Sunday, October 7, 2018

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


I have spent both Saturday and Sunday playing tennis with my girl.  I love that she wants to play with me and that it gets me outside and exercising.  A big bonus for me!


And if you know me, I love Pinterest.  I have a gazillion boards on there. Well, now I have a tennis board too.

my first tennis crush

I love the wooden rackets.  I'm thinking of going to the thrift store and finding some to add to the wall in the kids bathroom.  It's kind of plain in there and could use something fun.

Did you know that there is even crafts for you to make with your tennis racquets?  So fun, I don't think anyone knew to do this.  It's even Christmas themed!


Enjoy the Sew Katie Jean Pinterest boards!  Don't spend the whole day on there like I do :D





Tuesday, September 25, 2018



Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday!


My first post here and my first share.




This is the littlest pincushion ever.  And I want one all to myself!



Aren't they just super cute!  I just couldn't resist sharing it.


It's a little pin cushion made with a recycled plastic bottle cap!  Aren't you surprised? I was.  Plus, here's a little known fact about me....I do love to recycle.

This came to you from Tea Rose Home
She has a beautiful blog that you could just get lost in for days looking at all of her romantic creations.



Now for me to make one too!
And let me know in the comments if you make one.

btw....
did you know I'm on Instagram?


Sunday, September 23, 2018




If you don't know by now - I have moved back to California.  
It's been about a year... I thought you would like to know.




Luckily, my husbands wonderful job, let him work remote.  So he has made an office out of what was my sewing room and used to be our living room.


This is my view from my morning walk when I'm lucky enough to get out there

Our kids are incredibly happy to be back at our home, which we rented out and were able to move right back into.  I loved being in Georgia, made some great friends, but nothing is better than being home.


Now it's my goal to start blogging again!  Beginning with Tutorial Tuesday.  Fun tutorials from some of my favorite blogs. I hope you enjoy learning something new with me each week.
It's great being home again!




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I have pretty much all of my fabric boxes unpacked. I think.  I found this nice drying rack at a local thrift last month.  $5. and it folds down so I can store it behind the closet door.



So now is the time to hand wash what I can, iron, and take cute pictures. 

Isn't she lovely?

I am finally listing my vintage and vintage inspired handmade items on my etsy site.

Don't Kiss Me


Everything is really priced to sell.  Sharing the love of everything vintage!

Monday, August 22, 2016

I have finally visited a quilt shop in Georgia!  Red Hen Fabrics in Marietta.  And it was a 1 hour drive for me!



Driving through Atlanta is no joke. I had heard that the driving here is bad.  But so what? I thought.  I have driven in other big cities: San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago.  How bad can it be in Atlanta? Now I know why my car insurance costs more here.  It's crazy. The people are nice here, but put them behind the wheel, it's another story.  

Any way......




Before we moved here, I googled quilt shops near me.  And then I signed up for their newsletters. When I got the email from Red Hen for their Aeroplane Bag class, I had the day off from work, so I signed up.




I have always wanted to make a bag like this. Especially since I am packing challenged.  I always take more than what I need on a trip. And I knew that I wouldn't make this bag on my own. Especially when zippers were involved!  So I was happy to sign up, make the drive, and visit this cute quilt shop!



I'm going to Virginia in October.  So, I'll share another picture with you then of how this bag worked for me as a carry on.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

It's only four weeks away until our big move to Georgia.

just inside our front door

Having lived in California all my life, this is a huge move for us.

I guess it would be for anyone. But my family, on my mother's side, has been here since 1850.  They came in covered wagons from Missouri. Took them 9 months to come. They are the real deal.


I am finding myself looking for ways to bring my "Californianess" to Georgia without being too obvious. I have found these neat bricks from our local pottery, Gladding McBean.



Can you read the "Lincoln" stamped on them? These are from one of the large kilns used at the pottery, a distinctive yellow clay.



I found them at a local 100 acre ranch in rural Lincoln. I am excited to find a place for them in my new garden.


The problem is I only have five of these bricks.  Do you think my husband would kill me if I got some more?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Oh my goodness. I have been thinking about nothing but the layout of this quilt.  Do you get like that? I just want to change one little thing, and it takes me a few days to figure out how to do it.  Like it's my first quilt. Which was cute, Mary Engelbreit fabric, but a mess of a layout.


I have decided to use a print for both my background and letter. Unlike my first letter A, that has a creamy white background.  I think I might re do that one....


So in using two prints for each block, I have decided to have 1 1/2" borders all around each block. That way each letter will look centered.  And I won't have a huge border going through the middle of each row of letters.


I know this isn't rocket science.  But I have to visualize so much and make sure that I will really like it.  It's like putting together a puzzle for me.  A puzzle that I don't want to have to do over.


Even with the pattern being online still, I am so thankful to have so much quilt (layout) inspiration out there.


Did I tell you, I started another Pinterest board for this quilt. That makes 133 boards, who needs that many?! Anyway.... you will find the links to the letters will be there too.


Here you can see how I added the 1 1/2" border to both sides.  Now I just need to cut down the top and bottom borders.  These shown here are 2 1/2".


This is the block from the Cotton Way blog, where you will find your letter C pattern. I love how she added a little Sawtooth Star!  I must try that in one of my blocks :)  This one is made as a mini quilt. So cute for your sewing room!