Friday, December 30, 2011

a polar bear pillow and thank you sale!!

Polar bear, polar bear, what do you see? I see a pillow to cuddle and snuggle, in these cold winter months!!

I started this ever so sweet double wedding ring pillow quite some time ago with Laurie's polar bear spoonflower fabrics. After seeing her new Brrr! fabric that will be releasing in June, it made me want to finish my pillow!! I sure can't wait to see these lovely fabrics on the bolt! I may just have to make a quilt to match my lovely new pillow!!

I used Essex Linen in white for the background and a white ticking for the binding. I love how the double wedding ring really pops!!

For the hand stitching I used DMC floss in red, aqua and grey to add a nice clean touch!

Here is Lauries new fabric collection, Brrr! in red and aqua!! It also come in the traditional Christmas colors, red and green.

I'm so glad I finally finished my pillow!! Now I get to enjoy all its loveliness!! I need to pull out my other wip's and get those finished up too!!

As a thank you for all your support through the year, I'm having a little sale in my shop till the end of the year. So today and tomorrow, you can take 10% off your purchase in my shop!! Just use coupon code thankyou10 at checkout and it will automatically be applied to your order. This is the first "sale" I've offered all year so make sure to take advantage of it if you've been wanting to get any fabrics, patterns or trims. :)

Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

a winner & sweet little boys!

We have a winner for the Munki Munki scrap pack and 1 1/2 inch hexies!! I first have to tell you I feel a little bad as I had to choose a winner a handful of times till I finally was able to get one that told me the two things I had asked (what your favorite winter munki munki is, and what you'd make out of the hexies). So there are several of those who commented that could have won but didn't.

I am excited though, as I really love who did win!! The very talented, Amy Smart!! Here is what she said... " What a sweet giveaway, Kerri! I'm so smitten with the cardinals, but those snowmen are pretty darn cute too. I think I could make a pillow to match yours. :) " Amy, make sure to send me an email or convo with your addy so I can get your scrap pack and hexies sent off.

I don't know if most know, but I have a 3 and a 4 year old. They are only 9 1/2 months apart. I know what you are thinking...are you crazy girl!?! Yep, I am!! :) But really, they would have been a little farther apart but my littlest guy was born premature. Now that you know that they are pretty darn close, almost like having twins...they can get into quite the mischief together, and are best buds!!

So now a little story about a beloved broken polka dot mug...

The other day, they came to me while I was cutting fabric and my 4 year old said "Mom, look, we fixed your polka dot cup." First I didn't realize it was broken, and that they were "fixing" it. I had to chuckle a little when I saw their sweet little "fix" Taped all up and ready for me to use again!! Now, how sweet is that!! I think they were pretty clever in fixing it. I have to say, I really do love my little guys!!

Hope you are having a terrific Thursday too!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

winter hexies...and a little giveaway for you!

I finally got a bunch of Heather Ross winter flannel hexies all basted and ready to be sewn together!! I had some time this week-end while waiting at my daughters ice skating lessons, and it was perfect to pull out my winter Munki Munki!! I think I'll make it into a pillow as how soft and comfy will that be to lay my head on!! Pure bliss, I say!! I love all the new Winter Munki Munki that came out recently and they look fabulous with all the others, like Penguin Water Ballet!! I think that is a new favorite of mine!! It is simply adorable!!

All these ones pictured are available through my shop!! If you noticed the plaid and ticking stripe, those are also Munki Munki, but are the cuffs or trim from the leg panels and the sleeves. I love how they have a coordinating fabric on some of them!!

A couple other new ones are the Foxes and Cardinals!! Aren't they cute too!!

Would you like to make some Heather Ross, Munki hexies too? I have some extra scraps so will be giving away a scrap pack and some 1 1/2 inch hexies! :)

This is a really simple and short giveaway so if you'd like to win all you have to do is tell me which Heather Ross winter Munki Munki is your favorite, and what you'd make these lovely hexies into.

The giveaway will only be open till Wednesday Dec. 14th, and I'll announce the giveaway winner soon after!

