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DSC00851 I participated in the Craft Sanity postcard swap.  Our theme was Spring and we made a Spring theme  fabric postcard for a partner.  Elizabeth was my partner for this swap.  This is her first swap she has participated in.  I am sure, as the rest of us know, this will be the first of many. 

Both of the fabrics are thrift finds and I love the background strawberry fabric.  To make fabric postcards you place a thick interfacing between layers of fabric and bond it.  It is best to use fusible on both sides of the interfacing. 

If you are going to add any embroidery or sew anything to the front, do so before you fuse on the back.  Also, keep in mind the colors of the threads you are going to use.  If I had used a red thread to sew on the buttons for the flower centers I would have had to place another piece of fabric on the backside as it would show through.

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I found some new alphabet stamps over the weekend at Papyrus and used them to stamp Happy Spring onto the fabric.  I finished it with green thread for the border to bring out the green stems on the strawberries a bit more. 

I hope Elizabeth likes it.  It went in the mail to her on Monday. 

button fairy
Nenufar Blanco creates the most lovely button fairies and got the whole button fairy party started.  I found that she had an Etsy shop and was selling little button fairy brooches and HAD to have one.  She arrived in all her loveliness and I am thrilled.  She is a cutie, no?
I had previously given a sneak peek of the back of this postcard for Barbara.  She has received it so I can now show you the front. 
barbara’s postcard
See what I meant about the fabric dictating the design?  I loved the mix of the candy cane fabrics and thought it made a very cute postcard.  I found all 3 of the fabrics along with another one with a Christmas tree print the same day at Goodwill for 99 cents. 

Photo courtesy of Not Quite Vintage

Today, I will be working on this for the family I spend Christmas with each year and the lady that hosts the Christmas Day brunch I attend.  I try to have a little something for all of them.  I have the felt cut, the jumbo paperclips bought and now the sewing will commence.   You can get the tutorial here
Before I sign off, here is the recipe I created last night.  It is sooooooo good.
Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
Submitted by: Linda White Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Yields: 14 servings

“Delicious, moist and tangy bread. Good for lunch boxes and anytime snacks!”
INGREDIENTS:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
puree
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 9×5 inch loaf pans (or 4 mini loaf pans).
2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.
3. Combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil in small mixing bowl, beat until just blended. Stir the wet mixture into the dry with a wooden spoon until batter is just moistened. Fold the cranberries and walnuts into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. (If using mini loaf pans, begin checking bread after 25 minutes.)
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2007 Allrecipes.com Printed from Allrecipes.com 12/20/2007
As it my style, I dive in before assessing the status of all the ingredients.  I found that I only had about 1/8th of a cup of oil (I mean you NEVER run out of oil!).  I had some EVOO and thought, “oh well”!  It was great and you cannot taste the EVOO flavor.  I was torn between adding that and adding applesauce  as a substitution.  Glad I went for the oil as it is moist and lovely as pumpkin bread should be.
The weekend before Christmas is about here.  Enjoy!  Hope your list is either done or thisclose to done!

Sorry for the wrapping of the post, wordpress codes are not working today.

 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!

…but a box full of pressies from swappers and blog buddies I hold dear!  My mailbox was so full its sides could barely contain the goodness!  They fell into my arms as I opened it. 

Twas a fabric postcard from Vicki
reminding me of the Aunt’s Reynold’s Wrap silver tree:

vicki card

A sweet box from Miss Sandy
Inside, mittens tied with a bow:

miss sandy

A giveaway prize from Monica
Glittered, jeweled, sparkling and dazzling to my eyes:

monica pressies

All the way from El Salvador, a Christmas surprise
A hand made chess set from Oriana*.

oriana

*Oriana, if you are reading this please e-mail me so I can say thanks and link to your blog.

Merry Christmas to me, indeed!  If he keeps this up the mailman might get a hug!  Might, I say!

I am a bit late posting today.  My friend Brenda and I went to a sweet tea room in Prince George to have lunch.  The Gourmet Briar Patch  was lovely.  I had some quaint tea sandwiches, mini quiches, the BEST chicken salad (something sweet and walnuts in it), a pot of Cranberry tea (from India), and washed it down with a piece of Eggnog Cake!  Yummy!

