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DSC00841_0One of my favorite consignment shops to visit is The Butterfly at the corner of Libbie and Patterson in Richmond.   My other favorite thing is Lotta Jansdotter.  I love her minimal designs, the simplicity and how she translates these items into textiles and papers. 

I like to buy her stationery from Anthropologie and her birdie post-its are a real fav of mine.  

The only other tote I found of Lotta’s that I own was purchased from The Butterfly also.  I decided I needed to Spring this one up a bit more and created the springy brooch that I placed on it.  I cut strips of fabric about 6-8″ long at varying widths and then folded them in half and sewed and then gathered them.  There are 3 layers in this one.  I topped that with a vintage blue button and then placed a pin on the back to complete it.  It is the right pop of spring for the tote. 

First Crocus

by Christine Klocek-Lim

clr gifThis morning, flowers cracked open
the earth’s brown shell. Spring
leaves spilled everywhere
though winter’s stern hand
could come down again at any moment
to break the delicate yolk
of a new bloom.
The crocus don’t see this as they chatter
beneath a cheerful petal of spring sky.
They ignore the air’s brisk arm
as they peer at their fresh stems, step
on the leftover fragments
of old leaves.
When the night wind twists them to pieces,
they will die like this: laughing,
tossing their brilliant heads
in the bitter air.

©2007, Christine Klocek-Lim

Can’t you see spring coming up all around us? 

Before I start the “flashing”, let’s cover some other topics…

  1. Why when you are shopping and you see something you want do you stop the cart in the middle of the aisle caddy-corner to block all through traffic?
  2. Why do you look for a street with a string of cars on your bumper because you are cruising at oh….5 mph and not pull over so we can pass?
  3. Why when you are in a store and I am checking the rack beside where you are looking do you feel that is reason to engage me in a lengthy conversation about your purchases and the use of each?
  4. Why do you place your cart in line at the checkout and then say, “oh I forgot something” and then leave your cart there and expect me to push it up for you until you come back with an armload of additional items?
  5. And the one that sends me over the edge… Why, oh why do you stop in the middle of an aisle when I have been on your heels for the entire time and then when I finally utter “excuse me” play like you had no idea I was there?

Whew, that feels better.  Those are some of the things that make me go hmmmmm….and they all happened to me yesterday in short order!

{deep cleansing breaths}

Now on to a happier place and time.  My swap pressies were received by my partners so I can reveal the items I sent

First, the Valentine Button Fairies I sent to TraySeeH, YooperHill, and rubberstampcollector  for the swap-bot swap. 

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valentine fairy 2
valentine fairy 1

I am still finding the blue Martha Stewart glitter everywhere.  I am starting to think it is pro-creating itself. 

Next up is the Three Altered Charms for Thee for Lisapotterylady, jstubbs, and qmock again for a swap-bot swap.  Below are front/back of each.

altered charm1
altered charm1 back

altered charm2altered charm2 back
altered charm3
altered charm3 back

MaryAnn and I are doing a 1:1 swap.  I sent her this pendant and she is sending me one of her Uglies

owl pendant
owl pendant back

So, I have been busy creatively.  I am still working on Barb’s hanging heart for the Sweet Goodness swap.  Some assembly is still required.  (Psst…Barb that is another hint!)

Have a great day!

I thought I should return to blogging of the crafty nature.  After all, I am supposed to be crafty!

On Saturday at Feathernesters it was a lovely lunch with my friends Angela and Amy.  Crafting of ornaments for both of them ensued on the night before and here is what they received.

A dove using a tutorial from Bella Dia for Amy. 

dove

The felted sweater I used was a bit thin so I decided to sew it and turn it instead of sewing as the tutorial indicates.  I didn’t cut it any larger to accommodate for it.

Owls using this Japanese tutorial  for Angela and Amy’s daughter, Brianna. 

owls

I couldn’t get what to do with the bottom, so I used the sewn together owl to cut a circle that I sewed onto the bottom.  It made a nice base so it can stand or hang. 

Angela gave me some scrapbook paper and I used a bit along with some text from a magazine to make this pendant for me.

