Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Project Digest #5, Dyeing Silk Ribbon

I've had a lot of interest for my silk ribbon dyeing method so the project digest has just been published. I hope you enjoy it. You can find it on my left sidebar or here.
You will also find a little gift included from my studio to yours.  I am offering the Project Digest binders in my etsy shop to keep each issue clean and together.

 For those who cannot purchase through Magcloud, I will keep a few on hand to order directly from me. Limited quantity.
I've also created a tutorial download to make pockets for the binder to hold a little project. You can choose from 12 of my crazy quilt images. Available here.

Enjoy your day.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Cooling down

The hint of Autumn is definitely in the air. I'm enjoying the cooler mornings as I sit on the porch swing sipping herbal tea watching the early bird getting the worm, the butterflies flitting from one phlox bloom to the next, and the bees gathering what pollen they can find from the August lilies, aka Naked Ladies.
The kids came to visit Saturday for Dh's birthday. We had a nice visit. I'm going to do a shopping day with Megan this week and have a nice lunch. I would like to see them more often, takes everyone on their own journey each day and time is ever passing.

Tomorrow I'm taking advantage of the 70 degree temps by planning a picnic with mom on a paddle boat. We used to always go out on the paddle boats while my dad and brothers were fishing at a local park. She has been wanting to go so I can't wait to surprise her. It will give us both a little exercise as well.

Last week I tried something different. I made bags from paper and laminate to keep in my Project Digest. They were so fast and easy, I decided to make a few designs and whip up directions to offer in my etsy shop for those who bought the Digest. Here is an example.

Just something fun to make and will come in handy. So, if you want to try them, they are in my etsy shop. There are four sets of two designs and come with directions.

I'm currently working on two projects which are gifts, so I can't share just yet. I finished two other gifts last night so today I am cleaning and possibly stitching later since I plan on enjoying family this week. I hope you enjoy your day. Tootles!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Time is passing....

I haven't had much time of my own lately. My blog seems to have cobwebs. With the hot, rainy  and humid summer we've been experiencing this year, my flower gardens and lawn has kept me incredibly busy, and I still have so much to do to get it under control.

I guess my priorities have changes. I'm spending more time with mom these days, and trying to keep the home front in order as well. I must be slowing down more than I thought. Time passes so quickly and I know you would agree that family time is most important. I have many ideas and plans set aside that I may not ever get to but I want to spend quality time with whomever I'm with, while I'm with them, so excuse my lack of blogging please.

I do have one idea I'd like to share. I need two volunteers who print onto fabric. I've put together  pages to print out of "fabrics" and a ciggie to make a small project or add your own additional fabric to make a larger project. I've already tried it and thought it would be great for those who don't have a knack for coordinating fabrics or for those not wanting to buy yardage.  So, email me at and the first two volunteers will get to download and try it. This is the purse I assembled with one sheet and one additional fabric. I've made sets in various colors. I would make sure the two volunteers had a different set to try.
You just print it out, cut apart, sew together, gather your embellishments and play!
So if you are feeling adventurous, shoot out an email and I'll get a sheet to you to play with.
Its the first day not in the upper 80's in a while, so I'm heading back outside to do what I can before the rain arrives. I hope you are enjoying your days.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Project Digest #4 Lace Dyeing is now released.

Just published the 4th project digest. Lace Dyeing using permanent dyes from Sara's Bloom. This is the first of three dye tutorial digests. Available here.
Pre-order Digest Binders are available by emailing or my etsy shop.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Catching up and Binders available

Phew! It has been one hot day after another. My energy has been zapped and I seem to get nothing done. I had to cut my trip short because mom had fallen and I wasn't sure she was telling me the truth about her injuries. No worries, she was shook up more than hurt. All is well. I did accomplish what I wanted as far as helping my friend with her cottage. Hot days up there too, but we managed with lots of cold water and a couple trips down to the lake. Thank you for your hospitality Jan and Jim. It was fun as always.

Well, I am offering the binders for the CQ Project Digests in my etsy shop. They are listed as pre orders, but I will be shipping the first five immediately, as they are here and waiting. Its the digest sized binder with five sleeves included. Here is a peek.

I hope you are staying cool wherever you are. Hydrate!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Rainy days make new Project Digests!

I just surprised myself and released the second series in my project digests. Thank you for your support and kind comments on the first issue. I hope some beautiful Shibori butterflies are being made.

This one is a tutorial on making the sewing kits that became so popular. I hope you enjoy it. Here
PS~ I wish I could do something about the shipping!!!!!!
I had a fun beach stroll the other day. Will share later, I'm off to see the kids this morning. Have a wonderful day!