Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Making Cool Ties

Part of my Test Marketing Team!

Soak them in cold water for 20 minutes. If you're soaking them in a small area or sink, soak for 10 minutes then squish the gel around and soak for another 5-10 min.

2 New cool ties with one on right soaked and ready to go!

This is a stack of 15 cool ties without being compressed down into a ziplock. Plus, one tie can be mailed with a First Class Stamp. (The ties we send to the military must be muslin or desert digital camo. It's one of the most expensive fabrics sold, and not any special prices for our actual military.)

My first group of testers on the road--Thanks to all!!

I will be providing more details in a tutorial with more specific instructions. Just as soon as I get this batch of cool ties done!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's Officially Summertime!

I can't believe it's summer again--finally! We have been waiting for one of our pools to open with the new additions of a giant waterslide and a splash park. I've always been a lake person and not much of a pool person. Until my little man learned to swim underwater and got his good fins and goggles. Now the only time I see him is when he comes up for air!

I'm working on a few projects for publication, the most fun being the paper mache' piggy bank, a new circle quilt pattern for "No Math Quilts," and a few special small gifts for dear friends.

This is a momento ornament made for a dear and generous friend who invited us to Steamboat Springs, CO for his 50th birthday celebration. Inside the clear ball is the invitation cut in strips, along with a few other paper items I picked up on the trip. You can't see it in this photo angle, but there is a monogram "M" underneath the "2012" charm.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I'm Back Again!

I was introduced into the world of Facebook and found my dearest, known-the-longest friend since 3rd grade. We were very close (and once directly related) until about 25 years ago. If Facebook does nothing else for me, I'm so grateful to find her.

I also found Pinterest! Oh goodness, so inspiring. Its a place to gather all your favorite things (under whatever title you choose). If you haven't yet, check it out!!

I realized that the newness of FB wore off, and I wanted to get back to my blogs. I've been working on sewing, quilting, and craft projects that I'll be sharing. I'm going to make a few of them into patterns to purchase and see how it goes. I don't intend to make much free-spending money, but it will keep me in supplies AND postage to send mail to the Soldiers overseas.

I hope this reaches most of you--I'll be revisiting all my online quilting groups again, and see what everyone has been doing. Thanks for taking the time to share my world, and God bless each of you.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Perfectly FUN Seam Ripper!

Look what my sweeeet brother-in-law made just for me!! This really makes ripping out so easier to face.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Reusable Gift Tags

I had to get out something colorful to play with on this gray day. I made these tags the typical way, then used the cutoffs to glue onto other paper, then cut them out. By the time I got to the blue and yellow one, I realized that if I only glue down 3 sides, there will be a slot to insert a piece of paper with the recipient's name on it. You could write something more personal on the back of the slip, or reuse the tag for other gifts.

That's how I'm spending this cold, snowy day by a warm fire.