Monday, September 21, 2015


The past years have been another of a series of busy times in our lives.  As Christmas gets closer and closer,  I realize how my goals for a handmade Christmas have once again fallen short.

We've been blessed with graduations, marriages, life decisions and personal issues that have turned into positive events.  May God Bless you this Christmas and every Christmas!

Now.... let's get the Christmas Party Started !

Shouting out to all of our authors of the "A Year of Christmas!" blog to help get this active again.  I miss the days when we used to chat and sew and chat and sew.....

Lets warm up the sewing machines with a cute, quick and simple scarf great for gift giving and keeping the chill winds away !

The scarf consists of two t-shirts cut from hem, over and including the shoulder seam to the other hem.   I cut my scarf about 8-10 wide.

Leaving the edges raw, sew the two pieces together on all four sides.  

Now the cut outs..... I used a leaf appliqué pattern.  Trace it onto a water soluble stabilizer and pin to the scarf.   Sew on the lines using the stitch or your choice.   Tear away as much as the stabilizer as possible and spray or blot with a damp cloth to remove any stray stabilizer caught in the threads.   Using appliqué scissors, cut away between the lines as much as you would like to reveal the back layer of the scarf.

And now the fringe.   Cut one inch strips 12-16 inches long.  Pull on each to cause it to curl.  Cut small holes in the scarf just above the stitching line on each end of the scarf.   Loop the fringe strips through and knot as desired.

WALA !  a quick , easy scarf !  This project takes about 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours depending on your skill level and the difficulty of your cut away appliqué design.

Until next time..... keep warm !

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hung by the Chimney with care....

Christmas stockings.  I've always felt that Christmas stockings are  very personal .  The little do-dads, candies, fruits, and gifts are just for the owner of the stocking and as a child I wanted to keep them a secret, my secret.   When our family moved into this farmhouse I decided it was time for me to make stockings for the 5 of us.  Every person needs their very own stocking.

My youngest son was only 4 when we moved here and he just loved the snow!

Son #2 had recieved his Christmas gift early.  At 7 years old he got a chubby little lab pup.  The old gal is still with us today.  She is 12 and he is 19 and a freshman in college now.

The first born son loved trains!  It was so perfect that the farmhouse is just a few hundred yards from the train track !  His stocking is an adorable Santa waving from a train.

Darling Husband is quite the hunter !  For many years he has filled our freezer during deer season!  His stocking is a woodland scene with his favorite animal.

First born is now 22 years old and engaged to be married !  They have been dating for nearly 4 years and a couple years ago he asked me to make his intended a stocking.  I love this stocking, it so represents young love 


My stocking is all about Christmas and family.  The star at the top of the tree guides us to Christs birthday, the tree is the growth of Faith and Family, the hearts on the tree represents my husband, myself and our three sons, the cow print background..... well... that's totally me.  I love cows !!

Christmas stockings are not difficult to make or embellish.  Here are a few ideas to get started on your own .

In My Own Style ... free printable pattern

Martha's Wool stockings

Better Homes and Gardens..... one of my faves .

Feel free to comment and add more links to your favorites stocking finds !

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!
May God Bless you and your loved ones on this holiest of Eves !

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Counting the HOURS! Whoopie !!!

Whoopie Pies !!!

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania where there is wonderful Amish community. My fondest memories of visiting my friends Mary and Noah were the Whoopie Pies !   Sitting at their table sharing giggles with their children is something I'll never forget.

Make your own memories with this wonderful collection of Whoopie Pie recipes !

Raspberry Creme



Red Velvet

Dark Chocolate

Basic Whoopie Pie

Blueberry Lemon

Friday, July 2, 2010

So this is what happens

Every year in the Christmas season I wondered why didn't I start sooner on Christmas presents, next year will be different. I think we all thought with this blog to keep us going we'd have a closet full of presents already. I don't but I'm sure somebody out there does.
So what happened to my plans? I always find I can sew and craft like crazy right after Christmas and the month of January because I'm still in the Christmas spirit. We forget that after Christmas we have birthday presents, Valentine stuff, Easter or spring outfits and working on Christmas presents falls to the back burner or gets turned all the way off.
Each month I think I can make something to put on the blog and than the month has passed and it's whoops that didn't happen. I haven't even had time to get on Sewing Mama's lately. We have 6 months till Christmas and I will try to at least make something each month. (hopefully) !! What about you? How is your Christmas closet?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Late March Doings.


Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 5, 2010

March Link List - Warmth in the Kitchen

Free Sewing Patterns for Kitchen Items
More Free Kitchen Patterns
Craft & Fabric Links: Kitchen Patterns
More free kitchen patterns (scroll down to kitchen to find the list)

I'm sorry I didn't break it down better, but there are plenty of wonderful free patterns here. If you have any to add, please feel free to reply with a comment and a link, and I'll add it asap!