Saturday, October 31, 2015

Just hanging with.....

Have a safe and Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween treats for the neighborhood kids

These were quick and easy to put together with a trip to The Dollar Tree, a sheet of cardstock and a little help from Mr. Fisherman.
Each one includes something a tiny bit different because of their ages.

Veronica is in high school, so rather than the typical Halloween orange and black I filled hers with her school colors. 
Mr. Fisherman made the little ones Paracord bracelets
and Veronica's a bracelet and key fob.

Are you ready to treat your little neighborhood goblins this year?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Embroidering on burlap

You may think embroidering on such a loose weave fabric might be close to impossible.
I'm here to tell you... it's easy - you just need to take a few precautions.
First, I never hoop my burlap for fear of stretching or pulling the weave.
I use water-soluble stabilizer in my hoop and carefully pin my burlap in place.
After placing my hoop into my machine and before I start stitching I add another piece of water-soluble stabilizer on top to keep the stitches from sinking into the large loose weave.
Stitch as usual.
Carefully cut away (do not tear) the water-soluble stabilizer as close to your design as possible.
Using a damp cloth, carefully dab the water-soluble stabilizer on and around your design until all the stabilizer has completly dissolved.
Iron your burlap to dry and smooth out any wrinkles.
In the above photo I added a ruffle to the ends of my table runner using a small zig zag stitch.
If you prefer, (to keep your burlap from raveling) you can just finish off the edges using a small zig zag as in the photo below.
On the projects below -  I did both...
I added a ruffle on the short end and finished off the sides with a small zig zag stitch.
I stitched these projects before thinking about making a step by step tutorial with pictures.
 I you have any questions just shoot me a quick e-mail or comment and I will be glad to answer any questions.
Hope you will try give burlap a try.
It's "sew" easy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Who doesn't love autumn?

Another great embroidery design from Planet Applique and me just having a little fun with the photo!
Happy Tuesday!

Friday, October 23, 2015

McCall's M4529 - Halloween do-rag

While I'm working on something for the girls for Halloween, I thought I would share something a bit more "manly"...
Mr.Fisherman's Halloween do-rag.
You can see another sports version here.
Both made using McCall's M4529.
The pattern says "EASY" McCall's and I'm sure for the most part - it is an easy pattern.
Even though I have sewn several "do-rags" using this pattern, I find them a little tricky to piece together.
Don't let that scare you - they are really fun to make.
Have a great Friday!
See ya soon....

Monday, October 12, 2015

Warming up to fall...

 Sometimes it's a bit hard to start your fall decorating when the temperatures here in Florida are still in the high 80's. I usually ease into it by changing out my favorite cloche...
I then move on to my Hoosier cabinet.
It's been in my family for years; originally belonging to my Granny.
It's one of my FAVORITE pieces in my house.
I added a little kitchen d├ęcor with a few tea towels I embroidered last year. 
Also from last year, my sweet little punkin' table runner.
I know I haven't been the best blogger lately, so thanks for peeking in.
Hope to see you again soon.
Linking today to:
21 Rosemary Lane

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A little fall stitchin'...

just for the kitchen...
Linking today to:
21 Rosemary Lane