and now I have a nice little stock. 

They arrived 3 days letter at my doorstep.  :)  Love it. 

Check it out.....Zipit

PS- I've had 2 swappers already ship!  Don't forget to let me know when you ship.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Christmas finish

Here is another finish from Christmas break.  I love it.  That Santa is so jolly.  I am glad it is done.  The quilt top sat in my closet finished for a year. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Over break, I made a couple of head bands for some little girls birthdays that are coming up.  I admit, I was a little nervous that they would be too big, so I asked Buddy to try them on.  He was not a sport.  So, I paid him.  That's right, I had to pay him.....and swear to never speak of it again.  But they turned out cute and I am sure they will be even cuter on the girls.  I used scraps and followed this tutorial.  I found the flower tutorial here.  They were very easy to make and a good scrapbuster.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Accessory Bag Closed - Partners Announced

Please check your inboxes for an email from me.  Contact me right away if you did not receive your email.  Please double check your partner's information I sent with the list of partners below.  If it doesn't match, please email me so I can fix it.

Kris P. - Melinda F.
Kris P. - LeAnn H.
Helen M- Jen W.
Naomi V. - Narelle L.
Traci K. - Michelle K.
Jen S. - Jessica T.
Judy C. - Mary S.
Robin M. - Wendy C.
Kim S. - Liz B.
Mary W. - Mary Grace M
Leslie L. - Nicole H.
Mary Ann B. - Carla F.
Heather O.- Janet K.
Kathy H. - Sharon P.
Carol L. - Michele A.
Margaret R. - Melinda C.

We have a lot of first time swappers.  Just a few reminders, please ship on time.  If something comes up let your partner and myself know as soon as possible.  It does happen.  Once I was in a swap, and my dear partner's husband was diagnosed with cancer.  It was easy to be understanding when she let me know.  PLEASE communicate.  Also, while this is not a requirement, you may like to know that often swappers stick a couple of extra goodies/gifties in with their handmade item.  Again, it is not required, but I didn't want you to be surprised that it may happen.

Happy sewing!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Accessory Bag Swap Sign Ups

Wow!  I have heard from a lot of fun ladies for the swap.  I've just been collecting the information, but I know you will want to double check.  So, to give you piece of mind here is my current list:

Jen W.
Helen M.
Wendy C.
Robin M.
Mary Ann B.
Melinda F.
Naomi V.
Traci K.
Narelle L.
Michelle K.
Judy C.
Nicole H.
Kim S.
Jen S.
LeAnn H.
Liz B.
Mary S.
Mary W.
Leslie L.
Mary Grace M.
Jessica T.
Carla F.
Heather O.
Janet K.
Michele A.
Sharon P.
Kathy H.
Carol L.
Margeret R.
Melinda C.

Due to overwhelming response, I am CLOSING registration for this swap. 
I will be emailing out partner information very soon.  Until then, happy sewing.