Good Luck!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

little miss winter!

Little Miss Winter is all ready for her holiday travels!! She has her suitcase packed and ready to go!! But, shh, don't tell, as she is headed first to her new adoptive home!! :) I have her twin sister almost all stitched up as well too, and will get to enjoy all her holiday travels in the Northwest!!

Little Miss Winter was sew much fun to make!! I think she is one of my favorites!! I made her a bit smaller than the last few I've made and am sure happy with how she turned out!!

Her sweet little face was inspired by several of revoluzza's dolls that I've sure admired for quite some time!! For her body I enjoyed embellishing her with a couple cute polka dot buttons, some ric rac, and a little bit of crochet lace.

I used some of the sweet snowflake and polka dot fabric from this set for her hat. For the body I used some of the grid fabric from City Weekend for the hands and body, for the skirt I used the Swoon fabric from Bonnie and Camile. For the legs I used some Children at Play stripes for leggings from Sarah Jane, and some Gray corduroy from Joanns for the boots. For the face I used Essex linen, and wool felt.

I cut a simple little scarf out of the wool felt to keep her nice and warm during her travels. :)

Ta Ta!!

Well now I need to get some lovely packages shipped, and then tackle my huge pile of laundry...and when I say huge, I mean a huge mountain. It has been a bit crazy with my help gone the past couple weeks keeping up with everything. But I'm glad to say I've been making it through, and am even happier she'll be back for next week!! Hip hip hooray!! :)

PS. This week I got in the new Flower Sugar, and I already have it listed in the shop!! Go check it out as it is soo pretty!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

felted wool garland

Have you seen these felted wool garlands popping up!?! I've been wanting to make one for quite some time but noticed the little felted balls are not that cheap for such a small little thing. After seeing an easy peasy tutorial on how to make them, I knew I could do it!! It is a pretty simple process and fun to work with the wool. There are lots of things you can adorn them with and thought the garland would be perfect for a picture frame!!

This cute little illustration, "Here, Little Bird" is from Tasha's shop!! Isn't it just sooo sweet!!

With this garland being my first there was a little trial and error, but think it turned out pretty good!! I'm thinking of making one for my partner for the savvy seasons swap as a little extra.

I've got lots of sewing I need to get done this week, so better get my bootie in gear!! :)

Happy Monday, my friends!! See you later in the week!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

shop news!

Lots has been going on in my busy little household, and lots of new fabrics has arrived lately so I thought I'd show you a few of my favorites. :) I've been anticipating the arrival of Pam Kitty Morning and it finally came last week!! I just got the bundles listed in my shop today!!

A red, blue, pink and white bundle!! They are even prettier in person!

Yummy strawberries!! They make me miss summer time and going strawberry picking!

Just in time for Christmas I've added the Christmas Red Riding Hood fabric from Ariel!! Isn't it the cutest!! :)

Also, cute little Polly Pinwheels is a new addition!

I was able to get my hands on the out of print and oh so retro 12 Joys of Christmas fabrics, and just in time for Christmas too!!

With my love of vintagey goodness I've started to add vintage sheet fat quarters to the shop! They have such beautiful vibrant colors and the softness is pure bliss!

Another collection that just arrived last week is Lauren & Jessie Jung's Flora! The prints are absolutely beautiful and the colors of aqua, tangerine, and yellow are so lovely together!!

I could stare at all that eye candy all day!! :) Have I ever mentioned how much I really LOVE fabric!!

Hope you are having a lovely week!!

PS. If you are looking for any bargain fabrics make sure to check out the clearance/sale section in my shop as I've added quite a few new fabrics like all the Little Apples!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

happy thanksgiving

(picture from my pinterest)

We are enjoying this lovely Thanksgiving with family! It is also my hubby's b-day so lots of fun going on here. :) Here are a couple things I've been up to this week for Thanksgiving.

Some cute little cupcake Teepee's!!

Our Thanksgiving mantle, with the fall subway art!

A new pom pom banner with a cute little sketchy stitchy applique turkey. Inspired by my sweet friend Amy!

