Over the past year I was introduced to Instagram by a good friend of mine who is also a fellow creator of many things such as myself. I tried to stay away from it, since Facebook, Twitter, Email, my Etsy...etc seem to fill my daily internet allotment.  But, I finally gave in, and now I am pleasantly finding IG one of my fav sharing platforms.  Along with the desire to join numerous swap groups, which can be terribly addicting, a couple months ago I created a few micro mini quilts for the Make Modern Magazine.  This one was the teeny tiniest of them all, measuring at 1" square!  I was thrilled that the "fussy-cut" mushrooms and tulips turned out so well, measuring at only 1/4"! Yikes!  I figured it was so small that displaying it among other "I spy" like items would emphasize the size of it best!


Lil' Twister table runner

My wonderful friend made the top of this little runner and had it hanging in her sewing room.... After much admiration, she gave it to me and I quilted it for my kitchen table! I even quilted a hidden butterfly in it.


Quitler's Connection Front Cover!

So, here it is! My first front cover feature!! I was thrilled to find out that they were going to put my creation on the front cover.  I have had many items published in various issues and other magazines....Thanks Quilter's Connection!

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Testing out Chalk Paint

With all the new hype about the new finishing techniques with chalk paint, I decided to try it out for myself and see what I think works well.... or if it works at all!!

So the first thing I did was take a letter table that I picked up at a second hand store to try out refinishing.  It had a plain finish on it with a little gloss so I thought that it would be perfect since this "chalk paint" thing says that it can paint on any surface... well... sure, if that's what they say! After filling the cuts and dings in it, I sanded it down so the surface was smooth.
I used a plastic container to mix the paint in so that I could just try it out first.  I put about 2 cups of paint in and then added 1/2 cup of the non-sanded grout. After mixing well, there was still a slightly sanded texture to the paint, which is normal.  The texture it added to the table was really nice and ended up adding an antique look to the table.

Once the table was dried, I sanded the edges to reveal the wood and finish that was under the paint.

 I would recommend using gloves as this next step with the wax is hard to remove from the skin.  I used a scrap cloth and rubbed it over the entire surface of the table.
 The wax gave the table a smoother finish and made the sanded edges show up a little more to show a rustic look.  I added an iron handle which finished the table off well!
 Be sure to let the item dry fully before you use it.  I found the wax took about 2 days until I felt I should put something on it.  I was very happy with the paint and the finish it produced and would use it again!  Keep in mind that this paint is durable, but it doesn't make your item scratch resistant.  Although, with most rustic pieces, it always adds charm to the items!


I was asked to create centerpieces and decorate for a holiday gathering this season and put together rustic and bird themed groupings.  They were a hit and I decided to take some photos of my favorites to share. I simply gathered items from around my home and mixed them with Christmas bells, berries and baskets.  Hope these give you some ideas for your next party or dinner!


Washing instructions

So, I picked up this adorable scarf the other day while shopping in West Edmonton Mall and like all new purchases, I quickly looked at the tag to see how to care for it. I simply had to laugh at this one! Along with this list, it should say "Do Not Use" or "Do Not Wear"!!! 


Upcycled Dresser Drawer into a Shelf

On your next trip to the dump...reconsider throwing out that old dresser that is falling apart! I took an old drawer and added a shelf to it, and molding on the top, stained the sides and inside and painted the top! Then I sanded it down to give it an aged look....and here it is...an adorable shelf to hang on the wall!


I spy fabric packs are available from our site! There are 100 pieces of pre cut 5" squares, 2 each of 50 designs.  Lots of bright and fun prints are included and all fabrics are 100% Quilting Cotton. Packs are also available in boy prints or girl prints too if requested.  Its just the perfect number of pieces to make a baby blanket, or bags, toys and bibs.....whatever you wish! Eye spy fabric packs