Friday, March 29, 2013

happy easter

Wishing you a most beautiful and blessed Easter!

"The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said."Matthew 28:5-6
Christ is Alive!!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

a spring sale

It is that time of year to do a little spring cleaning, so I am having a sale in my shoppe to make room for some new items that will be coming soon!! I have also just listed some more items that are on sale, so make sure you check them out in my sale section!
Have a most lovely and sweet day!! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

a sweet girl

 Happy Monday!
Hope that your weekend was lovely and you were able to enjoy some beautiful weather! On Saturday I went to a dear friend's baby shower and had a wonderful time celebrating her and the baby! I had so much fun making the baby gifts and now that the mommy has opened them, I can show you!
One gift was this cute name garland, that I used some pretty scraps of fabric, appliqu├ęd her name and added a little hand stitching around the letters, and then sewed it on twine. Simple, but sweet! 
  Another gift was a baby quilt that I made using a charm pack from the line Posy by Aneela Hoey, which I just loved when it came out! The colors are so pretty together, and that mint green is gorgeous!
 I tied the quilt with lavender pearl cotton in the corners and washed it to get it crinkly and soft, ready to be cuddled with!
 I also made some pretty burp cloths using white flannel on the back. 
 And, the last little gifts were patchwork baby bibs! I used this template from Amy of NanaCompany and some pretty pink, yellow, and mint prints for the patchwork. These colors are so lovely together and perfect for a spring baby! 
I just love how cute it came out! 
 And, for this one I used some left over prints from the quilt with some pretty vintage lace to adorn it. For both, I used pink gingham ribbon for the ties, and white flannel on the back. 
 These were so sweet to make, and I can't wait to see Naomi wearing them! 
The day of the shower was also my friend's birthday, so I made her a "Bless our Home" hoop art. I am working on a couple for the shoppe, along with one that has strawberries, which I look forward to showing you soon! I was so happy that all the gifts were well received and loved, and I can't wait to meet this precious baby girl in May! 

Wishing you all a most lovely and crafty week!



Friday, March 22, 2013

butterball

Happy Friday and Spring!
I hope that your week has been wonderful! I have been busy working on some baby shower gifts and a birthday gift, which I can't wait to share with you next week! The baby shower is tomorrow for a dear friend who is having a sweet girl expected to arrive in May. Yesterday, I finished all the gifts, and they are sweetly wrapped and ready for tomorrow! 

So, since I don't have any crafty photos to share, I thought it would be fun to share this darling vintage book to welcome spring in with you! I picked this up awhile back, and just fell in love with Butterball, that cute little chick! 
The Rand McNally & Company always has the sweetest books and illustrations!!
How adorable are all these sweet chicks!
Mother Hen has such a cute apron, with scallops and polka dots, oh my! 
And, the cutest of them all, Butterball hidden among the dandelions! I will let you enjoy the rest of the book! 
Well, I hope you enjoyed this darling little book! Wishing you all a beautiful and crafty weekend! 


Monday, March 18, 2013

an easter garland

Happy Monday!
I am so excited that it will officially be spring this week! And, I finished this little project just in time to welcome it in! 
I have been wanting to make a sweet spring and Easter garland ever since I saw this darling bunny garland from the most lovely and talented Sandra from Cherry Heart. She has such a beautiful blog, and I am always so inspired by her gorgeous creations! 
Then, I saw that Amy from NanaCompany also made an adorable spring garland, and they were both the sweetest to share their templates to make one, which you can find here and here! I loved them both, so I did a little combination!
I knew that I wanted to use some gingham for this project, so I took out some springy colors, along with my 30's Easter reproduction prints for the bunnies and eggs, and vintage eyelet lace to adorn the bottom of each piece. 
I added some hand stitching to each one, which always gives it such a sweet, handmade touch. It was such a fun little garland to make, and it has inspired some thinking for a summer garland with strawberries! We'll see what I come up with! 
With some little vintage wooden clothespins, it is hanging in my living room and ready to welcome spring in!! Thank you Sandra and Amy for sharing your darling templates and garlands!

Wishing you all a beautiful and creative week! 


Friday, March 15, 2013

a birthday placemat

Happy Friday!
This week flew by and it has been such a busy one. Thank you all so much for the sweetest comments on my vintage quilt!! It was so fun to make, and I am already thinking of making another one and I am on the hunt for another cutter vintage tablecloth!
  
I have been working on quite a few projects for some dear friends and custom orders for my shoppe. One little project is for a special boy who is turning the big "1"next week. I have been inspired by Amy's placemats from NanaCompany, and thought this would be the perfect gift for this birthday boy! 
I used some of my favorite grey and blue prints, along with some cute 30' reproduction ones. It was so hard not to add any pretty scallops or lace! 
A little hand quilting was added to some of the patchwork pieces to give it a handmade touch.
And, his initial sweetly placed on pretty aqua gingham! This birthday boy lives a couple states away, so it has been wrapped and will be off in the mail today!
Last week was filled with pretty mail! I ordered some gorgeous rose fabric from the most lovely Donna of Donna's Lavender's Nest! She has the sweetest selection of beautiful prints in her Etsy shoppe!! 
I have had my eye on this pretty one for awhile, so I was happy to finally be able to get some!! Thank you so much Donna!
The most lovely Holly of Damita's Pretty Wrap sent me these darling Easter goodies!! So, so cute they all are! Thank you Holly!
The sweetest Kim of Musings from Kim K sent me this adorable Easter basket that she created, which is so darling, and some wonderful vintage crochet and embroidery pattern books! I can't wait to try the patterns! Thank you so much Kim! 
And, the most lovely Jaime of Raising up Rubies sent me a little package, with this darling dress garland. She has a beautiful Etsy shoppe filled with pretties for all the crafty hearts out there! Thank you so much Jaime!
Well, I am off to finish working on my projects, and will be back to show you one of them on Monday! Do you have any crafty plans?
Wishing you all wonderful and crafty weekend sweet friends! 

Monday, March 11, 2013

a vintage patchwork quilt

 Happy Sweet Day!
Hope that you had a wonderful weekend! The rain cleared up on Saturday, and the sun came out and was shining brightly. I do love those days right after it has rained, with the big puffy clouds and crisp air! How was the weather for you?
Well, I am so excited to show you my finished vintage patchwork quilt!! I really love how sweet it came out, and it is my favorite quilt that I have made so far! 
 I love all the vintage fabrics and feed sacks mixed in with the pretty vintage cross stitch tablecloth. It was a great way to use some of my favorite prints and scraps!
I tied the quilt using a cream pearl cotton, and it worked out beautifully! I only tied in the corners, and was going to tie in the middle of the prints, but thought it would be too much. And after washing the quilt,  it did not fray like the embroidery floss, so I was happy! 
 For the binding, I did a sweet vintage peach calico. It was my goal to only use only vintage fabrics that I already had, and I am so glad that I had a lot of the calico to use for the binding, because most of my vintage fabrics are on the smaller side.
For the back, I used a lovely red rose and cream fabric, and decided to do a little patchwork from some of the pieces I use on the front. I usually don't spend a lot of time on the backing, but I think I might start! I really love how it turned out!   
After it was washed and dried, it really became so soft! I am thinking because the fabrics have been used and loved already that it made for an extra cuddly quilt! 
Thank you all so much on your sweet comments on my crocheted spring eggs! 
Wishing you a beautiful and creative week dear friends!