Brenda is so sweet she even had an edible pressie (or 3) for me.

brenda pressie

I gifted her with one of the mitten brooches I created a few days back.  Brenda has a lot of my brooches and creations.  Isn’t that what friends are for?  :O)

Happy Tuesday to all and to all a Great Night!

He seems to be bringing me packages that are ALMOST making up for the post office messes.  Yesterday was a great mail day.

First, there was a completely unexpected fabric postcard from Barbara

postcard

It is lovely with the faintest tree pattern to the background fabric and the decorated tree.  It is lovely, thanks Barbara!

Next, I did a trade with Sue.  I had some dominos that I couldn’t use and offered them up to her as I thought they might be the ones she was looking for.  To say thanks, she let me pick 2 of her new pendants.  How sweet that she sent me both with another tied on the package. 

pendants

I wore one today and got so many compliments!  Thanks, Sue!

Lastly, I received the felty pins from my swap-bot swap.  They are the cutest things that I have ever seen.  Patabearsent me some kawai items and some beachy stickers also. 

brooches

I love how she used fur yarn to make the whale’s spray.  The elephant is just so tiny and pink.  Too cute! 

I can show you my Christmas postcard now that Kate has received it. 

christmas postcard

She and I did a 1:1 swap.  This card was inspired by a card I saw on a paper cardmaking blog.  It used strips of various ribbons to make the tree.  I used some fabric ribbons to make the tree and the pot that holds it.  The stem is from some edges of the Vera towel I used for the tote I sent to Abbie. 

I did a 1:1 swap-bot swap with Tangled Threads.  I sent her this button fairy that I gave you a sneak peek of earlier.  Since it was delivered today, I can show it to you.

button fairy

And since she loves the Eastern Mountain Bluebird so I made her this bluebird felty pin.  I thrifted a book a while ago about Eastern birds and on the inside they had a silhouette of this bird.  I kind of freehanded this one a bit. 

bluebird

And here is the part where the humor comes in.  Please immediately read this post  by Miss Sandy about her Christmas “miss”hap.   I laughed so hard that I piddled.  And who of us has not ever uttered the words, “I will, at the next commercial” to our parents.

Hope the week went well!

First, the WIPs

wip2

I finished Nathan’s robot can.  I added the Acme (everyone needs an Acme robot, right?) and the N is for Nathan and the 07 is for the year it was sent. 

wip1

I started cutting out the button fairies for my swap-bot swaps.  I am participating in 2, a 1:1 and a group swap.  I need to make 4 total. 

Next, check out my 1:1 Christmas postcard swap from Kate

wip1

The snowflake almost seems to float on top.  It is not completely bonded and appears to be made from interfacing.  It came from England and made the trip beautifully!  She should be receiving mine any day now and I will post it once I know she has received it.

Kate used paper for the back.  I never thought to stitch paper for the backing.  I might have to give it a try.

Now for the DRUMROLL part!

I placed all of the names of the people who left a comment on this post  in a pretty bowl.

names

Since there is no cute assistant to do the choosing, I put my hand in and picked this one

southerngirl

The South has risen again…er….Southern Girl  has won!  Let me know what you would like and where to send it via my e-mail address at the top left of my this page. 

Hope your week is going 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.

xmascardpeek

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!

Remember these witches?  Well lookee what they became…

Swap-bot Halloween Postcards Completed

I added some pumpkin background fabric, embroidered a couple of spiderwebs, sewed on spiders from my Halloween confetti, added glitter glue and verigated thread that the colors reminded me of candy corn.  Since the embroidery was done with black thread I had to place a heavy(ish) muslin on the back and then fuse the background fabric to that so you wouldn’t see the black through it.  Pair the front with this swirly fallish background fabric and you have one sweet postcard for my swap partners.  (Stay tuned to see how you can partner without the reciprocal swap!)

