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Friday, December 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Landee See Landee Do

I just stumbled upon the cutest blog and can't hardly contain myself so I have to share it!!  Landee See Landee Do is full of fun DIY ideas and she shares some cute Christmas projects with tutorials to show you how to make them! These are just a sampling of what you will find there!! "Click" on over and see for yourself!!

From Landee See Landee Do

From Landee See Landee Do

From Landee See Landee Do

Friday, November 25, 2011


Holy Cow it's been 3 weeks since I've posted anything! Not for lack of trying because I have attempted several times to post a few of my own pics but can't quite figure out how to tweak them so they look nicer and brighter. We have a new laptop and I still can't get the hang of the photo program. Liked the old one better!! So...I will show you a nice collage I found on Tumblr from Tiny White Daisies; takes me right back to my childhood! Sigh.....

Tiny White Daisies on Tumblr
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A cottage in the woods via pinterest
Don't you just love this picture of 2 prescious little girls so immersed in the candy bin? LOVE their Scandanavian-look dresses and their miniature shopping cart! Guess they just couldn't resist going after a few pieces of sugary candy, after all, they have such healthy foods in their cart!! This one makes me smile every time I look at it!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Christmas Stocking

I know it's a little early to be talking about Christmas (although it is only 2 1/2 months away)! But I just couldn't resist showing you this adorable burlap stocking! Burlap, linen and other strong textural fabrics are so popular in home dec lately and I just love the contrast of rough or wrinkly with lovely, lacey or satiny. You can see more of this delightful style on Dear Lillie's blog! She has such a serene and classy style. Fix yourself a cup of tea and stop by and visit her here.

Source:  Dear Lillie

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


The Fall/Autumn magazines and catalogs are just brimming with warm, seasonal fabulousness (is that a word?)!! They never fail to bring us tons of inspiration do they?  Click on the name under each pic to view their web sites. Enjoy!
Pottery Barn

Country Living

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sewing with Laminated Fabric

I have finally had a chance to tidy up the sewing room and get busy on the machine! Made a sample of  my Mod Girl Purse pattern for The Sewing Palace last week. They have received a few new rolls of laminate fabrics and this pink/red one is designed by Joel Dewberry.  I enjoy using laminate fabrics and hope to find a few more ideas to use some in! Maybe when my daughter brings home her school books I'll nab them and give them a fresh cover of laminate instead of the basic old boring brown-bag cover! There are some tips and tricks to sewing with laminate and Amy Butler has grasciously posted them on her web site. You can find them here.
The Mod Girl Purse
Also made a couple of apron samples for the quilt shop too. These were made using My "Charm"ing Apron Pattern. They have some adorable Halloween fabrics so thought we'd get a jump-start on that Holiday. I made this one a little longer than normal so it looks especially long on my sweet daughter "model".

The new pattern for My Full "Charm"ing Apron Pattern is almost finished and here is how it looks with the bib added to it. The half and full apron patterns are both completely reversible so you really have two aprons in one!  (As always, you can click on each picture to view a larger image).

Front - Pieced skirt and pieced bib.

Revearse Side - Solid skirt, pieced bib.

You can order The Mod Girl Purse Pattern and My "Charm"ing Apron Pattern by clicking on the gadgets over on the right on my side-bar. 

Getting geared up to create a few Autumn inspired purses now that the air is cooler!
 Hope you all have a lovely Labor Day Weekend!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Autumn With Matthew Mead 2011

The nights and early mornings are starting to feel a bit cooler. I love this time of year when the days are still beautiful and warm but the anticipation of back-to-school and Autumn is lurking just around the corner. If, like me, you can't wait to drag out your Fall decor and start cozying-up your nest, then take a peak into Autumn With Matthew Mead !

And if this featured artist doesn't tickle your Halloween fancy then you'd better check your pulse! She and her paper mache' figures are just too adorable for words!!
See more of Johanna Parker's work!

