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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.
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.
Photo courtesy of Not Quite Vintage
|Pumpkin Cranberry Bread|
|Submitted by: Linda White||Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
|Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Yields: 14 servings
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups white sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts
|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|
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…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:
A sweet box from Miss Sandy
Inside, mittens tied with a bow:
A giveaway prize from Monica
Glittered, jeweled, sparkling and dazzling to my eyes:
All the way from El Salvador, a Christmas surprise
A hand made chess set from 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Since there is no cute assistant to do the choosing, I put my hand in and picked this one
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!
Remember these witches? Well lookee what they became…
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.
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 great? Scary cool? Wicked easy? (Please stop me! I could go on forever!)
Enjoy the last bits of the weekend!
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!
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!