Saturday, June 30, 2012

30 No Shopping Challenge

Yes, it is true I am a shopaholic. I thought when I quit my job I would slow down but that was a huge FAIL. And it’s not like I need anything. My tiny house is busting at the seams. So I am giving myself a 30 day challenge and on a selling spree. My goal is to sell enough stuff that I haven’t used in a year to pay off my credit card. Can I do it? So far I am off to a great start and I haven’t even really got to digging yet.

So if you see me selling something you gave me years ago do get upset. Just look at it like you gave me something I enjoyed using and now you are helping me pay off a credit card too. Two gifts in one.

Also, I am not allowing myself to go on any shopping trips until this is over. Sorry Amy M. my faithful shopping buddy. We still have the library. No thrift stores, Hancock or Hobby Lobby. I will miss you all so horribly. Wish me luck!!!!!!!!

I will give an update on August 1st.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wreaths of Love

I know its June and in the 90s outside but it is time to start to think about Wreaths of Love. Last year the Lord brought this to me in October so we were really rushed to get things done. Our goal was 100 and we completed 86. This year I want to double or even triple that number. I want to touch as many lives as possible.

For those who don’t know what Wreaths of Love is, we make homemade wreaths and deliver them to nursing homes and shut-ins. Last year we visited a lady and only 6 hours later she passed away. I like to think we gave her a gift of love before she left to go with the Lord.

Last year we were able to give a wreath to every residence at one nursing home. How awesome would it be to be able to do that to several nursing homes in the Anderson area.

What do we need you say. We need funds to purchase the material, volunteers to help make the wreaths and lots of prayer. Click here to visit the Wreaths of Love website and learn more about this cause and make donations. Our goal is to raise $1000.00. The more funds the more wreaths we can give. Please look into your hearts and so what the Lord would have you do but most of all pray for the success of this mission so that we may touch as many lives as possible.  

You can go to the Wreaths of Love website to make a donation or click here to make one.

Thank you

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hannah Mae's Graduation Lei

I also made her a Graduation Lei. I had some ribbon left from a previous project and cut out some grad hats from scrapbook card stock. Money, the best part and some ribbon to add the money with, got it at Wal-Mart for 98 cents. The process of this project is up to you. Get crafty!! But this is how I did it.

I cut the Wal-Mart ribbon in into six inch strips. Sew them onto the longer ribbon. I just positioned them about an inch apart. I was making this up as I went along.

I folded the bill in half with the president in the inside and the folded each side back in half. Kind of like an airplane. I started out having two dollar bills in each bundle but soon figured out three dollar bills makes a cute flower.

I just tied the bundles of bills every 2 or three strips of ribbon to make room for them to spread out. I tied the grad hats here and there on the remaining strips. Any strips left, I just snipped them off.

Hannah Mae's T-shirt quilt

Graduation is one of the most important days for a student and one of the proudest days for a parent and the Grads family. My son’s girlfriend, Hannah Mae, graduated this year. I wanted her to know how proud I was of her so I wanted to do something extra special to make her stand out. You know what that means – off to Pinterest. Lol

I noticed she had posted a t-shirt quilt in on of her boards. Even though I have been quilting since the first of the year this was something I had never did. I had to tell her because I had to get the shirts she thought best represented her through her high school years. After that everything else was a secret.

I basically just picked a dimension that would fit all the shirts – 14 x 14. It was slightly difficult cutting the shirts because as the shirts were washed over the years they had twisted slightly. After I had all the shirts cut I ironed the “iron on interfacing” on the back of the squares. Sewed the blocked together – 4 across and 5 down. I had Hannah Mae pick out her backing. I wanted it to be her favorite color. I set it off I had a square of the backing monogrammed in the shape of a SC Palmetto tree. Below is the final product. Pretty sure she loved it.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

First quilt update

Update on our first quilts that was posted way back in January. Amy M. finished her quilt and it looks amazing. I absolutely love it. This was a layer cake from Moda.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hannah Mae's graduation party

When I see something just plain cute and creative I start snapping my camera. I attended a graduation at a barn/shed the other night and I must say these ladies did an amazing job. So I am going to post these pictures for inspiration to anyone wanting to PARTY!