A Farmer's Wife....

I did manage to sew a little today...I finished the 4th block of the Farmer's Wife quilt.  And as I've heard from other quilters, I need to pay closer attention to the printing of the templates for the blocks...cuz this block is 1/8 inch smaller than the other blocks...I've ironed the crap out it...and I think I gained 1/24 inch...that's it.  I may have to remake, but for now I'm going to leave it...and mark it as completed.  

Block #4: Basket Weave

Today was a card making day...

Today was definitely card making day....as well as movie day.  I participated in the Paper Players sketch challenge...it's been way too long since I was able to partake in the fun on their blog!

This blog, Paper Players, is great! I love their challenges; they rotate them...they are a one stop shop for keeping your mind creatively functioning!  Check the schedule out:

Week One: Theme Challenge with Pinterest Inspiration
Week Two: Colour Challenge
Week Three: Clean and Simple Challenge
Week Four: Sketch Challenge
Week Five: Tic Tac Toe

What I really love is...they accept all stamping products for participation...even though the blog is heavy on Stampin Up! stuff, which I LOVE!, but I have a lot of other products!  Hats off to them! Thank you for including all of our creativity! I appreciate it!  Here's the guidelines for participation:

1. Create a new paper project, using any stamping products.

2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.

3. Please fill in the linky with a direct link to your post.

4. Please leave a comment so we know you have played.

5. Feel free to combine our challenges with up to 3 challenges, total!

6. Have fun!! 
Anyho, here's my card for the challenge:

One down...a zillion left to go...

Well, since I'm on a stay-cation (stay at home vacation) until Wednesday...I thought I would work on my 2013 projects which I posted the other day...and Tim, my darling hubby, had been wondering if I had time to sew on the quilt he got me a couple of years ago...which I hadn't until this weekend.  It's done...I'm not going to sew the 1 3/4 inch border which was the final step...so I'll call it done!

Here's a couple of pics of the quilt: (please keep in mind...Tim picked it out...he went up to my mom and dad's summer retreat for the fishing opener, and I stayed home because of work...I told him he needed to pick out something at the local quilt store before he came home...so he picked out something for him...which makes sense.)

Pattern: free pattern with release of fabric
Fabric: Friendly Visitors by SouthSea Imports, Inc.

Looking for flowers in the snow....

It seems the last time I worked on the embroidery flower baskets...it was snowy outside, too...perhaps I'm longing for the spring weather which comes with the new flower growth...regardless if it's snowy or not I'll enjoy the time spent working on projects on my days off of work!

Here's another flower baskets finish...believe it or not I haven't worked on this project for a little under 2 years...it's time to get it finished...don't you think!

It's not ironed yet...but it's pretty nevertheless! If you would like to view the other baskets which I've completed prior to this posting, here's a link: http://barbarahudak.blogspot.com/2011/07/little-progress.html

Have a great day!

Block 1

Look what I found...

OMG, look what I found....in my stash...of things to do!  I only have 3 more blocks to finish...will be getting done by the end of the month...fo sure!

Um....it's really cold outside...

Um...it's really cold outside....honestly...there isn't anything that could get me outside today!  Here's a cute winter weather joke:  Enjoy your day! Check out the blog later...I'll be posting some thing more!

60 above zero: Floridians turn on the heat. Minnesotans plant gardens.

50 above zero: Californians shiver uncontrollably. People are sunbathing in Duluth.

40 above zero: Import cars won’t start. Minnesotans drive with the sunroof open.

32 above zero: Distilled water freezes. The water in Bemidji gets thicker.

20 above zero: New Mexicans don long johns, parkas and wool hats & mittens. Minnesotans throw on a flannel shirt.

15 above zero: New York landlords finally turn on the heat. People in Minnesota have one last cookout before it gets cold.

Zero: People in Miami all die. Minnesotans close the windows.

10 below zero: Californians fly away to Mexico Minnesotans dig their winter coats out of storage.

25 below zero: Hollywood disintegrates. Girl Scouts in Minnesota still selling cookies door to door.

40 below zero: Washington, D.C.  finally runs out of hot air. People in Minnesota let their dogs sleep indoors.

100 below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Minnesotans get upset because the Mini-Van won’t start.

