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Here’s my progress on this month’s Sampler of the Month offering through my webshop please click the link for design details, thanks. At this moment there are only 2 kits left…

LOTS of Prairie Schoolers went out last week, I’m expecting a new shipment daily as orders continue to come in regularly for these…I do ship these in a cardboard mailer! Also, I’ve added some previous PS designs to the Prairie Schooler page at a really great price!

Back to where we left off for Heart Week…

The last little heart I showed you was for this Sampler Girl design, see her her Etsy shop for details! I baked some Valentine cupcakes and enjoyed this completely frivolous DVD (it has some charming bits but I did like the book better) over the weekend. I’m in the midst of and epic head cold at the moment and I think I’m running low on tissues!

Sniff, Sniff :0/

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Time to make some space for next year’s projects and goodies!! Hope you’ll have a moment to stop by and browse my Etsy Shop.

:0) Thank you!!

also Red, White, & Blue







Hope those of you celebrating had a wonderful 4th! Amber cooked a BBQ feast with pork, chicken, corn, potato salad, biscuits, pickles, beans, cookies, & ice cream. Ethan and I enjoyed the fireworks from the bedroom window later, great view, no mosquitoes.

Friday evening, I felt like making a quilt. I started with a layer cake and cut it in half. I had this completely finished, washed and dried about 26 hours later, it measures approx 40 x 50 inches. This quilt was my inspiration, using a layer cake rather than charms was quite a time saver. I’ve put my own ‘crooked on the rail’ photo here so you can compare :0) .. I have these layer cakes and fabric (I used about 3 yards, front & back) at my Etsy Shop.

Now for some blue, I’ve begun It’s Berry Time, Loose Feather #37  Blackbird Designs in blue. I’m stitching this on Fairy Dust Belfast using Wavy Navy Crescent Colours (as you can see). I’ve also decided to change Beatrix Potter to a blue thread. I’ve tried every shade similar to the original but just can’t picture it on my walls, blue fits right for me and this Summer Shower thread from The Gentle Art makes me think of Peter’s little coat left out in the rain.

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French General, Blackbird, Books and More

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Trying to take better pictures = taking lots of pictures, so I hope you don’t mind picture heavy posts…..still not quite happy, I think it’s a summer lighting thing.

First of all, I have two of these gorgeous French General Pincushions and Tape Measure sets I’ll be listing at Etsy.  The pincushion is very large (as you can see) and very heavy – over 2 pounds.  I love the fabric on the back and that wonderful French General Tag!!

I whipped up a little cover for my serger this morning. Yzma likes to unthread the darn thing whenever I’m not looking and if you have a serger like mine you know you need the hands of brain surgeon to get it threaded correctly and if you’re lucky it only takes about 6 attempts. Hopefully this little cover will help.

Made a quick run to Borders with my coupon in hand to pick up a new book I’ve had my eye on for a while now.  I’m half way through this book and enjoying it immensely. Oh, that’s a picture of my lunch…

Here you can see my progress on the Summer SAL over at the Blackbird Yahoo group.  SALs are usually the ‘kiss of death’ when it comes to me ever finishing – we’ll see if I do better this time.

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I have not had a good day. Technical difficulties are making life…well – difficult. I have a laundry basket plus of orders that I was going to ship today and then my printer and computer suddenly decided they couldn’t get along – no matter what. Hours on the phone with tech ‘support’ – while digging through my purse searching for chocolate, and they still won’t communicate. Jerry is checking out new printers at Sam’s club as I type this….

It has been cold and rainy all day, a cozy stay home kind of day. Dark and grey, but there was lots of color in the kitchen. Some fast favorites for dinner – not much time for cooking after I gave up with the printer. Havarti cheese and toasted bread, Polish sausage with peppers and onions (served with rice) and some yummy berries – I may have over indulged on the berries – they were sooo good.

Some color in the mail today too. This fun and wonderful fabric from Sandy Gervais. It’s called Candy Kisses and I’ve added some to my Etsy shop. I plan to make a quilt I saw over at Moda Bakeshop, too cute!

I’m going to stitch a bit on Beneath the Sunlit Sky til Jerry gets home, and then finish my work (and kick the old printer while I’m at it).

