Monday, February 24

First Daffodils of 2014

My first three daffodils of the year have popped up around our front yard tree.

If you follow my blog , you know I love daffodils.  These particular ones are the first ones I ever planted in December 2009.  It was when I started a program for the city called Daffodils for Schools, we planted daffodils in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. 

Spring is almost here and I am totally ready!   Have a great Monday !

Spring is almost here!

We had a gorgeous weekend in McKinney.  Micaela unpackaged a kite she got from her cousin for Christmas and flew it for the first time ever with one our little neighbor friends. 
Look how pretty the sky was/is!
She was in awe that it flew so high.  Shame on us for not having done this years back.  Hope you had a great weekend.

Tuesday, February 18

Valentine Zipper Pouches

Here are a few other Valentine items I made for gifts last week.  These are all made with Surrounded by Love fabric by Deb Strain for Moda

I love how they all turned out and the ladies that received them, seemed to like them as well.  Hope you are having a great day.   

Thursday, February 13

Heart & Sew Swap Items Sent

I've been sewing alot but have not been able to post because most of what I have made was for my partner and I was waiting for her to receive.  Betsy sent me some fabulous stuff so I wanted to reciprocate.  Here's what I sent for the Heart & Sew Swap.

These are the Valentine items made with Surrounded by Love by Deb Strain fabric by Moda. 

A Pennant Banner with six flags in several of the different fabrics in the collection.  One one of the flags I stitched the swap and date.

A little LOVE pillow that was approximately 9x12.

The dish towel was purchased, all I added was the name and Pom Pom fringe to the edge.

One of Betsy's favorite fabric lines is Bonnie & Camille's "Scrumptious" so I made a couple more items with it.

A Mini Quilt with a monogrammed B

A Stacked Flower Pin Cushion, I am really happy with the way this turned out.

And a Crisscross Pocket Tissue holder...I like how all of the fabrics look together.

Betsy admired a Paris zipper bag on my blog and had a birthday on Feb 9 so I made her this tote.  You can't tell but I quilted the whole thing... The top is a diagonal stitch and the bottom is straight lines.   

I also made a matching zipper pouch. 

Betsy has a new grandson named Amari so I made him this little bunny soft toy. 
And lastly, Betsy has a daughter graduating from high school and I made her this zipper pouch in her favorite colors.
Whew, that's alot of pictures in one post....  Hope you are having a great day.

Keep America Beautiful National Conference

The last week was extremely busy.

I traveled to Charlotte NC for the Keep America Beautiful National Convention.  I have always wanted to attend this conference and this year was able to make it happen.

The main reason I got to go is because one of our nominees won an award.  I am so proud of McKinney's partner Lee Howe from the Collin County Sheriff's Department receiving the National Award for Litter Law Enforcement.  He is instrumental in helping me with our litter pick up event and our national drug take back

Here is part of the Texas delegation at the Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Charlotte NC.  As you can see, there was a bunch of us...   Proud to be with these people!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Heidi Grace Words to Live by Zipper Pouch

saw this fabric by Heidi Grace called "Words to live by" and immediately knew I needed to make a pouch.  This fabric is perfect for so many ladies I know.  I love words on fabric, especially these:  Bloom, Love, Dance, Believe, Create, Play, Sing, Wish, and Imagine.  

I made one for a friend who recently lost many things in her home due to a fire.     

and a blank one.

These are available in my Etsy store

Sunday, February 2

Girl Scout Zipper Pouches

Girl Scout cookie sales continue in our part of North Texas.  Here are some of the Girl Scout Zipper Pouches I have made in the last couple of weeks.  I am so glad I hoarded this fabric four years ago. 

Here is one with green embroidery. 

 Hot Pink embroidery has been popular for many little girls.

This customer wanted a girly font instead of the Murray.
I have varied the lining to change things up a bit.   Here is pink and white hounds tooth.
Here is a green and white little tiny flower print, I thought it looked "girl scouty". 

I got lucky and found more of this green flower print online.  I think it matches the front of the pouch better than the gingham in the original pouch I made. 
Here is green and white hounds tooth. 
One Mom had two girls and requested just Cookie Business on their pouch, I varied the charm on this one and used a dollar instead of a tree. 

Here is a close up the dollar charm.  I love when I have the perfect charm-- the charm collection in growing by leaps and bounds as a result. 
It's been fun making all of these.  Little girls love their name in embroidery!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 1

Hexie Mini Quilt

Can you believe February is already here?  This is the adorable Hexagon shaped mini quilt I received from my partner Betsy in the Heart & Sew Swap.  See what I mean --- every item deserves it's own post?    I am so looking forward to putting this on our breakfast table for Valentine's Day.  Our table is a scalloped square so it's going to look perfect!
The fabric is Surrounded by Love by Deb Strain for Moda.  Here is a close up of the beautiful piecework. 
Thanks for stopping by... 

Texas Longhorns.

With all the hype about the new University of Texas coach, Charlie Strong--  I decided to make another Longhorn Zipper Pouch.

These are available in my Etsy store.

The lining is the traditional licensed fabric.  

Hope you are having a great Saturday!