julia project num. 3

here is project number three. :) this one is for Niki S who sent me the lovely yard. :)

it's a double sided CD holder...I added the elastic so she could put it above her visor...or somewhere else that is handy. :)  this was SUPER easy and quick...i made it during one nap time. 

things i learned: not all stabilizers are iron on. :)

and for some reason, it didn't use nearly the whole yard...but i guess a yard is required for how they ask you to cut it.  though i feel like you could cut it in a different layout and still be fine.

Niki-i hope you love it...and that you can get good use out of it!  Thanks for playing!

Wouldn't this be a great way to give someone a set of mixed CDs that you made for them?

he's quirky.

this post could also be called: 
i can't make this stuff up
what a weirdo 
so you think your kid is strange. 

moses is an interesting kid.  
some of his current favorite things include:

band-aid papers.  as in the little tabs that come off the back of a band-aid.  given the choice between the band-aid and the papers...he would choose the papers every time.

soda lids.  give this kid a soda lid when you get a fountain soda and he is in heaven.  probably the equivalent to giving you or i a twenty.

nuts, bolts and screws.  i can't remember the last time my dryer ran a quiet cycle.

junk mail.  he hovers over the daily mail just waiting to get his fix. 

toyotas and hondas. it is not unusual to hear "toyoya" or honda yelled from the back seat on a drive.

the fifty states.
as young as 18 months doug started to quiz moses on state location on a map he has in his room.  within a few weeks he could show you where the majority of the states were located and usually who we knew that lived there. 
he still loves states.  particularly, california and florida.  so i made him a three year old geek love version for him...and included virginia and new jersey.  
i made them for him last night and then took them to his room to show him when i got him up this morning.  he looked at them...said "i can't wait to show grandma and bop-bop" (who live in new jersey)...then said to me "this was so nice of you". 

i love him...in all his quirky uniqueness.

and people often ask me why i don't sell more shirts in my shop...well the truth is i would love to...but i can never find a consistent inexpensive source for shirts...BUT many people send me blank shirts to dress up for a small price.  you can always email me if you are interested. 

thanks for all the emails and thoughts...i don't if i will be able to respond to them all...but i am so thankful for each and everyone of you lovelies who read and respond. :)

have a happy weekend!

where i have been.

Those of you who have been reading this blog long enough have probably guessed that some things have been amiss. 

Ever since our trip to Baltimore a couple of weeks back, my world has been turned completely upside down.  It has been a crazy couple of weeks...without getting into too many details...since that trip I have:

had to walk away from unhealthy family members, leaving them solely in the hands of God.  Our only relationship for now will be my prayers for them and their restoration through Christ.

Being walked away FROM by other family members because of the choice we had to make above.  Being lied about and hurt in the process.  But knowing and recognizing that the enemy works in many ways to have us doubt our choices. 

My brother went overseas to Iraq for a year.

My best friend suffered a loss so great that I can't even begin to understand the depths and seas of her grief. 

My little sister moved in with us...and then moved out again. 

We got a kitten. :)

So needless to say...all my time and energies have been put to those areas, on top of all my other mommy and wife duties. We are starting to climb out and trying to use this Spring as our moving forward point.  We are blessed far beyond what we deserve and we know that our God is good and big enough to handle whatever we have to give him. :)

And I do want to do another McCheatsalot quilt...so hopefully I can show you how to make your own.  


please excuse...

Please excuse the lack of a 20 minute crafter post. 
We have been busy catching up...
...with our old friend...
the outdoors!
We were outside more... 
...on Friday, Saturday and Sunday...
...than we were for all of December, January and February.
Some of us learned how to walk in sandals...
...and some caught up with old friends.
And some of us were beginning to think...
...that Spring would never come. 

cheaty mc-cheats-a-lot

As far back as I can remember in school, as long as they gave you any choice in your class schedule, I choose art classes.  Art history, art appreciation, ceramics, drawing, painting, etc.  Always.  All through elementary, middle and high school.  Even community college.  All art classes.  
When I got to Radford, for some dumb reason, I thought it would be a great idea to branch out and try something new.  Break away from my art mold and do something different.  
Music appreciation it was.  Never-mind that I have NO natural rhythm or any kind of musical knowledge.  I was in big girl college now and was going to branch out, ok!?

