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Thursday, 23 January 2014 19:00

As I upload this picture of the "Next Christmas Gift" I made this year, I realize that I did NOT take a picture of the other two presents I made to go along with this particular gift!

Good Grief...what was I thinking?

I digress...

This adorable iPhone/Smart Phone Wallet Clutch with Matching Wristlet was made for my Daughter in Law...Kellie.  I have already made one similar to it for Little Miss Pink and Lime Green.  If you have not noticed by now we are a family of Clemson Fans...and Graduates too!  Kellie is no exception...she loves her some CLEMSON!  This was the PERFECT Clemson Print to make her a new iPhone Wallet with!

Some people would ask...

"How do you wear Orange and Purple"?

However...I would ask...

"How can you NOT wear Orange and Purple"?

Go Clemson!


Wednesday, 22 January 2014 09:16

It's January you say?  Christmas is over, the decorations are packed up and put away already!

Good Grief...I had to wait to upload some of my Handmade Christmas Gifts for 2013 until AFTER the actual Holiday...there are website and facebook stalkers out there hoping I would reveal a special gift or two ahead of time.

Silly Rabbit...tricks are for kids!

I am certain I have mentioned before that I started a "Sister Christmas Drawing" for my family years ago...I think its getting close to 20 years now!  I know Nicole was little when we began this fun tradition.

Actually...I cannot take all the credit for coming up with this little idea...

I seen it on a "Golden Girls" rerun and thought...lets do that!  There is really only a few rules to the Drawing...

-You must MAKE the gift for the name you draw...you have plenty of time...a whole YEAR to be exact!

-You must be ONE of the 6 sisters, 2 sister in laws, daughters or daughter in laws (that must be 18 years old).

-If your gift has not reached it's recipient by January 31 of the year AFTER the drawing year (do the math...it gives you a one years time to get it done...since we draw names on February 1st) you CANNOT be in the drawing for the following year or years to come until you are completely caught up.

-You can MAKE anything your little heart desires...cross stitch, crochet, quilting, stitchery, crafts, purses (wallets) and/or card making.  The ideas are really endless!

This year...like EVERY year...my Gift was done on time.  OK...before you give me a pat on the back I must confess I have an unfair advantage!

I'm a Quilter.

I'm a Pattern Designer.

I'm a Professional Quilt Instructor.

and last but not least...

I sew just about EVERY...SINGLE...DAY!

~Chime in the music for "the OCD Queen"!

The name I was given just so happened to be my Little Miss Pink and Lime Green...aka...Nicole!  What else could I possibly do but make a Pink and Lime Green Quilt, complete with a soft Flannel Back!

Here she is opening her Present on Christmas Morning and the first thing out of her mouth is...

"OH!  I LOVE the Flannel Backing"!

Yeah...I'm smart that way!

PS...I will try to get a FULL picture of the quilt when I can pry it from her little hands long enough to take a few snapshots!

PSS...who's name is next?


Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:14

I'm taking a well deserved break from my little Hexagon Insanity Project and hopefully that little break will allow me to "do better" with the whole dang thing when I open that adorable little Lime Green case once again!

That day won't be today...and it won't be tomorrow either!

I thought I would share with you all my FAVORITE Christmas Present that I received last month!  What else would one do with an Old Worn out Vintage Bubble Gum Machine...except what my Houston did...

This little Gem used to be a nasty combination of Rust and Peeling Red Paint...including a really gross Center Cylinder where Gumballs use to be housed.  I am married to a Handy Man!

I actually saw a Gumball Machine similar to this on Pinterest and showed it to my Houston and this is what he did to that ugly looking thing I previously described above! I am so glad I did not see this in it's work in progress as I may have been sick to my stomach...

YEAH...that's the OCD rearing her Ugly Head there!

I am filling the (new replacement) cylinder with Cream and White Buttons...and a few a little very light Tan ones too!  This is what it looked like when I dumped all of the appropriate colored buttons I actually had in my stash of buttons here in The Quilted Story Studio!

Adorableness at it's finest!

Thank You Houston...I absolutely LOVE this Christmas Present!


Saturday, 18 January 2014 14:55

My frustration level has evened out...after I threw out my FIRST attempt to the "center" of my Hexagon Insanity Project...I went ahead an continued to make the little Hexie's and added them to the piles!  This part is so mindless to me...I can even do it in the car and it keeps me from having a panic attack in traffic as the Semi's fly by...

No...I am not the driver...I can only do this as a passenger!  Silly people...

I'm not THAT talented!

Before I knew it I had a ton of these adorable little guys made and I felt compelled to kick my OCD into overdrive and...

Compulsively organize these little gems into a compartmentalized container!  Now...say that Five times REAL FAST!

If I can only figure out a better way to sew these little things  together I will be well on my way...

I know...

It's a dilemma of epic proportions!

Good Grief!


Friday, 17 January 2014 09:03

Let's revisit my progress on the infamous Hexagon Insanity Project...or H.I.P for short!  As you glance at this picture I am certain you are thinking...That looks pretty good...hmmm?

Not so much.

As you can see I have a pretty group of Hexagons all made up and in a nice, neat little pile...right?  Well...

To the right of the pile is the beginning of what I thought was going to be a great start to "joining the little hexagons"!

Once again...Not so much!

As I began to add the red pieces around the lime green ones I realized that it was getting "wonky"...not matching up, and simply a bit off kilter!

Good Grief...the frustration level was high...what was I doing wrong?

I picked at it...I ripped a couple hexagons out of the line up and I tried a couple different joining methods to see what might work best.

Ugh...I have literally made a huge mess of this little bit of progress and it was beginning to look extremely tattered...so...

In the garbage can it goes...

Let's start fresh!

Whew!  I got that off my chest!



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