Hope you are having a fabulous day too!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

a start

This week-end I was able to start on my project for the Savvy Seasons swap. I've got the top pretty much done for either a pillow or maybe a mini quilt. I may add a little more if I do a mini quilt, but still trying to decide which direction to go. What do you think, a pillow, a mini, or another suggestion??

I really love this cute little twist on the pinwheel!! It is so scrappy and fun!! My partner asked for something that could be out through all winter so there are no real Christmas fabrics, just some fun snowflakes and then some pretty Ruby, polka dots and stripes. Can you tell, my partner also likes red and aqua!?!

I am working on another project for my sweet partner but I know if I show then it will be quite a giveaway to my partner that it is for her. So I'll be waiting to show you what else I'm working on, but I have to is cute!! :)

Also, have you noticed I'm getting farther behind on my FMQA blocks!! I was doing so well with keeping up this summer, but fall has certainly made me "fall" behind!! Yikes!! I'm thinking definitely of doing a lap size now, so hopefully with a few more I'll be good to start putting it together soon. Here is my most recent block~

{53} Jackknife

I hope everyone is having a marvelous Monday!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

sew to hop!

Today I get to share with you another exciting book I was able to contribute to!! The fun thing about this book is it is all about swaps!! With running quite a few swaps on flickr this book has a special meaning to me, as I really love swaps!!! Being able to get to know other crafters that have the same passion as I do, is one of the best parts. I also love that I get to make something that is most of the time a little out of my comfort zone, and probably wouldn't have made it if it wasn't for the swap. It is always fun to me, the stalking, the creating, and then the sending and waiting to see what their response will be. And then in return, being so excited to receive that special item in the mail that was created just for me!!

The book...Sew to Swap was written by Crissie Grace, illustrated by my dear friend Ariel Eldridge and published by F+W Media. The book was fabulously written and has all the information on how to make a quilt from start to would be wonderful for even the beginner quilter!

A pretty stack of quilts that are in the book!!

Here are some lovely pictures of some of the different collaborative swaps that are in the book!!

From the Super Small Swap section, the Hexie Table Runner. These three grandmother flower gardens are from Heather, Tasha and I. This one I put together and quilted, and it is on the cover!! Yippe!! :)

Also, from the Super Small Swap Section, the Selvedge to Selvedge String Pillow
Made by Chrissie

The Curvy Block Swap is from the Marvelous Medium Swap Section! Lovely blocks all with curves. I love how this one turned out, so modern and vibrant with the Tufted Tweets!! My block in this one is a dresden plate. :)

The Invisible 9 Patch Swap is in the Gorgeous Gigantic Swap section!! I really do love 9 patches, and the colors of yellow and grey are sure pretty!! This one Tasha and I quilted!! It was fun to work together on quilting this one!!

The Wonky Siggy Swap...wonky stars and all the contributors signatures!! I love how this one takes the modern wonky star, but then adds an old tradition of doing a signature quilt. Also you gotta love the colors, red, aqua, and pink!! :) In this quilt each one of the contributors did one block.

I really wanted to also include one of Ariels illustrations!! She did such a fantastic job!! She is so talented, and I have to say that I am so lucky that she designs for my shop!!

Aren't those some spectacular quilts, and that is just a small portion of them!! F+W Media is offering to any of our blog readers a special discount during the blog tour if you'd like to purchase the book. Just use promo code SEW2SWAP.

Also, here is the schedule for the blog tour, if you'd like to follow along~

November 7 Lovely Little Handmades

November 8 Stitches & Scissors

November 9 Cluck Cluck Sew

November 10 My Three Sons

November 11 Twin Fibers

November 12 Stitchy Quilt Stuff

November 13 The Creative Juices of Ariel

November 14 Texas Freckles

November 15 Quilt Dad

November 16 Artsy-Craftsy Babe

November 17 Little Miss Shabby

November 18 A Cuppa and a Catch Up

November 19 A Quilt is Nice

November 20 A Little Sweetness

November 21 House of A La Mode

November 22 I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts

November 23 Little Bit Funky

November 27 In His Grace