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I’ve been happily working on my Little Houses 1 project since I last posted and have completed the hand stitching.

I purchased a new type of embroidery thread (at least new to me) from The Raspberry Rabbits called Valdani Floss Folk Art Collection.  After working with this for the past week I can honestly say it is a thread I would recommend.  It’s a bit different from the tried and true DMC floss in that it comes ready to stitch with 3 strands, you don’t have to separate the strands.  I used my handy, dandy Thread Heaven thread conditioner to keep the floss from tangling and knotting.  This is a product I typically use when hand stitching and find it makes the floss glide better with less knotting and tangling.  I do love the colors of this floss set and I really like the end result, so I will definitely purchase more for other projects in the future.

I’m not an expert hand stitcher by any stretch of the imagination, but I do enjoy sitting down in a comfy chair and work with a needle and thread to see a project come to life.  My favorite stitch on this project is by far the french knot.  The french knots make the swirly tree pop with a touch of rose-colored dots.  And how about those cute bunnies sitting in the yard?  This design by Michelle May is so me, and I’m anxious to complete this so I can move onto the Little Houses 2 design and make that beautiful pillow too.

One other important note, the instructions from Michelle are concise and easy to read and follow.  She advises to add a piece of fusible Bosal non-woven fusible interfacing to the back of the linen prior to stitching.  I followed her directions to a T and must say this product worked perfectly.  I wholeheartedly agree with Michelle that it does a good job of hiding the threads on the back from showing through to the front.  The Bosal also stabilizes the linen a bit and to me it’s the perfect weight for stitching.  Michelle advised to sew a stay stitch 1/8″ from the raw edge to keep everything from fraying too badly.  As you may notice, there are only a few straggly threads along the edges, so her advice is right on point as well.

Swirly Trees

Little bunnies

From bunnies in the front yard to a stuffed bunny, bunnies just seem to be the theme today as I have one other project I’d like to share with you as well.  This project idea came from a free tutorial at U Create called the Faux Chenille Bunny.

This is my first attempt at making faux chenille and I must say it is quite easy to do, but there were a few pitfalls along the way.  The flannel fabric I used came from Hobby Lobby and worked OK, however, in the future I will use a better quality flannel that I purchase from a quilt store.  Why you ask?  Because after sewing the seams at 3/8″ and trimming down to 1/8″ as the directions indicate, the seams didn’t hold up well.  In fact the seam came apart in one place while I was stuffing the bunny, so I had to do a bit of hand stitching to help hold it together.  Not good after spending the time and money, but certainly a lesson learned.  Buy quality fabric…

Faux Chenille Bunny

There were 2 additional glitches that I should mention.  I missed cutting one channel and in another instance I only cut through the top 2 layers instead of 3 so the underneath fabric is different.  Ugh.  The good news is I learned what not to do by making these mistakes so hopefully none of these will happen again.  I do like this bunny which is quite soft and cuddly and will look nice on a shelf in my sewing room.  Another bunny will be appearing soon as the fabric is already stitched and the channels cut.

I would really like to make a faux chenille baseball with red stitching lines for our grandsons.  Any suggestions of patterns or tutorials?


Oops, I almost forgot, I used my Olfa Chenille Cutter to make the channel cuts and it worked quite well.  It was a little tough to start the cuts in a few places so I made little snips with my scissors to help it along.  I felt this happened because I was working on the bias.  However, once it started to cut, it did a fabulous job cutting through the top 3 layers of flannel with no hesitation.  I really like this tool and would recommend it.

Well that’s it for today.

God Bless,



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Quilted Tote Bag Front

Quilted Tote Bag Back

Inspiration comes from so many places, so when I saw the stitchery pattern called “I Love Fabric”, I knew it was a design for me.  I have followed Lisa’s blog called Lydia’s Treasures for quite sometime and find that she and I have quite similar tastes in stitching, quilting and our love for all things Tilda.  I downloaded her design months ago, so after procrastinating month after month, I finally got busy and stitched the design.  The embroidery was quite easy and relaxing to do and in just 2 evenings my whimsy gal was ready to be sewn front and center on my quilted tote.  The colors used on the stitchery were those that I thought would compliment fabrics from my Sugar and Spice Collection by Riley Blake.  Yes, I’m still loving that fabric.