Pop on over to Matthew's blog to see what other fun things he, his wife and the rest of their talented crew are up to in this issue! You will also be able to order the current issue of this wonderful book-a-zine as it is not sold in stores. So run....don't walk to Autumn With Matthew Mead !!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

GreenGate Winter Catalog

GreenGate is a company in Denmark that carries THE CUTEST kitchen and housewares items. I haven't found where you can buy their things in the US yet but that's probably a good thing since I would be plum broke buying everything in their catalog! You can take a sneak peak at The GreenGate Winter Catalog 2011 by clicking here . You'll LOVE it!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Sewing

I actually was able to do a little sewing this week! Not getting much done this summer since the past week we have had a fun family reunion going on out at the lake. I'm not crushed not be able to sew since last summer that's all I did, getting ready for The Creative Connection. Patterns to write, proof and print, purses and aprons to sew, packing and shipping 14 large boxes to Minneapolis ahead of the show...exhausting but a great experience!

Made this diaper bag for my nephew's wife for her baby shower this week. It's always fun to make a bag for someone you love and customize it according to their style and personality.
This pink bag I gave my other niece (double baby shower...there must be something in the water in Seattle where they live) since she loves bright pink. Praying for healthy deliveries and healthy babies!!
Is there really anything better than brand new babies?!!
Nope...sure isn't!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Symphony Under The Stars

Every year for the past 10 years or so our local private school Carroll College, puts on a symphony concert on their campus in July. This year's music was 40's Harlem. For a smaller city we sure have a wonderful symphony orchestra! This event is free to the public and people arrive early in the day to lay out blankets and chairs to save spots for the evening. The weather was perfect this year (previous years have sometimes been hot and smokey from surrounding forest fires). They estimate about 10,000 peeps show up to take in the festivities. You wouldn't believe the fireworks during the finale! They are spectacular!! During the final song the fireworks go off behind the football stadium while the orchestra is still playing. Life just doesn't get any better at that moment.....sigh....

My "big" kiddos and theri friends played cards during the concert!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Merry July???

Talk about crazy weather around the country this year!! Well here in Montana we have had a very long winter, a long cool Spring and odd summer. This past week we've had temps in the 80's but later in the day we get a few thunder showers. Yesterday the rain came, followed by hail. Lots of hail! Some of it was pea size and some almost the size of ping pong balls! Looks like a lovely winter snowfall doesn't it? The give-away clue here is the green grass under the "snow/hail". My daughter and her friend couldn't resist going out and playing in it (notice the bare feet which turned out to be very COLD feet!! Goofy teenagers little angels!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lil' Red Camper

Don't you just LOVE this sweet little red camper?!! I am so smitten with country-style blogs from the UK! I found these adorable photos at
Claire tells us in her blog about the photos below:
"All of that gorgeous crockery is from Greengate and I believe this beautiful shoot was styled by Katrine Martensen Larsen."
(Click on pics to see larger)

Heavenly relaxing!

Such a charming look and color scheme.

Isn't this just prescious? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the polka dots!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Here in Montana we've been having a cool rainy Spring so I love to see pics of lovely outdoor spaces and dream of warmer weather. Zaira from Little Emma English blog has the most serene and wonderful rooms she showcases on her blog. I would take either one of these in a heart beat! Stop on over and see tons of other beautiful things!
(As always click on the picture for a larger view).

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Graduation 2011

 Well our little Emily graduated this past weekend. I say little because time has flown by so fast that it doesn't seem as though she should be graduating already! We were so blessed to have the first day of beautiful weather in ages which was wonderful for holding the ceremony outdoors. Then Sunday's weather was perfect for her outdoor party at home! Whew! Sweated that one a little since we have had non-stop rainy cooler weather lately. But of course the rain reappeared on Monday and should stay all week.

Caps in the air!

Emily receiving her diploma.

The three stooges siblings! Kristen, Emily and Landon.

Monday, May 23, 2011

2011 Helena Quilt Show

Just a few shots of our booth at the biannual quilt show that was held this past weekend at our Civic Center. Our guild really puts on a lovely show! Thank you guild people!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

The newest "Bag Lady"

My friend Kathy V. purchased one of my kits last week to make a Mod Girl Purse for her son's girlfriend. She had not used her new sewing machine for a year and this is the second purse she has made in the last few weeks. Not sure how much fabric and trim she has bought lately but I think we have created a monster! hee hee!
Kathy is maticulous in her work and loves picking fabrics and trims. She really does a beautiful job! Thought you might like to see some of her recent handiwork...this bag is just too cute to keep to myself!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Coco Rose Textiles

I am SO enjoying all the happy blogs I'm finding lately from "across the ocean"! This one is from Coco Rose in the UK. She has such happy colorful pictures of her projects and her home. If this doesn't cheer you up, I'm not sure what will. Check out her lovely blog at