Random Stuff

I have been patiently awaiting the arrival of the hummingbirds and last year I came across this cool map that shows exactly where the ruby red-throated are.
 Here is the link if you are interested. Where are they now?

Always match your dog to your carpet. 
At last but not least, I finished a project.
This is a kit I bought and the pattern it's from the book Bits and Pieces 18 small quilts from fat quarters and scraps by Karen Costello Soltys.  Then keeping in the oriental theme I made some cute little origami book marks.


Using up Fabric

In my never ending quest to use up what I have, I've started two new projects.  So today I cut fabric.
  Three inch squares and then more fabric.

Lots of 5 1/2 inch squares.
The first project started when my friend Bev came over to play and gave me a few cute pieces of fabric that were too small for her project. I kept looking at them thinking they are just way to stinkin' cute to put into my stash never to be seen again.

So I started a cathedral window project. 
  I'm not sure how big it will be, my plan is to work on it until I either get tired of it or run out of fabric.  I started with a bolt of white muslin and looking at my stash, I'm pretty sure I know which one will happen first.
My other project is yo yo's, lots and lots of yo yo's. And what am I going to do with all the yo yo's?  That's a good question, but you may have guessed it, I don't have a plan.


Easter Cards

These are a couple for Easter cards that I finished last week.

They were so much fun to make.  The head is a heart punch turned up side down and the nose is a tiny brad.


Giant Easter Eggs

These are some giant Easter Eggs made from wool felt and flowers cut with my Big Shot.  The pattern was all little chicks and rabbits and Easter decor so I thought I would change it up and leave mine out all spring and perhaps into summer.
I've had a couple of people asked about my swirls I add to a lot of projects so I thought I would show you how easy they are.  First start with a roll of Press'n Seal.  I love this stuff, not just for crafts but for food too.
 Draw your swirly swirls on the Press'n Seal with a pigma pen.
 Then just place them where you want them and finger press down. It stays exactly where you want it too.
Stitch over the top of the pen marking, then gently pull the Press'n Seal off and wa-la you have the perfect swirl.


Cards at Evy's house

This is George and he lives with my friend Evy.  Evy is my friend that rarely makes one of anything.  I went to her house yesterday to help her make some thank you/place cards for a hospice volunteer thank you dinner.
We started out with a wonderful lunch (Evy is a fantastic cook as well)
We had a scrumptious bowl wild rice soup and quesidillas.
Then we worked like crazy - Evy style and mass produced hundreds of cards. We took a short break for some flaming dessert.
You can't see it flaming in the picture but it was.  The flame went out pretty quickly so I may have been a little too slow and missed it with my camera, but it really was flaming.
It was delicious, however I had to eat fast as Evy was cracking the whip.
.By the time I left we had mass produced over 60 cards. On one side they have a little thank you note and the other side has a pocket for a piece of Ghirardelli chocolate. No, it wasn't really hundreds, however after I left Evy keep on working and made 30 more.  She's like the Energizer bunny and just keeps going and going.