Thursday, April 28, 2011

De-cluttering and Organizing My Scraps

I do not know how many of you there are out there that save your scraps, I am one of you!  Sometimes I cut my scraps right after finishing a project, but sometimes I just get lazy and put them away in a bin (neatly piled).  So guess what I have been doing these past two days?  Well, if you guessed cutting up my scraps, you would be right.  I wish I had taken a picture of the pile before I started to cut them into squares, strips, and triangles, but I did not think about it until it was too late.  Here is the result of my labors.

I cut 2"- 8" squares (1/2 sizes too), 1" - 2 1/2" strips, and all sizes of triangles (these are left over from my bias binding cuts).

Then I put them in trays...

And put the trays in see through plastic bins...

And now I feel better.  The only thing that would make me happier is if I could find something to do with this...

By the way, this is only 1/2 the pile I have.  

Now I will ready for another scrappy quilt, I just have to search for a pattern I like.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Finished This Month's Christmas Through the Year Gift

I finished my Christmas Through the Year project for this month.  It was a Christmas table runner I started last November, but did not finish because I opted to give the recipient another gift.  Well, this year they will get this...

It looks a lot better in person, the lighting washes it out a bit.  

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mice From Trolle's-Verden (Denmark)

Oh my God!  I am one lucky blogger.  I entered Trolle's-Verden Candy giveaway and I won.  And today I received my package of mice...

They are so cute and crocheted beautifully.  I don't know how she does it.  They are so tiny, the large mouse is 4 1/2" tall and the little ones are only 2 1/2" tall.  There are better pictures on her web site.  Halinka is such a super talented woman.  She crochets these mice, sews dolls, and makes beaded amulets and necklaces.  Go on over and check out her blog.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pay It Forward 2011 and a Squishy Package

Okay so I am going to give this a try.  I am going to send a small 
handmade gift to the first three people who comment on this post. 
It comes from the theory that if you do something good for three people, 
and those people each do something for three more people, and this 
continues, many people will be touched.  Apparently this has been going
on in blogland and I was lucky enough to have been touched by 
Bahama Dawn.  She has sent me these beautiful handmade ceramic buttons.

Sorry for the poor picture quality.

Aren't they cute?  I am already making plans for them.

When you comment, please make sure I have some way to contact you.  
This means that if you do not have contact information on your blog or 
if you do not have a blog, you should leave me an email in your comment.  
Otherwise I will have to pick the next person on list.

Try and brighten someones day today!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Meet Daphne

Everyone meet Daphne...She is a very special girl.  She is dressed all in green tones because she is such a big fan of nature.  You could say she is very down to earth and friendly.  She does not care too much for jewelry, but feels compelled to wear matching leaf earrings and necklace.  She also sports a bracelet made of leaf beads as you can see in the detailed pictures.  Her elbows and knees are hinged using large painted wood beads and her fingers are fully flexible.  I love her hair and her relaxed attitude, hope you do too.

For now she is sitting peacefully in my sewing room  studio.