Fail.  Big fat huge fail.  I was terrible at it (surprise!!).  The basic class structure required me to be able to hear a selection of music and be able to name the composer, genre, etc.  
I am certain that I have never studied for a class more. 
In fact I know it.  My entire educational career required very little studying on my part. 
If I showed up, took good notes and paid attention...I could pretty much just review my notes come test time and do great. 
Hours and hours I spent listening and listening.  Only to fail miserably at exam time. 
I was doing my best and still failing.  This would not do.  I would not compromise my awesome GPA for some dumb elective class.  But I was at a loss for how to do better.
Then one day I was talking to a friend, whose mother had gone to Radford and taken the same class.  And had the same troubles.  So how did she get through with an A?
Turns out...that she memorized what songs were on which records and the order that they were in.  So come test time, when the professor would grab the red record and play it...she knew the order of the selections.  Great idea.  Except the class I was in came with two four CD sets. 
I had to work a little harder at it.  But in the end I aced the class.  
I was awesome at THAT kind of memorization.  I knew the play list of each CD, sat at the front of the class and could see which CD he pulled from come test time.  He would put it in the CD player and then I would count the forward clicks.  Hello A.  Good bye bright ideas and back to what I knew...art.

So cheating or not? What do you think?  Not exactly one or the other, right?
I wasn't copying answers or anything like that.  I took advantage of the system.
And that was the closest I have ever come to really cheating on any test.  Ever.
I think this "quilt" is a little like that. 
Not quite quilt, not quite mass produced.
But the result is awesome and desirable.
Even if the means to get it weren't exactly what you would expect.
Eventually I want to make a quilt for my bed...but this lovely will do until then.  I imagine the boys will both be long in school before I actually get to that project.
So I thought outside the box...broke some sewing rules...and got what I wanted.
Something pretty, somewhat handmade and lovely.
All I did was sew some squares on a down comforter we already had.

And I will sleep well under it at night knowing that sometimes you just have to work a little differently to get what you want in life.


UPDATE!:: Here's a link to how I did it! :) Go here to learn how to make your own cheaty quilt!

for you.

in the shop now. :)

julia project num. 2

i hated these.
sorry to say it...but i hope to never make these again.
a lot of ironing and prep for these.
they were a lot of work for...well, potholders. :)

what i learned: 
-making potholders is totally annoying.
but I DID get to practice my binding corners. :) 

want to claim them?  shoot me an email. 
now...what to make next?
 new in the shop is this lovely little hoop...

 ...and TWO new wreaths will be listed later on today...I'll update
 this post when they are available.

happy Friday to you!
is it heavenly and spring like where you are too?

crafty math.

this mess of trims and ribbons.
plus a tiny fraction of my empty thread spools.
equals some pretty craft math.

20 minute crafter. easy peasy silhouettes.

Hellooooo!  It's crafty time!
Today's 20 minute crafter is 
Chrissie Grace...artist, author, mommy and more. :) 
You can visit her HERE.
Enjoy and think Mother's day...

 Hello! Welcome to my edition of "20 minute crafter."

Like many of you, Little Bit Funky is one of my very favorite blogs, so I am so honored to be sharing one of my projects over here with you!

This has got to be one of the easiest craft projects I've ever done...

Everyone knows that silhouettes are still super hot decor. 
If you haven't done one for your kids yet, you have no excuse now!:)

Supplies that you'll need:
~camera and a printer
~wooden plaque (I bought mine at Michaels for 79 cents)
~white paper (I prefer cardstock)
~Modge Podge
~black paint and a paintbrush
~hot glue gun

The first thing you need to do is take your picture. I have four little ones, so I put them on the same white wall one at a time, backed up about 2 feet, and got on my knees so that I was at their level. Don't worry about shadows or anything like that. Then just snap a few...