460 below zero: ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale). People in Minnesota can be heard to say,  “Cold ’nuff fer ya?”

500 below zero: Hell freezes over. Minnesota public schools open 2 hours lat

Some things for 2013....

I usually don't like making lists of things to get done when it comes to my crafts...I get overwhelmed by the many projects which I've started and haven't finished...it's like cement on my feet...I get nothing done....but I dug into the many tubs of projects I have in my craft room.  I thought I would simply lay out some projects which seemed interesting to me....plus I have a long weekend coming up...I thought I would have a mini quilting retreat...and yes, I'm ordering pizza for lunch!

Anyho, here's the pics of my "unofficial" list of 2013 projects:

I'm already overwhelmed....because there are several other projects from books which I haven't pictured...I need to remind myself to just breeth...one thing at a time...and enjoy the time spent sewing....can't wait from my long weekend!

Little Bits by Lynn Dash; Pattern: Itty Bitty Bear's Paw
Seriously, what was I thinking....the bear paw block measure 2 INCHES!
American Patchwork & Quilting magazine (December 2010); Pattern: Small Steps

Indygo Junction, Inc.; Book: Handle with Style Pattern: The Basic Tote (large)

Lizzie Kate; Pattern: Christmas Rules

Farmer's Wife Quilt; fabric selection from Moda's Bonnie & Camille

Miss Rosie's Spice of Life; Pattern: Elizabeth

Wood 'n Peg Designs; Pattern: Stow and Go Green Bag
One for me...and one for Abigail!

No pattern...just random 3 inch blocks with fabric scraps  

Pattern: Enjoy the Little Things

Moutainpeek Creations; Pattern: Sidelights
I need to find some Moda's Fruitcake fabric to get with it...the search begins! E-bay here...I..come! 

Jackie's Animas Quilts; Pattern: Yule Logs

Perkins Dry Goods; Pattern: Village Crossing
The snowman are fussy cut to create the finished blocks...need to know if I have enough of the snowman!
Oh...I hope so! Otherwise, Ebay here I come!

Starry Pines Pattern Co; Pattern: Wooly Basket Sampler
Most of the blocks are completed; I just need to embroider and add some final touches

An unscheduled creative day....

Today, was kinda an unscheduled creative day...with my Oregonian peep.  I say, "kinda" because we've tried to have a creative day for the past several weeks, but always missed one another.  Today....was not one of those days...we were able to hook up for a creative day of card making.  Using the Mojo Monday #275 contest sketch, we were able to participate in the challenge and spend time together via Skype!  I loved it!  

Thank you, Steph....I loved spending time with you....even if it was compliments of Skype!  Can't wait for the next time....(heart) you!

Here's the card which I created:

Here's Stephanie's gorgeous creation: (we weren't able to fully complete the cards before we needed to sign off, so she emailed the finished card...I love it!)

Some things to match....

The other day...I purchased a couple of Holiday Mod paper packs from K&Company at Target...they were on clearance!  Well, after playing with the paper...I decided I needed some embellishments to accompany the paper...so I ordered some things from Two Peas in a Bucket; it was the first time ordering from their online store...and I liked it...I thought the online store was extremely user friendly...so needless to say, I will be back in the near future.  

Anyho, I decided....since I was ordering the embellishments...that I would get some reasonable priced designer paper...check it out:

I planned on using the Holiday Mod paper to create an envelope/card stock album, but I didn't like how it turned out...so I'm back to the drawing board.  I was using the tutorials from Kathy Orta's YouTube videos...however, instead of creating the hidden hinge, I'm going to use my Bind-It-All tool for assembly....I'll get back to you...and I'll include the links to Kathy Orta's YouTube videos, also.

Until then...enjoy your day...or evening...

Happy Birthday to you....

Happy Birthday, Nathan! I hope you have a great day! I love you and miss you more! You are an amazing young man! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you!

Nathan and Stephanie
Here's the card I created for his birthday; I think I used a Retro Sketches #41....I checked, I did use that sketch...enjoy your day!

Baby...It's Cold Outside...

Baby...it's cold outside...and I don't need another other reason to head upstairs to my craft room!  Happy New Year!