Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Just popping in real quick to wish you a Happy Halloween!  This is a little free motion quilting practice from last night. I need lots more practice!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Wicked Welcome

Welcome to my post for the Wicked Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely Wendy of Why Knot Kwilt in conjunction with Madam Samm at Sew We Quilt.  A big hug to both ladies for the wonderful idea and for letting me join in on the fun! 

Please hop on your virtual broom and go visit the other Wicked bloggers today too!  I'm in such good company today and you'll find lots of wicked goodies here!
Hot Pink Peonies  (that's me!)

So how wicked was I feeling?  If you say "wicked," I think "witch" and I just knew I had a witch pattern in my library somewhere.  Spellbinding Quilts by Maaike Bakker has some super cute patterns, including wizards and princesses, gryphons, dragons and you guessed it ... a witch!

Isn't she cute, perched on her broom?  I didn't want to leave her unfinished so I added a little saying I read on some Halloween wall art the other day and turned the block into a wall hanging.

The meandering is not quite tidy but my free motion quilting is getting there.  I also quilted little spiderwebs into the top corners of the embroidered part.  Such fun!

Thanks for stopping by today, and be sure to visit the other quilters for lots more wickedness!

Hot Pink Peonies  (that's me!)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Favorites: The Washi Tape Edition

**  Each of these Friday Favorites is something created by another blogger.  I do my best to include the proper credits and help you reach their blogs easily either through the text link or the photo link.  If you'd like to Pin one of these projects, please pin it directly from the original post,
not from this blog post.  Thanks!

Are you as obsessed with washi tape crafts as I am?  I have just a small collection of washi tape and paper tape at the moment, but I'm always on the hunt for fun ways to use it. 

How about a matryoshka doll on your craft room wall?  She is just adorable, and Sewn Studio even shared the pattern and instructions in a blog post.

For a fun pop of color, consider a striped desktop or table top!  This one is from Elise Blaha's blog.  Isn't this fun?  Its an inexpensive way to decorate too!  This would be a great way of adding color and individuality to an office where you can't change the walls like in a rented space or a college dorm.
Washi tape is great on glass too.  Add some to vases or candle holders, like these pretties from  Wouldn't you love to see these on your windowsill?  So cheerful!
Turn up the volume on a solid candle with a washi wrapper.  WohnWasabi shows you how with a quick tutorial.
And of course there are lots of inspirational photos of paper goods embellished with washi.  Greeting cards, mailing envelopes, gift tags, notebook covers. I've even seen it on laptops!  This Washi Gift Tag is one of my favorites from Craftaholics Anonymous.  I love how she added the floral touch too!

Washi buntings come in all shapes and sizes.  This is a cute one for topping off a special cake!  The blog post for this one includes a recipe for a chocolate cake.  It looks to be quite yummy.  That link is a two-fer!
And speaking of Pinterest, there are a ton of washi tape inspiration boards.  Just type washi in the search box, and you'll be browsing for hours and hours.  Ask me how I know. ;)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's Never Too Early

... to get started on Christmas projects!

Last week I ran into the craft store for some white thread, and I just had to peruse the quilting books that were on sale.  I've had my eye on Pretty in Patchwork Holidays for some time and at the sale price I couldn't resist.

There are so many fun projects in here that I want to work on.  From embroidery work, to pillow covers, to a Christmas tree skirt, I hardly know where to begin!

I was inspired by this cute reverse applique pillow with the patchwork Christmas tree by Angela Mitchell of the blog Fussy Cut, and decided to do something similar. 

While I was collecting all my green scraps to work with, I stumbled across this cute pale blue with white snowflakes from Connecting Threads.  Its the perfect background for a Christmas tree.  A few 2 inch squares, a couple HST's and a few hours later, I have a tree!

It may gain a border of some sort and then turn into a table topper or wall hanging rather than a pillow.   Either way, it was a fun way to spend a few hours in October, dreaming of the smell of a Christmas tree and snowflakes gently falling.  This book is full of fun projects, and many can be adapted to suit other holidays or simply use your own fabric choices for wonderful everyday handmade goodies. 

It has also caused me to start my list of what gifts I'd like to make for family and friends this Christmas and boy, do I need to get started! 

Have you started planning your holiday decor and gifts yet?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Favorites

It's Friday!  Here's a few fun things I discovered recently that you might like!

Have you been to Toxic Paper Factory?  I learned about this fun site from How About Orange.  My nephew is not a fan of arts & crafts projects, but ninjas?  Ninjas might be the exception!  These look like fun.  Download a free project here.

For my fellow embroidery enthusiasts, have you seen Sugar Cookie's wood floss holders?  I found her on Etsy, and this is her daschund floss bobbin.  He's made of birchwood, and she has some other cute designs too!

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Halloween is on the horizon and I've been pinning ideas to my Halloween Pinterest board.  Click to hop on over and find some fun ideas there too!

Did you stumble across any great discoveries this week?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Halloween Pillows

Do you watch as many home decorating shows as I do?  I just love seeing the makeovers and getting tips on how to update a room on a budget.  Its true when they say one of the easiest ways of adding a pop of color is to bring in pillows!  And you know how I love to make pillows.  My living room is rather dim, so I took these outside to get better light.

This past weekend I made these two.  The larger print pillow is just a simple envelope style pillow cover.  I love this print.  It's really nicely detailed and has all the essential Halloween motifs - black cat, spider, raven, bat, the words RIP and Boo.  Mwa ha ha ha.

This one is a re-designed version of my Halloween pillow from a couple years ago.  I cut my cat out in felt and appliqued her onto a woven cotton I found at the quilt shop.  Its softer than burlap, but not as tightly woven as muslin or quilting cotton.  I like the look of it, but I want to try quilters linen next.  My original pillow was in fun prints, but this one feels a little more sophisticated and doesn't scream Halloween.

Do you update pillows with the holidays?  I'm thinking a Halloween quilt needs to go on my to-do list!