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Inspired by the owl ornaments, I made this owl brooch.

owl brooch

And I had given you a few sneak peeks previously and now that they have been received here are the items.

The sneak peek  for Christy, my Sweet Sister Swap partner, was the button closure of this felted wool patchwork tote. 

tote fronttote inside

tote back

The patches are made from sweaters that I thrifted/felted and cut randomly.  I then added the patchwork squares with pinked edges for a bit more color and some pretty vintage buttons to hold down the centers.  I was hesitant to use fusing as it might burn the wool.  I put lots of pockets on the inside, too (a must).  The inside is a thrifted skirt that I liked the material.  I also lined the inside of the handles with it. 

I was so happy how this turned out that I will soon make myself one.  I came thisclose to not getting this in her box of goodies.  If you want to see what I sent to her for the swap you can see here

And this sneak peek was the button on this necktie scarf for Kiva.  She won the 100th post giveaway.

kiva’s scarf

Whew, that was a lot of craftiness.  What could she possibly have left?  Stay tuned!

Hope your weekend was great and the week off to a good start.

 Can you picture it?  A 5′ 10″ dwarf with a silly hat and the funny shoes sewing away! 

I am, in the words of my friend Clara, statuesque.  Always taller than the others and “big boned” {insert: never met a sweet that I didn’t like}.  I remember in grade school, since I was a sturdy kid, I always got the privilege (??) of carrying my teacher’s tray back to the cafeteria after lunch.  The untold joy of “you’re tall, can you get that for me?”  And the one that makes my heart sing…”Hey grab that side of this very heavy thing and HEAVE!” 

Never was good at basketball and contrary to assumptions, you are “not good” at b-ball just because you are tall!  However, if they needed a wall on the court to stand there with arms flailing and jumping, I would be the girl! 

Apparently, I have some things to work through (still)! 

I owed a couple of items so got busy last night making the promised.  First, I worked on the Christmas postcard for Barbara.  Here is the back of the card, the front will be posted once she has received it. 

postcard back

I have an aversion for solid backs on my cards.  It is always a challenge to see what I can use and still have the writing/address show up.  Since I posted the pic of the other card already, I felt I owed Barbara a new one.  I really like it and it was made from material I thrifted from the Goodwill last week.  The fabric dictated the design which you will see when I post the front as soon as Barbara receives it.  It is going out today, Barbara. 

Next, I made the necktie scarf that Kiva requested.  Kiva won my 100th post giveaway and was able to choose from all of my crafty repertoire for her prize.  Here is the sneak peek of what is going into the mail today for you, Kiva.

necktie button

Is that the coolest button!  I was digging through my bountiful bottles of buttons and came upon it.  Love it and it is the perfect compliment to the tie it’s on.   I will post the entire scarf once Kiva has received it so I don’t spoil her surprise.  She has been feeling a bit puny, so hope this will make her smile. 

And a bit of humor for us all:

Helpful Holiday Diet Tips

 1. If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories

2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out

3. If you eat standing up, it doesn’t count!

4. STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backwards

5. If you eat the food off someone else’s plate, it doesn’t count

6, Cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breakage causes calorie leakage

7. Food used for medicinal purposes have no calories. This includes: any chocolate used for energy, brandy, cheesecake, and Haagen-Daz Ice Cream

8. When eating with someone else, calories don’t count if you both eat the same amount

9. Movie-related foods are much lower in calories simply because they are a part of the entertainment experience and not part of one’s personal fuel. This includes: Milk Duds, popcorn with butter, Junior Mints, Snickers, and Gummi Bears.

Hope your week is winding down well!

 Some of you may not be old enough, but I remember Henry Kissinger always talking about Detente.  I knew it had to do with warring countries and making nice, but not much more than that.  I guess the USPS and I are working on a new kind of detente.  I comment on them and the mailman brings the peace offerings.  That is detente I can get behind!

dé·tente    (dā-tänt’, -täɴt’)  n.  

  1. A relaxing or easing, as of tension between rivals.
  2. A policy toward a rival nation or bloc characterized by increased diplomatic, commercial, and cultural contact and a desire to reduce tensions, as through negotiation or talks.

