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November 18, 2014

Picking a Christmas Card with Minted

It's that time of year again where it's time to gather up the kiddos and head outside and take those dear family pictures.  Once you check that off the list you get the joy of trying to decide which picture you like the best, but most importantly which Christmas card to choose.  My absolute favorite card company is Minted. They have the best selection with unique indie designs and even offer free addressing, which I really love!


Well, I sat down the other day perused them all and narrowed it down to my seven favorite cards.  No easy task, I assure you.

#1

# 2

#3 -- This year they offer foil pressed cards that are so lovely and shiny.



#4

#5



#6 -- Here's my second favorite card, another foil pressed card.  I almost went with this one.


Great cards, right?  But, wait, didn't I say 7?  Well, the seventh was ordered today.  I'll be happy to share it with you when it arrives (PLUS-- a little something special).

Check out Minted for more.


November 17, 2014

Canvas Winner!!


Congrats to Stephanie F. on her new Easy Canvas Print.

Everyone else who didn't win, don't worry, Easy Canvas Prints is having a 75% off sale right Now.  Check it out!

November 11, 2014

Easy Quilted Christmas Stockings

Last year I was a guest on U -Create where I shared how to make these stockings.

I'm happy to share this project here with you today with plenty of time left to make stockings until Christmas.


 

Last year I started this project and got five of them completed...with a baby due any day and not quite positive on the name we were going to name her, I didn't make ever make the 6th.  A couple days ago I had a free afternoon and finished my sixth and put together this tutorial for you.

ALSO, I will mention for the sake of internet safety I've removed all my children's names.  They are actually on the quilted tops and they look darling.  Sorry, I can't share them with you.

Want to make your own?  Here's how.

MATERIALS:
2. 1/2 yard of thick felt (purchased from the bolt)
3. 1/2 yard of fabric
4. 1/2 yard of quilted cotton fabric
5. Lots of matching fabrics scraps
6. Print out of the name, using a word document

STEP ONE: Collect all your fabric. Jo-Ann's has the best deals on Christmas fabric about a month before Christmas.

 I have matching fabric scraps in each stocking.  I love how it ties them all together.


STEP TWO:  Cut out the main pattern pieces and tape them together, lining up on the orange lines and abc spots.

STEP THREE:  Flip the main pattern piece to the backside and cut out one main stocking piece out of your nice fabric, to be the stocking back.  Cut out your scraps and decide how you want them to be place.  Sometimes I do three scraps in a row, sometimes two, sometimes just one long one.  I just cut out random rectangles to suit my liking.  I always add two or three rows past the size of my stocking.

STEP FOUR:  Connect each scrap by sewing all your pieces together, placing right sides together.  Sew using a 1/2" inseam.  Press seams open.  Continue until each row has all its scraps connected.

STEP FIVE:  Now with right sides together, connect the rows together.  Sew on a 1/2" inseam and press seams open.

STEP SIX:  Press from the front smoothing everything out.  Place pattern on top and pin in place.  Cut out main stocking piece (make sure it's facing the opposite direction as your back piece). 

STEP SEVEN:  Cut out two pieces of felt.

STEP EIGHT:  Place main stocking pieces on top of felt and pin together.  Using a double needle (or stitching twice, like I do) quilt through both layers.  Then, space 1 1/2" over to the left and start again.  I use a 1 1/2" piece of felt to be my guide. Continue the length of the stocking. Repeat with the back piece.


STEP NINE:  Place stocking pieces together with right sides facing and stitch around the entire stocking.  Finish the edges with a zig-zag stitch or serged edges.
Hubby gave me an early Christmas present this year-- a Serger.  I'm so excited about it!  This was my first project using it.  I had a little trouble with the curve--still figuring out this beast.  I really should have left it how it looked when this picture was taken.  I tried to go back over it a couple of times-- and really shaved it waaaay down.  Darn it!


STEP TEN:  Cut out your two stocking top pieces on the fold using quilted cotton.  Make a print out of your name(s), using a word document.  I used the font Honey Script. Then, using an exacto knife I cut out each of the letters. 
If you have a fancy machine that cuts things out for you, this would be ideal.

Placed the now stencil, on the bottom half center of one top piece and use a pencil to write the name in place.



STEP ELEVEN:  Then, following the pencil marks I embroidered each name using my normal sewing machine.  I just use a super tight tension and a zig-zag stitch and move it really slowly, my zig zag stitch varied from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 depending on how wide I wanted it to be.  I pull the material slowly forwards and backwards, as needed.

STEP TWELVE:  Make a hanger from a piece of the quilted cotton to your desired size.  With right sides together stitch up both sides, making sure to add the hanger in between.  Fold right side out. 


 STEP THIRTEEN:  With the main stocking inside out and the stocking top right side out, place the top stocking piece inside the main stocking facing the front side.

STEP FOURTEEN:  Sew around the top piece and the main stocking piece.  Finish the edge with either a zig-zag stitch or a serged edge.


STEP FIFTEEN:  Flip right side out!  ALL Done!
You can see how I shaved off the top of my boot here.  All my other stockings follow my normal stocking design.


 I love the matching cheer these stockings bring.


 Thanks so much for having me!!
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Merry Christmas, Everyone!!


November 10, 2014

Easy Canvas Prints GIVEAWAY!!

Hi Friends.

Don't you love this time of year?

Leaves are beautifully changing, there's a cool crisp in the air, and people's minds start to turn to giving thanks.

I would love to take this time to give thanks to you, dear readers, for reading and following my blog!


I truly am grateful and find so much joy in sharing my projects here and hearing from you.  

Recently I was graciously contacted by Easy Canvas Prints to see if I'd be interested in trying out their awesome canvas prints.

Well, I quickly grabbed a friend to take a new family picture of us all.  I was tempted to use something we already had, but decided to go with something new for our walls.


The quality is really fantastic!  It was so quick and easy to make.  I love the easy customizing options they give you.  And it was so quick!  A couple days after ordering it was at my door.



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