Shop Announcement

Handcrafts Online will be taking short summer break June 7-20, 2009. Orders received during that period will continue to be processed but will not ship until after June 20th. Thank you again for all your support and friendship.



honey buns and more

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Now at the Etsy shop, more honey buns! These are from Fig Tree Quilts – Patisserie and Blackbird Designs – Beach House.

I had a few minutes out by myself on Saturday and I ran into the cheese shop which also has a wonderful bath and kitchen section. I found this beautiful little glass for my scissors, can you see the tiny bee?

I don’t know that I’ll have much time for stitching this week, I’m trying to wrap up every bit of shop business I possibly can, but I would love to start this wonderful design during my upcoming break. It’s from Heartstring Primitives and called Rachael Holmes 1842. I hope to update the webshop tomorrow with several new designs – my to do list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter – help!

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Shop Announcement

Handcrafts Online will be taking short summer break June 7-20, 2009. Orders received during that period will continue to be processed but will not ship until after June 20th. Thank you again for all your support and friendship.




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Now in stock, two new designs from Little House Needleworks (love em). I couldn’t resist making a tiny start on Fresh Watermelons (over 1 on 28 ct Thyme linen from Wichelt) I’m thinking….pincushion. I substituted some Crescent Colours Ladybug and Old Oak Tree for two of the DMC colors so far.  I do plan to stitch Colonial Women as well.

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Speaking of pincushions, I have a bunch of these pre-made very large pincushions from Blackbird Designs and Moda Home. These came out as part of Blackbird’s Beach House Fabric line. I’ve listed them over at Etsy or you can email me about them. I have some of the Beach House honey buns (Moda precut fabric) on the way as well.

A silly pictures of Yzma who also happens to have the softest cat hair on the planet (at least we all think so).

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Shop Announcement

Handcrafts Online will be taking short summer break June 7-20, 2009. Orders received during that period will continue to be processed but will not ship until after June 20th. Thank you again for all your support and friendship.




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I finished up Miss Mary Mac’s Pins & Needle’s Pincushion from M Designs. I think I will use some of the scraps from the Baby Girl Quilt I plan to make on the back of this. I can’t the fabric I want to use on this, I keep finding many I want to use.

I have some of the Aviary Honey Buns that are used in the Baby Girl Quilt in stock. I’m going to put these up at Etsy, but if you want to email me about them that works too! My keyboard is now full of the little bits of fabric that comes off the edges of these rolls, so don’t put them on your keyboard for pictures if you get one!

Better go make dinner!



But wait, there’s more….Tyler just brought the mail and wowee. I’ve seen these Jane Austen fabrics in stores, and I really tried to like them, but I think it was the way they were displayed. I felt guilty that I didn’t like these fabrics, I really should in all honesty be crazy about these fabrics. Then I saw them at Tanya’s blog (part of some really sweet kits she has for sale) and I loved these fabrics and tracked some down for my stash. I found the Sarah scissors at Carol’s blog! Thank you Tanya & Carol!

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Today we visit one of my top favorites – Fresh Figs . I’m always inspired by this blog.  Joanna’s fabrics and patterns are wonderful and I look forward to every new post here.  She has a new line of fabrics that will be in shops around September called Mill House Inn – yummy!!

Nothing says love like an external hard drive! Jerry brought home this little cutie for me yesterday.   You can see another little passion of mine here – pincushions, and by the way Fig Tree has a wonderful pincushion pattern called Petite Gateau and I have one at my Etsy shop. 

I couldn’t help noticing that my laptop and new hard drive went very well with NPI 342 & 926 which happened to be on my worktable!  I think it’s a stitcher thing to always see shades of color in terms of thread….do you know what I mean?

Have a great day!



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How fun – Etsy Day!! I love Etsy. I’ve loaded up my little Etsy Shop with a few things in ‘honor’ of the day. I had some of my Rocky Mountain Wednesday photos made into 5×7 prints which I’ve listed there (and I framed one for myself). I’ve added quilt & knit things and some fabric. There are also a few fobs, and some pin pillowes I’ve made. I’m in the process of making a few more out of the fun fabrics shown.

One of my favorite Etsy Shops is The Daily Pincushion – I could get into all kinds of trouble there! If you have a favorite, please share a link with your comment :0)

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