I also finished two other projects to consign.  Start with a thrifted messenger bag in either tan, green or khaki, wash them, iron them and then embellish them with fabric, a bit of embroidery, buttons, lace, some fancy stitching, threads, etc.     I find the templates mainly using children’s coloring pages which I locate using Google’s image search function.  The coloring pages are usually the outline of the objects and are normally large images, too.  If you are specific in your search terms (template OR coloring AND tree OR teacup OR your image here) you can normally locate what you are seeking quickly.  If you play around with the image in Word or your photo printing program you can size it as you need it.  I find that resizing it in Word gives me the most specific sizes I need.  I use my photo editor program to crop out the parts I don’t want to print as much as possible and then print the image on heavy paper so I can save it for another use as needed. 

Tree EmbellishmentTeacup Embellishment

I fuse the image to the fabric with Wonder Under and then embroider around the image if the fabric permits it.  The tree was placed on a leather tote bag that I found nearly impossible to hand embroider.  I decided to use my machine and stitch around the image (don’t shudder, it was a very soft and thin leather or I would not have thought about it).  After the sewing I then took my fingers and roughed up the edges of the fabric to cause it to fray a bit.  I like them to look rustic.  After that it seemed to be a bit on the plain side so I located four buttons that matched various parts of the leaves  and sewed them on with yellow embroidery thread to make them pop a bit. 

With the teacup, I outlined the image with a blanket stitch and added some outlining at the bottom of the cup to separate it from the saucer.  You are probably wondering why I placed that piece of fabric in the middle of the grommets on the strap?  It was because I was missing that grommet.  The fabric is on both sides and I outlined the patch with a zig zag (2 times around) and then a X (2 times also, with the zig zags placed bottom to bottom so it looked like a design) in the middle to reinforce it more as it will get a bit of weight on it.  On the inside of the bag by one of the pockets there were several short red ink lines…enter big wooden vintage asian inspired button and it was never there.  It happens to have been on the flap right on top of the velcro closure ideal place for a button, right! 

The messenger bags are easy to find at the thrift shops and don’t we all like them better after they are broken in?  Someone did the breaking in for us.  I sold this one  to see how much “action” it got before I invested in making more.  There were several people that made comments about how much they liked it, wanted it, needed to get the money to buy it, asked if I had other designs, etc.  I decided to go ahead and make more of them.  I get the bags for a song, the fabric is mostly my scraps from other projects.  It is a very inexpensive, but sometimes time intensive and visually appealing item.  You never know what people will like??

Now the part where you can partner, too.    If you leave a comment about any of the projects, questions or thoughts to tweak any of them, I will put your name in a hat and pick one on Friday.  I will send you a Halloween fabric postcard (I made an extra one), too.  Complete with a personalized greeting from me and sent via mail to you!  Boo-tiful, no?  Bewitchingly greatScary cool?  Wicked easy?  (Please stop me!  I could go on forever!)

Enjoy the last bits of the weekend!

Birthday Fabric Postcard

Here is a birthday postcard I made for a friend’s birthday.  I used some lace that I got in the Swap-bot Just Stuff swap and dusted off some of my embroidery skills.  It is surrounded with the chain stitch and on the lace are french knots with some starbursts at the top to simulate the candle flickering. 

 I used Amy Butler fabric (Belle, Pink Henna Paisley) for the cake, candle, flame and some circle fabric for the background.  I am not sure of the maker of the circle fabric, but got it from Joann’s in the fat quarters.  It is outlined with a shell stitch. 

I forgot to take a picture of the back, but there is a blue background fabric with pink circles.  It matches the bit of blue you cannot see in the paisley.  The pink circles match the pink in the Amy Butler fabric.  It is a bit darker and busier than I normally place on the back of a postcard, but I was able to write on it well and it shows up, so once again a new postcard making frontier. 

I spent part of the day today organizing my craft room.  It is a start, but still a long way from where I want it to be.  I found a large jar to hold my threads at the Goodwill for $2.25.  It is over 1 1/2 foot tall with a lid.  The threads should look like an old jar full of candy.  Yummy! 

Birthday Fabric Postcard

I thought I would give you a closer pic of the card, too. 

For those of you that are working this week, enjoy the short week! 

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