Look what he brought me on Saturday.  This certainly helps!

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This lovely packaging and the added FQs were only the beginning.  Inside was the sweetest little button fairy in my favorite colors of pink and yellow. 

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Tangled Threads painted the wings and glittered her up prettily.  She is really cute and I love her.  She was for a 1:1 swap on swap-bot.   

And here is what I have been working on over the weekend and a bit this morning as I watched Regis and Kelly.

girl brooches

A couple of brooches.  I used a page from a thrifted Latin/English dictionary for the background.  The images on top came from a magazine.  I am going to try some new techniques inspired by Perpetual Plumand we shall see where they go.  I like the touch of adding the embossing powder and the acrylic sealer instead of the mod podge. 

And one of the button fairies for my swap-bot swap is headed to Germany.  I started working on her first.  The lady that is the recipient I am quite a fan of her work. I cannot read most of her blog as it is in German, but I love the eye candy and her creations, too.  I have participated in a few swaps she has headed and feel a bit of pressure to make this one great.  Enjoy, if you are checking, here is a sneak peek. 

enjoypeek

As you can see, I found glitter!  Enjoy mentioned glitter twice in her profile, so I believe that means it is important to her.  I still need to do a bit of tweaking before she is mailed, but hope to have her out later this week. 

Here is a recipe I found in Real Simple.  It looks super easy and YUMMY!  I need to go to the store to get the biscuits and the bananas, but will give them a try.

Quick Sticky Buns

 

1 1/2 T butter, sliced into 10 pieces
1 medium banana, thinly sliced
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
3 T brown sugar
1 (7.5 ounce) tube buttermilk biscuits
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop a piece of butter in the bottom of each of 10 compartments of a muffin tin. Arrange the banana slices on top. Sprinkle the pecans and brown sugar over the bananas. Top each compartment with a biscuit. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Place a baking sheet on top of the tin while the buns are still hot. Carefully flip the tin over, tapping the bottom to release the buns. Serve warm.

YUM!  Sweets always start the week well! 

Imagine my surprise and delight this morning as I awakened and opened the blinds to see the snow flurries.  Especially when the last thing I watched before going to sleep was the news.  The weatherman said I would not see it…the air was too dry…we are too far south…blah…blah…blah…  Gladly, Mother Nature had other plans for my morning!

I took several pictures to prove I was not hallucinating, but sadly none of them came out.  My camera couldn’t catch the flakes.  So you have to take my word for it. 

It has now warmed to the point that they have stopped, but nonetheless, my soul is lifted a bit just by watching them drift to the earth this morning.  I love the first bit of snow.  It makes the winter real for me and makes me feel like the holidays are here.

I created a button fairy last night for a swap and started on 3 others.  Here is a sneak peek as I am mailing it today to my partner.

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Hope your day is filled with flakes, too!  The snowy kind, that is!

 I was tagged by Miss Sandy of Quill Cottage to reveal 5 things you don’t know about me.  So I scratched the ole noggin’ and here goes:

  1. I eat items on my plate one at a time and entirely.  No bite of this, bite of that for me!  When it is done and all the piles empty, I will fill the plate again.
  2. My Daddy gave me the nickname Piggy.  It might have had something to do with the fact that I was shoving some food in my mouth at the time.  I have a VERY small collection of pigs in honor of this. 
  3. I once sang The National Anthem with a quartet of ladies to open a Richmond Braves game.  My part is the high soprano. 
  4. I have kept a journal for years and have thus far filled 10 with my thoughts.  It is not written in daily, but as I have significant events to share or something to work through.
  5. I have had a humongous crush on Dennis Farina for years.

Now I am supposed to tag 5 others to play along.  I will mention 5 blogs and they can play or others can fill in for them. 

  1. Heidi from Everyday Cookies.  She thinks you should have something sweet every day.  That is a philosophy I can get behind!

  2. Vicki from Field Trips in Fiber.  I met Vicki when she taught my fabric postcard class at a local quilt shop.  Check out her creations they are fabulous!