The plaques that I bought measure about 4 x 6, so I printed my photos at 3 1/2 x 5. I prefer to use cardstock, but if you only have regular printer paper it will work.

Cut out the profiles. I think it's much more interesting to get in all those pesky hairs! 
Cut away from the shadows if you have any...

Turn your silhouette over and paint it black. As you can see in my photo, the paper will curl a little, but after it dries, it should lay back down. Let it dry completely.

Using a thin layer of modge podge, glue your silhouette down. Go slowly to prevent bubbles. Use your finger to smoosh out any bubbles and to get it nice and flat. I also put a coat of modge podge on the top as well. Let it dry.

Cut a piece of ribbon about 8 inches long. Using hot glue, adhere it to the back.
Voila! You are done! Now hang it!

You may have noticed that I never painted my wooden plaques. I preferred the look of the light wood. You could vary this project by painting the background different colors, painting your silhouette a different color, or incorporating scrapbooking papers into the mix. I hung ours above our bed, but I think it would be a great idea to make them for scrapbooks too. 
Wouldn't it be cool to make one at the same time every year to document change?
Thanks for joining me on this little crafting adventure. I hope you have fun making some:)
xo, Chrissie

julia project num. 1

i finished my first julie project!
 this one was for four picnic placemats.
but as i made them i thought about how great they would
be for eating out...that is if you are one
of those moms like me who wipe down every
surface in reach of your kids in a public restaurant.

what i did different: i added a ribbon tie to the side, so 
when you roll them up, you can tie them up. :)

what i learned: ironing really DOES make the sewing
easier.  i can't believe i just typed that.  i hate to iron.

if you would like to claim one before i add them to the
shop they will be $6 each plus $2 shipping.
just email me. :)

they measure approx 15 1/2in by 10 1/2in.  washable.
there is a pocket for the utensils and napkin. 

Also this weekend I made my first :

Chocolate Cream Pie

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked
  1. Combine sugar, flour, milk, and chopped up chocolate in 2 quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble. Continue stirring for 2 minutes.
  2. Mix a little of the hot mixture into the egg yolks, beating rapidly to avoid cooking the yolks. Stir the warm yolk mixture into the remainder of the chocolate mixture, and cook for an additional 90 seconds. Remove from heat, and stir in butter or margarine and vanilla.
  3. Pour filling into pie shell, and chill until set. Top with whipped topping, and a little grated chocolate.

Totally indulgent...and yummy...and pretty easy too. :)



finally.  months ago my sister in law sent me some fabric to make
a curtain for her bathroom.  she sent me some photos for 
inspiration but pretty much left the design up to me.

i took months because...well i wanted to have the design figured out 
before i cut into the fabric...and i am so glad i waited. 

i love it!  so much so that i now want to make one...in brighter tones of course, 
for my kitchen window.  all i needed from her was how wide she
needed it and her fabric choices.  the result is adjustable...made stable
by some dowel rods inserted into pockets along the front. 

check being intimidated by curtains off of my list. :)
and, as promised...one more wreath in the shop...this one
with a sweet little bird nesting in it.  :)

I am overwhelmed by the number of you lovelies who 
want to send me a yard...i tried to email who i could, but for 
some of you i couldn't find an email...if you didn't hear
from me, could you send me an email? 

thanks and happy weekend!


in case you haven't seen...
...there is another wreath in the shop!
this one is aqua with a sweet little deer embellishment.
and to answer some questions:
for the blog book:
i used "standard portrait" and did not print the comments.
i did have to go in and check to be sure that all the photos
were positioned correctly and that there were no heads
cut off. the style i used was vivid.
i just ordered my vol. 2 and it was 160 pages and cost about $43.
it will have a yellow cover. :)

and as for the Julia project. yes! if you send me a yard i WILL
send you the finished project. BUT you can't choose the
project BUT you can send me a list of the top five you would
like me to use your yard on.

sound fair?

thanks for all of your wonderful feedback and comments
on both of the previous posts.

i LOVE to hear from you all and do my best to visit
every blogger that stops by.

your comment make my day!
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