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I managed to finish a baby quilt that I started 2 years ago.  This little boy will finally get his “baby quilt”.

20170521_173248Like I’ve said many times, life does tend to keep you busy with unplanned illnesses or commitments that are unavoidable.

But I’m thinking this little great, great nephew of ours will still be able to enjoy his blanket.

20170521_180549 (2)I chose a Dalmatian print for the backing and binding. Plus I added a dog, that I traced along with a bone for him and machine embroidered them onto the quilt.

I have about 3 more baby quilts, along with one for my oldest daughter, plus one for my youngest daughter,  that would like one for her school fund raiser next year.   I’d  better get busy.

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Finishing projects is always on my list, but life seems to keep me busy with other things.

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This baby quilt was made from my pink stash that I wanted to use up.  It came out better than I thought it would.

I machine appliqued some flowers to add a little more interest.  The quilt is a gift for someone that lives far away….it’s a surprise.

20170409_171711_001And finally,  after many, many months, actually it took me over a year to finish my youngest daughter’s quilt.

20170409_172214Now, back to my sewing room to finish many more projects on my list.♥♥♥♥


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Or is it a kitchen towel?

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Yep, it is a kitchen towel that  is so cute and would make a great gift for moms. It would also be a great item for craft shows.

I used the Simplicity pattern #8109. It’s very easy and I managed to make it easier for myself by using just one kitchen towel as the skirt front. The pattern asks for a front and back skirt.

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The Pioneer Woman has coordinating kitchen towels that sell as a pack of two, and the colors are very pretty, so this is what I used for my little dress towel.  Just use your imagination and pair up any two that you prefer.

You’ll need some ribbon for ties to sew on each side of the towel, which I haven’t done yet.

This is fun sewing, because it’s like designing  your own little dress.

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I’ve noticed that decorative pillows for football teams are not very girlie, so I decided to make one that would please the many women fans that root for their teams just as much as the men.

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At the moment the Raiders are a big hit in the Central Valley, mainly because of Derek Carr having played for our own Fresno State College.

So, as I keep on sewing for my next craft show, this is what I came up with.  A little ribbon flower and some bling makes me want to hang it I my own home.

A little pillow that women can hang on the door knob, in their bedroom, or on the front door, or anywhere they wish to show their support for their team.

And while I was sewing, I also made a man pillow.

DSCN1157The other side of the pillow has the same fabric, but the placement is reversed.

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I’m thinking I might become a raider fan. The last time I was a fan was when Jim Plunkett played for them, wow, such a long time ago.♥♥♥♥


If you need ideas for Halloween, then you came to the right place.

Our oldest daughter always looks forward to this time of year.  She loves decorating and never fails to come up with the best costume for the Halloween parties that they get invited too.

This was the year to be a chicken and her hubby was the KFC man.

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One year they decided to be the stein carrying couple
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She never fails to amaze us with her ideas.  This was my favorite, a piñata.

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Her gum ball machine brought the tooth fairy to the rescue.

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Snow cone, anyone?

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Would you like a Barbie styling head?

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I need to give credit to all our children, they all are  pretty darn creative and love to come up with fun ideas for dressing up.  I love their fun loving spirit!

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Have a safe and fun Halloween.


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Growing up we never celebrated Dia de los Muertos.  I don’t remember my Mom ever saying anything about this day, which is becoming very popular in the United States, especially in my California. This celebration comes from Mexico, which is a holiday in that country.

Dia de los Muertos is a day to honor all of those that are no longer with us physically.

Hubby and I never understood all the skulls and skeletons in the Mexican gift shops when we were first married, we thought it was macabre. I am so glad I understand now.

I had time to sew several clutch purses with that theme, these are just a few.

I used Kwik Sew pattern #3700.

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I was able to find a skeleton head button.

DSCN1139DSCN1134An apron to cook on that day is almost ready.

DSCN1150November 1st is when it will be celebrated by many to remember their loved ones.♥♥♥♥

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It seems to me that we have been very busy, and not quite sure with what, but I have had a little time to do some fun sewing.

Owls have been  my projects. I used a free pattern from the internet, i just can’t remember the site, plus I’ve made a few of my own little pattern pieces.

They’re easy and fun to do.

I’ve used fabric for the body and felt pieces for other body parts.

My first two owls were hug owls for two little girls that lost their mom to luekemia over the summer.  I just wanted them to smile a little bit when they saw them.2 owlsThese are the pattern pieces that I used.

20150916_133258Here is the totem pole my owls made.

20150928_151333I’ve used different print fabrics, Day of the Dead, Halloween and various of pinks and other colors for everyday decorations.

20150928_151616The whole purpose for sewing all these little creature is to enter a fall craft show, and although I haven’t had any luck in selling at these shows,  I will not give up until I sell at least one item!!!♥♥♥♥



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