Friday, July 13, 2012

Winner of the Little Bug House Giveaway

Giveaway Time!!!! I'm a little early but I don't want to get stuck with bedtime activities and forget to draw a name. And the winner is.......

Rachel D!!!! Congratulations on being the winner Rachel. You have won one Little Bug House item.  Please email me at or private message me here on FB. Thanks to all who entered into my giveaway!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Rainbow Starburst Done

I finished it this afternoon.  Here is it in all its majesty...

 The front.
 The back.

Quilted a starburst pattern.

You can see my progress here.

Again, I fell in love with this quilt.  I feel like a fickle 16 year old falling in love over and over again.  

Now what to do next?????

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Rainbow Starburst Wall Hanging

I jumped down the blog rabbit hole last week and ended up at Lily's Quilts Blog.  I loved her modern style quilts and loved that she had a lot of small know that I'm smitten with fast, sweet and complete projects.  I came across Lily's blog post for a paper pieced block that she calls ET Phone Home.   I immediately saw the block as a beautiful rainbow starburst.  My girl bug is nearly 6 and loves anything rainbow so I printed out the template and got busy.  

Half way done.

Paper piecing done.

 First border done.  Debated about adding a rainbow border.

Added a rainbow border and so happy that I did.  Love the way it looks.

Now it's ready to quilt up. Check back for the final reveal.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Little Bug House Giveaway

I am a lucky, lucky girl.  I have a lovely roof over my head, a wonderful hubby who works so hard for me to be a stay-at- home mom, 3 amazing kids, my bugs, who keep me busy and an Etsy shop that allows me to be the crafter that I love being.  

I would love to give one of you one Little Bug House item.  Just visit my shop here and then leave a comment telling me what is your favorite Little Bug House item.  The giveaway will last one week and I will draw a winner on Friday July 13th.  

Good luck and spread the word!!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Christmas in July - Block 2

Here is my block #2 of FreeSpirit's Christmas in July Block-A-Thon.  I changed up the colors a little bit from the tutorial.  Also made the sashing solid as opposed to being broken up.  Love the way it turned out.

The red and the snowmen fabric is Blitzen by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.  

Can't wait for the next block reveal tomorrow!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Christmas in July - Block 1

I decided to follow along with FreeSpirit's Christmas in July Block-A- Thon.  I didn't follow directions and buy their suggested fabrics.  I do however have a stash of Christmas fabric just lying in wait for a project like this.  Here is my completed first block.

It was a fun block even though it was a little slow going as I made sure to sew very precisely.  Can't wait until the next block!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Celebrating the Red, White and Blue!

I LOVE decorating for the holidays.  I have at least one box of decorations for every holiday.  I most especially love to make wall hangings and I woke up feeling inspired to get something done for me today.  So here it is.  My modern take on celebrating the Red, White and Blue.

This is one giant granny square.   I used the tutorial on Blue Elephant Stitches that you can find here.

I happened to have dozens of red charm squares from a charm swap that I participated in with the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild.  I used the blue and white from my stash.  I love that it looks festive without being too over the top in your face 4th of July.  

Have to say that I love the back.  I used the gray blocks from Half Moon Modern.  The completed wall hanging is about 18 inches square.

I had a blast making this and it went together quickly.  Love a short, sweet and complete project!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mission: Budget Organizing

I, like most of you, are on a budget.  I cannot spend too much money but there are so many things that I want out there.  So I try to find creative and thrifty ways to make my house a little more organized and pretty.

This was my goal when I set to making my craft area neater.  You see, my sewing area is in the family room, exposed to my family and my guests.  In my last home, my sewing area was in my bedroom hidden away where no one would see.  It truly was a mess.  I am bound and determined to keep this sewing area organized and pretty.

This is my before photo. 

I'm not afraid to say's a HOT MESS!!!

So herein lies the problem.  How do I organize without spending a lot of money?  And the answer is Mod Podge. This is my second project with it and I think I might be in danger of a Mod Podge addiction.  Watch for me on a future episode of Intervention.

I took those boxes that you see and covered them with fabric using my faithful friend Mod Podge.  Again, not rocket science but definitely messy.  And sadly, I ran out of Mod Podge but I was able to cover 5 boxes so here you go.