  3. Jane from Jane’s Apron.  I love her pattern inspired creations. 

  4. Vallen of Queenly Things.  When I think of elves, I think of Vallen.  I believe she was an elf in another life.  So full of creativity and energy.

  5. Lastly, The Sky is Pink.  Any woman who can create with 6 children should be immortalized!  My favorite part is where she tracks the kids trips to the school nurse annually.

Here is what I received in the mail over the weekend.  Some buttons for my winter coat from the thrift shop made by Magpie Pottery.  She made them special just for me. 

buttons

And this is what I am working on today.  A robot can for Nathan to send with the next swap to Christy

robot can

The white stuff on the robot is the glue that is still drying.  I hope Nathan likes it, but it will be filled with candy and he will surely love that!  I need to tweak it a bit as it looks a bit plain to me.  Let me do some research to see what robots have on their bodies.  Hmmmm…..creativity takes research!

Hope your week is starting well!

Cinny do!  I love reading blogs and getting inspired, getting new ideas, and because I am nosy and want to know what you are up to!  You never cease to amaze me with your creativity. 

Yesterday, I saw a post on showing a wreath made from a coiled pipe cleaner.   I had to stop at Michaels to get some candy canes to finish my snowmen, so while I was there I bought some pipe cleaners and embellishments for the holiday.  The candy canes I bought for the snowmen to use for arms.

wreaths

Wrap a pipe cleaner around a pencil tightly and then stretch it out a bit (each wreath takes 2).  I then coiled the ends into each other to form the wreath.  Add some embellishments and a bit of ribbon and you are in business.  Minutes of time and you have an heirloom. 

Next, I was onto a felted wool and button ring I saw.  As you know, I have a plethora of felted wool and buttons. 

ring

Cut the felted wool, blanket stitch it together and then sew on the button.  This one was a button that I found thrifting yesterday.  Isn’t it cool!  You can make them a bit smaller as they stretch a bit and depending on how much you wear it might get too big if you make it to size.  Cute, original, and fun! 

Lastly, I finished (a few days ago) my Christmas fabric postcard for my 1 :1 swap with Kate.  Since I believe she checks my blog, here is a sneak peek.  I will mail it at the end of next week to her in England, after she has received it I will post the entire card.  It was inspired by a posting on a card making blog I saw.

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The background fabric is from this thrifted fabric

Tomorrow is the Grand Illumination, the Holiday Market, the Bizarre Bazaar is in town and there is lots and lots to do!  Enjoy the rest of your week!

The brooches were finished,
the buttons and pinbacks attached.

tiebrooches

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While stockings were started, 
the cutting, gluing, embellishing, and stitching begun.

stockings

While visions of snowflakes danced in my head.

Most of my friends would say I am a bit flakey!  Hope all is going well!

Today I am working on some projects involving the left over tie pieces from my necktie scarves.  I use every bit of the ties.

From the 2″ at the very end I use this pattern for necktie daisies. And for the piece in between I make necktie roses.  Mine are not as full as I am not using as large a piece of tie.  I use about 12″ or so depending on the length of the tie.  I also stitch the pin back directly to the flower instead of gluing.  I feel it is more secure.

And here is a recipe to share.  It is much more appetizing than its name!  Even better when warmed up the day after and topped with whipped cream and/or ice cream.

Dump Cake
Submitted by: Wilma Hull
Rated: 5 out of 5 by 66 members
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ready In: 50 Minutes
Yields: 24 servings

“This cake is just as easy as dumping ingredients in a pan.”

INGREDIENTS:

1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie

filling (or any pie filling)

1 (15 ounce) can crushed

pineapple (tuna can sized)

1 (18.25 ounce) package

yellow cake mix

8 ounces chopped walnuts

1/2 cup butter (1 use 1 stick of margarine)

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a 9×13 inch pan dump cherries and pineapple.  Do not mix. Sprinkle dry cake mix over pineapple, and cherry mixture stir until just combined. Then sprinkle walnuts over top. Drizzle top with melted butter or margarine. (I cut the stick of margarine into pats and be sure to cover the entire top as this helps to brown it.)
2. Bake in a 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 35 or 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy! 

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