I liked Lisa choice to make her sewing bag circular, and I may make a quilted circular bag next.  However, for this project I thought it would be fun to make a rectangular bag that was of good size to hold whatever sewing supplies I needed to tote around.  The bag ended up being 14″ wide by 13″ high and almost 4″ deep and the handles are long enough to put the bag over my shoulder.

It was an easy bag to put together, no pattern used, just bits and pieces from my fabric stash, a little trial and error and in a short time the bag was complete.

I want to thank Lisa for her generosity in offering this fun, whimsical embroidery pattern and once again thank the gals over at The DIY Dish for the wonderful Riley Blake fabrics that I won from them last summer.  I still have more of this luscious fabric left, so there will be more projects to share in the future.  A pincushion, mug rug, apron, we’ll see what inspiration hits next for my Riley Blake Sugar and Spice fabric.

Take care and God Bless!

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Did you know that pretzels, those yummy baked treats we often get at the mall or mass-produced and sold to us in a cello bag, actually got their roots from the early Christians?  I may have known that at some point in time, but it certainly has been tucked away in the cobwebs of my brain.  So I was happy when I stumbled across Lacy’s post about this very topic to help me recall this fact.

“Catholic Icing” is written by Lacy and I thought sharing this fabulous site along with the pretzel printable and recipe would be quite nice for this Friday, the first week in Lent.  Lacy has a short synopsis about the pretzel along with her originally designed free printable and pretzel recipe, but she also includes this link that talks more in-depth about the pretzel.   Such a simple food, the pretzel, yet one that is steeped in tradition and is a gentle reminder for us about prayer and penance.

I want to thank Lacy over at Catholic Icing for this lovely printable, recipe and Lenten reminder.

This is a short post today, but I’ve been under the weather this week and hope to be back to myself soon.  Thank you for visiting and I wish many Blessings for you and your family.


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If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know that my new favorite tool in my craft room is my Silhouette Cameo.  I must say there hasn’t been a day that I haven’t used my Cameo to make a project or two.  Of course, the fact that we have had Christmas and then Valentine’s Day made it easy to find a reason to make those projects.  Finding great images to cut has been a snap, first I subscribed to the Silhouette Online Store and have enjoyed making many projects using those designs.

In addition, if you are an owner of the Silhouette, you probably already know a free image is offered at the store each Tuesday.  Plus, a selection of images are available on clearance each week and most of those are a mere 50 cents.  Regular price of most images in the Silhouette store are only 99 cents which I think is also a bargain.

But wait, that’s not all.  If you are an owner of a cutting machine you probably know there are many, many talented designers that have individual websites and offer designs in a variety of formats to meet the specifications of most cutting machines.  Wow, talk about creativity unleashed.  At any rate, I recently ran across some amazing designs by an incredibly talented artist over at Shery K Designs.  Her shop’s offerings  are many and she generously shared one of those images for free on her blog.  The following set of tags is simply gorgeous so I just had to share this link with you today.

I want to thank Shery K for sharing her time and talents and hope that everyone reading this post will jump over to Shery K’s blog, peruse her shop, leave a thank you comment for her free download, and see what all my excitement is about.

I want to thank you for visiting and look forward to seeing you tomorrow.  Until then, Blessings to you and your family!


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Cre8tive Hands blogger, Michelle, is an artist and her talents are evident everywhere on her blog.  Michelle has created this adorable angel that she is generously offering for free to use as a digital stamp on your cards and paper projects.  In addition to the plethora of digital stamp ideas, I envision this image also being used as an embroidery design on a pillow, framed on the wall, or even used as an applique on a variety of projects.  The sky is the limit on this design.

I’d love to see, and I’m sure Michelle would as well, what projects you make using this special angel.

So without further ado, here is today’s featured digital stamp…

Until next time, have a Blessed Day!


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What a better way to start your day than with this cute and oh so practical “Vintage Rose Frame Purse” designed by Tanya over at Craft Couture by TC.  Tanya offers her free pattern along with easy to follow directions & pictorial for making this adorable purse.

These purses would make terrific gifts for girls of all ages, and while you’re at it, whip up one for yourself as well.



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A quick post today.  In the spirit of sharing, here is a cute printable  for Valentines Day that is offered by Paper Glitter.  While visiting Paper Glitter, don’t forget to check out all of the other adorable printable designs.

Image from Paper Glitter

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a Blessed Day!!!


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