I'm really happy with the look of the boxes.  I can throw all my sewing crap in them and have my projects hidden in plain sight!!!

Now I have to run to the craft store to get more Mod Podge!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bookcase Makeover

I am a Pinterest addict.  I saw this bookcase several months ago and absolutely fell in love.  I pinned it on my renovations board hoping to use the idea someday.  

Fast forward to last weekend and my parents gave my a tall white bookcase that could use a little TLC.  I immediately thought of the above bookcase.  They had used stencils and paint on the back but I thought that I could get the same effect with fabric.  Since it was going to be the hubster's bookcase, I let him pick out the fabric.  I have to say that I was impressed with his choice.  Its exactly what I would have picked.  Good thing we have the same taste ;)

Sunday evening I got working on my project.  I cut the fabric the size in between the shelves and used modge podge to glue the fabric to the back of the bookcase.   

It wasn't rocket science but a little hard on my knees.  The fabric tried to wrinkle a couple of times but I just carefully lifted and repositioned it.  The project took me 30 minutes to complete.  Just my style, short and sweet.

We waited for it to dry overnight and voila...a beautiful bookcase makeover.  And my mom liked it so much that she joked that she wanted it back!   

And why is that my boy bug who never wants his picture taken kept popping up in front of the camera this afternoon????

Too funny!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer, Summer Summertime Wreath

I've been having such a great time putting our house together since our move and really making the house into our home.  I needed a new wreath for our front door and wanted something festive and summery.  This is what I came up with.

The wreath is a 5 dollar foam wreath from Joann's.  I used strips of fabric to wrap around it.  I made the mini banner using 2 inch pennants and ribbon.  I loved it but I knew it wasn't quite right yet.  So I added a pinwheel based upon a fan's suggestion.  I made that from paper glued to fabric.  I made the yoyos in various sizes.  Everything is assembled with sewing pins.  Here is the final summer wreath.

Gotta say that I am in love with it.  What about you?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Hoop Art

I have some very dear friends who will be moving to the Northwest in the near future.  They purchased a rural home with their own lake.  I've been seeing some really cool hoop art on Pinterest and I thought that it would make a great and personal house warming gift for my friends.  So this is what I came up with.

I have to say that I don't consider myself very original or artistic but I had THE BEST time making this hoop art.  And I love the final look.  Now I have to make one for my own home.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


I am official obsessed with Pinterest.  Seriously, my addiction is bad!!! I think that my husband might hold an intervention for me.  Here are a few of my pins from the weekend.

Little Charmers 5 Pattern

You can follow me at

Hope to see you there!!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Moving On Up

We are moving, moving on up!  We are a family of five squished into a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1000 square foot apartment with the tiniest patio known to man.  I started referring to my kids as caged animals.  That was when I knew that we needed to move.  We are so lucky to be moving into a beautiful home with a nice yard.  I have fantasized for too long about yelling at the kids, "Go play outside" and next week it will be a reality.  Even amidst all the boxes and messes and chaos, we know that we are fortunate indeed.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Baby Quilt Mania

I had 4 friends having 5 babies (one had twins) this Spring and I was determined to make a quilt for each little baby.  I just finished the final one last night and I don't think that I have ever felt so relieved.  

Baby Quilt #1
made from Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics

Baby Quilt #2
made from Pam Kitty Morning by Lakehouse

Baby Quilt #3
made from Ten Little Things by Jenn Ski for Moda Fabrics

Baby Quilt #4
made from Sugar and Spice by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake

Baby Quilt #5
made from Sea Foam Impressions by Ty Pennington for Free Spirit Fabrics

Funny thing about these quilts, I fell in love with every single one.  As I was working on one, I would think, "This is my favorite quilt."  Then I would have the exact same thoughts about the next quilt.  A lot of love was poured into each quilt and I can't wait to make some to sell in my store.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Testing 1, 2, 3

I finally bit the bullet and started a blog.  Wasn't sure that I really wanted to start one but I wanted to have one place where I could show off all my creations, projects and gifts without annoying my Facebook family and friends.

This will be an interesting experience for me as I am not a writing fan.  I prefer to use photos to showcase my talents.

So, sit back, relax, enjoy my photos and above all, welcome to Little Bug House.