sewing

Fancy’in Up The House! Pillow Tutorial

 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I love to decorate and bake and give and sit in the sparkle.  Decorating the house is a lot of fun….and I found the easiest, most funnest, super simplest tutorial that looks AMAZING when they’re done….. SPROCKET PILLOWS!!! I made a few for gifts last year, and when I pulled out mine to add to our festive decor, I *knew* I had to share the joy of making them. Even if you’re not a strong in the sewing area; this is…

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life recipe

Handmade Homemade Christmas Traditions Pt 2

I love to do a handmade Christmas.  I mean, let’s face it. We all of us mostly have everything we need. And these days, if we need something, usually, we can just run down to the nearest big box and grab it. And handmade or homemade gifts, well, they’re just that extra special touch for the holidays. I remember as kids; my next door neighbours always made trays of cookies, treats and  handmade ornaments for the trees for us. And I remember ‘helpin’ in the kitchen as Mom made up…

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life recipe

Home Made Spice Rub!

Here’s a little sumthin’ that I like to whip up for the cooks in my life. Super easy, VERY affordable, and looks great when you’re done. Head to your nearest Bulk Barn or equivalent – any Bulk food store will do. Next trip, any local Dollar store to pick up fancy labels and jars. Similar ones to this were THREE for $1.25 You can get fancy labels to peel & stick, too! 45 for 1.25!  Photo credit: Spruce Up Organization This is the mix I use, and the approximate amounts…

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baking life

Holiday Traditions.. Life!

The older we get, the more ‘traditions’ become important to us.Everyone has theirs…what are yours? Recently, I’ve had a lot of changes in my world. Moving countries, moving cities, ailing parent, career changes… you name it. So, traditions … now…. with all the changes, everything that WAS is now…Different. SO, time to create NEW traditions!!!!  In my NEW home!  With my NEW Fiance!!! ( Well, he’s not new. But being engaged sure is. 🙂 ) Me an’ Mr.J go out to skate in the park, and drive around and look…

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life stuff recipe

Happy New Year, and Chicken Soup!

Okay so I know it’s not exactly NEW Year’s anymore but…hey, we’re only ten days in, so it’s still pretty new. It’s been a crazy couple of months here – with holidays, ice storms, snow storms, working retail, then WOOHOO getting a icky yucky cold. I hate being sick. Who doesn’t! A few quilt finishes for gifts – one super bright Holiday theme for my Mom; to brighten up her room. Institutions are so drab and grey ( and don’t even ask about the smell….ack) so I found  some super…

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knitting life recipe scarf

Holiday time….again?!?

Annnnd it’s HOLIDAY time again!!! Unbelievable how fast time moves. What with the move and the new job; I simply haven’t had time to sew. And also it doesn’t help I haven’t even really unpacked my sewing room….but I have found time to acquire new fabric…:D Crappy pic; I used my puter cam. There’s my arm! I have been working on knitting some of those ‘infinity’ scarves for Christmas gifts; I’ve been using the Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick so I can get 4 or 5 finished before Christmas.I’m…

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Janome sew

By the way… NEW Machine!

For Christmas, I received the most wonderful gift ever….. My new beautiful Janome QDC4030!!!! I had my old Brother machine for 12 years; the same machine sewed every curtain, every quilt, every costume for every show I’ve been in or costumed for the last 12 years. And that’s a lot. And never a problem, it was a midlevel machine and did everything I asked it to….but alas, the quiltmaking was starting to prove too much. Tension was never right, no matter what, thread breaking, rough edges on the bobbin case,…

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Nine patch pattern sew sewing WIP

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s WEDNESDAY!!!

It’s WIP WEDNESDAY! Okay! Time to get seriously focused here. Projects to finish this week::   Finish quilting the Teenagers’ P&G Quilt….this pic is just the top; I just have to finish quilting the sashing and bind it!   I have to cut these and start on my modified Hawaiian Sunset pattern. This will become TWO quilts; one king and one queen. Both are for Christmas. Am I insane???? Last but not least…I have to finish tidying up this one and start quilting it. Not sure but I think I’ll…

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Catching UP

Whew!What a busy couple of weeks. Shows and scripts and more scripts! But the Haunted Hayride is all done for the year, bittersweet….I loved the story, and all my new best pals from the cast, but the long hours workin’ outside in the freezin’ cold I will *not* miss.But I recommend visiting the Fanshawe Pioneer Village and make SURE you stop in at the Printer’s shop, and say hi to Doug….ask him if he’ll be takin’ that midnight train to Georgia….heh heh heh….and you can tell him that Lady Somerset…

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